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Highlights

Carolyn Melmed has been recently asked back for another one-hour studio visit with Tommy Schnurmacher from CJAD Radio on May 12, 2016. Listen to Carolyn answer every question you might have about homework, studying, and how to make sure your kids are getting the most out of both.

 

 

Unleashing Your Child’s Potential is a comprehensive DVD and study guide that focuses on how parents can become good coaches, motivate their children and provide them with learning methods, a sense of discipline and effective study skills. Parents will learn how to help their children develop as independent learners, achieve higher grades and become more successful students.

Unleashing Your Child’s Potential is a valuable resource for parents who want to work together with their children to optimize their learning potential and academic performance.




Testimonials

"I just wanted to extend my utmost gratitude for having you all participate at this years career fair.  You helped make it memorable and exciting for all who attended."

- Suzie Horvath, CLC Coordinator/Teacher, Hebrew Aacdemy

 

"This is Michele, we met at the Career Fair yesterday. I just wanted to say that I was privileged to hear you twice and was truly impressed.  I even learned!  It was a pleasure to meet you, and thank you."

- Michele Shemie, Teacher, Hebrew Academy

 

"Unleashing Your Child’s Potential: Helping Your Child with Organization and Study Skills produced by expert educator, Carolyn Melmed, provides excellent information on a DVD with an accompanying guide about how to engage and scaffold students in becoming more efficient, effective, and independent learners. The clearly presented learning strategies and studies skills that are outlined in these materials contain practical suggestions for implementation. They are predicated on creating a stress-free environment for both the student and adult involved in the work, which is a key dimension of any learning activity. There is no doubt that Melmed’s work will be welcomed by parents and teachers alike."

- Lynn Butler-Kisber, Ed.D., Professor of Education, McGill University

 

“The students who have already taken the ‘Study Skills Program’, have definitely improved their organizational skills, overall study habits, productivity and feel better about themselves.  Their teachers have seen and commented on the significant difference they have observed in these students’ classroom performance.”

- Connie Cugno, Resource Teacher


Recent Events

  • January 13, 2017 - QAPPD Professional Development Workshop
  • May 12, 2016 - CJAD Radio, The Tommy Schnurmacher Show
  • Dec. 7, 2015 - St. Dorothy Elementary

  • October 19, 2015 - CJAD Radio, The Tommy Schnurmacher Show

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  • February 2015 - Bancroft School Student

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  • November 4th, 2014 - Montreal Torah Center
  • September 15, 2014 - CJAD Radio, The Tommy Schnurmacher Show

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  • May, 2014 - Beth Rivkah Teachers & Parents
  • March, 2014 - Beth Rivkah Students
  • January 22nd, 2014 - Hebrew Academy Career Fair View
  • November 2012 - Royal West Academy

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Carolyn’s Learning Strategies

  1. “I will learn how to communicate effectively with each teacher.
    I will adapt to the teacher and not expect the teacher to adapt to me.”




Latest Testimonial

Dear parents and partners in education,

 

I would like to thank you for attending the workshop by Carolyn Melmed last Thursday evening.  I think it was both informative and worthwhile.

 

    Your children are fortunate to have parents who take the time to support them in their education and help them be successful in school.

 

Kind regards,

    Evelyne Alfonsi
Principal of Gardenview Elementary
    700 Brunet
    Ville St Laurent, Quebec
    Tel: 514-744-1401





CTV Montreal

Newsmaker: Carolyn Melmed on effective study habits Mutsumi Takahashi interviews Carolyn Melmed about her DVD, Unleashing Your Child's Potential.

Source: CTV Montreal

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Carolyn Melmed & Associates


Source: montrealfamilies.ca

Carolyn Melmed is a founding member of the Lansdowne Centre, a school for children with learning difficulties.

She has 35 years of teaching experience, both in the classroom and on a one-to-one basis, is a certified mediator and has designed workshops for parents, teachers, support staff and managers.

CURRENT PARENTING WORKSHOPS:

  • Increase Your Child's Positive Behaviours: For parents of young children. This workshop teaches parents and guardians of young children how to give praise effectively, set limits, inspire cooperation, communicate more effectively with their child and end whining tantrums and dawdling.
  • Ms. Melmed has recently released a new DVD, "Unleashing Your Child's Potential" to help children develop organization and study skills. This is a valuable resource for parents who want to work together with their children to optimize their learning potential and academic performance.


Carolyn Melmed & Associates


Source: montrealfamilies.ca

Carolyn Melmed is a founding member of the Lansdowne Centre, a school for children with learning difficulties.

She has 35 years of teaching experience, both in the classroom and on a one-to-one basis, is a certified mediator and has designed workshops for teachers, support staff and managers.

CURRENT WORKSHOPS:

  • Unleashing Your Child's Potential: parents will learn skills and strategies to help their child achieve higher grades, beome an independent learner and a more successful student.
  • Organization and Study Skills - high school students learn practical techniques and strategies to develop effective organization and study skills.
  • High School Preparation - students in Grades 5 and 6, accompanied by their parents, learn organization and study skills to help prepare them for high school.
  • One-to-One Tutoring for students grade 5 through university.

Ms. Melmed has recently released a new DVD, "Unleashing Your Child's Potential" to help children develop organization and study skills. This is a valuable resource for parents who want to work together with their children to optimize their learning potential and academic performance.


