The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities 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 standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from 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. 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.
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 other countries. At each, tutors who earned a 700 or higher on the math portion of the SAT 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.
At LearningRx Brain Training, certified brain-trainers use one-on-one techniques to help boost kids' and adults' cognitive abilities and speed up the processes underlying learning and reading difficulties. Unlike a standard remedial training program, the clinically proven sessions target cognitive skills rather than subject tutoring. Sessions are also available for college students looking to improve their recall or adults who want to keep their brains in top condition. The center has seen a variety of clients including struggling students and students that have been diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia, autism, and even traumatic brain injuries.
PERC Photography School covers just about all aspects of photography. Its 50 courses in digital photography and software training are offered in a variety of formats, including instructor-led classroom training, online on-demand education, webinars, and workshops. But PERC is more than just a school. It also offers a variety of services, including wedding photography and photo retouching, as well as gear and studio rentals.
Signature service: Educational and fun programs for ages 3 to 12
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: New preschool with a safe, fun, and caring environment, qualified staff, and after-care provided