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Episode 69: Five Ways to Keep Learning this Summer Podcast

The Prepped and Polished Podcast is an educational and inspirational show that offers tutoring and test prep tips as well as interviews with celebrities and leaders in education. It is hosted by Alexis Avila, founder of Prepped and Polished LLC, a tutoring and test prep firm for K-college.

On today’s Tutoring Tips Episode, Alexis gives you five tips to beat the summer brain drain including:

1. Keep reading
2. Take a screen break
3. Get your hands dirty
4. Explore local museums
5. Write it all down

Enjoy, Thanks for Listening and remember at The Prepped and Polished Podcast, We Empower You to Take Control of Your Education!

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June 9th, 2015
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Five Tips to Beat Summer Brain Drain – Infographic

In recent years the summer brain drain phenomenon has been at the forefront of parents’ minds as their children start summer vacation. What exactly is summer brain drain? In a nutshell, it’s a term that describes the knowledge a student can lose over the course of the summer if they’re not actively stimulating their mind. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to beat the summer slide. Here are five to get started with:

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Beating brain drain is simple; keep the summer fun and interesting. With these tips your child will have a summer to remember and they’ll be prepared to head back to school in the fall.

Five Tips to Beat Summer Brain Drain: Click here for Infographic (PDF).

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May 13th, 2015
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Five Tips to Beat Summer Brain Drain

In recent years the brain drain phenomenon has been at the forefront of parents’ minds as their children start summer vacation. What exactly is summer brain drain? In a nutshell, it’s a term that describes the knowledge a student can lose over the course of the summer if they’re not actively stimulating their mind. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to beat the summer slide. Here are five to get started with:

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  1. Keep reading
    Whether your child focuses on their summer reading list or is enthralled by the latest YA trilogy, keeping books in their hands is a great way to keep their mind active and practicing their reading and critical thinking skills all summer long.
  2. Take a screen breakIt’s too easy for kids to fall into the TV, video game, and computer cycle. Help your kids rev up their imagination by taking tech breaks throughout the summer. Without a screen at hand, kids can practice their imaginative play, problem solving, and unleash their creativity on any number of activities.
  3. Get your hands dirty
    Starting a garden with your kids is a great project that uses plenty of brainpower. From researching what plants to grow, to calculating the cost of seeds, to learning how to cook new recipes with your veggies, this is an immersive experience that encourages an active mind and body.
  4. Explore your local museums
    Museums are an easy way to expose your child to something new during the summer months. Research what’s in your area and make a list of what museums you’re going to visit this season; from local historical societies to internationally renowned art galleries, there are more out there than you think! Plus, many museums feature free family days and discounts for students.
  5. Write it all down
    Encourage your child to keep a written record of everything they do over the summer. Whether it’s a blog or a personal journal, reliving their new experiences through writing helps to further their learning, and keeps their writing skills fresh.

 

Beating brain drain is simple; keep the summer fun and interesting. With these tips your child will have a summer to remember and they’ll be prepared to head back to school in the fall.

 

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May 6th, 2015
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School Summer Vacation, Good or Bad?

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Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished reacts to Time Magazine’s recent cover story, “The Case Against Summer Vacation”.

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July 29th, 2010
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How to Prevent The Summer Brain Slide

Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished explains how to stay mentally sharp during the summer with these free learning tips for summer.

Do: Stay active during the summer, mentally and physically. Find fun and engaging ways to learn.
Don’t: Watch TV all day and isolate yourself.

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Do: Read every day.
Do: Put yourself in social situations so you can practice getting along with others.

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June 21st, 2010
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