The staff members at Sylvan Learning Center'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.
With a stable of tutors ranging from PhD candidates to biology and English professors, SpartanTutors.com offers one-on-one tutoring and standardized-test preparation for students in all stages of their academic careers. For middle schoolers , the team's guidance in fundamentals such as writing papers helps lay a strong foundation for future educational success. Their high-school-age courses build on this foundation and aim to bolster students' scores on the SAT, ACT, and inkblot tests required for university admission. Those already in college benefit from the expertise of head tutor and MCAT/LSAT specialist Anthony Graybosch, who scored in the 98th percentile on his own LSAT and in the 99th percentile on tests including the GMAT, SAT, and ACT.
At more than 900 learning centers across the world, Sylvan offers kids a leg up through personalized, one-on-one programs prescribed by an in-depth skills assessment. Students build on past lessons to learn progressively, and sessions may hone in on different disciplines, granting kids the confidence to interpret literature and the rhetorical skills needed to negotiate a later bedtime. The positive mindset of personable, invested instructors helps to inspire kids to greater academic feats, as does a prize program that rewards hard work with CDs and gift cards.
Typically, summer school is a last resort for failing students. At Summer Course Enrichment, however, small groups of proactive pupils jump-start their minds a few weeks before the start of the upcoming school year. With a variety of subjects available, including biology, Spanish, chemistry, and geometry, students can rigorously prepare for the classes they will encounter in September, which helps them thoroughly understand the material when they see it again. While not credit bearing—freeing students from the pressure of their GPA and the competition to get the sparkliest "Good Job!" sticker—the academic-enrichment classes cover grade-specific materials taught by experienced Michigan-certified teachers.
When children struggle in math, science, social studies, foreign languages, or other academic arenas, the tutors at MJ Creations come to the rescue, tailoring their instruction to individual needs. Tutoring can take place over the Internet or in person during private or group sessions. Though the subject or venue may change, one aspect always remains the same: tutors help their charges reach their scholastic goals with the proper schedule, materials, and encouragement.
Signature service: Tutoring in most subjects K-12
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: Brainy Kids math and English curriculum
Pro Tip: Diagnostic testing in math and English K-12 offered to long-term clients at participating centers.