Choose from any of Learning Connection's one- to three-hour classes to break into culinarians’ lockbox full of ways to turn simple ingredients into visually appealing, mouth-watering fare. Learn bread-making basics and experiment with take-home recipes for loaves, pizzas, and pretzels to master the art of artisan bread ($55). Vegetarian cooking for everyone ($60) shatters misconceived misconceptions that vegetarian dishes are made mainly from plants and recycled cardboard; budding chefs discover new sources of protein such as tempeh and soy. The wines of Italy course ($57) transports palates to a balmy Italian sunset with five wine tastings from regions such as Tuscany, Umbria, and Piedmont. In this class, novice and experienced tasters will pick up tips on what to look for when purchasing wine, how to serve wine, how to taste wine, and what type of nose is best for sniffing wine.
Part of one of the world's premiere institutions of higher learning, Continuing Studies at Brown gives adults the opportunity to further their studies and pursue their passions in small classes led by highly qualified teachers. Use your cranial knowledge sponge to soak up the fact flood flowing from courses such as Scripture in the First Century ($225) and The Secrets of Learning and Memory ($375). Learn about—and take part in—planetary preservation in Environmental Conservation in Rhode Island ($375), or explore the leg-breaking world of the stage with Beginning Playwriting: The Play, Your Voice, and Writing for Another Dimension ($400). Working with Online Social Networks ($262.50) can help you navigate the tangles of the web's most popular platforms for staying in touch, and German 1 ($400) can facilitate your communication with German-speakers and schnauzers. Enrollment in continuing studies at Brown also provides students with access to libraries, computers, and online course materials (a $10 fee applies each semester). Students are encouraged to register early in order to choose from the best selection of courses.
Artist Deenie Pacik, armed with 14 years of crafting fused-glass artwork, 18 years of creating stained-glass, and nine years teaching at schools such as Franklin Pierce University, imparts her expertise during a variety of classes. Working out of Deenie's fully equipped home studio, small groups of students learn to fuse dichroic glass and powder into everything from shiny pendants to new work boots for Cinderella's cousin. Projects transform into translucent objets d?art in the glass kiln, which, as Deenie tells the Warwick Beacon, heats glass at three times the temperature used to bake a pizza, or eight billion times the heat used to glaze an ice sculpture.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
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.
Allen Prep's Ivy League and top-university tutors help students excel at their college admission tests, on their AP tests, or in their high school classes with one-on-one private online tutoring. These tutors work with the student's schedule, and help them master everything from trigonometry and computer science to English literature and Spanish.
Allen Prep also has TestBank, which compiles thousands of sample questions for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, GRE Verbal, and GMAT Math questions—all written by perfect scorers. The frequently updated questions can be downloaded to your PC, MAC, or laptop to make study sessions more flexible, and its Adaptive Learning Technology can re-calibrate, based on your performance. You can retake the entire test or only portions you struggled with for maximum retention.