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Mummy says….

‘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!

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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. 

1.Increase Confidence

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.

2.Avoid Boredom

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…

Puzzles like Kakuro and Calcudoku are a really useful to get children doing the four main operations (+, -, x, ÷) really quickly. It’s amazing how much even teenagers can benefit!

 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?’

This is a collaborative post.



  1. That’s an interesting stat there on summer slide – it makes sense and makes the long summer holidays sound a bit bonkers really. Although unless (any) learning is fun it’s unlikely to be enjoyable so I think that’s a big factor, especially for getting kids to continue learning when everyone else is having a break.
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  2. I wish there was something like this when I was in school! After failing my maths GCSE by one mark (twice!) it really could have helped! Glad to see that things are improving and getting easier to help everyone

  3. really interesting post and makes a lot of sense, we probably tend to just relax about this kind of thing over holidays and I love the idea of working on confidence over the holidays, with homework etc thoughout the year, these kind of things could take a back seat

  4. When you think about it, summer holidays are long enough for children’s learning to slip a lot. Tutoring is definitely something to bear in mind.

  5. This was so interesting to read….I had never considered a tutor but can now understand why some people do…
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  6. I have used a tutor, and it worked really well. This kind of support can make a huge difference to a child’s education. Loads of great points here from Tutorfair
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  7. I used to work as a tutor in addition to teaching. Kids come on so well with one to one. It’s a great to help with their confidence too x
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  8. I’ve never really considered a tutor as little man is so young yet and is only just going in to year 1. However I can see from your pointers just how valuable a tutor could be for students in secondary school needed that extra help or boost! Its definitely something I would consider for my children once in secondary school if I felt they could benefit from it!
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  9. This is a great project and it’s scary how the kids abilities decrease over the summer hols. I used to do English tutoring and its amazing how an unconfident kid can blossom with one to one guidance and some genuine interest in their abilities. I’d certainly recommend hiring a tutor.
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  10. My friend is a maths tutor and teaches everything from 11+ to those wanting to get A*s. Tutor Fair sounds like a good way of getting some extra help.
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  11. The Summer slide stats are interesting, and I can believe very accurate!
    I think this is a great idea as they get older, they may hate you for it at the time but will thank you later!
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  12. This is so in depth! Well done on a great post. The whole education system seems so different now than when I was in school. I think that extras tutoring is a great idea 🙂

  13. There are a lot of interesting points here. We haven’t done summer tuition yet but my school aged kiddies are still young at 8 & nearly 6. Sounds like there’s a lot to be gained! x
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  14. As a teacher I am pro tutoring and will be using a tutor this year for my daughterr in Maths GCSE. She doesnt want to not get the grade she needs.
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  15. Great post. I definitely think it would help stop boredom and keep children’s minds educated and active during the holidays x
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  16. There’s some great tips there. I think tutoring is potentially a good idea, where you want to just keep the level up in some way.
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  17. This was really interesting – especially the ‘summer slide’ tips. Liked some of the ideas for encouraging learning over summer too 🙂
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  18. I think this is a great idea and wish it was around when I was actually in school because I was terrible for the summer slide happening to myself. Great post and great tips. I truly enjoyed reading.

  19. Those stats on the losing skills over the summer are really interesting! Great tips to bear in my when my little ones are school age
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  20. This is very interesting. As a one-to-one tutor (term time, in schools), I have first hand experience of the huge boost in confidence that it gives children of all abilities.
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  21. I don’t even want to think about school yet never mind summer hoildays!
    But this is really interesting reading – I had never heard of the summer slide, but it makes sense and this seems to be the perfect way to combat it!
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