SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Prep Academy Tutors is Open for Business in Hamilton

We are excited to announce that Prep Academy Tutors is bringing its in-home and online tutoring services to Hamilton. Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton, led by franchisees Anna Southall-Millward and Colin Longworth, is now open for business with tutors available across Hamilton, Brantford, Ancaster and Stoney Creek.

It’s no secret that access to flexible, personalized and remote education is essential now more than ever before. We are enthusiastic about bringing our private tutoring services to Hamilton and are looking forward to bringing our unique approach to education to a new region.

Prep Academy Tutors’ philosophy is that every student can learn. Our Hamilton tutoring services are designed to provide students with the support they need to continue learning, growing and thriving in an academic setting.

 

Who We Are: Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton

Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton offers private tutoring, online tutoring, and small group tutoring across Hamilton, Brantford, Ancaster and Stoney Creek. We are committed to students’ academic success and put a unique spin on learning to explain things in a way your child will understand.

All of our educators are certified teachers who teach with the Ontario curriculum in mind. The tutors at Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton are here for your students at this time and are prepared to provide them with any support that they may need to succeed academically.

 

Meet the Owners: Anna Southall-Millward & Colin Longworth

 

Anna Southall-Millward

Anna is a passionate educator with a diverse experiential background. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Education from OISE at the University of Toronto. Her keen interest in travel and education led her to Beijing, China, where she taught at an international school for two years.

Anna’s commitment to individualized instruction and creative learning inspired her additional coursework in guidance and counselling. This area is one that she continues to invest in through volunteer and community work.

As a native of Hamilton, ON, Anna is now back in her hometown where she worked in international teacher and student recruitment for the last four years.

Having served as a tutor both locally and abroad, she strongly believes in the transformative power of supplemental one-on-one instruction. In her spare time, Anna can be found on the basketball court, out in nature, or curled up with a good book.

 

Colin Longworth

Colin is a professional engineer originally from Dublin, Ireland. He holds a master’s in engineering and a master’s in management from University College Dublin.

He has enjoyed coding and developing from a young age, which led him to join a large tech multinational after graduation. This work took him around the world to China, Mexico, the United States and more.

Since 2017, Colin has resided in Hamilton, ON, where he co-founded two start-ups in the tech eco-space. He believes in growing businesses at a grassroots and community level and contributes to the locality’s vibrant entrepreneurial scene. A firm believer in access to education for all, Colin is an accomplished online trainer with over 25,000 students joining him to learn virtually every year.

When not coding, Colin can be found on a run, exploring Hamilton’s trails or spinning a DJ mix.

 

The State of Education in Hamilton

The Hamilton School Board: According to Global News, the Hamilton School Board is currently asking parents to prepare for future closures. The tutors of Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton are prepared to support Hamilton’s students to help them transition and continue their educational journey at this time.

Remote, online, and self-guided learning has become essential. Our tutors strive to make the transition to online learning easier for students by giving them the tools and resources they need to succeed online.

Projected Full Online Learning: According to the CBC, Hamilton school boards are currently making adjustments to their plans in the case of a full online learning scenario. In response to the current situation, we are offering in-person and online tutoring and learning pod services. Our learning pod services will allow your students to learn with others in a safe environment.

What We’re Doing: The Government’s new approach to education and student interaction is cautious, but it is also essential to be mindful of how these changes impact students’ mental health. In addition to curriculum-based tutoring, our tutors will also provide students with the tools and skills they need to ease feelings of stress and anxiety and approach education confidently.

Work with Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton

Contact the team at Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton today to get connected with a private tutor in your area. We will match you with the tutor who will best suit your students’ unique needs, whether they are looking for skill-based or subject-based tutoring.

Our tutors work with students to understand how they learn best and personalize their educational approach to accommodate. You can rest easy knowing that our Hamilton tutors are available for conversations and progress updates so that you are always in the know about your child’s education.

Prep Academy Tutors can’t wait to take this educational journey with the students of Hamilton. Learn how you can get paired with a tutor today.

