In 1977, career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their mission to give every child the best education possible is still going strong. They use an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student’s particular needs.
Due to their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills, there are currently 260 Huntington franchises open nationwide.
The certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child’s skills, academic needs and potential for growth. Tutors note student response to different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child’s learning style. Teachers adhere to the company’s code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality, encouraging students to improve grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
Whether parents' goals for their children include academic improvement or advanced extracurricular enrichment, instructors watch over students as they work through difficult math and reading exercises. With expert guidance, young learners build the confidence they need to perform well in school and develop self-sufficiency with homework. The instructors also encourage students to work at their own pace, creating at-home study guides and monitoring their progress toward certain benchmarks agreed upon in meetings with parents.
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.
With more than 350 videos across three scientific disciplines, Biology, Chemistry, Physics gives students a self-guided way to prepare for classes and tests such as the SAT and MCAT. The courses cover an extensive list of topics in each field, such as the pathways of cellular respiration, the periodic table, and the law of conservation of energy, which means turning off all the lights when you leave the physics lab. Each narrated video contains slideshow notes and hand-drawn figures, which serve as visual aids for the complex subject matter.
Signature Service: Real-estate licensing course
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Francisco Gomes began his professional life as a preacher, but found his path soon leading him to the world of real estate. It was his love of talking to people that got him there, and his love of talking to people that lead him to success. Ultimately he became the director of ABS School of Real Estate & Insurance, where he and his staff help guide people down that same real-estate path. Through courses and books, the pros prep students to earn a real estate-license or a home-inspector's certification so they can charge people every time they say, "Nice house."
The education gurus at Minds Ahead Academy specialize in developing and running four innovative teaching programs for children, while focusing on what they term "whole brain development." One of their main courses is BrainOBrain, which relies on two main learning models to coax kids through academic and personality development. Its advanced abacus and neuro-lingustic programs both introduce neuron-testing exercises aimed at improving children's skills in math, spelling, and other academics in a social setting. Alternatively, LanguageMinds and MindsBee courses, helmed by experienced teachers, guide children through interactive sessions in writing and reading comprehension. The TutorMinds program supplements its general academic skill-focused base with test preparation.