Study Hut Tutors: Where are they now?

March 21st, 2019

Hey Hut Fam,

It has been awhile since I said that! My name is Laura and I worked at the Redondo Beach Study Hut for three years after I graduated college. Not to get all emotional and cheesy, but it is kind of crazy to think that if I never worked at Study Hut, I probably would not be chasing my dreams while living in Europe today.

Like many fresh college graduates, I finished undergrad without a clear plan, which can be really intimidating when it seems like everyone around you does. I majored in History and minored in English, so I was toying between the stereotypical projected careers for those majors: do I go to law school or do I become a teacher? While debating these two options, working at Study Hut almost fell into my lap as I was recommended by a good friend who worked there.  To be honest, I went into the job thinking I would only work there for a couple months, but ended up falling in love with tutoring and “Hut Life” culture, and ended up rising to second in command as the assistant manager. Study Hut’s work environment that somehow blends being laid-back with working hard was the perfect fit for my personality, and honestly that “energy” is something I have yet to find anywhere else.

Study Hut truly is a job where the more you put in, the more you get back. When I was first hired, I was cautioned that it might be difficult for me to keep a full working schedule since I could not tutor high level math and science courses, which are obviously the most requested appointments. However, after just a couple months, I became consistently one of the most booked tutors because I was able to cultivate such positive relationships with my students. The “team” dynamic you build with your students becomes something you look forward to every week, and their victories to an extent feel like yours. Over time, seeing that “Aha!” moment when you help your student finally understand a concept that has been troubling him or her for weeks becomes something you look forward to. Watching your students succeed on any level, whether it’s an A on a test or getting into their dream colleges, is a level of job satisfaction that is hard to describe if you have not personally experienced it.

Study Hut Tutors, where are they now?

After about a 18 months of tutoring, I began pursuing my teaching credential, which was surprisingly easy to balance with Study Hut’s flexible hours. To be completely honest, I used every excuse I could to delay earning my credential because I loved working at Study Hut so much and did not feel ready to settle into a permanent teaching career at a nearby high school. I also knew that Study Hut’s great relationships with local schools and my participation in tutoring AVID in the Palos Verdes school district would be extremely helpful when my permanent teaching job search began. Long story short, I got such cold feet about starting a local teaching career that I started thinking about other options…really really far away options.

With love and encouragement from my Study Hut boss/bff Justin, I chased after one of my life-long dreams to work abroad and applied to a program to teach English in Budapest, Hungary. In a matter of weeks, I landed a job teaching at one of the best high schools in Budapest and was on a one-way flight before I really had time to reconsider.

I taught in Budapest for two years and fell in love with my new life, career, and city. Along the way, I was also able to travel to places in Europe I never imagined I would be able to visit, including cities I did not even know existed. Since international moves and career changes are now apparently my thing, I recently moved to Warsaw, Poland to accept a job working in marketing for a tech company that produces fitness club management software. This new job is definitely outside of my comfort zone compared to tutoring and teaching, but I am learning so much and finding new ways to utilize the English skills I taught my former students every day. I have no idea if this is going to be my permanent career or city, but I do know that I’m happy figuring it out one day at a time as I’m making this new country my home.

In retrospect, I don’t know if I would have had the courage to finish my application to teach in Hungary if Justin had not been my cheerleader along the way. I will never forget how supportive all of Study Hut’s management team was about my decision to leave, which definitely speaks to the culture of how Study Hut treats its employees. As a tutor, Study Hut will bend over backwards to help you grow within the company, but if and when your career pivots in a new direction, you will receive the same degree of unwavering support.

Working at Study Hut gave me so much than exposing me to my love and natural talent for teaching: it taught me how to work in a collaborative environment, how to multitask between my managerial and tutoring responsibilities, and how to channel my creative side in a business setting. Even when my schedule was stacked with back-to-back appointments of ACT Tutoring and College Application writing, I still genuinely loved going to work every day. Apart from seeing work as “fun,” I developed great friendships with colleagues and students alike, many of whom I still keep in contact with all the way from Poland.

