Helping your child become aware of the ways that they process information most efficiently can help them become a stronger learner and can boost their educational autonomy. While the concept of learning styles does not have one concrete model to follow there are four generally accepted styles that are used worldwide that include: visual/spatial, auditory, kinesthetic and reading/writing. Most students prefer some combination of learning styles which is why it is important to
Starting high school this year? Here are some key skills and free resources for parents and students to get the ball rolling! 1) Algebra Algebra is a crucial skill that is the basis for most of high school math (particularly functions and advanced functions). It is important that your child knows how to isolate and solve for the unknown variable regardless of its place in an equation. An important part of this skill is understanding how to collect like terms and knowing your
Wondering how the assessment process for ADHD looks like? The assessment tools to properly diagnose ADHD are direct observation, medical exams, interviews and rating scales. Direct Observation The first part of an ADHD diagnostic assessment is a direct observation assessment. Teachers, parents or guardians should observe how the student interacts with their environment and take note of the social and physical aspect of the setting. The student should be unaware that they are
Research shows a direct correlation between eating a healthy breakfast and academic success. Children who take in a well-balanced morning meal before the school day begins demonstrate stronger reading and math scores and lower levels of anxiety and hyperactivity. A healthy breakfast provides your child with energy so they can learn and concentrate at school. Studies show that eating high-protein foods generates an amino acid called tryptophan which helps your brain with atten
Did you know that memorizing a list of words can help your child become a better reader? The Dolch Word List is a list comprised of the most frequently utilized words in the English language culled from the words commonly used in children’s books and adult literature. Practicing these words is intended to create “whole-word recognition” which helps your child read more effectively. Here are 3 reasons why helping children familiarize themselves with these words can help improv
Overwhelmed with the amount of studying that needs to get done? Knowing exactly which parts of a unit to study can help reduce study time and stress by reducing the time spent learning facts that won’t be tested. These topics, referred to as “high yield subjects”, are ones that constitute a large portion of an exam. Here are some tips to help you identify important material in your studying. ✏️ Definition: Definitions of terms, laws, and theorems are considered very important
The beauty of individualized teaching is that it allows for each student to flourish using their own style of study. While some children learn best reading through the textbook and writing notes on their own, others prefer a more hands-on approach in the learning process. When teaching your child how to study it is best to use a mixture of both learning approaches until they can determine which form of studying works best for them. 📖 Passive learning is where the learner tak
Language disorders can be difficult to assess because we use it everyday without thinking. By looking at the five components of language - phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, you can assess the speech and language skills of your child to provide the best support for their academic success. Semantics Domain Semantics is the construction of meaning in individual and combination of words. Students with language learning disabilities in this component have pr
Want to build better habits? One proven method, the 1% rule, suggests that by improving just 1% each day, the small changes will compound into a significant change. Here are the four stages of building habits in the book Atomic Habits, by James Clear. 1) Noticing Many people think they lack the motivation required to accomplish their goals, but in reality, they lack the clarity with which to approach them. The first step in habit-building is to create a plan to build the habi
Narrative-based math teaching helps students understand math more effectively by framing the algorithm steps of each problem as the plot points in a story. Scholarly Elite tutors experience immensely positive results when explaining math concepts through the language-driven narrative lens because it helps students understand problems in words instead of with numbers (which is often the main confusing factor for learners). This engaging method help students stay engaged and al
Unsure of how to register your child to have an IEP? There are five main steps of the assessment process to accurately determine whether a child has a learning disability, including: pre-referral, referral, assessment for identification, initial assessment for instruction and the creation of an
Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Step 1) Pre-referral The pre-referral stage is where the student’s education support team work together using systematic problem solving and colla
Did you know within 24 hours of learning a piece of information our memory's retention of it drops from 100% to 30%? This expedient memory decay starts within the first day. Researchers have found that with repetition, information can be retained in memory for longer periods of time. By spacing out repeated learning and practice of new knowledge, you can improve your memory of the material. Students who use this spaced repetition method are able to remember significantly more
Many studies show that students who spend time teaching what they’ve learned demonstrate a better understanding than students who just study. Once a child can teach a concept back to you without any hesitation you can be confident in their mastery of the subject Our proprietary “Teach and be Taught Method” is something each of our tutors implements with their students to enable maximum academic success. Here’s how you can use this mastery method when helping your child with h
Preparation is said to be the best pathway to success. One note taking strategy helps students organize their learning material more effectively during class to improve knowledge retention for greater success. The Cornell Note-Taking Method follows these 6 simple steps and will help you reduce study time and improve your marks. 1) Record Separate your note pages into two columns that each take up 25 and 75 percent of the page. In the small column record definitions as stated
Does your child learn best in the morning, afternoon or evening? Every student has their own unique preference and knowing which time works best for your child can help unlock even greater academic potential. Daily learning preferences are largely driven by our circadian rhythms, the body’s natural 24-hour hormone clock that is reflected in levels of alertness, drowsiness and sleep. Circadian rhythm can affect sleep-wake cycles, hormone release and other bodily function that
How can you help your child increase their confidence in their ability to learn? 1) Allow extra time for understanding Teachers are required to teach at a certain pace to cover all of the necessary content. If your child doesn’t do “well” in a particular unit or on a test, encourage them to stick with the concepts beyond the allocated learning time for that unit. This will help them understand that they are in fact capable of understanding the material. 2) Start with success
Small amounts of stress can help students perform better, test-related stress becomes an issue when the anxiety impedes them from doing well. Test Anxiety is characterized by extreme distress and anxiety in testing situations, to the point where it affects academic performance. Physical symptoms include sweating, shaking, dry mouth or nausea. Cognitive symptoms are avoidance of testing situations and emotional symptoms include feeling hopeless, depressed or having low self-es
How can you help your child improve their focus? New research has shown that focused attention is considered to be one of the most valuable soft skills as society becomes increasingly distracted. Six tips on how to help your child build the habit of focus include:
1. Set a routine and clear, concise task expectations with short time limits for each task.
2. Break down information and assignments into smaller pieces.
3. Provide a range of activity options to choose from
Our brains have evolved to constantly be on the lookout for new information in our environments.
As such, having a lot of external sound, noise and debris in our immediate environment can actually be taxing for our brains to ignore. One simple way to increase productivity is to eliminate any and all distractions that will cause your child to procrastinate.
Ask your child if there are any noises, lights or other stimuli that they think would be helpful if removed from th
According to Statistics Canada, 3.2% of children have a learning disability. A learning disorder is an information-processing problem that affects how a child sees, hears or understands things. In order to diagnose a learning disability, proper testing is required. However, postulating the presence of a learning disability is an important aspect of the assessment process, as it helps divert students towards more conclusive testing. There are five major components of learning