Jan Waginski

Certifications & Qualifications

  • Certified with Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)
  • Certified Ontario ESL teacher with Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL Ontario)
  • Former IELTS examiner with IDP Canada
  • York University: B.A. Psychology and Politics
  • University of Toronto: B.Ed.
  • Former essay writing instructor in academic English preparation program at Seneca College
  • Former essay writing instructor in academic English preparation program at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (CultureWorks@UOIT)

Hi, I'm Jan Waginski.

For over 20 years, I've been helping students achieve extraordinary levels of success by focusing on the fundamentals of writing: grammar, complex sentences, essay principles, and writing workflows.

In 2000, I started as an essay writing tutor at York University. After graduating from York with a B.A. in Politics and Psychology, I began tutoring ESL children and teens. In 2005, I moved to China where I taught English and Business English at Henan Agricultural University. Shortly after I came back to Canada in 2007, I received my TESL Ontario certification, which allowed me to teach LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) courses funded by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. Then I completed teacher training at the University of Toronto, where I was certified to teach intermediate and secondary grades. From 2013-2023, I taught grade 11 English, grade 12 English, and Writer's Craft, and was head of online learning at a large multinational private high school. During my time there, I developed the “Rolls-Royce” of English training programs, which was praised by head inspectors from the Ontario Ministry of Education as one of the most effective online language programs they had ever seen. This program helped hundreds of foreign students get accepted into the most difficult and prestigious university programs in Canada.

After 10 years of managing the online learning program, I left in early 2023 to focus 100% of my efforts on AEM Academy, which is the culmination of my life's work. It brings together everything I have learned in over 20 years of teaching academic English as well as best pedagogical practices in online education.

Since 2000, I have been working non-stop to help foreigners and newcomers to Canada improve their language skills. As a result, my students have achieved extraordinary results in elementary school, high school, university, and in their careers. In fact, my students frequently earn higher grades than their native speaker classmates, and they get into the programs they want.

  • As a corporate trainer, I have helped accountants, IT engineers, administrators, scientists, and MBAs improve their speaking and writing skills. Many have been promoted as a direct result of their training.
  • I have worked long term with graduate students to improve their language skills to native speaker levels so they can publish in professional journals.
  • I have worked with many elementary and high school students whose parents were determined that they should write flawlessly.
  • As an IELTS trainer (I’m also a former IELTS examiner), I have helped high school students, graduates from foreign universities, and professionals get the scores they need on the IELTS examination for PR, medical doctor language requirements, and college and university admission.
  • As a high school teacher, I’ve been teaching grade 12 English and Writer’s Craft since 2013, helping hundreds of ESL students prepare for the toughest programs in university.
  • The world is flooded with people who have outstanding technical skills: employers receive hundreds of applications for every opening. For that reason, the most powerful way to distinguish yourself and surpass your peers is through your communication skills. I have seen this repeatedly as a corporate trainer: talented engineers, programmers, and scientists are stuck in technical positions because their managers won’t let them communicate directly with clients due to their grammar problems. You can't get into management without exceptional communication skills because managers spend a large portion of their day writing emails and directing employees. Learning to write well, without grammar mistakes, is the key that unlocks the door to positions of leadership

    The AEM program has helped EVERY student I've taught, and it will help your child achieve extraordinary results.


    Hello Sir, I am excited to tell you that I got 94% for grade 10 English. I just received the marks and I want to thank you for teaching me English and helping me improve. I never thought I would get 94% and I am extremely happy with my marks. I got this mark thanks to you Sir, so thank you again, Mr. Jan!

    Risari J.

    Grade 11 student in Mississauga


    My writing has greatly improved since I started learning from Mr. Waginski. He taught me how to properly structure my essays and improved my sentence structure.

    Michael L.
    Michael from Toronto just graduated from UCLA is now working at Microsoft.


    Jan not only helped me refine my essays; he also changed the way I write. I owe him so much!

    Jaewoo J. 
    After completing his PhD at Rotman School of Business at University of Toronto, Jaewoo is now a professor at a prestigious Korean university.


    I am just sending a message because I thought about you when I got an offer from Ryerson University. I really want to say thank you! All of this could happen because of your kindness and help. It did give me a strength to live in Canada… It’s really hard to contain my appreciation to you in a text but I am trying to ha ha. I was really afraid of confronting different people but your support helped me to overcome it. So thank you again 🙂

    MJ S.

    MJ from Markham was just accepted to Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University.


    I am writing to share my latest IELTS result with you. I got band 7 in writing and 6.5 in Speaking. I am very excited to see my improvements. I’ve learned so much from you and I will keep learning English in my daily life. Thanks for every thing you have done for me!

