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Writing Tutoring

February 6th, 2018

Many parents are interested in writing tutoring in order to enrich their kids’ writing skills.  The purpose of this blog is to help inform and inspire parents with content that will help their children achieve all their academic goals.  Below you will find some ideas to help get you started with incorporating writing skills into every day life.

Writing tutoring

With the adoption of Common Core Skills, writing tutoring and subsequently writing skills are taught differently than in the past.  Rather than being approached as a stand-alone subject, students are being asked to write in a variety of contexts that span across the curriculum.  The concept that writing is a useful and valuable skill can be reinforced by incorporating it into day-to-day situations .  Children’s writing skills can be enriched by creating an environment where the written word is given lots of time, space and energy.

This can be done many different ways – here are some examples of ways parents can help their kids become better writers.

  1. Start out by establishing a place for writing in the home.  Creating a writer’s nook or clearing off a desk creates an inviting atmosphere.
  2. Make sure your kid has all the writing materials they need,  such pens and journals.  If your student has already mastered basic penmanship skills and has a preference for typing, consider giving him or her a keyboard attachment to convert any tablet into a writing machine!
  3. Share holiday cards with your children and encourage them to participate in letter or email writing to communicate with family and friends.
  4. Teach your kids how to write birthday cards and thank you cards.  This skill helps them express their emotions towards a loved one or articulate gratitude.  It is a great habit beyond the merits of enriching their writing abilities.  Additionally, it is a wonderful opportunity for your kids to get creative and decorate the card.
  5. On the subject of art making, when children create images or sculptures, help them to write out captions or stories that explain their ideas.
  6. Even something as simple as asking for help drafting a grocery list on your phone can be a method of working on writing.  Autocorrect allows them to learn the right spelling without parents having to identify mistakes, and corresponding emojis can make this chore a little more fun.
  7. Surround your child with interesting and engaging books.  Make sure he or she has lots of age-appropriate reading material.  Embrace apps such as Kindle or Libby to read on tablets or other devices.  Take your kids to the library and download whatever apps your local library has so they can access new material and check out books virtually.  Besides incorporating technology, which is appealing to many kids, books are automatically returned on their due date.  This means no more hunting down missing books or being charged late fees!
  8. Talk about books or articles together.  It is a crucial verbal component that helps children develop and articulate their ideas.
  9. When you are working with your child, keep the feedback light and positive.  If he or she perceives writing as an opportunity to be corrected or reprimanded over and over, naturally the idea will be less appealing than if you take an encouraging, strengths-based approach.  Look for progress, not perfection.
  10. Make it fun and relevant to your child!  Tie writing back to your child’s interests and you will be on your way to enriching your kids‘ writing skills from the start.

1-on-1 Study Skills Workshop

February 1st, 2018

If you need help with organization, creating and following a subject specific study plan, and overall learning how to be an effective student on test day, then maybe a 1-on-1 Study Skills Workshop is right for you.   Sometimes, the hardest part of school is the balancing act of it all. Middle schoolers have the bar set higher than ever before, with teachers’ expectations beginning to climb as the students prepare for high school. High schoolers face even more responsibilities, scrambling to juggle multiple AP classes with extracurriculars and applying to colleges all at once. Therefore, while students can have great academic potential, if they are unable to plan out their time properly or have poor study habits, they may fall short of their academic goals.

1-on-1 Study skills workshop

If you are looking for help with getting organized and improving your study habits, look no further than the Study Hut’s 1-on-1 Study Skills workshop. These workshops are one-on-one sessions with one of our 1-on-1 Study Skills Workshop tutors who have been trained to help students reach their full academic potential. We teach students how to properly schedule out their time and approach their studying so that they can stay on top of balancing everything at once without feeling overwhelmed.

The key to good study habits begins with good organizational skills, so we help students clean up their overflowing backpacks and put everything in its place. Next, we focus on study skills specific to each student, finding areas where their note taking isn’t efficient or their flashcards aren’t doing the trick. We then work to improve these strategies, providing options so that the students can find what works best for them and get the most out of their studying.

Regardless of grade level, every student has had to deal with the stresses that come with being in upwards of seven classes at once. Study Hut’s Study Skills tutoring can help students manage their packed schedules and find ways to improve their study habits so that their academic performance can reflect their true potential.

El Segundo High School Finals Tutoring

January 29th, 2018

El Segundo High School Finals tutoring is hot on everyone’s mind.  In what seems like a blur, the holidays are gone and the new year is off and running, straight into the finish line of semester one for our El Segundo School District students. High schoolers and middle schoolers will complete their final exams, papers, and projects this week, sealing their grades for the first half of the academic year 2017-2018. Here at Study Hut, we have been working hard to help our students prepare to perform their best on their final exams, and are keeping the pedal down through the home stretch!

