Preventing Summer Learning Loss

July 7, 2017

Many students experience the summer slide when they take a break from learning. Teachers then have to retrain students or the student falls behind.

Some schools try to counter the summer slide by offering summer educational programs. However, students can prevent this on their own by reading books and studying daily for 30 minutes. The amount of time can vary depending on the individual but it is important to make this part of a daily routine. A routine when the students are young helps to carry this beneficial habit as they get older.

Research shows that students who read four or more books over the summer do better on reading comprehension tests. This led the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to launch a program encouraging students to read four books over the summer called “What's your four?”. This campaign has incentives and rewards for those who read at least four books.

Another way to counter the summer slide is to attend educational programs. The point of an academic summer program is so students can apply their knowledge. By seeing the same material again and through repetition, they remember a greater amount of the material they learned over the school year. A study by RAND concluded that students who attended academic summer programs performed significantly better on math and reading tests as well as standardized exams.

Incorporate a daily study routine, books, or an academic program into your summer!


Reed Kurtenbach