Manhattan Beach History Tutor

March 10th, 2019

Are you looking for an experienced and qualified Manhattan Beach
History Tutor? Study Hut Manhattan Beach is the best and most unique
place to go. Not only do we provide exclusive one-on-one tutoring in a
variety of subjects, but on top of that, we can definitely help your
child get on a good track in his or her History class.

Manhattan Beach History Tutor

Achieving good grades in a History class usually has a lot to do with
planning, study skills, and constant organization, because of the
magnitude of information students are required to master. Thus, we
place a huge emphasis on these areas of focus and will make sure your
child is never in a place where they are not prepared. Study Hut
students make and study tools like flashcards, outlines, or timelines.
Our Manhattan Beach History tutors aren’t just successful with
students because they know the material involved. Our tutors excel in
teaching and helping the student feel independently confident about
their own abilities.

Whether your child is struggling or just wants to bump up his or her
grade a little bit, our Manhattan Beach History tutors are available
to help. We’re here to guide note taking, help make flashcards, explain
difficult concepts, make quizzes, and anything else you might want
help with. The first step in improving a grade is admitting that you
need help, and Study Hut Manhattan Beach is as welcoming and friendly
a place as ever, so we are excited to hear from you about how we can
meet your needs and raise those grades!

Thanksgiving: Good-Bye College Apps

November 20th, 2018

What are you thankful for this school year? Here at Study Hut Consulting, we balance our love for Thanksgiving with our duty to accurately teach US History (among other AP courses!). It can be a tall order, conveying both the joy of life and the understanding of hard facts. Many of our college hopefuls have submitted their first applications into the world — they can tell you all about this juggling act, as well. 

Thanksgiving: End of College Apps

Yes, if anything is more bittersweet than cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving, it would have to be farewells to my college applications students. I have gotten to know them better than their teachers through hours of one-on-one tutoring. We’ve conducted our interview, learned the art of essay writing, practiced idea generation and organization, and finally, distilled their personalities into a finely-crafted set of essays. As a tutor, I lose myself in the sheer excitement of the craft. But when that first “Submit” button gets pressed, it all needs to be perfect. At Study Hut Consulting, I’m proud to say that it is. 

For those students who may be reading — those, perhaps, without someone to guide them — let me tell you this: Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday for writing college essays. Let me explain. So many of my students walk in my door thinking they have nothing to say. College applications are so competitive, what can one “normal” kid possibly write about? And yet, student after student leaves with a unique, heartfelt essay. College writing, it turns out, is an act of discovery. Get excited about your life, rejoice in the smallest of moments, because even they can show your character. In short: be Thankful.  

And it’s true, sometimes you need a fresh set of eyes to see just how unique you are. That’s where our college admissions team can help. We know every student has a story to tell. We’ve helped tell quite a few. So as you sit down to write (we suggest starting with the Contact Form), ask yourself: what will you be thankful for next year?

Transition from 8th to 9th Grade

November 5th, 2018

Anyone who has gone to high school remembers the transition from 8th to 9th grade. From schoolwork to socialization, everything seems a little more difficult and a lot more important. High school can certainly be challenging, but with great challenges comes great rewards. Establishing patterns of academic success in 9th grade sets students up for an awesome high school career. No one is better suited to help students have a smooth transition into 9th grade than our team of experienced tutors here at the Study Hut!

Transition from 8th to 9th Grade

All of our tutors are college graduates from top universities, and many of our tutors graduated from local high schools. Since our inception in 2006, we’ve helped hundreds of high school students achieve their academic dreams. What are the secrets to our success? All of our tutors are experts in high school subject matter. What’s more, our expertise is not limited to helping students with homework and tests. Our staff is trained to arm students with useful study techniques and organizational skills.

Here’s how the process goes: all of our tutoring sessions are one-on-one where students meet weekly with the same tutor, developing a rapport. Our tutors work with students to make sure students are using their planners to track nightly assignments and create study schedules for projects and exams. We teach students to effectively plan ahead with projects and assignments. It’s a lot harder to get away with cramming in high school than it is in middle school. We also help students keep their folders and binders organized. We’re allergic to crumpled up papers at the bottom of backpacks!

