For 23 years, The College Review?s one-on-one and group classes have prepared students for the standardized tests and other challenges that stand between them and their future. Before high schoolers set out for the college quad's lush lawn of shredded diplomas, tutors help them master the ACT and SAT via prep courses held throughout the year, and college-counseling services aid in the rigorous application process. Current and prospective collegians can find assistance as well, whether by figuring out their loans with financial-aid planning or signing up for private tutoring for the LSAT, GRE, GMAT, or PRAXIS exams.
Seeds of Literacy empowers adults to succeed in their communities through personal education and free GED preparation. Students work one-on-one with tutors who assist them with all subjects of the GED exam, which includes reading, writing, math, social studies, and science sections. New students of varying academic levels are accepted each week, and the program currently serves more than 1,000 students each year, with more than 250 volunteer tutors.
Songdog Music likens learning an instrument to baking—it requires following steps sequentially, honoring precision and timing, and mixing all the right ingredients together. It's a science; it's also a passion and an outlet for extraordinary self-expression. Songdog's instructors keep all those ingredients in focus when teaching personalized lessons in guitar, violin, and virtually all stringed instruments. They keep lessons low-key and focus on the kinds of music students want to play, be it rock, rhythm and blues, metal, or classical. By focusing on the music that students are interested in, instructors not only teach technique, but they give budding musicians the freedom to create their own original tunes. Songdog also offers classes in composition and theory, as well as group classes that give musicians the opportunity to mingle and meet others with similar ambitions.
All of PEN Your Story Institute's core classes are formulated to instill writers with basic industry knowledge and, even more importantly, the skills to self-publish their work. Self-published instructors draw from their own experience and extensive research to assist writers in becoming published authors. The half-day workshops cover specific topics such as developing a voice, selecting editors and publishers, reaching a desired audience, and writing for other media, such as film and TV. Classes are offered in nine cities around the United States.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
Kids might get swallowed up in large classes at school, but tutors keep it to five or fewer students at Momentuum, LLC. And its certified instructors and tutors don't suspend learning in the warm months. They keep pushing children in K—12 to reach for their goals in all academic arenas: math, English, the arts, and science. They also create curricula that fit students with special needs.