Brainspring tutoring services are tailored to meet the needs of each student. Many programs use a multisensory approach for effective, productive learning that is especially effective for those diagnosed with dyslexia. We provide
one-on-one, structured tutoring programs in-person and online.
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Research demonstrates the direct correlation between a child developing strong phonological awareness skills and becoming a highly successful reader. Students are engaged in a variety of age and skill appropriate activities, using a multisensory approach, designed to help them hear sounds and patterns in words.
Tutors focus on the organization of thoughts and ideas, pre-writing planning, sentence formation, development of topic sentences, supporting details and conclusions. More advanced writers go on to develop these basic ideas into various forms of essay writing.
READING - PHONICS FIRST®
Based on Orton-Gillingham methodology, Phonics First ensures the mastery of reading concepts learned in kindergarten through 5th grade. Phonics First is an accredited tutoring program by the International Dyslexia Association and IMSLEC.
STUDY SKILLS/TEST PREP
Brainspring provides the necessary tools to teach students note- taking, test-taking, time management, organizational skills, and study methods through a multisensory approach that will enable them to study and complete tests more efficiently.
Using a multisensory approach, Brainspring tutors address basic math facts and processes, the interpretation and solving of “word problems,” and higher level concepts such as decimals, fractions, and percentages. Brainspring also boasts tutors who specialize in advanced mathematics such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus.
Realistic test experiences are essential to achieving success on standardized tests. During an eight-session course, students are prepped in both test taking strategies specific to the ACT or SAT and in content areas. One-on-one instruction allows Brainspring tutors to concentrate on the area in which the student needs the most assistance. All Brainspring tutors hold degrees in the subject area they are teaching.
READING - STRUCTURES
This program reviews basic phonics instruction in a more sophisticated manner and also includes instruction in Greek and Latin roots which are present in 65 percent of the words in reading material above a 6th grade level.
Aside from providing specialized remedial instruction, Brainspring is also able to provide homework support. Be it Algebra II or Physics, Brainspring tutors have the expertise and experience to assist in all subject areas.
Brainspring tutors use visualization, Reciprocal Teaching, and a variety of other multisensory approaches to help students understand different texts.
Contact the Brainspring team to learn more about available homeschooling options.
BRAINSPRING ADVANTAGE PROGRAM
If you are searching for an alternative to the traditional school day, look no further! The Brainspring Advantage provides intensive, one- one tutoring at a discounted rate for either in-person or online instruction.
Brainspring Advantage students receive:
- An expert Brainspring tutor to teach your child. Our trained and experienced tutors understand and are sensitive to the frustration many learners experience. To foster trust, every student teams up exclusively with the same tutor.
- 4+ hours per week of individualized instruction in various subjects, including Brainspring’s renowned Phonics First and Structures reading curriculums, Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Math.
- Assistance with assessment tracking and progress monitoring.
- A flexible schedule allowing time for any needed therapies (speech, occupational, etc.) or recreational activities for socialization.
- A safe learning environment.
ONLINE CLASSROOM SUPPORT
To support parents and children enrolled in virtual school this year, Brainspring has created an online or in-person support option. Each week your child will meet one-on-one with a Brainspring tutor who will help your child achieve their educational goals. Upon enrollment, parents will provide their child’s tutor with the student’s virtual school login information. This allows their tutor to see your child’s academic status; upcoming assignments; identify areas of interest or assistance; and support weekly planning.
This program is flexible with the aim to support each student in the ways they need. Some areas of support include:
- Skill specific homework assistance
- Curriculum specific skill building
- Engaging activities to keep virtual learning fun and interactive
- Goal setting
- Weekly planning for independent study
- Time management
This virtual school support option is available in weekly blocks of 2 or 4, hour-long sessions between the hours of 8 am -3 pm EST (extensions are available for students residing in MST & PST) and billed on a monthly subscription basis.
- 2-session weekly block tuition
- 4-session weekly block tuition
"Our students showed remarkable progress and our M-STEP state reading scores jumped from 56.2 to 82.5 after only 3 months of Phonics First® Academic Advantage On-site Tutoring. I would highly recommend it to any [urban] school wishing to make significant gains in student reading ability. No school should be without it!."
Steve Christian, Assistant Principal
Fleming Elementary, Detroit, MI
"The Monday I returned from the CEC Convention I immediately started doing core words, which cannot be decoded using "spelling on the arm". I was totally amazed! ... I will stay in touch and keep you apprised of the successes we have!"
Kris Kenna, Academic Support Teacher
Central Manor Elementary
"The most common feedback we received is that teachers wished that they have been trained by Brainspring before starting their educational journey."
Erica Keen, K-12 District Dyslexia Coordinator
Arkansas Virtual Academy
"Not only did our students continue to advance in their reading skills as evidenced by a full year’s growth, but 39% of our students made more than one year’s progress in reading."
Jeanine Cyrwus, Director of Outreach & Literacy
"Feedback from teachers after implementation has been very positive. Since switching to Phonics First, teachers felt like their instruction has been better and they have seen student growth."
Tracy Hinty, Supervision of Federal Programs
Rockbridge County Public Schools
"Thank you for creating such an excellent and diligent phonics program. If schools and families implemented this program to children at a young age, there would not be such a reading epidemic across our nation. Phonics truly is the answer!"
"I wish I would have found Phonics First earlier in my teaching career. Our students across the country would be stronger readers and writers if a balanced program such as Phonics First was being implemented."
"I loved this training and can’t wait to get started with my students!"
"I strongly believe after completing this training that EVERY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHER should have this!!! Our student reading success would improve if all teachers knew how to teach this material."
"I learned so much. I now have complete confidence in using the program and teaching the material. I can now implement the material as it was designed. Thank you for a great week!"
"I feel like I’ve learned more from this PD than any PD I’ve participated in before!"
"Awesome training. It was my first exposure to Structures, and it is fabulous! I am recommending that each of our elementaries has at least one interventionist trained to use with our 5th and 6th grade struggling readers! Thank you!"
"I have been hoping for this type of instruction since I have been back in the classroom! The push in many elementary schools is comprehension when children cannot write or read fluently. So excited to move forward with Phonics First! Thank you!!!"
"Our trainer was amazing. She was so knowledgeable about the program and was able to share real world examples. She was also incredibly helpful with answering everyone’s specific questions."