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 without having to scribble them on your hand. 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.
Signature service: Individualized after-school tutoring programs for Math and English
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Eye Level Math, Eye Level English, and Eye Level Play Math
Pro Tip: While your child studies, browse the web in our WiFi lounge or enjoy shopping at Winners and Walmart.
KMT The Learning Group's licensed educators, social workers, psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, and business professionals help students of all ages—including adults in the professional world—through academic tutoring, workshops, and technology training. They specialize in helping children with learning disabilities, ADHD, Asperger's syndrome, and autism, and they pay particular attention to clients dealing with big life changes, such as divorce or trauma.
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.
Wise Adventures is different things to different people. For parents, it's a place to safely leave kids and shop in the mall or go off on a date night, checking in occasionally via Wise Adventures' video-over-the-internet feature. For kids, though, Wise Adventures becomes a zone of discovery. Thousands of loose lego blocks sit ready to become helicopters, spaceships, used vacuum cleaner stores, or anything else out of the wildest imagination. Wise Adventures' instructors teach older kids computer skills in more structured sessions, including keyboarding and Microsoft Office. They also help kids with school work during private or group tutoring programs.
Wise Adventures doesn't exclude adults from its fantastic confines, however. They can attend birthday parties, which take on more than a dozen themes, including "Princess Tea Party" and "Hands on with Animals," which expands the guest list to include a corn snake and leopard geckos. Pottery painting, meanwhile, welcomes both kids and adults, and "social artworking" events let grown-ups chat and eat while they paint works of art.
The instructors at Freedom School of the Arts don’t teach theatrical dogma. Instead of constraining their pupils with “must do” techniques, they encourage students to explore their own process and discover on-stage confidence through a constantly changing curriculum. The school’s acting and improv classes cover basic performance skills that ease self-doubts as well as read-through, blocking, and agreement techniques that help them feel comfortable in any situation, from shows to auditions to parent-teacher conferences. Not just for adults, the school hosts youth acting classes that help kids explore their imagination and creativity.