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Tutor Doctor | Jun 23, 2015

Everything Parents Need to Know About Summer Learning Loss

Categories: Summer, Education, Children

The summer holidays are fast approaching, which means nearly 2 months off for your children. What you might not realise is how much educational ground your kids can lose during the long break. Summer learning loss sometimes referred to as the summer slide, is something that can really affect your child academically. Here at Tutor Doctor we want you to know the facts and understand how crucial it is to make the most out of the holidays.

What you need to know
If your kids have come on leaps and bounds in the previous academic year, the summer slide can be really detrimental. In fact recent studies show that some children can even loose up to 30% of their Maths, English and reading skills over the summer.

Surprisingly it’s not just children that suffer- it’s also been found that teachers are spending more and more time re-teaching material students have forgotten over the holidays. This means less time for new material to be learnt, causing more pressure on everyone.

What’s clear is that summer learning loss isn’t something that should be taken lightly and is far from a temporary phenomenon. Losses can build up over the years, resulting in overall lower grades. That’s why it’s important to make the most of the summer and consider it as valuable time to get your children ahead for the new academic year.

Easy ways to avoid summer learning loss
A super easy way to keep your kids brains active during the break is by encouraging them to read everyday. Whether it’s non-fiction, fiction, e-books, poetry, newspapers or magazines- it’s all great reading practice.

Alternatively try getting your children to take pictures and make a scrapbook of their summer. This will really get their creativity flowing and give them a project to focus on.

Make the most of a family day out by planning a day trip to a museum, zoo or historical site- somewhere where the kids can learn and have fun. When you get home get them to write about their day. It’s great practice and shouldn’t be too much of a chore after an enjoyable day out.

We also understand that just because the kids get 6 weeks off doesn’t mean that you do too. If you’re busy and struggle to find time, a great way to ensure your kids are still learning thought the holidays is by enrolling them in a summer programme. This will not only provide great opportunities but will help them build their skills and grow academically.

How can Tutor Doctor help?
If you really want to make sure your child stays ahead then investing in a private tutor for a couple of hours a week can really make all the difference.

Here at Tutor Doctor we offer an affordable, one-on-one home tutoring service that works around you. We provide students with a personalised education that is tailored to suit their abilities, learning style and personality. More importantly we aim to help students grow intoindependent learners, as we realise that your child shouldn’t become dependent on us. That’s why we use tools such as The Academic Game Plan, which has been designed specifically to teach your children the skill set they will need to succeed academically and in everyday life.

What makes us really special is how dedicated our tutors are in providing your children with the best education. They thrive off seeing your child succeed and are passionate about supporting families.

Whether you need a tutor for the summer, long term or just to help get through a tough exam- Tutor Doctor is here to help your child reach their goals and beyond.

Find out more about our programmes here.