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Fitting Summer Learning into the Family Schedule

Online Tutoring Delivers Flexible, Personalized Instruction

(ARA) - There's no question that kids lose some of what they've learned in school over the summer months. How can parents keep their children's minds sharp during summer vacation and prepare them for the start of the next grade in the fall? Thanks to the flexibility of live instruction over the Internet, families can now fit at-home tutoring into schedules packed with swimming, softball, summer camp and family trips.

According to a study conducted by Harris Cooper, a psychology professor at the University of Missouri, the average child engaged in structured summer learning (i.e., summer school) outperformed 55 to 60 percent of comparable children who did not dedicate time to learning over the summer, demonstrating the importance of brushing up on skills, particularly in reading and math, over the summer break.

eSylvan, which recently launched nationwide, is the first and only Internet-based tutoring service to offer personalized reading and math tutoring for students in 3rd through 9th grade provided by state-certified teachers. eSylvan teachers and students use Web technology that allows continuous two-way audio dialogue.

"Summertime is a great time for students to prepare for the next grade level," said Pat Hoge, director of education and curriculum development for eSylvan. "Until now, the challenge has been finding a qualified instructor who can fit into the family's busy schedule, which often includes summer camp, the neighborhood playground and pool, and other outdoor activities. With eSylvan, parents can schedule in-home tutoring when it's convenient for the family, so children can learn without missing any summer fun."

"Unlike other Internet tutoring products that are formulaic or pre-recorded, each eSylvan program begins with a comprehensive online skills assessment to pinpoint a child's skill gaps. Using these results, eSylvan is able to create a program that is targeted to each child's individual needs, and includes a variety of "prescribed" lessons that help the child meet his specific learning objectives.

eSylvan's unique technology enables a student and teacher to have "real conversations in real time," as if they are on the telephone, using a hands-free headset connected to an ordinary PC. The student and teacher talk with one another as they write questions and answers on the same workspace displayed on both the student's and teacher's computer screens using a digital pencil and digital writing pad (similar to a mouse pad).

For further information about eSylvan, parents and teachers can visit, or call (800) eSylvan.

Courtesy of ARA Content



How to Choose a Summer Tutor for Your Child

Summer is a great time for your child to brush up on critical reading and math skills. eSylvan, an Internet-based home tutoring service, offers parents the following considerations to keep in mind when selecting appropriate instruction for their child:

1. Personalization. Be sure your child's skill gaps are identified to ensure that his or her specific learning needs are addressed over the summer.

2. Flexibility. Because your schedule may not be the same from week to week, make sure your scheduling needs can be accommodated in order to sustain the learning momentum.

3. State-Certified Teachers. Teachers with classroom experience are more likely to be familiar with the differing requirements and curricula of various school systems.

4. Progress Updates. An ongoing dialogue about your child's academic progress is important, so be sure that you receive regular performance updates.

5. Guarantee. Your child's academic improvement over the summer should be guaranteed. For example, eSylvan guarantees that a child will improve at least one full grade-level equivalent after 36 hours of instruction, or it will provide 12 additional hours of instruction for free.

For further information about eSylvan, parents and teachers can visit, or call (800) eSylvan.


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