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.)
Talk It Out
Use as many modalities as you can to help you learn. Talking is one of them, and it is one that is often overlooked or, at least, underutilized.
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Tips for Business E-mails
Always think of your readers when writing e-mails. Make their job as easy as possible by providing them with the information they need – and no more.
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Improve and Increase Your Vocabulary!
Notice that I did not say read a lot. Although reading voraciously can be beneficial, it isn’t always. Quality is better than quantity. Some people read avidly, but they understand very little, retain less, and learn nothing new! Of course, this is not always the case. Some avid readers have learned to read a lot of material, remember it, and use it when applicable. My point is that if you are worried about starting that eight-hundred-page novel, you might just forgo reading altogether. Acce...
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Coping with Imposter Syndrome
At one time or another, many people who have had some level of success run up against the imposter syndrome. What is imposter syndrome?
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Stay Interested!
Often students ask how they can get interested or how they can stay interested. Despite what parents and some teachers believe, people do want to learn things – or at least they want to know things. By nature, humans are a curious species, always exploring and asking questions. They are constantly looking for something to explain the world around them.
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Good Study Habits
School is back full time! I know you are excited to do well. Here are some tips to get that learning engine started and to keep it going strong all year! When doing homework or studying, choose a place with good lighting, preferably with a firm chair and working surface, and where interruptions will be at a minimum.
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Persuasive Writing
At times, you will want (or need) to write a persuasive paragraph or essay. Many of the techniques and tips in previous blogs and videos apply to persuasive writing as well; however, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind for this specific task.
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Descriptive Writing
Often students are asked to complete a descriptive writing assignment. This might be a descriptive paragraph, story, or even an essay.
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Figurative Language Review
Let’s have a look at a few types of figurative language. You are probably aware that figurative language is used in poetry and fiction stories; however, figurative language creeps into news items, magazine stories, and even academic papers, too! (Note the previous sentence uses personification.)
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Two Simple Rules for Multiplying & Dividing Integers
When you see the words algebra, integers, or signed numbers, don’t panic. Mathematics is a wonderful subject that rewards you every time you use the rules. When you follow the steps accurately, you always arrive at the correct answer. So, don’t be afraid of algebra
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