We are big believers in the value of building a solid foundation in reading, writing, and math skills.

Strong decoding and comprehension skills, an understanding of writing structures, and well developed number sense will help your child become a lifelong learner. We use our own game-based materials to deliver systematic instruction that will help children develop a positive relationship with learning. Our instructional programs are grounded in a variety of research-based approaches, interventions, and curricula including the following:

- Orton-Gillingham (PAF and Wilson)

- The Hochman Method


- Reading and Writing Workshop

- Rave-O

- Singapore Math

- Handwriting Without Tears

Children love to play Smarten Up games during sessions, and they are great for extra reinforcement and additional practice outside of tutoring as well. While we leave games and other learning materials for parents to use with their children outside of tutoring, we also sell Smarten Up game packs to parents and teachers who are looking to promote a love of learning in their students. Email us at info@smarten-up.com to learn more.

Smarten Up is a pleasure to work with. Mara’s team of tutors are committed to the wellbeing and success of every students. As a school educator, I appreciate their reliable and constant communication about our student’s progress. I appreciate how they pay special attention to individual needs, and work closely with teachers and family to ensure all needs are met.
— Nicole Cohen, Learning Specialist, Nightingale-Bamford School

Michelle has been working with my 9-year-old for the past year and has helped him become a better student. She’s given him achievable strategies and built a tool kit that helps him with effective writing and sharper math skills. In addition, Michelle’s tactical tutoring has also helped me as a parent help support my son at home.
— Sarah, mother of 4th grader