What Families Need to Know About School Reopening in New York State

On Monday July 13, Governor Cuomo released guidance for school districts to reopen K-12 facilities in New York State.  Based on these guidelines, your school must submit a reopening plan to the state by July 31. Schools will be allowed to reopen if their region has entered Phase Four and if the daily infection rate in that region (averaged over a two-week period) does not exceed 5%.

What your school will be required to provide in the fall:

  • A mix of in-person and virtual learning
  • Social distancing and 50% capacity of any space
  • Increase distancing to twelve feet during activities like singing, playing band instruments and gym class
  • Utilize face coverings and provide them to students without masks
  • Post health instruction signage throughout school
  • Limit the use of shared objects like workstations or tool
  • Provide sanitizing stations & training on proper hand & respiratory hygiene
  • Frequently clean and disinfect shared areas
  • Hold mandatory health screenings including temperature checks of students, staff, contractors & visitors
  • Immediately send home any student or staff member who becomes symptomatic
  • Notify state and local health departments of any positive test results
  • Have plans to assist in contact tracing
  • Expand social distancing, disinfecting and face-covering protocols to school buses

Schools are also encouraged to:

  • Expand their physical footprint if necessary
  • Stagger arrival/departure times and altered schedules
  • Build “cohorts,” or small groups of students who learn together to minimize cross contamination
  • Use “one-way” traffic lanes in hallways

Combating Summer Learning Loss

For decades, educational researchers have been talking about a phenomenon known as summer learning loss. In this condition, some students experience a significant decline in the academic skills acquired from the previous school year over the summer break. The research has shown that students experience an average of one month of learning loss over the summer break. This learning loss means that there is approximately one month of grade level equivalent skills and learning gains from the previous year lost for the average student.

Learning loss appears to have a more significant effect on students from a lower socioeconomic background; however, many children, regardless of their socioeconomic status, deal with this. Research has indicated that summer learning loss is sharper for mathematics than for reading; several studies suggest that the average student can lose up to two months of computational math skills over the summer break. Unfortunately, summer learning loss puts many students at a substantial disadvantage once the school year begins again in September. Teachers can typically spend between two to eight weeks reteaching lost skills from the year before. Unfortunately, the lost time spent reteaching means that there is significantly less time to build new skills.

The good news is that summer learning programs prove to prevent summer learning loss and, in many cases, can continue to build on the learning gains experienced from the year before. Quality summer learning programs that focus on regular student attendance, individualized instruction, small group, or one-on-one teaching, using quality instructors and alignment of school year curricula, positively affect a student’s learning by preventing learning loss. Prep Academy Tutors provides summer learning programs that meet all of these characteristics. Our certified teachers will assess your child’s strengths and needs and create an individualized plan to prevent summer learning loss and build upon the skills they acquired from the year before. Fighting against summer learning loss has never been easier! Call us today to get started!

Understanding Education & Mental Health During COVID-19

Understanding Mental Health During COVID-19

Understanding Mental Health During COVID-19

Understanding Education & Mental Health During COVID-19 in Manitoba

Education has changed considerably since the presence of COVID-19 and need for social distancing first caused schools across Manitoba (and most of North America) to close in mid-March. The future of educational institutions is changing every day as new information leads governments to react accordingly.

The unfortunate reality is that these closures and subsequent changes in education are not only impacting students’ academics but are also greatly impacting their mental health. Fortunately, there are remote learning options to help ease these stresses and anxieties.

The educational atmosphere in Manitoba right now has actively transitioned to home-schooling. Additional efforts are being put in place to encourage remote learning and facilitate continued education to ensure students are able to keep up and continue on their educational journey.

Prep Academy Tutors is proud to be able to continue providing education at this time through online tutoring as well as in-home tutoring in Manitoba and other provinces where this is still permitted. We continue to be proactive by supporting students across Canada on their educational journey, and have also extended our reach to provide private tutoring in Manitoba through our new partnership with Manitoba educators Suzi and Kyle Friesen.

