Did you know that more than 3.4 million students attended summer school in 2020? Or that, in the wake of the pandemic, seventy-nine percent of schools are preparing online summer learning programs?
When we think of summer school, we typically only see the need for it and how it can help a failing student catch up to their peers by the next school year. People rarely consider the benefits that summer learning can have on a child.
If you’ve never heard of the reasons why you should enroll your child in summer learning, you’ve come to the right place. Listed below are several of the benefits of enrolling your child in summer learning.
Benefits of Summer Learning
Enrolling your child in a summer learning program is one of the education options that people don’t consider often enough. Beyond helping your child stay caught up with their peers, there are many benefits that are rarely heard about.
One of the greatest benefits is that through the power of the internet, your child can participate in summer learning from anywhere, unlike summer camps which have to be attended in person.
Other benefits include:
1. Improved Retention of Studies
Without proper reinforcement, most people will forget seventy-five percent of what they have learned in less than a day. Half of this happens in the first twenty minutes after they learn something.
Enrichment over the summer, even for material that has already been learned, helps reinforce that learning. Reinforced study increases both understanding and retention. Even better, your student will be more successful the next school year having been able to build on a stronger base.
2. More Effective Study Habits
In recent years, many schools have stopped explicitly teaching students how to study effectilvey, as well as how to take notes efficiently. This is a grave oversight on their part.
By enrolling your child in summer learning, you are ensuring they will form good study habits. Knowing how to study actively (beyond simply re-reading notes) as well as how to take notes will allow students to learn more efficiently.
In addition, they will decrease their stress and boost in their academic performance.
3. Increased Productivity
With good study habits come other benefits – such as improved time management skills. As schools content demands increase (i.e. more advanced curriculums), students who are not taught improved “process” skills can struggle with keeping up.
Managing the process of school means that students learn the skills to plan for their work and work their plan. The motivation for all students is to have more free time. Improved study habits allow them to avoid procrastination, the killer of productivity, and as a result get more of their time back to use for themselves.
4. Better Preparation for Higher Learning
Often students who go to college immediately after high school find themselves overwhelmed. Without the right study and time managment skills, students aren’t able to create the structure necessary to effectively manage their social, personal, and academic priorities.
By learning strategies to plan as well as how to break down work and manage it over time, students can head off to college with a strong base of skills and more confidence that they can be successful despite the increased self-management responsibilities.
5. Enriched Summer Activities
While you’re probably happy to be away from the school-year grind, you don’t want your kids just sitting around on screens all summer.
Enrolling them in part-time summer learning provides an enriching activity that allows them to advance their skills without all of the stress that the regular school year brings. Writing Coaching is a great example of an enrichment activity that will be less stressful over the summer but will allow them to build the skills that will benefit them throughout the school year.
6. Reduced Burnout During the School Year
During the school year, it is easy for kids to become overwhelmed with all they have to do. Most students are taking at least five classes and are told to expect hours of homework for each class overnight. This leads to being overwhelmed, burnt out, and having trouble processing the learning.
Study skills programs teach your child how to prioritize the work and know how to properly break their work down into manageable chunks. By learning to prioritize they learn which assignments they need to put first and how much time to put into each.
7. Improved Emotional Well-Being
By learning how to study effectively, your child will be able to avoid the stress that comes with procrastination, whether it is waiting to start that paper until the last minute or cramming for a test. Effective studying doesn’t just prevent negative emotions, though. By using study strategies students feel more in control, which means less stressed and overwhelmed. For students, school is their “job”, and feeling more successful means benefits in emotional well-being all the way around.
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