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Parent Tips: March Break activities to help your child learn
While parents figure out (and sometimes struggle) on how to keep their children entertained throughout March Break, take a peek at this article on some tips for various grade levels to keep children engaged and remain in learning mode, while they enjoy their break from conventional education.
How to Study Maths: 7 Tips for Solving Maths Problems
Mathematics is a subject that every student has to study at one time or another. Most university courses include some level of maths while almost every profession uses maths in some form on a daily basis. The problem many students have is that they don’t know how to study maths to get good results. Maths is one of those subjects which you can easily spend hours studying but end up none the wiser. However much you have studied, if you can not solve the problem on day of the test, you are lost. Thankfully, there are some techniques for studying maths that you can do regardless of your level. Continue reading here.
Homework – set the stage for success
A child’s mind is like a sponge – they readily absorb what is around them. Sometimes this is good, and sometimes this is not so good. When children are learning and taking in everything around them, it is understandable that they need to have a suitable environment to have an optimal learning experience. Continue reading on how to create a suitable homework environment to enhance your child’s learning.
Test and Exam Preparation
“Study smarter, not harder” may be a cliché… but it’s true! Writing exams is possibly the most stressful experience for high school students. Visit this page for some tips and strategies to prepare to study for your exams. Some of the points are obvious but what is great is how it offers some practical and specific strategies for different learners and subjects – right in line with the CT philosophy!
Learning how to study for tests and exams is vital for students’ academic success. The information in the resources sections contain a broad range of tools to help you create a customized study schedule, understand how to prepare, take, and debrief exams, and adopt strategies for effective studying and anxiety reduction.
Looking for something short and sweet? Take a look at some quick tips for exam preparation
Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions from Cognitive and Educational Psychology
So much to learn. Will it ever end? Nope. You will be learning for the rest of your life. School is simply a kick starter. No matter what path you take in life after school, learning will be part of it. Yet, the forever journey to develop your talents doesn’t have to be nerve-racking or unpleasant. Comfort comes from knowing that you have the competence to quickly ramp up on new topics and grasp them deeply.
Effective Practices for Developing Reading Comprehension
Reading comprehension research has a long and rich history. There is much that we can say about both the nature of reading comprehension as a process and about effective reading comprehension instruction. Unlike decoding, oral reading, and reading readiness, those who study reading comprehension instruction have avoided much of the acrimony characteristic of work in other aspects of reading. Continue reading article here
Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology
School is for learning. But ironically, one of the things that people don’t really learn to do well in school was to learn. We are taught rote memorization and told to absorb it for arbitrary tests without being taught how to effectively absorb the material. And it seems as the methods we were actually taught in school aren’t all that effective. Continue reading article here
Tutoring relieves math anxiety, changes fear circuits in children
Individualized math lessons improved kids’ arithmetic performance and made them feel more comfortable with the subject.
Anxiety about doing math problems can be relieved with a one-on-one math tutoring program, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The tutoring fixed abnormal responses in the brain’s fear circuits. The study, published Sept. 9 in The Journal of Neuroscience, is the first to document…Continue reading here
The Benefits of One-on-One Tutoring
Private tutoring is increasingly becoming popular simply because it just works. Whether for Math, French, English, Chemistry or general study skills, parents and students in Ottawa at all levels in the curriculum continuously look for ways to improve learning and boost grades. Having a private tutor come to the home and work one-on-one with a child not only accomplishes these things but also has a myriad of other benefits. Let’s look at some of these benefits a bit closer
Speaking Up: A Guide to Encouraging Student Engagement
Any educator would confirm that student engagement is key to successful learning. This article is a valuable read as it emphasises this point as well as offers key suggestions to learners and educators on how to optimize engagement both inside and outside the typical classroom (suggestions are even included to discuss online forums). The article suggests that “Enthusiasm, project-based learning, instructor feedback, and social media discussions can make a big difference,” and includes several strategies to achieve this. The article can be found here: http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/2013/03/21/speaking-up-a-guide-to-encouraging-student-engagement/
Ottawa Family Living – Tutor Advocates!
Check out the Winter 2012 issue of Family Living Ottawa Magazine. On page 64 they discuss the current trend of tutoring in North America. They profile Gayle – mother of 14yr-old Christopher who ‘didn’t waste any time’ finding a tutor to help him transition to middle school curriculum. The article expresses the growing belief that tutoring is a necessary part of advocating for our children’s educational needs. They even go as far as to say that although parents often try to help, ‘kids respond better to the teaching of a tutor.’ Judge for yourself by reading the article here: http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/ottawa-family-living/ofl_winter12/2012120501/#64
Reach Every Student – Energizing Ontario’s Education
Ontario Ministry of Education presents their plan to re-energize Ontario’s education system. The focus is on literacy and numeracy from elementary to secondary schools. It suggests that “Strong literacy and numeracy skills are the critical foundation for all other academic achievement and for a lifetime of success.”
Pro-Care After School Center
Pro-Care After School Center offer programs for different needs; running an after school program for Children Ages 10-12, Parent and Toddler Play groups during the week from 8:30-11:30 and the option of renting their space for birthday parties. Capital Tutor and Pro-Care are teaming up to offer professional tutoring in a convenient and conducive setting for learning.
Intelligence in Seven Steps
Dr. Howard Gardner is the genius who brought the idea of multiple intelligences to the forefront of education. This theory suggests that the accepted belief that intelligence is something that can be assessed with an I.Q test is incredibly limited. Instead, he proposes eight different intelligences. This knowledge allows educators to teach the unique individual according to his/her learning style. It also empowers the learner to take advantage of those strengths he/she possesses to reach success.
Finding Solutions to a Child’s Difficulties in School
Jennifer Bell addresses a most common issue in Ontario homes: Why do children hate school? She encourages parents to ask the tough questions to determine the root of their children’s distaste for school. By discovering the academic or social issues early, parents can proactively support their children and address the specific issues.
Writing the GED – Ontario’s High School Equivalency Test
The GED test is the only method of earning the Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate and the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) is the exclusive provider of the GED test in Ontario. Successful GED test candidates are awarded an Ontario High SchoolEquivalency Certificate, issued by the Ministry of Education. Capital Tutor supports students striving for continuing education. We offer GED prep in English and French in a program that strives to fit the individual needs of every student. Check out the registration section of the ILC website where you will find 12 centres in Ontario to write the GED test.