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  • Families in Bradford now have a trusted place to go for tutoring in every subject and at every grade level. Scholars Education Centre Bradford is officially open.

    “After months of planning, we’re thrilled to be open and working with families in Bradford,” says franchisee Risa. “We feel fortunate to be able to help students in this community succeed academically and build confidence.”

    The Bradford tutoring location joins more than 20 other centres across Ontario and Alberta. Each centre provides personalized tutoring programs for students. Several new Scholars locations are scheduled to open in the near future.

    “We’re growing fast, and it’s because of our strong curriculum and wonderful teachers, and because of the real life results our students see in the classroom,” says Matt Baxter, chief executive officer of Scholars Education Centre.

    Families who would like to find a tutor in the Bradford area are invited to contact bradford@scholarscanada.com or 905-836-2283. Or see a full list of locations here.

    Scholars Education Centre Bradford is open for business

    Families in Bradford now have a trusted place to go for tutoring in every subject and at every grade level. Scholars Education Centre Bradford is officially open. “After months of planning, we’re thrilled to be open and working with families in Bradford,” says franchisee Risa. “We feel fortunate to be able to help students in […]

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  • How Does Homework Help Students in the Future?

    Now that it’s the end of the year, it’s crunch-time for a lot of students who are finishing up homework assignments and preparing final projects.

    As adults, we can look back and admit that homework, as much of a chore as it was, helped us prepare for the grown up world. There are many skills that homework helps to develop.

    Improves Time Management

    Grades may go up and down, but students’ time management is a learned skill that will shape their future habits. There is a set number of hours in the day, and today’s students seem to have more assignments to complete than ever before. Students must anticipate the number of hours they will need to complete a task, and work within their own time frame to complete it. When successful, they hand in their work on time, but late assignments often get docked marks, which is a great lesson on the consequences of poor time management.

    Helps Build Independence

    Even if you help your child with their homework, school assignments are individual tasks. Working on homework instills a sense of responsibility, and is one of the first ways we see our children follow through with a project from start to finish—all on their own.

    Teaches Students to Be Proactive

    Parents can attest that when it comes to completing homework assignments, many students procrastinate. When students are proactive about completing their assignments, they feel good because they aren’t stressed to meet the deadline and often produce higher quality work. This behaviour often leads to better grades and an increased sense of pride in the work they produce.

    Teaches Problem Solving Skills

    Homework provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop problem-solving skills early on in life. Students are required to apply what they learned that day in class, and then given a related assignment that encourages them to apply critical thinking, research, analysis, writing, editing and general problem solving skills. These processes eventually become ingrained into their work ethic, and are carried forward into adulthood. The problems will be different, of course, but this level of critical thinking and methodology remains.

    Helps Curate Their Interests

    Your child may have a few subjects that stand out as their favourites. Homework can help to further develop a child’s interest in these subjects, as well as develop interests in other areas they may not have previously considered. This curation can have a hand in developing their academic career.

    If your child is struggling with their homework or is having trouble keeping up in class, they may find the idea of homework discouraging. Contact Scholars to find out how we can help with homework struggles, and to book a free assessment. Find a tutor near you.

    How Does Homework Help Students in the Future?

    Now that it’s the end of the year, it’s crunch-time for a lot of students who are finishing up homework assignments and preparing final projects. As adults, we can look back and admit that homework, as much of a chore as it was, helped us prepare for the grown up world. There are many skills […]

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  • Help your kids through EQAO stress

    In Ontario, third and sixth graders will be writing their EQAO tests over the next couple of weeks. With all the focus on these tests throughout the school year, it’s only natural that students feel nervous at EQAO time.

    The good news is that recent studies show that everyday stress is not necessarily harmful to children. But, as parents, we can help make sure kids feel healthy stress and not overwhelming anxiety.

    Remind them of the bigger picture – Remind your children that, while it’s important they try their best, the EQAO’s purpose is to evaluate how well kids are being taught, not to judge any individual child’s performance.

    Sleep and food will go a long way – A full night of rest and a healthy breakfast are important everyday, but especially on stressful days. Challenges can seem more manageable when these basic needs are well-met.

    Do something fun when their tests end – Students have been through a whole year of preparing. When they finish the test, why not treat them to a special outing somewhere? Knowing something fun awaits can help motivate children on their test days.

    Prepare for the future – While the EQAO is not intended to be a measure of individual children’s academic performance, it can be a good litmus test. For third graders it’s often the first real test they take, and for sixth graders, it’s a way to see how they’ll handle the accelerated workload of seventh grade. If you have an anxious tester, Scholars can help them work through their stress. Contact us today.

    If your child feels nervous about EQAO and is coming in for tutoring before their test, let their tutor know. Good luck to those writing the test!

