Does the Heartbleed security bug affect

  • Posted on: 10 April 2014
  • By: Johanna

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.

Join our Vancouver Science Fair fun run team!

  • Posted on: 5 February 2014
  • By: Johanna

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! turns 10 years old!

  • Posted on: 2 August 2013
  • By: Johanna

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. Although the posters likely were taken down, her name had been added to so many lists that no one bothered to update to make current, that she had absolutely no control over her contact information.

What's in a Captcha?

  • Posted on: 19 July 2013
  • By: Johanna

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.

Join us in Vancouver for a 5K fun run!

  • Posted on: 27 March 2013
  • By: Johanna

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

(you have to show up on race day to get your money, how's that for incentive!) Everyone is welcome, so invite your family, friends and collegues to join the team as well!

Host migration a success!

  • Posted on: 4 November 2012
  • By: Johanna

In the wee-hours of November 5th, was moved to a new more reliable server. Unless you were actually on the website trying to use it around 1 am PST on November 5th, the move was unnoticeable to visitors. Only a few admistrative behind the scenes changes needed to be made in the days following the move.

Does tutoring add up?

  • Posted on: 5 September 2012
  • By: Johanna

Welcome back to school, for most students across the country. September is a time of great change for students and families, and media focuses a great deal on education at this time of year.

The Tyee, a BC independent on-line magazine, ran an article about tutoring: "Does the Tutor 'Advantage' Really Add Up?” It doesn't really make any conclusions, but does take a balanced look at both the pros and cons of tutoring.

Prevent summer learning loss!

  • Posted on: 2 August 2012
  • By: Johanna

Plan ahead in the summer for a less stressful and more rewarding school year!

I recently was listening to a podcast about introducing year round schooling. One of the main motivations for this is that extended summer vacation time can lead to learning loss. Without regular practice, students forget much of what they learned the previous school year, leading to long review periods in the fall.

The Fun Run team's goals (and results!)

  • Posted on: 27 May 2012
  • By: Johanna

This is the second time has had a 5K Fun Run team supporting the BC Science Fair Foundation.

Everyone needs a goal, so before the race, I asked everyone if they had a goal, and what it is. At the time I'm writing this, the race is done, but "official" results have not been posted yet. I'll edit the post to add everyone's final results when they become available.

The results are in! Look for them in italics below!

Here are our team members: