Much like the familiar fishing adage, Mission Possible Tutors believes that if you help a student with homework, they learn for a day, but if you help them create their own strategies for overcoming learning obstacles, they will be prepared for a lifetime of education. During study sessions, tutors set specific goals to help children develop problem-solving skills, build confidence, and cement their own personal study strategies. Mission Possible’s areas of expertise include ESL, reading, writing, spelling, math, problem solving, study skills, and science.
The instructors at Freedom School of the Arts don’t teach theatrical dogma. Instead of constraining their pupils with “must do” techniques, they encourage students to explore their own process and discover on-stage confidence through a constantly changing curriculum. The school’s acting and improv classes cover basic performance skills that ease self-doubts as well as read-through, blocking, and agreement techniques that help them feel comfortable in any situation, from shows to auditions to parent-teacher conferences. Not just for adults, the school hosts youth acting classes that help kids explore their imagination and creativity.
More than three decades ago, educator Larry Martinek set out on a mission to develop a curriculum that would radically change the traditional approach to teaching math. Noting a "disconnect between students' basic skills training and the curriculum they [must] master in the years to come," Larry created an original teaching method designed to turn students into miniature mathematicians capable of thinking critically to solve problems. His approach, which he describes as the cultivation of number sense, strives to sharpen students’ math instincts, rather than drill them with repetitive, memory-based exercises or force them to blackmail accountants to crunch the numbers. Soon after students began using Larry's method, their test scores began to rise. In the spring of 2002, Larry's dream came true. Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff, leaders in the education industry, made Larry and his curriculum the driving force of Mathnasium. Larry introduced his curriculum as the Mathnasium Method.
Today, Mathnasium centers can be found throughout the world. Informed by Larry's visionary innovations, the program's tutors give personalized coaching that focuses on bolstering critical thinking through written materials and mental math, forsaking many of the teaching tools found in a traditional classroom. In addition, the tutors also focus on boosting students' enthusiasm for the subject, helping them overcome a lack of confidence in the classroom or their innate fear of prime numbers.
Blu Industries' fashion franchise purveys high-end men's and women's apparel from more than 20 designer brands, both at its flagship locale and its outposts, Pur Denim and Denim Culture. Female shoppers can peruse a selection of colourful Diesel tanks and tees (starting at $59) or wiggle into a pair of Miss Sixty leggings ($49), which compliment extremity contours and facilitate turbo-kicks. A vast array of men's shirts such as collared button-ups by TXT Carbon (starting at $69), V-necks from Energie (starting at $59), and Diesel T-shirts (starting at $65), touch torsos with the soft, gentle touch of style. Patrons can use this Groupon towards Blu Industries' selection of designer jeans (starting at $200), available in a number of fits including straight leg, relaxed leg, skinny, and tourniquet. Blu Industries offers free alterations on all non-sale items.
When you don't have all the answers to life's questions or need help during difficult times, the counsellors and therapists of Counselling Services for York Region are there to help. With individual, group, and couples counselling, each person who comes to the centre has options to find clarity, overcome fears, or change directions. Youth services are also a priority here, with counselling available for young people going through stressful situations. A special set of workshops also helps students and workers gain extra skills for professional development, such as time management and study-skills training.
At Agora Chess, young students' minds are continually packed with new information, much like their school lockers are somehow always replenished with loose-leaf paper of indeterminate origin. Agora currently enlightens blossoming thinkers primarily through its chess program, though it has plans to offer tutoring and a science club in the near future. In chess classes, children learn the game's basics, including how to move pieces, take notes, and devise a strategy. These skills translate into players' everyday lives by helping develop a sharper memory and a knack for problem solving and creativity.