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MPT Partnering with County Of Lambton YRASP

MPT is working hard to find new opportunities for your child and alleviate some of the associated cost as well. We are pleased to announce that starting March 2024, MPT is partnering with the County of Lambton Children Services YRASP program. This simply means you are able to use your YRASP funds towards purchasing one or more of our services. Eligible services for children ages 5-13 include the following programs:

Day Camps and Clubs

Math Plus Junior

High School Prep

Interested in registering for the YRASP program? Contact the County of Lambton today at:

E-mail: childcareadmin@county-lambton.on.ca

Phone: 519-344-2062 Ext 2201

Interested in registering for one or more from our programs contact us!

Posted On: March 26, 2024

Finding It Hard to Study Math? We Got You Covered!

Here are a few tips and tricks to help your grade k-8 students to study math in an easy way. If you like the content you may want to share it with your friends and family.

1) How to multiply any number with 5

If you have an even number which has to be multiplied by 5*, go ahead, take the half of the even number and add a 0 to its side, we have the answer! For example: if its 5*8 , take the half of 8 , which is 4. And then add a 0 which is 40. Yes!!! 5*8= 40

What if it’s an odd number? No worries, we got you covered! For odd numbers, deduct a 1 from the odd number, take the half of it and add a 5 to the side. For example: if its 5*9, deduct a 1 , which is 8 , take half of it , which is 4 , add a 5 which makes it 45..you have got the answer 5*9 = 45

2) Easy multiplications with numbers that end with a “0”
Do you find it tough to add numbers that have way too many 0s in it? There’s an easy way to do it. Multiply your number, collect your 0s, and put them in the end. For example: 1,000 * 7,000
7*1 = 7, now collect your 0s that is total 8 zeros and we’ve got the answer 1,000*7,000 = 7,000,000.

3) Practice your math well

Every subject needs practice; math also needs practice from your part. Practice math solutions from your textbook as well as take in problems from the internet too. This will give you a clear idea of what types of math problems you can expect in this specific topic and you don’t have to get worried when a new type of question appears on the exam.

4) Adding up large sums

It is a headache when you try to add up large numbers! No stress!
Take the numbers, round it up, and add it. Then take the numbers that we rounded , add it up and subtract from the original amount. We have got the answer!
For example: Adding (744 + 367). Round it up which makes it (750+370 = 1120), take the numbers that we rounded up (750 – 744 = 6, 370- 367= 3)
Now add (6 + 3 = 9 ), subtract the (9) from the rounded sum (1120 – 9 = 1111)
Therefore (744+ 367 = 1,111)

5) Focus is the key

Nothing is more difficult than concentrating in a math class, we all get it. Try your level best to put concentration in your math class, so that you don’t miss out on any problems done in the class. Also along with concentrating, find your own creative ways of learning math, which will make learning math more interesting!

Stay tuned for more learning tips and tricks!

 

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Posted On: March 6, 2024

Exam Preparation Strategies

Preparing for exams could be stressful especially in the final days of a semester. Searching through many tips on how to prepare for the upcoming exams, we came across an excellent article from the Simon Fraser University.  We especially like the strategy that targets how to avoid/deal with exam anxiety and will be sharing it here.

To minimize exam anxiety try to practice as if you are in the exam room. Here’s how to do that:

  • Try to  create the same conditions of the exam-writing situation as much as possible
  • Solve prior tests and quizzes then check the right answers, and make mental notes on where you made mistakes
  • Find or make-up practice questions that are of the type that will be on the exam
  • Put your books away (unless it is an open book exam)
  • Work under similar time conditions while you complete the practice questions.
  • You may even want to visit the examination room to get comfortable in the space.

Here are a few ways you can find or create practice questions:

  • Answer chapter review questions in your textbook
  • Turn the headings in your readings and class notes into questions
  • Use questions from the textbook study guide or your class notes
  • Participate in a study group and ask each other questions based on the material
  • Make flashcards with a question on one side and the answer on the other, then quiz yourself
  • Write outlines for any sample essay questions provided by the professor
  • Make “Cornell notes”: Draw a line down your page about one-third of the way from the left edge; write questions in the left column of your page; write the answers to your questions directly across in the right column; cover up the answers and quiz yourself.

