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Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Summer Learning Prevents Loss of Up to Two and a Half Months of Math Knowledge

Beat the Summer Slide with Mathnasium’s Summer Math Programs

Kanata, Ontario, July, 2017—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.”

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,” suggests Larry Martinek, Chief Instructional Officer at Mathnasium. “During summer break, children typically 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 says.

Contact us at (613) 435-8500, or visit us online to schedule summer sessions and combat the summer slide!

About Mathnasium

Mathnasium, the leading math-only learning centre franchise, specialises in teaching kids math in a way that makes sense to them. When math makes sense, kids excel—whether they’re far behind or eager to get ahead. The proprietary Mathnasium Method™ is the result of 40+ years of hands-on instruction and research. For more information, visit

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