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Does your child struggle with reading?

Our online reading tutors can help! Learn how our inclusive packages are structured based on your child’s needs and goals with a free discovery call.

Alexa Imwalle Smart Start Tutors, Online Reading Tutor for Elementary Students, Orton Gillingham Tutors, Dyslexia Tutor Online

Dread the daily homework struggle?

Disappointed with progress reports?

Has your child lost confidence?

Your child needs a path to success. That's why Smart Start Tutors is here.

Let us make life easier for you and your child! Our online reading tutors takes the stress out of reading so that you can focus on being a parent and hand the task of teaching your child to read with proficiency over to a specialist.


What does this look like in action, you ask? No more daily homework battles, an improved relationship with your child and a confident child who you'll begin to find hiding under their covers reading past their bedtime. 

Alexa Imwalle Smart Start Tutors, Online Reading Tutor for Elementary Students, Orton Gillingham Tutors, Dyslexia Tutor Online

Each of our packages are designed to meet the varying needs of our learners

At Smart Start Tutors we believe in high quality tutoring. To us this means we provide a wealth of value for the investment that you are making. Our monthly, all-inclusive tutoring packages are structured based on your child’s needs and goals and are available internationally. We have experience working with a variety of learning abilities, including those with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, emerging readers, and developing readers. To ensure your child is set up for success both in and out of sessions, we provide them with all the tools necessary to support their learning so we can get started closing their reading gap from the very first session. 

All Monthly Packages Include: 

Our packages are designed to provide all the necessary tools to support your learner in and out of sessions resulting in quicker progress and lasting results. 

Customized and engaging 1-1 lessons with an Orton-Gillingham trained online reading tutor 

Preferred time and day for a variety of time zones around the world

Reading A-Z Student Account for use in and out of sessions ($200 value) 

Personalized resources purchased for your child to further customize their sessions 

Consistent parent/tutor communication via lesson notes 

AVAILABLE OPTIONS: 4, 8, 12 sessions per month


Sample Lesson 

Every session looks different because every child has unique needs and goals. As your child's needs and goals change, so will the concepts covered in their sessions. However, every lesson incorporates multisensory techniques and is based on the Orton Gillingham approach. Here is a sample lesson sequence to give you an idea of how we structure sessions to optimize student growth. 

Part 1: Drills, Review and Explicit Instruction 

  • Letter sound drills, sight words, blending sound drills, and explicit instruction and introduction of new skill. 


Part 2: Reading Words 

  • Reading words and sentences while applying and practicing the new learned skill 

Part 3: Writing

  • This sequential process begins with listening to spoken sounds and writing the letters for those sounds. This increases to writing words based on the sound/pattern learned that tutoring lesson or in previous lessons. It culminates with writing sentences using the words and patterns learned. 

Part 4: Guided reading

  • In this portion of the lesson students focus on applying the phonics patterns they have learned to decoding or sounding out words in passages based on their unique interests on their specific reading level. 

Part 5: Review Games and Additional Activities 

  • Reading and writing of sight words, Phonological Awareness or Phonemic Awareness games, fluency practice, grammar instruction, etc. 


Smart Start Tutors gives your child what they need to thrive in school

So many students have already started their journey! Here are a few testimonials from our parents:

“Alexa is one of the best tutors with whom I have worked. She has an accepting and positive attitude when working with students. She is alert to, and understands, different student learning styles and adjusts her approach to help them achieve mastery of the subject matter. Alexa’s strong education and professional background allow her to offer focused, effective assistance to her families.”

Educational Consultant

“Alexa really helped my daughter develop her reading skills over a short period of time, but an equally important improvement was the change in her confidence. She went from never wanting to read before bed at night to asking us which book we wanted to hear aloud. When she started, her self esteem was so low and after only a few weeks, she felt so much better about her reading ability. That shift in confidence really contributed to improvements in her reading level.”


