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 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 and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
No one is born knowing how to take standardized exams, but what isn't intrinsic can be learned with the help of a good teacher. In the case of tne PSAT and SAT exams, S.A.T. Smart founder and former college professor Susan Alaimo has devoted a large part of her career to helping students form their futures through her test-prep programs. For more than 18 years, her company has been an ally to the college bound with classes that include graded practice exams and a review of all the tests' sections, from reading comprehension to the math and writing sections. Since classes use only official College Board materials, students are always taught the most relevant details.
Husband-and-wife duo George and Sydney Fisch founded The Scuba Connection in 1996, later adding two very special instructors to their facility’s staff: their sons. Brothers Wayne and Jason Fisch helm the five-star PADI Instructor Development Center, where they guide aspiring dive teachers, as well as hobbyists, through all levels of scuba instruction. To further bulk up their school’s curriculum, the Fisches teach a handful of highly specialized courses that explore unique underwater interests, such as videography, wreck diving, and whale-call translation techniques. Technical class offerings include trimix and rebreathers.
Eye Level Learning Center's tutoring equation is like a math problem its students might study: 1 teaching method + 3 subjects x 16 countries = 2.5 million enrollments worldwide. First developed in South Korea in 1976, Eye Level takes its name from their desire to see things from a student's point of view. Educators customize lessons to fit each pupil, and its self-directed method allows students to move at their own pace.
Children taking mathematics lessons build upon a basic foundation, then learn how to apply critical thinking to math concepts such as geometry and measurement to solve problems. English-session students learn basic grammar skills as well as advanced reading comprehension and writing skills.
Learning to read, solve math problems, or master any school subject relies on one thing: the brain. With this in mind, the coaches at LearningRx eschew traditional tutoring methods that focus on one subject at a time. Instead, they use brain-training games and other mind exercises designed to hone a child's overall cognitive skills. The coaches work with students of all abilities, including gifted children. They also specialize in helping those with ADHD, autism, and dyslexia. LearningRx's team also works with adults and seniors.
The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium entreats attendees of all ages to sit back, look up, and gaze upon constellations and other light-based spectacles. Astronomy shows entertain younger audiences during afternoon showings, with summer gems such as Attack of the Space Pirates or Solar System Odyssey. On weekends, the staff caters to older crowds with laser concerts with music from bands such as Coldplay, The Beatles, and Pink Floyd. After the show, guests can stop into a gift shop filled to the brim with science, astronomy, and star charts, along with freeze-dried astronaut foods such as ice cream or apple wedges. With an eye toward community outreach, the Planetarium also hosts group shows and field-trip programs. The crew also regularly tricks stars into attending the third grade by dragging them to schools via the Starlab Portable Planetarium’s inflatable dome.