How to Teach Children Perseverance

According to a survey carried out by education savings expert Universitas Financial, 20% of children aged 6 to 16 years aspire to a job in the field of healthcare and social services when they grow up. Professional occupations (lawyer, teacher, engineer) come second with 13%, while 12% would rather become artists (singer, actor) and another 11% showed interest in the field of science and technology (biologist, computer scientist).

Proud parents, a motivation
While the parents surveyed were extremely proud of their children’s ambitions, many wondered how to support them so as to teach them perseverance. Here are what they thought were the five best ways to encourage their kids to achieve their dreams:

  1. Recognize their achievements and help them overcome difficulties.
  2. Be involved in their education: help with homework, attend parent-teacher meetings and ask questions, etc.
  3. Mention how important education is when starting your career.
  4. Ensure they find a balance between academics and extracurricular activities.
  5. Save for their education so they can pursue the studies of their choice.

Give them the means to succeed
Again among the parents surveyed, most believed that their children’s education would cost them between $15,000 and $25,000 when, in reality, it currently costs close to $100,000 to complete two years of CEGEP and three years of university in Quebec, including housing expenses. However, thanks to the generous government grants offered when contributing to a registered education savings plan, parents can be ready to help their children pay for their school-related expenses when the time comes.

To conclude, we have found some expert advice on what are the keys to school perseverance. Here they are:

  • Show interest in what your children are passionate about and encourage them every day to pursue their dreams. Remember that success and perseverance should not be limited to academics; kids should achieve goals in every aspect of their lives, whether when practicing sports or during their cultural or extracurricular activities.
  • Be a part of your children’s education by helping them do their homework, reaching out to their teachers, and asking for help when they are facing difficulties to which you don’t have the answer; there are many resources out there, such as School Success, to help and support struggling students every step of the way.
  • Focus on their strengths and help them overcome difficulties on their own; don’t concentrate on their struggles, or else they will become discouraged.
  • Congratulate them on their efforts as much as their successes.

 

Sources:

  • Survey: Métiers de rêve des enfants québécois de 6-16 ans (December 4 to 26, 2013, online survey using a Web panel which included 1,000 Quebec parents)
  • Fédération des comités de parents du Québec : Soutenir mon enfant. Guide des parents. Pour mieux suivre mon enfant à l’école. Premier cycle du primaire.
  • Naître et grandir: Persévérance scolaire (http://naitreetgrandir.com/fr/etape/5-8-ans/ecole/fiche.aspx?doc=perseverance-scolaire#_Toc452134441)
  • Survey: Indice REEE Universitas (2016).
  • http://www.alloprof.qc.ca/
  • Cost to complete two years of CEGEP and three years of university in Quebec, housing included. Yearly increase of 1.7%. Sources: Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, Ministère de la Famille du Québec, Statistics Canada and CMHC

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Become a tutor!

Want to save the world one essay at a time? Have you explained algebra to all your neighborhood kids? Then you are most probably the person we are looking for!

School Success is a young and dynamic network of over 800 tutors. Our mission is to help students understand various subjects, as well as increase their self-esteem and their motivation towards their studies.

Why become a tutor?

Have you ever felt the Aha! moment while trying to understand something? Imagine helping elementary and high school students feel the same way! Moreover, teaching is a skill you will most likely need in the corporate world. Because no one learns the same way, a tutor must be able to adapt to each student. We have students in every part of the Greater Montreal, whether it’s in Westmount, Terrebonne, West-Island,  or Greenfield Park.

Wait? You’re telling me I get to make a difference in a kid’s life and enjoy a flexible work schedule?

School Success tutors are independent workers, offering you flexibility and control over your schedule. This means you can coordinate your tutoring schedule with your other jobs and/or your university schedule. You will be able to work according to your availabilitiy!

What does School Success do for you?

We take care of all the administrative tasks, the sales, the negotiations and the billing. Basically everything up until your first meeting with your student. We’ll make sure your schedule and your travel time to each appointment make sense. In exchange, we ask you to keep a steady follow up with your students as well as their parents.

Interested in becoming part of the School Success network? Apply by opening an account!

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Does Saving in a RESP Really Pay Off? Do the Math and See for Yourself!

It’s common knowledge that the cost of education is constantly on the rise. But what does that represent exactly? Well, while it currently costs approximately $100,000* to complete two years of CEGEP and three years of University in the province of Quebec, projections show that this sum will rise to a little over $138,000* for the same education in 2035.

