The Ontario Study ePortal is a repository for fully developed online courses for high school students who are studying or planning to study in Ontario. These courses cover all mandated units of study and enhance the learning that students receive in public or private high schools. All courses follow closely the Ontario curriculum. They have been developed by experienced Ontario certified teachers who have taught these courses in classroom settings. Every lesson of each course includes learning goals/expectations and success criteria that are based on the Ontario Growing Success Guidelines. The courses consist of detailed video lessons, as well as supplementary quizzes, assignments, and tests with fully worked solutions. Students are shown how to solve some of the most challenging problems in each course. Students are also told which concepts to focus on when studying for tests. The goal of each course is to reveal the most common types of test questions for each unit of a course.
The Ontario Study ePortal was founded by Dr. Eduardo Marentes and Mr. Jeff Gadjiev, both Ontario certified teachers with many years of teaching and tutoring experience. They both strongly believe in the flipped classroom model of education where students first attempt to learn concepts on their own, and then seek the help of an educator to better understand what they have learned and to correct any misconceptions that they may have. They also believe that supplementary resources are essential for students to attain a mastery of course concepts. Just following what is being taught in class is often not enough for a student to achieve a true mastery of course content. Additional resources are often required to reinforce what is being learned in class if a student desired to do exceptionally well in a course.
The ONStudy courses were designed to help students improve their ability to answer application and thinking questions by including many sample problems and by explaining the approaches to solving many of the different types of higher level thinking problems in each course. Without access to online courses, struggling student commonly rely on a tutor to pre-teach them the course material in an attempt to grasp the material or to get a deeper understanding of the course content prior to taking the course in school or university. Having many sessions with a competent tutor can be costly if the goal is to cover most of the concepts of a course. Completing an ONStudy online course can allow a student to learn the material of a course ahead of time without the need for many tutoring sessions. Our online tutorials can be used to clarify challenging learning processes and misconceptions.