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.
The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga is a product of numerous influences. Developed by a master yoga instructor, Jimmy Barkan, the practice originated in Calcutta, India, where Jimmy began infusing Hatha-yoga postures and movements with those of other disciplines. Today, on the other side of the globe, his instructors host each class in rooms heated to warm or hot levels, which not only helps stretch limbs, but also strengthens muscle groups and defrosts the poultry they plan on eating later. Following in Jimmy’s footsteps, these teachers bolster their knowledge of the discipline by earning certification from the Barkan Method and recognition from Yoga Alliance.
Loyalty to digital cameras’ factory settings can hinder photographers shooting in unusual venues. Photographer Paulo Jordao teaches his students to manually adjust their settings to suit their surroundings during hands-on workshops, whose curricula also emphasize lighting, composition, and post-shoot editing. Open to all skill levels, the workshops can expand semi-professionals’ skill sets or aid parents trying to document their tots’ childhoods without adding extensive footnotes to their height chart.
When he’s not teaching workshops, Jordao, along with his wife, Peggy, who is also a photographer, can be found snapping photos of newly engaged couples, capturing sultry boudoir shoots, and shooting videos for special events.
A former professor with degrees from Tufts, Harvard, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mike ElDeiry has dedicated himself to helping the next generation get into the best colleges to pursue their dreams. Focusing on the SAT and ACT admission exams, he founded Broward Tutorial Services, Inc. to help pupils learn the tricks and techniques that can help them ace the tests. In lessons, students learn such essential techniques as time management, process of elimination, and avoiding common traps laid by the exam writers or the pirates using the testing facility as a base. Under ElDeiry's tutelage, students have made marked improvements in their scores, with boosts of more than 300 points on the SAT.
South Florida Photo's staff works well with others. During basic and advanced photography courses, they instruct aspiring photographers in the basics of shot composition and camera functions or delve into the best ways to use various tools, including cameras, editing software, and artfully placed thumbs. The instructors do double duty as professional photographers, and haul their gear on-location during photography services for weddings, family portraits, modeling portfolios, corporate events and headshots.
A full service dive shop, Aquatic Ventures equips snorkelers and scuba divers with the gear, tanks, and instruction necessary to breathe underwater. Owner and dive instructor Gary Beiter has more than 40 years of teaching experience and draws upon that know-how during every lesson.