So how are parents to tackle this problem? How can they ensure they have the funds to help pay for their children’s education, allowing them to graduate and get off to a good start with minimum student debt? The answer is simple: by investing in a registered education savings plan or RESP. This savings vehicle allows you to save for post-secondary education and is the only financial product eligible for substantial government grants that top up your contributions, up to $12,800** per child.

So when should parents start saving? An early investment is always the best course of action since you save and receive grant money over a longer period, which means more investment growth. That being said, it’s never too late to start saving!

If you want to know how much you could save with an RESP if you start contributing now for your child today, we’ve got you covered! Try out Universitas Financial’s online RESP calculator! With over 50 years of expertise, this RESP industry leader offers a tool that shows you just how far $20 (or more) a month can go. Do the math and see for yourself what your investment could be worth!

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Remember that regardless of the amount you invest, the day your children are ready to begin their studies, they will be grateful that you took a proactive step to help them pursue their dreams.

*Cost to complete two years of CEGEP and three years of university in Quebec, housing included. Yearly increase of 1.7%. Sources: Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, Ministère de la Famille du Québec, Statistics Canada and CMHC.

** Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) of 20% to 40% and Quebec Education Savings Incentive (QESI) of 10% to 20%, based on adjusted family net income. The annual CESG limit is set at $600 and the lifetime limit is set at $7,200 per child. The annual QESI limit is set at $300 and the lifetime limit is set at $3,600 per child. CLB: Canada Learning Bond of up to $2,000 per beneficiary, for children born after December 31, 2003, for whom the family receives the National Child Benefit Supplement. Certain conditions apply. Refer to the prospectus at universitas.ca.

 

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Plan for the Study Abroad Experience

With the various means of communication available nowadays, it’s not surprising that children dream of studying in far-off corners of the world. With the world at their fingertips and the desire for adventure, many see their post-secondary education as an opportunity to open the door to new cultures. So ask yourself, do your kids have the travel bug? Maybe they already see themselves pursuing their dreams abroad. With a little planning, you can help them in this grand endeavour.

Talk to Your Child about it Early On
Obviously, planning this trip won’t happen overnight. First, the best thing to do is to ask your kids about their dreams and ambitions. Who knows, the perspective of studying abroad might even motivate your child to work extra hard in school. Help your kids set their goals and understand the different steps to undergo to pursue their dreams and achieve these goals.

Plan for Extra Costs
While an education in Canada is already quite the investment, it pales in comparison to the cost of international studies. In addition to tuition fees, your child will also have several other education-related expenses, such as those for transportation and housing. Furthermore, expenses will vary from year to year depending on the exchange rate for the Canadian dollar.

A great solution is to set up a registered education savings plan. This savings vehicle entitles children to government grants and provides educational assistance payments to help fund their education in foreign institutions, provided these are recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec.

Learn What Scholarships Are Out There
Depending on the educational program chosen, your son or daughter may be eligible for scholarships or mobility awards to help pay for this project. Apply for all the grants out there to maximize chances of financial aid. Some scholarships are even offered to students pursuing vocational training, while others are exclusive to university students. Moreover, keep in mind that students who wish to complete student projects or internships abroad may also be eligible to receive loans.

Use the Expertise at Your Disposal
Many educational institutions in Quebec have already taken part in student exchange programs or granted advanced standing. As these schools are already familiar with the procedure to study abroad, they represent a great resource when it comes to learning all the necessary requirements for an international education and which options are available to students. You’ll be better prepared to plan for that first semester abroad and understand all the specifics involved.

Make Sure your Child’s Program will be Recognized
Before things are set in stone, make sure your children’s classes will be recognized by his or her current school. Also, some Quebec institutions have entered into cooperation agreements with other abroad schools, meaning that the student could pay the Quebec tuition fees even if he or she studies abroad. More often than not, tuition fees are much higher when studying outside the province or country.

Start Planning Early
As soon as the decision’s been made, start organizing your child’s stay. Some legal procedures might take longer than you think so don’t wait until the last minute to apply! All the necessary documents should be ready before the big day (passport, visa, study permit, vaccines, proof of insurance, etc.). To find out exactly what documentation you need, contact the embassy or consulate in Canada of the country where your child plans to study.

Furthermore, you may also want to learn more about the housing possibilities available. Dorms often involve long waiting lists and renting an apartment from afar can prove to be a complicated task. Go over all options and ask for references before entering into an agreement which might be hard to get out of.

