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Saskatchewan Cancels Library Closure Plans

April 28, 2017

In wake of protests, Saskatchewan reconsiders library closings

In an earlier blog post, we brought you a story out of Saskatchewan, where declining use and tighter budgets led to a plan to cut funding for community and school libraries, a decision that would lead to many closures. However, a surprising tide of protest led to the provincial government to reconsider that decision.


Resistance to the cuts grew from the community level, particularly in many of Saskatchewan’s small towns, where library resources, and even Internet access, can be limited.


Protests included petitions, marches and “read-ins.” In response to the pressure the government has ordered a “review” of the cuts.

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Malala Yousafzai Encourages Canadian Students

April 13, 2017

The famed rights advocate wowed Parliament with an unprecedented address

Nobel laureate and rights advocate for human rights Malala Yousafzai addressed Parliament recently, urging her Canadian supporters to support the education of girls worldwide.


"Your motto and your stand, welcome to Canada, is more than a headline or a hashtag," she said. "It is the spirit of humanity that every single one of us would yearn for if our family was in crisis. I pray that you continue to open your homes, your hearts, to the world's most defenceless children and families and I hope your neighbours will follow your example."


She also called on young people in Canada to become become active in bettering their society:


"I used to think I had to wait to be an adult to lead. But I've learned that even a child's voice can be

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School Library Cuts Highlight Changing Technology

March 31, 2017

Provincial cuts to school libraries highlight a steady decline in library usage

In Saskatchewan, the provincial government has cut funding for school libraries. This may seem a surprising development, since libraries traditionally play a central role in the educational journey through public school. The government notes, however, that library usage has been in steady decline:


During Thursday's question period [Education Minister Don] Morgan again defended the multimillion-dollar cuts to libraries in the provincial budget by saying that usage has gone down significantly in the last decade. "Items checked out of the libraries since '07 has dropped by 1.6 million. Number of library cards down by 175,000," Morgan said in question period.


These numbers reflect a broader trend across Canada, not only in school libraries but public librarie

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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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Benefits of Online Tutoring

October 13, 2016

Here are just six of the unique ways that online tutoring can benefit any student. Need an online tutor? Search our database to find an online tutor that fits your needs.

Tutoring used to be perceived as being sort of like psychotherapy - a remedy for a defect, only needed if there was a problem. More and more, though, as the weaknesses of traditional education become more clear and the public school system becomes more financially burdened, tutoring, particularly online tutoring, is coming to be seen as something that can supplement any student's education and even help exceptional students to excel. Here are just six of the unique ways that online tutoring can benefit any student.

#1. Benefit of Online Tutoring: One-on-One Attention

Most students in schools today suffer from a more common form of attention deficit disorder: a deficit of attention from teachers. Even before the economic recession became big news, teachers were overburdened with ov... Read full article
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Struggling with Homework? Top Study and Homework Help Tips

September 15, 2016

Are you experiencing "homework headaches? These Homework Help Tips may ultimately help your child succeed and eliminate your homework headaches. Top 5 Homework Help Tips - Tutor Index

Are you experiencing "homework headaches?" Is your child struggling to keep up with his or her math homework? Does it take hours after school to complete one worksheet? Does your child resist homework? Is your assistance needed on most of your kid’s assignments? If any of these scenarios sound familiar a few homework help tips might help. These guidelines may ultimately help your child succeed and eliminate your homework headaches.

#1 Homework Help Tip: Eliminate Distractions

Turn off the TV and phone. Make a house rule, that when it is study time, it is “no TV or phone” time. A television set or phone that is on will draw youngsters like ants to honey.

What about the radio or other audio devices? Should it be on or off? Contrary to what many specialists s... Read full article
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Guide to Finding a Tutor

August 15, 2016

The most important element to finding a tutor is to find the RIGHT tutor for YOUR student. That's why Tutor Index made finding a tutor easier!

Finding a Tutor

Whether your child is having difficulties in school or you just want to prepare them for college exams, finding the right tutor can help.
When at school, teachers simply don't have the time to dedicate their attention to each individual student. This could lead to your child to getting behind and getting bad grades. With additional one-on-one tuition after school, your student can get the individual attention they need to get ahead.
When you're trying to find a tutor for your student, you want someone who is passionate about the subject they teach, and someone who builds trust and confidence. This will help your child feel comfortable around the tutor, therefore making their experience positive and worthwhile.
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Applying for Financial Aid for College

July 13, 2016

Learn about applying for financial aid for college.

Continuing your education beyond high school is more important than ever if you want to land a job.  Many jobs require applicants to have a college degree or vocational certification.  But the cost of college and vocational programs has increased dramatically in recent years, making it more difficult to get the education you need.  Fortunately, there are ways to obtain the money necessary to continue your education, so you can get the job you want.  But you have to take the appropriate steps.  Here’s what you need to know about applying for financial aid.

Identify the Source

When you mention financial aid, many people think only of need-based assistance provided by the government.  While the government provides financial assistance to those who want t... Read full article
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Applying for College Scholarships

June 20, 2016

Learn about four steps to take when applying for college scholarships.

As the cost of college continues to increase, you may be wondering how you’re going to afford it.  Scholarships are one way to reduce the amount you have to pay for tuition, fees and room and board.  Here’s what you need to know about applying for college scholarships to help offset the cost of your education.

Research Your Options.

There are thousands of scholarships available for high school students who want to attend college.  But you won’t be eligible for all of them.  Research the scholarships that are available to find out which ones you do qualify for.  Start with the schools you’re applying to and find out what they offer.  Then check out private sources of funding such as corporations, community organizations and more. ... Read full article
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