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.
In 2013, Terreance Holley founded TK Firearms Training LLC. It was the continuation of more than 20 years spent studying firearms, self-defense, combat, and other related fields. Today the NRA-certified instructor teaches basic courses in pistols, rifles, and shotguns—as well as private lessons. TK Firearms Training LLC also specializes in concealed-carry classes for certifications in Illinois, Utah, Florida, and Wisconsin.
Since opening its doors in 1998, Language Stars has introduced more than 30,000 children to foreign languages with small-group classes and full-immersion activities. Through a selective process, Language Stars recruits ambitious teachers from more than 20 countries who share a common goal of revolutionizing how and when American children learn foreign languages. Parents and Tots Classes are available for children between 1–3 years old, and Kids Only classes are available for children 3–5, 5–8 and 8–10 years old. Absorbent little minds soak up Spanish, Mandarin, French, German, or Arabic with the help of their FunImmersion approach, learning naturally through games, songs, activities and art projects to help kids finally understand their foreign-exchange imaginary friends.
Signature service: Tutoring/supplemental education
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Mathnasium education materials
Pro Tip: When working on homework, be sure to bring everything you have from class.
Professional hedge-fund manager Lex van Dam opened a trading academy to teach Main Street folks to turn a profit in the stock market. Both the academy and the online academy organize material into five modules based on the basic principles of successful trading: idea generation, company analysis, chart analysis, trading psychology, and risk management. Through these modules, aspiring marketeers learn to make savvy trades based on a deep understanding of the market, rather than from newspaper predictions or company horoscopes. The company-evaluation module, for instance, reveals which financial numbers matter and which are irrelevant, and trading psychology teaches students to remain levelheaded while making decisions.
Lex van Dam learned how to ride the waves of the free market during his time at Goldman Sachs and as a hedge-fund manager himself. He taught a group of novices to out-trade pros on BBC's Million Dollar Traders, a reality show that turned ordinary people into market wizards and insufferably smug Monopoly players.