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.