Alexa Imwalle Smart Start Tutors, Online Reading Tutor for Elementary Students, Orton Gillingham Tutors, Dyslexia Tutor Online
Alexa Imwalle Smart Start Tutors, Online Reading Tutor for Elementary Students, Orton Gillingham Tutors, Dyslexia Tutor Online
Alexa Imwalle Smart Start Tutors, Online Reading Tutor for Elementary Students, Orton Gillingham Tutors, Dyslexia Tutor Online
Why Smart Start Tutors?

How are Smart Start Tutors different from other online reading tutors?

We create and implement individualized reading intervention plans by drawing upon resources from the best online reading programs for struggling readers.


We take into account each child's unique learning style, personality and interests. 

Our highly engaging sessions are designed for students with a wide range of abilities including those with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, emerging readers, and developing readers.


Unlike other tutoring companies, we do not throw worksheets in front of your child or spend time on areas of reading that your child has already mastered.


Instead, we use research based, multisensory techniques to reach your child at their EXACT level of need which allows us to help them make the most progress with results that will last them a lifetime. 

Our tutors are dedicated to closing the reading gap while instilling confidence and a love for reading in every child. 


Years Combined Experience

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  • 1. Book a Free Discovery Call
    In your FREE 20 minute Discovery Call, you will have the opportunity to speak with our Owner and Founder, Alexa Imwalle, to explain exactly what you are noticing regarding your child's literacy struggles at home and school. You will also have the opportunity to explain what type of support you are looking for for your child and what your goals are for your child's academic development. Alexa will then determine, based on the information you provide, if we are the best fit to support your child. If so, she will give you more information about the process that we use, what tutoring with Smart Start looks like, and what the recommended next steps would be to begin to close the gap for your child. If Alexa feels that you would be better supported by another specialist, she will be happy to refer you to one of her colleagues. You will walk away from your complimentary Discovery Call with recommendations for how you can begin to stop the struggle for your child today and peace of mind knowing that you are not alone in the journey.
  • 2. Schedule an Initial Assessment Session
    If we determine that your child would be a good fit for the services that Smart Start Tutors provides then the next step would be to schedule an initial assessment. The initial assessment allows Alexa to deep dive into the five categories of your child's reading skills (phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, reading comprehension and vocabulary) to determine EXACTLY what is causing your child's reading struggles. Since every child is different and has unique strengths and areas of struggle, it is important to determine why your child is struggling with reading and what their unique struggles are so Alexa can design an individualized intervention plan to begin closing the gaps for your child. Your child's initial assessment results are used as the baseline for designing a unique learning plan to target their exact needs and goals so that time is not wasted teaching your child skills they already know, but instead allows us to get to work right away closing your child's gaps from the very first tutoring session. We then use the initial assessment results and compare them to your child's follow up assessment results every three months to gauge how much progress your child has made, if the interventions we are using are helping and if any interventions need to be tweaked. Informal assessments are completed continuously, as well, to ensure progress along the way. The initial assessment session takes between 45 minutes to an hour and is completed online from the comfort of your home. In this way, Alexa is able to meet with your child 1-1 in a setting that is already comfortable for your child using high tech technology allowing your child to see and hear Alexa and all the resources she has to share to complete the assessment.
  • 3. Receive Your Customized Learning Plan & Get Started
    Following your child's Initial Assessment Session, you will receive a full report with your child's assessment results, specific data collected, additional observations made during the assessment, and the intervention plan Alexa has designed specifically for your child. We will then schedule a 30 minute Parent Consultation where Alexa will explain the assessment results, the intervention plan, answer any questions you may have and make recommendations for the package that she believes best suits your child's needs and goals and will allow them to make the quickest progress with lasting results. Ultimately, you know your child best and therefor we leave the task of choosing the package that you believe is best for your child up to you. Once you select your package, we will determine a schedule that works best for your child from our current availability. We will then get started closing the gap for your child with engaging and fun sessions that are based on your child's unique intervention plan rooted in research based multisensory techniques.

Ready to Get Started with Our Online Reading Tutors?

Book your free Discovery Call where we will discuss your child's needs and goals for tutoring, provide recommendations for next steps, and schedule your child's initial assessment. 

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