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.
Taking its name from the words "real estate" and "empower," REMPower connects knowledgeable instructors with students looking to learn or refresh their memory of the knowledge needed for a real-estate license. Experienced real estate agents work as instructors and strive to keep classes engaging as they lead prelicensing courses for prospective agents.
With 23,000 square feet of dedicated fencing space between them, The Baltimore Fencing Center's two locations offer students plenty of room to practice lunges and polish parries. Presiding over all the action is owner and head coach Bin Lu, who once served as a member of the Chinese National and Olympic teams and as coach of the former. Today he passes along the knowledge he accumulated while competing at the highest levels to students of all experience levels—even those who have never picked up a foil or battled a level 3 mage. The center welcomes beginners of all ages through its Learn to Fence program, and routinely sends its qualified fencers to USFA National events.
Paintings of bowls overflowing with fruit, majestic Southwestern mesas, and a white horse against an orange backdrop line the brick walls at Mitchell School of Fine Arts. Beneath those examples, students of all ages and levels learn to create their own magnum opuses under the tutelage of instructors, who channel degrees in fine art, publication in books and magazines, and a range of other credentials.
In classes, the teachers focus on topics such as landscape painting or classical drawing to help pupils master the nuances of a particular style and portray the beauty of a blossoming flower or a dirt bike that runs on flowers. An animal pastels class for youngsters inspires participants to grab soft drawing implements and sketch colorful fauna on paper. Private lessons are available, as are commissioned portraits from the faculty themselves, who will render the likeness of a loved one.
Walking through the shiny red doors of Woolworks, knitters are welcomed by wall-to-wall shelves packed full of yarn in all colors and gauges of the rainbow. More than 50 brands of yarn flaunt their fibers within the cozy confines of the store, such as the silky Road to China, a combination of alpaca, cashmere, camel, and silk wrapped together in seven rich colors ($15.25/skein), or the Savannah, a lighter yarn with lighter chromatics that combines wool, cotton, linen, and soya with a traditional array of Georgian table manners ($15.25/skein). To start out, refine practiced techniques, or add artifacts to a basement knitting museum, wool-weavers can also purchase instructional books, creative patterns, or all-inclusive kits.