The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having to scribble them on your hand. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results.
Much like the familiar fishing adage, Mission Possible Tutors believes that if you help a student with homework, they learn for a day, but if you help them create their own strategies for overcoming learning obstacles, they will be prepared for a lifetime of education. During study sessions, tutors set specific goals to help children develop problem-solving skills, build confidence, and cement their own personal study strategies. Mission Possible’s areas of expertise include ESL, reading, writing, spelling, math, problem solving, study skills, and science.
More than three decades ago, educator Larry Martinek set out on a mission to develop a curriculum that would radically change the traditional approach to teaching math. Noting a "disconnect between students' basic skills training and the curriculum they [must] master in the years to come," Larry created an original teaching method designed to turn students into miniature mathematicians capable of thinking critically to solve problems. His approach, which he describes as the cultivation of number sense, strives to sharpen students’ math instincts, rather than drill them with repetitive, memory-based exercises or force them to blackmail accountants to crunch the numbers. Soon after students began using Larry's method, their test scores began to rise. In the spring of 2002, Larry's dream came true. Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff, leaders in the education industry, made Larry and his curriculum the driving force of Mathnasium. Larry introduced his curriculum as the Mathnasium Method.
Today, Mathnasium centers can be found throughout the world. Informed by Larry's visionary innovations, the program's tutors give personalized coaching that focuses on bolstering critical thinking through written materials and mental math, forsaking many of the teaching tools found in a traditional classroom. In addition, the tutors also focus on boosting students' enthusiasm for the subject, helping them overcome a lack of confidence in the classroom or their innate fear of prime numbers.
The tutors at Grade Math Programs' Orillia and Barrie locations aid their pupils in grasping mathematical concepts and, in doing so, boost students' math knowledge and self-confidence. Kids in grades 1–10 work in with their peers or alone with the educators—all current or former certified teachers—to reap the benefits of both group problem solving and personal attention. And because Grade Math is open all year, students can get homework help during the school year, retain already learned information in summer sessions, and learn to write words on upside-down calculators at any time.
The instructors at Freedom School of the Arts don’t teach theatrical dogma. Instead of constraining their pupils with “must do” techniques, they encourage students to explore their own process and discover on-stage confidence through a constantly changing curriculum. The school’s acting and improv classes cover basic performance skills that ease self-doubts as well as read-through, blocking, and agreement techniques that help them feel comfortable in any situation, from shows to auditions to parent-teacher conferences. Not just for adults, the school hosts youth acting classes that help kids explore their imagination and creativity.
All the tutors at Great Minds Working have been certified by the Ontario College of Teachers, and they adhere to the organization's curriculum. That way, the tutor's work applies directly to what students learn in grades 1–12. They help kids master the core areas: English, math, and science. Come high school, the tutors can also work with students in specialized subjects such as accounting and economics, a necessity now that most stores have stopped accepting shiny pebbles as currency.