Fall Programs

Fall is our favourite season here at Options, but it’s also a busy one! Get ready to head back to school, practice your writing, and get a jump on your supplemental essays with our slate of fall workshops.

These intensive study skills sessions are designed to help students be academically prepared for their educational futures. The sessions are instructional as well as practical, hands-on work sessions, and they are offered at the start of the school term to help students get a start on forming solid executive functioning habits. Students will leave the workshop armed with the knowledge, skills, strategies, and reference material required to prepare them for academic success. They will also leave the workshop with a concrete understanding of their own executive functioning strengths and weaknesses and with an individualized plan to help them develop as a student.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

The sessions are instructional as well as practical, hands-on worksessions. We will explore organizational strategies and understand the resources available to post-secondary students. We will also address how to communicate with professors and teaching assistants, how to make use of a course outline, and how to set goals and practice effective time management. Students will leave the workshop armed with the knowledge, skills, and strategies required to prepare them for academic success.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

The session will include a presentation that outlines the typical essay and supplemental writing prompts required by major Canadian universities and programs (e.g. UBC, Queen’s, Western). During this presentation, session leaders will also provide writing and time management strategies and sample essays from previous years’ successful applications. Students will then be given time to brainstorm and engage in practice writing exercises. Options Solutions writing coaches will give students one-on-one feedback on their drafts, and all students will leave with a clear direction on how to tackle and complete their application essays.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

These sessions aim to help students complete the supplemental writing portions of their university and scholarship applications, including essays, personal statements, activities summaries and resumes. Writing Workshop serves as an accessible introduction to university-level writing, and students will leave the sessions with an understanding of effective written language use. We accommodate students working on a variety of projects all in the same session, and our writing coaches work personally with students on their unique pieces. 

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

These sessions are designed for students who want assistance completing their Canadian post-secondary applications in a constructive and supportive environment. Our educational consultants will lead students through completing the application process step-by-step and answer any questions that arise along the way.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

The session will include a presentation that outlines the main components of video interview requirements, as well as a practical guide for successfully completing those videos. During the session, students will learn how to answer typical interview questions and have the opportunity to tackle some sample questions as a group. They will then practice in pairs and give each other feedback, as well as record their responses for analysis. Programs that require the video interview include commerce at UBC, the University of Toronto, and York University, as well as engineering at the University of Toronto and Waterloo.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

Winter/ Spring Programs

Winter and Spring at Options means goal setting, planning, and prepping! Join us for our winter workshops to make this season the most productive yet.

These intensive study skills sessions are designed to help students be academically prepared for their educational futures. The sessions are instructional as well as practical, hands-on work sessions, and they are offered at the start of the school term to help students get a start on forming solid executive functioning habits. Students will leave the workshop armed with the knowledge, skills, strategies, and reference material required to prepare them for academic success. They will also leave the workshop with a concrete understanding of their own executive functioning strengths and weaknesses and with an individualized plan to help them develop as a student.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

This two-hour workshop is designed to help grade 10 and 11students and their parents prepare for 2023-2024 course planning. Options Solutions president Melinda Giampietro will walk students through the process of course selection. The session will be interactive and dynamic. There will be a course simulation and also a thorough question and answer period. Students will leave with a clearer understanding of university requirements and what courses they need for post-secondary school admission.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

This two-day boot camp will help students understand and tackle the Canadian admissions process. The goal of this boot camp is to relieve the stress students feel about the application process and to get a head start before going back to school.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

This boot camp will help students understand and tackle the US admissions process. The goal of this boot camp is to relieve the stress students feel about the application process and to kick start the process in July. Students will leave the July boot camp with a solid start to the Common Application and other US applications. Students are encouraged to attend the full series, as each session will be unique and valuable.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

The session will include a presentation that outlines the main components of video interview requirements, as well as a practical guide for successfully completing those videos. During the session, students will learn how to answer typical interview questions and have the opportunity to tackle some sample questions as a group. They will then practice in pairs and give each other feedback, as well as record their responses for analysis. Programs that require the video interview include commerce at UBC, the University of Toronto, and York University, as well as engineering at the University of Toronto and Waterloo.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

This three-day boot camp is designed to give current grade 9, 10, 11, and 12 students a solid understanding of English grammar, writing conventions, and essay basics, so they can approach essay writing with the knowledge and skills necessary for success. Students will learn the essentials to writing expert argumentative essays, the most common essay genre they will write in high school. This session will be a great way to hone students’ writing skills while classes transition to an online model. Materials will be provided.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

This interactive, fast-paced workshop is aimed at providing students with the theory and practice to succeed in their English studies at the grade 11 and 12 level. It will give students the skills and confidence they need to succeed, making their future English courses easier and more enjoyable. Furthermore, the active reading, planning, and essay writing skills are a great way to prepare for the Graduate Literacy Assessment (GLA), a new British Columbia provincial exam for students in grade 10 and 12.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

