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.

College Applications and College Essay Tutors

November 13th, 2017

I am thankful for the opportunity to work with college applications students.  What are you Thankful for this school year?

College Applications Tutoring

Here at Study Hut Tutoring, we balance our love for Thanksgiving with our duty to accurately teach US History (among other courses!). It can be a tall order, conveying both the joy of life and the understanding of cold hard facts. Many of our college hopefuls have submitted their first applications into the world — they can tell you all about this juggling act, as well. 

Yes, if anything is more bittersweet than cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving, it would have to be farewells to my college application students. I have gotten to know them better than their teachers through hours of one-on-one college application tutoring. We’ve conducted our interview, learned the art of essay writing, practiced idea generation and organization, and finally, distilled their very essence into a finely-crafted set of essays. As a tutor, I lose myself in the sheer excitement of the craft. But when that first “Submit” button gets pressed, it all needs to be perfect. At Study Hut Tutoring, I’m proud to say that it is. 

For those students who may be reading — those, perhaps, without someone to guide them — let me tell you this: Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday for writing college essays. And no, I’m not just being cheesy (save that for the potatoes). So many of my students walk in my door thinking they have nothing to say. College applications are so competitive, what can one “normal” kid possibly write about? And yet, student after student leaves with a unique, heartfelt essay. College writing, it turns out, is an act of discovery. Get excited about your life, rejoice in the smallest of moments because even they can show your character. In short: be Thankful.  

And it’s true, sometimes you need a fresh set of eyes to see just how unique you are. That’s where our college admissions team can help. We know every student has a story to tell. We’ve helped tell quite a few. So as you sit down to write (we suggest starting with the Contact Form, below), ask yourself: what will you be thankful for next year? 

Redondo Beach College Application and Essay Tutors

June 6th, 2016

The modern-day college application and essay tutoring process can be rather overwhelming. With transcripts, letters of recommendation, resumes, SAT and/or ACT scores, supplemental writing questions, essays, etc., it can be a lot to handle.  But do not fear, Study Hut is here to help you execute properly and efficiently.

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Our college applications & essays tutors will guide you through the entire process. First, they will assist you with conducting an in-depth college search based on your major choice and interests. Then, they will help you to create a varied list of schools and stay organized to ensure all submission deadlines are met. Our tutors will also aid in building a resume as well as requesting transcripts and letters of recommendation.

 

Most importantly, our tutors have a special set of skills and will help you masterfully write all the essays required in order to paint you in the best light for prospective universities.  An original essay is all you need to set yourself apart from other applicants.  Taking the time to create a well written essay before you’re bogged down with work in the Fall will not only increase your odds of getting into your dream schools, but will also make you more confident during the application process.  Our tutors know how to help you bring out your inner writing genius and will help you write an essay that makes you shine.

 

Finally, once all of your applications have been submitted, we will help you apply for scholarships that are tailored to your skills and interests.  There’s nothing better than finding schools that will pay you to attend their campus in the fall!

 

Study Hut offers three College Application Tutoring packages:

Skimboard: three universities;

Shortboard: six universities;

Longboard: ten universities;

 

Eliminate your worries by starting early! Dedicating a small amount of time to your college applications during your summer vacation will save you endless amounts of stress during fall semester, so you can just focus on your classes and enjoying your senior year!

Newport Beach College Essay Help

September 29th, 2015
Newport Beach College Essay Help

Students work 1-on-1 with experts to complete essays and applications

Looking for Newport Beach College essay help?  Well, you’ve come to the right place.  Study Hut Tutoring in Newport Beach is armed and equipped with local grad students who have graduated from top universities like Columbia, Loyola Marymount, and UCSB to name a few.  Since we began in 2006 with just one small office, we have grown to help hundreds of students earn acceptance to their top universities.  What’s our secret?  Other than having a penchant for writing, we know what universities are looking for, and we know how to get to know you: so we can help your personal statement exude your most admirable qualities.  Your personal statement functions like an interview.  It’s paramount to be true to yourself, yet each sentence needs to fulfill a specific need and serve a specific function.