El Segundo High School Finals Tutoring

In addition to signing up our students for El Segundo High School finals tutoring at Study Hut Tutoring, we had the opportunity last week to get onto the El Segundo High School campus to provide complimentary final exam tutoring for those students who chose to take advantage of the opportunity. We worked with about 100 students in subjects ranging from Algebra 1 & 2 , Geometry, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, to Spanish, English, Psychology, and History. We had a strong team of tutors on hand for four hours on Friday, eagerly answering questions, providing detailed conceptual breakdowns, evaluating practice problems, and otherwise supporting the ambitious students as they worked to gain academic momentum during their approach to final exams. What a pleasure it is to be welcomed onto the campus to provide this service, and to engage with students as they look to confidently enter final exams.

We will be busy this week working with our students until 10pm nightly. Final exams can be daunting to downright overwhelming, and Study Hut tutors are here to make this mountain into a molehill. With an appropriate and strategic approach, high-performing students know that final exams offer a time not only to be challenged, but to showcase the hard work and preparation that has defined the days and weeks leading to now.

For help with final exams, or to get a jump on success for semester two, please reach out to Alex, at alex@studyhut.com

West Torrance High School Finals Cram Session

January 25th, 2018

What a wonderful year it was for the West Torrance High School Finals Cram Session in the library this year.  Tension and angst run higher than usual amongst West Torrance High School students this week, predictably of course.  The stress of Finals week finds a way to creep into almost every high school campus in California, and Torrance Unified School District students are not immune to the phenomenon.  That is why Study Hut once again partnered with West Torrance High School over the weekend and sponsored a massive, two-day, Finals cram session.  The event was a huge success, attracting over 200 students and more than 20 Study Hut tutors over the course of the two-day event.  According to one Study Hut geometry tutor, JP Birk, “This was the most successful Finals cram session event that we have held at West to date.  I have never seen such an eager group of students; these young men and women were prepared in advance with notes, previous tests and quizzes, and study guides.”

West Torrance High School Finals Cram session

Finals tutoring at the West Torrance High School Finals Cram session is nothing new for Study Hut.  We have sponsored and supported the event for over five years, providing study support twice each year as students gear up for their most heavily-weighted, comprehensive exams.  Although tutoring is provided in all subject areas, the most popular, in-need subject areas are typically geometry, chemistry, biology, algebra, and Spanish.

This year, the biology tutoring table had the best energy, by far.  Students were eagerly taking notes and asking questions about ecosystems, parts of the cell, and other foundational components of the study of life.  Although biology is always a tough class, and students have always sought a tutor for the subject, the demand for biology tutoring has still been on the rise this year, so the idea that West Torrance students are mirroring that trend is no surprise.  Regardless of the surge in biology tutoring interest, the Finals cram session still went off without a hitch, and many students got a huge advantage on this week’s exams.

When Should I Stop Tutoring My Child Myself?

January 17th, 2018

When should I stop tutoring my child myself?

When a child first enters school it is usually easy to help him or her out with homework.  Parents often plan on continuing to provide after-school help for as long as possible.  The question then becomes: when should I stop tutoring my child myself?  While there is no one correct answer to this question, we have put together a list of red flags that it may be time to look into getting outside help.

  1. School has become a source of conflict in your relationship.  Many parents are intellectually capable of doing the school work their child is asked to complete at home.  Issues can arise however, when the student is not receptive to the parent’s teaching style.  Parenting is a job that requires wearing many hats.  From convincing kids to consider the benefits of leafy greens to early bedtimes, most seasoned parents agree that it is important to pick one’s battles.  If homework and grades are causing stress and arguments, tutoring can be a tool that not only addresses academics, but also prevents additional strain on the parent-child relationship.
  2. Academic goals are not being met.  Report cards have just come out – and the results are in.  If your child’s grades did not reflect his or her intelligence or potential, it is time to rethink learning strategies.  A tutor can take a global look at a student’s strengths and weaknesses to pinpoint what is going wrong.  Is the child unprepared for tests? Disorganized and missing assignments? Or maybe he or she is bored in a group setting and needs more personalized attention in order to engage in the material?  Whatever the case may be, disappointing grades are a sign that it is time to take a different approach.
  3. Too many time constraints.  Juggling a household full of busy schedules is no easy feat.  Between soccer practice, the orthodontist, and getting dinner on the table, the remaining time left in the evening is nothing short of a precious commodity.  If your family has a lot going on in the after-school hours, if you feel like you are spreading yourself too thinly between your children, work, and maintaining a household, help is out there.  People delegate tasks to house cleaners, dog walkers, gardeners and personal chefs not necessarily because they are incapable of doing it themselves, rather it is a choice that frees up valuable time.  With the help of a tutor families can continue to prioritize academics without having to run themselves ragged fitting in all the many competing after-school time commitments.

