Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Summer Learning - Part 5

Summer reading is another area that often presents a challenge.

Students frequently struggle to comprehend the themes in classic literature, and write clear and concise summaries of their summer reading assignments. The best advice I can give is not to leave the summer reading until the week before school starts. Make sure students have picked their summer reading books, and they have the books in hand by early July. Encourage students to begin their summer reading early, and to work on it a little bit each week. Leaving summer reading to the last minute creates undo stress, and almost guarantees that the finished product will not be a quality one.

Helping a child learn the difference between just reading the books and really analyzing the literature is key to aiding them in developing the critical thinking skills needed to excel in school. Tutors can work with students to guide them through their summer reading, and help them develop the skills needed to tackle advanced literature such as Shakespeare, Dickens and Hemingway.

Summer reading does not have to be a chore!

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