For the full article click here. We hope that you will find these strategies, and tips helpful. We wish you the best of luck with your exams!

Posted On: June 17, 2023

How do I make my study sessions more productive?

To get the most out of your study time we suggest that you:

Customize Your Notes

Note-taking is an excellent studying method for high school and university students. It helps to retain information in an organized way. Here are a few tips to make your notes look amazing:

  • Read your textbook or lecture notes
  • Summarize the important information you find
  • Write what you gather from the read text in your own words
  • Make sure to include visuals when needed
  • Engage with the materials by answering questions
  • Choose between typing and writing according to your preference

Realize that asking for help can be hard

People in general, and students in particular shy away from asking for help. They fear that their peers, and teachers will look at it as a weakness. As a matter of fact, the opposite is true. Asking for help when needed is actually a STRENGTH.
Asking for help from a tutor is the next best thing to asking your teacher in your class. On one hand, a tutor is a qualified person to answer your questions, and reteach you the missed lessons. On the other hand, you don’t need to worry about peer pressure.

Make a Plan

  • Take notes during class, and ask any relevant questions. Remember, there is no stupid question!
  • Practice on your new learned materials at home and review old material. Don’t procrastinate!
  • Check your understanding by answering questions after finishing off a chapter or a unit
  • Get organized, and stay on top of your assignments, tests, and due dates
  • Stay positive about your learning experience. Remember all hard labour must bear its fruits!

Posted On: May 4, 2023

How To Read a Report Card?

In a typical school year, report cards come home every nine weeks or so. The purpose of report cards is to
communicate about a child’s progress across subject areas. Most report cards also include a Work Habits,
Social Skills, or similar section.

Some kids, especially those having difficulty in school, dread report card time. Here are some suggestions
for making report card time a little less scary and a little more productive.
• Become familiar with the grading system in your district and at your grade. Many schools
use a different report card for K-2 than they use for 3-5. Are letter grades used? A numerical
score from 1-3? Other letters such as O, G, S, N?
• Make sure you understand the different competencies on the report card. Many use vague
descriptors such as “Uses time constructively.” If something is not clear to you, ask your
child’s teacher.
• As you look at your child’s report card, RESIST THE IMPULSE to jump directly to an area
with a lower score. Find an area with a good grade or score and focus on that first. “You did
a great job in _____! You must be so proud of all your hard work.”
• Once you’ve focused on the positive, talk about areas in which your child’s grade was lower.
“Tell me how things have been going in science lately.” Start a safe, open dialogue with your
child about the difficulty he or she might be having with the subject matter.
• Together, develop strategies to help in subject areas that are difficult for your child. Is there
a textbook that needs to come home more frequently? Is there a website that can help with
math fact drills? If you’re not sure how to best help your child, call the teacher to set up a
conference.
• Last, let your child know that she is more than just a report card. Remind her of all the
things that make her special and important in your family. Too much of a focus on grades
can only increase the amount of stress your child feels.
Report cards should not contain any huge surprises about how your child is doing. Most teachers work to
talk with parents if a child is having particular difficulty, whether it’s through interims or informal phone
calls. If that is not the case with your child and his report card, call the teacher to talk about that. An
open, ongoing conversation is the best way to manage everyone’s expectations.
See also this post from our blog Sound It Out: I’d give this report card comment an N (for needs
improvement)

(Credits: This is a shared article from Reading Rockets, Colorín Colorado and LD OnLine)

Posted On: March 6, 2023

Taking Time for Reflection in the Summer

While reading through studies regarding Summer Learning Loss, I came across another dimension of approaching the summer. And that dimension is taking time for reflection over the summer for teachers and students. This article by Nina Portugal in edutopia is amazing. It basically invites all teachers to reflect on the passing year, their accomplishments, areas of strengths, and future learnings for the year to com.

Here’s a quick glimpse of the article; “The end of the school year is a good time to celebrate your accomplishments and revisit your challenges. Most teachers end the school year with a reflective activity with their students. In some classrooms, students work on portfolios or posters to reflect on what they have learned that school year. Other classrooms hold individual conferences with students and their families or have students reflect in small-group conversations. This act of reflection, regardless of the structure, is a crucial step in the learning process to make visible all that has happened, and so much has happened.

