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06/08/2017
Students want nothing more than to spend their summer break using their cellphone texting friends sitting directly opposite them. However, this only spells trouble when the news school year begins.

Don't Let the Summer Learning Slide Affect Your Student's Performance

Question: What is the best use of a student's time during their summer vacation? Answer from a student: To spend all day out with friends, sending tweets and texts, and taking photos to share. Absolutely no studying! Answer from a teacher: Continuing to study is the best way to ensure each student reaches their potential and performs at their best. The correct answer: A little bit of both! With extensive experience providing summer tutoring in Santa Clara, CA, The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA has some information on why finding a balance between the two is important.

Let's Start with the Summer Learning Slide

Also known as the summer learning loss, these terms refer to the period of summer vacation where students begin to forget important information as a result of being completely removed from their studies. The easiest way to visualize the effects of a summer learning loss is by imagining a sponge. It sounds strange but hang in there. If you were to pick up a sponge and immerse it in a liquid, it would soak up everything that it could until it became full. Until, of course, you remove it from the liquid source. When you remove the sponge, the liquid begins to slowly dribble and drip out of it. Now imagine that the sponge is your student's brain. During their schooling years, a child's brain is primed to take advantage of every learning opportunity that it is presented with. However, similar to the way a sponge works, once their brain is removed from a space of constant learning opportunities, it starts to drip away. To prevent the summer learning slide from affecting your student, speak with The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA by calling (408) 816-7825 and book your free consultation. During your first visit, a learning professional can answer any questions you have about how tutoring in Santa Clara CA can help your student achieve their best. The problem doesn't stem from the dripping as much as the content lost. To a teenager, their friend's phone numbers, important birthdays, or even how many reactions their latest photo post received is more important that when their country was founded or how to perform a complex math equation. Somehow, this knowledge is placed in a vault inside their brain where information is never forgotten. It's the content of the drips that poses the real problem. Each drip contains important school-based information which is lost the longer their brain is away from school. A student would argue that the information lost during their summer break is negligible, given the amount of information they are expected to retain. This is a solid point until you consider math. Being a progressive subject, a student needs to fully understand each math lesson before moving on to the next. This is because the next lesson will draw from the previous, and the previous lesson before that. When the summer learning loss strikes, it is these fundamental lessons that students can forget. While on vacation, these losses aren't noticed. To be fair, they usually aren't required during their break. However, it is when the new school year begins that students feel the effects. Keeping with the math based example above, a student who doesn't study over the summer vacation period and forgets fundamental lessons is now sitting down to their first math class for the year and doesn't understand what the teacher is talking about. While their classmates are studiously writing detailed notes, your student is left trying to relearn the information from the previous school year while also scribbling down every word the teacher says. This student is already behind with their school work before they have even had a chance to remember the name of their new teachers!

A Balanced Level of Tutoring in Santa Clara CA Can Help

Instead of enrolling your student in full-time summer learning camps/schools, realize that they have worked hard throughout the year and deserve a break from their full-time studies. Instead, speak with The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA at (408) 816-7825 and learn about the benefits of one-to-one tutoring lessons focused on individual subjects. During your free initial consultation, a learning professional can explain more about the effects of the summer learning slide and how a balanced level of one-on-one tutoring classes in Santa Clara, CA can help.

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