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.
Created with the purpose of furthering collaboration and artistic development among photographers of all skill levels, The Los Angeles Photo School pairs beginner and experienced photographers with acclaimed and prolific pioneers in the field. Alongside professional instructors such as Dove Shore, Joseph Cultice, and Brian Bowen Smith—whose hard-to-miss work is often found on magazine covers, editorial features, and ads—students at the school are be able to learn everything from the basics of lighting to high-fashion photography from some of the best in the industry. The school also boasts a low teacher-to-student ratio, giving mentees the full attention and high-five exclusivity of their instructors.
Student-created artwork lines the white walls of Hands-on 3rd's two studio spaces, the second of which belongs to partner company Art Works. The organizations share talented instructors, filling up the schedule at each location with drawing, painting, and sculpting classes from Art Works and yarn-work and sewing classes from Hands-on 3rd's staff. Whether a project requires a fresh stick of charcoal or a darning needle, an ample inventory arms students with the supplies needed to finish their projects, such as sketching a mustache on a dozing deskmate.
Consistency is the name of the game at The Academy of Beauty. Every year, the academy's experienced instructors churn out masterful cosmetologists skilled in haircuts, skincare, and waxing services. The students don't bury their faces in books to sharpen their skills, though. They practice on real-world clients instead of napping alley cats and use their on-the-job experience to gain confidence when performing cuts or other treatments. Academy of Beauty’s aesthetic treatments run the gamut from waxing to acne-fighting facials, while salon services shape and color hair.
Lilian Raven Clothing outfits customers in a collection of stylish shoes, jackets, dresses, and t-shirts. Shoppers can lend some spiritual support to themselves, onlookers, and their own reflections with a t-shirt emblazoned with a spiritual message such as "Count Your Blessings." Purchasers inspired by the lineup can also learn to fashion their own fashions in a two-hour sewing class, covering topics such as sewing by hand or on the machine and making alterations.