This crucial step is essential for teachers, too. When May and June roll around, everyone is exhausted—there is no disputing that—but taking just a few minutes to pause and reflect and create your own version of a “portfolio” or “poster” can help you see and feel success, especially after the unique and challenging school year teachers just had.

Posted On: June 16, 2022

4 Reasons You Should Know Why Students Struggle With Math

Over the years, people have started considering math as a complex subject. Math has always been an exciting subject, but people are no longer keen to learn or understand this subject with the change of time.

Most students who are in high school try to avoid taking lectures on Math at school, but with the right amount of attention and a suitable teaching method by good tutors like “Math plus Tutoring Services,” can help a student in need. Our tutoring services are made for every student and every type of subject.

While there are many reasons students struggle with math but you should learn a few common reasons that you can keep an eye on if someone is struggling around you.

  • Lack of Clarity with Basic Concepts

Many students struggle with subjects like math and science because of the lack of clarity of basic concepts. Math needs a good foundation to understand it better and to move forward. If the concept is not clear, a student tries to lose interest and eventually starts skipping classes in school; this is where you can think about hiring a math tutoring service in Sarnia from “Math plus Tutoring Services” for your child.

  • Teaching Method

Like every subject, not every student is the same, and every student requires a different teaching method. Some students comprehend better with real-life examples, while others require a different approach. Some teachers try to explain concepts with real-life applications, which many students can easily understand. A student might be more comfortable with one teaching method than the other. 

  • Less Practice 

Even when the student clearly understands the concept but without practice, a student might struggle to solve the problems. Many students are not interested in particular subjects, which is another reason students don’t spend enough time practicing. That’s why the best science tutor and math tutor try to encourage their students to practice more often to help the student understand the concepts.

  • Require Special Attention 

Many students struggle with attention deficient disorder, which can be one of the reasons why a student struggle with certain subjects. This could be easily noticeable if the student is facing difficulty paying attention to the teacher’s instructions. 

Students with ADHD require special attention and different techniques of teaching. At “Math plus Tutoring Services,” we offer you our team of the best High school physics and math tutors in Sarnia, specializing in tutoring students with learning difficulties. 

Posted On: March 25, 2022

5 Benefits of One-On-One Tutoring You Should Know About

When you think about hiring an in-person math tutoring service, it might get difficult for a parent to make the right choice of hiring a suitable tutor for your kid.

Many companies like “Math Plus Tutors” can provide excellent tutoring services to your children, which can help you take the burden off your shoulder.

While some of you might be skeptical about the idea of hiring a personalized tutoring service in Sarnia, you must know that there are many benefits of one-on-one tutoring in Sarnia Lambton.

1. Individual Attention

When it comes to modern classrooms, a teacher pays attention to 20-30 children at once, and giving the appropriate attention to every child in the classroom seems impossible. Many children might need more attention than a schoolteacher can offer; that is why a tutor can help the student give individual attention to a child to focus on their issues.

2. Low-Pressure Environment

One of the unrecognized benefits of tutoring is that many children find it challenging to ask questions in a classroom, leading to difficulties in the learning procedure. Still, with private tutoring, a child might feel free to ask questions without being afraid of getting embarrassed in Infront of others. It can encourage the child in the learning process. Your child can quickly pick up stuff when there is room for making mistakes and learning from them without fear.

3. Personalized Feedback

One-on-one tutoring can assure you that your child is progressing in their procedure. Communication is the key in every relationship, whether a teacher-student relationship or any other relationship. A tutor can give you personalized feedback about your child, which wouldn’t be possible with a school teacher. You will be able to help your child better even when your tutor is not available at the time of need.

4. Better Value for Money

One-on-one tutoring has a better value for money as your child will get undivided attention from the tutor without worrying that it might not be as valuable as any other method. Your tutor will cater to your child’s growth needs with patience and support.

5. Flexibility

Tutoring allows you to be more flexible about your child’s needs. A child can’t get along with the tutor every time. With tutoring services, you have the flexibility to replace the tutor if your child is unhappy with the current or if you wish to change the sessions or session timings; you can easily do that.

Posted On: March 25, 2022