From its humble beginnings as a startup tutoring company in a Harvard University dorm room, C2 Education has blossomed into a nationwide network of more than 110 teaching centers that together serve over 12,000 students. Its expert instructors tailor lessons to each student, helping pupils reach their highest potential on SAT and ACT tests, master AP exams, and excel in any subject in school.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Unlike other tutoring centers, we employee experienced professionals for whom teaching is a career.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Students need to bring books and materials for the class they are working on.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
After many years tutoring full time, but being employed as part timers, the founders of Alpha College Prep started a company that employs educators as full time professionals.
This model allows our educators to develop careers and become experts by reducing turnover.
What do you love most about your job?
The students of course!
Since 1995, Best in Class Education Center's instructors have aided students of all ages—from pre-K tots to high school seniors—in their academic journeys. They calibrate small-group and private math and English lessons that push each student at an individualized pace, helping struggling students catch up to speed or edifying advanced pupils seeking more of a challenge. The tutors give homework assignments for the kids to work on throughout the week, as well as administer weekly tests to assess their progress.
In addition to boosting success in current classes, the staff helps older students ready themselves for post-secondary schooling with SAT prep classes and college admission workshops, which help applicants decide on the right place, craft an impressive personal statement, and shimmy into their dream school's mascot costume before campus visits.
After graduating cum laude from Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music, violinist Kendra Vernon went on to earn a degree in violin performance at Duquesne's Honors College. In 2002, she took the next logical step: sharing her hard-earned skills with aspiring violinists during private lessons. At Vernon Music Studio, she tailors each lesson to the needs of the individual to help students pick up skills quickly and thoroughly. All lessons are one-on-one and free of distractions, and there's a comfortable waiting area for parents.
Counselors Andrea Doffoney Anyanwu and Namrita Chawla know the stresses that today's students are under when applying to college. So Andrea founded College Counselor Concierge with the belief that the college admissions process should be "a fun period of self-discovery." Armed with years of experience in the academic world and masters degrees in public policy, the application experts work hand-in-hand with undergraduates, graduates, international students, and aspiring MBAs. They help the prospective scholars choose the perfect institution for their needs, goals, and team mascot preferences, as well as craft the best applications possible. Counselors meet over-the-phone or in-person with clients as part of many of the customized consultation packages, helping to arrange visits to college campuses, prepare for necessary standardized tests, and plan for early application when necessary.
The instructors at Kims Academy help grade-school and high-school students perform better in the classroom or on standardized tests. With 20 years of teaching experience, director Stephanie Kim—who also codirects the Scorehigh tutoring facility—professionally trains her team of experts. Working one-on-one or in small groups, the instructors provide students with tools for tackling SAT and ACT tests or improving writing and math skills. They answer tough questions on subjects such as grammar, constructing research papers, and whether it’s possible to learn through osmosis by using a textbook as a pillow.