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Math Word Problems: How to Overcome Anxiety

Math Word Problems: How to Overcome Anxiety

Posted in Math Tutoring

Students are increasingly being challenged with word-based math problems.   Focusing on teaching math with word problems, allows teachers to take the concepts learned in class and apply them to everyday life.  It also helps strengthen students' analytical thinking skills and ability to problem solve.

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5 End of Year Teacher Gifts That They Will Love

5 End of Year Teacher Gifts That They Will Love

Posted in Parent Education Resources, Tips & Advice

With the end of school rapidly approaching, you may be starting to think about a gift for your child’s teacher to thank them for a wonderful year. Why not make this an educational activity and involve your little learner in the process?

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How to Make STEM Fun

How to Make STEM Fun

Posted in Science Tutoring, Educational Technology

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are becoming increasingly important in education and ultimately the workplace.  With the majority of the fastest growing careers requiring Math and Science,  The Ontario Ministry of Education has taken notice and is evolving the curriculum to focus more in these areas.

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Tips to End the School Year Successfully

Tips to End the School Year Successfully

Posted in Tips & Advice

Almost one month to go until the school year ends.   While the weather is getting warmer and summer break is just around the corner, it is important for students to not lose their momentum in the classroom.

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How to Take Effective Study Notes

How to Take Effective Study Notes

Posted in Tips & Advice

Developing strong note taking strategies also encourages students to better focus on the teachers' lesson and helps connect ideas between topics. Here are some of our favourite tips to strengthen students' note taking.

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Making Math Fun with Apps

Making Math Fun with Apps

Posted in Math Tutoring

There are tons of fun and free apps for students to build their math skills.  And what better way to learn than to have children play games.  All you need is a smartphone or tablet.

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How To Help Your Child Get The Sleep They Need To Learn Well

How To Help Your Child Get The Sleep They Need To Learn Well

Posted in Parent Education Resources, Tips & Advice

We reached out to Rebecca Earl, a Toronto sleep consultant, for her suggestions on helping set up school-age children for a good night’s sleep. She’s sharing 5 tips to help make sure your child get’s the rest they need to be prepared for the school day.

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4 Ways To Practice Going Green All Year Long

4 Ways To Practice Going Green All Year Long

Posted in Science Tutoring, Community, Tips & Advice

We asked Sara Vartanian, the founder of the green lifestyle site Green Moms Collective for four tips on how we can turn going green into fun yet educational learning for kids. Here’s what she had to say:

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3 Skills That Help Students Prepare For Post-Secondary School

3 Skills That Help Students Prepare For Post-Secondary School

Posted in Parent Education Resources, Tips & Advice

For some students, the final term of school will be their last before transitioning into a college or university program in the fall. With a new beginning on the horizon, now is the perfect time to help them get prepared for the social and academic changes they will face, oftentimes while living away from home.

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Simple Ways To Make March Break Fun And Educational

Simple Ways To Make March Break Fun And Educational

Posted in Community, Parent Education Resources, Tips & Advice

If you’re staying close to home for the March Break, perhaps you’ll want to use the time to explore the city, sneak in some extra physical activity or plan a simple education field trip. Here are a few great choices for Toronto families:

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