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A Rich, Fun Summer without "Summer Slide"

The 2020-2021 academic year has come to an end, and a fun summer is just around the corner! Since the launch last October, My STEM Help has held close to 80 online help sessions and answered questions in math and English from many students in our local towns in Connecticut, the Bronx and as far as California. We are very proud of what we have accomplished together!

For the summer months, we don't plan to hold regular weekly sessions. If you need help reviewing a subject or catching up on a topic, please feel free to contact us any time and we will find a way to help.

In the meantime, we would love to share with you some tips and resources to prevent summer learning loss or "summer slide", which is the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of long summer vacations. Researchers have shown that it actually happens. You can find more about it starting on Wikipedia.

A simple yet effective solution is to keep doing some math problems or reading at home and at your own steady pace. For example, it can be just a very short time, such as 10 to 15 minutes, every day, or every other day, or half an hour to one hour once a week. There will certainly be plenty of time to relax and explore other interests, but a steady pace of learning will help avoid summer slide so you will be better prepared to jump back to full-speed learning in the fall.

A good resource is Khan Academy. In addition to all the free videos by subjects and topics, they also offer a free 15-minute-a-day math challenge in the month of July. Check it out and take on the challenge.

Have a great summer!

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