    Help Your Kids Through EQAO Stress

    In Ontario, third and sixth graders will be writing their EQAO tests over the next couple of weeks. With all the focus on these tests throughout the school year, it’s only natural that students feel nervous at EQAO time. The good news is that recent studies show that everyday stress is not necessarily harmful to […]

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  • Victoria Day Weekend

    The May long weekend is the unofficial start to summer in Canada. People across the country give this weekend affectionate nicknames like, “May two-four,” or “May long.” It is, arguably, the most-anticipated long weekend of the year.

    You may know that Victoria Day marks the birthday of Queen Victoria, who was reigning Monarch from 1837 to 1901, but other than that, how much do you know about this national holiday? This article contains 24 facts about May two-four. Here are some highlights:

    The date changed – Victoria Day was always celebrated on May 24 until 1952, when the legislature decided it would be celebrated the Monday on or before May 24.

    182 people died on Victoria Day on a ship named, “Victoria” – A ship with 600 passengers overturned in the Thames River near London, Ontario, in 1881.

    Women won the right to vote on Victoria Day – Canadian-born women over the age of 21 could officially vote as of May 24, 1916.

    It’s not a holiday everywhere – Though Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador recognize Victoria Day, they don’t consider it an official paid public holiday.

    Whether you’re having a picnic, going camping, working in the garden or relaxing at home, Scholars wishes everyone a relaxing holiday. May two-four is also a marker of about a month left in the school year, contact us to discuss exam prep or tutoring help for end of the year projects.

    It’s Victoria Day Weekend!

    The May long weekend is the unofficial start to summer in Canada. People across the country give this weekend affectionate nicknames like, “May two-four,” or “May long.” It is, arguably, the most-anticipated long weekend of the year. You may know that Victoria Day marks the birthday of Queen Victoria, who was reigning Monarch from 1837 […]

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  • Clean workspace

    Sometimes, it’s hard to find the time for spring cleaning. And, after letting the mess accumulate for a period of time, the amount of work can feel overwhelming. But science gives a lot of good reasons to spring clean.

    It seems to improve stress levels and sleep

    Multiple studies have found a connection between clutter and anxiety and stress. Also, your mess might be keeping you up at night. Studies have shown that bedroom clutter can affect sleep.

    It can make you more productive

    Cluttered desks can make a person less efficient. While some studies suggest that messy desks help creativity, there’s a difference between some work-related mess and clutter, which is the accumulation of unnecessary items. One good reason to keep an at-least somewhat organized workspace is so you don’t waste a lot of time looking for lost items.

    It teaches valuable skills

    Organization skills—both in surroundings and school work—can help a child achieve success. If you make decluttering and cleaning a family affair, going through this process with parents can help children develop these skills.

    And if your child could use extra help getting organized, Scholars offers Study Skills programs. To inquire about this program, and how to set up a free trial, contact your Scholars location.

    Happy spring cleaning!

    Spring Cleaning: Good Reasons to Get Organized

    Sometimes, it’s hard to find the time for spring cleaning. And, after letting the mess accumulate for a period of time, the amount of work can feel overwhelming. But science gives a lot of good reasons to spring clean. It seems to improve stress levels and sleep Multiple studies have found a connection between clutter […]

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  • Students taking an exam

    Only one thing can take the stress out of final exams: preparation.

    But, if students are studying on their own, what happens when they come across something they don’t understand? And, with all the distractions surrounding students, can they stay focussed and put in the time required?

    Why not enlist some help? Not only can a tutor help a student succeed in a particular subject, a tutor can also help a student form study skills they can carry with them for future tests and exams.

    Scholars locations across Ontario and in Peace River, Alberta, offer exam prep sessions. Our teachers can help your child understand concepts, stay motivated and achieve real life results.

    Final exams are just that— final. End the year on a high note; call Scholars today to set up exam prep sessions.

    Take the Stress Out of Final Exams with a Prep Session

    Only one thing can take the stress out of final exams: preparation. But, if students are studying on their own, what happens when they come across something they don’t understand? And, with all the distractions surrounding students, can they stay focussed and put in the time required? Why not enlist some help? Not only can […]

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  • Summer learning is a breeze at Scholars

    Researchers and experts have long known that the summer break affects learning. It’s called, “summer learning loss” or “the summer slide,” and it means that your child could lose one to three months of learning over the summer months.

    In other words: When summer break comes, you’ve invested 10 months of physical and mental energy in your child’s learning. The summer slide means that one or two, or even three, of those months could be wasted.

    But summer doesn’t have to a bummer. For many students, summer could be an opportunity.

    Time to catch up

    For students who finished the school year behind, summer provides a great opportunity to catch up in time for the next school year. It’s much easier to catch up when others aren’t moving ahead.

