Are you taking a foreign language in school? Maybe it is Spanish, or Japanese, or French? Well, that's great! However, summer is typically the time that most of what you have learned in these second languages during the school year wears away, and very fast too. That's why it's recommended that you keep practicing reading, writing, listening, and speaking in your second (or third)... read more
There are two things that happen to the brain during the summer: either it gets smarter, or it gets dumber. If you work on making it smarter this summer, then you'll have a stress free school year when it comes. To help you on your path of smart awesomeness, I have put together this list of 5 ways to get summer this summer. Video Games: Your mom... read more
ESME RAJI CODELL is the teacher that I want to grow up to be. What a fabulous lady.
Summer time can be a bit of a struggle for tutors. Public schools are closed, and students as well as tutors are ready for a break. For most tutors, generating new leads and keeping busy in the Summer is a challenge. If you are new to the game, your first Summer is the toughest. Here is an idea that may just keep you moving along. Your local community college offers Summer classes. Students... read more
Now that school is out, the farthest thing from the minds of both parents and students is often academics. After all, school's out; why would you want to practice math facts, spelling words, etc., during the summer? However, research has shown that children forget much of what they have learned during the summer, and teachers are often forced to review material from the previous... read more
I've taught in a major school district for over 20 years. Yes, there is such a thing as summer learning loss. The best way to combat it is to find some summer activities that enforce your knowledge in a fun way. Go to museums (they are always nice and cool), zoos, or other activities. Go to a vacation bible school or camp, or if you are an older student teach... read more
1) Organize your school materials by subject and/or date. 2) Make flashcards for important concepts (perhaps subjects in which you are struggling) and periodically review them. 3) Buy/borrow review books for the previous grade and/or the next grade and work through those over time. If all else fails, enlist the help of a WyzAnt tutor; after all, that's what we're here for... read more
Most teachers plan on needing to review basic subject-area content during the first few weeks of school. Why? Because most students need to refresh their memory after spending their summers swimming, playing video games, and generally going everything they can to avoid anything remotely resembling school work. Summer enrichment doesn't have to look like regular schoolwork. Anything... read more
Chances are you’re excited about school being out for summer…I couldn’t agree more! School gets so busy towards the end of the year. Testing, sporting events, concerts and other happenings can all take a toll on your child's practice routine. Once the dust settles from the end of school year festivities, kids with a less full calendar of things to do all too often become bored and need some... read more
Let's suppose you have zero dollars to spend but you do have a few basic supplies around the house. Here are ten things you can do this summer to make life more interesting – for yourself and others (for ideas 2 – 10, check with your parent[s] before beginning): 1. Reduce time spent on the computer, game box, TV, etc. Don't just reduce time; set a goal of how much time... read more
Summer vacation is right around the corner, and that means plenty of time to focus on a talent, skill, hobby, etc. Instead of using the summer time to sit at the pool, try devoting just a little bit of time each day to studying music, which will keep your mind fresh and help you remember everything you learned this past school year!
Summer is a crucial time for students to continue their education. I know they have just finished up the school year and would love a break, but there needs to be some activity from the students. An easy way to keep your brain going is to actually study things you enjoy. Instead of sitting at home and going through your basic classes (Math, English, Science, etc), I suggest incorporating... read more
Losing knowledge over the course of long vacations is a major problem facing every student. Fortunately, there are many, many ways to combat it, if you know where to look. The best resources I've found for math and science include Khan Academy and MIT lectures. For programming, Codecademy is indispensable. For languages, I recommend Duolingo. It also helps to give yourself projects... read more
I believe that students need to take a couple of weeks right after school is out and have fun! They have been cooped up, studying hard and walking that line of following rules and being told what and what not to do for quite a while. They have been stressed with finals and trying to get every last good grade possible to ensure either passing to the next grade or upping their GPA's . Summer... read more
1. Read a book! Before you finish school for the summer break, find out which books you’ll be reading next year. If you read them (or start reading them) over the summer, you’ll have much more time during the school year to reflect on the books. You will be able to provide clearer, more thoughtful responses because you’re not rushing through the book for the first time, but instead,... read more
Unless you are a "Home-schooled" student...- which in the Summer months you are unless you are attending an actual Summer School - ...you are literally Out of the Box, the Box being the school building. This is a good thing on many levels. You've heard that change is good, well, the Summer months allow for some very significant change. In the first place, you have time now to reflect... read more
Read! It's an obvious answer from an English teacher, but the research indicates that this obvious answer is absolutely true. If you want to stay sharp, read. Pick up a copy of National Geographic, your local newspaper, or a great novel and enjoy the outdoors while reading something other than Facebook posts. And don't forget to have fun in the sun. Going for hikes and getting... read more
Summer learning can be fun! With my tutoring clients, we make learning fun and interesting. First, I always have something interesting or unusual going on in my office. I have a cat who loves to play fetch, an experiment with seedlings, and caterpillars becoming butterflies. These unusual items often inspire writing or reading interests. Second,... read more
Summer, an excerpt by Amy Lowell Some men there are who find in nature all Their inspiration, hers the sympathy Which spurs them on to any great endeavor, To them the...
One summer I was ambitious and signed up for a condensed Anatomy & Physiology II course. Having just completed Anatomy & Physiology I and Microbiology during the spring semester, I thought just taking one college course over the summer would be a piece of cake. How wrong I was! Learning the major systems of the human body in a full 16 week semester can be challenging... read more