Here at the Study Hut, we love what we do, and we really care about our students. We know how to create a stress-free environment and inspire students to plan for their tests, take ownership of their schoolwork, and rock their first year of high school! Our tutors know what it takes to succeed in high school, and understand how difficult the transition from 8th grade to 9th grade can be. By the same token, we know how rewarding success in 9th grade can be. Early success in high school can set the tone for the rest of a student’s academic career, so don’t hesitate to call the Study Hut!

Freshman Year of High School Counts

October 16th, 2018

Freshman year of high school can be overwhelming. All of a sudden, your school is the size of a small city, the students you pass in the hallway have facial hair, and your classwork becomes a heck of a lot harder. Colleges understand that the freshman experience is one of acclimation more than acceleration, even for the most gifted students. Having said that, there’s a dangerous misconception that the freshman year of high school doesn’t count at all. Here at the Study Hut, we want to dispel that myth. The maiden voyage of high school does count, and if it goes something like the Titanic’s, that could be a problem.

Freshman Year of High School Does Count

Freshman year grades are a slim, diet-sized slice of the pie chart of factors colleges consider–but they are a factor. If a student’s freshman report card reads like the sound of a deflating tire, colleges will take notice. Some say that if a student’s freshman year grades fall between so-so and oh-no, the student will be alright if they show steady improvement throughout the remainder of high school. In a lot of cases, this is true, but improving steadily is easier said than done. If a student gets Cs and Ds, C-and-D work ethic and study habits got them there. Those poor patterns can be tough to break, especially because classes get harder the further a student progresses.  

Contrary to popular belief, we at the Study Hut believe freshman year counts. Colleges consider freshman year grades. Equally important, students establish academic habits, for better or worse, which will endure throughout their academic careers. Here at the Hut, our tutors are trained to instill in students the skills they need to ace the first stop on the path to college. We teach students to track their assignments effectively, create study plans tailored to their unique schedules, and learn accountability. Our tutors have an masterful grasp of the high school curriculum and can help with any and all subjects. If you’ve got the freshman year blues, stop by or give us a call!

 

Summer Math Tutoring in Manhattan Beach

October 9th, 2018

Manhattan Beach Summer Math Tutoring

Math in the summer can sometimes feel like a drag. We get it! You’d rather be outside enjoying the beach and soaking up the sun. The truth is though, it doesn’t have to be so hard. At Manhattan Beach Summer Math Tutoring we give you an empowering math experience without all the gloomy pressure of a forced study session. We embody the laid back but professional vibe of all the beach communities in everything we do. Palm trees, snacks, and laughs are seen and heard all around because we make learning a fun community experience. All of our tutors work extremely hard to bond with students and make them feel comfortable, prepared, and confident with all the math skills in the book.

Why not just wait for the year to roll around? During the school year teachers are rushed and overloaded and it’s easy for them to fall behind. News flash, it happens to well-meaning students all the time and it happens to the best of teachers too.  At Manhattan Beach Summer Math Tutoring we’re all recent college grads who’ve taken those same classes, had all the hard teachers, and understand the struggles of math in school. We remember a little trick that might have been missed or a small detail not quite relayed and we can catch those errors before they become learning roadblocks. We see it every year! A little extra help in the summer can oftentimes be the difference between a year of profound growth and a flurry of stress-induced headaches.  What’s the difference between a hyperbola and a parabola? How much is 4 times 13 really? We cover it all, from a to z, with a joy for learning and an openness to help you succeed.

Summer math tutoring in Manhattan Beach

At Manhattan Beach Summer Math Tutoring we want more than anything to help make your learning experience memorable, successful, and enjoyable. It’s so easy to ensure a great year by taking the time to invest in your skills this summer! Check out our summer page to learn more!

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.

Back to School Newport Beach Tutoring

September 10th, 2018

Are you looking for back to school Newport Beach Tutoring?

