We often hear from parents concerned that their children may be lacking some of the core skills critical for academic and personal success. These parents recognize their children’s potential and know that, with the proper supports in place, they can overcome any obstacles and achieve their goals.

Likewise, we also hear from parents of high-achieving students who want to ensure that their children are sufficiently challenged in their intellectual and academic development. These parents know that, with appropriate engagement, their children can continue to excel and take their learning to the next level.

We have used these conversations and our own experience in developing enrichment programs for the diverse needs of students at different points in their academic journeys. 

Back to Basics and Beyond (BtoB+)

Our Back to Basics and Beyond (BtoB+) K-8 Math & English programs have been especially designed to consolidate and extend foundational skills. We liaised closely with parents in developing each program, taking into account students’ individual strengths, needs and goals. The BtoB+ programs emphasize remedial support in addressing learning gaps, solidify existing skills and knowledge and offer an enriched opportunity to develop new skills for the future.

Programs are designed to support students from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

Depending on the level of study, our BtoB+ English programs develop

  • early reading skills, with a focus on phonics and other decoding strategies that will help younger children grasp the fundamentals of sound patterns and word structures;
  • vocabulary acquisition and mastery of written language conventions, including spelling, grammar and sentence structure, as well as proven strategies for the effective editing of written work;
  • critical reading and analysis of both non-fiction and fiction texts, including poetry, media forms, short stories and extended novel studies;
  • persuasive, critical and creative writing, with an emphasis on all steps of the writing and revision process.

Depending on the level of study, the BtoB+ Math programs emphasize

  • arithmetical operations, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, with an emphasis on mastering these fundamentals in order to free up the working memory necessary for higher-order thinking in later grades;
  • pattern recognition, number sense and numeration, as well as the measurement, sorting and analysis of different types of data;
  • introductory geometry and the development of spatial sense;
  • synthesis of mathematical understanding, focusing on reasoning skills and the communication and application of mathematical thinking in different contexts.

Back to Basics and Beyond (BtoB+) is designed as an ongoing program with sessions scheduled at the discretion of the client, offering both flexibility and convenience. Each program also involves the purchase of curriculum materials specially designed to optimize learning outcomes. 

Writers Workshop

The Writers Workshop is ideal for students who need additional support in the fundamentals of effective composition and in mastering the various stages of the writing process.

Students consolidate their understanding of grammar and language conventions, analyze the stylistic and rhetorical strategies of different texts, and experiment with various models of writing, from descriptive and expository paragraphs to news articles and personal and analytical essays.

 

Particular attention is given to the many stages of the writing process, from initial brainstorming and development of ideas through research and analysis to the composition of first drafts and the final steps of revision. Students benefit from extensive feedback as they revise their work and move forward as more confident and sophisticated writers.

 

The Workshops are offered at the following three levels:

Junior (Grades 7-9)

Intermediate (Grades 9/10)

Senior (Grades 11-12)

Each Workshop includes 16 hours of 1-1 direct tutoring support. 

 

 

 

 

Back to School “Reboots”

While those long summer days provide much-needed opportunity for fun and relaxation, they can also leave students ill-prepared for the rigors of a new school year. Indeed, as September approaches, many students find that they have “forgotten” key concepts and are less confident in applying their academic skills. Our Back to School Reboot programs are especially designed to address these learning challenges and ensure that each student begins the school year primed for success.

We offer Reboots from Kindergarten to Grade 6, with each grade-level program focusing on either math or language skills. All Reboots offer a comprehensive review of the previous year’s curriculum, focusing on any “trouble spots” that might hinder success in the coming year. Our tutors reach back as much as they reach ahead in consolidating existing knowledge, remediating skill deficits, and extending the learning in anticipation of the coming year. Many students even use their Reboot time to get a head start on next year’s learning!

 

Each Reboot includes 16 hours of 1-1 direct tutoring support that can be scheduled anytime during the summer months.

 

At the conclusion of their program, students also receive a summative learning plan identifying areas for growth and offering strategic recommendations for future learning.

 

Junior Math Boosters

The Junior Math Boosters support students at different points in the elementary and secondary mathematics pathway.

Each Booster has been developed with two goals in mind: ensuring sufficient mastery of the previous year’s curriculum to support future learning and introducing students to the coming year’s curriculum for a jump start on the learning ahead. Our tutors are especially focused on addressing math skill deficits that may have accumulated over the previous years of schooling. In our experience, this type of remediation is crucial for success in more advanced mathematics.

The Junior Math Boosters are offered at the following levels:

  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10 - Targets students preparing for MPM2D

Each Booster includes 16 hours of 1-1 direct tutoring support. 

Senior Math & Science Boosters

The Senior Math Boosters support students in the last two years of the secondary mathematics program.

We offer the following Senior Math Boosters:

  • Grade 11 Functions - Targets students preparing for MCR3U
  • Grade 12 Advanced Functions - Targets students preparing for MHF4U
  • Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors - Targets students preparing for MCV4U
  • Grade 12 Data Management - Targets students preparing for MDM4U

The Grade 11 Booster supports students who may need to revisit elements of the Grade 9 and Grade 10 mathematics curriculum. Grade 11 is a notable transition point in the mathematics pathway and constitutes a significant “step up” in terms of the rigour of the material and overall expectations. As such, students are best positioned for success when they possess a solid foundation in the principles taught in the first two years of the secondary mathematics program. As with the Junior Math Boosters, the Grade 11 Math Booster also familiarizes students with the principles and skills of the coming year’s curriculum.

The Grade 12 Boosters ensure students enter their final year of high school equipped with the knowledge and skills to succeed. Grade 12 is a milestone year that prepares students for entrance into university and for success in post-secondary study. Furthermore, unlike in previous years, some students may have to take multiple mathematics courses, depending on their post-secondary plans. It is thus crucial that learning gaps be addressed prior to the beginning of this critical year.

Each Booster includes 20 hours of 1-1 direct tutoring support. 

Junior Science Boosters - Gr.9/10

The Junior Science Boosters support students in the first two years of the secondary science curriculum.

Each Booster has been developed with two goals in mind: ensuring sufficient mastery of the previous year’s curriculum to support future learning and introducing students to the coming year’s curriculum for a jump start on the learning ahead. Our tutors are especially skilled in identifying and then addressing knowledge and skill gaps relating to the big ideas of the various branches of science included in the curriculum and can modify their emphasis to meet the needs of their students. The Boosters are designed to ensure that students establish the foundation to be successful in the more focused and challenging senior-level science courses.

The Junior Science Boosters are offered at the following levels:

  • Grade 9  - Targets students preparing for SNC1D
  • Grade 10  - Targets students preparing for SNC2D

Each Booster includes 16 hours of 1-1 direct tutoring support. 

Senior Science Boosters - Gr.11/12

The Senior Science Boosters support students in the last two years of the secondary science curriculum.

 

We offer the following Senior Science Boosters:

  • Grade 11 Biology - Targets students preparing for SBI3U
  • Grade 11 Chemistry - Targets students preparing for SCH3U
  • Grade 11 Physics - Targets students preparing for SPH3U
  • Grade 12 Biology - Targets students preparing for SBI4U
  • Grade 12 Chemistry - Targets students preparing for SCH4U
  • Grade 12 Physics - Targets students preparing for SPH4U

Each booster reinforces the concepts of the previous year’s curriculum in the relevant branch of science before introducing students to the principles of the coming year’s curriculum for a jump start on the learning ahead. The boosters allow students to delve deeply into a particular branch of science and establish the foundational knowledge and skills to be successful in senior-level science courses and post-secondary study.

Each Booster includes 20 hours of 1-1 direct tutoring support.