Aim4A's mission is encoded in its name: armed with advanced degrees and years of teaching experience, its tutors help their students acquire skills and concepts, improve them through practice, and measure their progress, all for academic excellence. In systematically structured group and private sessions, kids can either catch up to their peers by finally mastering skills they've missed or jump ahead of the class with new concepts. Whether helping students get through third grade, ace the ACT, or earn their GED, instructors can conduct virtually all courses on a one-on-one basis via Skype, ideal for those intimidated by groups or cursed to turn anything they touch to gold.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, and math. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills and exemplary test scores.
826michigan runs daily tutoring labs at the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair in Ann Arbor and at Ypsilanti Middle School, where students can work on their homework assignments and special projects guided by trained volunteers. Last year, 826michigan provided afterschool homework help to 297 students. To help fuel students' mental attentiveness, 826michigan feeds them healthy snacks, revving up learning juices with apples, oranges, granola bars, carrots and hummus, yogurt, and cheese and crackers. It costs 826michigan $10 each day to feed healthy snacks to a tutoring lab of 20 students.
Getting a good education can help students accomplish even more than beating a week's worth of Jeopardy! contestants from their living-room couch. Though that's a noble goal, the tutors at Great Lakes Educational Group want their students to achieve their career and life goals, and they believe the classroom is where many of those dreams take root. Whatever subject vexes a student—from multiplication tables to research writing to SAT and ACT prep—there's an instructor who can help. Additionally, tutoring groups never exceed three children, giving each participant ample attention and the chance to ask all their questions. For year-round learning, Great Lakes offers summer camps with themes such as rocket science, test-taking skills, and writing to ensure kids' minds stay fresh over the summer.
Typically, summer school is a last resort for failing students. At Summer Course Enrichment, however, small groups of proactive pupils jump-start their minds a few weeks before the start of the upcoming school year. With a variety of subjects available, including biology, Spanish, chemistry, and geometry, students can rigorously prepare for the classes they will encounter in September, which helps them thoroughly understand the material when they see it again. While not credit bearing—freeing students from the pressure of their GPA and the competition to get the sparkliest "Good Job!" sticker—the academic-enrichment classes cover grade-specific materials taught by experienced Michigan-certified teachers.
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.