For further information, you can refer to the following websites:
Portail jeunesse du gouvernement du Québec
Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (Expérience hors Québec)
Youth portal of the Government of Canada (Study Abroad)

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The WOW Factor of an RESP Gift

The holiday rush is at our doorstep and time is becoming a precious commodity. To avoid overcrowded malls and get shopping done faster, people are turning to other alternatives, like online shopping or going for gift-cards. The registered education savings plan (RESP) for a child’s future education also makes for a meaningful gift that is easily ordered and delivered.

There’s only one pet peeve: the RESP doesn’t come in a gift box for the child to unwrap! Unfortunately, this minor setback has stopped numerous families from offering the RESP as gift… causing many children to miss out on the generous government grants offered for education savings.

A Gift for Mom and Dad!

You know that right now, your child isn’t pondering over his or her college applications; this toddler wants to rip at shiny paper and find hidden treasure. However, you can bet mom and dad have given thought to this future financial burden, and that the RESP will certainly have the WOW factor in their eyes. They are the ones who will genuinely appreciate the value of such a gift and the motivation it will likely provide for their child, encouraging his or her academic perseverance.

A CROP survey commissioned by Universitas confirmed the RESP is indeed a gift parents would like to receive, with nearly 75% of the respondents saying they would be enthusiastic about the idea of a family member investing in an RESP for their child on a special occasion. This trend is most significant among parents aged 18-34 years (79%).

If you’re still hesitant about the idea of the RESP as a Christmas or birthday gift when the child’s expectations are at their peak, there are countless other occasions to offer this present: a baby shower, new birth, baptism, early birthdays (when baby isn’t doing any unwrapping), the child’s school debut, the first report card and the list goes on!

The Best RESP Side Gifts
If you want to make the RESP as interesting for the child as it is for the parents, you could offer it with something symbolic for the child to unwrap. A subscription to a children’s magazine could be an appropriate side gift to encourage both education and reading, or a piggy bank to initiate your child to financial literacy and the importance of savings.

In sum, children grow up fast and the RESP makes sure your savings grow with them! The government grants your child is entitled to make the RESP one of the best investments out there, so it’s worth being creative and finding occasions to offer it! For more information on RESP gift certificates available with Universitas, click here!

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RESPs for Teenagers: The Gold Mine of Unused Grants

As parents, we sometimes feel like our kids grew up overnight! If you never got around to setting up that RESP for your child and now realize the probability of a post-secondary education is only a few years away, you may start to ask yourself if you still have time to open an RESP and save for school. The answer is YES; it’s never too late! Not only can you still benefit from the RESP’s advantages, but you can also catch up on significant unused grant amounts for your child’s education!

 Learning that we missed an opportunity simply because we didn’t have all the facts can be really disappointing. Unfortunately, this is the case for many parents in Quebec, who learn at a later date about the existence of the generous government grants offered to encourage education savings. Rest assured; even if you didn’t know, there’s still time to enjoy the benefits of the RESP!

Who’s eligible for the government grants?

To benefit from the government grants, a registered education savings plan (RESP) must be opened for a child, and contributions must be made to the plan. You don’t have to be the beneficiary’s parent to set up an RESP: uncles, aunts, godparents, grandparents or even family friends can open a plan for a child dear to them.

As soon as children are born in Quebec, both levels of government provide for amounts that may be paid to their RESP’s under the following simple conditions:

  • They must be Canadian residents;
  • An RESP must be opened so the government can pay grants into it; and
  • The grant application forms must be filled out.

And yet, the RESP remains a little-known investment vehicle; only 45.2% of the children in Quebec* eligible to receive government grants are RESP beneficiaries.

What grants are available in Quebec?

The basic Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) and Quebec Education Savings Incentive (QESI) respectively match 20% and 10%, of the first $2,500 annually contributed into the RESP. Everyone is entitled to the basic grants!

The additional CESG and QESI can respectively increase RESP savings by up to 20% and 10% on the first $500 contributed to a plan annually. These grants are calculated based on your adjusted family net income.

For more information about the government grants offered, visit our page dedicated to this topic on our website at universitas.ca.

The important thing to remember is that contributing $2,500 in an RESP every year means your child will receive the maximum grant amounts to which he or she is entitled.

Can I open an RESP for my teenager?

An RESP can be opened for children of all ages, but the biggest advantage of the RESP is the grant money offered for education savings. To be eligible for these grants, you must open an RESP for your child before the end of the calendar year of his or her 15th birthday. As for the grants, these are paid until the end of the calendar year during which the beneficiary reaches the age of 17 years.

