Online Tutoring – Doing It Right!


Learning occurs best when children are engaged socially, emotionally, and are not stressed. Learning occurs best when it is customized to the child. That has always been the philosophy of Aspire Academy, founder Heidi Kroner, and every tutor she hires. It continues to be whether learning is delivered online or in-person.

Sal Kahn, of Kahn Academy, states “to ensure that kids keep progressing on both academic and social-emotional fronts, it is critical that educators provide live, teacher-led video sessions. These need to optimize both academic coverage and social interaction. A baseline would be two-or-three 30-45 minute sessions on each core academic subject each week. These sessions need to drive conversations between students and teachers.”

Sal Kahn, Opinion/I Started Kahn Academy. We Can Still Avoid an Education Catastrophe – New York Times, 8/15/2020.

The COVID pandemic has changed education. Aspire Academy strives to deliver the best, direct instruction whether it occurs online or in-person. Tutors build robust academic and social-emotional relationships with each of their students, as they tackle their reading challenges.

Aspire Academy’s mission is to deliver the highest-quality learning experience for children who struggle with reading, writing and spelling whether that be in-person or online. Every online session we deliver is one-on-one, direct instruction, delivered live, between tutor and student. We personalize every lesson to their specific needs with the aim of getting them to grade-level reading as fast as possible. We use diagnostic testing and student learning progress to determine their needs and progression.

We are now serving the East and West Coast and Louisville, Kentucky. We  have served students as far and wide as Ireland! Call 515-978-4312 for more information or
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Aspire Academy provides online Orton-Gillingham tutoring using the Wilson method. All of our tutors are trained to deliver the program with fidelity. Our students make exceptional reading and spelling growth because our lessons are personalized to them, and our tutors build trusting relationships.

We customize every lesson to each child using the Orton-Gillingham method.

COVID-19 exposed many pitfalls to online learning, but Aspire has specifically set out to avoid these.

“My daughter started online tutoring with Aspire Academy in April 2020 after the pandemic started. She was in kindergarten, and she was really struggling with learning to read. In April she couldn’t read a sentence or the word “the.” By August, she could read 10 sentences during every lesson. We are so happy we found Aspire Academy.”
Dubuque, Iowa Mother

Students tell us they enjoy their online sessions, and they look forward to them. Aspire Academy moved to online learning in March 2020 because of the COVID pandemic. Students repeatedly told us that they enjoyed their tutoring sessions better than their online, public-school sessions because they were directly instructed and they could continue their personal relationship with their tutor. They looked forward to their sessions because they were able to engage with a teacher who had a vested relationship in their learning, and they could have open and honest discussions about learning and what was happening in their life.

“My daughter continued tutoring while she was on vacation in Minnesota because she didn’t want to miss her sessions. She loves getting together with her tutor to read poetry and write stories.”
Des Moines, Iowa Mother

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Successfully improving student reading, writing and spelling for 5 years.