In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
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.
Public Image Media creates videos. It sounds straightforward, but the media experts can use their cameras and editing prowess to forge all sorts of moving imagery. Among many services, they shoot wedding videos, write and direct TV ads, and create video business cards to help companies win clients. Additionally, Public Image Media can set up a mobile video studio at offices or homes that aren't currently located underwater.
Dedicated to the art of belly dance, Arielle Juliette opened Dance Life Studio and Fitness to share her passion with others. As she concentrated her efforts, she assembled a team of fellow dancers equally inspired by the sensual Middle Eastern tradition, and committed to creating a warm and supportive enviroment where all types of students are welcome. Beyond belly-dancing classes, the studio also teaches Zumba, Piloxing, burlesque, PiYo, hula hooping and Bollywood fitness. The schedule features multiple classes most weeknights, as well as morning weekend sessions.
All Writers’ Workplace & Workshop's friendly faculty of published writers nurtures aspirant authors of all ages and skill levels with on-site and online classes. Class sizes are kept small (between 8–20) to make sure that everyone gets plenty of one-on-one attention. The Book Writing Workshop ($150) kick-starts ideas for the above-average American novel with 12 weeks of honest feedback from supportive classmates, as well as a line-by-line edit and thematic critique from the instructor. The Wednesday writing workshops ($50) apply the same scrutiny to a more diverse grab bag of short stories, poems, creative nonfiction, and exceptionally gripping Mad Libs.
The Tutoring Center’s instructors follow a proven curriculum method that goes beyond merely helping students with their homework. The Rotational Approach to Learning, developed by Tutoring Center founder Edward S. Thalheimer, PhD, is designed to help students in grades K–12 overcome scholastic issues through one-to-one instruction sessions followed by short independent study sessions where they can apply what they just learned. Not only does this system boost grades in school but it also bolsters students’ self-confidence and ability to work effectively alone or if the rest of the quiz-bowl team got suspended. The Tutoring Center's individualized programs use this teaching system and focus on specific subjects, such as reading, math, writing, and pre-SAT prep or study skills.