So don’t put it off any longer!

For more information on the options available to 16 and 17-year-olds, please refer to the Government of Canada website.

Is it possible to catch up on unused grant money from previous years?

YES, you can catch up on unused grant amounts from previous years! However, this is a gradual process; not all funds are available at once.

As previously explained, each year, both levels of government will pay grants on the first $2,500 contributed in the RESP. If unused grants from previous years are available, it’s possible to recover these, one year at a time.

All in all, it’s possible to contribute up to $5,000 annually in an RESP to receive grants for the year in progress as well as a past year’s worth of unused amounts. This course of action will allow you to maximize the grants for the current year, and to catch up on the grants from a previous one.

To explain this concept more clearly, let’s take the example of a father who opens an RESP for his 4-year-old son. He contributes $5,000 annually over the first 4 years he opens the plan. By doing so, he maximizes the grant amount for these 4 years and recovers the 4 years of grant money he missed before opening the RESP. This represents the hefty sum of $3,000 in maximized grants, plus another $3,000 in unused grants!

Now you have all the facts, take action and get the grants your child is entitled to. Better late than never! Contact a scholarship plan representative today to learn more!

 

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* Source: 2014 CESP Annual Statistical Review http://www.esdc.gc.ca/en/reports/cslp_cesp/cesp_2014.page

1. The Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) rate is 20% to 40% based on adjusted family net income. The maximum CESG limits are set by the federal government. The annual limit is set at $600 and the lifetime limit is set at $7,200 per beneficiary. The Quebec Education Savings Incentive (QESI) rate is 10% to 20% based on adjusted family net income. The maximum QESI limits are set by the Government of Quebec. The annual limit is set at $300 and the lifetime limit is set at $3,600 per beneficiary. Certain conditions apply; refer to the prospectus at universitas.ca.

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5 Ways to Give Your Child’s RESP a Boost

You’ve decided to open a registered education savings plan (RESP) for your child. First off, congratulations! This savings vehicle is specifically designed to accumulate funds for post-secondary education and is the only financial product that allows your beneficiary to receive government grants totalling up to $12,800* per child.

But if you want to give your savings an extra boost, here are some tips on how to manage your RESP!

1- Make Monthly Contributions

The best way to ensure your RESP funds grow is to maintain some self-discipline to save. A good option is to commit to contributing the same amount each month. Pick a realistic amount that you know you’ll be able to save; whether you contribute $20, $50, $100 or more, the important thing is to establish an amount suited to your financial situation. It’s better to make small contributions, but to do so regularly. The group RESP is a product that can help you develop this savings discipline.

2- Ask your Family and Friends to Chip In!

It may seem a little embarrassing to ask your family or friends to contribute to your child’s RESP, but it really shouldn’t. Tell yourself you’re making their gift shopping a lot easier. Instead of searching for a present that often just becomes clutter in the house, you’re offering them an original and meaningful alternative: to make a small contribution to your child’s RESP and offer a gift that will last a lifetime.

They can also choose to offer a gift certificate specifically intended for RESPs. They’ll likely be very happy to contribute to your little one’s future education. Remember to keep a record of these contributions in a notebook; you can give it to your teenager when he or she undertakes a post-secondary education. This small token will surely trigger your child’s recognition for the value of this gift and a genuine appreciation for it.

If they wish to, your family and friends can also open their own RESP for your child; ask your representative about this option!

3- Teach your Kids Money-Smart Habits

Why not initiate your kids to saving by encouraging them to contribute to their RESP? As soon as they make their academic debut in kindergarten, explain to them that you are saving for their education in a “big school” later on so they choose to do whatever they want in life. This will be a great way to bring your children to reflect on their future while encouraging school perseverance. If you give your children an allowance, suggest that they save a small part in their RESPs. When they get older and get summer jobs, encourage them to increase their contribution.

4- A Piggy Bank For Education Savings

Leave a piggy bank for school in a visible spot. Whenever you have some pocket change, drop your coins in the piggy bank and empty it regularly to make additional contributions to your child’s RESP. Over several years, these small contributions (plus the government grants to which they entitle) will increase your child’s educational assistance payments (EAPs) significantly.

5- Garage Sales = Extra Funds

Got anything gathering dust on shelves or cluttering your home? Have a garage sale and invest the profits in your child’s RESP! If your child is old enough, ask him to help organize the sale by cleaning and sorting out items, making price tags, greeting clients, etc. You’ll have a great family day, mingle with your neighbours and gain additional funds to contribute to your child’s RESP.

