There’s nothing quite like the start of summer vacation. For most students, it’s the perfect opportunity to kick back, relax, and enjoy a long stretch of school-free bliss. While there’s obvious merit to using the summer break for some much deserved rest and relaxation, it’s also important that students stay sharp for the upcoming school year.
Summer learning loss is that potentially treacherous phenomenon when students become fuzzy on the lessons learned during the school year, letting slide all the knowledge they tediously acquired in the first place. At Dogwood Tutoring, we’ve compiled these tips to help students prevent summer learning loss now.
- Dive into a Good Book
Reading for pleasure is a relaxing, entertaining way to unwind this summer, whether poolside or from the comfort of your couch. Diving into a good book stretches the imagination, exercises valuable reading comprehension skills, and builds vocabulary—all of which are lessons usefully applied in the coming school year.
- Take Summertime Field Trips
There are plenty of historical and cultural sites in and around the Atlanta area that are sure to spark a student’s interest, while allowing him or her to build some civic knowledge. Likewise, museums are ideal venues in which to engage a student’s senses and encourage curiosity.
- Brush Up On Personal Finances
There’s no better way to instill healthy habits at an early age than by introducing students to practical financial planning. Exposure to budgets, cash flow, taxes, savings, the stock market—all yield important lessons that can be utilized for a lifetime. Plus, learning to use these tools encourages students to apply math and reasoning skills in a real-world capacity.
- Summer Camps for All Interests
If a summer camp fits in the budget, it can be the perfect way to get back in touch with academia, or perhaps further explore an existing interest or hobby. Not only does summer camp provide a much-welcome social venue for young students, it also encourages exploration of nearly any subject under the sun. Does your student love marine biology? Water polo? Computer programming? Theater? No matter the taste, an Atlanta-area summer camp of interest is surely out there.
- Take a Hike
Climb Stone Mountain, hike the Appalachian Trail or just walk the Beltline. Studies show that regular physical activity can boost mood, energy, and motivation. Even if exercise doesn’t directly target academics, it can surely help develop positive body image, self-discipline, and a healthy route for stress relief. Shooting for just a half-hour a day of physical activity this summer can make a world of difference by the time the next school year rolls around.
- Give Back to Your Community
Community service is a rewarding activity that allows students to practice empathy, expand their horizons, and potentially learn new skills. No matter where students choose to volunteer this summer, engaging with the community in a meaningful way builds character and maturity, which also positively impacts self-awareness and discipline for the long term.
Taking advantage of these tips may be the key to creating a memorable summer—so that your student arrives at school this August ready to continue learning, full of meaningful experiences and healthy habits. Don’t forget, there are plenty of summer learning options with customized, one-on-one tutoring here at Dogwood Tutoring & Test Prep. We can identify and fill in gaps from last year’s courses… or pre-learn for a challenging class coming up next year. We can build better study skills and improve writing skills. Many students will prepare for ACT, SAT or SSAT tests in the fall.
Regardless what your student’s learning style, academic level or goals may be, Dogwood’s outstanding tutors will tailor lessons to meet his or her individual needs. Contact us today at 678-735-7555, or via email at Ivan@DogwoodTutoring.com