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.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities 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 standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from 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. 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.
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.
The Scrap Room stocks hundreds of craft and scrapbooking materials that help creatively preserve memories. Scrappers can lay their foundation with 12"x12" patterned paper ($0.69–$1.50/sheet) or cardstock ($0.75/sheet), and scrawl calligraphic narrations or fashion criticisms with a roster of pens and markers ($1.99–$9.25). Myriad stickers and embellishments ($1.49–$7.99), as well as stamps ($1.99–$23.99) help to garnish flashbacks, such as cartoon reindeer that bolster Christmas photos or cover up Santa’s beard slip. More advanced crafters can manipulate paper shape and texture with Tim Holtz or Sizzix dies and embossing folders ($11.99–$29.99) that help solidify the ephemeral past.
Ivy Insiders was started in 2003 by idealistic Harvard undergrads brought together by a simple belief: that the best way for high school students to beat standardized tests is to learn from college students who beat the same tests themselves.