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5 Tricks to Make the Transition to High School Easier

The transition from grade school to high school is an important step that brings with it worries and uncertainties in many children. Going from “oldest in the school” to “youngest in the school” can be offsetting and some children are apprehensive in the face of this change. So, how can you prepare them for this, and how can you prepare yourself? Here are a few tricks that can help you get through this change.

High school, the great unknown: identify the fears in order to better management them

Given that our imagination often makes us apprehensive about the worst scenarios, the unknown during times of change can be scary! Because of this, starting high school can be intimidating and can make your child hesitant about the idea of facing it, without really knowing why they are afraid. The best option is to listen to them in order to help better identify their fears. Keep open communication and speak to them on equal terms in order to show them your support. Here are a few common concerns before the start of high school:

  • Being separated from their friends
  • Not being able to make new friends
  • Having to get to school on their own
  • Getting lost at school
  • Forgetting their locker combination
  • Arriving late

Even if you believe that they are making too big of a deal about the nothing and that their fears are unjustified, avoid trivializing their worries. In fact, it is best to keep a positive approach by recognizing that they are going through an important change. Being available and having an open mind will make all the difference! Once certain worries have been identified and that you have established how to overcome them, avoid constantly bringing up the subject: this will have the opposite effects and will only feed their anxieties instead of diminishing them.

Their integration, your implication!

As a parent, there are many ways to get involved in your child’s school life:

  • Schools often organize open houses, which could be an interesting way of getting to know how the school works
  • At the start of the school year, and even before the first report card, you can start meeting the teachers
  • If you wish to get involved in a more concrete manner, you can also join the school’s parent association

It is important to remember that no matter the capacity in which you get yourself involved, the interest you show in your child’s school life will be gratifying in itself.

A new routine and new responsibilities requires an adaptation period

A new schedule broken up into separate subjects, changing classrooms multiple times per day, and being taught by different teachers that do not all teach the same way are just a few examples of the changes that your child will be facing.  Their daily routine will be completely different and it is very normal that this will require some time getting used to! It will therefore be important that you help them manage and integrate their new responsibilities. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Before the start of school, ideally before the end of the previous year, go visit their future school while it is still full of students in order to familiarize them with the new environment. Use the school plan in order to pinpoint key areas in the school (secretary, bathrooms, lockers, etc.)
  • Similarly, if they will need to get to school on their own (on foot, by bus, or metro), do the route with them a few times in order to establish a few landmarks and determine how long it will take. This way, they will know what time to leave home everyday
  • During the summer, give them daily tasks at home that they will have to manage alone. This way, they will learn to better manage their time and become more responsible.
  • For the first weeks of school, help them organize their agenda while at the same time taking note of everything they will need for each class, the classroom number, their teacher’s name, etc.

At first glance, these tricks may seem trivial to them and they may be opposed to them, but you must remember that every step will have a direct impact on their stress level and the state in which they integrate themselves into their new environment. By being well prepared, they will have peace of mind and will be better able to manage the new schedule!

A time of self-discovery

Your child is going through many changes in environment and routine, but preadolescence is also a period of self-identification and independence. Your child will have new experiences and will certainly disobey a few rules through changes in appearance or new tastes in music amongst other things. But don’t worry; these are normal behaviors that are common for most children of this age. These behaviors will allow them to assert themselves and define themselves as individuals. Obviously, keep an eye open, and continue giving your child support in order to prevent them to become overwhelmed, but the best approach is to practice a bit of laissez-faire,without panicking!

After-school activities, a good way to make new friends

For some children, adapting to a new social environment can be difficult. In order to facilitate their integration, suggest to them that they look into the after-school activities offered. Be it an improvisation team, a theater group, or a chess club, these group activities will allow them to socialize while sharing similar interests with classmates. In such a situation, it is easier for a shy child to break the ice: having similar interest is a great conversation starter!

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5 Tricks That Will Help your Child Get Homework Done (without it being a big deal every time)

Every night it’s the same problem. Is there any way to get your child to do homework without it being overly dramatic? Here are a few efficient tricks that will help reduce the drama!

Homeworks

A well deserved break!

Upon returning home from school, after a long day of having been sitting and concentrating, it is important to let them relax a little bit. Letting them take the time to have a snack, to watch a little bit of television or play on the computer will allow them to take their minds of school and will be beneficial for them. In fact, since this relaxation period will allow them to disconnect in order to better apply themselves, there is no point in imposing homework as soon as they arrive home.

