Though many students come to Mathnasium having fallen behind their classmates, a mathematically advanced child sparked the learning program’s creation. As founder Larry Martinek’s young son, Nic, developed an appetite for higher-level math concepts, Larry found himself developing an entirely new teaching language to explain them in an age-appropriate way. The kind of instincts he sought to build up couldn’t be nurtured by drills and rote memorization. Instead, they required a deeper understanding of the principles at the root of mathematical operations, delivered in a way that grade-school kids could apply throughout their academic careers.
In just a decade’s time, Larry and his team have established Mathnasium centers in most U.S. states and more than a dozen in other countries. At each, highly trained tutors develop custom learning plans for students in grades K–12 based on The Mathnasium Method. The system combines an education strategy of conceptual, tactile, and visual techniques with a curriculum structure that ensures kids can count, think proportionally, and tell the difference between a multiplication sign and a plus sign by scent alone. Tutors allow some time each session to help students with the concepts in their math homework, and the centers regularly check report cards and standardized tests as further measures of progress.
Math can be a challenge, even for the brightest of students. Abamath seeks to simplify the problem of math equations through enthusiastic instruction, technology, and encouragement. Specialized instructors pinpoint each student's strengths and leverage them to enhance the learning experience. Members receive unlimited access to their space and tutors, who teach everything from kindergarten arithmetic to calculus. Hourly one-on-one tutoring and homework help are available, as well.
Believing that learning and behavioral disorders stem from improper communication between brain hemispheres, Brain Balance Centers offers a drug-free, multi-faceted system to boost brain function. Physical and cognitive exercises combine with easy-to-follow dietary changes to improve social, academic and behavioral issues associated with ADHD, Asperger's, and other social and learning disorders without the use of medication. Now more than 50 Brain Balance Centers practice this Hemispheric Integration Therapy, with professional teams tailoring programs to help kids improve focus and behavior, academic performance, communication, and social skills.
The 14th annual MCAD Art Sale unveils collections of paint-strewn papyruses, photographs, and graphic prints by students and recent graduates. Held every year the weekend before Thanksgiving, the art sale has generated more than $1,000,000 to support emerging artists and underprivileged smocks. The frenzy of opening-night festivities begin with complimentary beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by remarks and interpretive shadow puppets by MCAD President Jay Coogan. At the strike of 6:45 p.m., visitors nab up to one wall adornment every 12 seconds, while brushing eyes over landscapes of original opuses and opening their wallets faster than their neighboring collector. All attendees retrieve their tickets through will call only. Proceeds directly benefit individual artists or the MCAD's Art Sale Scholarship fund, and guests can purchase masterpieces with cash, check, credit card, and miniature portraits of President Andrew Jackson.
Though Tutor Doctor recognizes that every student is different, the company begins each tutoring relationship the same way. First, an educational consultant gathers information from parents, educators, and students themselves to create a full-fledged picture of their learning style, personality, and academic goals. Then, the company uses that information to pair the student with 1 of more than 100 carefully screened teachers or subject specialists to aid with current class work; prep for the SAT, ACT, and other exams; or bolster a shaky understanding of fundamental concepts—all from the convenience of the student's home. After each session, emailed progress reports keep parents on top of their youngster's learning curve. Staff can also accommodate autism and other special-needs students or aid college and graduate students via adult education.
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.