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|2011 Summer Programs|
NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Melissa Bunker (313) 886-9074
SUMMER PROGRAMS AT THE STUDENT CONNECTION GIVE LEARNERS A BIG JUMP
ON ACADEMIC STUDIES AND THEIR COMPETITION FOR COLLEGE
BIRMINGHAM, Mich., May 19, 2011 – Summer school is no longer just for kids who played hooky. These days, students in summer study programs are there to get a jump on their studies in the fall, as well as a leg up on the competition in the race to college.
Education research shows that students who attend summer classes retain significantly more of what they learned, including courses they studied in the previous school year, when resuming classes in the fall1,2. Other studies have shown that students who prepare for standardized tests, such as the ACT college entrance examination, perform better than their peers who did not prepare before taking the test – particularly when combined with competence in core academic areas3,4.
To help students get a jump on their academic careers and into top colleges and universities, The Student Connection of Birmingham, Mich., is offering a series of summer programs that begin in June. The programs are designed for students in middle school, high school and those entering college. Private tutoring is available throughout the summer as well.
There are many reasons to make summer a learning time. Students can master a subject early, such as high school chemistry, in order to test out and advance their curriculum. Others use summer classes to prepare for an upcoming examination, such as the ACT Essay Writing college entrance examination.
Some students will be in summer school because they are required to attend. They need to make up classes and credits and this is done through credit recovery classes.
Classes and workshops are held at The Student Connection, 770 Forest, Birmingham, MI 48009. The program schedule, meeting times and fees vary and are listed on website www.TheStudentConnect.com. To register, please call (248) 594-3410.
The Student Connection offers classes, workshops and tutoring at times that are convenient for busy families. The variety of programs this summer include:
Writing Workshop develops basic writing skills in two-hour sessions over five weeks. Middle school and high school Students start with brainstorming ideas, get a draft, edit, and then create the finished writing – under professional guidance.
Research Paper Workshop is for High School juniors and seniors, as well as college students, who will learn to write a research paper, from conceptualization to final draft, in six weeks. The workshop meets once weekly in two hour sessions to review the purpose of the paper, learn to conduct research, and then go from draft to revisions to a final paper – under professional guidance.
Credit Recovery Program allows students to catch up on credits needed for advancement or graduation. Experienced staff will guide students through the successful completion of nationally accepted and respected class programs.
ACT Workshops Summer is the perfect time to focus on the ACT examination without the academic pressures of the school calendar. This is especially timely for students between 10th and 11th grades.
Other classes include:
Building Math Skills
Language Classes for those starting high school Spanish, Latin and French
Get Ready for High School Biology
Get Ready for High School Chemistry
Having Fun with Science for Middle School
Also being introduced this summer is a new Summer Reading Program where students will a book, discuss it and then depending on grade level, write an essay.
For exact times and fees visit, www.TheStudentConnect.com.
ABOUT THE STUDENT CONNECTION
The Student Connection creates capable learners by finding each student's strengths and weaknesses. TSC then develops a plan that best suits each individual, whether it requires learning one-on-one, as part of a group class, or in a Home School setting. An After School Program allows students to work in a supportive environment where they complete their homework assignments, prepare for tests, and write papers, with academic help as needed. Professionally trained staff provide tutoring, academic testing preparation and advocacy for parents and students as well as provide educational evaluations, and psychological and neuropsychological evaluations.
Ongoing services include Academic Tutoring, Skill Development, and Preparation for Standardized Exams, On-Site Academic Programs & Support, College Counseling, Evaluations, and Advocacy for Parents, Psychological Services, Specialized Services, and Home Schooling.
For more information about The Student Connection, members of the public are invited to phone (248) 594-3410 or visit
1. “Summer learning and its implications: Insights from the Beginning School Study,” Karl L. Alexander, Doris R. Entwisle, Linda Steffel Olson; American Sociological Review April 2007 vol. 72 no. 2 167-180: http://asr.sagepub.com/content/72/2/167.short
2. “Building Effective Programs for Summer Learning,” Peter Johnson, U.S. Department of Education, 2000: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.pdf
3. “Preparation for College Admission Exams,” Derek C. Briggs, University of Colorado at Boulder, National Association for College Admission Counseling: http://www.nacacnet.org/PublicationsResources/Research/Documents/TestPrepDiscussionPaper.pdf
4. “The Effects of Test Preparation Activities on ACT Assessment Scores. ACT, Inc. (2004). "ACT high school profile report: HS graduating class 2004. Iowa City, IA Author: http://www.act.org/research/policymakers/pdf/best_testprep.pdf
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