Creating a homework time-schedule and environment favorable to schoolwork eliminates distractions!

If there is a time for rest, there is also a time for work! Make things clear and establish a specific time for doing homework while respecting the start and end time of the homework period every evening. This way, you will be able to establish a daily routine. In the long run, it could become a reflex and you will not have to fight them on it constantly! As we know, distractions are abundant at home: television, game consoles, chats, text messages… you don’t need to look far for ways of loosing their attention! We have to eliminate these sources of distraction because peace and quiet while doing homework is essential to a child’s concentration. It is important to remember that an appropriate study space must be quiet and well lit in order to allow them to read easily.

Having fun while learning, learning while having fun: giving new meaning to learning “by heart”!

Since homework time is inevitable, why not make it a pleasant experience? First of all, you must approach the situation with enthusiasm and most importantly with sincerity; avoid being forceful, invest yourself fully, and follow your heart! As with your child, give yourself a break when arriving home. In a more relaxed state of mind, you will not get as easily discouraged in the face of resistance. Also, your good humor will likely be contagious!

Remember that learning can be done in other ways than through memorizing the subject matter systematically. In this case, don’t be afraid to explore outside the conventional ways by incorporating a bit of fantasy in the work. We can use our imagination in order to make the experience more pleasant and positive. Here are a few simple tricks:

  • Spark their interest by giving them problems to solve;
  • Make them recite notes using a fun and catchy rhythm, in order and in disorder (try using their favorite song!);
  • Make them do readings out loud and then ask them questions about what they just read in order to get them to interact;
  • Recreate a television quiz where you are the animator and they are the participant;
  • Give them a dictation of the recipe for supper and get them to help with supper in order for them to practice additions, subtractions, and divisions

Find a method that suits them

Whether it is conscious or not, every child develops their own tricks that help them remember subject matter and this is often through association: making links between elements is the best method that the brain has to store information and memorize it. Also, the student will, for example, create shortcuts in order not to have to learn entire multiplication tables. Obviously, with this type of technique, we save a lot of time and we simplify what we find complex. However, it is not a way of being lazy in order to save time and avoid the workload, but it is instead a personal strategy that gives them certain aptitudes for other concepts in order subjects. Therefore, we have to take the time to figure out what methods suits them the best and to encourage them to apply it properly. Targeting and encouraging that personal strategy for learning and for doing homework will give them more confidence in themselves generally and in their methods specifically.

Knowing how to recognize and harness their strengths

Following the same idea as above, instead of targeting what doesn’t work, it is always preferable to highlight the good points in order to encourage and gratify your child. Also, by identify the concepts that are already well established, the magnitude of the tasks will seem reduced: go over what is already understood and congratulate them for it, go step-by-step, and most importantly, do not see it as a hurdle to overcome, but instead as small successes that have been achieved. A mountain is, after all, but a series of pillars we climb one at a time. Looking at is this way, it is much more satisfying once at the summit to see the road that has been traveled!

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Éléonore’s account of her experience as a student at School Success

Marilou, tutor at School Success, had a great idea for her student Éléonore. In order to learn more about students’ experiences at School Success, we asked Marilou to help Éléonore write a short text about her tutoring experience and what it means to her. The whole team was touched by her account! She has shown us that tutoring can make all the difference and that her tutor, thanks to all the confidence she had in her student, has allowed her to improve at school and continues to do so. Congratulations to Éléonore for this great text, and to Marilou for her help!

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My name is Éléonore L., I am 12 years old and I have had the pleasure of being a student at School Success for the last two years. Before starting the tutoring sessions, I had a lot of trouble at school, especially in French and math. Also, I was too shy to ask questions in class, therefore I would understand less and less. I had lost confidence in myself because I could see my classmates getting good grades whereas I was failing.

My parents sign me up for School Success in order to help me improve. Before my first meeting, I was worried because I didn’t know if tutoring would help me. However, the meeting went really well! Marilou, my tutor, was great, but what made the difference was that I felt that she had confidence in me because she would keep encouraging me. With her, I am no longer afraid to ask questions, I feel free to ask for what I need without the fear of being judged. She is able to understand me, and now she knows when I do not understand, without me even having to tell her. She can explain a problem to me in many different ways until I understand it.

If I had to describe my tutor to you, I would tell you that she is funny, friendly, always smiling and most importantly… she has given me back my confidence and continues to have confidence in me! She helps me with my homework when I don’t understand it, she gives me extra assignments in order for me to improve, but most importantly, we have fun together!

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