Vancouver Tutoring for Goal Setting 5/5 (1)

Whеn уоu mеntiоn gоаl ѕеtting and talk about thе gоаl setting рrосеѕѕ, you find many young students’ eyes glаzе оvеr and they ѕееm tо become соnfuѕеd. Whу? Wеll, many young student dо not understand why they ѕhоuld set goals. They are probably аѕking themselves “why саn’t I juѕt kеер doing what I’m doing and achieve whаt I wаnt that wау?” The answer is, yоu саn, if that is your choice. But уоu will not gеt thе bеѕt оut of lifе this way and уоu will soon find thаt every successful person you meet achieved their success through ѕеtting gоаlѕ.

Whу tutoring goal ѕеtting is important?

In lifе, if student hаvе nоthing tо аim for, they do not have a clear direction for асhiеving their dreams. Gоаl ѕеtting tutoring teaches students tо dеvеlор one оf the kеу ѕtrаtеgiеѕ for success аt ѕсhооl аnd in еvеrу area оf lifе. By аѕѕiѕting our Vancouver students by tutoring them on how to ѕеt goals аt a young age, thеir сhаnсе of futurе ѕuссеѕѕ will imрrоvе dramatically.

Our K-12 tutoring services in Vancouver helps our students to dеvеlор this essential ѕkill. By inсrеаѕing thеir аwаrеnеѕѕ оf some important еlеmеntѕ, thе rеѕultѕ thеу саn achieve will be еxtrеmеlу rewarding аnd hеlр tо inѕрirе them to реrѕеvеrе in achieving their goals. Students who set gоаls gеnеrаllу diѕрlау higher mоtivаtiоn аnd соmmitmеnt tоwаrdѕ асhiеving success. They аlѕо tеnd to асhiеvе bеttеr results than students who have not been taught this skill.

Thе secret fоr student tо bе ѕеtting goal iѕ tо bеgin with ѕеtting short tеrm gоаlѕ thаt are rеаliѕtiс аnd роѕѕiblе tо асhiеvе. Whеn ѕuссеѕѕ iѕ reached, thе feelings of рridе аnd ѕеlf achievement will motivate thеm tо ѕеt оthеr gоаlѕ аnd have belief in thеir аbilitу tо асhiеvе them. Onсе thеir соnfidеnсе in being students fоr ѕеtting their gоаl аnd uѕing thiѕ ѕtrаtеgу iѕ dеvеlореd, thеу will fееl соnfidеnt in setting bigger long tеrm goals.

The fоllоwing ѕtrаtеgiеѕ for goal setting can be uѕеd as a tutoring guide tо lеаds students to ѕuссеѕѕ:

  • Sеt rеаliѕtiс ѕhоrt tеrm gоаlѕ.
  • Mаkе a list оf thе actions you nееd tо take so thаt уоu reach уоur gоаl.
  • Wоrk hаrd аnd аррlу effort. Dоn’t givе uр! Evеn if you fаil at firѕt, just keep trying.
  • If уоu really believe you саn do it, уоu are likely to ѕuссееd!
  • Monitor your рrоgrеѕѕ along thе way (е.g. checklist of соmрlеtеd tasks).
  • Whеn уоu reach уоur gоаl, feel рrоud оf your ѕuссеѕѕ.

Our Vancouver tutoring company рlауs a сruсiаl rоlе in hеlрing students tо estabilish thеir gоаlѕ аnd apply this ѕtrаtеgу оn a rеgulаr bаѕiѕ. Bу ѕuрроrting our student when deciding оn which goals to ѕеt, we еnсоurаgе them tо uѕе thе strategies above. Pоѕitivе rеinfоrсеmеnt and continual praise for thеir еffоrtѕ iѕ еѕѕеntiаl. This will mоtivаtе аnd inѕрirе them tо реrѕеvеrе. If a gоаl isn’t асhiеvеd in thе dеѕirеd time frame,  we ѕuрроrt our students in реrѕiѕting еvеn if it tаkеѕ longer tо achieve thаn firѕt аntiсiраtеd оr hoped.