Our tutors in Manitoba and across Canada provide a personalized and compassionate approach to education to suit the needs of students dealing with feelings of stress and anxiety at this time.

The Mental Health Impacts of COVID School Closures:

Missing Routine

Your child’s old routine that was once filled with going to school and partaking in various activities was a rhythm and anchor for them that now they are really missing. Without an organized class schedule with set recess and lunch breaks, students can feel disoriented or even stressed out.

Lack of Normalcy

Remaining at home and being unable to go to school signifies to students that something has changed. As all parents and students are different, the level at which the current atmosphere is being discussed with students will vary between family to family. Still, most students will be able to tell that something is different, especially as kids are perceptive to the anxieties of the family members that they live with.

Varied Resources

The reality is that not all students have the same resources at home. While some may be more independent, tech-savvy, and able to navigate online portals, others may thrive more in a collaborative setting. It is also important to note that parents, at no fault of their own, have varying capabilities and availability. Some may work full time or may not have English or French as their primary language, which can impact a student’s access to remote support.

Comparisons

Now is a time when students may be comparing themselves to their friends — who is excelling academically, has siblings to spend time with, or has access to ample resources? At a time when students should feel grateful for what they have, disparities can become more and more apparent.

Falling Behind

As education and learning have changed due to school closures and the increasing prevalence of online portals, a lot of students are dealing with the pressures of falling behind due to lack of resources, motivation, or access to the right tools.

Missing Essential Moments

 COVID-19’s necessary social distancing measures means that a lot of graduations that students have looked forward to and worked hard for have now been modified or cancelled. Some high schools are planning virtual convocations, and moving their graduation dinner and dinners to a Fall date. It’s natural for students to feel disappointed and let down by these modifications or cancellations, and integrating moments of normalcy and socialization at a distance is key to help alleviate some of the anxiety and stress that surfaces.

Social Disconnection

Like the rest of us, students are missing their friends and family. Suddenly students are going from interacting with their friends every day, to having limited contact — if any at all. Socializing plays an essential role in mental health, which is why it’s important to encourage socialization through different avenues at this time.

How Private Tutoring Can Help

It is essential for students to keep learning at this time. We believe that private tutoring, whether it be online or in-home dependant on rules and regulations, can help students regain academic confidence and a sense of normalcy:

Prep Academy Tutors is proud to offer private tutoring in Manitoba to help students in and around the Winnipeg area to continue on their educational journey and set and reach academic goals.

Human Interaction & Educational Support

Private tutoring provides children with the one on one support they may crave either online or in-home. Even if it’s electronic, working closely with a tutor can provide students with a sense of human interaction.

This one on one relationship offers students a personalized support system that can help encourage them and provide them with any additional support they may need to transition to at-home learning, advance their academics, or fill in any gaps in their knowledge.

Routine & Normalcy

Private tutoring can provide students with a sense of normalcy, because tutoring can become a consistent part of an individual’s routine. Tutoring helps keep students in the routine of learning and critically thinking, while also helping them add structure to their day. Even an hour of learning and applying critical thinking helps to break up the day so that every day doesn’t blend together.

Keep Up

Our educational philosophy is that every child learns differently, and this means that every child will learn differently under these remote circumstances. We offer online private or in-home tutoring to help students overcome any obstacles they may face when learning remotely.

We help students keep up with their classmates by providing a personalized approach to education, explaining things in a way that will best resonate with them, and provide them with a sense of comfort. Our tutors like to play the role of the “smart friend’ who can explain things in a way that is easy to understand,

Our tutors provide curriculum-based tutoring and will spend extra time covering any challenging topics. Our tutors never skip over curriculum material and will always return back to challenging topics to fill any gaps in a student’s understanding.

Tools & Resources for Academic Anxiety

In addition to subject-based tutoring, Prep Academy Tutors also offers test preparation to help students study test material and manage the stress and anxiety that can come with preparing for and completing standardized testing. Our test preparation services help provide students with strategies and resources for studying, test prep, coping with test-related stress, and test writing.

