8 Reasons Why Tutoring is One of the Best Educational Options for the Summer

By Sylvan Learning

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As soon as that final school bell rings for summer break, your son or daughter will fly through those school doors with a huge smile, ready for vacation and summer activities.

But you’re thinking big.

You know that the best summer is a well-rounded summer … and that includes keeping up good learning habits!

You have a lot of choices for educational activities over the summer. Here are 8 reasons that teaming up with a summer tutor will make all the difference in the fall, whether your child is starting 3rd grade, 6th grade or college/university.

#1: Avoid summer brain drain … and head into the fall with momentum

Academic skills are like other skills. You have to use them — or you lose them. Over the summer, most kids lose about 1-1/2 months of skill gains from the school year.

Think about that for a moment.

You know how much hard work went into school this February and March. How would you feel if the majority of those skills were just forgotten?

Poof, gone!

Summer learning loss can make re-entry rough in the fall.

Your child will play catch up for a month or longer with “summer brain” rather than “sit in a chair and learn brain.” And you know what that sounds like at home: More nagging. More arguments. More unnecessary struggle.

When you team up with a summer tutor, your child will be ready to roll in the fall. You’ll keep up learning habits AND strengthen skills and confidence. It will be a MUCH smoother transition back into schoolwork.


#2: Fill in skill gaps while moving at your child’s pace

During the school year, teachers need to move quickly, whether your child fully understands a topic or not. Your child is constantly chasing a moving target.

Over the summer, though, your child can move at his or her own pace. There’s no chasing other students. You don’t have to worry about the class getting way ahead.

With a tutor, your child can spend the time needed to fill in gaps in learning from the school year and build a strong foundation for the next grade level — or better yet, get ahead!

#3: Head into big transition years with confidence

Throughout your child’s academic journey, there are certain grade transitions that represent BIG jumps in responsibility and independence.

These big transitions include going from:

  • 2nd grade into 3rd grade
  • Elementary to middle school
  • Middle school to high school
  • High school to college

Why 2nd to 3rd grade, you wonder? 3rd grade is the year that the training wheels come off. Your child is going from learning to read, to reading to learn. If your child isn’t ready for that transition, he or she will start the year behind.

For older kids, the transition to college academics can be a shock, particularly the rigors of college-level writing assignments.

With a tutor, your son or daughter will be well prepared and eliminate the risk of stumbling.

Summer tutor and teen

#4: Get a jump on higher-level math skills

If you know your child is going to be digging into higher-level math skills in the new school year (such as fractions, pre-algebra or algebra), use a summer tutor to get a jump on these subjects.

Algebra, in particular, offers a whole new way of thinking for kids.

If your child isn’t used to the critical thinking skills that are used for this type of math, it can take longer to get on the algebra train.

A tutor will introduce your child to higher-level math concepts and to thinking in new ways. When the new school year arrives, your child will be comfortably on the math train at the start of the school year, not left behind at the station.

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