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07/17/2018

How to Help Your Student Retain Valuable Lessons over the Summer Break

You could be forgiven for thinking that the summer learning slide is a fun activity for the family to enjoy at a park where you each slide down and magically learn new lessons. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Below is a post from The Tutoring Center, Plano TX with more information about how the summer learning slide could be affecting your student.

What Is the Summer Learning Slide, Exactly?

The summer learning slide is a phenomenon which affects students who take a large break from their studies, notably over the summer vacation period. The easiest way to think about it is to imagine a sponge. As soon as you submerge it in water it continues to absorb until you take it out. Once out of the water it starts to drip. In this example, your student’s brain thrives and absorbs knowledge while it is in an educational environment, but as soon as you take it out for summer break, it starts to drip. Only in this example, the drips are important lessons: a math equation here, a science lesson there, and so on. Once this happens, students return for the next school year and need to spend precious classroom time relearning lessons while simultaneously trying to understand new ones.

How to Prevent This from Happening to Your Student

A parent’s first thought is often to enroll their student in full-time summer school. However, it’s important to give your youngster their hard-earned break. Consider some of these options:
  • A few sessions a week of one-to-one tutoring is a great way to not only help retain knowledge, but to actually further it.
  • During a trip to the mall, give them a quick pop quiz, similar to one they would receive at school. Reward the successful completion of the quiz with a small treat from the candy aisle or by allowing them to choose dinner for the night.
  • During a family road trip, have your student review their notes from the previous school year, particularly notes for subjects which posed a notable challenge throughout the school year.

Tutoring Classes in Plano, TX Can Help

If you are worried about your student losing valuable knowledge during the summer break, speak with The Tutoring Center, Plano TX at (469) 277-8177 to book your free initial diagnostic assessment and to learn more about how one-to-one tutoring in Plano, TX can help your student avoid the summer learning slide.

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