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.
As a former teacher and counselor, Dupé Aleru founded Tutors for Tots Tweens & Teens LLC to be more than a tutoring service. She also wanted to offer counseling, special education, and other resources, so that whether students needed one-on-one tutoring, special-education services, or help preparing for tests, they could find it all in one spot. Today, using a developmental approach, her team of qualified teachers helps students in grades K–12 stay engaged and rise to each challenge, whether they're learning reading skills or applying to clown school.
Actor Steven Nelson, a professional with 15 years of experience, works alongside fellow instructors Curtis Andersen and Amber Robins to teach students the fundamentals of acting and improv. Workshops cover subjects ranging from cold readings to audition techniques. On-camera acting courses use a projection system to help actors study their own performances onscreen.
Breanna Clifton keeps busy. She's still in school, majoring in education with a focus in child development—a field in which she already has a degree—but she's found time to work with kids, receive professional awards, and stay active in her community. And, of course, she's even managed to found her very own company: BEE Smart Learning, which links students with Breanna for one-on-one tutoring sessions in an extensive array of academic and career-oriented subjects.
BEE Smart Learning started as an outreach program designed to serve at-risk youth and children with disabilities. But after Breanna started tutoring a few family friends, her college classmates got wind of her teaching skills and wanted in. Breanna started tutoring them, too. The rest is history.
Musique Sur La Mer Youth Symphony Orchestra has performed around the world - including the Sydney Opera House Australia, Christchurch Cathedral, New Zealand, The Gold Hall of the Musikverien in Vienna and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Musicians range in age from 12 - 25.
Professional tutors help students make quick progress at Tutoring Club, where the staff relies on individualized instruction and a confidence-building structure. A low student-to-teacher ratio helps tutors track the progress of each student during classes that focus on math, writing, study skills, test prep, and more.