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  • 100 days smarter

    Most schools will be having their 100th day of school right about now. Why do a lot of classrooms celebrate the 100th day? The 100th day is not only a chance for students to reflect on their school-year success so far, it’s also a fun way to incorporate lessons on numbers, dates, calendars and more into the classroom curriculum.

    Teachers who choose to mark the 100th day will do so in many ways. They often have students bring in a collection of 100 things. They may have their students play games or do crafts that have a “100th day” theme. They might have a mini-classroom celebration with a fun element like a 100th day slideshow.

    Want to mark the day at home? Check out this reading list called 12 Books to Celebrate the 100th Day of School.

    Around the 100th day is also a great time to take stock of how the year is going. There is still plenty of time for students to catch up, keep up or get ahead. Find a Scholars Education Centre location near you, and contact us to find out how we can help you.

    100th Day of School: A Fun Way to Learn and Celebrate Success

    Most schools will be having their 100th day of school right about now. Why do a lot of classrooms celebrate the 100th day? The 100th day is not only a chance for students to reflect on their school-year success so far, it’s also a fun way to incorporate lessons on numbers, dates, calendars and more […]

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  • Student and parent discussing report card

    By now, most public school students have received their first report card of the year. Parents often think that a decent or good report card is a sign that a student doesn’t need tutoring. Maybe you like the idea of tutoring, but you don’t think you can justify it since your child doesn’t seem to be struggling enough.

    Well, guess what? Tutoring is for everyone. Students fall into three groups, the Catch Ups, the Keep Ups, and the Get Aheads. Let’s talk about how tutoring benefits each group.

    • The Catch Ups – The benefits of tutoring to this group are perhaps the most obvious of the three. Having a subject matter expert at a student’s disposal to deliver tailored lessons is a huge boost for this group. And the help has a big pay-off: average grade level increases of 1.59 in reading, 2.08 in math, and 3.16 in writing after 40 hours of tutoring. The reasons for a student falling behind are not always obvious. Sometimes the student is struggling to understand the material, and other times they need to feel more  confident. Sometimes, they just need that extra push of support. Whatever the case with your child, tutoring will help.
    • The Keep Ups – Your child has average achievement, but you can see that he or she has to work hard to get there. It can be stressful for your family, and homework time can be a real struggle. This is where a tutor comes in. By letting the tutor take the lead on academic support, family time can be focused on fun and bonding, and your child can be sure to stay on top of the material.
    • The Get Aheads – Your child is right where he or she should be on everything. So why would you get a tutor for your child? Our answer is, why not? Tutoring can give your child extra confidence in the material. That way, if a concept that is more difficult for your child comes up in the classroom, he or she will be well-prepared for it. Also, students who are in this group often welcome an extra challenge to stay motivated and avoid boredom.
    All students are capable of great things. Browse our locations and contact us to find out how we tailor our tutoring services to your child’s needs.

    Common Misconceptions About Tutoring

    By now, most public school students have received their first report card of the year. Parents often think that a decent or good report card is a sign that a student doesn’t need tutoring. Maybe you like the idea of tutoring, but you don’t think you can justify it since your child doesn’t seem to […]

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  • Happy February

    Happy February!

    February is a big month in the school year calendar. Here is a list of all the milestones this month, and information about how Scholars Education Centre can help you get through them all:

    • Report cards are coming out! The good news is, we’re only halfway through the year. There’s still plenty of time to work with a tutor to catch up, keep up or get ahead.
    • Parent-teacher interviews are this month. Why not take the opportunity to talk to your child’s teacher about how a tutor can support your child’s learning?
    • High school students have wrapped up their first round of exams, and new courses are starting. Is your child taking a challenging subject this semester? Get them ahead of the material by enlisting a tutor’s help.
    • Universities and college early acceptance applications are due this month. If your child needs to upgrade or get their grades in better shape for next year’s application deadline, we can help!
    This is a great month to step back and look at how the year is going so far. We can help assess your child’s needs. Find a tutor near you.

    Why February is an Important Month for Students

    Happy February! February is a big month in the school year calendar. Here is a list of all the milestones this month, and information about how Scholars Education Centre can help you get through them all: Report cards are coming out! The good news is, we’re only halfway through the year. There’s still plenty of […]

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  • Family Literacy Day

    Today’s a day that all of us here at Scholars can really get behind: Family Literacy Day! Participating in activities that encourage literacy is an important thing to do all year-round, and Family Literacy Day is a chance to spread awareness and encourage families to be literate together.

