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Online Tutoring and

Homeschooling Support


Optimus Learning Centre provides 1-1 Tutoring and Study Coaching.

We specialize in serving students with individualized learning needs. The

Optimus Team is well-qualified to help students to meet their full potential.

Private Tutoring and Study Coaching services are available to both Elementary and Secondary students, as well as to those enrolled in College or University.

Individualized 1-1 Tutoring is available for all Academic Subjects. Personalized Study Coaching also helps students to improve their Learning Skills, which are essential for long-term academic achievement.

Communication with parents is maintained, and consultation with pediatricians, psychologists, and other educational professionals is provided as needed – to ensure that students experience ongoing school success.

At Optimus Learning Centre, we believe that all students may be empowered to experience school success. Our mission is to provide specialized 1-1 instruction to students who have a variety of learning profiles, and to instill a sense of confidence in each learner.

“When I came to Optimus, I was in grade one. Now I am in grade three. I was always good at math, but now I am good at reading and making stories too.”

– Colin, Grade 3

“I am very pleased to be able to recommend the services of Optimus Learning Centre. For quite a few years now, my daughter has been supported in each of her subjects, and her 1-1- tutoring has always been customized to meet her identified learning needs. In addition to mastering the concepts taught in each of her classes, she has also been encouraged to understand and accept her own needs and strengths. The additional connection with the school has enabled my daughter’s teachers to help her to meet the expectations at school. My daughter has now developed habits and skills that work for her, and I truly believe that this has given her the kind of confidence that she will need in the future.”

– Parent of Emily, Grade 11

Optimus Learning Centre is operated by Christine Duff: Owner, Director, and
Special Education

Christine is highly motivated to provide excellent 1-1 tutoring and coaching services to students who are either struggling to succeed in school, and to those who are already succeeding, but who now want to excel. Christine is also extremely knowledgeable about the various ways in which learning difficulties  can affect the lives of students – and their families. She is enthusiastic about providing consultation services to parents, as well as teachers, who may be looking to provide additional support to students with individualized learning needs.

The Optimus Team
is very committed to student success.

Our teaching staff  is made up of Tutors and Coaches who work closely with the Director of the Centre. This ensures that students are consistently provided with individualized programming that will help them to reach their goals. Students are carefully matched with qualified Teachers and Subject Specialists – who deliver programs that are based on learning and attention needs.  Everyone at Optimus is dedicated to creating meaningful lessons that celebrate student strengths.

The Optimus Advantage involves a three-part support program, which allows students to experience school success.

We start by carefully identifying students’ individual learning styles as well as their educational goals.  We then provide students with comprehensive 1 – 1 Tutoring and Study Coaching services. We actively maintain partnerships with both parents and teachers, as well as other professionals – to ensure ongoing student success.

1.  Assessment:  This first step includes a review of the student’s school history, an analysis of their learning style, and an assessment of their ability to use specific skills and strategies to their own advantage.​ This intake process helps us to build an understanding of students’ strengths and needs, so that we can customize future programming. Together with students and parents, we develop learning plans that enable each Optimus student to better meet their learning goals.
2.  Support:  This second step includes 1 – 1 Tutoring and Study Coaching programs that are designed to help students to succeed academically – and along the  way, Learning Skills are consistently reinforced – for use across the curriculum.
Tutoring for Elementary Students is available in all Academic Subject Areas:  Math, Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies, as well as French.  Study Coaching further reinforces key Learning Skills. These include Initiative, Independent Work, Organization, Responsibility, and Self-Regulation.
Tutoring for Secondary Students also supports the development of important School Skills, such as Independent Homework Completion, Note Taking, Studying and Test Preparation, Editing and Proofreading, Essay-Writing, Improvement of Executive Functioning, Planning and Time Management, Self-awareness and Self-Advocacy, and Effective Use of Assistive Technology.
3. Partnership: This third step includes ongoing communication with parents throughout each term. Professionally written Progress Reports are available to parents upon request.  Consultation services regarding IEP development,  Parent-Teacher interviews,  SST meetings,  and IPRCs  may be provided, and supportive accompaniment at school meetings may be available as needed.  Consultations with teachers, psychologists, and other educational professionals  may be offered to Optimus students and their families – to assist with monitoring student progress, and to allow for ongoing school success.​
“A little over a year and a half ago, we came to Optimus for remedial spelling and writing for our Grade 6 son. Almost immediately, our son’s attitude and willingness to see “the tutor” changed, and the special education approaches that were used in his lessons have not only boosted his spelling and writing, but also his organization and academic confidence. My daughter now attends Optimus too, and my husband and I have seen a remarkable improvement in her skills as well.”

– Parent of Matthew, Grade 8, and Jessica, Grade 2

“My son went from being completely averse to school to being determined to put in an effort and demonstrate his potential. We are now living with a person who is eager to try, and who believes that he can succeed.”

– Parent of Luke, Grade 10

“Optimus is just what we have been searching for all these years!  We feel so blessed to have found this source of help and support, especially now, as our son is preparing for university!”

– Parent of Kevin, Grade 12