Archive by author: Ron JohnsonReturn

I am an Honours Graduate (with distinction) of the University of Guelph with major areas of study being English & Psychology.

Other Credentials and Related Achievements:
  • Certificate - Teachers Teaching Online MOOC
  • Past treasurer of G.R.A.C.E. (Guelph Regional Association for Continuing Education)
  • Developed and delivered EFL (ESL) program for scientists and technicians at Agri-Food/ Agriculture Canada
  • Tutor since 1996 - individualized programs for students with a wide variety of needs
  • Experienced in working with A+ students as well as those who have been identified
         (ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Aspergers, Autism, Down's Syndrome, etc.)
It is Time!
Time to register for summer learning. Taking a couple of hours per week to refresh the brain and engage it in new learning, too, can make all the difference when going back to school in September. Avoiding the summer slide is not difficult, painful, or time-consuming.
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Keep the Peace at Homework Time
Create a safe and pleasant practice space This space should include the essentials required for completing homework tasks. In this way, no time is wasted searching for pencils, rulers, math sets, etc. A well-lit, quiet area with a good working surface is best. It does not need to be a whole room or anything fancy, the corner of a room will do.
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8 Tips to Ace Your Essay
Understand the assignment I can’t stress enough the importance of knowing the specifics of the assignment. Read any directions. Also pay attention to the teacher’s guidance. Be aware of the topic if one is provided. If you are to choose your own, check with the teacher to ensure that it is suitable. Be aware of the expected length and formatting of the task. Of course, not the deadline – but also plan for your research, rough draft, and editing times.
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Hiring a Tutor is a Sign of Strength
Some people feel that going to a tutor is admitting defeat or at least an admission that things are not going well. In a world where independence and self-sufficiency are celebrated, there is a misconception that seeking help is a sign of weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth when talking about education! Hiring a tutor is a bold declaration of strength and a commitment to personal growth.
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Personification Adds Personality to Everything!
There are several literary devices sometimes called poetic devices or figurative language that can add colour and vibrancy to your writing. Generally, they are more useful for fiction writing than for academic writing; however, some of the frequently used literary devices aren’t even recognized as such within academic writing because they have entered into everyday speech and understanding. That is, at least for native English speakers. Figurative language can be a challenge when English isn...
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Make the Most of Your Homework Time and Reduce the Pain
I get a lot of questions from my students and on social media about how to make the most of homework time and how to reduce the pain! Some students are interested in getting better grades and are willing to do almost anything to get them. Others are interested in reducing the pain and want something easy to make that happen. These two goals are not as disparate as they might seem at first glance.
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Taking the Terror Out of Poetry Analysis
First Things First Before I get into the tools you can use to help interpret or analyze poetry, I want to stress the importance of reading for enjoyment. Relax. Let the words, phrasing, rhyme scheme, and rhythm flow through you. An essential part of understanding poetry is ‘feeling’ it. Read the poem first for overall concept and fun. Do a second reading to start a more thorough interpretation. Poems should be read multiple times. The following blog invites you to ask questions an...
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Tips for Quick Multiplication & Division with Zeroes
You might have noticed that some people seem to be able to do math like magic, or maybe you think these people are geniuses. Well, they might be, but more likely they have learned a few methods that make mental math a lot easier. Follow these tips to speed up your multiplication and division talents! The main thing to keep in mind when multiplying is to disregard (at first) any zeroes on the right side of whole numbers.
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Six Tips for Reading Fiction Like a Pro
The purpose of these points is to get you engaged and invested in the stories. You will be entering into the stories instead of reading from the outside!
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Six Reading Tips for Success at School!
What is your motive? Ask yourself this question, and try to provide an answer. If you don’t know why you are reading something, your concentration will wane quickly. You could be reading for pleasure, for a better grade, to prepare a report, etc. If you want to gain more from your reading, do not answer this question with the following: “Because I have to.” When you must read a book, chapter, or article find another more productive reason for reading it – something that benefits you.
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