Testimonials

LearnUp Students

“I like it because it makes me happy. I can read bigger words. And can read by myself.”

“I feel more confident at school.”

“Now, I kinda like reading.”

“I like the stories, they aren’t boring like my program at school.”

“This program has really helped me.”

LearnUp student, “Am I going to be here when I am a teenager?” LearnUp tutor, “No you will be reading fluently way before then. Why?” LearnUp student, “I like being here. I learned to read to read here and it’s fun.”

“I read the paper every day. I never used to do that.” 21-year old LearnUp Student.

Educators

Educator, Grace Rinaldi

“I wanted to say thank you for teaching me your program.
I began tutoring four boys this month using your program. The assessment was quick and pretty accurate. I am already completely impressed by their progress in a month. It took several months to achieve these results using Slingerland. Parents are even noticing a difference. They tell me they aren’t as reluctant to read anymore. Some of these kids I only see 2-3x a week and they are making progress. The students enjoy the books and they work seamlessly with each lesson. I’m looking forward to using this program with more students this school year. Thank you!!”

Mel Nichols, Tutorcorps

“My colleague and I attended a professional development workshop through LearnUp to understand more about phonics instruction. It was so clear to both of us upon completing the workshop that LearnUp is extremely thoughtful in their approach to teaching phonics and that they are absolute experts backed by years of solid experience. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better phonics workshop in the Bay Area; this team is superb. I can’t believe how much we learned in one short week. Thank you, LearnUp!”

LearnUp Parents

Parent, Anna Jackson

“LearnUp has been nothing but the best thing that happened to mine and my daughter, Naomi’s life. I have struggled for years to get help with her reading. I’d try one program and then get sent to another being told she will some how get it. I finally found LearnUp through her new school.

Naomi was in 5th grade and she was reading at an early Kinder level. She was doing very bad in school and had very low self-esteem. She didn’t want to try and gave up easily. It was extremely difficult for her as well as me because I saw the worst part, her crying, frustrated, struggling, and suffering.

We came to LearnUp and met with Steve Tattum. I want to admit I was a bit skeptical after going through everything we’ve gone through. I had to give it a chance. Anything for my daughter, and I finally brought her to LearnUp.

The first day I brought her and picked her up after 1 hour of tutoring, she was reading words all by herself. I was so happy I cried. For the first time Naomi felt good and proud that she could read. She explained to me she knows how to read but the problem was she had to teach her brain. I laughed. She felt like she really could read. I kept bringing her and after 1 month she was up from A level to an F level in reading.

Naomi has only gotten better, not only in reading but at school with all her academics. She has so much confidence that she has begun doing school work on her own.  She is happy to do classwork in class as much as homework at home. How I wish I knew about LearnUp sooner.

If there is a reading program that actually works it definitely is Learn Up. All I have to say to all those parents and teachers with children and students struggling to read: this is it! Don’t wait any longer please get started today.”

 

Parent, Tatiana O’Donoghue

“AMAZING reading program!!! So grateful for the LearnUp Centers team. My son never enjoyed reading and was really behind at school (3rd grade). He not only really enjoyed going every day (5x/week) to meet with his tutor but his reading skills got so much better in such a short time it was impressive! Worth a try and every penny if your child is in need.
 
I wish the public schools could somehow work in partnership with this program… it could be amazing for the kids and teachers!
 
Thank you Steve Tattum for your amazing work, thank you, Steve Hagler for all your communication and help and thank you Mary (my son’s tutor)!”

Parent, Davide Pacchini

“Fantastic program. My son has learned to read and was struggling before. Highly recommended. ”

Parent, Liz Schiedl

“Our son is back in school, and he’s grooving with 3rd grade so far. He has said more than a few times that “3rd grade is his favorite year so far” and that “this is going to be a good year, way better than 2nd grade or any other year at school .”  I am absolutely certain that this new hope & self-esteem came from his summer in the LearnUp program.
So I  wanted to share with you, more is being revealed about  the effect that your course has had on his learning process as a whole. It really shows and it has been life changing for our whole family… I’m not exaggerating. It’s like some kind of door was opened for him to want to move forward instead of staying stuck.
He is actually doing his homework. So far, we’ve been free of the tortured drama we endured last year. His 3rd grade  teachers’ homework policy is mostly about learning to take responsibility (to bring it home and keep track of it,  up to now it’s been one-page max per night) It’s not about busy work or quantity, what a relief. (We thought they were sending home a short version for him, but it turns out it’s the same as the rest of the class gets).
Please send our thanks again to his tutor Zoe for being AMAZING with him!”

Parent, Lia McLoughlin

“My 6-year-old daughter is learning to read so quickly her 1st grade teacher can’t keep up with accessing her appropriate reading level. I’ve even had to remind her reading intervention teacher to pick-up the pace.”
“The most important aspect of this reading program for me was to see my daughter’s self-concept change. At 6 years old, she wasn’t interested in learning and I think in many ways she felt isolated. Her friends around her had their noses in books and she couldn’t relate. She had very little interest in Math, largely due to Common Core math’s heavy emphasis on word problems. After 8 weeks, she has improved in all subjects at school.”

Parent, Mary Flynn

“Learn up centers is amazing. My 10-year-old started the program at a 2nd-grade reading level. To our amazement, he ended 7 weeks later at a fourth-grade level where he should be but more importantly with a love of reading. For the first time ever we have seen him pick up a book and read without being asked to do it. The tutors are patient and kind and find a way to connect with the kids they tutor. My son loved seeing his tutor and never complained about going  there. We immediately saw a change in his home and school work. Learn up gave my son back his confidence and I highly recommend it for any struggling reader.”

Parent, Dawn Gross, MD, PhD

 “LearnUp is a miracle! Not only has our child learned to read when all other efforts were just that, EFFORT. Our child now ENJOYS reading… can’t put the book down on the way to school… asks to read to us and looks forward to going to tutoring even after a full day of school! Truly, nothing short of a miracle….”

Parent, Liz Scheidl

“Now he is picking up books from his childhood that he has heard over and over but couldn’t read, and is sitting down and reading them out loud. That is a huge change.”

LearnUp Parent

“I asked my daughter how she was feeling now that tutoring was over. She’s sad. That might be the biggest compliment ever!”

LearnUp Parent

“He’s had the best start to the school year — ever. And that’s due to LearnUp.”