Learning Strategies is a four-credit course for students in Grades 8 - 12 and is designed to help students who are experiencing difficulty. In a Learning Support block, students are taught to learn and study more effectively. Students will receive help understanding how they learn best, with academic skills, organizational skills and interpersonal skills. They will be introduced to a variety of learning strategies, including time management, goal setting, study skills, note taking, test taking, memory enhancement and reading, writing and arithmetic skills. Students will be encouraged to apply the strategies to their course materials. Students will be evaluated on participation, cooperation, attendance, punctuality, organization, listening skills, and work habits. Students are referred to this block by their previous school, teachers or a counsellor.
PEER TUTORING 11
This course provides learners with practical understanding and insight into how other people learn and how they, as individuals, learn. Peer Tutoring 11 is specifically designed for those who enjoy working with and helping people. This course has both an instructional and tutoring experience component. Course work will build students’ understanding of the skills and dispositions necessary to achieve success as an effective tutor. The course content includes learning about, and practical application for, different learning styles, reading for learning, understanding the needs of exceptional learners, communication skills, planning and presenting lessons and instructional approaches and strategies. Tutors also have the opportunity to actively model and set the pace for involved social responsibility and to increase their success with building a caring community within their school.
Tutors are assigned to work with students throughout the school in learning services, ELL and regular classroom programs. Tutors are required to attend theory classes, complete projects, assignments and practical applications in face-to-face tutoring activities under the directions of various classroom teachers throughout the school.
PEER TUTORING 12
This course follows Peer Tutor 11 and provides further theory and application of in-depth knowledge and practical experience in face-to-face tutoring activities under the directions of various classroom teachers throughout the school. Peer Tutor 12 is specifically designed for those who are interested in pursuing careers that involve working in the “helping professions”. This course has both an instructional and tutoring experience component. Peer Tutoring 12 students are expected to provide a strong leadership role in the community, to support students and provide guidance and role modelling for Peer Tutoring 11 students.