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.
After doing battle with law school and the Rhode Island State Bar Exam, Jacqueline Vaughn needed to relax. She sought out a yoga studio, something that used to do the trick for her back home in New Jersey. Rather than the quick destresser she expected, she found a community and a home in a little 700-square-foot space with other yogis. Then, in 2013, her yoga studio moved. She was torn, for it wasn't just the practice and the people that were important to her, but the space itself. She sat wondering about the fate of the studio one night, admiring the stars, when inspiration suddenly struck. She grabbed some paints and began to recreate the starry sky she saw before her. As her vision took shape, a plan formed in her mind. She would transform her old yoga school into a community art space. Bristol Art Studio was born.
These days, Jacqueline and a team of instructors host classes in painting, drawing, sculpture, sewing, and creative writing. They gear the curriculum to artists of all ages and ability levels. Kids can explore self-expression and technique in structured lessons. Adults can bring a bottle of wine to enjoy as they unlock their creativity with a brush or get their hands dirty in a bit of clay by sculpting an impromptu wine glass. Whichever class a student takes, they will find a safe haven as Jacqueline once did in her yoga studio.
At any of Great Place to Learn's five locations, students can attend private or group sessions that focus on test preparation, adult literacy, or special education, among other topics. Students study with teachers who boast extensive educational backgrounds and glowing reviews.
Artist Deenie Pacik, armed with 14 years of crafting fused-glass artwork, 18 years of creating stained-glass, and nine years teaching at schools such as Franklin Pierce University, imparts her expertise during a variety of classes. Working out of Deenie's fully equipped home studio, small groups of students learn to fuse dichroic glass and powder into everything from shiny pendants to new work boots for Cinderella's cousin. Projects transform into translucent objets d?art in the glass kiln, which, as Deenie tells the Warwick Beacon, heats glass at three times the temperature used to bake a pizza, or eight billion times the heat used to glaze an ice sculpture.
Choose from any of Learning Connection's one- to three-hour classes to break into culinarians’ lockbox full of ways to turn simple ingredients into visually appealing, mouth-watering fare. Learn bread-making basics and experiment with take-home recipes for loaves, pizzas, and pretzels to master the art of artisan bread ($55). Vegetarian cooking for everyone ($60) shatters misconceived misconceptions that vegetarian dishes are made mainly from plants and recycled cardboard; budding chefs discover new sources of protein such as tempeh and soy. The wines of Italy course ($57) transports palates to a balmy Italian sunset with five wine tastings from regions such as Tuscany, Umbria, and Piedmont. In this class, novice and experienced tasters will pick up tips on what to look for when purchasing wine, how to serve wine, how to taste wine, and what type of nose is best for sniffing wine.
Part of one of the world's premiere institutions of higher learning, Continuing Studies at Brown gives adults the opportunity to further their studies and pursue their passions in small classes led by highly qualified teachers. Use your cranial knowledge sponge to soak up the fact flood flowing from courses such as Scripture in the First Century ($225) and The Secrets of Learning and Memory ($375). Learn about—and take part in—planetary preservation in Environmental Conservation in Rhode Island ($375), or explore the leg-breaking world of the stage with Beginning Playwriting: The Play, Your Voice, and Writing for Another Dimension ($400). Working with Online Social Networks ($262.50) can help you navigate the tangles of the web's most popular platforms for staying in touch, and German 1 ($400) can facilitate your communication with German-speakers and schnauzers. Enrollment in continuing studies at Brown also provides students with access to libraries, computers, and online course materials (a $10 fee applies each semester). Students are encouraged to register early in order to choose from the best selection of courses.