As the school year winds down, parents’ thoughts turn to the summer and how their children will spend their time other than in front of a television or computer screen. While everyone needs some down time during the summer and schedules go out the window, a little focused attention on education will help tremendously once the new school year starts, especially if it is delayed due to a province-wide teachers’ strike. Here is who can benefit from summer tutoring and how:
High School Students
Summer School – Many high school students take summer school courses to retake a failed course, to improve a grade or to get ahead (and summer school is still scheduled to proceed despite the labour issues). For whatever the reason, it can be a real challenge and stressful to complete the intense course curriculum in a short period of time. It is much more bearable if a tutor is there to support and encourage them.
Advanced Math and Science Courses – Students planning on taking upper level math or science classes in the new school year such as Physics, Advanced Functions or Data Management can be overwhelmed quickly with new concepts and the pace of the classes. Use the summertime to jump start the learning and get ahead. Entrance to university is very competitive and students do not want to lose ground early in their grade 12 year.
Avoid summer learning loss - Studies show that during the summer months, children on average forget over two and a half months of their math skills as well as an average of one month of learning in other key subjects. Tutoring as little as 1 hour per week can help combat summer learning loss and keep students engaged in education. And if there should be a province-wide teachers’ strike come September, students need to be engaged in learning during a strike to prevent further learning loss.
Students that are working slightly below grade level and need to catch up – Some students haven’t fully understood or mastered concepts from the past year. It results in missing building blocks which are vital to the next year’s learning. Combined with summer learning loss and the next school year could be very difficult, especially with a possible strike starting in September, if help isn’t received to fill in any missing building blocks to strengthen the foundation.
Students on IEP’s – Summer time is a great time to continue working towards the goals set during the school year.
Students who need to be challenged more – Enrichment tutoring over the summer helps these students exceed curriculum expectations and reach their potential.
Summer Tutoring Program
Based on the needs identified during our Free Educational Consultation, your son or daughter works one-on-one with a qualified tutor in the privacy of your home. The right tutor can help with any need and your child still gets a summer break as tutoring sessions are typically 2 – 4 times a week for 1 hour. Even with summer school, one-on-one tutoring will give your son or daughter the much needed support to get through the course content with confidence in a short period of time.