New DVD focuses on study skills


Source: montrealfamilies.ca

The excitement of going back to school has probably faded by now and children may be feeling swamped by homework or having trouble completing assignments. To help young people develop better study and organization skills, Carolyn Melmed, an educator with 35 years teaching experience, has created a new DVD entitled Unleashing Your Child's Potential.


The DVD covers four topics: motivation, communication, discipline and learning strategies. Viewers learn methods to solve problems, strategies for stopping procrastination and ways to master memorization and organization. For more information, call (514) 482-3819. The DVD, appropriate for school-age children to university students, costs $49.99 and is available from the website (with a 20 per cent discount) at www.ImprovingStudySkills.com.


DVD LAUNCH > article from Fielding Focus

Mark down Thursday November 11 (changed from Wed. Nov. 11). On that evening, the Central Parents Committee will host the official launch of Carolyn Melmed's new DVD: Unleashing Your Child's Potential. A teacher and founding member of the Lansdowne Centre, Ms. Melmed knows that success in school requires good study habits and that a strong relationship between students, parents, and teachers is essential to effective learning. Unleashing Your Child's Potential is a comprehensive instructional guide that focuses on how parents can become good coaches, motivate their children and provide them with learning methods, a sense of discipline and effective communication skills. Parents will learn how to help their children evolve from being dependent on parents and teachers, to becoming independent learners, and ultimately to achieve higher grades and become more successful students. Parents can learn how to set up a good learning environment at home, an effective homework routine and how to prepare for parent/teacher interviews.


"I believe that learning is a shared responsibility and that parents must work together with their children to optimize their learning potential and academic performance," says Ms. Melmed. "I was compelled to produce this DVD because of the lack of resources for parents, despite their being indispensable in the learning process."

Fielding Focus, an EMSB Newspaper


Mark down Thursday, November 11. On that evening, the Central Parents Committee will host the official launch of Carolyn Melmed?s new DVD: Unleashing Your Child?s Potential. A teacher and founding member of the Lansdowne Centre, Ms. Melmed knows that success in school requires good study habits and that a strong relationship between students, parents, and teachers is essential to effective learning. Unleashing Your Child?s Potential is a comprehensive instructional guide that focuses on how parents can become good coaches, motivate their children and provide them with learning methods, a sense of discipline and effective communication skills. Parents will learn how to help their children evolve from being dependent on parents and teachers, to becoming independent learners, and ultimately to achieve higher grades and become more successful students. Parents can learn how to set up a good learning environment at home, an effective homework routine and how to prepare for parent/teacher interviews.


"I believe that learning is a shared responsibility and that parents must work together with their children to optimize their learning potential and academic performance," says Ms. Melmed. "I was compelled to produce this DVD because of the lack of resources for parents, despite their being indispensable in the learning process."

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Keep homework top of mind during spring

Don’t give up on homework now, the end of the school year is in sight!

May 2013

By Elisabeth Kalbfuss

The end of the school year is approaching and the demands on your children’s time are multiplying as fast as their homework assignments. Teachers are plowing through the curriculum, tests in every subject seem to multiply and happen all at once, practice time for end-of-year music recitals and other performances is stepped up, and outdoor activities like soccer leagues and tennis programs are getting underway.

Not to mention that the weather is finally warm enough to really enjoy being outside and having fun, often the only thing children really want to do at this time of year.

But homework is still important, say educators, especially since no matter how well kids did in the early part of the school year, under Education Department guidelines, this final term counts for 60 per cent of a student’s final mark. It’s a thought that stresses many parents and even some children.

“At this time of year, who doesn’t want to go play outside?” said Raizel Candib, principal at Merton Elementary. “It’s a constant struggle, something that’s been going on forever.”

If you have children enrolled in their school’s extended-day homework program, this might be a time you see a real benefit, Candib says. By the time your children get home, all, or at least most, of the homework should be done and the kids should be free to go out and enjoy a few hours of daylight.

If they’re not in a scheduled homework program, she advises giving children a little break to run around after school and not make them start homework immediately.

After that, Candib said, it’s a matter of organizing and not overscheduling children in activities that make too many demands on their time.

Going to a neighbourhood school is great at this time of year, says Carolyn Melmed, an educational consultant. The walk home gives kids both a break from school work and a chance to be outdoors.

Melmed offers no magic bullet to help students get through the final push of the school year. She suggests parents continue to use a combination of encouragement and discipline to get their kids through.

“It’s worth articulating to children that this term is worth 60 per cent,” she said. Then referring to all the distractions at this time of year, she added, “Ironically, this is when they have to focus the most.”

She also recommends that parents encourage their students to stay focused in class. “Study in school with the teacher,” she said, that way you’ll know exactly what the homework is, know how to do it and need less time to complete it. This approach also results in students having to spend less time reviewing for tests.

Homework guide for parents

Quebec’s Education Department has published a new homework guide for parents and guardians that has learning tips for any time of year.

The guide, Homework and Studying, Supporting and Guiding My Child, suggests strategies on how to support and encourage children with homework and learning, when and how to communicate with the school and teachers, and what to do if there’s a problem. It also has a bibliography of further reading and ways to look for more resources when you need them.  Click here for the complete guide.

Subject: Organization and Study Skills Workshop

Dear parents and partners in education,

I would like to thank you for attending the workshop by Carolyn Melmed last Thursday evening.  I think it was both informative and worthwhile.

Your children are fortunate to have parents who take the time to support them in their education and help them be successful in school.

Kind regards,

Evelyne Alfonsi
Principal
Gardenview Elementary
700 Brunet
Ville St Laurent, Quebec
Tel: 514-744-1401