Studying during the holidays: what’s best?
The summer arrives, schedules change and as a result, studying during the holidays can be difficult. Experts estimate that our mathematics level decreases by an average of 2.6 months and our reading ability by 2 months. To avoid this, it is important that children rest and disconnect but at the same time, remain mentally active. Studying during the holidays is complicated, so the best thing is for children to have a couple of weeks completely free at the start of the holidays to have fun, then gradually increase the intensity of their studies through fun and educational activities as the new school year gets closer.
To make studying during the holidays a bit easier, we have collected some tips which could be useful this summer:
- Establish a specific place for work and a realistic study timetable. The child should be able to fulfil the programme for studying during the holidays without excessive effort, and without having to give up their favourite activities. Depending on the child’s needs, one to two hours a day, four or five days per week, would be best. As for the place, this should be a tranquil space, as far away as possible from stimuli which may be distracting. Good lighting and ventilation are also important to create a suitable study environment. The activities should not be too difficult. They need to be made into fun tasks, such as watching documentaries which interest them, visiting museums, talking about books, etc.
- Learn a new set of topics. It is not enough to dedicate all the time spent studying during the holidays to reviewing what was studied in the previous academic year. It’s important to do a brief review, but also to focus on learning new things which may be useful for the academic year to come. This way children won’t get bored with the subjects and it will help them to make the most of lessons when classes start again in September.
- Use study techniques. These are essential for high performance and to take advantage of the time spent studying during the holidays. In addition, keep in mind that every method of learning, such as reading comprehension or memorising information, has different purposes and benefits.
- Motivate Them. It is essential to encourage children so that achieving results motivates them. You can do this by rewarding them with positive messages and, above all, avoiding tangible rewards. Parents’ interest in learning is a key factor to transmit motivation and achieve real progress.
- Take full advantage of the summer with the Summer Camps offered at the different NACE Schools. Summer camps are one of the little ones’ favourite choices. They have the opportunity to have fun and meet new friends while they learn in a fun and practical way. At the Summer Camp there are great activities planned, and time is devoted to leisure, sports, music, languages and study. It is definitely one of the most efficient options to continue studying during the holidays in a diverse and stimulating way.
All NACE schools offer support and activities during the summer months so that pupils do not lose their good study habits. They enjoy one of the best summers with their friends and classmates in an educational environment which stimulates them and takes advantage of all the possibilities offered by the good weather.