This interactive workshop is geared towards preparing students to develop the fundamentals for university application responses and essays. Whereas Options’ other English programs focus on developing students’ technical writing skills, this two day course will help expand students’ ability to express their authentic voice through writing.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

Join us for a 4-hour exam, exam markingand a 3-hour debrief. Each student is given a cover sheet to help them understand their successes and identify their areas needing improvement. In order to get an accurate estimate of a student’s abilities, we use only officially released ACT and SAT exams. Taking practice tests helps students prepare for the stamina required on test day.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

These intensive sessions focus on helping students master the ACT or SAT exam. Topics will cover every portion of the test, including test-taking strategies, time management tips, and crossover English, reading, and math skills for the ACT/SAT exam.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

These weekend prep sessions are designed to deliver concentrated exam prep for the English, reading, writing, and math portions of the ACT and SAT exams. This workshop is perfect for students writing either the ACT or SAT exams who want to improve their foundational test skills during a weekend-long course.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

Summer Programs

Stay sharp with summer boot camps and workshops at Options! From essay writing practice and standardized test prep to post-secondary applications, our summer programs have something for every student. Our sessions for summer 2022 will be delivered virtually and in-person at our South Granville location.

This two-day intensive preparation will help students understand and tackle the Canadian admissions process. The goal of this boot camp is to relieve the stress students feel about the application process and to get a head start before going back to school.  Materials will be provided.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

The session will include a presentation that outlines the typical essay and supplemental writing prompts required by major Canadian universities and programs (e.g. UBC, Queen’s, Western). During this presentation, session leaders will also provide writing and time management strategies and sample essays from previous years’ successful applications. Students will then be given time to brainstorm and engage in practice writing exercises. Options Solutions writing coaches will give students one-on-one feedback on their drafts, and all students will leave with a clear direction on how to tackle and complete their application essays.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

The session will include a presentation that outlines the main components of video interview requirements, as well as a practical guide for successfully completing those videos. During the session, students will learn how to answer typical interview questions and have the opportunity to tackle some sample questions as a group. They will then practice in pairs and give each other feedback, as well as record their responses for analysis. Programs that require the video interview include commerce at UBC, the University of Toronto, and York University, as well as engineering at the University of Toronto and Waterloo.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

This workshop will help students understand and tackle the UK Personal Statement. The Personal Statement is an essential part of UK university applications for all post-secondary programs. Creating a strong Personal Statement is the best way for students to demonstrate their passions, skills and suitability for all programs and especially for competitive programs such as Law, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. This course will provide students with the knowledge and tools needed to be able to write a statement that stands out.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

This 4-day interactive bootcamp will introduce students to fundamental business skills and tools needed to succeed in the 21st century. Focusing on Brand Building, E-Commerce, Digital Marketing, Case Studies, and more. Extra-curricular bonus alert: all students who complete the bootcamp will be provided with a certificate of completion and can use the course for reference purposes when applying to university.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

These weekly two-hour workshops are designed to give students in grades 9-11 ongoing English and writing support, so they don’t lose their momentum due to online learning. Students will learn essential skills to improve their writing and build on these fundamentals each week to become more confident and better equipped to deal with any writing task they may encounter throughout high school and ensure they don’t backslide over the summer. Materials will be provided.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

This interactive, fast-paced workshop is aimed at providing students with the theory and practice to succeed in their English studies at the grade 11 and 12 level. It will give students the skills and confidence they need to succeed, making their future English courses easier and more enjoyable. Furthermore, the active reading, planning, and essay writing skills are a great way to prepare for the Graduate Literacy Assessment (GLA), a new British Columbia provincial exam for students in grade 10 and 12.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

This interactive workshop is for students in grade 9 and 10 who want to improve their creative and descriptive writing abilities. Over the course of two days, this workshop aims to help students build confidence in their writing and develop their authentic voice.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

This interactive workshop is geared towards preparing students to develop the fundamentals for university application responses and essays. Whereas Options’ other English programs focus on developing students’ technical writing skills, this two day course will help expand students’ ability to express their authentic voice through writing.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

This course prepares university-bound students for the challenges of writing for different disciplines at the post- secondary level. The course will discuss strategies for successful research and writing in the university’s core areas of study: arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and business. It will also feature a review of grammar essentials and provide opportunities for essay writing practice. Materials will be provided.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

The sessions are instructional as well as practical, hands-on worksessions. We will explore organizational strategies and understand the resources available to post-secondary students. We will also address how to communicate with professors and teaching assistants, how to make use of a course outline, and how to set goals and practice effective time management. Students will leave the workshop armed with the knowledge, skills, and strategies required to prepare them for academic success.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456

Join us for a 4-hour exam, exam marking (including customized essay marking), and a 3-hour debrief. Each student is given a cover sheet to help them understand their successes and identify their areas needing improvement. In order to get an accurate estimate of a student’s abilities, we use only officially released ACT and SAT exams. Taking practice tests helps students prepare for the stamina required on test day.

For more information or to register please email info@optionssolutionsed.com or call the office at 604-922-8456