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.)
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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Reading Fiction for Meaning
Obviously, we should read for fun! There is nothing wrong with reading purely for entertainment or escapism. Having said this, you can read non-fiction for entertainment or escapism as well, and one can read fiction for meaning. Sometimes you must read fiction for meaning. Above all, the more you gain from reading anything, the more pleasurable and rewarding it is.
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What Can You Do?
We often think about the things we cannot do or things that are difficult for us. Almost every day, I hear from students who tell me what they can’t do. While it is good to acknowledge areas of weakness, it is more beneficial to focus on what we can do! Dwelling on what we don’t know, or things we find difficult, does nothing to resolve the problem. Beginning from a position of strength and then working towards becoming better at weak areas, or the unknown for that matter, is a far bette...
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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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