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, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. 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, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We focus on subject mastery, not just homework completion. A study plan is tailored to your student. STEAM will help your student build confidence and develop independent learning skills. We focus on STEM related topics to ensure that we are subject experts in the topic we are teaching.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Students need to bring mechanical pencils and a binder with paper that is ONLY for STEAM study sessions. They will also need to bring any course books.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
This business was started by a former engineer who started creating STEM programs for after schools and tutoring on the side. She started to notice that she had a passion for building confidence in students with subjects they once found difficult. Her passion is to help student succeed.
What do you love most about your job?
I love meeting passionate students every day and giving them strategies that will make learning easier. I also like working with discouraged students and helping them realize that they can excel. It is rewarding to see their confidence rise.
The staff of artists working at Terra Incognito's 6,000-square-foot arts space pass on their knowledge to students, teaching them to throw clay on the wheel, build shapes by hand, or sculpt perfect teacups with their hands tied behind their backs. Groups work in classrooms furnished with different types of kilns—gas, electric, wood, or sodium-carbonate powered—each designed to handle different projects. Classes on metalworking and basket making expand the school’s scope beyond pottery. The space also functions as a gallery filled with the finished ceramic work of well-known and emerging artists.
All the world's a stage, but Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park offers the best shows around.
Wandering souls would be best to visit this theater for any one of their A+ dishes.
This theater is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Need a break from the road? Public transportation is also convenient, with popular stops at Oak Park-Green (Green) and Ridgeland (Green).
Check out the amazing schedule at Sarantos Studios for a list of the best shows Oak Park offers.
Be sure to visit the restaurant at this theater for a delicious meal.
This theater welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.