    Here are some of our suggestions on some fun ways to enjoy the power of words together:

    Visit your local library. Every family member can pick a book, and when you get home, read every family member’s book together.

    Print some song lyrics, and have a sing-along. Reading words quickly and in time to music is so fun, most kids won’t even notice that they’re practicing reading

    Play a board game. Pick a board game with a lot of reading such as a trivia or word game.

    Have a scavenger hunt. All kids love a scavenger hunt, whether it’s just a hunt for clues inside the house, or a visit to a local park with a list of items to find.

    However you choose to celebrate Family Literacy Day, making reading a part of your day will show your children the importance and the magic of words.

    Do you feel your child can use some help in improving their literacy or reading skills? Scholars has 24 locations in Ontario and one in Peace River, Alberta. Browse our locations here.

    Ways to Celebrate Family Literacy Day

    Today’s a day that all of us here at Scholars can really get behind: Family Literacy Day! Participating in activities that encourage literacy is an important thing to do all year-round, and Family Literacy Day is a chance to spread awareness and encourage families to be literate together. Here are some of our suggestions on […]

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  • The Scholars Approach

    For two decades, Scholars has provided exceptional tutoring services thanks to the Scholars Approach, a comprehensive, four-stage plan to ensure that our students are on-track to real life results.

    Assessment
    All students begin with a free one-hour session to review their academic skills, and identify strengths and areas for improvement.

    Strategy
    Once students are enrolled, we create a program specifically for them. We partner them with an Ontario-certified teacher best-suited to their learning needs.

    Progress
    We’ll monitor your child’s progress along the way, and consult with parents on a predetermined schedule to ensure that your family’s needs are being met.

    Real life results
    After 40 classes we re-test your child to measure their growth toward their customized program. At this level, Scholars students significantly improve both grades and confidence.

    Need help to find a tutor? Browse our 24 locations in Ontario and one in Peace River, Alberta, to find a tutor in your area today.

    The Scholars Approach

    For two decades, Scholars has provided exceptional tutoring services thanks to the Scholars Approach, a comprehensive, four-stage plan to ensure that our students are on-track to real life results. Assessment All students begin with a free one-hour session to review their academic skills, and identify strengths and areas for improvement. Strategy Once students are enrolled, […]

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  • Video: Why Choose Scholars?

    Deciding to work with a tutoring service is not always easy. But tutoring is for everyone. Whether you want your child to improve academic performance or to get ahead of the game, the benefits of tutoring go far beyond higher grades on a report card.

    Students who attend Scholars Education Centre have average grade level increases of 1.59 in reading, 2.08 in math, and 3.16 in writing after 40 hours of tutoring. But there are also other benefits that come with better school performance like increased confidence, and less homework stress. And when children can relax and enjoy school, that’s when they get started on the path to a lifelong passion for education, which ultimately leads to real life results.

    Watch our video, “Why Choose Scholars?”

    Scholars has 24 locations across Ontario, and one in Peace River, Alberta. Browse our locations to find a tutor near you today.

    Video: Why Choose Scholars?

    Deciding to work with a tutoring service is not always easy. But tutoring is for everyone. Whether you want your child to improve academic performance or to get ahead of the game, the benefits of tutoring go far beyond higher grades on a report card. Students who attend Scholars Education Centre have average grade level […]

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  • Study tips for the five senses

    The way we perceive and sense the world around us affects our state of mind. When we study, how do we create the optimal sensory environment for learning? Here are some quick tips based on scientific studies that have explored the effects of our senses on learning.

    Touch
    Did you know that squeezing a stress ball can help with cognitive tasks, relieve stress, and relax muscles? This study showed that stress balls helped sixth-grade students focus.

    Smell
    Did you know that at least two studies, such as this one, have shown that peppermint scents seem to improve focus and memory? Other scents that research has associated with studying success are lavender, cypress, lemon, and jasmine.

    Taste
    Tea enthusiasts may be interested in this study. According to the study findings, if you need to stay alert to cram for a test, peppermint tea is the way to go. But if you’re done cramming and now need to relax and get a good rest before your test, chamomile may be the tea for you. Bonus: sipping herbal tea is a great way to stay hydrated during intense study sessions!

    Sight
    In this study, researchers at Princeton University found that less cluttered, more organized environments led their subjects to higher productivity and less distractedness. So you may want to give your room and desk a quick tidy-up before you begin your next study session.

    Sound
    Should you listen to music while studying? According to this study, it depends. The study indicates that some people will thrive with background music, while, for others, it’s distracting. If you’re distracted by your favourite tunes, but you find the silence too, well, silent, some people find background noise or classical music to be less distracting. Many studies have even pointed to the possibility of classical music having positive effects on learning.

