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…

 

Students need to gain a competitive edge academically early in life. Tutoring is not just for those who need support, but also for those who are seeking that edge.

At Brainiacs TLC, we give students the tools to become critical thinkers, problem-solvers and self-directed lifelong learners. See how we do it!

 
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The first day of class! How you begin your year determines how prepared you will be once exams hit. How efficiently you organize your binder, take notes, and focus your attention will help determine exam success. It can also be the difference between calm exam preparation and frenzied cramming. Call Brainiacs today to help set yourself up for success.

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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

And

The Brainiacs Team

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Brainiacs TLC was founded by an OCT Certified Teacher, and experienced tutoring professional, with vast experience consulting with families, identifying and reporting students’ strengths, progress and academic next steps. Using her knowledge of the Ontario Curriculum, she formulates learning / growth plans with achievable steps, in order for clients to see and feel success.

Currently a Reading Recovery teacher; She is a Certified Reading Specialist, as well as Additional Qualification courses in ESL, Mathematics, and Computers. Furthermore, she has worked as an Ontario Focused Intervention Partnership (OFIP) tutor, providing intensive support to children identified as being below grade standard.  At Brainiacs, she is responsible for developing individualized programming for our students, based on comprehensive assessments that she performs with them. She follows that up by establishing and overseeing individualized program goals, and the communication of progress to the family.  Her insight and expertise are key tools in selecting and training Brainiacs’ Program Specialists.