Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin
Individualized Tutoring Sessions
Every child has their own learning path. Each child is unique and each experiences different successes and challenges while on their journey. To address this, all tutoring sessions are catered to the specific needs of each child. In order to provide every child with the educational building blocks and self-confidence they need that will shape who they become, every child will receive an individualized, organized plan that will include different materials required to reach the desired goals.
As mentioned, unlike many other tutoring services that practice remediation tutoring where the tutor goes back to the student's level and re-teaches all the basics, we use reinforcement tutoring or supportive tutoring. We target what the student is doing in school right now using strategic remediation or going back and picking up the specific pieces requiring attention. This helps your child get more immediate results. Due to the fact we use reinforcement tutoring, this type of tutoring cannot be standardized because every lesson is different. Therefore, we do not hand out pre-packaged workbooks. We focus on targeting what the student needs the most at the time of tutoring.
At Tutor Tots, tutoring does not end when the class ends. Children will be given extra work to reinforce skills, encourage independent working and self-discipline, improve thinking and memory, encourage taking responsibility for his/her work, develop positive study skills and habits, and to further identify strengths and weaknesses.
In addition, Tutor Tots prides itself on being more than just a tutoring service. From our writing contests to community outreach programs, students enjoy participating in extra activities aimed at boosting confidence and filling them with pride. (Please note that students do not have to participate in any of the extra programs we offer. They are not mandatory.)
Angela Baird (Owner, Primary Tutor) I am a former Humber College teacher and volunteer (in and out of the classroom) with the Peel District School board for over 17 years, winning several Volunteer of the Year awards. I am also a Nutritherapy Practitioner who specializes in behaviour modification.
I became a tutor and opened our small, family-owned business because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children who not only struggle with their grades but also with their feelings of self-worth. This led to the development of results-driven programs that help boost grades and build self-esteem.
As a mother of two beautiful daughters, Kassandra, who owns a costume design business, and Anissa, who is my business partner and is attending the University of Toronto, completing her Masters in Linguistics, I understand that we, as parents, often try so hard to understand the material our children are being taught or what the teacher is asking for. Often, we end up frustrated when we don't know how to help our children. I also know first-hand that our children do not always respond to parental help.
In addition, I understand that children who are having problems absorbing material are often ridiculed by their peers, leading to a breakdown in their level of confidence. A lack of confidence often causes children to stop participating in the classroom, hide their problems, become introverted or, alternatively, act out because negative attention is still attention. Children who are struggling might also tell themselves that they are stupid or that they don't really like the subject anyway as a defence mechanism to protect themselves from the feelings that come with getting poor grades or their inability to grasp the work being taught to them in the classroom.
As a private tutor, I provide a safe and nurturing environment that gives struggling children permission to struggle without shame. Out of sight from their judgmental peers and/or teachers, whose expectations might not be realistic, children can now get the individualized attention they need to support their learning and unlock their self-confidence.
I also provide a learning environment that enables children who want to learn more or who need more of an academic challenge to grow and develop. Also, many children suffer from "test stress," which often leads to lower marks and a decline in self-confidence. I work with children to help alleviate this stress, providing stress-relieving strategies.
Tutor Tots is not just about doing homework with your children or handing your children volumes of worksheets. We are about nurturing relationships, building self-esteem, and giving your children permission to be the best he or she can possibly be.
Anissa Baird (Co-Owner) Anissa is our Grade 6 to Grade 12 math tutor and high school science tutor, and also helps our younger students who are in French programs at school. Anissa has completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, majoring in linguistics and computer science. In addition, throughout her university studies, Anissa has always fulfilled her love for math by taking math courses that allow her to keep her proficient math skills up to university standards. She is the recipient of many awards. Anissa has now been accepted into the University of Toronto to complete her Masters Degree in Linguistics.
While Anissa predominantly teaches math and science, she is also well-equipped to teach English/Language Arts. Linguistics is the study of language. Studying linguistics means you have insight into aspects of human knowledge and behaviours, which is also very important when helping students build their confidence and boost their grades. In addition, linguistic students learn about aspects of human language including sounds (phonetics, phonology), words (morphology), sentences (syntax), and meaning (semantics). With Anissa's excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, she is very valuable to education and educational research.
Also, Anissa knows firsthand the positive influence a tutor can make in a child's life. Frustrated with math herself, she developed an amazing relationship with her own tutor, Dean, and, with Dean's help, she boosted her confidence and went on to receive many awards in math. Anissa is compassionate and positive, and she understands that, with the right tutor, anything is possible. torontosun.com/news/local-news/goldstein-charitys-legacy-lives-on
Simonetta Azzopardi (Tutor) Simonetta is currently a student at St. Michael's Secondary School in Bolton. She has earned 4 Honour Roll awards, and it is her mission to achieve more. Her future dream is to pursue a career in architecture and to continue to learn more about design. She hopes to attend the University of Waterloo.
Simonetta earned an award for the Best TED Talk out of all the elementary schools in Bolton. The topic of her TED talk was "Redefining Beauty" where she focused on helping others regain confidence. Simonetta's message to parents is, "My goal is to help your child gain more confidence in and out of the classroom and help them achieve their learning goals and needs so that they can be the best student they can be!"
Tutor Tots is Unique
Tutor Tots wants to make the tutoring experience positive for not only your child but also for you, the parent(s). For this reason, Tutor Tots offers some unique perks that help foster a more positive experience. Personalized one-on-one programs. We prepare every student's program according to his/her needs. We do not use already prepared workbooks. While we may use some of the same materials for students, no two programs are identical as students have different needs. No pre-assessment fees. At Tutor Tots, we do not charge for any pre-assessment or assessment fees. Building self-confidence so that students learn to believe in themselves and feel the pride that comes with knowing they have done their absolute best. Reducing anxiety so that students learn how to eliminate the stress and anxiety that often comes with taking tests. We teach students stress-relieving techniques. Getting back to the basics so that students learn the fundamentals they need to be successful. EQAO and exam prep so that students are prepared. Competitive fees. We research what our competitors are charging to ensure we remain competitive. No two-day commitment. With so many students being involved in extracurricular activities (which are also extremely important), both parents working outside the home, and other family commitments, not everyone can commit to two days per week. Community Outreach. All students are invited to participate in our community outreach programs that not only help children in our community but also help empower the students through increased self-confidence, a positive outlook, and a feeling of self-worth. Fundraising helps with math, spelling, communication, teamwork, setting goals, and understanding the value of hard work. In addition to feeling empowered, children experience first-hand that they have the ability to make a difference in their community.
"Remember, popcorn is prepared in the same pot, in the same heat, in the same oil, but the kernels do not pop at the same time. Don't compare your child to other children, his/her turn to pop is coming."
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All children need is a little help, a little hope, and people who believe in them.