Welcome to the Guided Learning Studio!

The Guided Learning Studio is a home-based learning studio located in the Ahwatukee neighborhood of Phoenix. We are committed to providing engaging learning experiences based on a learner’s needs and interests. The studio was founded by Maria Arana in 2018.

Meet Maria

Maria is an accomplished educator who brings a wealth of academic excellence, teaching expertise and a proven record of private instruction.  

Maria is a former bilingual primary teacher and elementary mathematics coach.  She worked in schools in Houston,  Boston, and Phoenix.  While working for Boston Public Schools, she completed a M.Ed. in Learning and Teaching at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

During her ten-years of teaching and working as an elementary mathematics coach, Maria continued to tutor small groups of students before or after school in reading and mathematics. In 2018, she completed a M.Ed. in Gifted Education at Arizona State University. Since leaving the classroom, Maria has enjoyed providing enrichment learning activities for her three children.

Services We Offer

Guided Learning LLC offers a wide range of private instruction in many academic subjects. Maria has experience supporting the needs of learners with visual and language-based learning difficulties, twice-exceptional students, and students in need of challenging academic lessons.

Maria uses formative assessments to inform instruction and is focused on helping students develop higher order thinking skills while growing basic skills. She takes time to research instructional methods and adapt instruction to each learners’ needs. This approach differs from most tutors who follow a pre-set program and who mainly provide homework help.



  • All subjects K-8
  • Mathematics instruction through Algebra 2
  • Writing & essay assistance through 8th grade
  • Reading fluency & comprehension
  • Word study, phonics, and spelling instruction


Enrichment for grades K-8

  • Small group art lessons
  • Advanced mathematics problem solving
  • Challenging literacy instruction for above grade level readers
  • Interest-based art, science, history, math and literacy lessons



Academic Coaching

 Individual academic coaching is for parents who would like to learn how to support their child’s learning at home.   Maria can help you identify your child’s strengths and interests in order to provide enrichment in the home or work with you so you can better support your child’s learning needs.  She can help you identify resources and enriching activities that will help your child develop his or her academic goals.

Get in Touch

Please contact Maria Arana for availability at:  guidedlearningstudio@gmail.com 

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Maria Arana

Hi, I am Maria, a mom to three wonderful kiddos. My family and I live in Phoenix, Arizona. We love the beauty of the desert southwest. I am a former primary teacher and elementary mathematics coach. For the last several years, I have focused on encouraging my children to follow their interests and passions. I believe the learning environment plays a key role in our experience in school and at home. It is as important as what and how we teach. We have the ability to create an environment that encourages imagination, creativity, and independence. Guided Learning Studio is a home based studio where I offer tutoring, enrichment classes and help learners follow their interests and passions.

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