College Apps Tutoring

December 18th, 2017

Are you looking for help with the College Apps tutoring?  Study Hut Tutoring boasts an array of experts that can help with everything from college essays to the application process itself.

College applications process

A high school student’s fall senior year can be one of the most stressful times for them. Students have to juggle the beginning of their final year and college preparation all at the same time. However, a student can lay the groundwork for a smooth college application process starting from the very beginning of high school.

Colleges require and look for specific experiences to understand who the applicant truly is; students should be encouraged to make a note of every activity, experience, honor, or award that comes his or her way in high school. It is important for students to create a resume of these activities, no matter how small; a running tally will come in handy once college applications begin. Many colleges also require an essay in the college application; before the application process begins take the time to review the essays and start to brainstorm them.

Once the college applications open, it’s now time to plan and schedule. Sitting down and completing college applications can be a daunting process. It can feel glamorous to simply visit and hear about all the great opportunities, but actually completing a slew of applications can be a not-so-fun part of the process. Completing college applications should be the culmination of many months of work, rather than an overwhelming one-time process. The most important thing to remember about college applications is the deadline for each. Students should make a detailed calendar in order to organize it all to avoid rushing through an entire college application the night before it’s due.

College counselors can also be a vital resource for students; they can help keep the student organized and give them key information about school choice. They can give personal accounts to students about the geography of a campus or the type of environment that the student is looking for and then compile a list of colleges for the student. College counselors can also put their students in touch with former students who applied to and attend the schools they are considering. Those contacts can give students advice about what to aim for and what to avoid for each school’s application.

The college application process can be overwhelming, but as long as a student is organized and uses all the resources available to them, they will succeed in their applications.

Corona Del Mar AP Chemistry Tutoring

December 6th, 2017

Are you looking for a top-tier Corona Del Mar AP Chemistry tutoring appointment?  Well, you’ve come to right place. (949)226-1573 Please give us a call now to set up your first session.

Corona Del Mar AP Chemistry Tutoring

It’s no secret that Study Hut Tutoring boasts the best Corona Del Mar AP Chemistry tutoring in town.  We know that AP courses give your GPA a grade boost. However, it’s also true that for most students making it through the course unscathed and landing a passing grade on the AP exam can be challenging. This is especially true for Corona Del Mar AP Chemistry tutoring–one the most failed AP exams. If you are currently struggling with this class, or simply want to make sure you land that A+, fear no more. At Study Hut Tutoring in Newport Beach our 5-Star AP Chemistry Tutor will provide you with the best tools possible to ensure your success.

We can’t ignore the fact that chemistry concepts are difficult. If you are having  a hard time in this class it is not in vain to say that you are certainly not alone. The majority of students struggle with AP Chemistry because it packs mathematics, problem solving and deductive reasoning in one villainous package. Like those pesky word problems about pressure, alpha decay, and thermodynamics. At Study Hut we will help you break down these problems, and teach you how to approach them in the most efficient way possible. We will also help you identify the information you need and the one that is only there with the intent to confuse you. If AP Chemistry is your enemy, don’t let it defeat you. Call Study Hut at Newport Beach and let us teach you how to come out of the fight a winner.

So don’t let your AP Chemistry class get you down, let the best AP Chemistry tutor in town be your guide. There is no need to try and memorize the difference between sulfate and sulfite, or chlorate and chlorite by yourself. We will not only revisit the concepts you learn about in class, but also teach you all of the best tricks to help you memorize everything from complex ions, to the rules for balancing redox reactions.

El Segundo Middle School Tutoring

November 29th, 2017
Looking for an El Segundo middle school tutoring appointment?  Study Hut Tutoring, located on the corner of Cedar and Imperial Ave boasts tailored subject tutors to help you with every class. 
El Segundo Middle School tutoring

One-on-one El Segundo middle school tutoring brings benefits to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, but is particularly valuable during the transition years of middle school. Middle school is the time to develop important study skills to be successful in high school, and beyond. Study Hut El Segundo middle school tutoring provide students with support in single or multiple subjects, serve as academic coaches, teach study skills, and help prioritize tasks.

