Should I hire a tutor for my child over the summer?
As an educator and parent, I often get asked the same question at the end of every school year. Someone will inevitably approach me and ask: “Do you think I should hire a tutor for my child over the summer break?” I always answer the question, in the same way, no matter the situation or person. “Yes, I think that would be a great idea!”
If You Have To Ask…
The way I look at it if you deem the question important enough to ask there must be some reason you feel it worthy to get your child help over the summer. Hiring a tutor for your child over break can’t do any harm and will only help to reduce the summer “brain drain” that happens over the three months of no formal education. Don’t get me wrong, your child is learning while playing in the summer sun, but it is in a much more fluid and flexible manner. Your child is learning how to collaborate with friends, interact with nature, and enjoy life as it happens. However, they aren’t necessarily working on writing a research paper or analyzing a complex math problem like they would during the school year. Naturally, as the months’ progress, your child gets “rusty” with simple tasks and begins to forget the skills and materials needed to be successful in the classroom.
Hiring a tutor is one way to keep your child thinking over the summer months.
Whether it be specific curriculum developed to close the gap for next year or one that touches on your child’s weaknesses, a tutor can keep the mental wheels turning so that your child’s brain is functioning at full capacity when they return to school. A summer tutor also has the flexibility to work on materials and curricular goals that are interesting to your child. A tutor who is working over the summer doesn’t have to support the curriculum and course of study taught at school but instead has the freedom to work on skills through an avenue that is much more interesting. Your child is free to pick the books, theme, and/or unit of study they wish to work on over the summer months.
For example: if your child likes ocean animals, the tutor can devise a curriculum that touches on important skills while also“diving” deeper into a topic your child finds interesting. Through reading books, writing reports, and creating interactive presentations, your child will be learning the skills necessary for good academic behaviors.
Tutoring over the summer sets your child up for success in the next school year.
It reduces anxiety and provides a sense of equilibrium. Through a relevant and data-driven curriculum, a tutor can remediate skills that were challenging last school year and fill in the learning gaps through a one-on-one teaching style that is more relaxed and less stressful. Your child will become more confident with the content with each tutoring session and also learn new skills that are necessary for educational success in the new school year.
The moral of the story is: if you are asking about tutoring, then you see a potential need for someone to fill in academic gaps and build confidence with your child. A summer tutor may be exactly what your child needs to feel confident next year and bridge the gaps that occurred in the previous school year. If you are still struggling with the idea of a summer tutor, take a look at the blog “ 6 signs your child may need a tutor” to better analyze your situation and “How can a tutor help your child”
How can MINDSPIRE help with your student?
At MINDSPIRE, we provide tutoring and test prep that is tailored to specific learning styles and individual needs. If you are interested in getting a tutor for any standardized exam, contact us or give us a call at 844-537-PREP (7737).