    Mango L.
    Mango from Hong Kong now has the Band 7.5 overall she needs for a Master’s program at University of British Columbia.


    I want to thank you for all your help and support for the last four months! University of Toronto and Ryerson accepted this results. If you don’t mind, I would like to continue attending your class online to keep improving my writing.

    Rama A.

    Rama from Toronto just got the Band 7 she needs to study Architecture at University of Toronto or Ryerson.


    We are seeing lots of improvements in her writing, even seeing a difference in her way of thinking about the topics and making connections. She said she understands lots about grammar and complex sentences.

    Padma J.

    Grade 7 student's mom


    I finished with an 80 all thanks to you, sir!

    Mohammed  A.S. 
    Mohammed from Mississauga went from 62% in grade 9 English to 80% in grade 10 English after completing the AEM writing program.


    Mr. Jan's teaching worked miracles on my language skills. All the advice and his teaching methods, especially the T.R.E.E.S. paragraph format, improved my writing skills significantly. 

    Additionally, the grammar rules and the new words he taught us were incredibly helpful as well. I was able to score 95% in English this year, all thanks to him. 

    Thank you very much Mr. Jan for teaching me everything I needed to learn about this complex language. I am forever indebted to you!

    Saheli J. 
    Student in Mississauga


    Hello! I have already received the IELTS Test Results and I passed it. (Listening 7.0  Reading 6.5  Writing 6.5  Speaking 7.0  Overall 7.0) I had a good time on the IELTS class and I very appreciate you as my teacher. Thanks!

    Qianhao L.

    Qianhao L. from China, after only 11 classes, raised his writing Band score from 5.5 to 6.5 AND his speaking Band score from 6.0 to 7.0.

    Qianhao now has the Band 7.0 overall he needs for Engineering at University of Waterloo.


    I just received my test score and I finally got 7.0 in the writing section!

    Krit P.
    After only 1 class, Krit from Toronto raised his writing Band score to 7.0.

    Krit now has the Band 7.0 overall he needs for a Master's degree in Business Administration in the U.K.. or U.K.


    "I got 8.5 on IELTS writing and I’m pretty satisfied with the score. Thanks again for your helpful tips!"

    Daisy H.

    After ONE training session, Daisy from Toronto scored 8.5 on Writing, which she needs for immigration to Canada.


    • York University: Double major in Psychology and Political Science
    • University of Toronto - Teacher's College: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
    • Ontario College of Teachers: Certified high school and middle school teacher
    • TESL Ontario: Certified ESL teacher for LINC programs funded by Immigration and Citizenship  Canada
    • IDP Canada: Certified IELTS examiner


    • Academic English writing teacher since 2000My training program focuses on fundamental writing skills that are rarely covered in the classroom in depth, but are essential for success in school and professionally: essay writing, precise descriptive writing, vocabulary building, reading comprehension, and grammar mastery. In addition, there is a strong emphasis on complex sentences training, which quickly leads to dramatic improvements in writing.
    • High school teacher since 2011Grade 12 English, grade 12 Writer’s Craft, grade 11 English, ESL all levels, and Literacy (for the OSSLT)
    • Seneca College: Essay writing preparation program for ESL students (ESL934)
    • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (CultureWorks): Academic English preparation program for ESL students
    • Henan Agricultural UniversityBusiness English and ESL instructor

    • IELTS Examiner and IELTS Writing Trainer: This one-of-a-kind training system developed together with a team of current and former examiners uses powerful templates, formulas, and modelling exercises that guarantee you cover the requirements needed for a high score.
    • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Instructor: Academic English, professional communication skills, IELTS exam preparation
    • Corporate Business English and Writing Trainer: Clients included Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario, Transamerica Life Canada Insurance Company, Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Office of the Fire Marshall of Ontario, Platform Computing

    Sign up for a free diagnostic audit of your child’s writing and a personal demonstration of our unique writing system.   

    Please use the form below, email me at janw@aemacademy.ca, or call 416-822-2637.

    For the diagnostic audit, your child will need to write a short paper without assistance so that we have an accurate picture of your child's writing. When you complete the form, I will send you a short list of appropriate prompts, and then we can set up a time for your Zoom call.

    During the Zoom call, we will go over your child's writing in depth, and you will get a personal demonstration of our unique writing system. There is no obligation to buy anything, and you'll learn several powerful strategies and techniques to help your child on your own.

    Please note: If you decide to enroll in the AEM program, you are fully protected by our 100% money back guarantee. If I can't help your child write well, you don't pay.

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    If you are not completely satisfied with our program for any reason, even if it's the last class of the month, you will receive a prompt and courteous refund of the entire month's tuition.