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Reflective Practice Using Course Feedback Results

We get into post-secondary teaching because we want our students to learn our industry, trade, field or discipline. We want to pass on our knowledge and experience to the next generation in the workforce. In order to do this effectively, we need to be reflective practitioners; we need to be able to be honest with ourselves about what is working in our teaching practice and what isn’t. I received last semester’s course feedback from my Dean over the weekend. I […]

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5 Reasons You Need to Gather Feedback During the Semester (and How to Do It)

Feedback from students help to inform your teaching practice. At the end of every semester students are given the opportunity to provide feedback on their course experience; however, it would be beneficial for you to gather ongoing formative feedback during the semester. Gathering formative feedback: Gives you an idea of students’ perceptions on the effectiveness of your learning activities Demonstrates that you are responsive to your students’ concerns in a timely manner, thus building a positive feedback experience for studentsAllows […]

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What is Tutoring?

By Igor Peric Tutoring is a journey that takes us on paths that are as different as our own lives and personalities. Often, the first step involves facing real or imagined fears about yourself, such as Am I good enough? and Are people going to find out I don’t know anything? and yet, to allow the feeling that you indeed have valuable knowledge to share with others to overcome these crippling ideas. Some of us are confident throughout the whole […]

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Beyond Grades

By Harshkumar Prajapat My father always emphasized the importance of time management when I lived with him. Now that I’m living in Canada, I see the importance of managing my time appropriately. From the time I left my hometown in India to this moment, the ethics and cultural norms instilled in me by my parents has helped me in every stage of my life. When I consider my academic journey, most of the time I received good grades on every exam […]

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The Pleasure of Giving

by Praveen Moudgil “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ` Winston Churchill Only, a few people understand the pleasure of giving, and those who do understand are the richest people on earth. For example, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft Inc., one of the richest man in world, has the highest amount given to charity ($35 billion). He is definitely among the greatest philanthropists. As a tutor, I have the […]

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Education: A step to build steps

by Manan Thaker I have always been a student and I will always be a student, as life teaches me new things everyday. When I started tutoring, I was carrying on a family heritage as my mother and my grandmother are professors now and I feel so very proud to carry on this tradition. I feel happy when I solve the challenges of students and to see smiles on their faces. When I started my journey, I took advise from […]

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SAD and my yearly descent in to madness

I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It begins, for me, in September and I crash hard by November.  “Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs during the same season each year” (CAMH, 2018, para. 1). When I was pursuing post-secondary education, I had SAD but had not been diagnosed. That came after. My family doctor recognized this after reviewing my medical file and noticed that I had come to see him the first week of November for […]

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Everybody needs to know that they can do great: How recognition helps students

By Xiaoli Liu  What is recognition? The Recognition here I am talking about is slightly different from what the dictionary has presented. My understanding about Recognition in our tutoring services is to perceive, to understand, to know, to help, to change, and to give credit to those who you are helping. Specifically speaking, it lies in 6 different aspects. Recognizing that there is no big difference between our tutors and our client students. Recognizing that everyone comes from different learning processes. […]

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Confidently Scared … 9x9x25 (#4)

For this weeks blog post I am focusing on the spooky-themed word, “scary.” There are a lot of things in this life that we are scared of, and this fear drives us to stagnancy or safety. Teaching? Scares the bats out of me. So why do I do it? Because sometimes it is the scary things in life that have the greatest reward.  Being scared says to me that there is some sort of risk involved in the endeavour you […]

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Learning and teaching go hand in hand

By Batoul Al-Outa Learning and teaching go hand in hand – it is through learning that I realized the value of teaching, and through teaching I realized the value of learning. I have always been a student who loved to learn, but this love could not be what it is now without my experiences. There are ups and downs – days where I thought what I am learning is pointless, and days where I thought it actually benefited me. But as I look back each […]

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