Manhattan Elite Prep's staff of teachers and consultants carries firsthand experience navigating the complicated labyrinth of school admissions. Some were students whose high test scores and poignant essays got them into top PhD and Ivy League MBA programs. Some consultants served on admissions committees of coveted schools and know what experience, qualities, and acrobatic feats make student applications stand out. Now, this team of insiders at a firm with more than 10 years of experience pools its knowledge to help students who are serious about acing tests and placing in their top schools. They emphasize efficiency, packing as much information as they can into the time allotted, and exceeding beyond minimum requirements. Courses covering entrance tests teach students to work smarter, ruling out wrong answers and budgeting their time wisely, and essay consultants pare down applications to deliver rich content in a limited word count. Customers may complete classes online or interact in-person with their instructors as well as fellow students.
Language can be learned in a classroom, but it can be mastered only out in the real world. Unlike most language programs, which emphasize in-class lessons, Spanish in the City takes students out into New York's rich hispanophone landscape for interactive instruction in vocabulary and grammar. Pupils ranging in ability from complete beginners to conversationally competent journeymen meet up at Spanish--speaking restaurants, stores, and museums to interact directly with native speakers using the vocabulary they've recently learned. Four language levels let students advance at their own pace, and complementary conversational courses cement lessons through free-flowing talks and rigorous discussions over the precise date when American presidential facial hair reached its pinnacle.
Dan Molloy started tutoring in math when he was just 9 years old, and his efforts helped a classmate move on to the next grade. He kept it up, and in high school his after-school study sessions became so popular that his classmates told him they learned more from him than their teacher.
Now, as the founder of NYC Math Tutoring and Test Prep LLC, Dan leads a small team of tutoring professionals and self-proclaimed math nerds. They teach students the reasoning skills and problem-solving fluency needed to excel in both high-school math classes and standardized tests. Subjects range from geometry to probability and statistics, and test prep starts at high-school admissions tests and extends all the way to the GRE and GMAT. No matter the subject, Dan and his team customize every tutoring package to the student's current skill level and schedule.
There may be a lot of playtime at The Language Workshop for Children, but don't think the students aren't learning; during classes, instructors use songs, games, toys, and more to teach children the basics of tongues such as French, Spanish, and Chinese.
The Language Workshop is the brainchild of François Thibaut, who created the school in 1973 after years of observing how children learned languages. In the same vein, instructors understand that even infants can pick up a second language, and they teach anyone from 6 months to 9 years old in group classes, with private lessons available for older students in certain locations.
Specializing in everything from voice lessons and public speaking to health and nutrition, the instructors of New York Monologue Coach ready aspiring actors, musicians, and dancers for the stage and screen. The comprehensive teaching program is helmed by Justin Stoney, an accomplished vocal coach who's been featured in Esquire magazine and who's number of sweet-talking clients numbers in the thousands.
ALOHA (Abacus Learning of Higher Arithmetic) is a mathematics tutoring program that was originally developed for Malaysian children. Small group classes meet after school for step-by-step instruction from a qualified teacher or sentient abacus. The program has more than 3,000 centers in countries such as India, Thailand, Philippines, China, Australia, New Zealand, Oman, and UAE, and it was introduced to the United States in 2006. It also offers tutoring in reading and writing.