Scholar Quiz at MCHS and MBMS

June 9th, 2014

These past few weeks excitement waas in the air as Scholar Quiz took place! Both the Mira Costa High School study body and the Manhattan Beach Middle School student body, both competed in what we like the call, “The Scholar Quiz.”

Teams of 4 compete in different rounds of Lightning Rounds and Bonus Rounds. During the bonus rounds, you can score up to 20 points. Scholar Quiz’s premise is the same as that of the popular game ‘Jeopardy’. Each team includes four students. The the game consists of two teams of four students each, a Reader, Judge, and a Scorer.

Other schools put on their own Scholar Quiz as well. The idea started at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. Mr. Cooper, former PV High Econ teacher and Football coach, and  Barton, PV High teacher, took the idea from Costa. Both teachers attended and taught at Mira Costa High School. Cooper approached Barton, and PV High’s Scholar Quiz began in 2005.

There are three types of questions asked in the Scholar Quiz- Toss Up, Bonus, and Lightning Round questions. A toss up question is one that either team can answer. The first team raising a placard is given the first opportunity to answer. If they answer incorrectly,  the second team has a chance to answer the same question. A toss up question may lead to a Bonus Round. The Bonus Round includes a specific topic with four questions. This round is where teammates work together to come up with the final answer. Only the team that wins the Toss Up can benefit from the Bonus Round. A Lightning Round question is one where ten questions are given in quick succession to the teams, with each team being allowed to answer only once. If a team answers a Lightning Round question incorrectly, they are penalized with a loss of points.

Pictured below are the winners from the MCHS Scholar Quiz

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Pictured below are the winners from the MBMS Scholar Quiz

 

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Welcome Tommy to MBMS Wednesday Mornings

February 5th, 2014

doughnuts

Our wednesday mornings have been going great so far this year at Manhattan Beach Middle School. We want to welcome tutor Tommy to our Wednesday morning tutoring sessions. Ashley has to go student teaching now so we have recruited Tommy to help us out!

We have had a great turnout these past two weeks and have been getting a lot of good press from the school!

The last two times we have been at the Middle School we had 20-30 students show up both times which is better than the turnout from last year.

We are in a new room this year on the 2nd floor and have a lot of space for the students.

We have three tutors that attend the Wednesday morning tutoring to help the students out in any subject that they need.

We have two teacher aids that sit with us in the classroom to help out and facilitate the morning.

The students love coming to eat doughnuts since we bring doughnuts in the morning to get the students pumped up and excited to come to Wednesday morning tutoring.

We will be there every Wednesday at 8am to help students during late start and we hope to see a lot of students there!

If more students start to show up we may extend into another classroom to make sure that we have enough room for all the students!

Many of the students there on Wednesday worked on math and Social Studies.

Only a few of the students who come into the Wednesday morning at students at the Study Hut, so we have enjoyed meeting new students and hoping that they will come to the Study Hut as well!

So far we’ve had a great turn out and MBMS has been great to work with and have worked with us during every step.

Let us know if you have any questions or you can call our Manhattan office at (310)546-2408 with any questions or inquiries that you have!

 

MBMS Wednesday Morning Free Tutoring

October 17th, 2013

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We have started tutoring at Manhattan Beach Middle School again on Wednesday mornings at 8am during late start!

We have had a great turnout these past two weeks and have been getting a lot of good press from the school!

The last two times we have been at the Middle School we had 20-30 students show up both times which is better than the turnout from last year.

We are in a new room this year on the 2nd floor and have a lot of space for the students.

We have three tutors that attend the Wednesday morning tutoring to help the students out in any subject that they need.

We have two teacher aids that sit with us in the classroom to help out and facilitate the morning.

The students love coming to eat doughnuts since we bring doughnuts in the morning to get the students pumped up and excited to come to Wednesday morning tutoring.

We will be there every Wednesday at 8am to help students during late start and we hope to see a lot of students there!

If more students start to show up we may extend into another classroom to make sure that we have enough room for all the students!

Many of the students there on Wednesday worked on math and Social Studies.

Only a few of the students who come into the Wednesday morning at students at the Study Hut, so we have enjoyed meeting new students and hoping that they will come to the Study Hut as well!

So far we’ve had a great turn out and MBMS has been great to work with and have worked with us during every step.

Let us know if you have any questions or you can call our Manhattan office at (310)546-2408 with any questions or inquiries that you have!

Scholar Quiz 2013!! June 2nd @ the Manhattan Beach Country Club!

June 4th, 2013

Scholar Quiz 2013 – Blog part 1

We had a great turnout at our first ever Study Hut Foundation Parent/Teacher Scholar Quiz on Sunday June 2nd at the Manhattan Beach Country Club! 

We had 16 teams participate at our event, and the event lasted from 4pm until 8pm. The winning team’s name was WB and the Funky 3. 

The teams were parents and teachers from all the surrounding areas including Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach. Many teachers from the schools participated including: Palos Verdes, West High School, Manhattan Beach Middle School, and Mira Costa High School. 

The questions that were asked ranged from all different subjects, including English, History, Geography, Pop Culture, Math and many more! 

