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Avoid the summer slump

Brain drain… Is it a ‘thing’? Yes, without doubt. Many studies over the past 20 years have concluded that summer learning loss is real – not a myth.

The facts are that children can:

  • lose months of reading skills over the summer holiday
  • take 6 weeks to regain skills that they ended the previous academic year with
  • struggle to engage with school again after such a long summer break

If your child is starting a crucial year come September – where they might be sitting SATs, School Entrance exams, GCSEs or A levels – it might be worth encouraging your youngster to keep on learning.

Let’s look at how you can do just that!

How to combat brain drain this summer

  1. Get reading! It’s a great opportunity to keep up reading, or discover reading for the first time. Whether you read on a Kindle, listen to audio, or pick some books to read on holiday, reading will keep your brain cells ticking over. And if parents read along with kids, it’ll set a precedent.
  2. Discover the world! Educational visits to museums, grand houses, or historical sites – both in the North West near us and abroad – can enrich your child’s knowledge.
  3. Get blogging or Instagram-ing! There are loads of internet sites and apps that your child or young person could use to record their summer holidays. You could keep a daily account in a snazzy journal (if a younger child) or if a teen you could upload pics and captions to Instagram – or use cool apps such as Steller to create a visual magazine.
  4. Start the school year with a bang! Private one to one tuition over the summer can not only stem the worries from this academic year, but can boost your child’s confidence for the year ahead.

Here at 121 Home Tutors in Wilmslow, Cheshire, we get many requests from parents every year looking for a tutor to help their child over the summer hols. Not just in south Manchester either.

Perhaps you need a GCSE or A Level Chemistry or Biology teacher to help your child revise tricky topics from last term?

Perhaps your child is sitting an exam for one of the local independent or grammar schools and need to brush up their overall skills before the busy term starts again?

Whatever the subject or stage your child is at, get in touch with our experienced tuition team if you need to chat about tuition for your child.


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