So if you’re looking for the perfect post graduate job while you figure the rest of your life out, don’t sleep on Study Hut. Also, Justin, if this whole Poland thing doesn’t work out plz give me my job back.

El Segundo Algebra Tutor

January 20th, 2019

Who you are: A parent looking for an El Segundo algebra tutor.

Who we are: A tutoring center offering one-on-one sessions that utilize students’ strengths and gives them the academic and organizational skills they need to succeed in class — aka Study Hut El Segundo!

El Segundo algebra tutor

Q: Why Study Hut?

A: Many of those big tutoring companies think that a one size curriculum fits all, but we don’t! Our El Segundo algebra tutors offer tutoring that is individually tailored to suit each of our student’s needs. We emphasize empowering students with the specific tools they need to excel in algebra or in any class they need extra support in.

Plus, we work out of the comfort of our relaxed, cozy office conveniently located in downtown El Segundo. Whether they need help understanding trigonometry graphs or the quadratic equation or just need help keeping tracking of assignments, we got you covered!

Q: What are Study Hut tutors like?

A: All of our El Segundo algebra tutors are locally-based, college graduates that are experienced with tutoring key math concepts to students in easy to digest ways. Our goal is to break down the toughest concepts and strategies step-by-step, so your student knows the most straightforward way to solve any math problem without all the stress.

Our work is always a team effort. In order for your student to achieve the best results possible, our team is always in communication with one another, so they get the most out of their sessions with us.

Q: How does the whole process work?

A: For more information, please fill out the contact form on this page and we’ll get back to you by phone or email. We offer a free, 20-minute consultation where we can determine the best plan of action to help your student succeed with our El Segundo algebra tutors. Our approach is completely tailored to suit our students’ academic goals and needs, so we look forward to learning about how we can give you a helping hand.

With our El Segundo algebra tutors, students will not only get help with key math concepts that they’ll use for the rest of their academic careers, but they’ll also learn the tools that will help them stay organized and on top of their assignments. With Study Hut, we’re positive that your student will walk into their next algebra test feeling confident and assured!

Transition Year Tutoring at Study Hut

October 14th, 2018

Transition Year Tutoring

Transitioning into middle school or high school can be a scary prospect. Fortunately, Study Hut is here to help! The Summer can be a great time to learn or enhance those skills that will be critical to success at a new school. Students often find the expectations at their new school to be higher than what they’re used to. Study Hut will work with your student to create organization skills that will keep them on track and completing work on time. We’ll teach them how to set up an effective planner to stay on top of their work.

In this age of technology, we often find that students are resorting to taking photos on their devices instead of taking traditional notes. Study Hut will spend time with your student to help them learn to take effective electronic or paper notes, so they’ll get the most out of their lectures next year. We’ll also spend some time perfecting study skills so students can be studying for their classes in the most effective way possible and make the transition year as smooth as possible.

Transition Year Tutoring

In addition to higher expectations, students may also face harder content than they were used to in fifth or eighth grade. Study Hut can help your student get a jump start on some of the material they’ll face when they start school. Whether it is math, science, reading, or writing for future middle schoolers, or biology, algebra, geometry, or english for future high schoolers, we can help! We’ll start out with an assessment in their subject area to locate the areas that need the most work, and we’ll work through the Summer to build a solid foundation for the subject. Your student will be able to start the first day feeling confident and familiar with the material.

Study Hut knows it can be intimidating to start a new school with new classes and new material. Fortunately, Study Hut can alleviate those fears and get your student ready for the next few years in a new environment.

Check out our Summer page for more information on packages!

