Guided Learning LLC is committed to providing engaging learning experiences based on a learner’s needs and interests.  Guided Learning LLC is headed by Maria Arana. 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.

In 2018, she completed a second M.Ed. in Gifted Education at Arizona State University. Her wealth of knowledge in the field of education coupled with her experience as a classroom teacher and mathematics coach allows her to tailor each learning session to the specific needs, interests and learning preferences of each student.

Tutoring & Enrichment

Guided Learning LLC offers a wide range of private instruction in many academic subjects.  The studio is located in the Ahwatukee neighborhood of Phoenix and offers the following subjects areas:

  • Tutoring for grades K-8, all subjects
  • Mathematics through Algebra 2
  • Enrichment for grades K-8, all subjects
  • Essay & writing assistance through 8th grade
  • Homeschooling support available
  • ESL individual instruction for all ages, including adults

Tutoring or enrichment sessions are 45 minutes or one hour long and can focus on one or more subjects.

Please contact Maria Arana for availability at: 

Instructional Practices

Guided Learning LLC implements a multi-sensory approach when working with young children to help them build conceptual understandings. Maria helps clients gain confidence in learning a subject by helping them acquire study skills and monitor their own learning.

For young students who are learning to read, Guided Learning LLC uses the Waseca Biomes Reading Program which follows a systematic approach to word study (phonics) instruction based on the multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham approach along with guided reading lessons to help students improve their reading.  For reading comprehension instruction, Guided Learning LLC uses Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program that implements targeted readings from short stories, poetry and nonfiction sources. Student begin by identifying literary elements and move to higher order thinking skills in order to critically analyze texts.

Mathematics students receive instruction based on their needs and the focus of instruction is building number sense and/or algebraic thinking. A variety of mathematics resources are used to plan and prepare individualized mathematics sessions for each student.  

For all students, Guided Learning LLC uses formative assessments to inform instruction and focuses on helping students develop higher order thinking skills while growing basic skills. This approach differs from most tutors who are primarily concerned with answering the students immediate questions and not concerned with providing the students with critical thinking and problem-solving skills for future applications.

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.

If you are interested in tutoring, enrichment or coaching services please go the contact tab to send a request or contact me via e-mail at:

Thank you,

Maria Arana

Payment for services can be done through PayPal.

search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close