The instructors at Sylvan Learning Center understand the limitations of a one-size-fits-all classroom; they tailor tutoring and enrichment curricula to each student to meet specific goals. By interviewing pupils and gathering input from teachers and parents, the center's army of energetic study buddies can position students for success in subjects such as reading, math, writing, or study skills. Along with overseeing test-prep for ACTs and SATs, instructors help kids keep school breaks productive with academic camps that focus on specific skills such as math problem-solving and pitching tiny tents out of protractors and loose-leaf paper.
At Harmony in Life, which the Toledo City Paper named Toledo's Best Yoga Studio in 2010, certified yoga instructor Tammy Warren guides bodies through gentle yoga, a calming Vinyasa flow class. Within a tranquil studio bedecked in twinkling light strands, Tammy emphasizes breath control and body alignment to combat stress and ensure symmetrical snow angels. Tammy also varies each joint-soothing posture to accommodate diverse levels of pliability. Gentle yoga classes aim to improve posture, enhance strength, and increase concentration for a productive day of teaching parakeets to swear. Peruse the full yoga schedule here.
826michigan runs daily tutoring labs at the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair in Ann Arbor and at Ypsilanti Middle School, where students can work on their homework assignments and special projects guided by trained volunteers. Last year, 826michigan provided afterschool homework help to 297 students. To help fuel students' mental attentiveness, 826michigan feeds them healthy snacks, revving up learning juices with apples, oranges, granola bars, carrots and hummus, yogurt, and cheese and crackers. It costs 826michigan $10 each day to feed healthy snacks to a tutoring lab of 20 students.
Getting a good education can help students accomplish even more than beating a week's worth of Jeopardy! contestants from their living-room couch. Though that's a noble goal, the tutors at Great Lakes Educational Group want their students to achieve their career and life goals, and they believe the classroom is where many of those dreams take root. Whatever subject vexes a student—from multiplication tables to research writing to SAT and ACT prep—there's an instructor who can help. Additionally, tutoring groups never exceed three children, giving each participant ample attention and the chance to ask all their questions. For year-round learning, Great Lakes offers summer camps with themes such as rocket science, test-taking skills, and writing to ensure kids' minds stay fresh over the summer.
Aim4A's mission is encoded in its name: armed with advanced degrees and years of teaching experience, its tutors help their students acquire skills and concepts, improve them through practice, and measure their progress, all for academic excellence. In systematically structured group and private sessions, kids can either catch up to their peers by finally mastering skills they've missed or jump ahead of the class with new concepts. Whether helping students get through third grade, ace the ACT, or earn their GED, instructors can conduct virtually all courses on a one-on-one basis via Skype, ideal for those intimidated by groups or cursed to turn anything they touch to gold.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the Ontario-certified teachers of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centres design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the Ontario-certified teacher works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, and math. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. After-school or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills and exemplary test scores.