For the past eight weeks, my five year old son has been actively participating in the Kaplan Online Tutoring Test Drive Program campaign with Mom Central. 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-8thgrade. 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 was very impressed with the Kaplan Tutoring Test Drive Program overall for several reasons. As a home educating mom it is very important to me to be able to assess my son’s areas of strengths and potential weaknesses and it is fantastic to have a customized online learning program designed specifically for his grade level, K. I really appreciate having an independent tutoring program assess my son’s abilities and Kaplan Tutoring was like having an actual teacher working along with me. The Smart Track technology is exceptional because it assesses my son’s abilities and adapts to his needs. For example, as we progressed through the program it tested him on money which we have not yet covered in his class lessons. I noticed that the Kaplan Tutoring program then started on the very basics which got him interested in learning about the different coins and their monetary value. I was able to incorporate this into his daily math lessons and he picked up on the concept very quickly.
My favorite part of the program is the “Parent’s Guide” and “Progress Reports” section which keeps me actively involved in the process and gives me very detailed information about my son’s progress. It actually gives you specific information about current skills that are “in progress”, have been mastered or need extra attention.
My son progressed much further in the Kaplan Tutoring Program than I ever imagined in both reading and math skills. In fact, I realized that the math lessons in my home based curriculum for grade K were a bit too simplistic and I was able to adapt to give my son more of a challenge based upon the progress reports. He really responded to the reading program too and I noticed that he was more confident and eager when completing his daily school work and reading lessons. Whenever my son would complete a level he would beam with confidence and shout for me to come look that he had “mastered” the level.
My son also enjoyed the Rewards Zone feature that allows the student to earn points which can be redeemed for virtual prizes, donated to charity or even actual prizes. After completing his lesson he would spend a few minutes “window shopping” in the reward zone and imagine what he could turn his points in for in the future. It was a very nice incentive………
The Kaplan Tutoring Program was a big success for my family. In my opinion it is not merely for kids who are struggling but also for any student who needs an extra avenue for learning reading and math skills. My five year old son progressed through levels that I would never have imagined possible and I also liked that when it was challenging for him he didn’t get overly frustrated but instead was able to go through the level again and slowly gained confidence until he learned the skill. The Kaplan Tutoring Program is very user friendly and was simple for myself and my son. I haven’t allowed my son a lot of computer time before this program so he was definitely a “beginner” and had no problems at all using the program independently. In fact, we are considering continuing with the program to complete grade K skills.
Here is how it works:
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!
Please take a moment to take a look at the Kaplan Make-A-Wish Charity “Like” Drive, where every time someone new likes a Kaplan Test Prep page, they donate a dollar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation (up to $50,000). This is such a worthwhile cause and it would be great if our readers would take a moment to participate.
If you have ever considered using a tutor or wondered if your child might need extra assistance then I highly recommend the Kaplan Online Tutoring Program. In fact, Simply Stacie readers have the very special opportunity to try this program for one month FREE! This is a $29 value and an excellent way to try the program to see if it is the perfect fit for you and your child. Here is what you will need to do:
Go to …
1) Kaplan Tutoring
2) Select “Buy Program Now”
3) Enter discount code FB1MO on the Account Setup page to get one month of the Online Program – normally $29 per month – for free.
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.