    Help with grade-level transition

    Even beyond obvious transition years—grades 1, 4, 7, 9 and post-secondary—expectations on students increase every year. These yearly changes can come as a shock to even an advanced student in September. Summer tutoring sessions offer an opportunity to get ready for the next grade level. Tutors can provide the student a glimpse at what expectations will be like in the new school year.

    Indulge a special interest

    With the expectations and challenges of school behind them for two months, students may want to focus on something that interests them during the summer. Many of our Scholars locations offer STEM programs for the budding coder in your family. Contact your location to inquire today.

    Parents who would like to ensure their children receive quality summer learning should contact Scholars Education Centre today for a free, no-obligation assessment.

    Summer Learning is a Breeze at Scholars

    Researchers and experts have long known that the summer break affects learning. It’s called, “summer learning loss” or “the summer slide,” and it means that your child could lose one to three months of learning over the summer months. In other words: When summer break comes, you’ve invested 10 months of physical and mental energy […]

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  • May is a month of new beginnings as trees and flowers bloom all around us. But for students, May also feels like the beginning of an end.

    There are only two months left until the school year ends. But before they can put away those notebooks and pencils, students need to take care of a few things. Here’s how Scholars can help your child, no matter what grade or level they’re at, through the end of the year:

    EQAO – In Ontario, primary and junior students will be preparing to write their EQAO tests soon. Secondary students will write the second part of their math EQAO next month. Some students feel more comfortable with standardized tests if they are well prepared. Talk to your centre about setting up some pre-EQAO study sessions.

    Exams – High school students will be preparing to write their exams soon. Don’t fear, Scholars is here. Out tutoring sessions will help your child prepare, and cut down on exam stress. Contact your centre today.

    Final projects –  Students may be working on final essays and projects over the next couple of months. If your child could use a helping hand in refining their writing or organization skills, give your Scholars location a call to find out how our tutoring can help.

    Final report cards – Is your child struggling in one or two subjects? You’d be surprised how much a few tutoring sessions can help, even in the limited time left before the end of the year. Contact your centre and find out how to arrange a free trial.

    Arrange summer learning – Protect against the summer slide, and keep your child busy this summer. Summer is a great time to bring your child to Scholars and get them prepared for the next school year. Many Scholars locations will also be offering STEM programs this summer. Contact your location today.

    Scholars Education Centre has locations all over Ontario and a location in Peace River, Alberta. Find a tutor near you today.

    Hooray for May!

    May is a month of new beginnings as trees and flowers bloom all around us. But for students, May also feels like the beginning of an end. There are only two months left until the school year ends. But before they can put away those notebooks and pencils, students need to take care of a […]

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  • World Wish Day photo

    At Scholars, not only do we want children to learn as much as they can, we want them to have amazing childhoods that are full of fun and laughter.

    But when a child has a chronic illness, family life is full of all sorts of challenges—emotional, financial, and physical—that make it difficult for the child to enjoy life and just be a kid.

    Scholars supports World Wish Day, and encourages our community to contribute to Make-A-Wish, because even a few dollars can make a difference to a child who’s waiting for that one special wish. A wish that can bring back some of the magic of childhood.

    Join us in supporting Make-A-Wish and helping to bring a life-changing wish to a child in need. If you would like to give on World Wish Day, visit makeawish.ca/donate.

    Why Wishes Matter on World Wish Day

    At Scholars, not only do we want children to learn as much as they can, we want them to have amazing childhoods that are full of fun and laughter. But when a child has a chronic illness, family life is full of all sorts of challenges—emotional, financial, and physical—that make it difficult for the child […]

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  • Protect our species for Earth Day

    What do whales, bees, giraffes, elephants and coral reefs have in common? The answer is, sadly, that they’re all species in decline. The theme for this Earth Day is Protect our Species, and if you’d like to read more about it, visit https://www.earthday.org/campaigns/endangered-species/.

    Earth Day can be an opportunity for children (and adults too!) to learn about nature, and instill a sense of responsibility about protecting the earth. Here are some ways to mark Earth Day 2019.

    Enjoy nature – The weather is warmer, so why not get out and enjoy nature at a local park or conservation area?

    Read booksHere’s a list of titles that you can read for Earth Day.

    Watch documentaries – Check out Planet Earth or another documentary. Here’s a list of suggestions.

    Choose your wardrobe – If you’re coming in for tutoring on Earth Day, we encourage our students to wear green or natural fabrics in honour of the occasion.

    Happy Earth Day to all!

    How to Mark Earth Day 2019

    What do whales, bees, giraffes, elephants and coral reefs have in common? The answer is, sadly, that they’re all species in decline. The theme for this Earth Day is Protect our Species, […]

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