Math and English are the two subjects that students would benefit the most from practicing during the summer to prevent “summer slide,” the academic ground a student loses during the summer months when not in school. Many reputable and frequently quoted studies in the academic world cite summer learning losses of up to “2 months of reading skills and 2 1/2 months of math skills over a single summer.” Without addressing these losses or doing little pockets of work throughout the summer to maintain rather than drain students’ pools of knowledge, students enter into the following school year already struggling to keep up with grade-level expectations. But the good news is it only “takes 2-3 hours of work per week to prevent learning loss over the summer!” (Source) We can help with that.
JB Tutoring offers tutoring in all levels of Math. Whether it be basic mathematics, calculus, or any level in between, we have a tutor ready to help your student. Our tutors will teach your student skills and strategies that will help him or her become a strong math problem solver for the following school year, catch up on credits from failed classes, or complete any other complete summer school requirements.
JB Tutoring offers personalized assistance in the following math subjects:
Basic Mathematics (K-5)
Why Summer Math Tutoring?
Particularly for students who struggled in a math class, summer tutoring is crucial. Math classes, like foreign language classes, are cumulative in nature. The concepts and skills build on each other each year, so to be successful in the subsequent year of math, students need to understand the concepts taught in the previous year.
Tutors can help your student complete summer math classes, homework, and credit recovery from a failed class. Tutors can also provide your student with ways to practice and build on their math skills without you or the school providing any work, too.
If your student needs help learning and refining math skills, summer tutoring sessions could make a positive impact. Summer tutoring can help your students feel more prepared and better able to absorb the knowledge they are taught at school in the fall.
Summer tutoring gives students a competitive edge for the following school year.
Once your student has mastered what they did not initially understand, they can start getting ahead on next year’s material. JB Tutoring can guide your student through the new material to ensure they do not fall behind in the future.
The summertime is also a great opportunity to build some confidence! Confidence is vital in a student’s academic success because research shows that low self-esteem also lowers a student’s ability to focus, desire to study, stay organized, and more.
In the summer, a JB Tutoring tutor works privately with your student to support their academic understanding and celebrate their achievements without the added pressure of deadlines, grades, and so on.
Bridge the Gap
Students often do not realize how much they have forgotten from the previous year until they are sitting in the classroom in the fall. Our summer tutoring programs can help bridge the gap for success.
Instead of falling behind because your student does not remember how to pick up where their studies left off, JB Tutoring’s 1-on-1 summer tutoring will refresh their memory so they can thrive in their studies during the next semester.
Stay Focused & Overcome Test Anxiety
Some students feel pressure and anxiety during exams which ultimately distracts them from doing well on math tests.
A summer tutor can help students develop healthy habits and stress-reduction techniques to manage stress and improve focus during an important test or exam.
Students who have trouble focusing (in general) could also benefit from these techniques.
Personalized Study Style
Since we all learn differently, tutors can help students identify the study style that best promotes their way of learning math.
The summer is an opportunity to explore new ways of learning and experiment with various study, learning, and teaching styles.
Students who learn better 1-on-1 will learn differently than students who prefer to study in groups, just like students who are visual learners learn differently than students who are auditory learners. A summer tutor can help your student find the learning method that resonates best with them, and then students can implement this method, especially when studying for math tests, during the school year.
What Does Tutoring Math in the Summer Look Like and Why?
During the school year, students come to their tutoring sessions prepared with all necessary study materials from their classes, which may include class notes, homework assignments, study guides for upcoming exams, etc. During summer tutoring, tutors can help your student with materials from their school or provide supplementary study materials (extra worksheets and practice problems). We are happy to provide supplementary learning materials - just let us know ahead of time so the tutor can plan accordingly.
To begin the session, the tutor will ask the student what he or she has been learning in class recently or what they struggled with in Math last year (i.e., Dividing Fractions, Solving Systems of Equations, Geometric Proofs, Trigonometry, etc.). Then, the tutor can make sure they’re working on practice problems targeted at their unique areas of difficulty.
Typically, the tutor will let the student read the first set of directions on the assignment and then let the student attempt a homework problem. That way, the tutor can get a better sense of which step in the math problem the student is getting stuck on. This process answers the question: Can the student start the problem on their own? If the answer to this question is no, the tutor will demonstrate how to accurately perform a homework problem and verbally explain each step of the process along the way. For some students, it will be helpful to write these steps down for future reference.
Once the student has a stronger grasp on the mathematical concepts and necessary steps, then he or she can try another homework problem on their own. If the student gets stuck again, the tutor will ask guiding questions, offer more in-depth explanations, or explain the problem in a new way. The goal of this process is to create independence and confidence within the student so that he or she can tackle problems effectively on their own.
By the end of the session, the student should be able to read the directions, recognize the type of math problem (what the question is asking for), and apply the necessary steps in order to arrive at the correct answer.