There’s no doubt children deserve a much-needed break from school over the summer, however, summer is also a great time to catch up, retain skills learned over the previous school year or even get ahead before heading into the new school year. While spending time with a tutor is not the same as going to the beach with friends, it can be the best time for kids to learn more, build confidence and become motivated. Here are some reasons why:
Reduced Mental Fatigue During Summer Boosts Learning Ability & Mental Performance
During the year, children take 6-8 classes, plus, they’re involved in extra curriculars. They have jam-packed schedules, and the constant need to keep their brains fully turned on means that their minds are in desperate need of a rest and they can’t seem to get it. When this happens, learning ability, memory and problem-solving ability all drop dramatically.
Summer learning allows kids and teens to learn their most difficult subjects at a time when their minds are most rested instead of when they’re mentally exhausted. This way, they have the best chance at doing well….and when they learn those tough subjects again in the Fall, it will be easy for them and will require less studying during the year. Less stress? Yes please!
Summer Means More Time to Sleep – More Sleep Improves Mental Function
When your child learns something during the summer, he’s more likely to excel in that subject and remember information because his brain is working with enough sleep! (Growing children and teens need 10 or more hours of sleep per night!) During the year, most children’s jam-packed school and extracurricular schedules lead to sleep deprivation. This makes their brains WORSE at thinking, problem solving, remembering, learning, time management and mental speed.
Kids Have Different Learning Styles – In the Summer, Kids Can Learn According to Their Specific Learning Styles
One-on-one tutoring programs can teach your child information in the way he learns best. This will eliminate confusion, allow him to play to his strengths, and give him an advantage in any subject that he studies during the summer.
Time of Day Has A Major Impact On Learning Ability – With Summer Learning, You can Control The Time of Day That Your Child Learns
Some people are night owls, some function better in the morning and some function best in the afternoon. If you’ve ever tried to wrestle a night owl teenager out of bed at 7:00 a.m. on a school day, you know this all too well! Summer learning allows for ultimate schedule flexibility, so your child can learn when her mind is most alert and still have time to sleep in or go to the beach with her buddies.
Summer learning allows students to learn with fewer distractions and learn better!
The point is, your child is juggling all of these factors, and every one of them creates a distraction from whatever subject she needs to focus on most. Summer tutoring programs allow kids to learn without the distraction of the school year pulling them away from their work.
The school year is full of sports, music performances, games, dances, school plays, and 6-8 school subjects to study…plus all of the homework! To the list of distractions, you can also add any social drama that’s happening at school and the number of times your child texts with friends about it while she’s supposed to be doing homework!
Summer learning is done in a low-stress environment. This is the prime environment for learning!
During the school year, your child has to stress about all types of things. There are upcoming tests, papers and projects, performances, games, etc. With all of these deadlines and major events, your child is under a heap of pressure! Learning and retaining new information when stressed is much harder than when the mind is calm. It’s much easier for a calm mind to learn!
Custom summer programs with individualized instruction are designed to suit your child’s individual needs – from learning style to subject matter. Activ8’s summer programs will help keep your child on track without taking away from their summer fun! Take this summer to help your child catch up or get ahead— on their time, at their pace.