​Canadian Franchise Association Announces Inspiration Learning Centre As Recipient Of Two Prizes

Inspiration Learning Centre Takes Home Silver Honours in the 2018 CFA Awards of Excellence and 2018 Choice Franchisees’ Award at the CFA Awards Gala.
April 24, 2018… At the the 2018 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising Inspiration Learning Centre took home some grand honours competing alongside some of Canada’s biggest franchises. The Canadian Franchise Association was pleased to announce Inspiration Learning Centre as the recipient of the silver prize for the 2018 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising in the Traditional, Brick and Mortar category and was a recipient of the 2018 Choice Franchisees’ Award.

The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising is an award given to franchises that have spent years and invaluable time in building their brand. Each year the award is given to franchise systems that have demonstrated the strongest, most mutually rewarding relationships with their franchisees. The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising recognize excellence in franchise operations. The 2018 Choice Franchisees’ Award is an award given to each organization by their franchisees. Franchises are judged based on their ability to lead, plan, market, train, and support its franchisees. Winning these two awards proves that Inspiration has not only seen superior success over the past decade but it has also developed a thorough and responsive brand that helps all its franchisees grow and see success.

This year was Inspiration’s first year at the gala, after years of hard work the brand has built a successful network of franchisees that deserve to be commemorated as well. With the building of these positive relationships Inspiration was able to take home a big honour at its first ever appearance at the CFA Awards Gala which was held on Ottawa, Ontario from April 23rd, 2018.

To be nominated for the 2018 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising , a CFA-member franchise system must have been franchising for three years or more and must hold 6+ franchisees. In fact, this year, more than 70 CFA-member franchise systems participated in the competition, setting a new record. Inspiration held its ground alongside some of the titans of Canada’s Franchise industry including: Symposium Cafe, Pizza Nova, Pizza Pizza, Wendy’s, Scholar’s Education Centre, and Restoration 1.

Entries were separated into Traditional Franchises (those with brick and mortar locations) and Non-Traditional Franchises (those that are mobile or home based). Within these categories, entrants were grouped based on number of franchisees. Inspiration won silver in its category. With 12 locations already, next year, great things will be planned for Inspiration for be on the look out for a rising brand of success.

The Benefits of Reading

With the rise of advancements in the digital world, reading for enjoyment has sadly decreased among certain age groups. Distracted by online games, social media, and other forms of entertainment, children are reading less and less. Many see this as a boring activity and have little or no motivation to pick up a book.

Nowadays, it’s vital to encourage children to read more and more due to the many benefits it can offer. Not only does it improve certain functions in the brain, but it can also have a positive effect on children’s academic performance! Read on to discover the many advantages that reading can have on the brain and why children should be encouraged to develop a love for reading early.

  1. Keeps the Brain Active

Reading novels keeps students’ minds active and helps improve the functions of certain areas of the brain. This can help pupils both academically and in their everyday lives!

The act of reading words and sentences affects the left temporal cortex, which is responsible for processing language. The neurons in the brain are firing information which keeps their minds working. The area which plays a part in motor function, the central sulcus, also gets very active. Let’s say they are reading a novel about a person who is fighting in an epic battle. Though they are not actually doing this action, their brain imagines it is which enhances their mental function. A study at Stanford University shows that close literary reading is the best type of reading to boost mental activity, as it increases blood flow to different areas of the brain.

Memory is also improved the more a student reads. In novels, there are a range of characters, plot points, and settings to remember. Every time the brain generates a memory, new pathways in the brain are formed and ones that are already established, get stronger. This improves their short-term memory.

The more students read, the more their brains will function differently and more efficiently, which is why it’s important to start encouraging them to read at a young age.

2. Broadens Vocabulary

As children read, they are exposed to a variety of new words. Learning different words in context will broaden their vocabulary ten-fold!

Having a broad vocabulary can help students in myriad ways in their lives. For instance, when writing and speaking in school, this toolbox of words will come in handy when giving a presentation or writing an essay. This can also benefit students in the real world when they graduate high school, as universities always look for students who are well-spoken and well rounded. If students can speak with confidence and are able to express themselves in a variety of ways, they will go far in life.

This will also help them later when they get their first job and pursue their chosen career. The more articulate you are, the more you are able to connect with people and become a master communicator.

3. Improves Writing Skills

It’s no surprise that with a broad vocabulary, a student will also enhance their writing skills.

The more a student reads, the more they will be exposed to different genres and various styles of writing. By looking closely at sentence structure, tone, and over all good work, students can take note of what truly makes writing great. Pupils can learn from the masters and begin to exercise their own abilities through practice.

