Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Why Summer Tutoring?


Whether you have plans for camp, going to the pool, and taking trips this summer, or you’re just planning to relax, summer tutoring is an option that will fit into your schedule and prevent your child from losing knowledge and skills that he has worked hard to gain all year.  According to the National Summer Learning Association, “Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).”  In addition, “most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.”

School is not in session for 11 weeks during the summer; that’s nearly 3 months, or ¼ of the year.  During this time, learning loss is serious business.  Here are just a few ways that summer tutoring can help prevent your child from falling behind:

  • The tutor will encourage fun and interesting reading for the whole summer and discuss the materials with the student.
  • The tutor will help the student improve writing by helping her brainstorm interesting topics, write persuasive essays, use varied vocabulary, and insert effective transitions. 
  •  The tutor will help review learned math concepts in order to retain this knowledge.  The tutor can also evaluate the student to find any gaps and fill them, which will predict a successful year this coming fall.
  • Summer is a great time to prepare for fall SAT’s and ACT’s, before the bombarment of school and homework. 
  •  Summer tutoring will result in an easier adjustment once school starts.

We at Tutoring For Success know that your summers are busy.  That’s why our tutors will be flexible in planning tutoring sessions around your vacation schedule.  We are also offering a summer discount of $65/hr for a 10 hour package; the 10 hours can be used any time during the 11 weeks of summer.  To prevent summer learning loss, we recommend at least 2 hours a week during the weeks that you’re in town.

Have a wonderful and relaxing summer, and don’t forget to always continue to read and learn.

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