Self-made industry guru Alicia Sanchez, whose Favala Designs has been featured in fashion-week events in New York, Trinidad and Tobago, and Europe, shares her expertise with kids and adults at La Sewing Café. Her children’s classes fuel creativity by introducing wee ones to the notion of haute couture and teaching them sewing basics both by hand and on a machine before they start designing patterns of their own. Elsewhere in the studio, adults can be found making outfits and organic treats for their dogs or creating holiday-themed home projects.
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.