Math Skills

March 6th, 2018

Q:What things can be done to enrich my kids math skills?

Math is an area of focus for many students at Study Hut.  One of the biggest issues affecting students that we see is a lack of a solid foundation in mathematics.  This leaves many parents wondering about what things can be done to enrich their kids’ math skills.

Math Skills

 

It is worth pointing out how the adoption of Common Core Skills changed how math is taught and learned across the country.  The curriculum taught to previous generations was focused specifically on HOW to solve a given problem.  The updates made to what kids are now being taught emphasize understanding WHY they are doing it.

That is to say, the logistics are still being taught to students, but along with knowing what to do to solve, children today need to have a conceptual background and they need to be able to explain the reasoning behind the method they have chosen to use.  This is something to consider when you are developing ideas to enrich your kids’ math skills.

For example, making a recipe together can be a great opportunity to apply math to a real life situation.  Measuring ingredients, or calculating how much food to make for a group, or halving a recipe are all chances to practice fractions and simple math computation.  Ask your child to find solutions to math in the kitchen, and then ask more questions to find out what technique he or she used to solve.  “Eat Your Math Homework” by Ann McCallum is an entire book dedicated to edible math projects.

Calculate the time it will take to arrive to your final destination on a road trip using the distance formula, figure out the tip at a restaurant, or estimate the cost of the 3 pounds of peaches you just put in your grocery basket.  With a little patience, whatever situation arrises in your life that uses math can be a chance to see math in action in the real world.

Furthermore, modeling confidence with numbers and approaching math as a practical and useful tool teaches kids to do the same.  This alone can benefit children by giving them positive experiences that can help shape their self-perception.  As we know, internal belief systems play a tangible role in performance in all areas of life, including math.

So while many adults are shaking their heads at Common Core math and getting frustrated over how different the current model of computations look, it behooves your son or daughter to approach math with a can-do attitude.  Whether working together on homework, or calculating how much dog food to bring with you on your next vacation, ask your kids how to solve along with why they chose that strategy.  And don’t forget, irregardless of the task at hand, your own attitude and approach to math is something children will definitely pick up on.

Math Tutoring in El Segundo

September 12th, 2016

Math Tutoring in El Segundo

Why is Math considered to be the hardest subject out of the sciences?

Of course, it is hard when you don’t understand what’s going on.
Math is all logic, and thus requires logical thinking. Unfortunately, that’s something that many people seem to lack nowadays.

Why are Gundo’s Math tutors better than all the other math tutors?

We are not just here to show your student how to solve the problem like the teacher often does in class. We won’t let your student leave the Hut by just doing the homework. We are here to make sure your student fully understand the materials and walk out the door with confidence in Math.

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How do we assure about that?

First, we do a small analysis of your student’s behavior and personality, so that we get to know his or her styles of learning Math. As we all come from different backgrounds, there are students who prefer learning Math in many different ways: visual; you prefer using pictures and images, examples; you prefer learning by doing similar problems, and real life examples; you prefer knowing how to transform Math into real life situation. Our Gundo Math tutors are highly well-experienced and they all come from diverse background. Our goal is to clear the pathway of any obstacles in the way of mastering Math.

No worries! If your student doesn’t like doing Math; most likely they don’t understand what’s going on. Our Gundo Math tutors are well prepared in their specialized subjects; in fact, they are here to clarify your student’s confusion in Math. Since Gundo tutors are mostly college grads, your student will get along with them easily. We offer the following subjects in Math:

Elementary Math
Middle School Math
Pre-Algebra
Algebra 1
Geometry
Algebra 2
Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus
Calculus

You might be wondering, “my kids are pretty smart and they are doing fine in Math.” Why should I send them to see Gundo’s Math tutor?
Well, we provide, especially for those kids, advanced tutoring service which enhances a student’s knowledge and helps maintain their grade at the top of the class.

Newport Beach Finals

January 19th, 2016

Newport Beach finals are coming, are you ready? Here at Study Hut Newport Beach, we are prepared to help students ace their exams and achieve their goals. With tutors coming from top colleges and graduate programs, we are prepared to help students in a large variety of subjects. Our tutors are not only experienced in multiple content areas, but are experts in study habits and test taking strategies as well. At Study Hut Newport Beach, we seek to create positive study habits that will follow students throughout their academic careers. As the new year begins and finals are approaching there is no better time to get started!

