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One on One Tutoring Services from Potentials Canada Learning Centre Ltd.

How does the Potentials method help?

Learning problems are generally caused by not having enough organization and/or control in the brain. The more organized and controlled the brain is, the easier it is to learn. Using a combination of left-right brain, auditory, visual and tactile teaching methods, Potentials can help to build in the organization and control the student needs. Also, since everyone learns more easily when using visual, auditory or tactile methods, a Potentials Canada tutor will choose the best method to learn, while also strengthening the other ways of learning.

What kind of progress should I expect?

Students will already see some progress in the first month of lessons. While circumstances may vary, most students (especially those age 12+) can make a half grade’s progress or more in reading in about 10-20 hours of tutoring! Similar rates of progress are true with math and spelling students, although these results vary more widely. Adult students usually achieve much faster progress than K-12 students!

Tutoring Categories

We offer tutoring in the following areas:

  • Reading Tutors
  • Math Tutors
  • Spelling Tutors
  • Writing Tutors
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speech Exercises
  • ADHD Learning
  • ODD Support
  • Coping Skills
  • Motor Skills Coordination
  • Customized Learning Goals
  • Individualized Learning Program (IEP) Support

READING

What makes the Potentials reading method unique and more effective is our decoding system. Regular phonics teaches letters as sounds; the student “sounds out” a word by saying the sounds of the letters in order and then goes back to blend the sounds into a word.

In contrast, we help take the guess work out of decoding and is much easier for the brain to catch on to and use. The Potentials method is also much easier to understand and use for those struggling with learning.

Vowel Cards

Another important component is the 56 vowel pattern cards, taught as mouth positions with flash cards. If the student can look at an unknown word and recognize immediately what the vowel sound will be, it really helps in decoding the word (and in reverse, spelling it).

Reading Comprehension

For those who have trouble understanding what they read, Potentials also works on reading comprehension. Comprehension problems are caused by one or more of the following three issues:

  • They struggle to read fluently at that level.
  • They don’t understand the vocabulary at that level.
  • They struggle to understand the flow of thought the author is presenting. (What is he/she really saying?)

To deal with these issues, the student is taught to:

  • Read accurately, so as to more likely get the exact meaning.
  • Listen to what he is reading (“Does it make sense?”).
  • Expand his vocabulary by studying word meanings, especially prefix and root meanings.
  • Develop logical thinking and reasoning skills, which will help with comprehension.
  • Potentials has many different levels and types of reading comprehension materials, as well as materials and methods to specifically develop logic and reasoning skills.

Learn more now! Contact us for more information about our reading program.

MATH

Learning to Think in Numbers

Students learn to understand math in a whole-brain way. The concepts-based Potentials math program teaches students to “think in numbers”, like they “think in words” when they read. From experience, it has been discovered that the students who struggle with math the most are those who tend to be right-brain learners. This means they aren’t very good at memorizing facts, formulas and methods (which is left-brain learning). Right-brain teaching is mostly visual and tactile, and it focuses on concepts. Once these students learn what something means, why it is done that way, when to use it, etc., they can then remember the facts, processes and formulas.

Potentials uses colourful math bars to show students the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The students can use the bars to show what the question looks like, and then show why it is done the way it is on paper. This visual, hands-on approach helps students understand the concepts behind things like subtracting with borrowing or long division. We also use a quick and understandable way to learn the times tables, which students can really understand and use.

Methods for Fractions, Decimals, Percents and More

Besides the four basic functions, Potentials expands the same kind of teaching methods for fractions, decimals, percents, algebra and trigonometry. Most of our math students, because they tend to be right-brain learners, need little help in geometry because it is so visual, but there are classes for that as needed. Math classes also include development of left-brain logic and reasoning skills, because mathematical reasoning is logical reasoning.

Learn more now!

Sign up on our waitlist to find out more about how our math program can help your struggling student.

SPELLING & OTHER AREAS

Build spelling skills by mastering phonetic patterns

Learning to be a good speller is based on learning the spelling patterns we use in English. The vowel sound patterns are particularly important, as well as learning basic root words, and then adding on suffixes and/or prefixes. A student can develop categories in his brain for certain spelling patterns, and then “fill them” with words spelled that way, helping his brain generalize these patterns to other words. Potentials offers this kind of spelling program.

