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Kaplan Tutoring Test Drive Program

I am so excited to announce that my son and I are participating in a Kaplan Tutoring Test Drive Program campaign with Mom Central. Adam just started Kindergarten and I want to make sure that we are on target with meeting his learning goals.

Kaplan Tutoring is a leader in the online tutoring field and targets math, reading and writing. What really stands out to me is that Kaplan Tutoring uses adaptable Smart Track technology in their online programs and is customized to fit the needs of your child. It is designed for students from K-8th grade. The Kaplan Test Drive program begins with an online assessment, a learning plan is then customized and finally the parent is kept up to date on measurable progress. I really like the parent-child involvement in this program because I strongly believe this leads to the most successful outcome. I also appreciate that I was provided with a “Parent’s Guide” to give me all of the information that I need to support my son through this eight week program. I will keep everyone posted on how my son is progressing throughout the Test Drive Program. We are going to get started right now…….stay tuned!

To learn more, please visit Kaplan Tutoring.

Update: We are in the second week of the Kaplan Tutoring Test Drive campaign and I am so impressed with the quality of this tutoring program. I have tried other computer based educational programs in the past but this is by far the best. I wanted to participate in the Kaplan Test Drive program because my eldest son is in kindergarten and I am homeschooling him. It is my first year as a home educating mom and I want to make sure that my son has all the academic tools necessary to succeed in his journey. My favorite part of the program is the separate log in area for parents so that you can follow your child’s progress via a detailed progress report. It tells you the specific areas that your child is working on, what is in progress, what has been mastered and areas that need additional work. This is an invaluable tool for me as a parent and educator.

The Kaplan Smart Track online program is an adaptive and personalized learning plan that works by these four critical steps: (steps 1-4 provided by Kaplan):

1.    Assess: Your child starts with math and reading assessments to determine current skill levels. It is critical that your child completes these assessments independently to provide an accurate picture of your child’s skill levels.
Tip: During assessments, Smart Track will not tell your child if answers are right or wrong – don’t worry! Smart Track will teach any skills your child does not understand in online lessons.

2.    Teach: Next, your child enters interactive lessons that teach new skills, provide guided practice, then ask your child to demonstrate mastery through independent practice questions.
Tip: Smart Track remembers where lessons end when your child logs off, so your child can log in for as little as 20 minutes each session and still benefit! No matter how you choose to schedule online sessions, we recommend at least 2 hours of online learning each week.

3.    Motivate: In addition to the fun characters in online lessons, the time your child spends working online also earns points to redeem in our popular online Reward Zone.
Tip: Your child starts off with 100 points to use in the Reward Zone. Browse rewards with your child and have your child select a few reward goals. Having a goal in mind helps kids stay motivated to complete assessments and lessons.

4.    Adapt: After your child masters new skills, Smart Track will provide another assessment to customize the next lessons your child sees based on current skill levels.
Take a look at the attached Parent Guide to Kaplan Tutoring for more details!

My son is really enjoying the program and looks forward to his 20-30 minute daily sessions in reading or math. I allow him to select the area that he wants to work in first and then after about 15 minutes we switch to the next area. Every time he works online he is earning points that he can redeem in the Reward Center for prizes. I find this a highly effective motivational tool and when he is finished each day he can go to the Reward Zone to see what he wants to work towards. He has his eye on a Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 car set…..

Stay tuned for more updates to come….if you child needs additional help in reading or writing then I highly recommend contacting Kaplan Tutoring to get more information about their Smart Track program.

“I wrote this review while participating in a Test Drive Program by Mom Central on behalf of Kaplan and received the products necessary to facilitate my review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me  for taking the time to participate.”

Maureen

Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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