Mathnasium offers programs to help students beat the 'summer slide'

Summer learning loss is a phenomenon parents and educators have long acknowledged as a significant setback to academic achievement. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, math proficiency is particularly susceptible to the summer learning slide. Students lose two to two-and-a-half months of the math computational skills they learned during the school year.

Additionally, the summer slide can have long-lasting effects on a student’s academic life.

“Early summer learning losses have later-life consequences, including high school curriculum placement, whether kids drop out of high school, and whether they attend college," according to the Johns Hopkins University report.

Experts widely agree that summer math studies provide a solution. Studies have shown that students who attend summer programs with a math component score higher on math tests the following school year than students unable to participate in summer instruction.

Incorporating math studies into a student’s summer routine brings other significant benefits.

“Take advantage of the more relaxed environment of summer break as a golden opportunity to improve math performance,” said Larry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer at Mathnasium. “During summer break, children have a lot of unstructured time, allowing them to unplug their busy minds and become more focused. These are ideal conditions for effectively absorbing new information and having a sudden ‘aha’ moment when concepts click into place.

"We have found the summer months to be a great opportunity for students to work on mathematics and have seen children make great strides with a serious commitment of just two to three hours a week,” Martinek said.

To schedule summer sessions and combat the summer slide, call Mathnasium in Middletown at (302) 449-7053 or see the website


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