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Preparing for the return to school in August 2020 | Turning regression to progression

It is already mid-August and the long summer holidays are beginning to disappear. Soon pupils will return to school for the new academic year. Some hope to return to face-to-face lessons; for others, school will continue online. Every year pupils exhibit signs of academic regression after the long summer holiday. This year, after Covid-19 has disrupted much of the spring and summer terms, pupils are likely to have suffered greater regression. Across the range of subjects key vocabulary will have been forgotten and in both classical and modern languages pupils’ recall of verbs will have become hazy. Research has often demonstrated that it is in Mathematics where pupils regress the most. Formulae are forgotten, the speed of processing may have slowed and the working out process may be less structured and less logical. Many pupils will have used the holidays to read, often challenging themselves with books that may be beyond their reading age, so reading skills and comprehension may show progression rather than regression. However, few pupils write over the holiday and they may find it difficult to initially write as fluently as they had in the previous academic year. Many parents opt to provide their children with some extra tuition, usually starting in mid-August, often in the pupil’s weaker subjects, to build confidence for the return to school and the start of the new academic year. For more information about how Minerva Tuition can help your child, please contact Valerie Weston on: Email: Phone: +852 6156 5705. We would be delighted to hear from you.

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