After requiring tutoring themselves—and being displeased with the results—Tutor the People founders Eliza Morrison and Andrew Nimmich wanted to offer students verified expertise in a variety of courses. To ensure the highest caliber of instruction, they hire educators who hold master’s or doctorate degrees in the subjects they teach. Whether individuals are preparing for standardized tests, such as the LSAT, GRE, MCAT, and GMAT, or independent subjects including creative writing and biochemistry, they can expect expert advice and instruction.
Made up of certified New York City teachers, the staff of Infinity Test Prep has a unique grasp on the competitive nature of the metropolis’s school system, something usually only understood by the professors living in public schools’ vents. As such, they can help students get a foot in the door of the city’s top specialized and private high schools with their extracurricular academic, art, and dance classes. Instructors keep classes small—at or below the 30-pupil mark—to ensure learners stay engaged and efficiently soak up new knowledge, whether it’s a technique for acing the PSAT or a relaxing yoga pose. Available sessions also include drama and guitar lessons with a working actor and musician, Chinese lessons with bilingual teachers, and college-counseling workshops with a high-school guidance counselor to determine if a potential campus and student-to-water-fountain ratio are right for one’s child.
An iPhone can be a distraction when you're studying, but thanks to Securities Institute of America, it can also be a learning tool. Founded by Wall Street professionals, the learning center specializes in test-prep software—compatible with Macs, PCs, smartphones, and tablets—for 13 series of the General Securities Representative Qualification Exams. (Another one of their programs helps students prep for the Chartered Financial Analyst exam.) Regardless of the exact test, all the team's programs and videos are designed for customization, so that student can tailor the experience to their strengths. A best example of this is the student's ability to randomize his or her own quizzes, selecting topics and a number of questions. Videos bring this content to life, while PowerPoint presentations further tutor students in difficult areas. As a partnership with John Wiley & Sons, the largest publisher of financial information, textbooks are packed with test tips, sample questions, and need-to-know info for exams. For those who prefer a live teacher to give their spare apples to, the institute also hosts tutoring sessions and onsite classes.
In the face of informational overload, Iris Reading helps students maintain a laser-like focus so they can cut through their reading material with speed. Online and in-person classes utilize drills to change old habits and drum up reading speed while still maintaining comprehension. And these techniques aren't just useful for literature and cereal-box backs. Classes cover strategies for magazines, newspapers, technical manuals, and websites, stressing the importance of retention and productivity along the way. Upon completion of Iris Reading's courses, students have reported the ability to tear through their reading material up to five times faster.
With a dedicated team of online and in-person instructors and sophisticated adaptive learning technology, Kaplan Test Prep's GMAT- and GRE-preparation courses provide students with the tools needed to succeed and a higher-score guarantee. On Demand courses grant students access to a vast online repository of video instruction, simulating a classroom environment from the comfort of a home office or underwater laboratory, whereas practice tests are adapted to the student's skill level, pushing their brains to operational capacity. Heightening classroom-like reality even further are the Classroom Anywhere courses, which stream live video of Kaplan's expert instructors providing interaction complete with audio chat, a virtual white board, and class-wide polling. For those who demand more corporeal instruction and real-life consequences for chewing gum in class, Classroom On-Site courses provide personal attention, with in-person classroom sessions led by test-mastering instructors.
With more than a decade of experience in business consulting, education, and training, Helen Hanying Liu helms Wall Street Chinese to help professionals develop the language and cultural knowledge they need to thrive in their industry. Trainers with an in-depth knowledge of international business teach skills ranging from the Mandarin language to Chinese calligraphy. Adult students can opt for a six-week general intensive course, or they can sign up for the 10-lesson course in business Chinese that exclusively teaches quotes from Warren Buffett in Mandarin.
Kids also can learn to speak Mandarin in a course with interactive lessons that include fun activities such as brush painting, debate, and Chinese chess. In addition to language pros, the team of instructors includes musicians and artists, which is reflected in the diversity of private and group instruction available. Classes in Chinese medicine and Chinese art help students become well-rounded, and special events include feng shui workshops and children's kung fu.