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 use a four-step Sylvan Insight process to design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, 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 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. SylanSync technology complements in-person tutoring sessions, allowing kids to use iPads
to further their learning. 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 fur-friendly staff at Four Paws Only lavishes animal companions with lovingly attentive grooming services using high-quality products. Bring in your Jack Russell terrier or your chihuahua ($35 each) for its diminutive preening session, readying it for family portraits or the all-canine junior prom. Bernese mountain pooches in need of gussying up after days spent leading rugged hikes can procure a large-dog grooming ($60), as can Irish setters ($45+) and bearded collies ($50+) looking for a clean shave.
Since its days of bathing powder-blue laser suits in the 1970s, Executive Cleaners has grown with each decade to keep local trendsetters and faux pas-ers sporting spot-free wear. The only GreenEarth Cleaners in Polk county, Executive Cleaners swaddles all dingy clothes with odorless, eco-friendly solvents—each piece spot-treated, pressed, and hand-finished with care. The natural, silicone-based solution gently caresses dirt and grime from fibers, helping to improve the appearance of fabrics while also boosting each garment's wavering self-esteem. Though store prices may vary, sullied pants, shirts, and blouses ($5.30 each) can be spiffened, two-piece suits ($11.20) revitalized, and spotty dresses ($10.92) transformed into the princesses that they've always wanted to be or be on.
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 particular 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 and New Jersey.
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, encouraging pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
The tutors at Students Opting 4 Success (SO4S) follow the four E's: educate, empower, encourage, and equip students with the skills to succeed both now and in the future. Because education isn't limited to the hours spent inside the classroom, SO4S provides year-round tutoring in a wide range of subjects, including various areas of math, science, reading, and language arts. Before beginning a program, every student participates in an initial consultation and diagnostic testing. From there, the company is able to carve out personalized plans and teaching environments in which students are able thrive. But programs here aren't just designed for students who have fallen behind; they're also for individuals hoping to stay ahead, especially right before applying to college or answering questions needed to pass a bridge troll.