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Beating the Summer Slide

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In the middle of summer, the last thing children want to think about is school. However, summer is a time when many students regress and lose knowledge that they acquired during the past school year. This regression is sometimes referred to as the ‘summer slide.’ This means that summer is very important on keeping your child on track for the upcoming school year!

Summer Slide- What is it?

The summer slide is a regression in knowledge and skills. Students can slide backwards two to three months, most commonly in math and reading skills. This means that when they go back to school in the fall, they could be starting at the level they were at in March or April. It’s important to stay on top of skills during the summer for children to do their best!

Ways to Beat the Summer Slide- 

Beating the summer slide may seem like a difficult task. Between sports, camps, games, and other activities, adding one more thing to the list doesn’t seem ideal. Below are a few ideas to refresh skills without ruining the fun of summer!

Local Libraries-

Libraries are a great resource to utilize in the summer. Make it a weekly or biweekly adventure to check out new books or attend a class. Many libraries also offer summer activities, such as guest speakers and educational presentations. No matter what it is, libraries are sure to help beat the summer slide. 

Reward System-

Think about summer activities that your children love. Days at the pool? Sleepovers with friends? Reward them with extra fun if they spend extra time reading or refreshing skills. Having something to look forward to is a great motivator!

Tutoring Services-

Whether it is a local tutoring center or a private tutor, having your child meet with a tutor weekly or biweekly is a great way to refresh skills and continue learning. Tutoring services are a great way to continue a routine once the school year ends, and may make the routine back into school a bit easier.

Whether it is ten minutes or an hour a day, every little bit helps when it comes to summer time learning. It may not be thought of as a priority at the time, but it will be well worth it when the new school year rolls around!

If you have any questions about education regression, tutoring services, or Brilliant Minds, please contact us at (248) 918-1146 or email Nicole Bommer at If you’d like to schedule a free consultation, please visit our website and select the ‘Request a Free Consultation’ option. 

In home tutoring vs. Center based tutoring

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If you have a child between preschool and 5th grade, consider the benefits of early tutoring. Not only will tutoring improve your child’s education and help set them up for success down the road, it can also increase their confidence during their developmental years. 

When selecting your child’s tutor, it is important to find a company that meets both your child’s and your family’s needs. There are different options for tutoring services, and it is important to find the one that is right for your child and family. Whether it is in-home or center-based, tutoring services will benefit your child in numerous ways.

In-home tutoring pros: 

In home tutoring’s greatest benefit is that it offers one-on-one teaching for your child. It is often very flexible with your schedule and your child can be comfortable learning in the comfort of their own home or a chosen neutral location. Having a private, in home tutor also ensures that your child will interact with the same tutor every time. This consistency can be extremely beneficial. Having an in home tutor also means that your child’s experience can be as personalized as needed. 

In-home tutoring cons:

In-home tutoring isn’t for everyone. Because in home tutors often operate on a smaller scale, they may not be as experienced in an area that your child could use help in. They also may not have all of the supplies needed for the best possible experience. Also, in home tutors may lack specific training in tutoring services or teaching a subject. 

Center based tutoring pros: 

Center based tutoring provides many benefits. One of these is that is allows your child to receive help in numerous areas, not just a specialized subject. If they struggle with math and reading, this diversity is a great option. These centers are also equipped with the supplies necessary to excel in any subject. Tutoring centers also provide social interaction, which may benefit your child. It is also more likely that tutors at a tutoring center will have a higher level of education, ensuring that your child is receiving high quality services. 

Center based tutoring cons: 

Center-based tutoring can be difficult because your child may not have the same tutor every time. This lack of consistency may affect your child’s experience. Being in a center also provides the opportunity for your child to be more distracted than they would be in a more private setting. Tutoring centers also come at a higher cost than in home tutors because of the myriad of services and supplies they offer. 

Which is right for your child? 

Tutoring is not one size fits all. Each child is unique and learns in their own way. Whether it is home based or center based, there is no doubt that tutoring services will increase your child’s confidence and provide them with skills to excel for years to come. Most importantly, find what method best suits your child and family for the greatest success. Brilliant Minds understands that each child learns differently and that different families have different needs as well, which is why we offer both in-home and center-based tutoring services.

Contact us

If you have any questions about tutoring or Brilliant Minds, please contact us at (248) 918-1146 or email Nicole Bommer at If you’d like to schedule a free consultation, please visit our website and select the ‘Request a Free Consultation’ option.