We had a silent auction as well which included restaurant certificates, jewelry, signed memorabilia from the Kings Hockey Team, cupcakes from Susie Cakes, and many more. 

Many local merchants donated silent auction iteams, including but not limited to wine, plants, hair appointments, free tutoring sessions, and music lessons. 

We also had raffle tickets that we sold ($5 for 1 or $20 for 5 tickets). The people who won, received a trip for 2 nights (air fare not included) – and they can pick from over 50 different destinations. 

We served Hors d’œuvres while the event was going on including but not limited too: Quiche and dumplings – and we also had a cash bar outside that overlooked the tennis courts. 

If you would like to donate to the Study Hut Foundation, you can log on to our website at StudyHutFoundation.org and click “Donate” 

As of right now we have 13 students that attend the Study Hut Foundation and next year we are hoping to bump it up to 50 students. We are seeing improvements already in their grades and have changed the way that the students view going to school. 

Thanks to all the teams that participated! Congrats to the winners! Thanks again to everyone that came out and supported our event! We really appreciate it!

Stay tuned for Part 2 and more pictures in the next blog! 

Manhattan Beach Middle School Scholar Quiz

May 21st, 2013

The Manhattan Beach Middle School Scholar Quiz starts tomorrow and we are so excited to be able to help volunteer throughout the next few days to make the scholar quiz the best it can   be!!

Louise DuMont is the Volunteer Coordinator for the MBMS Scholar Quiz and we are excited to be working along side her! 

Our jobs are listed below:

Rob  – Reader
Sean – Reader
Sam – Reader
Nicole – Flag Judge
Rhiannon – Flag Judge
Kristen – Scorekeeper
Rita – Scorekeeper
Ashley – Scorekeeper
Mason – Scorekeeper
Andrea – Scorekeeper
Jeff – Alternate
Andrew – Alternate

THE COMPETITION:

 The preliminary rounds will be held May 22-24, continuing May 28 – 31 during lunch (12:30 – 1:05 pm) in various classrooms at MBMS.  The first day, May 22nd, runs a bit longer (12:30-1:20 pm) because two rounds of the competition occur that day. The Finals are scheduled for 1:15 pm on Friday, May 31 in the MBMS MPR.

 On our assigned volunteer days, we will sign in at the Volunteer Check-in Table at the front entrance to MBMS no later than 12:00 noon.  A brief volunteer meeting will be held each day after sign in.  The competition begins at 12:30 p.m. sharp!

 Scholar Quiz is a single-elimination event.  Only the winning team from each preliminary match will move on.  This means that at the end of every round, only half the teams advance.   Due to the number of teams competing, two matches will be played in each room on the first day of competition.

 THE QUESTIONS:

 Questions for the competition are taken from the areas of Math, Science, Literature, Grammar, Social Studies, Geography, the Arts, Sports, and Popular Culture.

 Each round of the competition is divided into two parts by a 1-2 minute half-time.

 Three types of questions will be asked — Toss-Up, Bonus and Lightning Round:

 1)Toss-Up Questions:  Both teams have 5 seconds, after the reading of the Toss-Up question is completed, to answer.  For Math questions, 10 seconds are given.  With Toss-Up questions, if the first team to answer does so incorrectly, the second team is given an opportunity to answer immediately.  The question is not re-read for the second team, nor is an additional 5 seconds given to answer.

 2) Four-Part Bonus Questions:  ONLY the team which correctly answered the preceding Toss-Up question may answer this question.  Teams have 20 seconds to confer before the Team Captain must immediately provide all four answers.

3)Lightning-Round Questions:   Both teams have 1–2 seconds to answer these 10 rapidly-delivered, theme-related questions.  With Lightning Round questions ONLY, if the first team to answer does so incorrectly, 5 points are deducted from that team’s score AND the second team is NOT given an opportunity to answer.

 ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS:

 Players will signal they are ready to answer Toss-Up and Lightning Round questions by raising their flags.  The first person to raise his/her flag receives the first opportunity to answer.

 If a flag is raised and a team is called upon to answer BEFORE the reading of a question is complete, the question will not be finished being read and the team must answer immediately.  If the answer is incorrect, the reading of the Toss-Up question will be completed for the second team.

 SCORING:

·   Toss-Up Questions:  5 points each.

·   Bonus Questions:  divided into 4 parts, each worth 5 points, for a maximum of 20 points.

·   Lightning Round Questions:  5 points if answered correctly.  However, 5 points are deducted for an incorrect answer.

Spring Break!!

March 30th, 2013

SPRING BREAK!

Two words people love to hear! For our Redondo location – most of their students had off this past week for Spring Break – and for our Manhattan Beach location, most of our students have Spring Break coming up this week!! Most people usually go away for Spring Break or hang out at the beach – if the weather is nice – and others hang out at home and enjoying the relaxing week off!!

For us here at the Study Hut, we feel that Spring Break is the best time for  test prep, AP tests, and quarter exam prep!!

We are offering a free SAT diagnostic test on Monday at 9 a.m. for students who are preparing for the May SAT test. We also have 2 dates in April on the 13th and the 27th to prepare as well.