 

Consistent ACT SAT Preparation

October 9th, 2018

Consistent ACT SAT Preparation: The Key to Getting that High SAT or ACT Score

Being consistent can be challenging, especially when you are a junior in high school. You have a lot on your plate with your classes and you may be on a sports team, part of a club, or on student council. Now you have to start thinking about which colleges you might want to apply to next year and preparing to take the ACT or the SAT (sign up ). All of this can consume a lot of time and make it hard to find time in your academic or extracurricular performance to get ready for standardized tests – the SAT and the ACT. That being said, it is extremely important to remain consistent when you are preparing to take the ACT or the SAT. Having consistent ACT SAT preparation is key to succeeding on this important test.

ACT SAT Preparation

When you begin your ACT test prep or SAT test prep, it is important to create a study plan and stick to it. If you hire a tutor to help you with your ACT or SAT test prep, they can help create this study plan with you based on your specific needs. It is important to be consistent in the time you dedicate to ACT or SAT test prep. Choose a day and time that works best for you each week and dedicate this to test prep. This will ensure that you remain consistent in the time and effort you are putting in.

On that same note, it is important that you always do any homework or quizzes assigned to you by your test prep program or tutor. The purpose of these assignments is to give you extra exposure to ACT or SAT questions, but also to provide more practice on test-taking strategies. The more consistently you practice active reading and test-taking strategies, the more consistent you will be in implementing these while taking the test. Consistency in ACT or SAT test prep will better prepare you for taking the test and allow you to remain consistent in your other commitments as well.

If you have any questions about how to come up with such a schedule or get a consistent tutor for either of these tests, don’t hesitate to call Justin at the Redondo Beach Study Hut – 310-540-5888.  He is available and knowledgeable about what it takes to get the score you need to get into the school you want.

After School Tutoring

March 21st, 2018

After school tutoring is very helpful.  It is even more helpful is you are busy with sports.  In this article we will discuss how, like sports, in this case baseball, after school tutoring is very beneficial to help with the mental components of the rigors of school.

After school tutoring

Baseball is a beautiful game. Name another sport where as long as a player is successful three out of every ten at-bats they are considered an all-star. Often times, however, young players take this concept into their academics.  A three out of ten on a math test is “Bad News Bears” in terms of eligibility. And sadly, grades aren’t like batting averages or ERA’s.

In the long-term scheme of things, students are actually what matters.  High school athletes don’t have it easy. In fact, they have incredibly packed schedules that challenge them physically and mentally. Not only do they have class, homework and family obligations, but they have to make time for practices, games and workouts.  All this leads to added stress, and unfortunately added shortcuts. Many student-athletes, such as baseball players, feel like they don’t have enough time in the day and neglect their studies.  Study Hut exists for students of all types, including the busy baseball player. It’s tutors recognize how taxing student-athletes’ schedules can be considering many of them were once in their cleats.  Study Hut is as versatile as a star utility baseball player, as it’s open from 12 P.M. to 10 P.M., making time for even the busiest schedules.  Tutors address a student’s needs from individual subject matter to overall organization. They value teamwork first and foremost, as success in both the classroom and on the field rely on a number of people.  Think of a tutor as an scholastic coach. Although a player can try and learn a skill on their own, it’s a coach’s job is to help them master it.  Practice is key. Without it, the greats of the game would have never found their way to Cooperstown.  Step out onto the diamond that is Study Hut where each session is an hour-long practice toward higher academia.

 

Homework Help

March 8th, 2018

What does my child gain from getting homework help from a tutor?

While some of the students here at The Hut have specific subjects that they come in for help with, many of them, especially middle school and early high school students, come in for general homework help. Many of these students are already doing well in their classes, so it would be easy to question what benefit they get from “simply” doing their homework with a tutor.

Homework help

However, as many of our tutors can attest, even students who are completing their homework on time, turning their work in, and passing their tests are often still making mistakes in their homework habits that can come back to hurt them later on. For example, one student was getting all of the correct answers on her math homework and doing well on her math tests.

