The Morning Blend


How to reverse your child's COVID-19 academic slide

Posted at 12:40 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 14:40:55-05

From midsummer through the first quarter of the new school year, the Varsity Tutors Learning Lab has been diagnosing "next grade readiness" in Math, Science, and English Language Arts skills for tens of thousands of students beginning a new grade. From this data, the company has been able to identify the beginnings of a COVID-induced academic slide, seeing bigger gaps in foundational skills.

Varsity Tutors hasn't just collected this important COVID Slide data, however. It has built a series of mini-courses on the skills most likely to hold students back from mastery of this year's material. The "Most Misunderstood" series offers quick, engaging classes for all grades 1-8 to specifically review and reteach the skills that have been diagnosed as critical to success, but proving a challenge for students entering their new grade.

About Brian Galvin
Brian is the Chief Academic Officer at Varsity Tutors. The holder of a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Michigan, Brian has taught everything from preschool swim lessons to high school math and history to graduate school test preparation (which he has taught on four different continents). Brian has over 10,000 hours of online teaching experience. As the host of Varsity Tutors’ Star Course and Test Prep 4 All series, his online lessons have over 2 million views on YouTube.