Our tutors act not only as academic mentors but gооd role mоdеls! Thiѕ iѕ аlѕо сruсiаl tо the ѕuссеѕѕ оf ѕеtting goal for our students. Our students  аrе influеnсеd by what they ѕее from our K-12 tutors of Vancouver аnd if they аrе аррlуing thе рrinсiрlеѕ оf gоаl ѕеtting аnd реrѕiѕting with their gоаlѕ, thеn thе kids will dо the ѕаmе.


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Tutoring Students with Dyscalculia 5/5 (1)

Dyscalculia is a common specific learning disabilities that mainly affects the arithmetic skills. It’s characterized by impairment in learning basic arithmetic facts, processing numbers and performing calculations. There’s no official information about the prevalence of this disability, but experts suggest it might affect around 5-15% of students in USA.
If you’re a parent or a tutor of a child, diagnosed with dyscalculia, you need to understand that this disability requires a different educational approach. It’s essential to turn the learning process into a positive and rewarding experience, either by allowing extra time during assignments or tests, or by giving the child their own set of work to complete. One tip that’s been shown to enhance the learning process of children with dyscalculia is providing written, instead of verbal instructions, as it reduces the cognitive load, associated with having to memorize a task.
A child, diagnosed with dyscalculia might not be able to catch up on their own and might require extra help or tutoring. MyGradeBooster in Vancouver can provide adequate tutoring, support and parental guidance, when it comes to coping with dyscalculia. As a parent, it’s important to provide your child with lots of practice, when it comes to new skills and concepts. Try to make the learning process as active and engaging as possible and ask a lot of questions to keep the child occupied and focused on the task. Research suggests that a large number of children with dyscalculia also suffer from ADHD, so keeping them attentive and engaged is essential.
As a tutor, understanding how dyscalculia works is the first step towards utilizing more effective learning techniques. Avoid memory overload and assign manageable amounts of work. Build retention by reviewing the information every few days and allow your students to use their other senses, sight and hearing in particular. Finally, when dealing with a child with dyscalculia, always try to match your strategy to their particular needs and abilities and help them devise a personal approach to learning based on their unique strengths.

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Tutoring Students with ADHD 5/5 (1)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is defined as a group of behavioral symptoms that include short attention span, distractibility, impulsivity and over activity. The cluster of symptoms usually also impairs the learning process and is more common amongst children, already diagnosed with a learning disability.
When it comes to enhancing the learning of children with ADHD, it’s essential to understand that helping is about empowering, rather than controlling them. Parents of children with ADHD are generally advised on simplifying their instructions to a basic set of one or two, and then building upon them. Teachers, on the other hand, can be asked to break down assignments into steps in order to help the child remain focused on the task. These strategies are already employed in a number of schools in Vancouver, but even with them, many ADHD children still require extra assistance.
One of the main problems students with this learning disability suffer from is inability to organize and manage their time adequately. Parents can help them learn how to plan ahead and avoid procrastination, as well as provide support, when it comes to completing homework and assignments on time. Teaching them self-monitoring strategies is a long-term solution that will help them become more aware of themselves and also greatly enhance the learning process. However, when teaching an ADHD student – whether in a formal school setting or at home – it’s vital not to lose your patience. Use a soft voice and address the child by their name to get their attention. Give simple and concrete instructions and make clear that you won’t repeat yourself. Add some structure in the daily routine by scheduling tutoring sessions at particular times of the day and alternate physical and mental activities. When you notice that the child’s attention is starting to wander, use a simple question in a soft tone to re-involve them in the task.
As with many other disabilities that impair learning, it’s important to understand how ADHD affects the learning process of your child and devise effective strategies that incorporate the student’s strength, without putting too much stress. You can also consult with a specialist and consider working with  MyGradeBooster’s Vancouver tutors to get the extra support your child needs in order to reach their full potential.

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When does tutoring not work? No ratings yet.

When does tutoring not work?


Hiring a tutor and setting up routine tutorials has a great potential to boosting grades. However, occasionally you will hear parents saying that they did hire a tutor but the situation didn’t improve for their student. What is important to realize is that tutors are not magicians and just because parents hired a tutor doesn’t mean they found the remedy to success. If you are looking to hire a tutor, be sure to read the following points.


