Case Study Jenny McBrayer, Mom of two boys

  • They had done Kumon and private tutoring in the past.
  • Her younger son started having some struggles in the classroom and parents wanted to help him succeed in the classroom, keep up with his peers, and increase his confidence level with his math skills. Her son was getting so frustrated that they were getting reports from school teachers that he was flat-out refusing to continue to do his work.
  • Their family has a pretty busy schedule and her husband travels for work.
  • They evaluated other programs like Kumon and had worked with one-on-one tutors as well. The boys did not enjoy this at all. There was no engagement or interactions
  • After joining Thinkster, their son now really enjoys doing Math. He has a great relationship with his tutor. He did amazingly well in his school and state benchmark assessment and his scores were outstanding. Jenny’s son now feels more confident about Math.
  • Jenny likes the specific and daily feedback from her Thinkster tutor. She really likes that they get to be “in-the-know” of whatever is happening daily with their son’s math learning. She loves the interface and the ease of using Thinkster.

Jenny McBrayer - Parent Quote

“We got some really good news recently - when my son got his benchmark assessment, he scored out of the park. His teacher even pulled him out of line when she saw his score and whispered in his ear how well he had done. And he was so proud when he got in the car that day. I can say that Adam continuing to work with Thinkster and work on his math skills has improved his confidence and his willingness to even work at math, an area where he had struggled before joining Thinkster.

And more than anything, I just love seeing him be so excited about how he performed. It's a joy. I'm telling you, honestly, to see kids find themselves and the confidence they build because that's a lifelong thing”

Case Study Lisa Germann, Mom of three kids, Colorado

  • They started searching for a math tutoring program in the summer of 2019. They had homeschooled their kids the prior year because they were traveling.
  • They noticed that their now fifth grader lacked basic computational knowledge. She was struggling with fractions, decimals, and she didn't know her multiplication tables. Their third grader, now fourth grader, was good in math, but they wanted him to keep pulling ahead and stay advanced.
  • Lisa wanted their middle daughter (in sixth grade) to get caught up and be competent and wanted her to be able to accelerate next year. They wanted all of their kids’ state-wide test scores to be competitive and started to look for tutoring options.
  • They looked at Kaplan, but did not want to have to travel to tutoring sessions. Traveling was time consuming and complicated to manage because of the family’s busy schedule.
  • They also tried Komodo, which is online, but they felt like it was too much like a game and didn't see a measurable impact on their kids’ MAP test scores.
  • They needed something that was a little more structured and something that was customizable and focused for their kids.
  • Their kids’ school report cards always looked okay, so they thought their kids were doing well. But when they got their MAP state test scores, the kids were bombing in math.
  • They joined Thinkster and started seeing phenomenal improvements and growth with their MAP scores. Their middle daughter’s growth was 80% above that of their peers.
  • Their oldest daughter (in sixth grade) is doing outstandingly well in Math after joining Thinkster and is on a trajectory to be accelerated to the intermediate gifted math group next year.
  • Their son is good in math and computationally strong, but needed to get better in solving real life word problems. His MAP scores are good now.
  • After joining Thinkster, Lisa and her husband now never hear their kids say that they hate math or that math is hard. Because the kids had knowledge gaps when they were homeschooled, they used to think Math was hard and challenging. There were many tears. Now, after being with Thinkster, they're doing extremely well. They're succeeding, and their confidence and scores are both boosted.

Lisa Germann, Parent Quote

“We are in love with Thinkster because it has made our kids competitive in terms of their state testing. Thinkster has made our kids perform competitively with their peers. It has also given them a lot of confidence in their abilities as math students. Especially with girls and STEM, I think it's really important for my two girls who are doing the program to feel confident, to feel like they can do what's asked of them in school and what's asked of them on the testing. It's also very easy for parents as it doesn't require us to drive the kids to any tutoring center.

Having a dedicated personal tutor is also great and she manages the progress of my kids. It’s really easy, and me and my husband really like the Parent App. My husband reviews our kids’ work and makes sure that they're spending the amount of time that they need to be spending and devoting a level of attention to it. That's really all he has to do is to look at the Parent App every night and say, ‘Yeah, okay - you spend the right amount of time, you know, because of the time suggested for the worksheet. Good job’. And if my kids didn't do that, then the next day, he'll say, ‘Okay, well, since they did 10 minutes shorter the previous day, they have to do 40 minutes today’ and so forth. We want our kids to do Thinkster for 30 minutes each day and it really has helped.”

Case Study Natalia Woehl, Mom of four kids

All of her children have been Montessori trained in primary and elementary school and then mostly attended private schools. Once out of the Montessori school system, because it was really expensive for four kids, their family decided that they needed to keep the pace that they were doing with math. So, they started looking for a good math tutoring program. They tried different programs for four or five years with their kids, but they still weren’t happy. They did not want a program that helped only with memorizing concepts, but wanted one that had more word problems and would make their kids think.

And that's one of the things that they like about Thinkster. They really liked the trial experience and the word problems the curriculum has. Natalia wanted her kids to

actually sit down, read a problem and really think through it. Her kids were not great at it and Thinkster really allowed them to be able to acquire this skill.

Their middle child, Leonardo, is doing really well in school. Their other son, Sebastian, is ahead of his peers in school. The things that he has mastered in Thinkster are really helping with his school work. Both Leonardo’s and Sebastian’s MAP test scores are going up every single school year with Thinkster’s help. Their twin girls are in first grade and like math. :-)

Fun fact – their family doubles all the rewards cash they get and spend it on a quarterly basis!

Natalia Woehl, Mom of four kids

"I have 4 kids using Thinkster for the last 3 months-All of my kids are progressing really well. I like the curriculum, I find that there is plenty of practice and analytical thinking with word problems not just route memorization. I also love our tutor - Sabrina is great, she is engaging and is definitely challenging my kiddos."

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