Summer School 2021 – During the Pandemic

Summer School 2021 – During the Pandemic

Statistics show that 79% of schools are offering online summer school classes in the wake of the pandemic. The percentage of students who enroll in summer school has been steadily increasing every year since they started tracking it in 1985, and the percentage of high school students enrolled is now approaching 50%.

Something that you may not be aware of is that more than 97% of top universities offer summer programs for high school students, and some even offer programs for middle school children.

In addition, online summer school during the pandemic can help to prevent loss of 50% of math gains and prevent 30% of loss in reading gains.

Further, students in all grades can benefit from summer school, not just high schoolers. Kindergarteners and first graders who attended summer school outperformed their peers. And the benefits from attending summer school persist. One year later, there is still a 13% benefit for students in the subject they studied in summer school.

What if it’s too late to enroll in summer school?

Some schools have already launched their summer school programs, and if you didn’t get signed up, you may have missed the window of opportunity. And there’s also a good chance that the summer programs near you were filled up, and your child may be on a waiting list and has missed out.

If either of these scenarios apply to your student, you can still provide a learning experience that will have a positive impact on your student’s academic performance by signing up for some online tutoring this summer. Learning loss from COVID is evident across the country. Summer learning loss just compounds the problem. So to make sure your student gets an academic boost instead of an academic loss, dedicating a bit of summer vacation time to tutoring is a great idea.

Tutoring is flexible

Summer school has a set schedule, even when it’s presented in an online format. Tutoring, on the other hand, is completely flexible to fit your family’s schedule. Are you going to be out of town for a while? Do you have other schedule conflicts that make summer school impossible? Or do you just want your student to spend a couple of hours each week on educational activities so they’re not giving up their whole vacation on “school stuff”? Schedule tutoring when it’s convenient for your family.

Does your student need some one-on-one help with summer school?

Summer tutoring is the perfect support for the student who is enrolled in summer school and may be having a bit of difficulty keeping up with the accelerated pace. In order to cover material that normally gets covered in a full semester, summer school courses, especially at the high school level, can be a real challenge. One-on-one tutoring, even just an hour or two per week, can help your student keep up with summer school demands.

TutorUp offers 30-minute tutoring sessions

You can purchase tutoring sessions this summer that are 30 minutes long, or combine sessions to get an hour of tutoring, or 90 minutes… whatever works. All of our tutors are certified, experienced, background-checked classroom teachers who know how to connect with students. Just type in your contact info below so we can chat with you about your child’s specific needs, or give us a call to find out how you can get your student learning on your schedule and your budget this summer.

Free Summer Learning Activities for Kids – 10 Resources

Free Summer Learning Activities for Kids – 10 Resources

Schools all across the U.S. will be dismissing for the summer break in the next few weeks, and many parents are looking for ways to keep their kids busy over the break. In addition to the normal yearly learning loss that students suffer over a long summer break, students have also suffered significant learning loss due to Covid.

We’ve put together a list of 10 free resources for parents who want some help exercising their kids’ brains over summer vacation. These are also great resources that teachers and tutors can use to create lesson plans and enrichment material.

And if your child would benefit from some one-on-one time with a certified, experienced classroom teacher this summer, TutorUp offers affordable summer tutoring.

Free Summer Learning Activities

Wide Open School, powered by Common Sense, has resources for preschool through grade 12:
https://wideopenschool.org/

A collection of fun education resources from Edutopia:
https://www.edutopia.org/blog/summer-learning-resources-matt-davis

Reading Rockets has ideas for teachers to share with families to help them get ready for summer:
https://www.readingrockets.org/article/get-ready-summer-ideas-teachers-share-families

Education World has put together a list of 25 activities to keep kids’ brains active over the summer:
https://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev073.shtml

Creative summer learning ideas for students PreK – 8th grade from Scholastic:
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/creative-summer-learning-ideas/

The Cade Museum has easy STEAM activities for preschool through ages 10+:
https://www.cademuseum.org/cade-at-home.html

iCivics has free civics resources for educators and for families:
https://www.icivics.org/toolkit

KERA has an annual Summer Learning Challenge parents can enroll their kids in:
https://learn.kera.org/summer-learning-challenge/

Free printable worksheet bundles for summer learning from Edmentum:
https://blog.edmentum.com/free-printable-worksheet-bundles-summer-learning

AllConnect has some great summer resources for all students, regardless of internet access:
https://www.allconnect.com/blog/learning-loss-and-the-digital-divide-summer-resources-for-all-students

Newsletter | May 2021

Newsletter | May 2021

Got your summer plans all set?

Have you heard of the “summer learning slide?” According to studies, in a typical school year children lose about two months’ worth of educational knowledge over the summer months if they don’t engage in some type of academic activity.

Plan now for Summer Tutoring!

Plan Now for Summer Tutoring!

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Tips for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Online parent/teacher conference

Connecting with your child’s teacher or teachers is a time-tested, reliable way to get detailed feedback on how your child is doing in school, both academically and socially. We have some recommendations for helping you get the best out of a parent/teacher conference.

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Plan Now for Summer Tutoring

Plan Now for Summer Tutoring

Have you heard of the “summer learning slide?” According to studies, in a typical school year children lose about two months’ worth of educational knowledge over the summer months if they don’t engage in some type of academic activity.

And this year has been anything but “typical”. A recent report in the Washington Post says, “school districts across the country are planning to return to full-time, in-person classes this fall.” Some school districts are planning a hybrid plan that combines in-person with some remote learning. While they debate the merits of those kinds of programs, plus many other decisions they need to make, one thing they all agree on is that learning has suffered some major setbacks over the past year.

COVID learning loss combined with the summer learning slide make a compelling argument for having students engage in some kind of academic activity over the summer.

Summer Vacation Plus Learning

Summer is a great time for kids to unwind from a particularly stressful school year, but many parents want their children to have a little bit of academic activity to keep their kids’ brains engaged and hopefully prevent more learning loss. Summer tutoring could be the perfect solution.

An hour or two a week throughout the summer could help most students maintain their current proficiency or even improve so they start the next school year ahead of where they ended this year. And teachers who work with students over the summer also keep their skills sharp while they enjoy the one-on-one interaction that they get with private tutoring.

An hour of time spent one-on-one with a certified teacher who not only knows the academic content inside and out, but is also a trained educator who knows how to help students, can achieve results far beyond spending hours in a classroom with dozens of other students.

Benefits of One-on-One Teaching

At TutorUp, all of our tutors are certified, experienced classroom teachers who have gone through our thorough interviewing/vetting process so we are confident that every tutor we match with a student is capable of making a significant contribution to that student’s academic achievement. And our summer tutors are the same top-quality teachers we work with all year. Here are just some ways that a learning experience that involves one student with one teacher is a superior teaching environment:

  • The student has the teacher’s undivided attention
  • It’s a safe space where the student does not have to be concerned about what his or her classmates might say or think. They are free to be themselves.
  • Related to that, a one-on-one session helps eliminate distractions and helps the student focus
  • The teacher is able to adapt tutoring sessions to suit the individual student’s needs and learning style

In-Person Summer Activities May Still Be Restricted

It’s looking like many summer programs, summer camps, summer sports, and other “normal” summer activities are still going to be somewhat restricted or even on hiatus this coming summer. Plus there are many parents who are not quite ready to have their children sign up for group activities. Summer tutoring can help give your child some structured activity over vacation.

Summer “school” shouldn’t be your child’s main activity. It’s important to make sure your kids have free time, and spend time soaking up vitamin D outdoors. But if you’re looking for a little learning support to avoid summer learning loss and bridge the gap until school starts back up in the fall, take a look at summer tutoring.