Huntsville's Sylvan Learning center adds its voice to the more than 900 local learning centers across the country while staying true to its Alabama roots. Led by Cathy Parrill, the tutors work one-on-one with students of all ages and skill levels on homework and test prep. They offer a variety of programs that are customized to suit each individual student's learning needs and skills.
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.
Weak cognitive skills can make it difficult for students to fully grasp and understand concepts, even after extensive tutoring and reteaching. LearningRx's brain-training programs aim to strengthen those skills so students can improve their capacity to learn.
At the center, assessment tests are given first to seek out areas that need more work and determine which brain-training programs are suitable for the student. Then LearningRx's experts work with students one-on-one to give them immediate feedback and encouragement to overcome their challenges. The center welcomes children and adults of all ages, as well as visitors with attention disorders, autism, and dyslexia. The brain-training sessions can also help participants gain a competitive advantage in college or in their careers.
At Mathnasium, kids in grades K-12 receive individualized attention during tutoring sessions that cover a range of concepts and subject matter. The center's programs include month-to-month memberships with two to three sessions per week, private sessions up to 90 minutes each, and homework help a few times per week. In the event of an upcoming school entrance exam or other important test, Mathnasium also supplies students with test prep skills to instill good test-taking habits, such as getting the answers right.
At first glance, Pettit Creek Farms looks much the same as other farms. Cows moo and goats bleat from the barnyard, while wagons full of hay and passengers trundle along. But then someone rides by on a camel. A zebra cranes its striped neck over a fence, searching for handfuls of oats, and KatieBird the emu ruffles her feathers at passersby.
It's around the holidays that this unusual farm becomes its most active. In the fall, as the temperature drops and the pumpkin patch ripens, visitors can be seen perusing the squashes and heard trying to navigate the winding corn maze. And, come winter, the farm fires up thousands of Christmas lights, creating a mile-long wonderland for visitors to drive through.