Blog – March 24, 2014

A high school student was asking us today if he would be better off coming in several times right before tests and exams instead of regularly each week. His logic was that he would probably come in the same number of hours over the course of the semester, but would concentrate most of his hours closer to exam time.

We understood his logic, but explained why it was better for him to come in regularly throughout the semester. It comes down to long-term memory vs. short-term memory. Simply put, when people learn new material at a steady pace (one unit at a time), they master the material – it becomes a part of their knowledge base. When people cram, they are memorizing, and chances are, that they will not be able to retain the information for long, or won’t be able to “apply” the facts.

So what does this all mean to the student? Well, when the time comes for exams, he would have to re-learn each topic all over again, almost like it is brand new to him, instead of just using his time with us to review the material. Perhaps he’d be able to retain the information long enough to successfully write the test/exam, but success isn’t about memorizing – it’s about learning and understanding the material. Knowledge base is essential for future academic success – one can’t build the second storey of a building, if the first storey doesn’t have the proper foundations in place.

He understood and agreed with this analogy. He will understand and agree even more in June, as he strides confidently into his exams (on a good night’s sleep), and walks out with the same, self-assured smile feeling so good about applying his knowledge…

 

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Brainiacs Blog

May 13, 2014

This week marks a great milestone for us at Brainiacs:  It was one year ago that we officially opened the doors to our learning facility.

It was an exciting time as we embarked upon a dream, and the excitement continues as we now help you achieve your goals for your children.  At this time of reflection, we see how much we have grown and learned, and how our dreams of being a “different” type of learning centre has come to fruition.  You see, we use a holistic approach in our teachings:  We teach the academics, but most importantly we address confidence.  We want to thank you for believing in us, and allowing us the opportunity to make a difference. 

As we researched, and began structuring our program, we discovered that we are offering something special to our students and their families.  We know that “one size doesn’t fit all” which is why we meet with families, listen to concerns, provide Ontario curriculum-aligned diagnostics in literacy and mathematics before we devise a custom program for each student.  At Brainiacs, it is your program; it is designed to fit you. 

Being parents ourselves, we know that everyone is busy, and sometimes it may seem more convenient to have a tutor come to you, but we also know that having an ideal learning space is the way to go.  It is not mere coincidence that Brainiacs is designed the way it is:  from paint colour, to classical music playing in the wait area, to private learning areas that keep students engaged and distractions-at-bay.  Our resource room is packed with technology and hands-on learning tools:  every colour and size, and we keep adding to it.  Our centre came about through years of research and careful planning.

As educators, we know that children need to see that we are all working as a team for their success.  That is why the last five minutes of each session is face-to-face communication time between your child’s Brainiacs’ teacher and you.  Your child wants you to hear all about their successes each time!

At Brainiacs we really care about each child, not just as a student, but as a person.  One must believe in himself to achieve greatness.  Our OCT certified teachers help each student see their strengths, and believe in themselves – then the learning happens.  Simple?  Yes, simple, but effective.  It is our secret.

We cater to students of all ages… from preschool to grade 12.  Some come for remedial help, others come for enrichment opportunities, but the common denominator is success and confidence.  We tell parents during our initial meeting that their child’s world will change because we know it will:  We believe in our kids from the on-set.  It’s the most incredible feeling when we receive cards, emails, hugs and tears of gratitude from you telling us about the positive changes in your child.  That’s how we know we have something good happening here.  Brainiacs thanks you for sharing your successes with us, and for your positive word-of-mouth referrals.   We are grateful to you for allowing us to be a part of your family. 

Our students have made huge strides in this past year, and we are thrilled!  The waiting area shows it all as the air buzzes with students sharing accomplishments and taking pictures at our “selfie” wall. 

We have had a phenomenal first year!  We would be remiss if we did not mention our wonderful staff of dedicated educators.  Our team of professionals have proven their commitment every step of the way.  They prove to us daily why they are the greatest group of teachers! 

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and we look forward to servicing our wonderful community for many years to come.

Mike & Gail

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The Brainiacs Team

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Testimonials

How do our clients like Brainiacs? Here is what some of them have to say…

 

“A warm and caring environment with amazing one on one programs catered just for your child.”

Jodi H.

 

“Learn Focus Success.
My name is H. , I am a student at Brainiacs. In a very short time working with Ali I have learnt many ways that have improved my marks significantly. Ali and Gale made me feel confident on my second day there that I could achieve anything. They also made me feel so comfortable, like they’ve known me forever. I would recommend anyone who is struggling in any subject to go there or even anyone who just needs a little help in studding for tests or exams. It helps a lot! My marks have gone up. Thank you for helping me achieve my goal.”

Rush Z.D.

 

“People at Brainiacs have been amazing in so many ways and have gone above and beyond to help out with anything regarding school. They’ve taken their time in mapping out how they can best help my child and they are knowledgable about how they do that.They have helped my son improve his skills and grades but most important to me is they have helped foster a love of learning and now he actually likes coming to his tutors! I’m grateful to Mike, Gail and the Brainiacs tutors who do such a great job!”

Sandi H.

 

“Through out the last year, I have come to brainiacs for at least 6 hours per week. During my time I have encountered a warm and welcoming learning environment that helps build my understanding for courses in school. I began brainiacs by getting tutored but loved the positive atmosphere that it helped me make the decision to take a full course here. I have enjoyed it so much that I have taken both advanced functions and calculus outside of school and would recommend it to anyone who wants to take these courses. Overall I have loved my time at brainiacs look forward to spending my high school years here”

Sarah K.

