Educational Alliance Formed to Address Learning Loss Caused by Pandemic

Matt Miklius, PhD., Founder of The Think Tank

The Think Tank announced a professional alliance with the New England-based ADAC to address learning loss conditions caused by COVID-19.

The learning loss that has occurred is significant and will only worsen if certain corrective measures are not taken. »

—Matt Miklius, PhD.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois, USA, Oct. 11, 2022 / — The Think Tank, the Arlington Heights, Illinois-based tutoring and test preparation company, has announced the formation of a professional alliance with the New England-based ADAC to respond to learning loss conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Think Tank, founded in 2016 by Matthew Miklius, PhD., developed the Fill the GAPS program ( to help schools rebuild foundational math skills, which have been significantly affected during the pandemic. The program focuses on geometry, algebra 1 and 2, pre-calculus and statistics. Using proprietary software, Fill the GAPS offers students, teachers, and administrators an online program that offers individualized learning, instant feedback, and immediate access to video instruction.

“First and foremost, teachers across the country have done an incredible job of trying to meet curriculum standards over the past two years, despite the upheaval in traditional notions of learning,” said Miklius. “Most schools have spent a year or more with virtual classes, and many finals have been eliminated and simply had to be more lenient in evaluating students because they lacked the face-to-face contact that is so essential in teaching. The learning loss that has occurred is significant and will only worsen if certain corrective measures are not taken. »

To support this effort, ADAC offers a wide range of supplemental programs to schools and school districts nationwide, in several educational disciplines. Through their network, they will connect their clients with The Think Tank and their Fill the GAPS program (

Miklius notes that foundational advanced math skills are difficult for many students at the best of times, so the pandemic has only exacerbated the situation. His team looked at the data they gathered from over 56,000 hours of tutoring and test preparation to develop comprehensive teaching modules, aimed at tackling learning loss.

Schools that enroll in the Fill the GAPS Complementary Program will have access to a wide range of tools that will reinforce the learning elements of each level of math. The software includes weekly assessments, quizzes that provide instant feedback, and reports to teachers and administrators regarding progress and areas to focus lessons on.

“Our story is built on our ability to work with students and find the right learning solution that helps them understand and master a number of academic components,” Miklius said. “Yes, we work to help students prepare for standardized tests and increase their scores, but that success hinges on their ability to learn material in a way that it can be retained and used for future classes or careers. . GAPS will use this methodology to reinforce what may have been lost over the past two years and lead students to reach, and even surpass, the levels they should be at.

Schools or school districts interested in the Fill the GAPS program should contact ADAC at 1-833-ADAC123 or email [email protected]

To learn more about the services offered at Think Tank, visit or call 847-257-9281.

The Think Tank was founded in 2016 by Matt Miklius, PhD ( The company offers private and small-class tuition to prepare students for standardized tests, improve study habits and learning skills, and prepare for effective college application essays. Tutoring is available in several subjects, including math, science, reading comprehension, and writing.

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