Study Hut El Segundo middle school tutoring appointments are tailored to help students with all of their challenging subjects, including: math, science, language arts, social studies, and foreign languages. The struggles that we commonly see with students across every subject, at every proficiency, are difficulties that arise from poor study skills. Study Hut students learn how to most effectively tackle their academic responsibilities, and are given guidelines to continue effective independent study. Along with supplemental practice, middle school tutors can help students learn which study method works best for them and what type of learner they are – visual, auditory, reading/writing, or kinesthetic. Helping a student identify the type of learner they are allows them to effectively study, therefore earning better grades in the long run.

Many struggles that students have stem from the inability to prioritize tasks and manage time. There are only 24 hours in a day, and when you factor out the time spent sleeping, time spent at school, and time needed for eating breakfast and dinner, it is no surprise that students can feel overwhelmed! Students often must contend with multiple tests in a week, or are confused about a topic in one of several subjects. Study Hut middle school tutors can help students plan out their studying, their assignments, and their weeks, reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. Honing in on these skills better prepares students for success in high school and their future endeavors, and is core part of Study Hut’s middle school support system.

Newport Beach Marine Science Tutoring

November 20th, 2017

Are you looking for tailored Newport Beach Marine Science tutoring? Call now (949) 226-1573

Newport Beach Marine Science Tutoring

While whale-watching season is nearly year-round, it is gray whale season here in Newport Beach and our Newport Beach Marine Science tutoring clients should be on the lookout. Our marine science tutors are certainly on high alert as pods of gray whales migrate south along the coast to warmer waters. With environmentalism becoming a college major of increasing interest for college students, high school students are enrolling in marine science courses to satisfy their curiosity in the growing field of environmental science. There has been a recent influx in the number of students enrolling in marine science at Newport Harbor High School, and our knowledgeable marine science tutors have been happy to assist these students. One of our Newport Beach students is working on a project tracking the migration patterns of gray whales throughout the year. With the help of his marine science tutor, he has been able to successfully complete his project and prepare for his presentation in front of the class. The student has become so interested in marine science that he has gone whale-watching to see his studies in action.

The cleanliness of our oceans has become such a popular concern that students are participating in beach cleanups, led by the Surfrider Foundation Newport Beach chapter. Volunteering is a great way to help the community and enhance your college application. There are many opportunities for students to become involved in improving our marine life. Students can get involved with the Surfrider Foundation youth leadership clubs at Newport Harbor High School and Corona Del Mar High School. Members participate in exciting activities such as spreading awareness in the community about environmental concerns and collecting water samples to test the levels of various bacteria in our water sources.

If you need marine science tutoring for an upcoming exam, or you are preparing for a presentation on the health of marine life, call us at (949) 226-1573. Our Newport Beach tutors are “shore” to help you succeed!

The Best Palos Verdes Algebra Tutor

November 15th, 2017

Are you looking for a top-tier Palos Verdes algebra tutor?  If you are, you’ve come to the right place. The following article will give both students and parents a firsthand breakdown, top to bottom, regarding the important elements that a Palos Verdes algebra tutor will need in order to equip students.

Palos Verdes Algebra tutor

First of all, we need to have our basics down. It’s a lot less painful to practice math when we aren’t stumbling over the little steps that are present in every topic. We’re talking about order of operations (PEMDAS)—mastering it to understand how to simplify expressions and manipulate equations with confidence—as well as how positive and negative numbers interact under different situations. This second area—knowing how negative numbers add and multiply— provides a necessary foundation for mental math and logic.

The struggles that, we, as a collective Palos Verdes algebra tutor see most commonly with algebra students arise when adding/subtracting integers (as well as multiplying/dividing them), combining terms, and factoring goes awry. These struggles happen all across the student spectrum: we see them in students who are struggling in their classes, and with students who are doing amazingly well. If math is difficult for you, I really recommend you call Study Hut Tutoring, just down the hill in the Redondo Riviera to pair up with a top tier Palos Verdes algebra tutor.  Take time to go over the basics as you encounter them again in your current material and repair those long-forgotten errors. Review whenever you feel yourself struggling with anything you have done in the past; the more recently you originally learned it, the easier it will be cement it. If you’re a student who does well in math, make sure to be careful with the small things: as you move on from one step to the next, be cautious of small mistakes.

Most of the issues that algebra students tend to have, though, stem from a larger mistake: not showing all of their work. Forgot to add a like term or distribute a negative somewhere? Neglecting to properly write out each step was likely a cause. Made a calculation error somewhere along the line? Locating the mistake is going to be a lot easier if you’ve shown all your work. The reasons that students refrain from showing certain steps vary, as do the errors that tend to plague them as a result of it. But whether it stems from students’ overconfidence in their abilities with mental math or simply a lack of diligence in writing everything out, the result is always the same: red marks on tests and quizzes that could likely have been avoided had all of the work just been written out.