What makes Winward Academy
a different online tutoring platform
Methodology Based on Research
Over 40 years of education and cognitive psychology research identify techniques that promote effective learning. Winward Academy® is unique in honoring this learning theory research and bringing these techniques into the online environment.
Promoting growth mindsetDr. Carol Dweck (2012) states that intelligence grows as students learn from their mistakes. The process, not speed, is key.
Missed questions are automatically added to a Mistake Bank, generating a personalized study guide to build both knowledge and confidence.
5,000 Practice Questions
Our exclusive set of practice questions incorporates fun facts from history, science, and culture while teaching grammar, math, and reading.
Identifying where to focusDrs. Moser, Schroder, Heeter, Moran, and Lee (2011) cite the importance of reviewing mistakes to identify strengths and weaknesses.
Students create customized practice tests to master specific topics with extra review of questions of varying levels of difficulty.
Customized Study Schedules
The personalized study scheduler allows students to prioritize lessons based on identified strengths and weaknesses.
Providing specific, clear feedbackAccording to the Education Endowment Foundation (2016), students must receive specific and accurate feedback on all answers.
Students are guided through the learning process, receiving supportive feedback on every answer, both correct and incorrect.
Video Based Explanations
A video-based explanation to EVERY practice question is just a click away. Students can always access hints or instructional support videos.
Teaching with purposeDrs. Wood, Bruner, and Ross (1976) promote learning by building a foundation and gradually increasing the level of difficulty.
1-on-1 Video Teaching
Lesson speed can be adjusted to fit a student’s desired learning pace. Each lesson builds slowly in difficulty to ensure optimal retention.
A downloadable handout accompanies each video lesson, promoting student engagement and facilitating a more active learning process.
Collecting & reporting dataDrs. Halpern and Hakel (2010) assert the value of testing knowledge before and after a lesson, so students can adjust their studying.
By collecting data on baseline and post-lesson accuracy, we give students immediate feedback, track their progress, and maximize their learning.
Practice Test Proctoring
Students can take actual ACT and SAT practice exams with our digital proctoring service that times, scores, and tracks progress.
Speaking your languageDrs. Weinstein and Mayer (2016) found that students who paraphrase in their own words achieve a deeper understanding.
Give Yourself a Hint
Students can write problem-solving hints that can be accessed at any time. Nothing is more powerful in learning than using one’s own voice.
Using the platform, students can easily connect with friends, support each other, and work together on challenging concepts.
Technology is our tool, not your teacher
questions on the topic
We collect data on your knowledge and understanding
before the lessons so we can provide immediate feedback,
both pre- and post-lesson (Anghileri, 2006).
Download & print the
Research studies repeatedly find that taking notes is much more
productive than passive listening - we learn more of what we DO
than what we HEAR. To promote active learning, we provide
handouts for every lesson, so you can easily follow along and
take notes (Kiewra, 1987).
Follow along with
the video lesson
The instructor is always visible to help encourage engagement
and a sense of connection, while helping to recreate
the in-person experience (Chakroborty & Nafukho, 2015).
Complete the multiple
You'll receive supportive feedback with video-based
explanations on every practice question, so you're never stuck
(Moser et al., 2011).
Receive feedback on
Get immediate feedback on your overall performance and how
you've improved. After each lesson, you're positively reinforced
for your work and encouraged to continue to challenge yourself
by reviewing mistakes and trying new problems (Dweck, 1988).
Review mistakes in your
personal Mistake Bank
When redoing questions in the Mistake Bank, you can review the
hint you wrote to yourself and seek extra help from friends who
answered correctly (Halpern & Hakel, 2010).
With Mix'Em Up practice, you can access more questions in the
specific areas you wish to target (Weinstein & Mayer, 1996).
See how we compare to other companies offering online ACT & SAT prep.
The data above were collected in October 2016. It's possible that companies may have updated their features since then.
Why Winward Academy Works
Explore the revolutionary, patent pending features of our e-learning platform.
Assessments before &
✓ Answer baseline questions
✓ Receive a post-lesson summary of improvement
✓ Know exactly where to focus your review
✓ Speed up, slow down, pause, & replay lessons
✓ Review the included video transcript
✓ Follow along as lessons slowly increase in difficulty
✓ Get feedback on every answer, right or wrong
✓ Watch a step-by-step instructional video on every question
✓ Write yourself a hint and access it when reviewing your mistakes
Mistake Bank &
✓ Master mistakes from a personalized study guide
✓ Create new practice sets with Mix'Em up
✓ Connect with friends to collaborate on tough problems