This skill is essential for university and their professional lives at work. Throughout a student’s academic journey, different forms of writing will be required; plus, no matter the profession a student wishes to pursue, having an ability to write well will help them in more ways than one.

Choose Inspiration Learning Center

Inspiration Learning Center knows the value of reading, which is why we encourage all of our students to read everyday. Give your child the opportunity to learn with us and allow them to benefit from this activity in all the ways listed above!

Spread across fourteen locations, we are a tutoring center which aims to assist in your child’s academic improvement. No matter the subject, we have qualified tutors who can help your son or daughter excel.  For more information visit www.inspirationlearningcenter.ca or call us 905-415-8257.

Sources:

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-benefits-reading-why-you-should-read-everyday.html
https://natlib.govt.nz/schools/reading-engagement/understanding-reading-engagement/reading-for-pleasure-a-door-to-success
3 Ways High School Students Can Stay Ahead This Summer

It’s finally summer and your children deserve a break! They have been studying all year long and have earned this time off. It’s vital to give their brains a chance to decompress after so many months of studying. Not only will this help them fully recharge, but they will come back fresh for a new academic year.

That being said, it is important for students to keep their minds active during the summer months. Encourage them to use their free time to get ahead for the following school year. With our three tips, your children will be ready to tackle any academic hurdle that may come their way!

  1. Make Time to Read

Our first tip for high school students to stay ahead this summer is to read. This has myriad benefits as it will keep pupils’ brains engaged and prepare them for what’s to come.

A love for reading must be cultivated when children are small, as reading for pleasure can provide so many advantages. According to research, reading can broaden vocabulary, enhance writing and grammar skills, and develop a person’s general knowledge, among many other things! In the long run, this will help students academically, as research has found that students who read for enjoyment do better at school. In 2002, studies found that a love for reading is more important for a student’s academic success than their family’s financial status.

Research has also shown that the 21st century is the most important time for students to have strong literacy skills, as they venture into the real world. This ability to read well will help them when it comes to completing tasks at their place of employment and dealing with the wealth of information they are exposed to in the digital space.

Encourage your children to read several books this summer so they can enhance their skills for not only the next academic year, but the future!

2. Start Prepping for Exams
Another useful tip is to start preparing for upcoming exams. Standardized tests such as the IELTS and TOEFL are important exams which every high school student must take. Taking advantage of the time during the summer to prepare, will help them in more ways than one.

First, students will get the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the content on the exam. The more they get to know the different sections of the test and the best ways to approach each, the less anxious they will be when it comes time to do the actual assessment.

Motivate your children to pick up a practice book or find a tutor to get started! After learning the strategies needed to ace the exam and completing several practice tests, they will feel more confident about their skills and abilities.

3. Take Classes to Strengthen Weaknesses  

Our final tip for students is to take classes to strengthen their knowledge in any subjects they may be struggling with. If they are having trouble with math or science, maybe it would be wise to take some one on one tutoring sessions so they can be fully prepared for the next academic year.

Students should make sure that they are up to date with all the information needed to enter the next academic year. If they feel that they have some weak areas they need to work on, research facilities in your local community and find tutoring centers who are able to cater to your child’s needs. Allow them to use this time to practice and enhance skills so their current weaknesses will no longer be a problem for the following year.

Choose Inspiration Learning Center

Inspiration Learning Center is a tutoring facility which would be able to help students enhance their skills during not only the summer, but all year round! With the help of our experienced teachers, your child’s difficulties will no longer be an issue. We offer classes in a variety of subjects from math and English, to computer science and history.

Discover more about Inspiration Learning Center by visiting any one our 14 locations across Canada or contact us at 905-415-8257 to register today!

Sources:

https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/summer-activities-for-college-applications
https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2011/06/29/5-tips-to-use-the-summer-before-college-wisely
https://natlib.govt.nz/schools/reading-engagement/understanding-reading-engagement/reading-for-pleasure-a-door-to-success
Why Learning One on One Works

In our current educational system, students can get lost in a sea of larger class sizes. Due to the fact that teachers have so many students in one room to focus on, some can get left behind feeling like they are not truly benefiting from the lesson. Because of this, many students have chosen to register for tutoring classes to fully take advantage of their learning experience.


Allow your child to take control of their academic journey and reach their highest potential. They deserve personalisation and attention in a one-on-one setting. Never considered this as an option? Keep reading to discover the top three benefits of personalisation!

  1. Tailored Lessons

One-on-one tutoring classes are beneficial for your child’s progress, as all lessons are tailored to their abilities. Teachers can modify lessons according to their needs in more ways than one!

By having one student, educators can adjust the lesson plan to their student’s particular learning style. For example, if the child learns best visually, the teacher can use this knowledge to communicate the objectives of the lessons with more videos and diagrams.