Newport Beach Finals

How do I get started? Give us a call or shoot us an email! We will pair you with a tutor that is an expert in the subject you’re looking for. We believe in providing students with a one-on-one service. This allows the tutors to target the student’s strengths and weaknesses and to focus on each student’s individual needs. Going into Newport Beach finals we want to ensure that each student gets the information and skills they need to succeed.

When should I get started? The sooner the better! Cramming for an exam is never a good idea. Students should be going into an exam prepared and confident. The sooner we start, the sooner we can fill any gaps and give students helpful strategies tailored to them. We see the best results with students who consistently come in week to week. Tutors are able to track their progress and get them ready for the test. As Newport Beach final get closer, our schedule tends to fill up, so call ahead!

So whether it’s physics, chemistry, math, or even Spanish, we are ready to help! Study Hut Newport has you covered for all of your tutoring needs. It’s time to buckle down and start studying.

Brain Activities

December 18th, 2015

Try these fun brain activities! Now that it’s winter break, it’s easy to just turn off your brain and become a blob for two weeks. While you definitely do deserve a bit of a break from school, now is not the time to shut down completely. While celebrating the holidays, you can get creative! Ditch the books, but do some mental exercises. Here are some things you can do to keep your brain active over break.

 

  1. Read a good book: Put Animal Farm and Macbeth away and grab a book to read for pleasure. Cuddle up with a blanket and a hot chocolate and dive into Oprah’s latest faves.
  2. Do Chemistry conversions through cooking: As you’re helping prepare Christmas dinner, practice converting things from grams to ounces. Don’t forget sig figs!
  3. Write an essay analyzing on your favorite Holiday movie: Jk this is excessive.
  4. Maintain healthy habits: While it’s tempting to stay up all night devouring Orange is the New Black, doing that every night is going to make January 4 tough. Maintain a somewhat normal sleep schedule, work out and stay active!
  5. Color Coordinate your gift list: This is good practice for making effective finals study guides.
  6. Do something new: Try paddle boarding, bake a new recipe, or complete a puzzle!
  7. Brush up on life skills: Learn how to do a load of laundry (an important skill before you go to college!)
  8. Study for finals: With finals coming up at the end of the month, putting in time now will get you in good shape. Start by reviewing old tests, making notecards, or organizing your notes into flow charts.
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Math Tutor in El Segundo

November 5th, 2015

Is math giving your child exceptional trouble in school? Are you looking to instill him or her with solid confidence in math whether it is common core or Calculus? If this applies to you, then look no further as El Segundo Study Hut can accommodate all of your needs and more!

Signing up is simple whether you fill out a contact form, call on the phone, or send us an email. Our friendly staff is happy to discuss the perfect plan that will meet your specific needs.

Study Hut offers one-on-one tutoring of one-hour sessions in which the the math tutor assesses your child’s issues immediately in order to produce the best solution. This program is highly effective as it allows the math tutor to build a close relationship with the student and therefore create catered methods of study and teaching. The student’s one hour session is also extremely prioritized as the math tutor keeps detailed records of each session in order to document student progress. This ensures that there is never a substantial step back in the student’s learning and comprehension of the material. While a one hour session may seem short, El Segundo Study Hut’s math tutors use time effectively in order to pack as much material as possible but without overwhelming the student.This type of program has shown students to improve immensely and quickly as a result. In addition, more time is always an option. If you would prefer to schedule a 2-hour session, we can do that too!

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Tutoring in any math subject is offered here at El Segundo Study Hut. Whether the student needs help in understanding the fundamentals of Algebra or just can’t seem to grasp certain concepts in Precalculus, Study Hut is ready to build on the student’s existing skills and raise grades! With personable and passionate tutors combined with an easy-breezy learning environment, El Segundo Study Hut is the place for every student’s math needs!

