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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/

How to Study for Exams – Wikiguide

Writing exams is possibly the most stressful experience for high school students. This wiki-guide gives some tips and strategies to prepare to study for your exams. Some of their points are obvious but what’s great is how it offers some practical and specific strategies for different learners and subjects – right in line with the CT philosophy! http://www.wikihow.com/Study-For-Exams

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

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.

  1. Personalized attention

In a typical classroom, the ratio of teacher to students is 1 to 30.  In that environment it is very difficult for one teacher to attend to the individual needs of each student.  By working one-on-one, a tutor coming to the home can assess the student’s strengths and identify the areas they are having difficulty in and come up with a solid plan of action to guide the student towards academic success.

2. Builds confidence

Subjects such as Math or English can be troublesome for some children and can lead to disinterest for the subject and even cause stress or anxiety.  The feeling of not understanding content, doing poorly on tests and exams can strongly affect a child’s confidence.  A private tutor can work with the child to identify the gaps in understanding, help fill them and restore their confidence in the subject and themselves.

3. Develops ownership of learning

By working closely with a tutor, a child’s comprehension of the subject matter and confidence will increase.  As they become aware of their own personal growth, they will naturally take responsibility of their school work and learning into their own hands. Our tutors teach skills as well as tricks and tips in Math that can allow students to

  1. Develop specific skill sets

Beyond the specific subject matter, whether it be Math, English or Biology, working with a tutor builds a number of other valuable skills that will benefit the child for years.  A tutor can help develop and strengthen study skills, time-management skills, communication and interpersonal skills, problem solving skills, critical thinking skills and many more.

  1. Frequent feedback

In classroom, a student will not have a clear indication about how well they understand the content until they write a test or complete an assignment. By then the teacher may have moved on and it is too late to identify areas that need improvement. This is a very common concern for Math. With the help of a Math tutor, the child is able to gain an understanding of the material, apply it in context and receive immediate feedback to gauge how well they have learned the concepts. This approach gives the child an opportunity to revisit the material and deepen their understanding of it and then move forward.

While improving grades is definitely a key benefit, a child gains many advantages through one-on-one tutoring. The points listed above are just some benefits of tutoring that can help improve the academic success of a child and help them become effective learners.

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.”

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/energize

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.

www.Procarecenter.ca

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.

http://www.newhorizons.org/future/Creating_the_Future/crfut_gardner.html

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.

http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071222/LIFE/712220305

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.

http://www.ilc.org