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How to Ensure Summer Tutoring Success

How to Ensure Summer Tutoring Success

Summer vacation is only a few tiny weeks away for most students and their families. We know that most parents look forward to summer vacation almost as much as their children! It is a welcome break from the daily grind of homework and projects of the school year. But if your student doesn’t practice the skills he/she learned last school year over the summer, it could lead to a loss of learning. That’s why summer tutoring is such a popular choice for Club Z! families, and why Club Z! offers tips and strategies to ensure tutoring success over the summer months.

Summer “Brain Drain”

According to a study by Duke University’s Dr. Harris Cooper, a leading expert on summer learning loss, long summer vacations “break the rhythm of instruction, lead to forgetting, and require a significant amount of review when students return to school in the fall.” According to Cooper’s study, students’ overall achievement test scores drop by about one month, on average, over summer vacation. Skills in mathematics and spelling usually take the biggest hits, with math skills suffering almost a 2.6 month loss in achievement.

In addition, local and state education budgets are stretched so much that schools are rarely in a position to be able to fund remedial programs, and students who once depended on summer school for enrichment classes may find themselves out of luck. This has lead parents to consider alternative ways of keeping their kids intellectually stimulated over the summer.

Consider Summer Tutoring

Summer tutoring and test prep services, such as those provided by the experts at Club Z!, can help children catch up or get ahead with one-on-one tutoring in the home, or online.  Take advantage of the summer months to remediate or accelerate your child in areas like reading comprehension, mathematics, writing or SAT/ACT test prep.  Club Z! even offers programs in foreign language and study skills (with an emphasis on note-taking strategies, reading comprehension skills & prioritizing deadlines) that will help your child start the school year off right.

Unlike traditional learning centers, which can be located far away from one’s home, in-home and online tutoring programs bring qualified instructors directly to your house, around your busy summer schedule. Summer tutoring with an in-home or online tutor can:

  • Rebuild self-esteem that was battered by bad grades during the previous school year.
  • Close the achievement gap by helping students catch up and get ahead before the start of the new school year.
  • Prepare high school students with the strategies, skills and confidence to take upcoming ACT and SAT tests.
  • Reinforce skills for children with learning disabilities who might otherwise lose skills from a 2-3 month separation from formal learning.
  • Provide money-saving enrichment and accelerated learning opportunities outside of traditional daycare.
  • Enable students to master benchmarks necessary for passing state reading, writing and math standardized tests.
  • Allow kids to explore and develop the skill areas they find interesting, such as art, music and foreign languages.

Summer Learning Strategies

The following tips can help you transform the summer break into an opportunity for your student to sharpen his/her skills through fun and interactive ways.  Follow these tips and send your children back to school smarter and more confident than when they left!

  1. Take frequent trips to the library and register your child with a library card.  A prime predictor of summer reading loss is a lack of books at home and limited access to library books, so keep a good selection of high interest, level appropriate books around the house.  Schedule a consistent “reading time” daily for your child.
  2. Attend thematic programs at the library.  Libraries often host a great variety of summer programs for kids that celebrate reading.
  3. Talk to your child’s teachers and ask them what your child will be learning next year at school.  This way you can tie in family trips with next year’s curriculum to create a more meaningful hands-on experience. For example, if your child will be studying a unit on the civil war, plan a visit to Gettysburg.
  4. Give your child a gift card to a bookstore, or give books as gifts. You can also gear up on learning materials such as educational games, flash cards, art supplies and writing materials.
  5. Check out audio books from the library for your child to listen to stories in the car.
  6. Research has revealed a direct connection between learning to play a musical instrument and an increased aptitude in mathematics.
  7. Turn summer activities into learning opportunities! Practice vocabulary and measuring skills while cooking or cleaning the house. Engage your child in planning a summer vacation with mapping, researching cities and learning history of various areas.

For more information on how to make the most of your child’s summer, call Club Z! for a FREE in-home evaluation. Let our tutoring experts craft a tailored learning plan for your student to help ward off the dreaded “summer brain drain.” With the right program and tutor, summer tutoring CAN be a fun and enjoyable experience! At first, your son or daughter may balk at the idea, but once they get their first-quarter grades in October, they’ll be thanking you. To find the location nearest you and schedule your evaluation, call Club Z! at 800-434-2582 today!

 

Annual Achievement Award Scholarship from Club Z!

Annual Achievement Award Scholarship from Club Z!

As you may already know, Club Z! is North America’s top in-home and online tutoring and test prep company. But did you also know that Club Z! offers a national scholarship award each year to deserving students in grades 5-12? For more than a dozen years, Club Z! has extended its Annual Achievement Award to teachers, counselors, and coaches, who in turn nominate deserving students at their local schools. The nominations include details about obstacles the student has overcome, inside the classroom or out, as well as input on the student’s general attitude, drive, and overall character. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of Club Z! executive staff who select one grand prize award recipient, one runner up, and up to four (4) honorable mention recipients each award period (fall and spring). Continue reading

ACT Test Prep

ACT Test Prep

College Prep. Those two small words can evoke such strong feelings of anxiety and concern. How early should we start? What are the most important steps? Who can help us figure it all out? The experts at Club Z! and Z Prep! have answers to all of these questions and more! Whether it’s your first time taking the ACT, or your third, Club Z! has the tools to help you tackle the ACT test with confidence! Our recipe for ACT test prep success is simple: we offer one-on-one ACT test prep, built to fit your family’s needs and preferences, taught by top-notch ACT test prep instructors. In addition, all of our SAT and ACT test prep programs include access to our highly-effective online study tool, Z Prep! Score Booster. The Z Prep! Score Booster features: Continue reading

College Admissions Consulting

College Admissions Consulting

For more than 20 years, Club Z! has been offering high quality in-home tutoring and test prep services to students of all ages. But did you know that Club Z! also offers college admissions consulting? Through our preferred network of professional college admissions consultants, Club Z! can now help connect our students to expert advisors for help with everything from selecting the right college or university, to applying for financial aid, choosing the right major or area of study, and submitting the application for college admission. The college application process doesn’t have to be difficult. With help from Club Z!’s college admissions consultants, students and parents can navigate college admissions with ease. Continue reading

Get Ready for the SAT and ACT with our FREE Diagnostic Test

Get Ready for the SAT and ACT with our FREE Diagnostic Test

If you, or someone you know, is preparing to take the SAT or ACT college entrance exams this spring, you are probably knee-deep in studying. In fact, there are only a few more dates left to take the ACT (April 8th & June 10th) and the SAT (May 6th & June 3rd) this school year!  Taking practice tests and mastering difficult questions are two trusted tips for SAT and ACT test prep. You can do both, and get ready to achieve your highest scores, with a FREE diagnostic test from Club Z!
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