The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Whether or not special needs affect their students, Dot-To-Dot Learning Center's speech language pathologists know how to cultivate an environment for effective learning. Their classes span the entire realm of academia, from reading and speech therapy to social skills and homeschooling techniques. They even lead Lego-based therapy, which encourages pupils to demonstrate creative flair as they flex their motor-skills muscles.
As a rising star in the salsa circuit, Casa Salsa's founder Christian Espinola has danced across stages around the country—including the New York Salsa Congress and Miami Heat halftime shows. He quickly became a sought-after dance instructor, and is currently a representative for the CW Network's Spanish Heritage Month celebration. At his dance studio, he leads a team of experienced, energetic dance instructors who are passionate about the salsa, bachata, and cha-cha moves they teach. They lead students of all ages and abilities through each dance's footwork and partnering techniques during private and group lessons, workshops, and monthly outings. They also offer monthly memberships, which grant guests access to unlimited group classes and an online dance-training program, which helps them further sharpen their hip-swinging moves at home or at a WiFi café.
Led by professional makeup artist Denisse Solis, Miami Beauty Events are a recurring makeup clinics where beauty experts share their industry tips. Seminars teach women how to accentuate their natural features and care for their skin type. Raffles award cosmetics to those who can blindly taste the difference between green and pink eye shadows, and attendees can also purchase the products they discover.
Seen on Sábado Gigante and Univision and Telemundo programs, Al "Liquid Silver" Espinoza is one of the world's most innovative salsa dancers. Calling his unique dance style millennium salsa, Espinoza infuses the traditional Latin steps with contemporary hip-hop moves such as popping and locking and body waves. The result is a unique, thoroughly modern take on a style as old as dancing guitars. Interested parties can take lessons from the master on a weekly basis or at one-time workshops held on weekends, or they can just catch his act in person at salsa congresses from Miami to DC.
Sunshine Learning Center’s full-time tutors work closely with students to address their academic stumbling blocks and improve test scores. After identifying each pupil’s learning style and holdups, tutors tailor lessons to suit the student’s individual needs. While some may benefit from traditional instruction, students with test anxiety may need to work on confidence-building problems before tackling larger formulas. Using these and other tools, instructors can help students prepare for standardized tests or improve their grades in a difficult subject, such as math, English, or classroom-hamster care 101.