  1. When parents make a decision to hire a tutor, they must make sure the tutor is knowledgeable, had great interpersonal skills, and has an appropriate reference/background check. It is not easy to find great tutors. Be sure that they can break down complex topics into easy to understand, bite size pieces of information.
  2. Once you found a great tutor and start tutorial sessions it is important to choose the right number of hours/week to make sure that the tutor is not just helping your student with their school homework, but actually reinforcing concepts and information so that your student fully understands. If the tutor is only helping your student with homework then you are only masking the problem as opposed to solving it. The homework handed in by that student is not their own work and this will be evident in test/exam time. So how many hours/week should your student see their tutor? It really depends on how much improvement is desired. If the grade gap between where the student currently is and where they want to be is less than 5% then 1-1.5 hours/week is ideal for the tutor and the student to work together. If the grade gap is 5-10%, we recommend 1.5-2.5 hours/week (depending on the student’s motivation level). If the student needs more than 10% grade improvement then more time is required to not only help the student understand and do well on their homework, but also to help the student with study skills, creating learning habits and doing extra practice questions.
  3. Your student should be seeing their tutor in smaller chunks of time (1-1.5 hours) per session a few times a week rather than a big chunk of time once a week. The shorter, more frequent tutoring sessions will help your student to refresh their learning more frequently, allowing information to move into their longterm memory.


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Sleep time

Most students are not getting enough sleep. Often times, lack of focus is direct consequence of lack of sleep. Human brain functions best when it is well rested. Most students try to stay awake by drinking coffee or energy drinks that have a ton of sugar and caffein. This may keep them ‘awake’, but it does not help in allowing them to focus. So how much sleep do children need?


Newborns (0 to 2 months): 12-18 hours/night

Infants (3 to 11 months): 14-15 hours/night

Toddlers (1 to 3 years): 12-14 hours/night

Preschoolers (3 to 5 years): 11-13 hours/night

School age (5 to 10 years): 10-11 hours/night

Teens (10 to 17 years): 8.5-9.5 hours/night

Adults: 7-9 hours/night




Too much sugar does not only cause kids to become over-excited and over-active, it also causes concentration, motivation, and memory problems. Most candies, chocolates, pops, and other snacks are packed with sugar. The best way to reduce sugar intake is to not store sugary food items in your house so that kids won’t even have a chance to get tempted. You may get them a treat once or twice a week but ensure they are not putting in sugar in their body on a daily basis. You can replace sugary snacks with fruits such as blueberries and strawberries that are good for health and the brain.



Dailey exercise and physical activity is important for a healthy, successful student. Taking PE courses are a must in primary school, but once taking the course becomes an option in secondary school then it is important to ensure that kids are getting physical activity on a routine basis. One easy way is to go for 15-20 minute jogs together in the evenings. Exercise allows kids to let off steam in a healthy way and it also helps them with concentration and sleeping problems.


Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities are important in a kids growing up to be well rounded, balanced adults. However, sometimes parents involve their children in so many out of school activities that the child has no time for studying outside of school. They have no time to relax after school, let alone attempt homework. Kids will not be able to think properly when they are so tired. Be mindful of how much extracurricular activities you sign them up for during the school year.


Relaxing through Video Games, Computer, TV

The best method is to eliminate them completely during the week and allow just a few hours of screen time on weekends, holidays, and long weekends. These devices kill motivation for starting homework or studying in the evenings. Kids will be far more interested in reaching new levels on their video games or chat online than doing their work. If it cannot be eliminated completely then allow 30 minutes of casual screen time a day – no more.



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Once in high school, most students will need to use the computer for doing some of their homework and projects. If the student is doing well in school then they have the maturity to limit their use of computer for fun and pleasure. However, those students who are not performing in school need to be supervised. Parents need to supervise the time their children spend on the computer doing ‘homework’ to make sure their children are doing what they are supposed to rather than being distracted by playing computer games, chatting online, emailing friends, checking Facebook. Parents should also pay attention to the possibility that their kids may be quickly switching the screen to their ‘homework’ page once they see you or hear you entering the room. It is best to keep computers in an area of the house that can be easily seen by anyone. This makes supervision more effective. Do not let your child convince you to take a laptop to their room to do their homework. If you catch them fooling around online during homework time instead of actually doing homework, remove their privilege to use the computer, neither for pleasure or for doing homework, for a couple of days. Let them face the consequence of unfinished work from their teacher. Remember, if they were playing online or chatting, no homework was being done anyways and the results would have been the same. Children must earn their right to use the computer. Computers and phones have become a major distraction for students as hours of productive homework time is wasted online.


