Peninsula SAT Prep

September 19th, 2016

 

Peninsula SAT prep at it’s finest! Like the ACT better? Peninsula ACT Prep has never been better.

Welcome back to school We are so pumped that Peninsula AVID is back up and running in full swing. Study Hut has been collaborating with the AVID program and delivering tutorials to the AVID students for many years now. AVID takes place every Thursday from 10am-12noon with six tutors from our Redondo Beach Location that are hand picked to attend the AVID and test prep training and help students improve upon their test prep skills. We have all four grade levels that participate and each grade level has two class periods for AVID since Peninsula has a block schedule.

During the AVID classes, each student comes prepared with their tutorial form filled out with their question or information that they want to review or understand better. Each student has a chance to get up and present their question to their small groups and then the tutor will help answer any questions needed while the other students take notes and participate in the discussion. Each student gets about 5-6 minutes for their individual question which makes the hour go by quickly once each student has presented.

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We are able to track students progress and the students get points for their achievements, being engaging and participating in the group lessons. Another awesome collaboration we have going on with Peninsula is that a Study Hut manager along side a teacher lead Peninsula SAT prep as well as Peninsula ACT prep.

There are about 25 students that are taught by one manager and one teacher that receive instruction and receive homework assignments to complete and to help track their growth. The sophomores receive test Peninsula SAT prep once per month and the juniors receive Peninsula ACT prep help once per week. We use an online system that we use in office that helps track progress and makes for a smooth class and easy way to generate the information needed. The manager will help with the Math portion of the test prep and the teacher will help with the English portion of the test prep. We are very excited for the school year and to see many familiar faces around campus!

Free Practice SAT and ACT Exams

August 18th, 2016

Practice SAT and ACT Exams

Study Hut Tutoring offers free practice SAT and ACT exams. It is important to know that tackling the SAT or ACT can be a daunting challenge for many students. Performing to the best of one’s availability is vital in order to strive for acceptance to increasingly competitive colleges and universities. Students are often unaware of how to effectively prepare for the SAT or ACT. Rest assured, Study Hut Tutoring in El Segundo is here to offer guidance and support through tailored test prep tutoring and free SAT and ACT practice tests.

In order to provide our students with specialized, tailored test ACT and SAT tutoring sessions, we encourage our students to complete a full length, free SAT or ACT practice test. We then critically analyze the results and prepare a tutoring plan tailored to our students, emphasizing focus on areas of potential improvement. As we move through scheduled tutoring sessions, students will return to take additional free SAT or ACT practice tests, which allows us to check our progress in real time and shift focus when the need is indicated by performance.

In addition to reviewing specific concepts and learning new strategies and test taking techniques, exercising to build test taking endurance is crucial. The SAT and ACT are each about four hours long. No matter how you cut it, four hours is a long time to maintain focus, flex cognitive abilities, and perform at a consistently high level. By completing free SAT or ACT practice tests, Study Hut students develop their ability to persevere through mental fatigue. Without a simulated experience made possible by full length practice tests, improving endurance is difficult, and Study Hut is pleased to offer this service to our students.

The fall SAT and ACT are approaching quickly, and here at Study Hut we are eager to see the performance of our prepared students and to observe them flourish. Having completed a personalized test prep plan, in conjunction with effective independent study and the completion of multiple SAT or ACT practice tests, our students will be confident and prepared to rise to the challenge on test day and endure through fatigue and difficulty.

Free SAT ACT Practice Tests

July 22nd, 2016

Study Hut Tutoring offers free SAT ACT practice tests. The South Bay is filled with a variety of companies that offer training for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT, SSAT, GRE, LSAT, and every other kind of test you can imagine. Some offer just group classes, others do one-on-one. Some will come to your house, while many will hold lessons in their office. Curriculums change, strategies differ, and all of them have their pros and cons. However, one thing cannot be ignored no matter what kind of training you seek: Make sure you are given plenty of full length practice tests!

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Whether you are training for a test or preparing for a marathon, you cannot adequately improve unless you first know where you are starting. For test training, it is imperative that you take an actual certified test (whichever one you are preparing for) so you get a good sense of what the test is, and we get an accurate reading of where you are starting. At Study Hut, we call this a Diagnostic Test. Armed with this report of your greatest strengths and most glaring weaknesses, we can create a tailored curriculum and study plan that fits YOU! This will mean a much more efficient use of both our times, and maximize our results.

Throughout your training, it is paramount to take officially sanctioned, full length practice tests every few weeks. Not only will this help us track your progress toward your ultimate score goal, but it gives you a safe arena to practice the concepts and strategies that we have been teaching you. It’s like sparing for a boxer, or a fully-padded practice for a football player! We can then analyze your performance, question by question, to see where your breakdowns were. This “game tape” will then be used to show you the benefits of what we are doing, and show you the dangers of falling back into old habits.