What We’re Doing

Our tutors across Canada are taking the necessary steps to provide students with the compassion and support they need right now to continue learning and advancing.

Specifically, all Prep Academy Tutors in Manitoba have been given the chance to receive training for the proactive mental wellness program, Project 11. Our tutors have enjoyed this professional development opportunity to add to their skill-set in helping students during this trying time. This training is being made available to all of our tutors across Canada.

Project 11 is an engaging cross-curricular video-based program designed to normalize the conversation around mental health, create a stage of empathy in the classroom, and provide students the opportunity to learn about healthy coping strategies when obstacles surface for them.  This program has weekly lessons highlighting the benefits of mindfulness, healthy communication, positive relationships, problem-solving strategies etc. and daily activities promoting various healthy lifestyle practices. In this school year alone, over 50,000 students’ classes in Manitoba have benefited from their teachers making Project 11 and mental health education a part of their learning journey.

Therefore, Prep Academy Tutors of Manitoba is proud to integrate this program to provide compassionate tutoring that is personalized to meet the unique needs of their students as well. Especially now, when students are needing support to practice resiliency and reminders of how to practice positive self-care.  Our tutors are happy to help instil these life skills which will help them navigate through their personal and academic goals long-term.

Prep Academy Tutors is Open For Business in Manitoba

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Prep Academy Tutors is Open For Business in Manitoba

Prep Academy Tutors is excited to announce that we have joined forces with new partners, Suzi and Kyle Friesen, to offer private tutoring services in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Suzi and Kyle will provide students and families with exceptional tutors in-home or online in the heart of Canada — the prairies of Manitoba.

 

The need for education and remote tutoring is growing, and we are always looking to expand our scope to help students learn at their own pace in the comfort of their homes. At Prep Academy Tutors, we are committed to bringing personalized education to the homes of students in Manitoba.

 

We boast a team of local tutors who provide curriculum-based online tutoring as well as in-home tutoring as permitted by the Manitoba government. All of our teachers are ready to get started and are prepared to bring education to your home when it’s most convenient for your at-home student.

 

As educators and parents of two, Suzi and Kyle know that building confidence in children, plays an essential role in helping them to achieve academic success. The tutors at Prep Academy Tutors are highly qualified and skilled teachers who are dedicated to personalized education. This approach aligns with the nurturing individualized environment that Suzi and Kyle know is beneficial when providing students with educational support.

 

We have tutors located across Manitoba. You can find your local tutor, call 204-410-1181, or email info@prepacademytutors.com to find the closest tutor to you. Get started with Prep Academy Tutors Manitoba today!

 

Meet The Manitoba Owners: Kyle & Suzi Friesen

About Suzi:

Suzi is excited to be part of the Prep Academy team, as she has always been passionate about teaching. Helping her parents learn English, as they immigrated from Portugal, was when she first learned about the rewarding feeling of empowering others.

 

At 13 years of age, she started her own summer camp and at 16 she started working with children aged 6 months to 12 years old at The Wellness Institute (W.I).  Her 11 years at W.I. is where she built on her teaching practices, writing curricula and learning how to lead a team while planning and teaching various children’s programs.

 

Suzi is known for always being mindful of putting students’ individual needs first.  Providing students with opportunities to succeed and build on their confidence and problem-solving skills. Suzi’s great listening skills and love for teaching is what made her a successful teacher in Manitoba.  She completed her 5 year – Integrated Bachelor of Education program at the University of Winnipeg and completed each year’s practicum, in schools in disadvantaged communities.  This prepared her for her 8 years of teaching in Winnipeg, which then led her to her role with the True North Youth Foundation.  Since 2014, Suzi has been the Director of Educational Programs, focusing on the development of the TNYF’s mental wellness program, Project 11.  Promoting mental health awareness has always been a meaningful area of focus for Suzi.  The importance of helping students turn challenging moments into resilient moments and helping them find their inner-strength to inquire, become self-aware and build on their self-esteem, is what she truly loves to do.