 

Making the Grade

May 24th, 2015

Sometimes students have teachers who simply do not teach in a way that is compatible with their learning style, which can keep them from making the grade they deserve. In cases like these, it is very beneficial to have regular tutoring appointments with someone who can cater specifically to the way that your child learns. At Study Hut, our tutors truly care about and get to know their students, so they are aware of what methods of teaching will and will not work with them.

Making the Grade

Riley began coming to Study Hut because she was having trouble in her Chemistry and Geometry classes. Her Chemistry teacher was terrible at explaining difficult concepts and did not go over any practice problems with the class. They were just expected to go home and know how to do the homework. She worked with her tutor Charlsey on actually learning the material and putting it into practice on her homework. Actually understanding the content helped Riley complete her labs more easily and started making the grade on her tests. Charlsey observed that Riley did not really absorb the content without actually doing it in problems, so that was why she had been having trouble in Chemistry.

Geometry was the same way. Together, they went through which pieces of information Riley should plug in to the formulas she had been given so that she could get the correct answer. Reviewing topics from earlier in the year also helped her with trigonometry and setting up similar triangles.

Functions Trig and Statistics

March 5th, 2015

Emily comes in to work on math every week at Study Hut with her tutors Charlsey and Doug.  Emily struggled with her Functions, Trigonometry, and Statistics class first semester.  First semester she only came into Study Hut the day before a big test.  She would try to learn an entire chapter’s worth of material in just an hour.  While coming to Study Hut helped Emily understand some concepts better, it just was not enough when she did not keep up regularly in the class.

Emily decided to change her habits this semester and now comes to Study Hut every week.  She goes over her homework and her notes for the class with each of her tutors.  They review and fill out Emily’s notes and spend extra time on any material that she did not fully understand during her teacher’s lecture.  Then they go through and do Emily’s homework together.  Her tutors explain any problems that are difficult or challenging and make sure that Emily understands the concept.  Now, when test week rolls around, she can do the majority of the problems on her practice tests on her own.

Coming in for weekly recurring sessions has not only helped Emily get a better grasp on the material, but has also boosted her confidence.  Now when she goes in to take her tests, she knows that she can solve every problem, instead of just hoping she remembers what she learned the day before. All the concepts make sense and she is so happy!

Middle School Tutoring

February 16th, 2015

Kyle comes in to Study Hut for tutoring with his tutor Richard every week. They work on English and math. In math, Kyle was having a lot of trouble with graphing. Kyle and Richard would go through the homework together and make sure that Kyle understood how to get the right answer. They went over homework every week to make sure that Kyle knew exactly what was going on in class. Kyle went into his final confident that he would ace it. He got a one hundred percent and had the highest score in his entire grade!

 

Richard and Kyle also work on English together. Vocabulary was challenging for Kyle. Richard taught him ways to remember the words, like using the word in context to fully understand the definition, and how not to mix up similar looking words on the test.   Richard and Kyle have also been working on improving Kyle’s essay skills. Going from ideas to a strong, well-thought-out paper was incredibly difficult. Richard helped Kyle work on his entire essay writing process.   They started with brainstorming. A lot of students skip this step and just jump right into writing their essay, but this leads to them missing out on potentially better topics. Structure was another important factor they worked on. Kyle had great ideas, but was not conveying his message as clearly as he could have in his paper. Thanks to Richard, Kyle got a one hundred percent on his English final and received the second highest grade in his class!

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.

Personal Tutoring Session

July 17th, 2014

For a few sessions this summer, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a student named Rachel. Recently we have been going over Math, specifically, the circumference and area of circles. Like any other subject, it is important to understand the material conceptually in order to proceed in solving the problem. While working with Rachel, I made it a point for her to grasp the differences between such things as pi, the radius of a circle, the diameter of a circle, the circumference, and the area. In order to accomplish this, I presented her with problems in a specific order that would utilize what she learned in previous problems. For example I asked her to solve for the circumference with a given area. This required that 1) she knew the formulas for both circumference and area, 2) she understood the significance and meaning of each number she was solving for within each step and 3) she utilized what she learned from previous problems to solve the bigger problem. Overall, there has been a noticeable improvement in Rachel’s speed, accuracy, and conceptual understanding during her time at Study Hut.