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.
Though Tutor Doctor recognizes that every student is different, the company begins each tutoring relationship the same way. First, an educational consultant gathers information from parents, educators, and students themselves to create a full-fledged picture of their learning style, personality, and academic goals. Then, the company uses that information to pair the student with 1 of more than 100 carefully screened teachers or subject specialists to aid with current class work; prep for the SAT, ACT, and other exams; or bolster a shaky understanding of fundamental concepts—all from the convenience of the student's home or favourite swing set. After each session, emailed progress reports keep parents on top of their youngster's learning curve. Staff can also accommodate autistic and other special-needs students or aid college and graduate students via adult education.
The Modern Languages program at Vancouver's International House fills the heads of children, curious adults, and globetrotting businessfolk with useful grammar and vocabulary knowledge during intensive, engaging classes in 11 languages including French, Farsi, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin. Classes are taught by native speakers and qualified teachers who focus on practical conversational skills rather than teaching their students what to say when they encounter a unicorn. Class size is kept small, with a maximum of 10 students learning together, which ensures everyone gets some one-on-one instruction. Adventurous language learners can also fully immerse themselves in the words and culture of a foreign country through study abroad programs to distant locations ranging from Qingdao, China to the French Riviera.
Young children are gifted with the ability to soak up new information and learn at a remarkable rate. Skills 4 Kids takes that ability and uses it to help them gain a wealth of knowledge via academic and recreational classes. Children ages three to eight can begin expanding their horizons with foreign language lessons in Mandarin and Spanish, or perfect their English speaking and writing skills in ESL classes. Small group courses in academic subjects such as reading, writing, and math build a framework of knowledge from the ground up, while yoga, music and movement classes provide an outlet for energy that doesn't involve bouncing off the ceiling.
An award-winning artist, Evelia A. Sanchez passes her knowledge onto others during group classes at her pottery studio. She limits the amount of students—no more than six per class—in order to provide personal, hands-on instruction with pottery wheels and hand sculpting. Evelia also designs private lessons around students' specific goals, be they to learn a new skill or build the world's largest fruit bowl.
When David and Sheila Bath founded Leading Edge Gymnastics in 1990, they did so with a simple goal: to help kids build character through the sport they themselves were so passionate about. As their student base expanded and their programs flourished, that character-building mission remained. And along with self-discipline and positive thinking, the gym's students take home physical strength, agility, and really cool party tricks. The program now offers three levels for gymnasts, a competitive team for serious athletes, preschool programs such as Mommy and Me, and even birthday parties. Thus far, LEGA has five athletes attending college on full-ride college scholarships.