Summer Adventures!

June 19th, 2014

Summer Adventures!

It’s finally summertime! That means lots of free time on your hands to explore and try new things. Luckily, we live in an area full of interesting things to do and see. If you are stuck, here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Check out an aquarium! We have several great aquariums nearby showcasing both local and exotic marine life. Try the Roundhouse Aquarium on Manhattan Beach Pier, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, the Santa Monica Pier aquarium or the Aquarium of the Pacific. All have great informative exhibits and touch tanks to get up close and personal with the animals.
  • The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Ever wonder what lived in Southern California before people? Find out at the Page Museum! They have a great collection of prehistoric skeletons, from giant sloths to direwolves to mammoths. There is even a live excavation site outside as well as a real bubbling tar pit.
  • See a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. This beautiful outdoor auditorium has a great program of both classical and modern music performances throughout the summer, often with famous musicians. There are even sing alongs! Pack up picnic and enjoy the weather while listening to great music.
  • Get outside! We live in a beautiful area with virtually perfect weather, along with miles and miles of beaches. Learn to stand up paddleboard, or kayak or bodysurf. There are beautiful hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains, and tidepools galore in Abalone Cove. Pick a new trail and see what you find!
  • Learn a new sport! If you are in the off season for school sports, why not pick up a new one? Ultimate Frisbee is a classic, or you could pick up an outside the box option like quidditch or beach tennis. Even better, make up your own!

Blog written by a USC tutor

April 15th, 2014

Today we were given a helmet from USC as a gift with the signature of a previous USC Coach. Therefore, we decided to have one of our tutors from USC write us a blog.

During the past four years, I have had the privilege of learning and growing at the University of Southern California.  I learned that graduates of USC not only have advanced knowledge in diverse topics, but are also prepared to share what they know with others.  Most students at USC take advantage of the opportunity to study in different fields and use their interdisciplinary background to understand how others think.  They are then able to apply this to working with students here at Study Hut.

The diverse student body at USC provides unique experiences you cannot get at other schools.  Graduates from USC understand how to work with people who come from different backgrounds and are able to learn from them as well.  This also means that to get into USC, you need to have a diverse background yourself.  Students from USC have tons of extracurricular activities and varying educational interests which helps the USC tutors understand how to work with the different students they help.

Classes at USC provide lots of opportunities for the students to teach different topics.  In almost every class I took, there was an assignment to research and learn about a subject, master that subject, and then present our findings to the class.  We learned how to explain difficult concepts to classmates who had very little background in the topic.  On top of that, the professors encouraged collaboration between classmates when we were studying for exams.  Within study groups, we would break up different topics that needed to be covered and teach the rest of the group.  On the other hand, we would learn from our classmates and understood what teaching methods work and which don’t.  Seeing both sides of teaching and learning helps us USC students understand how to not just teach effectively, but also how to adapt the methods to make sure it fits the student’s learning style.

USC tutors are extremely prepared to teach and alter their teaching method to best fit the student’s learning abilities.  They have diverse backgrounds and a wide base of knowledge that helps them relate to and understand every student making them better tutors.  Lastly, USC graduates are able to spell at an exceptional level and can count higher than 8.

El Segundo Run for Education 5K and 10K tomorrow!!

March 22nd, 2013

The El Segundo Run for Education 5K and 10K are tomorrow so get pumped up!! The Study Hut will have a booth at the event and some of our tutors will be running in the race!

Here is good information from their website about the event tomorrow:

Course Description:
As one of the more unique USA Track & Field certified road courses in Southern California the Run for Education features a moderate coastal climate and a tour of downtown El Segundo, as well as, it’s neighborhoods and schools.

The 5K Run/Walk is an easy-to-moderate hill course through local neighborhoods while the 10K Run offers up a more challenging 2nd loop incorporating central downtown El Segundo and Grand Avenue’s prominent hill.

The Kid’s Fun Run will be split into a 1K and 1/2K event. The 1K is for Kids ages 6-12 years old while the 1/2K Kids Run is for the younger 2-5 year olds. All Fun Run participants will receive a kids goodie bag with gift from Mattel.

USA Track & Field Sanctioned Event:
We are proud to announce that the El Segundo Run for Education is a full USA Track and Field sanctioned event with both the 5K and 10K courses having been certified by the USA Track and Field Road Racing Technical Council.

USA Track & Field Southern California Grand Prix:
New for this year the Run for Education has been selected to be one of the official road races in the elite 2013 USATF Southern California Association Road Running Grand Prix Series.

Schedule of Race Day Events:
6:30 AM: Packet Pick-Up & Late Registration Opens
7:20 AM: Group Pre-Race Warm-Up | Zumba
7:35 AM: Starting Line Corrals Open
7:45 AM: Opening Ceremony | National Anthem | Final Race Instructions
8:00 AM: 5K/10K Dual Start | Health & Fitness Expo Opens
9:15 AM: Kids Fun Run
9:45 AM: Awards Ceremony
12:00 PM: Event Concludes

Starting Line Corrals (NEW):
In an effort to provide every one of our participants with as comfortable a run as possible, Starting Line Corrals will be incorporated into this year’s event. The corral system assures a smooth and safe start by lining up participants of similar pace in the same area.

Runners who identify themselves as Elite Male (<18:20 5K or <38:00 10K) or Elite Female (<19:50 5K or <40:00 10K) during registration will qualify for the seeded corral up front. All other participants are asked to line up in the appropriate corrals. Large signs identifying each corral will be displayed along the starting line area. Please be courteous and look for the corral that fits you best.

Corral A: Elite Runners
Corral B: General Runners
Corral C: Walkers
Corral D: Participants with Strollers

Awards:
5K/10K: Male and Female – Overall 1st place finishers will receive race trophies. Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place finishers in each age category. All 12 and under 5K finishers receive medals while Kids Fun Run participants receive prizes donated by Mattel (while supplies last).

Family Fun Zone:
The Family Fun Zone has plenty to do for families of all ages! Challenge your friends and family on the many carnival games and inflatable slides. We have the little ones covered too with numerous fun creative arts and crafts activities. Proceeds to benefit local non-profit service organizations and school groups. see all the great running and fitness accessories available today.

 

 

Leaving the Bubble of Home

December 5th, 2012

Moving Day

      One of the biggest decisions senior’s face in the waning stages of High School, is the decision of where to go to college.  Some kids have dream schools, schools they have had their heart set sense the moment the concept of college was introduced.   However, most kids do not really know what school they really want to go.  We make lists of what schools have fun and eventful sports programs, offer the major we think we want to achieve, and look at where our friends are applying.  The best advice I can give to a soon-to-be and undecided college students is to think outside the “box.”  Take advantage of these 4-5 years of college and go someplace new.  Look at schools in places you never though you would ever go.  Life outside your hometown is different.  There are many many new and different experiences that you will never experience at home.  Some you may hate, and others you may love.

I went to school to a far far away place in Northern California at Davis.  Even though Davis is in California, anyone who has been knows that Northern California is not the same as Southern California.   Looking back I am very great full to have logged a few years up there.  I love LA, and Davis is far from the coastal cities I grew up in.  But I learned a lot from time I spent there.  Many of the things I did for fun were things I never heard of back home.  The people and food were new and different too.

So, leave home for college.  Go see and live in a place totally new from what you have known growing up.  When thinking of potential colleges, look at a map.  Look at places you have never been but want to go to.  There is a whole lot to be learned while in college outside of the classroom.