So how does the process work?  We begin with a free, informal 20 minute consultation.  From there, we can help you determine the best approach to have your personal statements completed, on schedule, so you needn’t worry.  Because the process is so tailored, it’s important we discover which of our college services is right for you.  We not only offer help with Newport Beach college essays, but we also help with resumes, letters of recommendation, and the applications themselves.

So whether it’s Newport Beach college essay help or tailored work executing college applications, we have you covered.   We look forward to hearing about what you’re looking for:  we have an expert ready to spice up your writing, and dazzle your admissions officers.  After all, there is no better feeling than finishing early, focusing on senior year, and opening that special envelope granting admissions to your top college pick.
For more info, fill out the contact form on this page and we will hit you up either by phone or by email.  Looking forward to getting you geared up!

Summer Resume Builder Ideas

May 29th, 2015

Summer is the perfect time to round out your resume for college applications. On top of grades, colleges like to get a picture of who you really are through your resume. They like to see that you are active and engaged with something outside of just school.

Summer Resume Builder #1: Volunteer
This can include any number of things. Maybe you play sports during the year so you do not have time to do any volunteer work. Over summer you can volunteer at a number of organizations that you are truly passionate about. You can help feed the homeless, save the whales, heal the bay, or help out at your local animal shelter. If you support a cause that is relevant to you, it will be more fun.

 

Summer Resume Builder #2: Job/Internship
Over summer you can also get a job or an internship. This shows that you can take initiative and handle responsibilities. The awesome thing about jobs and internships is that they can give you experience in different fields. You can start to get a feeling for what kinds of careers you do and do not like. This will make choosing a major in college way easier. You will already have tested the waters in at least one type of job. Keeping the same job over an extended period of time also shows that you can commit to something.

 

Summer Resume Builder #3: Community Activity
You can also get involved in projects or community activities. These can be different groups, a community service organization, or even starting your own project. This shows colleges that you explore things outside of your academic interests, and that you are a three dimensional person.

Summer Test Prep

May 16th, 2015

The summer is an excellent time for students to get started or finish up their preparation for the SAT or ACT standardized tests. Study Hut Summer Test Prep offers both one-on-one private tutoring and small group classes for each test. Students can even continue with private one-on-one tutoring after completing the group class.

Summer is a great time for test preparation for a variety of reasons. The most obvious reason is that students do not have regular schooling during the summer. Even if they are enrolled in summer school, the days are normally a few hours shorter than the normal academic school year. This gives students more time to focus on doing their test prep homework, and they will not be stressed about other assignments during their tutoring sessions. Many times students can see the preparation as an extracurricular during the school year, and let it take second priority to their normal coursework. Starting preparation over the summer circumvents this problem.

Another great reason to start preparation over summer is because there is usually an SAT test and an ACT test issued in May or June. Students can take the real thing and see what their initial starting score is. Then they know how much they want to improve and the level of commitment they are going to have to make. Another test is given around September, so students can take it before the new school year gets too hectic. This is perfect because they will be focused and refreshed, rather than frazzled like at the end of the school year.

Give us a call to learn about our rates and enroll in summer classes.

College Criteria

April 25th, 2015

As junior year comes to a close, it is time to start thinking about colleges and where to apply. Summer is a great time to plan some college visits and start narrowing down your list of schools you would like to apply to. The college criteria differs for every student, but here is a basic list of things you should be taking into consideration.

 

  1. Location

    1. You are going to be spending a lot of time in this area for the next four years. So while having a beautiful campus is nice, having a great city is also incredibly important. Make sure you will be able to get around and have access to activities that you enjoy.
  2. Academics

    1. You are going to college to learn. Make sure the schools you are looking at offer a program for the degree you are interested in. There is no use finding your dream school and not being able to major in exactly what you want to do.
  3. Cost

    1. Cost is a factor for many people. What financial aid packages are available to you from each school? How much is the total cost of going there going to be? This includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses. Discuss this with your family to find a school that fits your financial needs.
  4. Student Activities

    1. Take a look at the students because these are the kinds of people you will be surrounded by. The clubs, professional societies, and other groups are going to be available to you when you go there, so make sure there is something that you are interested in!

