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Finding the balance.

A math blogger I follow posted a link to an article in the Washington Post titled Why did I give up on math? Ask my mom. It was written by a journalist that enjoyed math as a child, but when she struggled a bit in grade 7, her mother told her "It's OK to be bad a math, I'm not good at math either." And so she gave up, taking her mother's statement as

Submitted by Johanna on August 28, 2015 - 15:27

Time for numeracy, do math for fun!

January was family literacy month in Canada. I shared links to related events, information and resources on Twitter.

I read many articles about literacy and early reading intervention. The importance of reading and literacy is well publicized and well known to most people. I then read an article about math difficulties in young children. The article mentions how there are tests and interventions that address early reading difficulties.

Submitted by Johanna on March 2, 2015 - 20:43

Resolve to get better grades this year.

Happy New Year!

Even though for most students September has a feeling of a new start to the year, January is a good time to make resolutions for improving at school too.

Like all resolutions, small achievable goals that turn into habits are easiest to keep, and offer the best return for improvement. Resolve to get organized, get a good agenda to keep assignment due dates organized. Set aside a specific time to do home work daily. Add studying or practicing to your regular schedule, just like you would sports games or music lessons.

A great resolution for teens is setting a bed time.

Submitted by Johanna on January 7, 2015 - 15:03

Don't memorize the complicated stuff.

I recently got to go see a talk by Chris Hadfield held during the BC Association of Professional Engineer's annual conference. Chris Hadfield has a degree in Engineering, and there were many engineering students in attendance to the talk. Someone asked him “What was the most important thing you learned studying engineering?”

He had to think about it for awhile, and answered a couple of other questions while he thought about it. A couple minutes later he came back with an answer: “Don't memorize the complicated stuff.

Submitted by Johanna on November 19, 2014 - 15:04

Back to school time!

As August begins, there is a bitter sweet feeling of knowing that summer is half over, and back-to-school sales start. The last week of August means, if you've been procrastinating, living in denial or just enjoying your summer so much you forgot, NOW is the time to get ready for school.

Just like students are stocking up on supplies and new clothes, tutors are cleaning out their offices, setting up their schedule, and getting ready to start tutoring for the new school year.

Now is a great time to contact a tutor, even if you don't start up right away.

Submitted by Johanna on August 29, 2014 - 14:01

Does the Heartbleed security bug affect

I've started getting e-mails from tutors asking if they should be concerned about the Heartbleed bug affecting their accounts on The short answer is no.

This bug is related to the OpenSSL security certificate. SSL certificates are only used on secure pages. You can tell which pages are secure because there will be an "https" at the beginning of an URL.

For an user on, you do not need to use "https." However https is available, and is recommended to be used when logging in, especially on public WIFI networks.

Submitted by Johanna on April 10, 2014 - 09:17

Join our Vancouver Science Fair fun run team!

We will be entering a team in the Vancouver Science Fair 5K fun run again this year. It will take place on the morning of Sunday May 25th, 2014. This is a fun family event, and everyone is welcome to join our team!

In addition to participation in the event, registration includes a technical shirt and admittance to Science World afterwards! We will give $15 back to each team member when they show up on race day as well!

It is a timed event, but you don't have to be a runner to join. Many people walk, and 5k can easily be finished at even a leisurely pace in about an hour.

Submitted by Johanna on February 5, 2014 - 20:14 turns 10 years old!

Back in early 2003, I was feeling frustrated about advertising my tutoring services. A couple years earlier I helped a tutoring friend by driving her around to all the local high schools to put posters up. She put posters and business cards everywhere she could to get her business going. Within a year, she had so many phone calls coming in that she stopped answering her phone altogether.

Submitted by Johanna on August 2, 2013 - 16:43

What's in a Captcha?

A few years ago I was contacted by a blind tutor that was having difficulty using I was asked to include an audio Captcha (you know, that annoying picture of random letters and characters you are forced to enter to confirm you are a real person and not a spamming computer robot) to make the website more accessible.

This was honestly something I over looked, and having learned a great deal about various disabilities since starting tutoring and the website, I try to be as inclusive as possible for everyone.

Submitted by Johanna on July 19, 2013 - 15:25

Join us in Vancouver for a 5K fun run!

We will have a team in the 2013 Vancouver Science Fair Fun Run.

This 5K timed run will be in Vancouver on Sunday May 26th. We will give $15 to each participant that signs up with our team

Submitted by Johanna on March 27, 2013 - 20:09

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