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.
Typing away in their Culver City loft, the writers and copyeditors at Creative Confusion give words to a range of commercial advertising projects. Modeled after a classic advertising agency, the team has crafted ad copy for brands such as Levi's, Modcloth, and Forever 21. They've also spearheaded creative development for companies with services ranging from SEO-friendly product descriptions and social-media maintenance to general business copy. Each writer is matched to a project by specialty and works with individual clients to achieve the brand's ideal tone and voice.
These writers can also compose more personal projects. They may wax poetic in playful confessions, birthday dedications, and wedding vows, or execute creative résumés and cover letters. Drawing from a client's sensibilities or submitted personal statements, they also tailor unique letters on themes such as No Reason But I Love You and The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog. The writers also copyedit and ghostwrite pieces for other writers upon request. Regardless of the assignment, Creative Confusion guarantees that their work passes Copyscape's regulations for written content.
Lakeshore Learning Store’s Venice Boulevard spot may look like a common concrete warehouse, but it’s filled with puzzles, activities and games. The bright and colorful interior of this toy store/educational center is filled with learning tools for all ages, including block and tile sets that help build fine motor skills in kids, academic support like books and quizzes for grade schoolers and even Common Core curriculum guides to make sure that children are keeping up with their age-appropriate skills. Weekends are particularly exciting, with free crafts classes for kids. The store also has a teachers club, which makes it easy for educators to save on supplies and materials.
Signature service: Academic Tutoring
Reservations/Appointments: Required, subject to availability
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: Be sure to share your child's biggest areas of concern before our first session.
In the face of informational overload, Iris Reading helps students maintain a laser-like focus so they can cut through their reading material with speed. Online and in-person classes utilize drills to change old habits and drum up reading speed while still maintaining comprehension. And these techniques aren't just useful for literature and cereal-box backs. Classes cover strategies for magazines, newspapers, technical manuals, and websites, stressing the importance of retention and productivity along the way. Upon completion of Iris Reading's courses, students have reported the ability to tear through their reading material up to five times faster.