Valley tutoring company focuses on students’ style of learning
PHOENIX — A tutoring company in the Valley focused on students’ style of learning is now teaming up with school districts to help prevent struggling students from falling behind.
LearnerLink was awarded a statewide contract to provide tutoring services to school districts in Arizona. School districts can now use grants and Title I funding, which goes to schools with a large portion of students from low-income families, to cover the costs of tutoring.
“This is a way the district can say, ‘You know what, we need to do some intervention with some of these kids that are getting further and further behind,’” said Robert Keagle, co-founder of LearnerLink.
All LearnerLink tutors are certified teachers. They at first give students a test to identify their preferred style of learning.
“It may be a hands-on student, it may be a visual student, it may be an auditory student,” Keagle said. “We all learn differently.”
The test also measures students’ proficiency in various areas, such as math and reading.
Tutors work with students usually on a one-on-one basis. They meet for one hour once a week. On the 11th session, tutors reassess students to measure their progress and determine if they need further tutoring.
Since launching in January, LearnerLink tutors have worked with 40 students across the Valley.
“It’s been fascinating to watch the kids that are making progress,” Keagle said. “You can see the joy and excitement on their faces when they go into the classroom and they didn’t understand a concept before, but they do now.”
“Their self-esteem and confidence is incredible,” he added.