Students can also set the pace in one-on-one classrooms. Both the pupil and teacher can take their time to reach their set learning objectives in a way that is most comfortable for the student. Instead of having to abide by a formal school timetable, learners will feel less pressure and will be more relaxed.

2. Undivided Attention

Young learners will also gain the teacher’s full attention in a personalized session. With no other students to focus on, your child can truly benefit from every lesson rather than fall behind at school.

In some school settings, classroom management can be a real issue. As teachers try to teach the lesson, valuable time can be lost to quiet the class or discipline a student. Because of this, many students are not able to optimize their learning and get the extra help they need. In a one-on-one setting, this obstacle disappears and students are able to catch up on things they may not have understood in class. The student can ask as many questions as they want and will never leave the classroom feeling like their needs are not being met.

Teachers can also give the student feedback at every step of their learning journey. In traditional classrooms, students don’t always know what they need to work on and how they can improve. With a private tutor, your child will receive daily comments and suggestions of ways to advance. In such a setting, students will have the all the tools necessary to succeed.

3. Safer Environment

Only in a safe and stimulating environment, can students thrive and evolve. One-on-one classes create that sense of comfort for students to improve their level of confidence and reach their highest potential.

Most students are afraid to raise their hands in class or voice their opinions, for fear of judgement from their peers. These fears melt away in a private setting, building the students’ self esteem. In such positive spaces, students will be less afraid to make mistakes and more willing to speak their mind. Soon, you’ll start to notice their personalities flourish as their confidence grows more and more.  

Register at Inspiration Learning Center

Inspiration Learning Center is a tutoring center which can offer your child all the benefits of one-on-one learning. Our facility provides a warm and stimulating environment for students to thrive and excel on their academic journey. A variety of different classes are taught by teachers who are highly qualified and skilled in their areas of expertise. Whatever your academic needs may be, we can be sure to satisfy them!

Discover more about Inspiration Learning Center by visiting any one our 14 locations across Canada or contact us at 905-415-8257 to register today!

Sources:

https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/teaching-one-one
https://busyteacher.org/14848-teaching-one-on-one-pros-and-cons.html
When East Meets West in the World of Education

A variety of different teaching methods exist around the globe, from differentiation to the use of technology in the classroom. Various strategies have arisen to keep up with our ever-changing world, which is always evolving and growing. Over time, interactive boards and pointers have replaced traditional chalk and classroom layouts have become much more friendly and inviting. Students learn differently than they did long ago, so schools and teachers have adapted their methods to best fit their pupils’ learning styles. But what is the best way for children to learn? At Inspiration Learning Center, we believe in bringing together two very different styles to maximize your child’s potential!

An educational study which sent seventy teachers from the United Kingdom to learn more about Chinese teaching strategies was conducted in order to understand the secrets behind Chinese students’ success. It’s a well-known fact that Chinese students work extremely hard and put a lot of effort into whatever they do. This is because it is ingrained in their culture to do so. Students have adopted what is known as the Confucian learning tradition what states that the main purpose of life is to learn and that it is a life-long journey. This is what we try to encourage at our learning center, as we try our best to make our students feel empowered with knowledge. Also, we stress the importance of practicing the information learned in class in the form of homework and revision, to further grasp newly learned concepts. Encouraging this sense of effort and consistent practice is something we strongly believe in.

Western teaching methods vary greatly from those in the East. In the West, classrooms are more student-centred and children learn actively. For instance, inquiry-based instruction is quite a popular method which enhances a student’s sense of curiosity. With this strategy, children come up with their own questions regarding the lesson and try to find the answers themselves. This teaches them to be inquisitive learners, always eager to learn more. Students are also encouraged to be creative thinkers under the Western teaching philosophy. Several school assignments and essays push students’ creativity, asking them to critically analyze a form of media, for example, or come up with their own research questions regarding a specific topic. In addition, classrooms are often differentiated in order to cater to all students’ learning styles. Students can choose the type of work that would best fit their style, whether it be visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. With this method, students learn in a way that best fits their abilities.

Because both Eastern and Western teaching philosophies have such strong features, we decided to combine the best of both worlds at Inspiration Learning Center! At our learning facility, students will acquire new information with the freedom and creativity associated with the West and learn the power of hard work and consistent effort connected with the East. Curious to find out more? Call the branch nearest to you and discover how to boost your child’s academic performance with us!

Sources:

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2014/11/whats-the-best-teaching-method/

https://www.chinasource.org/resource-library/articles/eastern-versus-western-learning-approaches

https://www.quizalize.com/blog/2018/02/23/teaching-strategies/

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