 

“Upon my first interaction with Brainiacs in October, I was deeply impressed, and to this day have never been disappointed. Being a parent and a teacher myself, I couldn’t stress how AMAZING this program is to anyone who will listen. Even my daughters teacher says how impressed she is with her progress since being enrolled in the program. The staff there are so professional and so amazing at working with the specific needs and demands of each student they interact with. My daughter can’t wait until she goes each and every week and she is always so excited to share strategies that she learns at Brainiacs with her homeroom class. My daughter keeps asking if she can keep going to Brainiacs next year!! Gail, Mike and the whole Team make each and every student who walks into their center feel special. Half the time, my daughter is learning she doesn’t even realize it because she has such a great time, she always complains that she wasn’t there long enough!!! Thank you to the whole Brainiacs Team for boosting my daughters grades and self confidence. You guys are amazing.”

Lauren S.

 

 “So happy Brainiacs opened…both my kiddies are improving and they are enjoying learning. My daughter even asked if she can have a sleepover there.”

Mickie C.

 

“I feel like I’m visiting good friends when I drop my kid off at Brainiacs. My kid LOVES going; always working hard and having fun, and we have seen changes in attitude towards homework, reading, and school in general! Thank you, Brainiacs!”

Stacie G.

 

“So happy with the professionalism and care from the staff at Brainiacs! It is much easier having their “family” help my son than my family! Their lesson plans are catered to E’s needs; he has built up more confidence and skills; and, they are always encouraging and reassuring. They really understand the school system and the kids. Thanks Brainiacs for all of your support and big thanks to Gail for always calming me down lol.”

Elyse S.

 

“Thank you so much Gail and Mike! We truly believe that you are amazing people and you have created an amazing centre with very positive spirit !!!!”

Marianna G

 

“We are truly grateful to you…

…for providing a loving, kind, & supportive environment for learning

…for making (my child) feel special & unique

…for allowing her to grow as an individual at her own pace and style

…for giving her the opportunity to LOVE learning and feeling proud of her achievements!

…for giving her the confidence to TRY!

Thank you so very much!”

Michelle T.

 

“I want to thank you for the bottom of my heart! My son has made such amazing progress in his reading since he has been going to Brainiacs. You all are so caring and welcome everyone that walks in the door like they are family. I would recommend you a thousand times over to anyone who is looking for tutoring. I give you a 5 out of 5!”

Nadine H.

Why Brainiacs?

Brainiacs TLC provides one-on-one, individualized support to students. Studies have shown that learning is optimized when a student receives individualized support as opposed to group learning.  We offer 1:1 support from preschool to grade 12, in all subject areas. Brainiacs TLC is proud to offer ESL support to persons of all ages.

Our proven TLC Method is an association of implemented teaching strategies. These strategies result in increased school grades, increased self-confidence, and garner a positive outlook on learning.

Brainiacs TLC boasts private areas that are equipped with state-of-the-art technology that students love to use.

Brainiacs’ Certified Program Specialists are trained extensively in the TLC Method.  They receive ongoing training and support, and have access to all of our resources, as well as the ability to consult with other professionals in order to ensure the success of each student.

We offer:

  • OSSD high school credit courses
  • Remedial support
  • Enrichment oportunities
  • ESL / French
  • Math – Core Math up to grade 10, Functions, Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, Data Management
  • Science – General Science up to grade 10, Chemistry, Biology, Physics
  • Reading – Learn to read and/or reading comprehension strategies
  • Writing – Foundational writing skills, essay writing
  • Grammar / Phonics / Spelling
  • Exam / Test Prep
  • Learning Strategies – Organizational skills, instruction following, study skills, logical reasoning, problem solving
  • Computer skills – Assistive technology, Microsoft programs
  • On-going progress reporting
  • Optimal learning environment
  • Accessible management

One-on-One Tutoring with Certified Teachers

First things first, if your tutoring is not one-on-one, then it simply is not as good as it could be, or should be.  Your child’s learning style, and needs cannot be pigeon-holed into a generic group program.  Tutoring should be geared directly to each student, and the ideal way to do that is one-on-one.

Our program is individualized to each student.  We do that by getting to know the student through an intake diagnostic assessment aligned with Ministry expectations, and by understanding the goals set forth by the family.  Your child’s program will change as learning evolves. At Brainiacs, we believe in regular, ongoing communication with you, in order to ensure achievement of your goals.

Ages

We tutor students mainly from pre-kindergarten to grade12.

Tutoring Subjects

We provide Elementary and High School tutoring for all subject areas including:

  • Reading – Decoding; Comprehension
  • Writing – from idea brainstorming right through to final draft, Essay Writing
  • Oral presentation skills
  • Mathematics – all strands including Functions, Advanced Functions, Calculus & Vectors, Data Management
  • Science – General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Learning Strategies- Organizational Skills, Following Instructions
  • French and ESL
  • Technology – Assistive Technology, Microsoft Programs
  • Grammar // Phonics / Spelling
  • Test and exam preparation.

Our Process

At Brainiacs, all tutoring sessions are on a one-on-one, private basis. Tutoring sessions are a minimum of 1 hour in length, and can increase based on your needs and preferences. We begin with an initial diagnostic assessment aligned with Ministry expectations in order to determine your child’s academic strengths and areas that require greater development.

Because each student is different, with unique needs, sessions are customized to the individual learner. During the learning sessions, we provide support and guidance for school assignments, projects, homework and tests, and any areas of need. Program Specialists use concrete materials and technology, together with real-world examples in order for the students to grasp the concepts being taught.