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


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