Summer Brain Drain: How to Keep Sharp over the Summer Break

Blog Categories

Two Girls Sitting on Grassy Hill

The feeling of the summer vacation stretching ahead of you is great for students. And while reading and math may be the LAST thing they feel like doing, not doing anything during the summer holiday can lead to setbacks in ability. The National Summer Learning Association at Johns Hopkins University claims that students can lose as much as two months of reading and math ability over the summer break.

The summer brain drain means that teachers waste the first four to six weeks revising work that students have forgotten. Students can fall behind if they are slow to get back into the rhythm and then they will spend the rest of the year trying to catch up. Summer doesn’t have to be all about education, but there are ways in which you can help your students to stay sharp.

Reading is fun

Take them to a bookstore or a library and get them some books that they will enjoy reading. Books don’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t matter what they’re reading, which means that comic books, anime books and magazines are all great summer reads.

Get them to participate in cooking and baking by reading and following instructions or try some summer projects like woodworking, building robots, building remote controlled airplanes, sewing clothing, learning a musical instrument or making a movie.

Set goals for the summer

Work together with your student to set up summer projects you want to pursue. You can do some of them together and some of them separately. Ensure that they are part of the process so that you have some really big goals that utilize extra summer time and keep young brains working. The summer is a great swathe of time that can be used to make real improvements to you family’s skill set. Imagine learning a new musical instrument, building a canoe to take camping for older students and making a kite or building a playhouse for younger family members. Make sure you set goals for the summer that will help you to spend time together, give you something to look forward to and ensure that your students aren’t bored over the break.

Get a tutor

This may not be something your students want to do over the summer, but taking a little time out each week will make such a huge difference to the coming year. If your student has been struggling in a subject, or is preparing to write the SATexams or ACTs, then a couple of hours of tutoring each week will make the coming year so much better. Get an in-home tutor to help your student to fill in the missing building blocks and gain confidence while improving grades.

Learning experiences

Summer is also a great time for learning experiences like a trip to the aquarium or the zoo, or the museum, watching documentaries or going to the art gallery.

- See more at: http://tutordoctor.com/blog/summer-brain-drain-how-to-keep-sharp-over-the-summer-break/#sthash.NJJBdYcC.dpuf
More Posts Like This
  • The Importance of Teaching Your Child to be Environmentally Friendly

    Today, it's important for our kids to recognize why being environmentally friendly is now more crucial than ever. Schools have done a great job of encouraging these programs, and we've seen a positive shift towards “green” living. Still, there's a lot more work to do, and it's important to teach our children the importance of these issues at a young age.

    Read More
  • An Open Letter to Students and Parents: I Feel Your Anger

    To students and parents of the Tutor Doctor community, What we have seen occur in the last few days regarding fraudulent admissions practices taking place at some of the most well-regarded universities have left us all with emotions of anger and skepticism. Writing this not only as the President of a tutoring company but also as a parent, I have always viewed education as one of the most important components of de

    Read More
  • Good Stress vs. Bad Stress: How to Know the Difference

    We usually think of stress as a bad feeling, but did you know it can also be a good thing? Stress is often a useful motivator to overcome difficult or challenging situations. So what's the difference between good stress and bad stress?

    Read More