Though, many of our students have cancelled their appointments next week, we are still open all week and offering tutoring to help get ahead or catch up on school things!!

This week was also Honor Roll week at MBMS before Spring Break.. so congrats to all the 6th, 7th, and 8th grader that made the honor roll! Way to go!!

We hope everyone has a safe and fun Spring Break, but make sure to study during the break so you are not behind!!

How to conquer the ROK

May 24th, 2012

Studying for any test all begins with organization. Compiling all your notes, classwork, homework, quizzes, etc into one concise organized study guide is a great way to start! You want to make sure to keep everything as tidy and ready to find as possible in a logical order in your notebook. Then when it comes time to start studying you won’t have to freak out! Pull all the vital information from all your resources and compile them into your study guide. Keep this as neat as possible as well and in a logical order. Outline form works great, separating material into separate sections in each chapter. Make flashcards for all important terms, people, dates an other key facts and review daily!

Preparation is also key. Make sure to start preparing at least 2 weeks before the test. Even studying for half an hour each day will help you be prepared by test day. Make flashcards each week and review your notes each day. As the test gets closer and closer get a game plan together of when, how long and what you will study each day. For example, what sections you will take notes on, create a part of your study guide for, and make flashcards. Never wait until a day or two before the test to start your reviewing and studying! Cramming will not be effective and will leave your brain overwhelmed.

Studying in groups by quizzing each other is also very effective. Once everyone has a good grasp on the material, get together with a few friends and quiz each other on the info. This will get your brain thinking in different ways and really test to see if you know the information. Anything you are rusty on, go back to the book and review the concepts, take notes, and answer the question you missed. Review, review, review in an organized fashion, make study guides, and prepare early! You will be in a spot to conquer the Rucker Rok!

Do Not be Fooled by Manhattan Beach Middle School students

January 4th, 2012

Dont let these Manhattan Beach middle school students fool you. Please stay active with them and keep them engaged.

Go through his “edline” acct with him and talk to him about each of his grades. He could use practice quizzes and he can make them himself.

He needs to focus on his daily planner too, as do ALL of our middle schoolers, and even most of our high schoolers, and have all his tests written on the day they will be given, and have a detailed study plan written out for the days leading up to his test(s).

The study tasks should say, “Make 20 flashcards for spanish verbs” and that would be on Monday for example, even if his test isnt until friday. The next day should read, “review flashcards for 2 [20min] chunks”…. you can make him difficult practice quizzes where you will be able to see if he is not only comprehending the material, but retaining it.

You’re def going to want to make mini quizzes (they can be as small as 3-5 questions based on the material he just covered). If no practice quiz is given, there is no real way to ensure comprehension.

He can work on HW, but that shouldnt be his number 1 or even number 2 priority, unless the difficulty of the assignment is a pressing concern. He needs some management help, and probably a little conceptual help, you can evaluate the needs of all this at the beginning with an interview process. You will be able to gauge and feel more comfortable after working with him a second time…that kind of thing builds as you get to know your student.

Learning to Work to One’s Potential

April 30th, 2010

Yesterday was a busy Thursday. In fact, every school week there is a busy Thursday, whether you come to Study Hut Tutoring or not. With tests and quizzes, homework and projects, six classes of papers going in and out of the backpack everyday and all your friends jammed into one classroom, the task of managing a workload is impossible. Am I right? Let us take a quick look of how this impossible situation appears when our 8th grader Corey sits down for his tutoring hour. Corey is a very sharp student who is able to breeze through his pre-algebra assignments. He is very capable in other areas too. He is maintaining a strong grade in social studies, however, his grades dont reflect his intelligence.

So what is the matter? What do we do? How can we bump up these “C” grades up if Corey doesn’t need help with the actual subject matter? Lucky for Corey, the Study Hut knows exactly what to do. After speaking with his mom, I know she is frustrated with Corey’s sluggish performance around the house. So now Corey is at Study Hut, sitting down with me. The first thing I do is look at his daily planner. It is a bad sign when the whole thing is blank. The planner is the tool that fosters accountability, so if the planner is blank, Corey isn’t even accountable with himself, let alone with parents, teachers, and his tutor. The next step is manually going through the backpack. This is crucial to set the record straight and explain the reasoning and utility of behind using the daily planner.

After all, why do something if it doesn’t serve a greater purpose, save time, or help in the short term and in the long term. Young students are no different. You would never do a lot of things the right way if there was no direct or indirect benefit. After digging through every subject and organizing the folder, we see that there is a pile of old, completed work that can go into a folder and can be stashed away at home in the closet. The other pile was larger than I would like. This pile had a ton of incomplete work. Our plan from here on out at home everyday and at tutoring is as follows:

1)Write in the planner for every subject, during each class period, every week.

2) take notes each class period, everyday

3) make a list prior to tutoring of what we will be working on at Study Hut, and what will still have to be done at home.

4) Make one study tool (flashcards, outline, study guide, practice test) for each class each week.

5) show all of this to the tutor to remain accountable during bi-weekly tutoring sessions.

These simple tasks will, and have already started to, pull grades up, increase accountability, and lead to domination.