Long-story-longer, any training regimen, be it academic or athletic, needs to be anchored with an initial Diagnostic Test, and a healthy amount of Practice Tests. They are the only way to ensure broad and efficient training, and a high quality result. Study Hut offers free diagnostic and practice tests for every standardized test you can imagine. To sign up for one, just fill out a contact form on the right, and a manager will call you shortly.
Happy Training!

Free SAT Practice Test at Study Hut Tutoring

July 6th, 2016

Come take a free SAT practice test at Study Hut Tutoring.  After all, summer is upon us! As such, so is SAT prep season. If your student is in high school they need to be thinking about taking the SAT in preparation for the college application process—a super SAT score translates to a super chance of getting admitted to their top choice. Students typically take the SAT in the spring of their junior year or in the fall of their senior year; most students take it a second time to improve their first score.

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“Ok, we get it—the SAT is important! How do we begin to prepare?” you ask. The answer: test it out at the Hut. Study Hut Manhattan Beach is here to help, offering free SAT practice tests to students getting ready for the SAT. This is a great opportunity to see where your student stands and see how much work they’ll need to put in before the real thing. Study Hut administers real, full-length SAT tests that have been given and retired in recent years. Did we mention there are free SAT practice test sittings? No strings attached, no nothin’. Of course, we offer plenty of SAT prep packages if you want to sign your student up later. But first, we dance! Err… test. Once graded, our SAT experts will offer advice on the best study plan going forward for your student, based on their score. Contact us at Study Hut Manhattan Beach today to sign up for a free diagnostic session!

Study Hut Manhattan Beach

880 Manhattan Beach Blvd.

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

310.546.2408

Kristen@studyhut.com

A Timeline for ACT or SAT Prep

February 23rd, 2016

As we move into the spring of 2016, a lot of students and parents start wondering-should I be preparing for standardized tests? Do I take it in my junior year or senior year? Should I use the summer to prepare? At Study Hut, we can help you make sense of the chaos and create a timeline for ACT or SAT Prep.

When are the tests offered?

The tests are offered throughout the fall, winter and spring:

ACT                                                                       SAT 

February 6, 2016                                              March 5, 2016

April 9, 2016                                                     May 7, 2016

June 11, 2016                                                    June 4, 2016

 

September 10, 2016                                        October 1, 2016

October 22, 2016                                             November 5, 2016

December 10, 2016                                         December 3, 2016

                                                                           January 28, 2017

February 11, 2017                                           March 11, 2017

April 8, 2017                                                    May 6, 2017

June 10, 2017                                                   June 3, 2017

 

So what’s the first step in the Timeline for ACT or SAT Prep?

At the Study Hut, the first step in test prep is always to take a free, full length practice test. These are generally offered every other Saturday throughout the year, and take about 4 hours. After the student takes the practice test, we will grade and evaluate the results and then set up a free consultation with the student and their parents to go over the results and our evaluation.

How long should I prep?

From there, test prep is usually a 4-6 month process. Here are three general timelines we recommend. (Green=start test prep, Blue=take the test)

Timeline for ACT or SAT Prep

The key is to put in the time when you have the time.

If you play a sport, it’s best not to try to cram prep in during season (although increasingly, sports are a year round commitment, there is usually a ‘slower’ period in which test prep would fit best). If you carry a heavy workload during the year, summer would be a better time.
At Study Hut, we can help you carve out the perfect prep schedule that fits YOU. Fill out the contact form to the right, or call/email us today to schedule your free practice test to get the ball rolling.

New SAT

July 21st, 2015

What is the deal with the New SAT?

Timeline: the revised SAT, or [rSAT], will be offered 7 times a year beginning March, 2016. The upcoming PSAT in October will be a shortened version of the [rSAT]–this PSAT is optional and scores come back 6-8 weeks after the test is administered at your high school.  Study Hut will offer the new [rSAT] in the fall alongside the ACT so students are able to experience the style of the new exam.

How can Study Hut Tutoring help?

Study Hut Tutoring offers free practice tests for the new SAT.  This means that once you fill out our contact form or give a call, we can sign you up for a free, full-length new SAT exam.  Once you’ve completed the exam, you get to go home, hang tight, and wait for us to grade the exam.  Don’t worry, we will call you once the exam is graded to set up a free 20-30 minute consultation to go over the entire exam.  During the meeting we will look at all of your strengths and weaknesses, and recommend the best course of action for you based on your score goal, your desired university you would love to attend, your current schedule, and how long you wish to train for the test.  We look forward to getting you geared up and ready for test day.

