Root yoUr Route – ‘Round the World

What are the assumptions we live with daily? What do we need to ignore? What do we need to pay attention to as time ticks on? What are you going to make of your situation now, and later?


If you have talents to share or would like to take up a challenge in contributing an artistic work or project to RootU, please visit the featured video page and leave your comments!



The Importance of Self-Motivation: Jena Cheng  

A talented, high school student, video producer, writer and director – Rostyslav Soroka – interviews young Canadian tennis phenom, Jena Cheng, about what it takes at a personal level to prepare and play at such a high level of competition.

RootU was proud to financially support and provide advice regarding the making of this project. If you are a high school student and have any projects you’d like featured on RootU, or to pitch to RootU for financial and / or strategic support, please contact RootU at to discuss your idea!




By Jill B. – High School
Student Contributor.

young angry student man roughing a sheet at classroom

Teachers told me. My parents told me. I heard it on the news, on the radio, and saw it in magazines. Manage your stress. Don’t let bad marks get to you. Take deep breaths. Of course being only 16, I never thought that stress would really affect my health. Until, on January 6, I had to take a trip to the ER… read more


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online diploma practice exams! 

Practice early – practice more and repeat!
These exams are actually closer to what you’ll see on the diploma ‘game day’.
They look and feel more like the diploma. Every question is tied to the curriculum so you can
focus more intently on what you need to study.


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Creating opportunities to connect with fellow students about learning, progress, and academic topics,
whether about school or anywhere else.

Making and providing resources that you find interesting and meaningful – for you – not your teachers or parents.

Helping you to figure out how to learn more independently.

Providing space to demonstrate your brilliance
and challenge yourself.

Sharing resources that will help you make wiser decisions as you learn and move through life.


Turning or allowing the site to not match the age or level of maturity you actually are at. We won’t try to convince you that “Skool is Kool”.

Censoring all that is ‘controversial’ or ‘undiscussable’, although we will be mindful of sensitivities and have no tolerance for harmful abuse.

Putting up half-baked resources. We’ll post resources that are helpful, when they’re ready.

We’ll be mindful not to rush posting things without checking for quality first.

Talk ‘around you’ to teachers, parents, or others, like your learning is somehow out of your own control.

Current Opportunities

RootU is currently looking for high school students to serve as forum responders. If there is a subject you are particularly strong in, we might pay you to respond to questions posted by students in the CrowdSourcing Forums. Contact us  if interested, or for more information!

RootU is looking for freelance student writers, video creators, artists, creative folk, bloggers and vloggers to contribute remarkable content for RootU. Paid and volunteer roles are available.  Contact Us.

RootU is looking for students willing to sell their original notes, or sell their notes in their second semester classes. If interested, please contact RootU  if interested, or for more information!

RootU is looking for students in grade 12 to write full responses to English and Social Studies, Written Response Prompts. Contact RootU if interested, or for more information!



FreeRoot taps into the examples and lessons from the best and worst that humanity and life systems have demonstrated in the past, and exhibit in the present. RootU is creating and discovering existing videos, guides, maps, suggested processes – all to help you access and understand the wisdom (and lack of wisdom) to be found in the world.

FreeRoot is foundational to RootU. FreeRoot is designed to help you plot and travel a wider, more significant course of life learning. The intention of FreeRoot is to help you get the most out of school, but more importantly, prepare you for getting the most out of the lessons you can learn from your life and the life all around you.

When Can I Start?  
NOW! –  Use the Menu to navigate to the Root you’d like to Route!

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Create an avatar profile for free. Ask subject specific homework questions to fellow Alberta students and tutors. Share solutions. Discuss school and moving on to the next grade and beyond. Cooperate and get what needs to be done – done.

This is the way the world works. People help each other to find solutions. Learn through the examples of others. Tackle school challenges, whether they are fascinating, boring or frustrating. Check those tasks off the list. Keep learning and moving with the help of others Alberta students, within the RootU, CrowdSourcing Forums. 

When Can I Start?
NOW! – for Alberta Grades 7-12. Use the Menu to navigate to the forum you wish to participate in!
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written response exemplars

Prompts and graded exemplars for standard writing assignments in English and Social Studies – like you’ll see when writing diploma exams. 

Practice your written response writing for your Alberta, English or Social Studies, Part A, written portion of your diploma exams. Submit your responses in return for payment. If chosen for use by RootU, you will be offered compensation, and if you accept the compensation, your submission will be graded and posted on the RootU site, to be used as an exemplar.

View and comment on submitted student exemplars and grading explanations. See how your writing is similar and different to other students. Start improving the quality of your own responses! 

When Can I Start?
NOW! – For Alberta Grades 7-12. Use the Menu to navigate to the exemplar you wish to engage in!

Follow RootU on Twitter and Facebook for update as RootU will begin to post these prompts and accept responses soon.


Find a tutor according to criteria such as subject specialty, languages spoken, and area of Alberta available to tutor in. Get a parent or guardian to check out the tutor services posting and possibly arrange for tutoring sessions directly with the tutor.

Already a tutor? Want to be a tutor? Sign up and register a profile and ad for FREE until June 30, 2014 – whether a high school or university student, subject expert or certified teacher! Help students in the Crowd Sourcing Forums to show them you know what you’re talking about. Promote your areas of expertise and outline your fees and other tutor services details. Find a tutor that has the expertise and proficiencies that youneed, in one central location… RootU has this sorted out. Setting up subsequent tutoring sessions is just one more step between parents / students and tutors!

Tutors – no need to advertise in multiple locations. Parents and students evaluate your profile – less emailing back and forth and drawn out phone calls.  

When Can I Start?  
Really Soon! – We will be accepting student, university and professional tutor sign-ups in the next few weeks. Check back here for updates and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for real time updates!
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Businesses and organizations outsource projects to students. With a bit of help, or by just getting out of the way, students can do amazing things and learn a great deal from the process. Businesses, in conjunction with RootU, set criteria for a challenge to be met such as: building a website or database skeleton, creating décor for an office, or perhaps inventing a new, sensational menu item at your favourite restaurant!

You can seek to meet the challenge, possibly receiving a cash prize for the best submission. If no submissions meet the standard set by the business or organization, top efforts are still rewarded to a slighter extent.

You can take-on the challenge whether or not your school endorses the challenge. If schools want to participate and still be able to evaluate the challenge in relation to student achievement in a specific course or across courses, RootU can create a custom rubric or scoring matrix for the challenge, to assist schools with the assessment process.

Root Source Challenges empower you to strive towards a goal, learning how to deal with barriers on your own, and seize on opportunities to test their capacity and powers. Everyone learns that you can produce exceptional products when given a blank canvas and a clear goal. Businesses realize youth can approachor even exceed industry grade work. 

When Can I Start?
Spring 2014
Alberta students in Grades 7-12
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Online, preparatory, practice exams
(Alberta diploma level courses)

These exams are actually closer to what you’ll see on the diploma ‘game day’. They look and feel more like the diploma. Every question is tied to the curriculum so you can focus more intently on what you need to study.