Students and Teachers Aren’t In The Classroom But Tutors Are Still At It
It’s summer again in St. Louis. The days are long, it’s hot and humid, and the local pools are filled to the brim with kids on summer break. Each year towards the end of May, students and teachers receive the gift of a nearly three-month long vacation. This annual occurrence goes by a few names: summer break, summer vacation, summer holiday. Whatever you call it, for students and teachers, it’s the best time of the year. Gone are the responsibilities of homework and grading papers. Well, at least until August.
Many teachers, especially grade school teachers, choose to stay home or spend the summer laying low. Middle school and high school students might find themselves teaching summer classes or filling in at other higher educational institutions. However, for the most part, summer is one long vacation for teachers. Of course were all know, the same goes for students. Though teachers and students aren’t in the classroom, there are still classes going on and many kids and teens are still taking on coursework throughout the summer.
Tutors don’t get a summer break. You’d think with school out, tutors also take some time for themselves. That might be true to some degree, however, for the most part, tutors are still working with students throughout the summer. Why is this? How is this possible? If students aren’t in class, it’s not like they have homework. That’s true but, like many parents and most students, there’s one critical component you might be missing. Just because it’s July doesn’t mean students shouldn’t be learning. As a matter of fact, multiple studies and reports suggest the summer months are lethal to what students learned at school over the past year.
Tutors actually take the time and work with students one-on-one or in small groups to ensure students retain what they’ve learned over the past school year. Students lose much of what they’ve learned in the past school year over the summer especially when it comes to new mathematical skills. Tutors and small classes effectively keep that from happening.
While teachers enjoy their break and most students sit by the pool, tutors work with students and parents who are working to be proactive during the summer months. Whether it’s preparing for pre-algebra or reviewing the difference between they’re, their, and there, tutors can work with students in a variety of subjects. Small classes are also available at rec centers, private schools, and through tutors. These small classes are very effective yet much cheaper compared to one-on-one sessions with a tutor.
In addition to reviewing coursework, tutors are also helping teenaged students prepare for the next stage in their life. In the fall, many high school students will take placement or entrance exams. Tests including the ACT, SAT, and PSAT are a major factor in determining where a student will be able to go to college. These tests, or rather the schools that are the result of these tests, also determine scholarships and direct financial aid from colleges. The ACT, SAT, and other tests like them are one of the most critical components of the high school experience. Tutors spend the summer to work with high school students to prepare for these tests. Additionally, the summer is also a fantastic opportunity to enroll students in small classes to prepare for college placement tests.
As you can see, learning doesn’t take a break. There are always opportunities for kids and teens to learn more and build off of what they’ve learned over the past school year. Additionally, the summer is a great time to find a tutor to help your high school student prepare for college placement tests.