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March 2019
Fall/Winter 2019-20 and Summer 2019 REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

Check Out Our Amazing Course Offerings!
Fall/Winter 2019-2020 and Summer 2019 registration are OPEN NOW!
2019-2020 Schedule - CLICK HERE!
Lauren Koek and Andy Gong
Selected for Finals of Speaker's Idol 2019!

This year, three Brain Power Language Arts and Public Speaking students made it to the Speaker's Idol 2019 Semi-Finals: Lauren Koek, Andy Gong, and Maxwell He (who will also compete in the Youth Speaker Slam - see below). We are so proud of them all! Students from across Ontario submitted speeches and only a select few were chosen for the semi-finals (which were held on March 3rd).

We just got word that Lauren and Andy made it to the Finals!
They are officially among the Top 5 in Ontario for 2019, and they will compete for #1 in the province on Thursday, March 28th at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts.


Maxwell He and Serena Ge
Selected for Finals at Youth Speaker Slam!
Brain Power Public Speaking students Maxwell He and Serena Ge have made it to the finals at Toronto's Youth Speaker Slam!

This public speaking event will be held on April 14th in downtown Toronto. 

Eileen Oh
Accepted for Summer at Stanford University!

Brain Power Public Speaking and Senior 3 student Eileen Oh has been accepted to a summer program being held at Stanford University called the Stanford Science, Technology and Medicine Summer Program. This program takes place over two weeks.

Here is what Eileen says about what she will be doing at Stanford: 

"During the two weeks, I will be learning the basics of medical physiology, medicine, and basic life-support training. I will get to apply them to clinical practices. I will also be exposed to ultrasound imaging and bioprinting." 

We're so excited for you! 
Monna Wei
Accepted to EXPLO at Yale University!

Amazing news from Brain Power Senior 2 student Monna Wei, who is heading to Yale University this summer for EXPLO! She will be taking Surgical Interventions and Interior Design Studio! 

Monna says: "I can't wait to go to the Yale Campus!"

More about EXPLO can be found here:

We can't wait to hear all about your experience at Yale!
Angad Khattra
Accepted for Summer at Johns Hopkins Centre for Talented Youth

Meet Brain Power student Angad Khattra! Angad was trained in our Ivy League Preparation program (see below) and was accepted to the highly competitive Johns Hopkins Centre for Talented Youth Program. He will be attending this summer! 


Ivy League Prep: Training for Talent
NEW Summer Courses!
Ivy League Prep: Training for Talent - English (Grades 2-8)
Ivy League Prep: Training for Talent - Math (Grades 2-8)
Ivy League Prep: Training for Talent - Spatial Reasoning (Grades 5-8 OR 9+)

Want to train to have what it takes to be recruited by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (CTY) or other Ivy League schools? Take one or all of the "Training for Talent" programs at Brain Power this summer! Tailored specifically to your child, this program will train students (one-one or semi-private - your choice) for the Johns Hopkins CTY assessment test (SCAT) and similar Ivy League entrance examinations. It will also deepen your child's knowledge and strengthen his/her abilities in one or all of three subjects: Math, English, and/or Spatial Reasoning. 
*Brain Power is not officially affiliated with or endorsed by Johns Hopkins University or the Center for Talented Youth.
Did you know? Johns Hopkins University is very prestigious for more than its Center for Talented Youth. It is known to be a top-ranking (in the world) research university and it also excels in many scientific areas. Its biomedical engineering program as well as its medical school are ranked #1. Johns Hopkins University is ranked 5th best in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine.
For More Information on Johns Hopkins CTY - CLICK HERE!
Natalie Nova
Accepted for Summer at Stanford University!

Brain Power alumna Natalie Nova is currently studying Cognitive Science at Queen's University in the School of Computing.  She applied to Stanford University as a transfer student for the summer and was accepted! This summer, Natalie will be attending the eight-week semester at Stanford and will be taking courses towards her degree! 

Natalie says: "I will be taking a higher-level computer science course and a course called 'Intro to Decision Making,' which is an engineering management course. I’m really excited! It will be a different experience to study computing in Silicon Valley!" 

What a great experience! 
Lauren Koek
Chosen for Summer Research Position
at the University of Singapore!

This summer, Brain Power student Lauren Koek is going to be taking on a research position with the National University of Singapore. More precisely, she will be working with Dr. Lehming Nobert. His lab focusses on Cancer: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms, specifically in Gene Transcription, DNA Repair, Ubiquitin, Protein Interaction and Protein Modification. She will be in Singapore working on this project for a month!

Wow, Lauren, this is an incredible opportunity!  We can't wait to hear all about it upon your return!


Last summer Lauren took our summer science program, and it helped her get this position! Registration is on for our summer science program for 2019. This summer, our programs will have the added bonus of helping students prepare for entrance exams for prestigious science high schools such as MaCS and TOPS! Register today to secure your spot! 

For Info on Our Summer Programs - CLICK HERE!
David Silverberg Visits Brain Power!
David Silverberg (pictured far left) with our Public Speaking students.

