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What is Academic Coaching Tutoring?

What is an Academic Coach and how can they help out students?

Academic coaching is support in the following areas to help strengthen students skills and become effective learners.  Building strong skills can help students develop habits to succeed in school and reduce anxiety.  In particular, as students move through middle school and into high school, these skills become increasingly important.

Homework Skills: Our tutors work with students to prioritize homework based on the importance of each assignment and its deadline.  They also help set up a proper work space and routines in order for students to ultimately work independently.

Note Taking: Great note taking skills can help students develop strategies to layout their notes in their own words, formats and summaries.  For further note taking strategies click here.

Organizational Skills: Having strong organization and planning skills is key to ensure students have their papers, notes and other key materials in a convenient and easy to find location as they are studying and / or doing homework.  Also using an agenda or planner is key to a students success.

Time Management: Last minute exam cramming, forgetting homework can cause anxiety and reduced grades for students.  Through developing strong time management skills students can avoid procrastination, priortize, stay organized and on track to timelines.

Test and Exam Preparation: Students learn to study and prepare for specific tests and exams based on the materials.  Through the process they learn to ask the appropriate questions, make study notes and ensure they cover areas they are not familiar with.

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2017 Educational New Year’s Resolutions

As kids get back to school in January, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the first half of the school year and to make some educational resolutions.

In the new year, we usually start off with the best of intentions, but don’t always follow through with the resolutions we make. That’s why our team of tutors recommends continuing to engage your child and track their progress.

Here are some subject and skill specific ideas to help start 2017 off on the right foot.


  • Practice makes perfect – Math homework can be an opportunity for students to reinforce the concepts they learned.   Schedule a regular time and location to develop a routine
  • Play Math Games to make learning fun.  Here are some of our favourites
  • Use these helpful Math apps for enrichment or support learning in more challenging areas
  • Introduce Math into real life settings. For example: on the next drive learn about distance and time.  Or during cooking time – learn about measurement.


  • Read with your child frequently and engage them by asking them to explain the story
  • Use flash cards to learn important words.  Once your child gets comfortable, combine the flash cards to create common sentences
  • Label items around the house and practice reading them with your child
  • Reading apps can help engage your child and leverage technology.  Some of our favourites include: Dr. Seuss’s ABCReading RavenQuestion BuilderWord MagicGraceabc PocketPhonics


  • Cook in French – think about all the great food you can cook and eat (ie. Crepes, Croissant)
  • TFO – Games:  Wonderful games to help improve French vocab, math, reading and science
  • French TV: expand vocabulary by watching age appropriate shows
  • Leverage technology with these helpful French Apps
  • Sign up for a French enrichment March Break or Summer Camp
  • Watch online videos to sing songs and learn new vocabulary


  • Use sports make science fun and connect it with real life.  Ie. hockey can be used to learn the Physics of friction and momentum or athletes’ nutrition can be used to learn Biology and the science of proteins, sugars and fats
  • Explore the world of science with these helpful apps for children of all ages
  • NBC Learn has wonderful videos to explain the science of everything

Organization, Time Management and Study Skills:

  • Use an agenda / planner
  • Make a consistent schedule
  • Provide a place to study with limited distractions and good lighting
  • Develop a system to track important papers / materials
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher on an ongoing basis

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Educational New Year’s Learning Resolutions


With the holiday season approaching, now is the perfect time to reflect on the first half of the school year and to make some educational resolutions for 2016.

It’s a known fact that we start off with the best of intentions, but don’t always follow-through with the resolutions we make. That’s why our team of tutors recommends engaging your children by brainstorming academic goals together, writing them down and tracking them throughout the year.

Here are five of our favourite New Year’s resolution tips for students:

1) Set Academic Goals

2) Contribute to the Community

3) Read for Pleasure:

4) Manage Time Effectively

5) Get Extracurricular

To read the full list of tips, visit our article at Help We’ve Got Kids


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Developing Strong Organization and Study Skills

Study Skills

Organization, time management and study skills are key to a students’ success.  When students manage these areas well, it helps them stay on top of projects, tests, assignments and exams along with reducing their anxiety.  In particular, as students moves through middle school and into high school, these skills become increasingly important.

Below are some of our best practices we recommend students leverage:

Tips to Improve Organization and Study Skills:

1) Use an Agenda/Planner:  Help your child get in the habit of writing down their homework for each subject and checking it off once completed.  There are also numerous apps for students to stay organized electronically.

2) Make a Schedule: With your child, plan the times they will work on their homework and the items they will cover.  Be sure to build in a buffer for extra time and breaks.  This will help teach your child time management and prioritizing their different assignments and homework.   Also plan for tests and exams in advance so studying is not left until the last minute.

3) Provide a Place to Study:  Select a spot with limited distractions, good lighting and an ability to focus on your work.

4) Develop a System to Track Important Papers / Materials:  Create a system with binders, folders for different subjects and materials.  Sometimes it can help to have a folder for items that need to be turned in and a folder for items that have been returned from the teacher.  That allows the student to stay on top of their notes while the information is fresh and prevents papers from becoming loose and ultimately lost.

5) Communicate with Your Child’s Teacher:  Understanding upcoming assignments is important to manage a students’ time.   Strong communication with a teacher is important to help manage their schedule and ensure their are focusing on the relevant items.

Finally, strong organization and study skills take time to develop and learn.  Practice makes perfect and we would encourage for students to continue to develop a structure and process that works best for them while utilizing best practices.

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5 Strategies for Student Time Management

Projects at the last minute, exam cramming the night before, forgetting your homework and not to mention higher stress.  We all know these symptoms of weak time management.

Time management plays a key role in a student’s success in school and in life.  Fortunately, we have put together 5 helpful tips for you and your child to improve their time management skills through prioritizing, staying organized, avoiding procrastination, staying firm and practicing time estimation.


Prioritize: Keeping a list of goals that are prioritized and the tasks required to accomplish them is critical to success.  It also allows your child to see the importance of each item and remind both of you on their broader goals.   Otherwise, they could get overburdened with conflicting priorities and lack of clarity on deadlines.


Be Organized:  Using an agenda on a constant basis and keeping your child’s workspace organized are keys to success.    That way they are able to keep track of all their various items, be aware of any key deadlines and remove any distractions.   As your child get’s new homework, assignments, deadlines or tests, encourage them to constant update them in their agenda.   A family calendar can also be helpful to write down family and social activities.


Avoid Procrastination:  Once a due date is established, work with your child to make a work back plan to establish a start date.   When setting the start date, start early to avoid the rush and stress towards the deadline. In addition, leave a buffer at the end to finish early.   If your child has trouble working through large items and staying focused, break the project or item into smaller bits to make the tasks more manageable.


Stay Firm: While it is tempting to participate in every activity and constantly see friends, it is important to carve out a portion of time in your child’s calendar for school work.  This will help your child stay focused and not feel overburdened with too many activities.


Practice Time Estimation: Understanding how long it takes students to complete various Math, Science, English and French assignments and studying is a key to success.   Make a game of how long it takes for your child to complete various simple tasks to build up their estimates of time.  Sometimes an analog clock can give students a better sense of how time passes.

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