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Summer is finally upon us! For kids, summer time is the most wonderful time of the year! Summer is the official season of hot sunny days, beaches, barbeques, vacations, swimming, suntans, and (unfortunately) brain drain.
Brain drain is a phenomenon that occurs when children are out of school for extended periods of time (generally during summer) and spend their days watching TV, playing video games, and basically just goofing around. Instead of sticking to an organized daily schedule, following school rules, practicing their multiplication tables, and sharpening their
reading skills, kids are often times left to their own devices while parents are busy with their usual routine. Although this is part of the natural cycle of our country’s public school system, summer vacation can have a major impact on your student’s upcoming school year.
If students were falling behind in their homework completion or comprehension in the last school year, summer vacation without any academic practice whatsoever can make the next school year just as tough, if not more so. Many students that struggle with homework completion may benefit from having light assignments over the summer to practice time management skills. In addition, summertime study practice can help to build up your student’s self-confidence so they know that they are capable of meeting deadlines and working through difficulties without having to worry about their work affecting their grade. If you’re not sure of which subjects your student can use the extra help with over the summer, consulting with your student’s current teacher can be a great place to start!
In addition, students who had poor grades last school year may come back in the fall even more behind than where they were the previous spring. According to the Oxford Learning website, an overall equivalent of one month of overall learning is lost after summer vacation, and teachers can struggle with student apathy for up to two months from the first day of school while waiting for a student’s brain development to get back on track. Wouldn’t it be amazing if your student could get a head start on going back to school and make their teacher’s life a bit easier by being ready to learn on day one? Our private summer tutors can make that dream a reality!
Even more worrisome for our reading and writing tutors to hear is that summer reading loss is cumulative over the years. This means that while many children are making up for the summer learning loss, their peers are progressing with their skills. By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills during the summer are on average 2 years behind their peers. For many high school students, the effects of this cumulative reading loss over all of their years in school can have a huge impact on their ability to thoroughly prepare for the SAT or ACT college entrance exams. By practicing regular reading over the summer early on in a child’s life, that student develops the confidence and skills they will need when test taking season arrives.
Many students and parents have the perception that summer learning possesses the same rigor as regular school year learning, and conversely avoid the commitment. However, summer enrichment does not have to be a complicated or time consuming undertaking. The same Oxford Learning website mentioned above states that only 2-3 hours of academic practice per week during summer vacation is needed to prevent any learning loss. Especially if students currently dislike a specific subject, summer is an excellent time to practice study skills and improve motivation with fun activities that don’t frustrate students by lasting all day or requiring multiple pages of work.
REACH Pro Tutoring offers customized one-on-one summer tutoring programs with a flexible schedule to fit your lifestyle. Our low priced packages range from 10, 15, or 20 hours, and are conducted in the comfort of your home with a California credentialed teacher trained to engage your student with any subject. Contact us today to see how we can help your student avoid the summer brain drain and get a head start on being ready to go back to school in the fall!