Making Summer Count

Summer learning programs have the potential to help children and youth improve their academic and other outcomes. This is especially true for children from low-income families who might not have access to educational resources throughout the summer months and for low-achieving students who need additional time to master academic content.

Educational Outcomes of Tutoring: A Meta-analysis of Findings

A meta-analysis of findings from 65 independent evaluations of school tutoring programs showed that these programs have positive effects on the academic performance and attitudes of those who receive tutoring. Tutored students outperformed control students on examinations, and they also developed positive attitudes toward the subject matter covered in the tutorial programs. The meta-analysis also showed that tutoring programs have positive effects on children who serve as tutors. Like the children they helped, the tutors gained a better understanding of and developed more positive attitudes toward the subject matter covered in the tutorial program.

Technology Assessment in Education and Training, Volume 1

Students usually learn more in classes in which they receive computer-based instruction. The analyses produced slightly different estimates of the magnitude of the computer effect, but all the estimates were positive… The average effect of computer-based instruction was to raise examination scores by .35 standard deviations, or from the 50th to the 64th percentile.

Students learn their lessons in less time with computer-based instruction…Students also like their classes more when they receive computer help in them. The average effect of computer-based instruction in 22 studies was to raise attitude-toward-instruction scores by .28 standard deviations.

The Benefits of Summer Bridge Programs for Underrepresented and Low-Income Students

Data from 265 students suggest that summer bridge programs can help facilitate students’ transition and adjustment to university life and improve their academic performance and persistence rates. FSP/TSP has proven that a strong curricular component can help teach students how to participate and succeed in an academic environment. The programs can also help underrepresented and low-income students adjust and adapt to university life and help them become members of the campus community.