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Working Smarter Not Harder: Test Preparation

Teacher: Jenny-Lyn Usher (Ottawa)

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2 students: CAD $15.00
3+ students: CAD $10.00
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Working Smarter Not Harder: Test Preparation

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Course description:

Preparing for TOEIC, SLE, IELTS, CanTEST, GCT or other assessment?

After an initial assessment, I tailor the plan to match your ability and the structure of the test. Each week will focus on a different section of the test, related vocabulary, grammar and focused language practice.

Teaching approach:

I follow a structured teaching method that includes hands on practice using authentic test materials and additional resources. Purchase of texts are optional and review materials will be provided to help you practice between classes.

Course program:

(Examples of class syllabus for each test.)

TOEIC Syllabus
Class #1: Introduction – General Techniques

Class #2: Section 1 – Photographs

Class #3: Section 2 – Question/Response

Class #4: Section 3 – Conversations

Class #5: Section 4 – Short Talks

Class #6: Section 5 – Incomplete Sentences

Class #7: Section 6 – Text Completion

Class #8: Section 7 – Reading Comprehension (1 document)

Class #9: Section 8 – Reading Comprehension (2 documents)
Class #10: Review and mock test.
Class #11+ : Pending individual students needs.

General Competency Test Syllabus
Class #1: Introduction – General Techniques

Class #2: Section 1 – Understanding Written Materials

Class #3: Section 2 – Solving Numerical Problems
Class #4: Section 3 – Drawing Logical Conclusions
Class #5: Review and Practice Test.
Class #6+ : Pending individual students needs.

SLE - TOP Syllabus
Class #1: Introduction – General Techniques

Class #2: Section 1 – Question and Answer (Short Answer)

Class #3: Section 2 – Short Listening, Question and Answer (Short Answer)
Class #4: Section 3 – 3 Minute Talk (Long Answer)
Class #5: Section 4 - Long Listen and Answer (Long Answer)
Class #6: Review and Practice Test.
Class #7+ : Pending individual students needs.

CanTEST Syllabus
Class #1: Introduction – General Techniques

Class #2: Speaking Section

Class #3: Listening Section
Class #4: Reading Section
Class #5: Writing Section
Class #6+ : Pending individual students needs.

Places where you can take this course:

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Library: Ottawa Main Library
120 Metcalfe St Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
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University: University of Ottawa - Library
65 University Private Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
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Hourly rates:

1 student:CAD $25.00*
2 students:CAD $15.00 per student*
3+ students:CAD $10.00 per student*

* Plus CAD $5.00 administration fee per class (per student)
* Single-class purchase fee: CAD $5.00 (per student)

Class duration options:

Online: 60, 90, 120 minutes

In person: 60, 90, 120, 180 minutes

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Jenny-Lyn Usher

City / Country of origin: Toronto, Canada

Mother language: English


My name is Jenny-Lyn and I am a teacher who has an interest in adult, elementary (Grade 1 to 6) and ELL (English Language Learner) education. I was born in Ontario, Canada and have finished a Humanities B.A. in Toronto. I was fortunate to gain two and half years of teaching experience with adult learners in Japan but was ready to return to the classroom after completing a Diploma of Education in Melbourne, Australia.

I taught in Nunavut, Canada with ELL students between 5 and 8 years of age while also running a literacy remediation program for adults. I am presently living in Ottawa, Canada and working as a supply teacher with the Ottawa Carlton District School Board. I look forwards to working with you on your language goals. :)


Diploma of Education Primary, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2011.

Honours B.A., University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Ontario, Canada, 2007.

High School Diploma, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, 2002.

Additional Qualification Training:

Reading (Specialist), ETFO, Canada, 2015.

Teaching First Nation, Métis and Inuit, ETFO, Canada, 2015.

Special Education (Part 2), OISE University of Toronto, Canada, 2014.

English as a Second Language (Specialist), OISE University of Toronto, Canada, 2014.

Kindergarten (Part 1), OISE University of Toronto, Canada, 2014.


Kindergarten to grade 3 English Language Teacher, Ulaajuk School; Pond Inlet, Canada - 2012 - 2015.

Grade 5/6 Teacher, Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik; Kugluktuk, Canada - 2011 - 2012.

Adult ESL Teacher, Language House Inc; Niihama, Japan - 2007-2010.

Adult ESL Instructor; Bradford, Ontario, Canada - 2007.

In-Class Tutor, Tecumseth North Public School; Beeton, Ontario, Canada - 2004.

Income Tax Assistant, UTSC; Scarborough, Ontario, Canada - 2004.

Private tutor, I Can Do It!; Bond Head, Ontario, Canada - 1999-2002.

Courses by this teacher:

Learn English: Working Smarter Not Harder: Test Preparation

Proficiency level

Your English proficiency level will be evaluated by the teacher according to this framework:

A1 - Beginner:

  • Understands familiar English expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of concrete needs.
  • Can introduce him/herself and answer questions about personal details such as the place of residence and belongings.
  • Can hold a simple conversation in English if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 - Elementary:

  • Understands frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance like personal and family information.
  • Can communicate in routine situations requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and immediate needs.

B1 - Intermediate:

  • Understands the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in everyday situations.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where English is spoken.
  • Can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 - Independent:

  • Understands the main ideas of complex English text on both concrete and abstract topics.
  • Interaction with native English speakers can happen with fluency and spontaineity and without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear text on a wide variety of subjects and expose a point of view given the various options.

C1 - Advanced:

  • Understands a wide range of demanding, longer English texts, and recognizes implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use English flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce detailed, well-structured text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns and connectors.

C2 - Proficient:

  • Easily understands virtually everything heard or read in English.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources and reconstruct arguments in a coherent presentation.
  • Expresses him/herself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in complex situations.

Interested in this course?

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