A simple answer check and grade check would have indicated that there was nothing she needed to work on with a tutor. However, with closer examination, her tutor realized that her work was a mess. She was skipping steps in her work by doing the math in her head, not putting new steps in the problem on a new line, and sometimes was making easy-to-avoid math errors because of this. In addition, when work isn’t neat, when students do start making mistakes it is very difficult for them to go back in their work and figure out where they went wrong—which makes it even harder to fix the mistake! When her tutor noticed the problems in her work, they worked together to figure out strategies that would work for her to make her work neater and to avoid making mistakes in the future. While homework mistakes like this can often slip under the radar during middle school when classes are still easy (at least relative to high school!), it is crucial for a tutor to catch them early on so that students have already solidified positive homework habits by the time they get to more difficult classes. In difficult classes, good homework habits can make the difference between an A and a B or between passing and not passing.

El Segundo High School Finals Tutoring

January 29th, 2018

El Segundo High School Finals tutoring is hot on everyone’s mind.  In what seems like a blur, the holidays are gone and the new year is off and running, straight into the finish line of semester one for our El Segundo School District students. High schoolers and middle schoolers will complete their final exams, papers, and projects this week, sealing their grades for the first half of the academic year 2017-2018. Here at Study Hut, we have been working hard to help our students prepare to perform their best on their final exams, and are keeping the pedal down through the home stretch!

El Segundo High School Finals Tutoring

In addition to signing up our students for El Segundo High School finals tutoring at Study Hut Tutoring, we had the opportunity last week to get onto the El Segundo High School campus to provide complimentary final exam tutoring for those students who chose to take advantage of the opportunity. We worked with about 100 students in subjects ranging from Algebra 1 & 2 , Geometry, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, to Spanish, English, Psychology, and History. We had a strong team of tutors on hand for four hours on Friday, eagerly answering questions, providing detailed conceptual breakdowns, evaluating practice problems, and otherwise supporting the ambitious students as they worked to gain academic momentum during their approach to final exams. What a pleasure it is to be welcomed onto the campus to provide this service, and to engage with students as they look to confidently enter final exams.

We will be busy this week working with our students until 10pm nightly. Final exams can be daunting to downright overwhelming, and Study Hut tutors are here to make this mountain into a molehill. With an appropriate and strategic approach, high-performing students know that final exams offer a time not only to be challenged, but to showcase the hard work and preparation that has defined the days and weeks leading to now.

For help with final exams, or to get a jump on success for semester two, please reach out to Alex, at alex@studyhut.com

El Segundo Middle School Tutoring

November 29th, 2017
Looking for an El Segundo middle school tutoring appointment?  Study Hut Tutoring, located on the corner of Cedar and Imperial Ave boasts tailored subject tutors to help you with every class. 
El Segundo Middle School tutoring

One-on-one El Segundo middle school tutoring brings benefits to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, but is particularly valuable during the transition years of middle school. Middle school is the time to develop important study skills to be successful in high school, and beyond. Study Hut El Segundo middle school tutoring provide students with support in single or multiple subjects, serve as academic coaches, teach study skills, and help prioritize tasks.

Study Hut El Segundo middle school tutoring appointments are tailored to help students with all of their challenging subjects, including: math, science, language arts, social studies, and foreign languages. The struggles that we commonly see with students across every subject, at every proficiency, are difficulties that arise from poor study skills. Study Hut students learn how to most effectively tackle their academic responsibilities, and are given guidelines to continue effective independent study. Along with supplemental practice, middle school tutors can help students learn which study method works best for them and what type of learner they are – visual, auditory, reading/writing, or kinesthetic. Helping a student identify the type of learner they are allows them to effectively study, therefore earning better grades in the long run.

Many struggles that students have stem from the inability to prioritize tasks and manage time. There are only 24 hours in a day, and when you factor out the time spent sleeping, time spent at school, and time needed for eating breakfast and dinner, it is no surprise that students can feel overwhelmed! Students often must contend with multiple tests in a week, or are confused about a topic in one of several subjects. Study Hut middle school tutors can help students plan out their studying, their assignments, and their weeks, reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. Honing in on these skills better prepares students for success in high school and their future endeavors, and is core part of Study Hut’s middle school support system.