Content changes (the [rSAT] is now a lot like the ACT):

1.  The elimination of difficult vocabulary

2.  Added Emphasis on command of evidence

3.  Essay Analyzing a Source

4.  Math Focused on Three Key Areas

5.  Problems Grounded in Real World Contexts

6.  Analysis in Science and Social Studies

7.  Emphasis on Founding Documents and Great Global Conversation

8.  No Penalty for Wrong Answers

9.  Feel free to hit-us-up for more info or: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/

Now what?

Stick to the ACT.  Study Hut offers practice tests (previously proctored real ACT exams), free post-test consultations, small group-courses, and tailored one-on-one training. We know your kiddo, we’re masters of the ACT, and we’re here to help because we’ve been there and done that.

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The New SAT

 

Summer Tutoring in Manhattan Beach

June 21st, 2015

After a fantastic 2014-2015 school year in Manhattan Beach, Mira Costa students are about to enjoy some fun in the sun.  While many have finished their SAT and ACT exams, others are starting summer school.  So for those of you who have to spend some morning time in the classroom, Study Hut Tutoring is here for you after class, at our new summer location: 1208 Artesia Blvd. in Hermosa Beach, across the street from Mira Costa High School.

Our geometry tutors are standing by– we are available for hourly sessions Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm.  Whether you are getting ahead and taking Modern World History or US history, we have the local experts and books you need in order to earn A’s over summer.  It is important to get off on the right foot because the summer classes are especially condensed, often only 4-6 weeks long.  If it’s algebra tutoring you need, our top people are locked and loaded, ready to go.

Mira Costa High School isn’t the only school letting loose.  Students from Manhattan Beach Middle School are “free at last” from the rigors of Mr. Rucker’s Boulder, Mrs. Luke’s math homework and early morning tutoring sessions on Late Start Wednesdays.  Now that school is out, a lot of students are coming to Study Hut Tutoring for summer tutoring in Manhattan Beach to brush up on their pre-algebra skills, five paragraph essay writing, and Spanish verbs.  These basics are quintessential to earning top marks in the fall.  While buoy swims are equally as important for the body, the mind requires specific tuning in order to test well in early September.

For those students who have just wrapped up their last days at Grandview Elementary, Pacific Elementary, Robinson Elementary, and Pennykamp Elementary, there is a real transition that lies ahead as they enter into Manhattan Beach Middle School.  Now more than ever, incoming 6th graders will be put to the test.  But not to worry, Study Hut Tutoring is in your corner, having just helped a plethora of students with wide ranging needs, we are ready to help you tackle these challenges: we have the books, we know the curriculum, and you’re going to have a ton of fun knockin’ it out with us. Come in for engaging summer tutoring in Manhattan Beach to keep your mind fresh!

 

SAT Test Day

June 6th, 2015

Getting ready for SAT test day is easy and a little preparation can make all the difference in your score. Outside of one-on-one test preparation, there a few things you can do the day before and the week leading up to your test to maximize your score.

The Week Before

Go over your diagnostic practice tests with your tutor to see if there are any glaring errors or mistakes that you keep repeating. Do you always fall for the trap answer because it is listed first? Do you continue to answer math problems even when you venture into the sections that are too difficult for you? All these little mistakes can add up and cost you big points on the SAT Test Day.

⌚SAT Test DayThe Night Before

Make sure you get a great night’s sleep the night before SAT Test Day! Do not drink any caffeinated tea or beverages late in the day. If you go out with your friends, make sure you are home at a reasonable hour and relaxed enough to get some sleep. Do not do any practice tests or practice problems the day before your test. You will burn yourself out and not do as well on the real thing.

 

 SAT Test DayThe Day Of

Make sure you eat a big, healthy breakfast. Bring a snack for the break they will give you. Bring two calculators in case one of yours has a freak accident and breaks in the middle of the test. Make sure that your bring all the materials that they tell you to have, including any sort of print out and identification. It would be horrible to get there and not be allowed to take the test. Most of all, be confident and you will do great!

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.

1-on-1 SAT Classes

February 19th, 2015

Study Hut offers SAT 1-on-1 classes. If your student learns better in a group setting, then the class is a great choice. Ten is the maximum number of students we allow to be enrolled in the class at a time, so group sizes are small, and students can still get help if they get stuck on a concept. The class is seven weeks and meets twice a week for two hours.

One student, Erica, has already seen her score improve almost three hundred points since her first diagnostic practice test. The strategies taught in the class kept her from making silly mistakes that she had made before on previous tests. She also had a better understanding of which questions she should skip, whereas before she would go ahead and fill in an answer for every question.

Going into the test with knowledge of the strategies and the SAT layout decoded boosts confidence and helps to put even the most anxious test takers at ease. After the 1-on-1 class, our students walk into the SAT with confidence and the skills to ace it, and walk out with spectacular scores!