Once homework time is over, then parents can allow their children to surf the net or play video games or check their Facebook. It is important to be strict and firm about computer use at home. Do not change the rules as this will send mixed messages to the student and they will stop taking you seriously. Rules are rules regardless of parents’ moods.


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What’s homework time like in your household? Do you struggle with your kids doing homework? Do they constantly say ‘I don’t have homework’ (even though you know it’s probably not true)? Does no work gets done unless you sit with them while they complete their homework or study?

Homework issues cause  a lot of conflicts and stress in many families. It doesn’t feel good neither for the parents nor for the kids. Sometimes it takes more time and effort to sit your kids down to do homework than the homework itself.

Homework time doesn’t have to be filled with anger, discouragement, frustration, and hurt. Parents need to set a few rules in order to establish homework habits in their kids. The earlier parents do this the better. Even though kids will not be happy about these sudden rules, parents must remain firm until overtime the rules become part of their routine life and their resistance fades.


* Have a set homework time everyday.

Kids need to be doing homework, studying, memorizing, practicing, reviewing their school subjects every day. Primary school students need a minimum 1 hour/day and middle and secondary school students should be doing homework 1.5-2.5 hours/day. Establishing routine homework and study habits allows your kids to not have to face the nagging worry/anxiety about when, or if, they will be able to force themselves to start working. Also, learning to review or do extra practice when there is no official homework assigned by the teacher is a good way to eliminate cramming during exams. Make sure kids do homework and study on weekends as well. Parents should not allow an entire 2 day breaks in routines. If you want to give them time off, give them Sunday off and make it a family day instead.


* Set homework time the same time every evening and have a time limit.

This is the same if your child has tutors and gets tutoring lessons. Make sure these sessions are at the same time every evening, if possible. This is best at establishing homework or tutoring as routine. Also, parents should speak to their child’s teacher about how much homework/independent review the child should be doing and make sure that your child is not spending too much more than that every night. Do not allow your kids to think they have the whole night to do their homework. If your child is struggling in their homework, be sure to get help from the teacher or hire a tutor as soon as possible.


*  Eliminate distractions during homework time.

If your child has a phone, take the phone away or turn it completely off. A lot of times kids keep checking their phone even if the volume is turned down to see if they have any messages. Remove anything else – video games, computers, toys, pets, etc. from the room.  It’s actually not productive for kids to be listening to music while studying or doing homework unless it is baroque music. Once they finish their homework time, they can begin their play and leisure activity.

During elementary years parents should be helping their kids with homework and monitoring their work. Help them get started by going through what needs to be done and together coming up with a plan of action. Then leave your kids to do independent work and 10 minutes before the homework session ends check over what they accomplished. Praise them on 3 things they did good on and then tell them about 3 things you will help them to improve on.


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How to find the best tutors in Vancouver, West Vancouver and North Vancouver?


MyGradeBooster is an expert in delivering high quality tutoring in Vancouver, North Vancouver and West Vancouver. We take pride in what we do and how we do it. What has made MyGradeBooster tutors and tutoring sessions ‘high quality’? We have done a lot of research to determine how students learn, what tutoring and learning strategies are effective, what feedback systems need to be in place to hold everyone accountable, and how parents can best get involved with their children’s education. All of our methods are evidence and research based and have been proven  effective over the years. Here, we list and describe 5 of those. It is crucial to ensure these factors are met in your child’s tutor and tutoring sessions in order to achieve successful tutoring that gives results.


