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San Diego, U.S.A. — Summer’s here and with it comes the real risk of kids losing ground on their potential SAT scores—the result of “summer learning loss.”
Summer is traditionally a time for teenagers to enjoy sleeping in and spending lazy afternoons at the beach with their friends. They work hard nine months of the year and as soon as school’s out they’re ready to give their brain a summer break. Sounds great until reality kicks in. Educators have been speculating for years about the effects of summer learning loss—the reality is that this is more than a theory. Research over the last 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. In addition, to survive in today’s world it’s vital that students learn new 21st century skills, making it more important than ever that they do not turn off their brains for the summer.
Bobbi DePorter, President of Quantum Learning Network/SuperCamp and author of 18 educational books, created SuperCamp to help kids prevent the “summer slide” while developing a positive attitude about school and life. SuperCamp teaches the essential skills that our children need not only to score well on standardized tests but also to succeed in their lives as citizens and employees in the 21st century. These skills include test-taking strategies, memorization techniques, time management, and note-taking. Competence in these areas builds confidence and increases motivation. In addition, SuperCamp focuses on the 8 Keys of Excellence, a core character program, and challenges students to embrace critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication, responsibility, and leadership.
“For over 30 years we’ve been utilizing a methodology that truly motivates students and shows them how to learn. We’ve found that when you empower young people with confidence in their ability to achieve and provide them with 21st century skills, they succeed in school and hold onto that “success mindset” throughout their lives,” DePorter says.
With 64,000 graduates from over 85 countries, SuperCamp helps teens increase their grades, confidence and motivation. During these 10-day residential camps located on prestigious college campuses (Stanford, UC Berkeley, Brown University, etc.) students learn strategies to improve study skills, ease school stress, and ultimately master tests—including the SAT and ACT.
The effects of working the brain over the summer are huge. An impressive 73% of SuperCamp graduates see an improvement in their grades and 84% see an increase in their self-esteem. These results lead to an even more important statistic: 77% of SuperCamp grads go directly to a four-year college after high school, compared to the national average of 46%.