 

About Kyle:

Kyle is excited to be part of the Prep Academy Tutors Team and is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s five-year integrated Bachelor of Education program. He taught Adapted Math and Physical Education for 7 years in Winnipeg and coached various grade 7-12 sports teams for 11 years, specializing in varsity volleyball.

 

As a teacher, Kyle was known to create a positive environment for all of his students and prided himself in his ability to modify and adapt his teaching skills to meet his students’ individual needs. It has always been important for Kyle to provide opportunities for all students to explore their capabilities and to help them find their voice as they grow independently.

 

All types of learners felt heard and felt empowered in Kyle’s classes. Kyle has seen the benefits of tutors in his students’ lives, whether it is inspired students who continue to understand the importance of goal-setting and hard work or students who just simply benefit from the fact that they feel relieved to not have to figure everything out on their own. Kyle explains to his students that it is okay to ask questions. Being able to bring high-quality tutoring services connecting remarkable educators to Manitoba students so that they can reach their academic goals is truly rewarding for Kyle.

 

Meet Some of Our Certified Winnipeg Tutors

 

Our certified local tutors are available to provide personalized curriculum-based education to students in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Prep Academy Tutors pairs each student with the right tutor who can meet their unique needs based on the subjects they need support with, their grade level, and their academic goals.

Nibert Saltibus

 

Specializes In: Math (Including Calculus), Physics, Engineering Courses Grade 9th,10th,11th,12th & College

 

About Nibert: Nibert has seven years of combined teaching experience at the High School and University level. He taught Technical Drawing (Engineering Graphics) and Visual Arts at the High School level (St. Lucia), and many Construction and Engineering Technology courses at Sam Houston State University in Texas.

 

David Townsend

 

Specialties: Math, Science, Technology, Business and English

 

About David: David is in his 15th year as a high school and university educator. He graduated with his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Winnipeg.

 

David is married and has 2 children. In his spare time, David loves to hang out at the cabin with his family and friends. David has a natural love of teaching and enjoys watching students achieve their personal educational goals.

 

Rebekah Johnson

 

Specialties: English, French, History, Social Studies K-12, K-6 Everything  K-12

 

About Rebekah: Rebekah is currently studying to be an early year’s French Immersion teacher. She will be entering her final year of studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg in the fall. She looks forward to starting her career next Spring and teaching in her own classroom. Before entering the Faculty of Education, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Rebekah believes that teaching all aspects to meet the emotional, social, academic and physical needs of her students is essential for complete learning.

 

 

David Johnson

 

Specialties: ELA Social Options

 

About David: David is a resourceful teacher with experience teaching students who have a strong focus on academic excellence. He is skilled at building relationships within a multidisciplinary team in order to support students facing various academic and cultural challenges. He’s demonstrated the ability to adapt to dynamic environments and remain calm during crisis situations. David is recognized as a skilled communicator and effective planner to coordinate internal and external resources for students.

 

 

 

Daniel Plourde

 

 

Specialties: Math, Physics, Engineering, Statistics, Economics

 

About Daniel: Daniel has been teaching and coaching for the past five years. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in

Mechanical Engineering and he is currently pursuing his Masters degree, both at the University of Manitoba.

His teaching experience includes being involved in several science and engineering courses at the University of Manitoba ranging from highly technical courses such as Machine Design or Statistics, to “soft skills” courses like Professional Communication and Technical Writing courses.

 

Daniel loves working with others to solve problems, and one area where he enjoys volunteering his time is with the Provincial U19 boys Ultimate Frisbee team as a head coach. He also plays Ultimate himself, competing at national and international tournaments.

 

Work With Prep Academy Tutors Winnipeg Today

 

Get in touch with Prep Academy Tutors to get paired with the tutor closest to you who can provide your child with the support they need. We are excited to be expanding into Manitoba and look forward to making our services available to help more students learn at their own pace, and set and reach their academic goals.