When to Start Tutoring

March 19th, 2018

When to start tutoring…something parents ponder as their child matriculates.  Parents are often curious about when the ideal age is to start one-on-one academic tutoring.  The truth is, the right age to begin tutoring has more to do with the specific needs of the student as opposed to turning a certain age.  At the Study Hut, we have tutors that specialize in working with students of all ages, from kindergarteners to graduate students.  When we are evaluating a child’s educational needs, our goal is to focus in on the student’s unique situation and provide customized individual tutoring.

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So while we see each student as unique, academic needs in general tend to fall into three categories. Some students are doing OK in all of their classes with the exception of one subject where they need help.  In this case, the student can benefit from extra one-on-one instruction, assistance completing homework, and individualized attention while preparing for tests and quizzes in that class.

Others are dealing with challenges in multiple subjects.  In this case it is especially important to disregard the student’s age and simply get them the support they need as soon as the problem is identified.  Students can gain tremendously from working with a tutor to learn basic study skills such as organization or how to effectively study.  These techniques are often not taught in school, yet they are the very tools kids need to be academically successful.  Poor grades at any age can cause students to feel frustrated and over time can lead to self-identifying as a “bad student”.  This is a difficult scenario to reverse.

The third type of need we encounter is when someone is preparing for entrance to a private school or college.  This often involves studying for a standardized test and potentially writing essays for the application.  If a student is preparing for the ISEE or HSPT it is recommended to start studying at least six months before the test date, if not sooner.  Tenth grade is a good time for students taking the ACT or SAT to come in to the Study Hut for a free practice test.

Just as we would never recommend a “one-size-fits-all” approach to tutoring, we do not have a standardized rule of thumb for what a good age is to begin tutoring.  If you are dealing with a child who is struggling academically, whether it is in elementary, middle, or high school: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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

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SAT 2 Prep: how to prepare

March 2nd, 2016

Once a student has figured out the appropriate test dates, the next key step is the actual test prep process for SAT 2 prep.

The first bit of advice is to sign-up to take free diagnostic exams in all the subjects that the student plans on taking.

Afterwards, the parents and student will want to set up a free 30-minute consultation to analyze the score report in detail and receive any further recommendations.  The student’s diagnostic score with their college ambitions will be the two most influential factors in determining how much time will need to go into the prep.

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Typically, a student will want to begin the 1-on-1 tutoring process around two months before the actual real test date.  This crucial aspect in the test prep process confirms the student is continually hitting their benchmarks.

To ensure the student is tracking properly, it is important for parents to get feedback every two weeks of prep and after each diagnostic exam.  If a student is not hitting their benchmarks then it is essential to schedule another free 30-minute consultation with the parent, student, and manager in order for everyone to get back on track.

The last step in preparing for the SAT II Subject Exams is every student should register for two consecutive official exam dates, such as May and then also June.

Most students will see a natural score increase on their second try.

By planning on taking two exams (back-to-back) it allows the student the opportunity to work on his or her weaknesses in the month in-between the exams dates.

Every student should prepare to take two test dates for the Subject Exams.

To monitor if a student is retaining the material from the 1-on-1 lessons it is highly recommended that he or she takes at least one diagnostic exam per month during their training.

Corona Del Mar ACT Tutoring

October 7th, 2015

Corona Del Mar ACT tutoring has never been better than at Study Hut Tutoring.  How can we be so sure?  What actually makes us “the best”?  In addition to our referral generating track record that speaks for itself, we have a competitive advantage in working with students, and knowing their weaknesses.  We also leave our competition in the dust with respect to our tools, our tutors, and our years of experience tutoring students in Southern California.  Like our website says, we are local (our owners are always on-site), we are passionate, and we are cutting edge.  This means you get a greater return on your investment for each dollar spent and each minute you spend studying.

The process begins with a free, full-length practice test.  This practice ACT is a previously proctored full-length actual exam that has been administered.  We offer the test on a bi-monthly basis at our location across from the Balboa Bay Club, next to J. Galt Clothing and the Taco Bell.  Our address is 1600 West Coast Hwy.

Once you’ve signed up for our free practice test, you’ll arrive bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to our office to take the 4-hour exam.  When you’re done, we will schedule a free, pro-bono 20 minute post-test consultation to go over the results.  This means that you will have all the information in front of you in order to make the best decision without spending a dime.

During this consultation we will go over every detail and answer all of your questions:

-How many points can I improve?

-How much training do I need to get the score I want?

-What’s the best course of action given my stated goals?

-What’s the cost?

The answers to all of these questions is simple: IT DEPENDS.  Every student scores slightly differently, and every student has a different set of goals.  Some students want a weekly session of Corona Del Mar ACT tutoring, while others want a bi-weekly session.

For every two hour session, we provide an hour of customized homework.

For more information, please fill out the contact form and we can get you exactly what you’ve been looking for.

 

Corona Del Mar ACT Tutoring

Corona Del Mar ACT Tutoring