DRagan Tutors


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Fundamental Teaching Beliefs

DRagan Tutors approaches the work of private reading tutor in an especially deliberate manner. Our fundamental teaching beliefs are that:

  • Effective teaching comes from the heart
  • Every child can learn to read
  • Some children have learning differences that require that they be taught using special methods
  • Every child has unique strengths and talents
  • Children with learning differences such as dyslexia can learn to capitalize on their strengths to achieve success
  • Learning can be fun!

Teaching Method

DRagan Tutors specializes in providing reading intervention and remediation using the Barton Reading and Spelling System®. The latest research and teacher and parent testimonials confirm that this structured, sequential, multisensory technique is highly effective for students with language-based reading disabilities such as dyslexia.

This special approach:

  • Teaches spelling as strongly as reading
  • Improves reading accuracy and speed
  • Improves basic writing skills
  • Teaches each skill to mastery
  • Provides frequent review to retain mastery


Within the structure of the Barton System, DRagan Tutors customizes private tutoring session format and activities to meet the unique needs of each student. DRagan Tutors services include:

  • Complimentary initial consultation
  • Screening and assessment
  • Private, personalized reading and spelling tutoring
  • Suggestions for classroom accommodations to help foster academic success
  • Lending library for students and parents
  • Newsletter of helpful tips and resources for parents and teachers

Teaching Style

DRagan Tutors teaches skills to remove reading–related learning barriers while recognizing, leveraging, and celebrating each student’s individual strengths.

Our safe, supportive teaching style includes:

  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Individualized instruction
  • Structured, multi-sensory teaching methods
  • A nurturing and fun learning environment
  • Close partnership with parents, guardians, teachers, and other professionals


DRagan Tutors offers Barton tutoring in our comfortable and conveniently-located West San Jose studio and in charter, private, and public school settings throughout the South Bay including: Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Gatos, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga & Sunnyvale.


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Daryl Ragan, Certified Barton tutor, South Bay area including: Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Gatos, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga & Sunnyvale