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From their first day... their last.

What Makes Us Different?

At Learning Designs, we approach education from an individual perspective. Students are all unique, and so the way we teach them should be too. We will match your child with an Academic Coach who specializes in the areas they need help with most. Our Academic Coaches design curriculum specifically to fit your student's particular needs and learning style and focus on building a trusting relationship where the student is safe to try, grow, and excel. It's more than passing the next test- we also focus on building study and organizational skills that will continue to benefit students for the rest of their lives! We curate the tutoring experience to help each child develop a lifelong love of learning and an unwavering sense of perseverance and confidence. 

Our highly qualified, carefully selected tutors are experts in a variety of subjects


Middle & High School Spanish 

All Levels of English 


All levels of math, including algebra, trigonometry, calculus, geometry, and more

Singapore Math Method


Reading Comprehension, Writing Skills, Grammar, Orton Gillingham Method, Reading Intervention Strategies, Spelling


One on One test prep and study skills lessons, and group intensives 

Study Skills

Our very own Brain Lab study skills course teaches students the foundational organizational skills they need to be the best students they can for the rest of their academic career

The Learning Designs Story


Karen Ostlund

Founder, Owner, and Academic Coach

Karen has a Masters in Special Education and works as special ed teacher for the Isanti school district. She grew up in Minneapolis before transplanting to the country. She has been tutoring for over 15 years, and loves working with students to help them unlock their academic superpowers!

In 1995 Karen Ostlund was pregnant with her oldest while finishing her undergrad degree. As part of her bachelors in elementary education, she had to do one-on-one tutoring. She absolutely loved it, and word spread quickly about her services. From there the business took off. It was the best of teaching and education- creative and custom curriculum design and personal relationships with students. She was also able to do it while being a present mother to her young kids. Soon, the business grew so much that she had to hire on additional tutors. From the beginning, she has hand selected tutors who are highly skilled, passionate, and excited to teach. Karen loved what she did, but there was still an element she wanted to add- diagnostic and interventional skills. She returned to school to get her master's in special education to enhance her business and be able to offer quality service to all students regardless of ability, and to help offer early intervention and identification of learning struggles. Today, she lives in Isanti Minnesota, where she has expanded her services, while still operating her company for the entire twin cities area and beyond. She is grateful that she gets to live her passion every day by assisting students as they grow and learn.

ADHD, Dyslexia, ASD, and More- We Can Handle It

Students with disabilities are complex learners who have unique needs that exist alongside their strengths. We are specialists in these areas and know how to adapt learning techniques to meet students where they're at.

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