summer course

Taking a summer course

The advantage of taking a credit course over the summer in school or online is that it lightens one’s course load during the school year. Students that plan on taking all three sciences in grade 11 or 12, as well as all three maths in grade 12 tend to take a course over the summer.…

school success

Strategies for getting ahead

Grades needed to gain entrance into sought-after university programs are on an upward trajectory. How do some students get ahead of the competition? Work ethic and aptitude are highly important, but are not the only qualities necessary to be at the top of a class. Students that do exceptionally well don’t only rely on their…

Tutoring Agencies

The tutoring landscape

When I first started to work as a tutor many years ago, I started off by working for mainstream tutoring agencies that were the most advertised. It didn’t take me long to realize that most of these companies were focused more on the business side of things rather than on student success and tutor satisfaction.…

Why do so many people dislike math?

When I meet someone new and get asked what I do for a living, I’ve noticed that 9 out of 10 people go from smiling to cringing when they hear me say that I’m a high school math teacher. They then go on to tell me how much they disliked math when they were in…

hate math

Why are we even learning this?

The major reason why some students find math so challenging is because they lack prerequisite skills or a strong foundation in the subject. Math requires strong prior knowledge in order to grasp more complex concepts. It is like a house built of cards, if you remove a card that is near the foundation, the house…

mentor

Mentorship goes hand in hand with tutoring

Being a tutor involves much more than just preparing students for tests and exams.  Over my tutoring career, I’ve grown to appreciate that mentoring and counseling goes hand in hand with tutoring. One of my favourite aspects of tutoring is that it allows me to form meaningful relationships with students and their families. I value…

science lab report

Guidelines for writing formal lab reports

In high school and university, I spent an extensive amount of time writing lab reports, and as a teacher and tutor, I have edited and marked hundreds of student lab reports. In this blog post, I’m going to share what teachers expect to see in formal lab reports and common mistakes that I have observed…