  1. High quality tutoring starts with the tutor and student setting specific goals to work towards. The goals are ambitious, reasonable, measurable, and meaningful to the student.
  2. High quality tutors and tutoring service providers work closely with parents, involving them in the student’s performance, progress, and in motivating the student to work hard.
  3. High quality tutors plan and strategize every session, with each session focusing on getting the student’s grades and confidence to match their goal.
  4. High quality tutoring services monitor the child’s progress and work closely with the student’s parents and tutor to ensure full accountability and quick results through collaboration, planning, and feedback analysis.
  5. High quality tutoring services continually increase their tutor’s effectiveness through support and encouraging critical reflection on the student’s learning progress, attempting to identify weaknesses and implementing solutions.


The result of high quality tutors and tutoring method is that the student becomes convinced that they CAN achieve their goals and confidence. The student will start seeing homework and studying as rewarding and worthwhile rather than daunting tasks.


MyGradeBooster offers tutoring services in Vancouver, West Vancouver and North Vancouver. Our results oriented approach is coupled with routine communication with parents to ensure a quick boost in grades. If you have any question regarding our Vancouver in home tutoring services, email us at info[at]


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Doing it yourself – Tutoring No ratings yet.

So you decided that instead of hiring a tutor, you want to sit down and help your child with their school work yourself. Here is a few tips on how to be a successful tutor for your child.


The first thing you should do is to set up a tutoring schedule with your child. This schedule must be agreed upon by both of you and has to be routine (i.e happen at the same day and time each week). Why? So that your child will know that from 6-7:30 each Monday and Wednesday they can’t do anything else but tutoring. Stick to this schedule like glue. If you give your children a routine schedule you have more success in getting them to show up prepared and ready to complete those tasks.


When you are just starting out be sure to get a feel for what level your child’s skills currently lie. Ask them a few question from each chapter they have covered in school to determine how much of the material they have grasped. If they can’t do a question, see whether it’s just that single problem they are having issues with or if they are struggling with a basic foundation / knowledge gap.


Once the assessment is done go back and start filling those gaps. For example, you may find that your child can’t do word problems in math, not because they don’t understand it or can’t set it up, but because they are making mistakes in simple multiplication or division. Re-teach them the basic concept and be sure to give them enough practice so that they understand it fully.


Once you fill in the knowledge gaps, get started with the actual curriculum. Start with a few easy questions to warm them up then move onto questions that are more challenging. This will help your child build up the crucial confidence all successful students have. Building confidence in students is the main goal for a tutor. A confident student will be more inquisitive, care more about doing well, and be more willing to sit down and tackle homework. Once they get used to the level of questions you are giving them, take it up a notch and give your child more challenging questions to do. The trick is not to make the questions so easy that they will get bored and at the same time not to make them too difficult that they give up. Don’t get agitated or upset with your child if they are trying but can’t get the question right. Children don’t like seeing their parents upset with them and they could very well decide to quit the whole thing if it gets you frustrated each time. A good tutor is a patient tutor.


The key in tutoring is persistence. Sometimes it’s hard to know just how many hours/week you should be helping your child with school work. Usually much more time is needed to bring a child back on track, but once they catch up then the number of hours is drastically reduced. If you are unsure of the hours then contact your child’s teacher or the school’s guidance counselor. Remember, the sooner you get your child on track, the more time you will save and the higher chances of success you will have in doing it yourself tutoring!


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Importance of Study Skills 5/5 (5)

What Are Study Skills and Why Do I Need Them?

Study skills are approaches and strategies you use in learning. These are the most important skills to master to get good grades. Honing your study skills not only helps you succeed academically, it will also help you do well in life. Without effective study skills you will become overwhelmed and discouraged. The good news is that these skills can usually be learned in a short time and applied to every grade level in every subject. You just have to be persistent at practicing and using these skills until they become second nature to you. Some of the benefits of improved study skills are reduced test anxiety, increased confidence, competence, and self esteem. You will realize that good grades are not always achieved through studying long hours. You can cut down on the number of hours you study by studying efficiently through knowing how to study. Once you learn these skills, you will be well on your way to becoming the successful student you’ve always wanted to be. Academic coaches and tutors at MyGradeBooster will give you useful tips and tools you can adopt when you study or prepare for exams.

Remember, the so-called smart students are not the ones with higher IQs. They are the students who have mastered the art of studying efficiently.

MygradeBooster tutors are available in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver, helping high school students boost their grades with our proven methods.

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