In crowded classrooms, it's easy for the needs of individual children to be overlooked. Despite the best efforts on the parts of teachers and students alike, all children learn at different rates and in different ways. Sylvan Learning Center's nationwide network of tutors and resources seeks to fill in educational gaps and keep flagging students from elementary to high school up to speed.
Whether children struggle with reading, writing, or solving the complex logarithms necessary to get their jetpacks airborne, Sylvan's learning gurus help them chart a course through learning roadblocks. Initial skills assessments determine where students fit into the Sylvan tutoring regimen with a series of tests, diagnostic tools, and interviews. With a greater understanding of the needs of each student, tutors create custom approaches to keep students engaged and in command of the fundamentals.
Golfers forge a path to straighter drives, smoother putts, and lower scores year-round inside Black Clover Golf Academy’s 22,000-square-foot golf learning and training facility. Evan Byers oversees the operations, bringing insight learned during a four-decade golf career that includes stints as a player, caddy on the Senior PGA TOUR, representative of golf manufacturer Callaway Golf, and tournament director of numerous PGA tour level tournaments. Evan personally vets each instructor, ensuring that they can instruct any level of golfer with confidence and aren’t spies working for the caddy of one-time rival Chi-Chi Rodriguez.
Black Cover Golf Academy fosters golf-game improvement with a 12-stall driving range, a 2,100-square-foot putting green, a practice sand trap, and a golf simulator. As golfers hone their swings, a burbling creek and walls plastered with pictures of scenic mountains simulate the experience of being on a world-class golf course without the threat of running into a herd of feral golf carts.
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.
Dr. Drake Vincent is a respected force in local cosmetic surgery, and his specialized practice offers hair-loss-fighting treatments that are both surgical and noninvasive. The Vincent Hair Institute's office is dedicated to comfort and classical aesthetics with a Romanesque decor, which includes a marbled reception desk, elegant statues, and rich wooden furnishings. Following hair-loss consultations and treatments, men and women can visit the onsite salon where professionals trained in coloring and styling will enhance a new hirsute look.
A group of musicians step onto a parade trailer and man their requisite noisemakers—guitars, bass, and drums. Only months ago, they may have never even picked up an instrument, much less thought they'd be part of a band playing a live gig. But now, their nimble fingers deftly play live covers of The Beatles, AC/DC, and Maroon 5, which pump from speakers as the movable stage winds through Lehi's streets.
The university-trained instructors of Utah School of Music & Dance organize music and dance recitals like these each year, helping students of all ages and abilities to share their burgeoning expertise. Profiled by the Utah Valley Business Blog, the school encompasses both private and group training studios where tutors such as guitarist Scott Miller—author of Mel Bay's Getting Into Jazz Fusion Guitar—help emerging Mozarts as young as 3 to master woodwinds, percussion, or the art of destroying a guitar amplifier. During dance classes, expressive movers practice hip-hop, jazz, or ballet moves atop a supportive floating floor, lingering afterward in a waiting room decked out with complimentary movies and WiFi.
The University of Utah considers the blooms of spring flowers, the colors of fall leaves, and the greenery of winter pines to be public resources. With that in mind, the university oversees the Red Butte Garden, a community funded, non-profit outdoor attraction. Across its hundreds of miles, visitors find opportunities to view seasonal foliage or simply relax outside with a good book.
Size: more than 100 acres, with miles of hiking trails, walking paths, and display gardens
Eye Catcher: the garden's springtime display of approximately 350,000 bulbs in full bloom
Don't Miss: the wide variety of roses that bloom along the Floral Walk and in the Rose Garden during summer
Ways to Explore: private and public tram tours and hikes during warmer months; snowshoe expeditions during the winter
Special Programs and Entertainment: events for kids; plant sales; gardening classes; film screenings; live shows in the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
Pro Tip: complimentary WiFi suffuses the grounds, making the garden a scenic place to get some work done or play virtual farming games