New Jersey's municipal police officers, county corrections officers, state rangers, and other law enforcement members all start their careers in the same place: the entry-level exam. A single answer on this test could mean the difference between two candidates for the same position. It's a written obstacle course, with 10 sections that cover everything from deductive reasoning to personality traits. Luckily, it's a challenge that Top Brass Learning Centers' instructors have all met first hand. In fact, the faculty consists of police supervisors that have all scored high on their own exams. During classroom sessions, these experts cover all aspects of the written test, incorporating practice exams and training materials. They spend hours working with future officers until they can leave confident and ready to begin a life of civic service.
The instructors also help current officers advance their careers. Promotional level classes prep these continuing students for the oral, written, and telepathic portions of lieutenant and captain exams. The classes are designed for working police men and women, and instructors post online versions of each lesson to accommodate students who cannot attend in-person.
The educators at Hudson Learning Center know that all students have their own strengths and weaknesses. That's why the center's tutoring process begins with an assessment, during which the center's tutors identify specific areas for improvement and create challenging yet obtainable goals. Then?during either private or group sessions?they work with pupils to improve skills in math, reading, history, or pretty much any other subject. They can also help older students prepare for important tests, like the SAT and ACT.
In addition to their structured tutoring, Hudson Learning Center's staff hosts an after-school homework help program. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., tutors stand ready to help students complete assignments, study for exams, or wait out the necessary quarantine periods after cooties outbreaks.
A multidisciplinary cultural development center, GainVille specializes in language lessons for children but also offers classes for adults, ESL classes, and academic support, including educational-placement programs, counseling, and tutoring. A teaching staff of native Spanish, Italian, French, Mandarin, and Arabic speakers leads immersive sessions that not only cover grammar and vocabulary but also delve into the art, history, cuisine, and famous yo-yoists of the regions where each respective language is spoken. To fill up on brain food before or after class, students can head down to the café for some healthy international cuisine.
Amid the school system's flurry of standardized benchmarks and test scores, it can be easy to forget that an education’s mission extends far beyond Scantrons and multiple-choice questions. Milestone Institute’s state-certified educators have this mission in mind every time they welcome a new student for tutoring. After a diagnostic test assesses each student's capabilities, educators craft a customized tutoring plan focused on coursework that's neither too easy nor too difficult. Students also receive focused attention in each intimate group session, learning about reading and writing and using that knowledge to understand why they should never say "'rithmetic.” Interim reports help instructors, parents, and students keep an eye on progress, highlighting achievements and identifying which academic areas still need work.
Argentina?born soccer enthusiast Gustavo Szulansky opened Super Soccer Stars to provide the boroughs with a program that championed the personal development of youngsters rather than solely a skill-based focus. Since its debut in 2000, it's grown throughout the city, helping countless youngsters learn teamwork, boost confidence, and decrease arguments during home games played on the dining-room table. This rapid growth is due in part to the positive values Gustavo instilled from the first class. His coaches are carefully selected for their ability to cultivate a noncompetitive, sensitive approach to learning the game, and they dole out their knowledge in both classes and camps.
Super Soccer Star's Kick & Play program features family-friendly classes that help tots 12?24 months old develop pre-soccer skills and physical skill sets simultaneously. During classes, a team of talented and enthusiastic instructors and an athletic duo of puppet friends named Mimi and Pepe buoy budding soccer players with positive reinforcement, individual attention, and the merry clickety-clack of cleated tap dances. Designed with the help of early-childhood specialists, each age-specific class helps players build skills at their own pace with positive reinforcement, individual attention, and engaging original music.
When Blake Eastman meets strangers, plays poker, sits in on corporate negotiations as a consultant, or turns on the TV and watches politicians speak, he analyzes dozens of nonverbal clues and subtle behaviors that betray an individual's true feelings and intentions. "I've always been a natural at it," he says. "It's part of who I am." But through his education and independent research he’s gotten better and can now pinpoint every indicator that shows a person is hiding their emotions––from their microexpressions to their wooden nose growing 2 inches.
During interactive group classes Blake outfits his students' observational tool belts with the knowledge to read body language or improve their dating lives. Classes engage with multiple activities that range from video analysis to role-playing. As images of apologetic celebrities and athletes flash across the screen, Blake pinpoints telltale microexpressions that crawl across each person's face. In the game "two truths and a lie," students take turns trying to deceive each other as the class hunts for the lie and its tells. The skills in each class lay a foundation for what Blake calls a lifelong effort to learn what someone is truly thinking or feeling.