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Preparing Your Kid for the "Side Hustle"

March 17, 2017

Times have definitely changed for university grads

It used to be so straightforward, so predictable: high school, university, job. But it’s been a very long time since that progression applied to most people. Indeed, it’s rapidly becoming a thing of the past.


Call it the “gig economy” or the “side hustle,” but the sad truth is that fewer and fewer full-time jobs await university graduates -- even graduates of professional programs such as engineering, law, even medicine. CBC News took a look at the issue, using the story of one student named Christian McCrave, who obtained a degree in mechanical engineering:


"I actually thought that coming out of school that I would be a commodity and someone would want me," McCrave said. "But instead, I got hit with a wall of being not wan

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Alternative Activities for March Break

March 2, 2017

There’s more to do in Canada during March Break than you might realize

With March Break coming up, many parents might be trying to come up with ways to occupy the time of their youngsters during their week off. The good news is, there are lots of activities that are both fun and educational! Here are three:


1. A local historical site


Whether it’s clambering over the St. Roch at the Vancouver Maritime Museum or canoeing with make-believe Jesuits at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Ontario, or discovering the centuries at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada is rich in historic sites from coast to coast to coast. Many of them get missed by locals who take them for granted. It might be worth finding a local site to visit. The might even have guided tours.

2. A local theatre


No, we’re not talking about a movie theatr

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How (And Why) To Invest In an RESP

February 16, 2017

investing in an resp can benefit your children when they reach university age

When our children are still little, it can be impossible to imagine them all grown up and headed off to university. That goal, however, is one we all want for our kids. The problem, however, is that paying for it when it happens can be a real challenge. Tuition is on the rise in Canada, student loan debt is becoming a real problem -- and who knows where things will be once today’s elementary students begin firing off their university applications.


The good news, however, is that a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) can really help. Now we’re used to thinking of investments in terms of finding extra money to put aside for the future, and it can be very difficult to find the cash necessary to make such investments worthwhile. The great thing about a RESP, however, i

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Studying Abroad While In High School

February 2, 2017

Spending a year of high school abroad may seem like a dream, but it's a dream that can come true; with work and planning, it can happen!

Foreign exchange students appear as characters in many TV shows and movies, but one forgets that in addition to hosting students from other countries, Canadian high schools across the country send their own students all around the world. This can be a wonderful, eye-opening experience that teaches young people about the world -- and about themselves. It’s definitely a step worth considering.


The first thing to do is pick a country. Pretty much any country, really! Exchange programs are so widespread that you can go almost anywhere in the world. Keep in mind, however, that some countries have more opportunities than others; you’ll find more programs aimed at the UK, France and Japan, for instance, than you will for Turkey, El Salvador or Vietnam. So you will need to be a

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Surviving the winter weather

January 25, 2017

Winter can make school a big struggle, but with a little effort things don't have to be a struggle

Believe it or not there are people who like winter. In fact, there are people who love winter. But it can be a difficult time to be a student -- long nights and short days, low temperatures, lousy weather and a general air of crabbiness can make it very hard to concentrate on studies.


Over at TeachHub.com, they’ve compiled a helpful list of pointers for getting through the time of year that’s so bleak for so many people. Among the tips is to concentrate on the big picture:


It has often been said, “It’s not what you’re working on, it’s what you’re working toward.” Remind students of the big picture of what they’re working toward. Make the goals of the class big, visible, colorful, and something that’s actually worth

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Use TED-Ed to Tutor your Students

January 12, 2017

How to use TED-Ed in your tutoring

What is TED-Ed?

TED-Ed was created to inspire the next generation.  Through a series of educational videos on a wide variety of subjects, it has been designed specifically for high school aged children. From science to “What’s so great about the great lakes?”, TED-Ed Covers a wide variety of categories and are constantly expanding their selection.

What they Offer

The videos are short but have depth and the kids are encouraged to think about and discuss what they observe. TED-Ed’s platform enables you to easily create your own lesson plans personalized for each of your students that they can access at any time.
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Generation Z Students, Are You Preparing Them for Their Future?

January 3, 2017

Are you preparing your Generation Z students for the future? The vast majority of Generation Z teachers believe they are preparing children for jobs that now do not exist.

Are you preparing your Generation Z students for success? It may be harder than you think. 

What is Generation Z? 

According to Gen HQ, Generation Z includes anyone born between 1996-present

What is the Challenge? 

As published in Education World in an article called Gen Z Educators Believe they are Prepping Students for Jobs that Don't Exist Yet, many educators believe that they don't even know what they are preparing their students for! 

According to the survey, the overwhelming majority of educators (94 percent) believe students will graduate to take on jobs that don’t yet exist; 75 percent said they need better tools to best prepare students for this future unpredictable workforce.

If we do not know what we are preparing these children fo

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How to Write a Tutoring Business Plan

November 17, 2016

Struggling with your Tutoring Business Plan? Check out our blog for more ideas on how to launch and market your tutoring business.

There are three core components of any tutoring business plan: a description of what types of services you will offer, a summary of your target market and how you plan to reach these individuals via advertising, and a quick analysis of your financial break-even point. Below, we’ll work through each of these elements, point-by-point, so that you’ll be ready to create a listing on www.tutortindex.ca.


#1: A Description of What Makes You Unique for your Tutoring Business Plan


This first element of your tutoring business plan may sound obvious, but it’s always surprising how many people overlook what needs to be included here - a short summary of what makes you unique from all the other tutors in your field of specialty. Here, you might include elements fro

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