Summer brain drain leading more parents to enroll children in private tutoring

By: Trishna Begam Email
By: Trishna Begam Email

News 12 This Morning / Friday, July 6, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Heads in the books, pencil to paper and intense concentration is what you'll find inside the Sunshine Tutoring and Learning Center.

Summer may have school closed, but these students are still hard at work.

Alesia Johnson, director of Sunshine Tutoring and Learning said, "Parents want to make sure they have those skills when school starts back up."

Keeping up with academic skills can be hard when most kids are having fun in the sun poolside.

"Students lose a ton of knowledge over the summer -- that brain goes to sleep," said Kimberly Moore, a tutor and Richmond County teacher.

That's why Pat Featherstone brings her 7-year-old son to tutoring.

"I wanted him to stay on top of his learning. I didn't want him to get rusty during the summer," she said.

"It's gonna be fun in the second grade," her son said.

Tutors at Sunshine guide individual students through the next level of coursework they will see when school starts in the fall.

Ayana Sams, who is being tutored at Sunshine, added, "It really helps me with everything I need help with."

Tutors like Moore say the important thing is to keep their minds active and interested.

"I tell mine all the time, you are going to be so far ahead, it is going to make your life easier," Moore said.

Come this August, these students are less likely to forget key lessons compared to their peers who checked out all summer long.

"Most of the time we are in the same classes, so when they need help, they come to me," Sams said.

Researchers have looked into the "brain drain" problem that takes place during the summer. Students can lose anywhere from a month to two months of proficiency in some subjects areas. That why it's recommended for parents to incorporate learning into everyday activities. Have your child do math at the grocery store. Take more trips to the library during the summer. You can also have them engage in educational computer games.


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