Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring and supplemental education services to students of all ages and skill levels. At Sylvan, our warm and caring tutors tailor individualized learning plans that build the skills, habits and attitudes students need to succeed in school and in life.
More than three decades ago, educator Larry Martinek set out on a mission to develop a curriculum that would radically change the traditional approach to teaching math. Noting a "disconnect between students' basic skills training and the curriculum they [must] master in the years to come," Larry created an original teaching method designed to turn students into miniature mathematicians capable of thinking critically to solve problems. His approach, which he describes as the cultivation of number sense, strives to sharpen students? math instincts, rather than drill them with repetitive, memory-based exercises or force them to blackmail accountants to crunch the numbers. Soon after students began using Larry's method, their test scores began to rise. In the spring of 2002, Larry's dream came true. Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff, leaders in the education industry, made Larry and his curriculum the driving force of Mathnasium. Larry introduced his curriculum as the Mathnasium Method.
Today, Mathnasium centers can be found throughout the world. Informed by Larry's visionary innovations, the program's tutors give personalized coaching that focuses on bolstering critical thinking through written materials and mental math, forsaking many of the teaching tools found in a traditional classroom. In addition, the tutors also focus on boosting students' enthusiasm for the subject, helping them overcome a lack of confidence in the classroom or their innate fear of prime numbers.
World-renowned and highly regarded, The Princeton Review helps prepare students for getting into college, law school, and grad school through a fleet of exam-prep classes. During the informative sessions—which cover such tests as the SAT, ACT, LSAT, and GRE—handpicked, rigorously trained teachers coach students to relinquish anxiety over upcoming tests. They conduct math reviews, reading sessions, and writing exercises that pair pupils with weighted pens. In addition to leading group classes, the teachers offer in-person and online private-tutoring services, which are customized to each pupil's learning needs.
Originating in Los Angeles and helmed by experienced director Amy Allen, L.A. Acting Workshop transplants theatrical knowledge to the minds of fledgling actors, training them in diverse disciplines in order to ready them for careers in the dramatic fields. Youngsters ages 5–10 can join the L.A. Acting Youth Players' Wednesday classes under the tutelage of skilled instructors, where they'll learn acting basics such as improvisation, script work, and how to mime their preferred Shakespearean monologue. Adults can join The Working Film Actor – Level I classes held Tuesday nights for seminar-style sessions designed to polish existing skills and provide insight into interviews, cold readings, and soap-opera auditions, including lessons on coming in and out of comas at will. Classes help actors build confidence and learn to market themselves successfully to agents and other powerhouse professionals in the entertainment industry.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities 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 standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas. 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.