The Best Palos Verdes Algebra Tutor

November 15th, 2017

Are you looking for a top-tier Palos Verdes algebra tutor?  If you are, you’ve come to the right place. The following article will give both students and parents a firsthand breakdown, top to bottom, regarding the important elements that a Palos Verdes algebra tutor will need in order to equip students.

Palos Verdes Algebra tutor

First of all, we need to have our basics down. It’s a lot less painful to practice math when we aren’t stumbling over the little steps that are present in every topic. We’re talking about order of operations (PEMDAS)—mastering it to understand how to simplify expressions and manipulate equations with confidence—as well as how positive and negative numbers interact under different situations. This second area—knowing how negative numbers add and multiply— provides a necessary foundation for mental math and logic.

The struggles that, we, as a collective Palos Verdes algebra tutor see most commonly with algebra students arise when adding/subtracting integers (as well as multiplying/dividing them), combining terms, and factoring goes awry. These struggles happen all across the student spectrum: we see them in students who are struggling in their classes, and with students who are doing amazingly well. If math is difficult for you, I really recommend you call Study Hut Tutoring, just down the hill in the Redondo Riviera to pair up with a top tier Palos Verdes algebra tutor.  Take time to go over the basics as you encounter them again in your current material and repair those long-forgotten errors. Review whenever you feel yourself struggling with anything you have done in the past; the more recently you originally learned it, the easier it will be cement it. If you’re a student who does well in math, make sure to be careful with the small things: as you move on from one step to the next, be cautious of small mistakes.

Most of the issues that algebra students tend to have, though, stem from a larger mistake: not showing all of their work. Forgot to add a like term or distribute a negative somewhere? Neglecting to properly write out each step was likely a cause. Made a calculation error somewhere along the line? Locating the mistake is going to be a lot easier if you’ve shown all your work. The reasons that students refrain from showing certain steps vary, as do the errors that tend to plague them as a result of it. But whether it stems from students’ overconfidence in their abilities with mental math or simply a lack of diligence in writing everything out, the result is always the same: red marks on tests and quizzes that could likely have been avoided had all of the work just been written out.

El Segundo Finals Tutoring

December 5th, 2016

El Segundo Finals Tutoring at its finest.  Study Hut offers one-on-one tutoring to help you succeed on test day.  Often times, your finals are worth 25% of your final grade.  It is worth it to study ahead of time in order to prep for these big exams.  If you are looking for El Segundo finals tutoring, you have come to right place.  Our tutors specialize by subject and we are familiar with the expectations of your teachers.  

El Segundo Finals tutoring

Come to Study Hut El Segundo for top-notch service in order to make a plan and study your weakest chapters first!

Finals Survival Guide

Finals are coming! They will be here sooner than you think—thankfully, Study Hut El Segundo tutors know all the tricks to surviving these oh-so-important tests.

  1. PLAN YOUR STUDY SCHEDULE

Got a half-hour break between class and volleyball? Read those chapters you’ve been sparknoting all semester.

  1. TAKE NOTES ON YOUR NOTES

Don’t just read your notes. Write down lessons that were a little more difficult in your own words, make flashcards, and quiz yourself.

  1. FORM A STUDY GROUP

Ask your teacher if you and a few classmates can use their classroom during lunch, before school, or after school once a week to go over lessons. If you guys get stuck, BOOM, ask your teacher right away.

  1. USE A TUTOR

It’s far into the semester and you are still SO LOST. Don’t give up—get a tutor. A breakdown of foundational concepts can be the difference between passing and failing the exam.  

  1. SLEEP THE NIGHT BEFORE

This is not the time to cram in material. But you know this already, right?

If you have any specific questions or you’re eager to begin making a plan for finals, please email alex@studyhut.com or call 310-648-8526

El Segundo Finals Tutoring books up quickly so please call now to reserve your spot.