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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.)
Yes, summer has officially arrived. Every year I recommend that students do a little tutoring in the summer.  It is the perfect time to use strategies to retain lessons learned and to prepare for next year.Oh – and don’t worry, there are still hours and hours and hours and hours to swim, dance, play video games, jump, fall, eat, do nothing, and so on!Covid-19This year the recommendation is even more relevant.  Many students have lost some of the lessons they should hav...
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I received another interesting question this week.  To be honest, at first I thought this question was not that interesting; however, on second thought, there was more to say.  Let’s have a look.Why is it important to improve a weak essay?Well, there is the obvious answer.  If you want to achieve a good grade, you need the best essay you can write.  It seemed, at first, that this question did not really require an answer beyond the obvious.After a moment, I realized tha...
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One of my students recently asked about the concluding paragraph. He was stressing a bit about an essay he needed to write, and he was not sure how to go about addressing the concluding paragraph.
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Online learning offers loads of benefits and fun!
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Join me Wednesday morning at 9 am! Let’s talk and share.
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Next week (Wednesday, April 29), in addition to a general chat, I will be sharing some information about Raz-Kids, a fun platform for younger children to improve their reading skills. Also, I will redo some of my talk on CommonLit. I will walk you through the various steps and how to use these sites.
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Join me Wednesday mornings at 9 am!Let’s talk and share. This is a short blog to let you know about the livestreams coming up on my YouTube channel.Everyone has been tossed into a whole new world lately, and we all have questions, concerns, difficulties, and so on.  In a way, this Covid-19 situation is one of the largest teachable “moments” ever!For this reason, I thought some live streams would be helpful.I will be presenting a few tips to help parents and students w...
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Learning from Home?
Learning at Home?Make a ScheduleI know a lot of parents are struggling to help their children with learning during this odd Covid-19 time.  Soon schools will be providing some lessons and guidance; however, it will be up to the students and parents to ensure that the lessons are done. Some students might receive little or no further formal education this year, so the students will need to pick up the ball themselves – with a little help, perhaps.  Look below for a free informal c...
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Covid19 and Learning
Look below for resources for yourself or to keep your children learning over this challenging time.
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Stop Worrying – Start Learning
There are at least two sides to this idea: stop worrying; start learning.  The first is that worry, or more generally, stress, will hamper, or even halt your ability to learn anything.  It’s true! You know times in which you have been worried and you practically panic. Even the simplest tasks become difficult when we aren’t thinking straight.  The more we worry about, “Where did I put my keys!” the more we can’t think about where we might have put the keys.  It is counterproductive.
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