Manhattan Beach Writing Tutor

November 28th, 2016

Are you looking for a Manhattan Beach writing tutor?  Look no further!  Writing essays is one of the hardest tasks for students. They wonder: where do I put the thesis? What’s the purpose of a topic sentence? What goes in my conclusion? Why do I need a hook? Why can’t my hook be a rhetorical question? (E.g., Have you ever been stranded on a desert island?) What’s an anchor? If you struggle with these simple questions, perhaps a Study Hut Tutoring session in writing is the solution.

Most students don’t hesitate to get help with their math or science homework, but writing is often overlooked. Having an expert Manhattan Beach writing tutor on the team helps immensely.  Writing is one of the most important academic skills. Study Hut provides a great space for students to improve their writing. In a typical session, we start by reviewing the prompt in detail. We also look at the rubric (how students will be assessed) and all supplementary materials (e.g., outline, text, handouts). It’s important to bring your book and class handouts for our study session!

One of the problems students face is that English teachers teach writing differently. One teacher may be a huge fan of quotation hooks, while another teacher may hate them with a passion. Tutors encourage students to carefully consider their teacher’s writing preferences. We ask questions about what students have learned, and how they will be graded. Study Hut tutors tailor each session to the needs of the student as well as the expectations of the teacher.

The thesis statement is usually the most important part of our tutoring sessions, and it’s the heart of the essay. We help students develop a solid argument for their essay that clearly maps out the rest of the paragraphs. The part of the thesis that most students ignore is the theme. Even though theme isn’t a requirement of the thesis, it often relates to the deeper meaning. Themes can be tricky. But once we point them out, students are able to understand the prompt in a much deeper way.

It’s easy to put the focus on grammatical errors, but it’s the ideas that often need the most attention. We’ve all been on the other side of the dreaded red pen. However, the items that typically need the most attention include: organization, flow, sequence of arguments, and clarity of ideas. Most students struggle with what to write in each part of the essay. Once we demystify the structure, writing becomes a much more logical process. Writing tutoring is a great opportunity for students to improve their writing skills.

Getting extra help with writing gives students a leg up in high school, college, and beyond. Many teachers, professors, and employers complain that their students and employees don’t know how to write. Writing is a powerful skill that can make your son or daughter stand out.

Manhattan Beach Study Hut Essay Writing: Help!

April 21st, 2016

Question:

Manhattan Beach Study Hut can only help with essay writing if…

  1. Your essay is due tomorrow
  2. Your essay is due next week
  3. You dread the thought of essays—none are due…yet
  4. All of the above

Answer:

All of the above!

Manhattan Beach Study Hut Essay Writing

Manhattan Beach Study Hut can help you at any time with your essay writing, for any reason. Not everyone is born a great writer, and even if you were, there is always room for improvement. Already have sweet writing skills? We knew people in college who STILL couldn’t figure out how to structure their bibliography in the proper format—even if their ideas in the essay were beautiful, those citation errors would cost them a whole letter grade. P.S. If you don’t know what a bibliography is, you might want to stop by Manhattan Beach Study Hut for a citation refresher session! Teachers are picky with that stuff.

Anyway, oftentimes you have all these ideas in your head and just need someone to help get yourself started. A Manhattan Beach Study Hut Essay Writing tutor (say that five times fast) will ask you for a quick rundown of your teacher’s grading style, your prompt, your class, your history with essays—anything to help us get a handle on your needs. Once we understand how your final draft should look, we’ll make a game plan for you to get there.

No matter how much we get done within the session, we want you to be able to leave knowing how to finish your essay. One of the most useful tools a Study Hut tutor offers in essay writing is the construction of an outline. An outline may look like more work, but it makes the writing process infinitely easier. It organizes your topics, ideas, and evidence, at the same time providing a checklist to make ensure you met the assignment requirements. Completing the checklist equals full point and maybe even getting on your English teacher’s good side. Did I hear college recommendation? No? Just me, I guess.

 

Contact us to get going on that paper!

Manhattan Beach Study Hut

(310) 546-2408

880 Manhattan Beach Blvd

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

A Study Hut Writing Session

March 10th, 2016

Study Hut can provide more than subject tutoring. In a Study Hut writing session, our expert, college educated tutors can boost a student’s writing skills. Writing is an essential skill that must be comprehended in order to have success in a higher level of learning.  It is also an important tool that helps an individual express themselves with text.  Like all skills, writing, must be practiced in order for one to be great at it.

 

During a Study Hut writing session, that very idea of practice is stressed. Often, the appointment will start with exercises dealing with strengthening vocabulary because building a strong vocabulary is necessary to be a good writer. This might include reading something new, finding synonyms/antonyms for given words, writing definitions, or filling in the blank with the appropriate word provided particular clues. These exercises are important because a diverse vocabulary illustrates an individual who is well versed and can express themselves clearly.

 

Next, the tutor may show the student examples of graded essays. Together, they will analyze the essay, critiquing the essay as a teacher would, so the student learns to be an active editor.  This also shows the student what good, bad, and mediocre essays look like so they can get an idea of what to utilize and what habits to avoid.     

 

This could be followed by a writing practice. The student is asked to respond to a prompt provided by the tutor. This activity can range from focusing on writing a proper thesis statement, to organizing a paper from intro/body/conclusion, depending on the time allowed with a certain student and their needs.  

 

Overrall, in a Study Hut writing session there is an unwavering focus on technique and organization that will enhance the student’s ability to respond to prompts that will help them in all facets of writing.

A Study Hut Writing Session