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16 12 x March February 15 2 —- April 15, 2017 4, 2018 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com Huntington Learning Center Meet the SAT/ACT Experts Securing Students’ Futures Meet the SAT/ACT Experts Securing Students’ Futures Although Arya (left) and Ziya are identical twins, Huntington Learning Center has created a program tailored to each one’s specific needs. Photos by tonyrappa@capturevideo-photo.com Aidan (left) and Joshua receive exceptional test preparation from the team at Huntington Learning Center. Huntington Learning Center Center of Dr. of Dr. Phillips Phillips has has been been providing providing stu- students with with the the skills skills they need to succeed for nearly 18 years. It caters to all students with a study skills program for grades K-12, as well as tutoring for college students. The facility offers one-onone instruction in a quiet, distraction-free environment. Huntington Learning Center also offers comprehensive SAT and ACT programs. "Both programs are so popular," Executive Directory Aziz Kabani said. said, "Almost “almost half of the students we work with are preparing for the SAT or ACT. We have students from Dr. Phillips High School, Olympia High School, West Orange High School, Lake Highland Prep, Windermere Prep and The First Academy. We We have have a great a great referral rate rate from all all the schools of the area and from former students, highly recommending us to their friends. Our programs yield big results. We see increases in SAT scores by about 200 300 or more points. For the ACT, we usually see at least 5-point increases. A lot of times, our students are able to get into universities that they would not have been able to before, based on their increased scores. Even students with grades of A’s and B’s have a hard time with the ACT and SAT tests.” Kabani explained that that one one of the of rea- the “We feel individual attention is the reasons for this for this nerves. is nerves. best way to learn. When students are “Even star students feel the pressure in a group session, they they may may spend spend the of the SAT or ACT test. We teach test- majority the majority of the of time the listening time listening to the tutor to ing strategies and familiarize the stu- the answer tutor answer other students’ other students’ questions ques- that dents with the type of questions asked. may tions not that be may their not question. be their In a question. two-hour This helps build the student’s confi- session, In a two-hour there may session, only there be 45 may minutes only dence. Confidence is key, especially to be an 45 hour minutes devoted to an to hour the devoted things that to with these timed tests. We make sure student the things really that needs student to really know. needs It is not to students understand the key concepts an know. efficient It is not use an of efficient time. When use it’s of time. one- of the test.” on-one, When it’s the one-on-one, teacher can the focus teacher solely can on Another reason advanced students the focus material solely on pertinent the material to that pertinent student’s may not score as as highly as as they they desire desire is specific to that student’s needs.” specific needs.” is because because the questions the questions asked asked are based are That’s exactly what they do at based on material on material they haven’t they been haven’t exposed been Huntington Learning Center. exposed to in a while. to in a while. Students are often often able able to use to use the “The tests include algebra, algebra II the skills skills they they have have learned learned through through HLC’s and II, and geometry,” Kabani Kabani said. said. “A “A lot lot of HLC’s SAT and SAT ACT and programs ACT in programs other areas in students of students who who are are in in calculus or trigonometry other of their areas lives, of too. their lives, too. haven’t seen seen basic basic algebra algebra or “A lot of students struggle with com- or geometry geometry in years, in years, so they so they are are not not fapleting the reading portions of these familiar with with those those concepts anymore. anymore. To tests in a timely manner. The student To re-train re-train yourself yourself in these in these areas areas is very is might be accurate in the reading sec- very difficult. difficult. What we What do here we at do Huntington here at tion but only finish half half of of it in it the in the al- Huntington Learning Center Learning is give Center the students is give the an lotted allotted time, time, then then have to to guess the students ACT or SAT an ACT test and or SAT thoroughly test and evaluate thor- rest of the answers. We want them to what evaluate they are what deficient they are in. deficient We then oughly be accurate and be able to finish on in. build We a then program build catered a program toward catered those time. They leave our our program knowing knowing toward specific needs, those specific so we don’t needs, waste so time we how how to pull to things pull things out of out what of they’re what don’t going waste over concepts time going the student over concepts does not they’re reading reading the first the time first and time apply and it apply to the need student help in.” does not need help in.” the answers. it to the answers. These are These skills are that skills will Learning sessions at Huntington that stay will with stay them with through them through college college and Learning Center are always one-on-one. and beyond.” beyond.” PROMOTIONAL FEATURE FEATURE The peaceful classroom settings at Huntington Learning Center allow students to learn without the interruptions they may have at school or home. Another advantage to HLC’s learning sessions is its incredible teaching staff. “We have 30 teachers, including an actuary scientist, a rocket scientist and former engineer from Lockheed Martin,” Kabani said. “All of our teachers have strong academic backgrounds. They know the material, and they know the tests. They also sincerely care about the students and are passionate about helping the students succeed. Students are paired up with the teacher that best meets their needs. We try to keep the teacher consistent so that the student and teacher can build up a rapport with each other.” Huntington Learning Center, located in the Grand Oaks Village shopping center at 5060 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 102, in Orlando, is open Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. p.m. The The frequency frequency of sessions is based is based on a student’s on each needs student’s and of sessions needs availability. and availability. Huntington Learning Center Center is currently is currently offering Southwest Southwest Orlando Orlando Bulletin Bulletin readers read- an offering ers academic an academic evaluation evaluation at a discounted at a rate discounted $49 (valued rate at of $199). $49 For (valued more at information, $199). For of more call 407-290-1111. information, call 407-290-1111. ª

www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x March 15 — April 4, 2018 x 17 Picture MyPet PH TO Picture MyPet PH TO For 17 years, Southwest Orlando residents have showed off the modeling talents of their beloved pets in the annual Picture My Pet photo issue. And for 17 years, the staff of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin has had the privilege of reviewing hundreds of creative — and often funny — shots, showcasing everything from dogs in costumes to cuddly kittens to birds and horses. TROPICAL PARADISE This year was no exception. Residents from more than 42 neighborhoods submitted almost 100 photos of their furry and fluffy friends, creating an adorable album of the pets that bring joy to the hearts of their owners across Southwest Orlando. We extend big thank-yous to all the residents and their animal pals who participated in this year’s issue! HANGIN’ OUT Toshi belongs to John and Hoshi of Kensington Park. FETCHING FURBABY Yeti belongs to Nancy Dougherty of Windermere. Bella Bean belongs to Andre Visser of Brookstone. 18