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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.)
Number Rules
The following are some general rules for handling numbers in academic writing. Of course, there are always exceptions. Rule 1 Spell out numbers 1 through 10. (There are exceptions such as the previous sentence in which I want the numbers to stand out for quick reference.) You can use numerals for numbers above 10. He needed six extra items in his basket. Sherry counted 60 students on the bus.
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A Few Tips for Learning with ADD/ADHD
These tips apply to those working with learners and the learners themselves. I am a strong advocate for all of us becoming our own best teachers. Hence my book Teach Myself? Teach Myself! Self-Taught Learners Do Best. Be Positive When working with a student, ignore negative or what seem like time- wasting behaviour as much as possible. By addressing every little quirk, the learner gets reinforced. Even negative reinforcement works to increase task-avoidance, so it is counterproductive. Oft...
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Become an Excellent Listener and Get Positive Results
Become an Excellent Listener and Get Positive Results! Pardon, what did you say? Listening is not simply hearing. I am sure that you have experienced times when you “heard” something, but you did not pay attention to it and have no idea what the person said to you.
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Essay Writing – Thesis Statement
Ah, yes, the dreaded essay! Don’t fear essay writing. It sounds scary, but it does not have to be. Take one step at a time, and it isn’t so bad. The thesis statement can be problematic for some writers, so let’s address it here.
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Writing to Persuade
A few questions to keep in mind when writing to persuade. Who are your readers? Are they likely to be skeptical or critical? How familiar are they with the topic? Will they understand technical language? How informal can you be?
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Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
Multiplying Multiplying fractions is quite easy if you follow these steps. Simply multiply the numerators (top numbers) and multiply the denominators (bottom numbers) and then simplify if needed.
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Kinds of Adjectives
Adjectives not only add life to your sentences, keeping them from being a boring collection of words, but they also make your meaning more precise. Adjectives are used to modify nouns and pronouns. Let’s have a look at the various kinds of adjectives.
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More About Vocabulary
Having a broader vocabulary is useful for business, school, personal, and social situations. Whenever you need to express yourself, having a wider choice of words makes your task easier and the final product more relevant in a number of ways. With more words at your disposal, you will free up mental resources to generate clear, concise, and accurate written articles and improve your spoken presentations – whether formal or informal.
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What to do for Homework
The first thing to do is to remember that you do have homework for at least four or five days a week. Homework isn’t just specific tasks given to you by your teacher. Complete all assignments given by the teacher. This seems obvious; however, sometimes students feel that if an assignment isn’t going to “count” toward their grade, they should skip it. Also, if it is only worth a small percentage, they think it isn’t worth doing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Any additional r...
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Start Writing
There is no time like the present to get started! You can write. There is nothing stopping you from getting your thoughts and ideas down on paper or device. Well, nothing other than your own trepidation perhaps. We often stop ourselves from doing many things by listening to that nasty negative voice in our heads that seems to be constantly looking for reasons for us to fail.
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