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MacKenzie’s story

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MacKenzie Livingston hardly ever earned a C in class. Her report card always came back to her mother, Kim, with the lowest grades being B’s. But Kim would watch her daughter struggle with homework on a nightly basis; she knew that those B’s MacKenzie earned were truly fought for.

“MacKenzie had trouble with comprehension. Understanding word problems in math and figuring out the meaning of pieces of literature were hard for her,” Kim explains. “She would spend four hours on homework others could get done in 20 minutes.”

When Kim decided to have MacKenzie receive tutoring after her sixth-grade year, other parents were confused. “They would say, ‘Why does she need tutoring when she gets B’s?’ Nobody understood why she needed help when she was receiving decent grades. But they didn’t see the struggle that she went through every night with homework,” says Kim.

Kim had heard about The Learning Lamp through a friend and registered MacKenzie for a summer tutoring session with a certified teacher. The tutor focused on MacKenzie’s trouble with picking out important information in word problems and readings. Instantly, Kim noticed a change in not only MacKenzie’s knowledge, but also her confidence.

That fall, MacKenzie started seventh grade, and by the end of the first semester, she received straight A’s on her report card. MacKenzie was thrilled. The next summer, Kim enrolled MacKenzie in another tutoring session at The Learning Lamp to keep MacKenzie’s confidence in the learning material high. MacKenzie, now in ninth grade, still receives excellent grades and is enrolled in the Honors Science class at her high school.

“MacKenzie’s story is important to those parents who choose not to enroll their children who receive decent grades but battle it out every night to comprehend what they’re taught,” Kim explains. “The Learning Lamp gave MacKenzie the confidence she needed to succeed, and I give all the credit to the organization and its fantastic tutors.”

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