30% off your student tuition this semester at University or College in Ontario

Ontario introduces a new tuition grant that will help lower the cost of a post secondary education by 30%
You could be eligible to get 30% off your student tuition this semester:

  • Tuition 800 dollars for university and college degree students
  • Tuition 365 dollars for college diploma and certificate students

Starting in September 2012, the grant for full-time undergraduate university and college students pays:

  • $1,600 a year for students in a degree program at a public college or university in Ontario
  • $730 a year for students in a certificate or diploma program at a public college in Ontario

You could be eligible for 30% off your student tuition if:

  • You’re a  full-time student at a public college or university in Ontario
  • It’s been less than four years since you left high school
  • You’re in a program that you can apply to directly from high school
  • Your parents’ gross income is $160,000 or less

A post secondary education is one of the smartest investments a student can make. With 7 out of 10 of all future jobs requiring training beyond high school, there has never been a better time to continue your education.

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Does Tutoring work? What makes Tutoring effective? Find out in this research based article

Tutoring works, BUT only if it is done correctly! Obvious isn’t it?

So what is the ‘correct’ way of Tutoring according to research studies?

By Shilpa Guggali, B.Com, Educator

Tutoring Center, Learning Centers








I was reading this publication on Tutoring by the U.S. Department of Education which studied the results of many research studies and came up with some good suggestions on how to make a tutoring program effective. This publication looked at tutoring for Reading skills but I believe that it holds true for tutoring of all skills and subjects such as math tutoring or English tutoring

A British tutoring program involving 2,372 elementary and junior high students who were tutored by trained parents and peers for an average of 8.6 weeks improved their reading comprehension 4.4 times the normal rate and word recognition 3.3 times the normal rate.(1) This shows that it is very essential to be consistent and have patience for at least 2-3 months and even longer if tutoring is being done only 2-3 times a week.

An after-school tutoring program in which low-achieving second- and third-graders were tutored for one hour twice each week by university students, retirees, and suburban mothers also generated strong improvements in the tutees’ reading skills.(2) In the absence of such resources, I would recommend using a professional Tutoring program that incorporates the good practices described below.


What Research Says About High-Quality Tutoring Implementation

Researchers who have examined multiple tutoring programs found a few factors that influence the effectiveness of a Tutoring program.

Some of the factors were –

  • coordinating the Tutoring activity with what the child is doing in school
  • proper training for the tutors to confidently implement the good tutoring practices
  • well structured tutoring sessions; most successful tutors often have well-rehearsed scripts for responding to student errors; this was especially found to be effective in math tutoring
  • careful monitoring and reinforcement of progress; positive communication between Tutor and student increased the effectiveness of the tutoring activity
  • frequent and regular tutoring sessions of up to 60 minutes; longer sessions may not necessarily improve outcomes; more sessions a week result in greater gains with an optimum of 2-3 times a week.

In conclusion, I would recommend all parents to make use of all resources that you have at hand, starting from yourself, spending time with the children. Other older family members or friends and relatives including older children are an excellent resource, even if it is for a short time. In our present day busy lifestyle, I can understand that it is not always possible to devote the amount of time as suggested and one may not have all the necessary skills to tutor. In such situations, I feel that parents should use the pointers given above to choose a good professional Tutoring program for your kids, sooner than later.

Best wishes for success!

References :

  1. [Topping, K., & Whitley, M. (1990). Participant evaluation of parent-tutored and peer-tutored projects in reading. Educational Research, 32(1), 14-32.]
  2. [Morris, D., Shaw, B., & Perney, J. (1990, November). Helping low readers in Grades 2 and 3: An after-school volunteer tutoring program. Elementary School Journal, 91, 133-150].

English is a funny language

English Tutoring BramptonThere is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. We take English for granted.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Why do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Park on driveways and drive on parkways? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

– Unknown

Community service activities by Brampton Learna kids

Spring Cleanup by Brampton Learna Kids in the Gore and Ebenezer area

Brampton Learna is a Tutoring Center for all subject. But in addition to academic tutoring, there is also an emphasis on social responsibility. Seen here are the pictures from the Spring Cleanup organized by Brampton Learna and was whole heartedly supported by their students. More than 30 stdents and their parents and siblings joined the families of Shilpa and Nayan along with Brampton City councilors Vic Dhillon and John Sprovieri and other community residents. Residents as young as 5 years and as old as 90 years enthusiastically participated in the activity. The neighborhood was cleaned and more importantly, everyone got to meet each other and work together as a team.