Summer Tutoring Ideas

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Get fun and educational ideas for summer tutoring with this article. Find activities that you can use to help students work on English language arts, math and science skills.

English Language Arts Tutoring Ideas

Participating in reading and writing activities over the summer can help kids retain and reinforce what they learned in school. These activities keep study skills sharp and allow kids to have fun at the same time.

Summer Activity Journal

Ask your students to keep a journal detailing their activities over the summer. Ideas for journal entries could include a narration of a family trip or a review of a book on their summer reading list.

Blog the Summer

Set up a blogging plan with your students to get them writing a little bit every day. You can check out Kidblog for an easy, safe way to get started. Have students focus on writing fiction or non-fiction, and make sure they read and comment on the posts of other students to give them extra language arts practice.

Sign Up for Reading Programs

Check out possible reading programs offered by your local library or through other organizations (Scholastic and Barnes & Noble both offer great programs). Have your students sign up and see if they can earn any of the fun incentives while they read!

Tutoring Resources

You can have your students work on their language arts skills with online resources, as well. offers students a great way to review the rules of grammar and spelling, different sentence types and reading skills. Students can view videos to go over what you'd like them to study and apply their skills with interactive quizzes. Check out this Middle School Language Arts Course to help your students.

Math Tutoring Ideas

It can be hard to get students to think about solving math problems when it's sunny and warm outside. You can use fun activities to keep kids focused on learning while they have fun.

Chalk It Up

Prepare by coming up with a series of equations you'd like your students to work on, then set up (or have your students set up) a number line with chalk. You can make it as long as you'd like. Gather some kind of marker; rocks work really well. Once everything is ready, call out equations and have your students mark the solutions with rocks on the number line.

Board Games

If it's a rainy day, you have inside options as well. Board games like Monopoly and Yahtzee! actually offer students a lot of practice counting and applying mathematics skills.

Card War

All you need for this idea is a stack of cards with all of the face cards taken out. Decide what kind of computation you'd like students to practice before you begin. This game works great with addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. Divide the cards evenly among your students and have them flip over their top two cards. They should then perform the calculation they're practicing (for example, if you're working on addition, they should add their cards). Whoever has the highest (or lowest) result wins the hand.

Tutoring Resources

Check out online help to keep your students working on their mathematics skills. You can use courses like this Division Help Study Guide to give your students extra practice with this subject. Kids will be able to learn more about the steps for division and how it's used in math.

Science Tutoring Ideas

There are lots of opportunities to get hands-on with the sciences in the summer time. You can use the outdoors as your classroom to help students learn and explore the wonders of our world.

Get EarthCaching

EarthCaching is like geocaching, except instead of trying to find a hidden cache of items placed by other people, you and your students will be finding an interesting geological feature. You will need to sign up on the geocaching website ( in order to begin this activity, pick a cache from the lists provided there, and then take your students out on an adventure to learn more about earth science.

Grow Knowledge

Your students can explore the biology of plants by working on a garden. Have them plant seeds, water them regularly, prune them and tend them throughout the summer. Include information about photosynthesis and plant cells as they take care of their flowers, fruits or vegetables.

Scavenger Hunt

Get your students into nature by planning a scavenger hunt. Depending on how old they are, you can have them look for certain flowers, plants or rocks. Older kids can use a camera to 'catch' animals, birds and bugs. Provide information about the animals and plants they find, or the local environment.

Tutoring Resources

This Middle School Earth Science Tutoring Guide can help you keep your students engaged in what they're learning. It covers different kinds of cells, ecosystems and even biological systems.

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