Brain Power recently welcomed David Silverberg as a guest speaker to our Public Speaking classes!  David is a very successful journalist who writes for the BBC, Washington Post, Vice Magazine, and Toronto's NOW, and who is also the theatre director and founder of Canada's largest spoken word organizations! 

While at Brain Power, David shared tips and knowledge, taking our students through various fun exercises to improve their communication skills! 

Thank you, David!
It was a pleasure to have you!

Dr. Karine Rashkovsky
Chosen to Be a Judge at Speaker Slam!
Brain Power's Director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, has been chosen to be a judge for Toronto's premier Public Speaking event: Speaker Slam!  

On March 26th, Karine will be a judge alongside some top North American Public Speaking agents and coaches.

The theme of the March event is "Love Lessons."

For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Join Brain Power's FREE* Book Club!

1. Check out the details on our awesome book club events below!
2. Register for your choices in person at the front office or by phone (905-303-5457) or email at
3. Pick up a copy of the book at a bookstore or your local/school library!
4. Have a great time finishing the book before we meet!
5. Join us for an exciting discussion of the book and/or a performance.

* Events that include a performance may also have a charge for ticket prices. See details in the event descriptions below.
Alumni of the Month:
Caroline Cui

Currently: Attending Western University (Medical and Integrated Sciences)

Achievements: Distinction for all of high school; 2nd place Speaker's Idol 2018; Scholarship: $10,000 value.

Thoughts on Brain Power: I loved Brain Power! Jason taught me English, and it was amazing! We went through so many interesting topics in philosophy, history, and much more. I also developed my public speaking skills and my love for it at Brain Power. I used to be very nervous, but Karine taught me how to be a great speaker and be more confident in what I think and who I am.

For More Information - CLICK HERE!
For More Information on the Competiton - CLICK HERE!
The Johns Hopkins Centre for Talented Youth (CTY) gifted and talented summer programs offer bright students the opportunity to engage in challenging academic work in the company of peers who share their exceptional abilities and love of learning. While the focus is on rigorous academics and learning, the social experience that results from bringing these students together is an integral part of the program.
For More Details - CLICK HERE!

The Youth Summer Program (YSP) was established in 2008 and every summer students from across North America and around the world are offered an exclusive glimpse into the world of Medicine and Law. A unique modular-based format provides students with a diverse set of subject areas and flexibility. Students participate in the exploration of the respective fields, career opportunities, and what they should be thinking about and doing in high school to prepare themselves for post-secondary admission and education.

For More Details - CLICK HERE!
"The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is a group of young Canadians who provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada on issues of importance to them and to all Canadians. Listening to young people about issues that matter to them is an important commitment of the government. As Minister of Youth, the Prime Minister wants to hear directly from young people. The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is one mechanism to support this dialogue."

"Youth Council members meet both online and in person several times a year to discuss issues that matter to their peers, their community, and their country. They interact with each other outside of meetings to discuss ideas and upcoming activities, and to talk with their peers about issues that matter most to them. There may also be opportunities to engage with local and national organizations, meet with policy makers and decision-makers like Cabinet Ministers, and attend public events."
Prime Minister's Youth Council - CLICK HERE!
Interested in Gifted Testing?
Make an Appointment with Nanci Goldman
Gifted testing provides information on a child's abilities and exceptionalities and results may be utilized for certain advanced-placement academic programs in various private and public schools.

Brain Power can help by connecting you with our in-house specialist Nanci Goldman (pictured left). 

Nanci has over 15 years of experience as a Psychoeducational Consultant in the public school board.  In this setting, she provides consultation and comprehensive assessment of children/adolescents with diverse needs (e.g. intellectual, academic, social, emotional, behavioural).  
Nanci completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.  She is registered in the area of school psychology with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. 
Contact us at or (905) 303-5457
Math Homework at Brain Power:
A Recipe for Academic Growth
  • We believe in encouraging children to develop a “growth mindset” that views challenges as “energizing rather than intimidating” because “they offer opportunities to learn” (Dweck 2015).
  • This requires that students are challenged, and that means getting stuck on certain questions, getting certain questions incorrect, and returning to rethink certain questions more than once.
  • This is why we deliberately split our homework questions between those that:
    • Give students an opportunity to reiterate and reinforce skills and techniques that they have learned (or seen demonstrated) in the classroom.
    • Challenge students to use their creative thinking to tackle problems that go a bit beyond what they have learned (or seen demonstrated) in the classroom.
  • If students get a homework question incorrect, they should reattempt (but not resubmit) it before the next class. (Parents should not feel obligated to “step in” to explain the problem to their child.)
  • In the next class, the instructor will review all of the homework questions, taking extra time to explain those that students found particularly challenging.
  • Not only does this approach encourage children’s academic growth, but it also bolsters their self-reliance, resilience, creativity, and flexibility in the face of intellectual challenges.
More information on developing a "growth mindset" in children:

Dweck, Carol S. “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids.” Scientific American. (Jan. 1, 2015).
Post, Gail. “A life lesson for gifted children: failure.” Gifted Challenges. (Aug. 9, 2013)
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