Other Available Programs

Other subjects that are taught at Potentials as needed:

  • Manuscript Writing (Printing)
  • Cursive Writing (Handwriting)
  • Essay Writing and Creative Writing
  • Outlining an Essay before Writing It
  • Study Skills for Subjects like Science and History (How to read a chapter to find the main ideas and important facts)
  • Proofreading for Grammar, Punctuation and Content
  • English Lessons in Grammar, Punctuation and Parts of Speech
  • Help with a Specific Homework Assignment (if needed)

Contact us to learn more about our spelling and other programs.

RATES

  • Reasonable Rates
  • Monthly Tuition
  • For withdrawal from the program, we require 30 days’ notice

Assessment: $60

Potentials Canada will perform a consultation which includes providing a recommended program. This includes testing in reading/math/spelling, as well as brain dominance testing.

Tuition: 8 Lessons start at $480

Tuition is paid at the beginning of the month, and based on 8 50-minute lessons. All tutoring is done on a one-to-one basis, so the student can progress at their own rate. We do not offer refunds for missed appointments, but rebooking can be arranged by 2 pm the day before a lesson.

In July and August, we offer individualized scheduling packages. There are only 6 lessons in December, due to the Christmas Break. Potentials prefers e-transfers as payment, but please let us know if you have other needs.

How do I enroll my child or myself?

  1. Fill out our contact form here to be added to our waitlist for an assessment.
  2. Once accepted, students come twice a week for a 50-minute lesson each time (usually Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday), adding up to 8 lessons a month.
  3. Our truly individualized program is structured for each student. More days may be of interest and we will discuss this with you during the assessment. You can also specify this on our contact form.

Contact us today to schedule an assessment.

OUR POLICIES

  1. Parents must pick up their students promptly at 10 minutes before the hour. We very much appreciate your cooperation. A late fee will be applied.
  2. Please provide written permission if your child can leave the building without an adult.
  3. Please be advised, in cases where an absence becomes necessary, we can usually arrange a 1-on-1 make-up session. We must be notified at least 36 hours in advance. You must email info@potentialscanada.ca to arrange a make-up session and indicate “make-up lesson(s)” in the subject line, along with your preferred dates and times in the body of your message. We will reply to your message and confirm the new session day and time. If you do not receive our confirmation, you will still be responsible to pay for that cancelled session.
    Make-up classes may be possible over Zoom or with a 2-to-1 teacher to student ratio in order to accommodate an excused missed class.
  4. Except in the case of a medical emergency, you will be charged for late notice cancellations or ‘no-shows’ if cancellations are made less than 36 hours before your scheduled class.
  5. To enquire about your child’s progress or to observe one of their lessons, please email info@potentialscanada.ca. Please put in the Subject line whether this is a Progress Report request.
  6. We accept these payment options: Cash, cheque, or e-transfer. For e-transfer, send your transfer to info@potentialscanada.ca; it will be auto-deposited automatically.
  7. Tuition is due the first week of the month.
  8. We do teach on all PRO-D days and many stat holidays.
  9. When you feel the time is right for your child to finish at Potentials, please send us an email with at least 30 days’ notice, so we can review, retest, reschedule or complete any paperwork.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Read Testimonials from Some of Our Many Success Stories

Over the years, parents have been very satisfied with the progress and success of their children who have attended Potentials. Also very pleased have been the few adult students who have taken the initiative to attend classes at Potentials. Adults do very well in our program because of their longer life experience, larger vocabulary, and, typically, higher level of motivation.

What Students/Parents/Adult Students Say about Potentials

You have changed the whole course of my son’s future!

My son just received the ‘Most Improved Student’ award for his whole school! This was because of the help you gave him. Thank you so much!

I finally have the confidence to do what I’ve really wanted to do with my life.

My daughter’s self-esteem is so much higher. She now likes school and has lost the frustration and anger she used to have. Her grades have greatly improved.

My son was told he needed anger management classes. Now I know he was just frustrated at school. His anger is totally replaced now with smiles and confidence.

My 14-year-old son was given a ‘Leaving School’ certificate from his school. After the help you gave him, he had the confidence to go back to school. This year he graduated from grade 12!

My daughter had to repeat grade 3 because her reading was so low. After raising her reading level to grade 6 with your program, she was allowed to skip grade 4 and go on to grade 5.

My son hated to get up and go to school; he would cry and cry about getting on the bus. Now he is the first one up, and runs to the bus stop early. He can’t wait to get to school.

At 40 years old, my reading was so poor that I couldn’t help my son at home. Now that I am reading at a college level, I finally have the courage to do what I have wanted to do for a long time.