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.
Frank Hesson began his career as a professional golf instructor at the age of 20, fine-tuning the swings of his students in the shadow of the McDowell Mountain Range at the prestigious Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, Arizona. Over the past 17 years, Hesson has worked as an assistant professional at four South Jersey golf clubs before becoming head professional at Renault Winery Resort.
During lessons, Hesson follows a teaching philosophy that simplifies golf skills and tailors each lesson plan to his students needs. Frank focuses on each player's individual playing style and tendencies for passive-aggressive golf-carting to help him or her develop comfortable, dependable swing mechanics. Teaching aides include on-course lessons on an 18-hole course, as well as virtual swing analysis and club recommendations from a virtual caddie.
Learning to read, solve math problems, or master any school subject relies on one thing: the brain. With this in mind, the coaches at LearningRx eschew traditional tutoring methods that focus on one subject at a time. Instead, they use brain-training games and other mind exercises designed to hone a child's overall cognitive skills. The coaches work with students of all abilities, including gifted children. They also specialize in helping those with ADHD, autism, and dyslexia. LearningRx's team also works with adults and seniors.
The instructors at Eilandarts help guests of all ages explore their artistic talents and express themselves through painting, music, and writing. The center helps cultivate creativity from a young age, with classes designed to teach toddlers the fundamentals of visual art and music. Lessons for elementary-school-aged kids broaden in scope, including archeology classes that delve into fossils, artifacts, and hieroglyphics. Stars-and-space classes cover phases of the moon, gravity, and which constellations are found on the American flag. Half-day summer courses for teenagers explore specific artists and experiment with different artistic styles and concepts, whether realistic or abstract. Eilandarts' adult curriculum spans from bookbinding and creative writing workshops to watercolor painting and fashion classes with tips on how to piece together stylish outfits. Private music lessons are available for guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and voice.
No one is born knowing how to take standardized exams, but what isn't intrinsic can be learned with the help of a good teacher. In the case of tne PSAT and SAT exams, S.A.T. Smart founder and former college professor Susan Alaimo has devoted a large part of her career to helping students form their futures through her test-prep programs. For more than 18 years, her company has been an ally to the college bound with classes that include graded practice exams and a review of all the tests' sections, from reading comprehension to the math and writing sections. Since classes use only official College Board materials, students are always taught the most relevant details.
Charles F. Stueber, a doctor of acupuncture, honed his skills while attending Pacific College of Oriental Medicine––a four-year school that closely echoes the programs taught in mainland China. He draws on several styles of acupuncture, from Chinese, Japanese, and Korean techniques to scalp and ryodoraku treatments, which use electrical pulses to identify and help assuage ailments. Along with acupuncture, he also offers herbal medicine to treat problems ranging from headaches to depression.