Leveraging The Summer Productively For Learning

Dear Academic Approach Families & Colleagues:

As families and schools are planning summer schedules, we are hearing many questions about using this summer—in particular—productively for both test preparation and academic tutoring.

3 Reasons Why Summer Instruction is Valuable

Combating summer learning loss

  • It’s been well known and well researched that students on average lose 25-30% of school-year learning over the summer. What is not yet well known is how this rate of loss might be exacerbated now by a full year of remote and hybrid school learning. Anticipating and remediating that potential increase in learning loss raises the importance of this summer as an opportunity to engage students in needed academic skill building.

Assessing the student’s availability to learn

  • Finding time during a busy school year to supplement learning is a challenge; many students are focused—as they should be—on staying abreast of day-to-day assignments and lack availability to either remediate skills in need of development or enrich those that can advance further.
  • With more time and available working memory, concentrated instruction during summer can have a deep and lasting impact, helping students internalize skills deeply.

Building stronger outcomes

  • Unsurprisingly, our data show that students who begin preparing for college entrance exams in the summer show greater growth on the final official test than those who begin during the school year; in fact, students who start the summer before junior year versus junior spring can double their growth.
    We’d love to help plan for the summer and work with you. Please call (773) 348-8914 or email us to schedule a complimentary assessment.

Be well,
Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Founder & CEO

Matthew Pietrafetta

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