The definition of ‘normal’ learning has changed over the course of the past year; with many education establishments incorporating online learning into their lesson plans permanently. Although the pandemic has shown us that learning and working from home is a possibility, the reality is that many students have found the shift from in-person to virtual classrooms a significant and challenging adjustment. With the current weather reminding us that a summer break at home is fast approaching, how can parents ensure the summer strikes the right combination between productive and restful, without sacrificing academic progress?
After a turbulent academic year, the summer months are a vital time to rest and replenish energy for a (hopefully) more normal year to come. Although children have become better and better throughout the pandemic at using online games and social media platforms to communicate, it goes without saying that there is no substitute for in-person socialising. At the time of writing in the UK we are experiencing the gradual opening up of recreational sports clubs, musical lessons, orchestras, theatre and, in general, chances for socialising. This could be music to the ears (perhaps literally) for parents who are looking to break from the routine of remote learning, and facilitate a well-deserved break for their children.
Filling Learning Gaps and Retaining Knowledge
Establishing a dedicated learning time will aid your child in getting ahead for the upcoming academic year. Whilst this can be in the form of self-study, we know first-hand how a tutor can work with your child in order to help identify areas that they find difficult or need to spend some time revising, boosting their morale and using this knowledge as a springboard for working on tricker concepts. Our tutors are trained to help their students find a learning style that benefits them, adapting their teaching style to suit each individual learner; this makes the tutoring experience tailored to your child, fostering the best possible learning environment for them.
Summer months allow for staggered learning at your child’s pace giving your child time to work on improving their grades. A challenge particularly pertinent if your child requires specific grades for college and university applications.
Building Academic Confidence and Developing Life Skills
The summer months are an ideal opportunity to work on skills which may be harder to polish alongside a full-time education. Having the help of a mentor over the summer will give your child the opportunity to practise important life skills that they will use in all aspects of their life:
- Time Management
- Revision Techniques
- Exam Strategies
- Self-Motivation Techniques
- Information Retention Strategies
- Creating Realistic Goals
- Organisational Skills
- Task Prioritisation Skills
Our mentors will help put these skills into practise, often asking your child to outline their thought processes, organising their revision timetable, and helping them understand which tasks should be prioritised. The summer holidays are a perfect time to create a positive and nurturing learning environment for your child, something that they may have been missing during the past few months of online learning.