Better grades through a better lifestyle No ratings yet.

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

 

 

Nutrition

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.

 

Exercise

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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How to make homework time less frustrating? No ratings yet.

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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Quality tutoring methods – Vancouver Tutoring Services No ratings yet.

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]mygradebooster.com.

 

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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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Hiring the best Vancouver tutors No ratings yet.

It doesn’t take long for a parent looking for  Vancouver tutors to realize just how many tutors are available for hire. Typing a simple phrase such as ‘Vancouver  tutors in math’ or ‘in home tutors in Vancouver’ in the Google search bar brings out loads of tutor directories and tutoring companies for you to start reading and sorting through. Tutoring is not regulated in Vancouver so that means anyone can call themselves a ‘tutor’ and advertise for students. There are certain steps you can take to make sure your experience with your Vancouver tutors and tutoring is a pleasant one rather than a frustrating waste of time and money.

 

So how do I make sure my child gets the very best Vancouver tutors he/she deserves?

 

Well, if you are hiring an independent tutor you need to do all the background checks yourself. This includes making sure the tutor actually knows his/her stuff. You’d be surprised how many tutors that we interview actually fail the test in the subject they applied for to tutor! Just like us, you need to have a screening process to make sure the tutor’s knowledge is tested. It doesn’t matter if the tutor has a teaching certificate, or has a masters or Ph.D. degree. Some tutors just don’t know their stuff or have a hard time communicating what they know to a young audience and you need to eliminate these tutors before you waste your time and money. You also need to check references and ask for a police background check. Remember, you are inviting this person into your home to work with your kids. Being diligent in your background checks gives your a better chance for a successful tutor fit for your child.

 

If you are hiring a tutoring company then this process is done for you. However, what you need to keep in mind is that tutoring companies are NOT created equally. So make sure to ask about their tutor screening process. A good company should screen their potential tutors based on the following criteria:

 

  • knowledge of tutors in the subjects they wish to teach
  • communication skills and their ability to convey information to a young audience
  • interpersonal skills and personality of the tutors
  • reference checks from previous parents and students they tutored
  • a current police background check

 

 

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Why do kids need more frequent report cards and assessments? No ratings yet.

It’s great to see that the British Columbia Ministry of Education is hard at work to introduce BC’s Education Plan in the upcoming years. One of the great aspects of it is that it plans for better communication with parents and more frequent assessments and performance reporting for BC students. It’s crucial to know where each child stands and where the learning gaps are. When new parents call us we do an initial assessment to see where their children stand, where they need to improve, and what grade goal they have. We noticed that many parents feel that they don’t really know where their students stand, as report cards are not handed out often enough. By the time their student brings home a report card, an entire term is gone.

This is exactly why we use a frequent assessing and reporting technique to get those grades up quickly. We know that high school students cannot afford wasted time, as they need to do their best in school to increase their chances of getting accepted into better universities and colleges. Every minute counts.

Our method is simple. Through frequent assessments, we know exactly where the learning gaps are. We focus on the students’ weaknesses to resolve issues quickly. Here is how it works:

 

Assessments:

Students’ skills and knowledge are assessed regularly using our system. MyGradeBooster’s system provides continuous assessment of  your child’s level in the school subject and gives us valuable insight about the students’ knowledge gaps. Many tutoring companies do provide the initial assessment, however, MyGradeBooster takes it a step further by continuously assessing how the child is doing so that his/her grades can be improved quickly. It is truly the best customized program that caters to the unique needs and goals of every high school student.

 

Reporting:

Our quantitative progress reporting is like receiving a report card for your child every month. Parents and children can see the results of their tutoring sessions and the direct effects on the student’s marks. We encourage you to print the progress reports and compare them from month to month. So many of our students have made significant jumps within just one month! Parents love the fact that they are involved in their child’s progress and can see improvement over such short period of time.

 

We are a local tutoring company and use the BC school curriculum to boost students’ grades. Our tutors are experts in Math (grades 1-12), Science (science 8, science 9, science 10), Chemistry (chemistry 11, chemistry 12), Physics (physics 11, physics 12), and Biology (biology 11, biology 12).

Our services are offered all around Vancouver, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver.

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Why do Vancouver high school students struggle with math? No ratings yet.

Why do high school students struggle in math?

 

Whenever we ask our Vancouver high school students ‘what is the most difficult school subject?”, the majority answer “math”.  So why is high school math so difficult?

 

One of the main reasons math becomes so difficult in high school is that being good in math requires practice, persistence, and patience. Students need to understand the math concepts rather than to memorize the steps – and in order for the brain to grasp a concept, it needs to practice, practice, practice. In high school, students’ workload increases for every subject, including math. All of a sudden, in order to get the same mark they did in middle school, they need to work harder. Also, since many students get involved in extracurricular or volunteer activities through out their high school years, they are left with even less time for studying.

 

An important point to consider is that math is a cumulative subject, which means you have to gain understanding of the primary school basics before you can learn the more advanced, high school topics. If a student was getting a C in middle school, this means he/she wasn’t understanding almost half of the material taught in class. Since the students doesn’t have a strong foundation, understanding of the harder, more advanced topics become increasingly challenging.

 

What can parents do to help their kids?

In high school classroom sizes increase and teachers don’t have the time nor the energy to ensure that every single student understands every concept. Once parents detect math problems with their child, they must act quickly to get them up to speed, before they fall ever farther behind.

 

The first thing is to make sure your child isn’t drowning in extracurricular activities. It’s important to be involved in activities outside of school, but grades should be set as priority if you really want your child to improve.

 

Secondly, speak with your child’s teacher to discuss and brainstorm ideas about what the problem may be. Is it that your child is struggling emotionally at school with bullying, peer pressure, etc? Is the home environment not conducive to productive studying? Or does he/she just needs some extra help in understanding the material more clearly?

 

Hire a GOOD tutor, not just a tutor. Even if a good tutor is more expensive, you will end up saving money as  your child won’t need as much time to see results. A good tutor will also be able to help your child with learning skills and monitor your child’s study habits.

 

MyGradeBooster offers in home tutoring services to high school students (grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12) in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver. Our tutors specialize in math, science, chemistry, physics, and biology tutoring. 

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Vancouver Math and Science Tutoring Results (2013) No ratings yet.

We are very happy to announce that our latest statistical tutoring results analysis indicated that:

50% of our students reached or SURPASSED their grade goals within 2 months and 86% reached their goals within 3-4 months. 

Our team works very hard to get the results students want in the shortest amount of time possible and we’ve been successful at it. We know how important high school grades are to students and their parents. With our proven tutoring strategy, we have become the go-to place for high school  math, science, chemistry, physics, and biology tutoring in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver.

Our goal for the next school year is to have 60% of our Vancouver students reach or surpass their goal within 2 months and 90% reach their goals within 3-4 months.

We will have limited tutoring services available during the summer. Let us know if your child is planning on taking summer school so that we can reserve a spot for you.

 

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Best Way to Prepare for Exams – Vancouver tutoring services No ratings yet.

Preparing for a test can be difficult for students when they don’t know where to begin.  Many students rely on studying, reading and cramming as much information as quickly as possible before an exam. This method has been proven highly ineffective as it doesn’t allow long term learning and information retention.

For successful testing, the students not only need to know the material, but they also need to attempt as many practice test questions as possible. This is because taking practice tests forces the student to recall information from memory. Repeated retrieval is great for memory improvement and it increasing the likelihood that they will be able to remember the retrieved information again later.

 

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