PHILOSOPHY

WHAT'S YOUR LEARNING STYLE?

Think of a noun (ball, cat, tree). What comes to mind?

People who see a picture or visualize the spelling of the word in their mind’s eye are probably visual learners.

Auditory learners will more readily hear the sounds associated with the noun (such as the purring of the cat, or the wind in the trees).

Those who more quickly call to mind what those objects feel like are probably kinesthetic learners.

More on this from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

At Learning Matters Indy, our holistic approach to tutoring starts with relationships, keeps the focus on the student, integrates the learner’s whole educational support team, accounts for learning styles and gets results.

While many tutoring or homework help institutions simply establish achievement goals and then provide instruction, our tutors consistently:

  • Get to personally know their student
  • Identify his or her displayed (as well as perceived) academic strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify the student's primary learning style and provide strategies for capitalizing on those strengths as well as building skills for learning through secondary styles
  • Promote confidence the student can take with them back into the classroom
  • Help nurture a life-long love of learning by coaching students on how to teach themselves
  • Reinforce material being taught in the classroom
  • Foster open communication channels with teachers and parents
  • Provide accountability and consistency in a caring atmosphere

RATIONAL LEARNING

Relationships are at the heart of learning. That’s why at Learning Matters Indy, every student-tutor relationship begins with a free assessment. This hour-long introduction is time for the student and tutor to get to know one another and includes opportunity for the tutor to learn about the student – their strengths, areas of concern, learning styles and preferences. Together, the student (along with their parent/guardian) and tutor will identify goals and map a plan for achieving them.

INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS

At Learning Matters Indy, our tutors understand that they are not the sole answer to your child's academic needs. Rather, with your permission, tutors are joining your child's educational support team of teachers and parents/guardians, as an ally dedicated to working with you (the parent or guardian) and your child's teachers to help yield the best possible results.

Our overarching goal is to help students achieve optimum success in and out of the classroom by reinforcing the concepts and principles presented in the classroom.

You, the parent/guardian, will always be fully included in what topics, progress, and challenges your child is encountering with his or her tutor.

STUDENT CENTERED

Not all students learn to process information the same way. Many students learn to process information through one, or a combination of three basic learning styles: Visual (learning through seeing), Auditory (learning through hearing), and Tactile/Kinesthetic (learning through touch and doing/moving). Learning Matters Indy tutors are skilled at identifying students’ primary learning style and teaching students how to capitalize on those abilities while learning to leverage secondary styles to get the most out of classroom and individual study time. Our student-centered approach means lesson plans, teaching styles and instructional tactics will all be tailored to meet the unique needs of each student. A Few Helpful Hints (Many more provided by the tutor) Visual: Read texts utilizing charts, graphs, etc. Take notes in class. Auditory: Read aloud as much as possible. Say words inside your head. Kinesthetic: Remove distractions, chew gum, make and use flashcards.

CONFIDENCE & COMPETENCE

Even the brightest students can find themselves struggling to perform when classroom pressures or a lack of foundational academic skills undercuts the student’s confidence in his or her abilities. That’s why at Learning Matters Indy, our holistic approach to tutoring combines an emphasis on subject matter mastery with attention to building foundational educational skills that will enable students to become successful and confident life-long learners.

Individually tailored to meet each individual student’s needs, our tutoring sessions include instruction and encouragement in skills including:

  • Organization (e.g. starting and maintaining an academic planner)

  • Note taking

  • Test taking<

  • Critical Thinking

  • Classroom participation and engagement

  • Homework management

  • Strategies for balancing academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, jobs, etc.

  • Handling academic-related peer pressure

  • Strategies for gifted learners to enhance their classroom experience

  • Communication

Our goal is to encourage each student and help build their confidence as they gain mastery of subject matter through individualized and tailored instruction.