July 30, 2007

My New Job

Like I said previously, I am currently employed with EOK (Elements of Knowledge), a new tutoring company in Winnipeg. They have established centres in Waterloo, Toronto, Hong Kong, and New York already. Some shameless advertisement here, lol. Please read on!

I have trained with the program the students will be using to learn math and it's VERY detailed, concise, thoughtful, and flexible. I'll give you an example of a scenario we were trained in. When a new student comes in, say he just finished grade 3 and as the instructor, I want to assess where he is at. I would set him up as a grade 4 student but bring in grade 3 materials (for assessment purposes) with just a click of a mouse. Very simple. Since grade 3 focuses on multiplication and division, I would give him some of the overall grade multiplication exercises to do. If he's having problems with 2 digits * 1 digit, I would have him do exercises with 1 digit * 1 digit. Very easy since every thing is labelled and linked under a big tree. This would be advantageous to the students because they will receive a tailored curriculum to help them improve without going into their frustration level. In addition, the students will NOT have a keyboard to use, instead they will have a number pad keyboard to use. This will prevent the students from being able to surf the internet or chat on MSN during class time. Lastly, I believe it will be a 1:6 ratio (instructor:students), this might change but it'll be around there.

Our centre is located at 72 Scurfield. It won't open until sometime in October, I was told this date MIGHT change, depending on the renovations. The centre looks great, so far, by the way! Our hours of operation would be:

Monday to Friday: 3:30pm - 9pm
Saturday: 8am - 8pm
Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

There will be a $30 registration fee and I *think* we will only accept cheques and cash. There will be special programs:

  1. For every 2 referrals by the parents or students, the student will receive $30 credit.

  2. If you are enrolling more than 1 child, 10% off each kid after and you only pay 2 registration fees.

  3. If you pay for 12 months all at once, you get 1 month free. The restrictions are that you are paying for continuous sessions and there will be no refunds.

Every new student will be assessed by an instructor and EOK employs qualified and trained instructors. I mean, I got in didn't I? :P

Anyways, if you are interested, please let me know. You can send me a message on Facebook or email me at alice.py.li@gmail.com.


July 29, 2007

Elements of Knowledge

Today I went to my first training session in my new job with EOK. EOK is a tutoring company, subsidiary to Ng & Co. Their program consists of a program with extensive tools to teach students math. It's pretty cool, but there are a lot of stuff I, as an instructor, will need to learn! I'm going for another training session tomorrow.

I'm writing this instead of being with Alfred because:

1. I'm not sleepy yet.
2. Alfred fell asleep within 3 seconds of falling into bed. Sighs.

Everytime his head touches a pillow, he's gone like a light. >.<


July 27, 2007

Sims 2

For the past week, I've been addicted to Sims 2. I have all the expansions and I finally installed them all. Took so long! O.o I have a kid now and you would not believe how much work it takes to take care of the baby, satisfy my own needs, AND run a business at home! Luckily my husband makes enough money + some cheat codes (oops! :D) so I don't have to open my business everyday. In addition to ALL that, you have to make friends too! My hubby is a politician so he needs lotsa friends. Sighs. He's close to being promoted to Mayor! :)

Well, I'm going out soon to eat dinner with Alf, Beck, and Al. We're going to Hsieh Family Restaurant for water gou (Chinese dumpling). Their water gou and war tip is pretty good too. On Wednesday and Friday, it's buy one get one free, that's why we're going today. Anyways, should be leaving in 10 minutes, gonna go see what Alf is doing.


July 26, 2007

Winnipeg Humane Society

Please copy and paste the link below into your web browser to view this compelling story about a dog named Sassy who came in to the Winnipeg Humane Society with her muzzle duct taped shut.


The Winnipeg Humane Society never solicits donors through e-mail but felt it was necessary to tell the story of Sassy - a dog who has scars to show the abuse and neglect she endured. These scars will last a lifetime but the process of healing the scars on the inside has already started thanks to generous donors like yourself. Your generous gift helps animals like Sassy to get a second chance at life.

Please consider sending in your support. Donation forms are available to download or you can donate on-line! As always your donations mean the world and your support allows us tocontinue our work here caring for the animals.

I decided to donate last night after having read this story. The thing is, I've been thinking about it on and off ever since my brother, Perry, bought me a book called Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul. There are so many unfortunate dogs (animals) out there that need our help. If not our time, at least our financial help. I look at my dog and I thought, I'm so fortunate that Minx is in my life. What about all those other wonderful animals that are being abused and abandoned? It's easy to drop a tear after hearing about these stories and then forget about it but for all of you who have animals as family members, haven't they blessed your life? It's your turn to bless their lives. I'm sure you can afford $5/month = $60/month, which is the amount I made and will continue to make, annually. Join me. Help them.


Electricity is our God.

You never really notice just how important electricity is until you don't have it. Today, the weather went all crazy, apocalyptic like. I was shopping in Superstore when the power went out. I hurried home to avoid the rain and I JUST made it too! Unfortunately, Mom couldn't cook nor could I bake (for her meeting later on, which is why I went to Superstore). The power was out for over an hour and we (my parents and I) found ourselves with nothing to do! No computers, tvs, or cooking! It was very disturbing to find how much we rely on electricity. Luckily the power came back on just when we thought we had to eat at Sun Fortune (their power was okay, I called to check :P).