Many parents and students hold dearly to the belief that summer is a time for a complete mental break from the rigors of school.
While it is important to take breaks to improve performance, summer is too long a break to allow students to go without academic stimulation! The consequences of this extended academic furlough can be detrimental, especially to students already struggling during the school year.
What Other Sources Say
According to the National Summer Learning Association: “Two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years.” This is huge! (Here’s the research)
And did you know that at the beginning of a new school year teachers often spend up to 6 weeks re-teaching previously learned material because most kids have already forgotten it over the summer?
Even First Lady Michelle Obama talked about the issue of summer learning loss while kicking off the Let’s Read, Let’s Move Initiative to help inspire students and parents to change these counterproductive summer habits.
Down time to relax and catch your breath is a great thing, don’t get me wrong! But learning loss can occur when this mental break turns from a few days into a few weeks and even a few months. Here are some examples and reasons to support the case for summer tutoring and/or summer academic programs or camps to support retention, engagement, and promote new learning to get next year off to a strong start.
Summer Academics Can:
- Help kids retain information they already learned last year
- Help kids strengthen their understanding of learned information from last and previous years
- Help kids prepare for the new information they will be learning next year
- Help kids catch up and focus on the things that they may have struggled with during the school year
- Allow students to make up a class for credit to replace a poor grade earned during the school year (great for improving unweighted GPA, which so important in college entrance and scholarships)
Being a part of a tutoring company, I am a bit biased! But speaking from experience as a high school teacher, there is nothing like one-on-one help and attention in catapulting a student forward in understanding and academic confidence. At the high school in Chandler in which I taught, my math classes would have anywhere between 23 and 35 students per period! No matter how caring and committed the teacher, students can fall through the cracks. Private tutoring can close the gap!
Benefits of 1-on-1, in-home Summer Tutoring:
- The tutor can come to you around your schedule
- The tutor can work specifically on areas your child needs reinforcing and keep important concepts and skills fresh through practice and engaging activities catering to your child’s learning style and preferences
- The tutor can even assign your child homework between summer tutoring sessions so that he/she will not fall out of the habit of doing academic exercise for the 2 to 3 months of summer break. This makes the transition back to school in the Fall painless.
- Tutoring helps continue a set, predictable routine, which is a very healthy thing in a young person’s life.
- Tutoring builds confidence that can last a lifetime. Too many students “hate math” because they do not feel confident or competent. Summer tutoring can break this vicious cycle.
As you can see, there is quite a case to be made for summer tutoring. If you would like to take advantage of the benefits of summer tutoring, or just want to learn more about your child’s situation, reach out to us. We are here to help.