H.L. Student

Working with Kari has allowed me to finally feel comfortable with my learning difference. Rather than dwelling on my weaknesses, together we discovered my personal strengths. What I learned from Kari extends beyond the classroom – in fact I will go so far as to classify the knowledge she shared with me as life lessons. Kari is one of the most kind, caring, and down to earth educators that I have ever come across. Without a doubt, the impact that Kari has left upon me is unlike that of any tutor I’ve ever worked with before.

B.G., Student

The ACT went so great and I owe it all to you Kari! Thank you so much for being there for me and teaching me. You truly are a remarkable woman, and any student is lucky to have you, just like me.

T.R., Student

Kari Miller is amazing! I started seeing her in middle school when I was failing math. Not only did she help me with math, but, once we fixed that problem, she began helping me with everything else, from writing to reading Shakespeare. Kari is so much more than a tutor. She doesn’t just teach you facts and tell you the answers; she teaches you how to approach the problem and the fundamentals.

T.D., Parent

I’m not working now, but I’d do anything to keep my daughter with Dr. Kari. My daughter wouldn’t be where she is today without the work they’ve done together. I tell every parent I meet, ‘If your child has any trouble in school, you’ve got to go to Dr. Kari.

P.N., Parent

By the way, you are amazing. Thank you so much for helping Nicole. I can hear how relaxed she is when she works with you. You are a really gifted teacher and a very nice person. It is helping our family a lot too.

S.B., Parent

As they say in Hollywood – ‘You’re the Tops…you’re the Mona Lisa…’ We so appreciate all your work with our son…and feel he’s improved so much!!!

Five unique problems students who struggle in school have with learning…

If you’re like the parents I work with, you are looking for help for your child who is struggling in school. There are really five factors that can get in the way of learning for kids with complicated learning needs.

  • First of all, everybody learns their own way.  For most kids, they are able to learn the way our schools tend to teach.  But some students don’t easily learn the way our schools expect them to.  And then kids begin to fall behind and fail.
  • Once they fall behind, they don’t learn the academic skills they need to keep up.  Kids have to learn so much to be successful in school.  They have to learn how to read, spell and calculate.  Now they have the problem of being behind in basic skills. Without basic skills they can’t move forward.
  • Students with complicated learning needs usually have one or more weak learning skills such as memory, attention or auditory processing problems.  Until their learning skills are strengthened, they will continue to have difficulty in learning.
  • Students typically need to learn how to manage their learning and how to play the game of school to win.  They have to learn the best study approaches and what to give priority to in their learning.  They need to learn how to manage their time and their emotions.
  • When students experience any of these difficulties, then the biggest problem begins to set in. When kids want to learn, when they try to learn, but they can’t learn, they lose hope.  They begin to believe they are stupid and they stop trying.  This loss of hope is called learned helplessness and it’s a beast that robs kids of their power.  Kids who have learned helplessness don’t work very hard to be good learners and good students because they figure it’s a waste of time; they figure they can never learn.

My SUCCESS Program for Educational Excellence

In order for kids with complicated learning needs to be successful, they need to have all five of their problems addressed.

  • They need to be taught in a way that fits their learning style—not just the same old approach that is used for other kids.
  • They need to catch up on basic skills they’ve missed because they learn differently.
  • They need to build their core learning skills such as attention and memory that students need to be successful.
  • They need to learn how to set priorities, manage their time and study to remember what they are learning.
  • And most importantly, they need to believe in themselves again so they can play the game of school to win.

My five-step SUCCESS program gives students with complicated learning needs the tools they need to be successful in school and in life.

I’ve made a five short videos explaining each of the five components of my approach, and I hope you’re ready to learn more.  You can find the videos right here.

Thanks, and I’ll see you there!

Dr Kari Miller

Dr. Kari Miller, Director

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