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 particular 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, encouraging pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
Car accidents, sports injuries, and repetitive movements can all cause muscular knots and strains, which the staff at Back In Shape Massage Therapy specializes in relieving. During sessions, they listen to clients’ concerns before pulling from Swedish, deep tissue, or neuromuscular modalities to loosen connective tissue and soothe chronic tension. Massage strokes are used to alleviate a variety of aches and pains, including headaches. Appointments are available by the minute or in half-hour increments.
Aloha Mind Math's certified teachers strive for one goal: to free students from the tyranny of calculators. They’re aided in their fight by the center's Abacus Learning of Higher Arithmetic (ALOHA) curriculum, a program designed by a panel of mathematics experts to mitigate students’ mind-melting reliance on machine-based calculation. Teachers lead students through weekly after-school classes that increase mental processing abilities through fun, interactive lessons, keeping classes small to ensure all students receive ample attention. Though primarily focused on math, teachers also host reading and writing classes that increase literacy, reducing the chance students will accidentally sign contracts to forever trade their chocolate milk for pieces of chalk.
A good MMA fighter appreciates the importance of balance—a false move on the mat can signify the end of a tournament, whereas a stable hold can ensure one’s victory. At American Top Team West Palm Beach, instructors cover these aspects of grappling in a variety of classes. Marcos “Parrumpinha” Da Matta, a fourth-degree black belt and winner of several championships, demonstrates the joint locks and chokeholds of Brazilian jujitsu. Students can also learn the jabs and kicks of muay thai kickboxing, which also come in handy for creating air-circulation holes in your house’s walls.
Finally, whether they are promoting confidence during children's classes or pushing a client to complete a challenging CrossFit WOD, the staff prioritizes emotional balance. Its lessons include equal parts passion and control, stressing safety and discipline in addition to positive energy.
Before first-time drivers hit the road, they must understand the rules and risks of operating a vehicle. Through SurePass Traffic School's classroom and online courses, certified instructors enlighten teens on traffic laws and regulations and the dangers of substance abuse. Sessions culminate in a written exam—available in English, Spanish, or Creole—about road signs and rules, which, if passed, grants the right to a learner's permit. Besides teaching beginners, SurePass offers driver-improvement classes for individuals who have received citations for running red lights or speeding.