Back to school!!

September 3rd, 2014

Back to school!

It’s that time of year again! School bells are ringing and classes are officially back in session. Sharpen your pencils, change your calculator batteries and dust off your backpack. Check the shopping list from your teachers and fill in any gaps.  Some important things to remember:

-A planner! Arguably the most important thing you need for the year. A planner will keep you organized and ahead of the game all year, and take the stress out of trying to remember assignments and due dates.

-Highlighters. These are great for critical reading when you need to mark passages or important quotes, or for marking your answers in math

-Sticky Notes. Need to remember a page in a textbook? Mark a date in the planner? Make a to-do list? Remind yourself about anything? These will do the trick without damaging your books.

-Hole punch. Papers aren’t going to fit in your binder without one of these! Really useful if you hate your assignments flying out of your binder or getting crumpled in the bottom of a backpack.

-Colored pens. Using different colors to make notes or color coding your outlines and flashcards will keep you organized and help with recall later.

And most importantly, schedule your tutoring sessions! The Study Hut is gearing up for the school year, with some fresh new faces and a lot of new school supplies. Things are already getting crazy here, the first round of tests are coming up fast!  Whether you need an extra push with schoolwork or want to practice for standardized tests, we are here for you. We have several diagnostic tests coming up for SATs and ACTs, as well at tutoring in all subjects. Need help in math? Got an essay to write and don’t know where to start? Just want to get ahead? Come on by! Our goal is to help students be successful.

Back to School Shopping

August 17th, 2012

As a kid, one of my favorite times of the year was when my parents would fork out money for me to go back to school shopping. I would go with my mom to pick out the newest styles. Requirements were new shoes, a new backpack, and at least three new outfits, one for each day of the first week of school. My brother and I would always want to wear our new shoes right away, but were forced to wait until the first day of school.

Along with the back to school shopping came orientation. Mira Costa has their orientation this week as well as Manhattan Beach Middle School. This was always exciting because the students got to see which teachers they had, and also,more importantly, which friends made it in the same class.

Now that I am no longer in school I see more of an importance on the preparation academically rather than the outfits and classes. Students are starting to trickle into The Manhattan Beach Study Hut to get their mind in gear and ready for the whirl wind to begin. Most students need refreshers on math and Spanish. It is extremely important for the seventh graders to come in and review their foreign language. Spanish, French, Latin, and even Chinese are subjects the middle school offers. These are such new topics to the students that they often forget how to conjugate a verb. However, after a simple refresher they are ready for the school year. Moral of the story, don’t forget about tutoring when you are shopping for back to school. The Hut is open for appointments!

History tutoring goes visual

September 14th, 2011

Here are some quick drawings that Rob Stone, the owner of Study Hut, drew up during a history session this afternoon. Pretty cool, eh?

Getting Pre-Prepared for School

August 19th, 2010

Lazy summer days are ending and long schools hours are just about to begin. Are you ready to go back and dive right in? If you’re one of the few and proud people who aren’t ready to go back to school just yet, the Study Hut has a few tips that can ease you back into the academic process of thinking. You’ll be pondering quadratic equations and Shakespeare’s love trysts in no time.

1) Read a book that will be read in class during the upcoming school year: It’s a good idea to get a jump start on the reading list you will be working on during this next year. Familiarize yourself with the main ideas of the book and even check out the main themes in Cliff’s Notes in between the high and low tides at the beach. This will help reduce the amount of confusion, put you a step ahead of your classmates, and help you participate in class. It’s also a great confidence booster when you know what you’re talking about.

2) Review some of your old papers from last year. See if you understand the corrections your teacher was trying to communicate in evil red ink and if you understand them better than when you first received them. Chances are you’ve spent the summer maturing and leaving your silly ways of thinking behind. Challenge yourself to think about what corrections you would make to your papers or tests to improve your skills and compare them to the mistakes you’ve made. If you can recognize your mistakes, you can grow from them.

3) Play some brainteaser games to get you back into school mode. In between setting the TiVo for TMZ and The Hills, check out the Discovery Channel for quiz shows like “Cash Cab” or see if you really are smarter than a 5th grader on Fox. Take a break from your coolness and have a “Cash Cab” contest among your friends while you’re waiting for the next Star Trek marathon.

4) Last but not least, schedule an appointment at your closest Study Hut for a crash course refresher and book your spots with your favorite tutor. Hurry, they’re going fast!