‘I have recently come across TutorFair, and with three of my four children at different stages of their education it really interested me.
My eldest daughter MeeMee is going into her second year of Uni, and I did enlist the help of a tutor to help with with Maths, prior to her taking her GCSEs.
My youngest daughter Lea has just completed her first lot of GCSEs – she is in year 10, and whilst most of her GCSEs will be taken next year, the exams have been spread over years 10 and 11 more than ever before. She is facing her next GCSEs in November, then January, then the rest next June.
My eldest son Luke is going into Year 9 next week, his options year. He had a lot of assessments before the summer holidays to position him in various subjects such as science.
Pickle doesn’t have to think about any of this for years yet – he hasn’t even started school yet!
I have never considered summer tuition, but TutorFair have some top reasons why it is a good idea – I may well consider it in the future.
These top 5 benefits of summer tuition help to promote new learning, engagement and retention.
Use the long summer holiday to practice, reinforce and work on topics that your child has struggled with during term time. Very often a child may “hate” a subject, because they don’t feel confident or competent.
Having a regular structure over the holidays helps to keep children from becoming bored. Also, exploring new ways of learning (unconstrained by a rigid syllabus) throughout the summer will help with an easier transition back to school in September.
3.Prevent The Summer Slide
Students experience learning loss over the summer months, as they tend not to participate in any learning activities. Practicing skills learned over the past year, and getting a head start on the upcoming curriculum can help jump-start learning, and confidence, come September.
4.Smooth the Transition into a New School
Moving schools can be a stressful, difficult and anxious time at any age. Students are learning in a new environment, making new friends and working to a new set of expectations from their teachers. A tutor can teach some of the new topics and learning strategies to help ease students into their new school.
5.Works Around You
The tutor can work around your schedule, and also tailor lessons to meet the interests and individual needs of your child.
Worth thinking about, isn’t it?
And just to convince you even more, lets talk about The Summer Slide!
The Summer Slide is a term coined by educational psychologist Harris Cooper, who found that US schoolchildren regress in all subjects over the summer holidays, by an average of 1 month, and 2.6 months in maths. This is a problem widely recognised by educationalists, here are a few of the stats:
Students will score lower on the same test at the end of the summer than they did at the start. (Downey, 2004)
Students lose on average 2.6 months worth of Maths learning and 1 months worth of spelling skills. (Cooper, 1996)
Teachers spend 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching forgotten material. (Peters, 2005)
How can you prevent this summer learning loss?
Of course it’s vital that kids have some downtime over the summer, especially those students who need time to recover after June exams. But every student risks summer learning loss. Whether your child loves to read, or problem solve, we have a few tips that can be fun and effective ways to retain and promote learning over the summer break.
1. Play not work
Summer learning should be fun. Whether you’re educating your children yourself, or enlisting the help of a nanny or tutor, take the lessons outside the classroom and discover activities that your child will enjoy. Find out about next year’s curriculum; just hearing about a topic in advance helps pupils to learn it quickly in the classroom. Create a treasure hunt with subject-specific clues – this has the added advantage of keeping them occupied for some time, depending on how tricky the questions are!
2. Riveting Reading
Harris Cooper found that the poorest children lose the most reading skills, while those better off actually improved over the summer. The long summer break can be an opportunity for children to discover reading. Studies have shown that reading four to five books over the summer has a positive impact (comparable to attending summer school!) and on average students lose 2 months of reading skills over the summer.
Be inventive; even the most reluctant reader just needs the right trigger!
For the tech-savvy paper-phobic child you could purchase a family e-reader, or take a trip to your local library and encourage your child to choose books that she or she is interested in. You could also try the Summer Reading Challenge, which rewards children with stickers and certificates for free!
3. Marvellous Maths
Adapt recipe quantities while cooking to familiarise children with dividing, multiplying and using fractions. These questions crop up everywhere from primary school to GCSE Maths.
When your 6-year-old asks, again, how long till his best friend arrives: ask him to work out the time in hours and minutes (or days and hours, depending on how early the excitement starts to build…) Young children find time calculations a challenge, counting in a base of 60 instead of the normal 10s and 100s.
Children are natural entrepreneurs: if it would be safe and you can keep an eye on them, a homemade lemonade stall requires plenty of maths practice. Just keep an eye on the recipe to make sure they produce something drinkable! Ask them to calculate the profit margin and hourly earnings – useful to know when employing a younger sibling…
4. Whirlwind Writing
Long car journey? Encourage your children to pass the time telling stories, this will help develop their linguistic creativity as well as stopping them from pinching each other! You can even offer a prize for the best story.
Postcards are also a cheap and appealing way of getting a child to pen a few lines to a friend.
5. Super Science
Take advantage of the British summer weather: after the next rain shower, draw chalk circles round a few puddles, to observe the water cycle. Even in our damp conditions, your child will see evaporation in action as the puddle shrinks.
In the garden or park, ask your child to collect small (one leaf is good) samples from different plant species. Go over these samples together, discussing differences and similarities, and why one plant is classed as a different species from another.
6. Summer Tuition
Children are remarkably good at learning in different environments with different people, and if you can afford some extra help, a tutor could be just what they need to inject some educational fun into the holidays.
This doesn’t mean someone who will sit at home forcing algebra over the kitchen table! Most tutors are, by now, as fed up of painful exam-cramming as you and your children, and will be only too happy to rediscover the joy of learning over summer.
So if you are thinking of a tutor try Tutorfair to help you find the best tutors in your area.
What I really like about TutorFair is that for every student that pays they give for free – tutoring to a child who can’t. Projects like this, that give back to people are essential in this day and age to give as many children the best chance possible.
TutorFair works in that you pop in the subject and your postcode and a list of Tutors near you pops up. You can see the tutors qualifications, a video of them and decide who you would like to book.
You can book and pay online, and if you are not satisfied with your first session, Tutorfair will refund you! So you can’t lose really.
There are dozens of subjects to choose from, at all different levels. It is a really easy site to use and understand.
Have you ever had summer tuition for your child?’
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