High School Standardized Test Prep

April 20th, 2015

With the competition for college admissions getting more and more competitive by the year, high scores on the SAT and ACT standardized tests are becoming increasingly important.  At Study Hut, we offer SAT and ACT small group classes that are limited to no more than ten students, as well as private one-on-one tutoring.  For students who get easily distracted in a group environment or for those who just want extra practice, one-on-one tutoring is a great route.  

Melanie came in once a week to work with her tutor Charlsey.  She quickly realized that the time she was meeting was too late, and she was too tired to focus properly.  She switched her time to earlier in the week with Laura.  Laura and Melanie covered basic strategies for the critical reading, math, and writing sections, as well as the general structure for an SAT essay.  She took a diagnostic test a few weeks into her test preparation package and she had already gone up one hundred points.  

Allie worked with her tutor Charlsey to work on raising her SAT score.  She originally was debating between the SAT and ACT and ended up settling on the SAT.  She had good scores but wanted to work on fine tuning some of her weaker topics.  She came in every week and did her online homework.  She took regular diagnostics to see how her score was rising.  She took the real SAT and saw her score on the math section improve by over one hundred points!  She plans on taking another SAT after she completes her test preparation package so she can improve her scores further.    

College Essays

April 17th, 2015

Olivia has worked with Laura for years on all of her difficult assignments.  From ambiguous essay topics and intense cram sessions, to capstone and marine biology vocabulary they had studied it all.  When it came time to write her college application essays, Olivia knew that she wanted Laura to guide her through the stressful process.

Laura helped Olivia narrow down what schools she wanted to apply to from her very long list.  Olivia would visit some of her choices over spring and winter breaks, long weekends, and any other time that she could.  She always reported back what she thought of each school to Laura and together they kept track of where she would be sending her applications.  They sorted all of the schools into Olivia’s safety schools, schools she would most likely get into, and her dream schools.  Her number one choice was USC.

Olivia decided that she wanted to write her essay about her adopted brother and the impact he has had and continues to have on her life.  Laura helped Olivia focus her essay on herself, and how her brother had helped her grow, instead of focusing too much on him.  She also helped Olivia achieve the critical thinking and brainstorming she needed to discover what she really wanted to tell the schools about herself.  At the end, Olivia had a clear idea of who she was, and how she wanted to portray herself to her schools.

Olivia has been hearing back from all of her schools, including her top choice USC.  She got in to the highly competitive program to study marine science.  Congratulations, Olivia!

Top Choice College

March 6th, 2015

Hayley started coming to Study Hut her freshman year of high school. She came almost every day to work on all of her challenging classes with her tutors. From studying for insane math tests to acing AP English, Study Hut has always had Hayley’s back when it came to helping her get her achieve her best.

When it came time to start looking at colleges and filling out her college applications, Hayley knew exactly who she wanted to have help her along the way. Hayley worked on everything related to college with her tutor Laura. Laura had watched her grow through the years both academically and personally.   She helped Hayley narrow down her list of schools to apply to so they were left with only the schools that met all of Hayley’s requirements. They sorted through safety schools, reaches, and Hayley’s top choice: San Diego State University.

Hayley and Laura spent a lot of time making sure that Hayley’s personal statement was perfect. Because they had worked together for so long, Hayley felt comfortable opening up to Laura about her ADD. Together they crafted a series of car analogies that related her experiences with ADD to her school work and other areas of her life. They brain stormed and remembered Hayley’s greatest academic accomplishments and personal triumphs for the other sections of her applications, and made sure not a single question was left unanswered. They patiently waited to hear back from schools. As acceptances rolled in Hayley kept checking for SDSU. They were delighted when they found out she was accepted!