    Need help to find a tutor? Browse our 24 locations in Ontario and one in Peace River, Alberta, to find a tutor near you.

    Study Tips for the Five Senses

    The way we perceive and sense the world around us affects our state of mind. When we study, how do we create the optimal sensory environment for learning? Here are some quick tips based on scientific studies that have explored the effects of our senses on learning. Touch Did you know that squeezing a stress […]

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  • Don't fear, Scholars is here

    Exams. For many of us, just seeing the word gives us butterflies in the stomach, and the cold sweats.

    But nothing fights exam-time nervousness more than a healthy dose of preparation. Sometimes, preparing for an exam on our own is difficult, though. It can be hard to stay focused, or the material might feel overwhelming.

    There are many benefits to using tutoring services for exam prep.

    • The tutor is a subject matter expert, and can help clarify concepts that the student may need some additional help with.
    • The tutor is an educator, and understands what parts of the material are most important and relevant. Also, the tutor can teach the student strategies to help retain the material.
    • The tutor’s help can make a student feel more confident about the material, and that confidence can help a student keep a clear mind when it’s test time.

    Book your exam prep session today.

    Need help to find a tutor? Browse our 24 locations in Ontario and one in Peace River, Alberta, to find a tutor near you today.

    Don’t Fear, Scholars is Here

    Exams. For many of us, just seeing the word gives us butterflies in the stomach, and the cold sweats. But nothing fights exam-time nervousness more than a healthy dose of preparation. Sometimes, preparing for an exam on our own is difficult, though. It can be hard to stay focused, or the material might feel overwhelming. […]

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  • How to Set Goals in the New Year

    There’s a lot of good advice about goal-setting out there. Make your goal specific, and make sure you can measure your progress. Your goal should be achievable and realistic. Give yourself a timeline.

    But, while a well-planned goal will get you far, there may be another element to success. According to a study conducted at the Dominican University of California, people who shared their progress with at least one other person were more successful in achieving their goal.

    The participants in the study were split into five groups, and each group took their goal progressively more seriously:

    • group one only assessed their goals;
    • group two assessed and rated their goals;
    • group three assessed, rated, and made an action plan for their goals;
    • group four assessed, rated, made an action plan, and told a friend; and
    • group five assessed, rated, made an action plan, and told a friend, and made a weekly progress report to that friend.

    The results were clear: 43% of group one participants reached their goals or were at least halfway there, while 76% of group five participants had reached their goals or were at least halfway there.

    In the study, accountability for goals seemed to make a big difference. The Scholars Education Centre approach is not just about setting goals and making a plan, but also monitoring and sharing the student’s progress. We start every student with an assessment, and create a strategy for reaching the goals identified in the assessment. And then, after every session, we monitor the progress of the goals. We share successes with families, and can even communicate with the classroom teacher, if desired. This approach leads to real life results.

    Looking for a tutor? Scholars has 24 locations in Ontario and one in Peace River, Alberta. Find a tutor near you today.

    How to Set Goals in the New Year

    There’s a lot of good advice about goal-setting out there. Make your goal specific, and make sure you can measure your progress. Your goal should be achievable and realistic. Give yourself a timeline. But, while a well-planned goal will get you far, there may be another element to success. According to a study conducted at […]

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  • Top Choice Award Official Nominee

    If your family has worked with Scholars Education Centre, you know we work hard so your child can achieve real life results. We’re proud to have received recognition for our tutoring services as an Official Nominee in the Top Choice Awards. Scholars is nominated for an award for Top Tutoring Services in the GTA. We send a sincere thank you to the families who have taken the time to nominate us in this category. Now we need your support to WIN! Please help us show others that Scholars is the place to go for tutoring in the GTA.

    It only takes about three minutes to vote. Show us some love by voting for Scholars today. Your vote will automatically enter you into a draw for a chance to win a grand cash prize of $2000 or one of many Toppy t‑shirts.

    VOTE HERE

    The voting will close on January 2, 2019.

    P.S. Your written feedback in the survey is anonymous but very important to us, as it allows us to learn what you like about us and what we can improve on, to continue providing the best customer experience possible. Many thanks in advance!

    Top Choice Nominee

    If your family has worked with Scholars Education Centre, you know we work hard so your child can achieve real life results. We’re proud to have received recognition for our tutoring services as an Official Nominee in the Top Choice Awards. Scholars is nominated for an award for Top Tutoring Services in the GTA. We […]

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