The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA



It would be easy to think that the summer learning slide is a great fun activity everybody can enjoy at the local park where you slide. Unfortunately, the reality is very different with your student actually losing information. Also, there’s no fun slide! Instead, the summer learning slide refers to the phenomenon where students of all ages, including yours, take an extended break from their educational environment. During this time, such as their summer vacation break, valuable lessons and important information begins to be forgotten.

Preventing the Summer Learning Slide from Affecting Your Youngster

While this isn’t a problem during the break, the challenge comes when the new school year starts and your student is left spending valuable classroom time trying to relearn information while at the same time trying to take in the information being taught. Below are some tips from The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA for you to utilize which can help your student from suffering the effects of the summer learning slide.


While it’s true that not all students enjoy a pop-quiz, every student does understand the benefits which a pop-quiz can provide, such as helping them to prepare for upcoming exams or even to bolster their knowledge base. Speak with their teachers or search online for appropriate pop-quizzes to give them at random times during the summer break, such as:
  • If your student is watching TV one night (as if they would be doing any else during their break!) and sees a trailer for a new movie which is about to come out, you can use this opportunity to reward them for study time.  For example, provide your youngster a pop-quiz each day of the week leading up to the weekend, and, if they can pass each of them throughout the week, reward them by driving them to the movies on the weekend and buy them a ticket.
  • If they manage to answer all of the questions correct on all of the quizzes you can even throw in a trip to the snack bar!
Of course, you can adapt this technique to any appropriate reward you can identify would work for your student. Just be sure to keep the rewards appropriate so that it doesn’t feel like you are bribing them. Did your student struggle during a particular class the previous school year or are you concerned that the summer learning slide could be affecting their knowledge base? Tutoring in Santa Clara, CA can help. Speak with a learning professional at The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA by calling (408) 816-7825 to book your free initial diagnostic assessment and learn more about how subject-focused tutoring in Santa Clara CA can benefit your youngster this summer break.

Summer Vacation Notes

The notes which your student took during the previous school year can be a valuable learning tool if utilized correctly. This can be particularly true if your student struggled with a specific lesson or even a set of classes. The best place to start is by sitting down with your child and working your way through their notebooks. As you browse, look for any notes which have many corrections or which have been scribbled out and rewritten a number of times. This can often suggest that the class was a problematic one and one which should be focused on. Once you have these identified, transcribe them cleanly into a new notebook which you can label the ‘Summer Vacation Notebook.' This notebook will be a valuable learning resource during times over the summer break, such as:
  • If you and your family plan to take a road trip to a vacation destination or even to visit distant relatives, your youngster can take advantage of the travel time, using it to both review their notes and to ask you questions about any doubts they have with their notes.
  • If you can manage to pry them away from the TV long enough while you are making dinner, use this time to give them passive help as they review their notes. Remember, they need to learn the information, so be sure not to speak up too much and only answer the questions they have.

Tutoring in Santa Clara, CA Can Prevent the Summer Learning Slide

If you are worried about the summer learning slide affecting your student or if they struggled with a class during the previous school year and you want them to hit the ground running once the new year starts, one-to-one tutoring in Santa Clara, CA can help. Call The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA today at (408) 816-7825 and speak with a learning professional about the benefits of subject-focused tutoring programs and to book your free initial diagnostic assessment.


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