Summer’s for sun, fun, and getting ahead of the academic curve. Use this summer break to catch up on tricky school topics, prepare for the PSATs, and keep your kid on the fast track to success. Susan Werb of SuccessPrepper, and Dr. George Lunsford, Ph.D., of Tutor with the Best share their scholastic secrets for your child’s most successful summer yet.
What are the most common summer tutoring requests you receive?
Test prep, college consulting, and resume-writing are the biggest needs for Susan’s clients.
Help with summer school algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics are common requests for George. He also sees a high need for SAT/ACT and other standardized test prep, as well as assistance with dissertations.
Beyond the academic help these tutors provide, both also specialize in addressing test-taking anxiety and—as Susan says—shifting from pressure to performance.
What are summer tutoring sessions like?
Summer tutoring sessions are customizable, depending on the student’s needs. George meets with some students up to 3 times per week and others only once a week. On average, his sessions last one hour, unless longer is requested. The same goes for Susan’s private students. She also offers 1-2 week Boot Camps at the beginning and end of summer. The 25 students who enroll learn test-taking strategies for the ACT/ SAT and college applications, note-taking skills, resume writing, and interviewing.
How can summer tutoring help students?
Summer tutoring is crucial for maintaining and improving skills, says Susan. It’s also an ideal time for remediation or focused studies. Without some type of educational experiences, she explains with a wink, many students become afflicted with “summer amnesia,” a prevalent yet preventable condition.
Maybe your child is dreading trigonometry this fall. Summer tutoring helps students prepare for classes they plan to take, George says. It also provides catch up for topics they didn’t quite master last year.
Who should take advantage of summer tutoring?
Kids who are ready for success!
Those who should take advantage of summer tutoring are those who want to progress while other students are losing the information they learned, explains George. Most of his more serious students come to him in the summer.
Everyone who wants to achieve their academic goals, whether they need to catch-up or want to get ahead will benefit from summer tutoring, shares Susan.
How soon should students start scheduling?
Book right away if you have your eye on a prize tutor. George and Susan both get booked up by late spring/early summer due to their popularity. That’s not to say that midsummer is too late to start. Get on Thumbtack, read reviews, and find the fit that’s right for your kiddo’s educational needs…the future’s looking brighter already!
What else is important for parents and students to know?
Setting goals is crucial to success, both tutors agree.
Students take learning seriously when they have a goal to reach, explains Douglas. He encourages his students to set and work towards goals, and finds those who do have the most success.
Setting mini-goals and staying flexible are important for effective and efficient tutoring sessions outside of the regular school structure, shares Susan. Summer’s are busy with vacation, sports, and summer camps. When you’re planning summer tutoring take into consideration whether or not your student will be able to work independently during trips, she says.
Online tutoring is where it’s at. Douglas shares that the future of tutoring will combine the personal presence of the tutor through virtual means. Both Susan and Douglas provide tutoring face to face or via Skype sessions. The power of the internet makes summer tutoring accessible anywhere.
Ready to get your scholar signed up for summer tutoring?