The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers 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 a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-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. Camps and 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 dedicated team of online and in-person instructors and sophisticated adaptive learning technology, Kaplan Test Prep's GMAT- and GRE-preparation courses provide students with the tools needed to succeed and a higher-score guarantee. On Demand courses grant students access to a vast online repository of video instruction, simulating a classroom environment from the comfort of a home office or underwater laboratory, whereas practice tests are adapted to the student's skill level, pushing their brains to operational capacity. Heightening classroom-like reality even further are the Classroom Anywhere courses, which stream live video of Kaplan's expert instructors providing interaction complete with audio chat, a virtual white board, and class-wide polling. For those who demand more corporeal instruction and real-life consequences for chewing gum in class, Classroom On-Site courses provide personal attention, with in-person classroom sessions led by test-mastering instructors.
Using experience gleaned over years as a broker and educational consultant, Kartik Subramaniam and Adhi Schools have been guiding students toward real-estate licensure since 2003. With detailed online and in-person courses, Adhi helps prepare each pupil for the California license exam via included textbooks, three preparatory exams, and a guide to garage-door whispering. The school also assists graduates by placing them in contact with brokerages to start their new careers. The Adhi Schools' curriculum is recognized by leaders in the real-estate field, from large brokerages including Century 21 and Prudential to national training companies.
Nestled in the cockpit of a Socata TB 10 Tobago–a single engine aircraft with a luxurious leather interior–fledgling pilots soar over Los Angeles and the ocean with a South Coast Aeronautics instructor by their side. These teachers lead on-the-ground training as well as hands on Discovery Flights to teach new pilots the ins and outs of flying. In addition, they provide training for full on private pilot licenses, which enable holders to legally fly their own plane or ride their pet albatross to work. After earning a PPL, students can also garner an instrument rating and commercial pilot certification to seek a career in the skies.
Working with clay is both deeply meditative and creatively stimulating for Antara, who has been ceramic artist for 41 years. A skilled teacher with a masters degree in art therapy, she helps others access their own creative reserves at her pottery school, Earthstone Pottery. During wheel-throwing and hand-building classes, students work clay into both functional and abstract pieces, and those who opt for a six-week pottery series can follow their creations from conception to firing. Specialty classes that are centered around Native American pottery styles and honor traditions from the past, are also available.