Back to school newport beach tutoring

While our local Mater Dei, Sage Hill School, and other local private school students have been back in full swing for several weeks, Labor Day Weekend marks the official end of summer for our Newport-Mesa USD students.  Accordingly, this has been a busy week at Study Hut for students from Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor High School, and Ensign Middle School.

As we see each and every year, the advantages of getting off to an early start are numerous.  There are a lot of students that begin back to school Newport Beach Tutoring at Study Hut on day one because of the many benefits.  The points earned on homework assignments, tests, and quizzes in September are worth just as much as the points earned during Final exams in December and January, so there is no reason for nonchalance.  Quite to the contrary, students who put their best foot forward early and often almost always reap the benefits of being prepared.

That is why top students at Ensign, Newport Harbor, and Corona del Mar have been on the waiting list here at Study Hut Newport Beach for several weeks, and they are now all filing in for their preferred weekly times.  As the semester carries on, these students will have their first-choice days and time slots permanently throughout the year, even if they need to cancel one week for one reason or another.  They will also be entitled to priority booking when it comes to Finals tutoring, which is always our most in-demand time of year.

 

Whether your son or daughter is in need of single-subject tutoring at Newport Harbor High School in an area like biology or geometry, or he or she needs help across the board as a 7th grader at Ensign with organization, study skills, and exam preparation, we are here to help you at Study Hut Newport Beach with all of the tools and expertise that keep our students coming back year after year.

For appointments, please email sp@studyhut.com

When to Start Tutoring

March 19th, 2018

When to start tutoring…something parents ponder as their child matriculates.  Parents are often curious about when the ideal age is to start one-on-one academic tutoring.  The truth is, the right age to begin tutoring has more to do with the specific needs of the student as opposed to turning a certain age.  At the Study Hut, we have tutors that specialize in working with students of all ages, from kindergarteners to graduate students.  When we are evaluating a child’s educational needs, our goal is to focus in on the student’s unique situation and provide customized individual tutoring.

When to start tutoring

So while we see each student as unique, academic needs in general tend to fall into three categories. Some students are doing OK in all of their classes with the exception of one subject where they need help.  In this case, the student can benefit from extra one-on-one instruction, assistance completing homework, and individualized attention while preparing for tests and quizzes in that class.

Others are dealing with challenges in multiple subjects.  In this case it is especially important to disregard the student’s age and simply get them the support they need as soon as the problem is identified.  Students can gain tremendously from working with a tutor to learn basic study skills such as organization or how to effectively study.  These techniques are often not taught in school, yet they are the very tools kids need to be academically successful.  Poor grades at any age can cause students to feel frustrated and over time can lead to self-identifying as a “bad student”.  This is a difficult scenario to reverse.

The third type of need we encounter is when someone is preparing for entrance to a private school or college.  This often involves studying for a standardized test and potentially writing essays for the application.  If a student is preparing for the ISEE or HSPT it is recommended to start studying at least six months before the test date, if not sooner.  Tenth grade is a good time for students taking the ACT or SAT to come in to the Study Hut for a free practice test.

Just as we would never recommend a “one-size-fits-all” approach to tutoring, we do not have a standardized rule of thumb for what a good age is to begin tutoring.  If you are dealing with a child who is struggling academically, whether it is in elementary, middle, or high school: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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

When Should I Stop Tutoring My Child Myself?

January 17th, 2018

When should I stop tutoring my child myself?

When a child first enters school it is usually easy to help him or her out with homework.  Parents often plan on continuing to provide after-school help for as long as possible.  The question then becomes: when should I stop tutoring my child myself?  While there is no one correct answer to this question, we have put together a list of red flags that it may be time to look into getting outside help.

  1. School has become a source of conflict in your relationship.  Many parents are intellectually capable of doing the school work their child is asked to complete at home.  Issues can arise however, when the student is not receptive to the parent’s teaching style.  Parenting is a job that requires wearing many hats.  From convincing kids to consider the benefits of leafy greens to early bedtimes, most seasoned parents agree that it is important to pick one’s battles.  If homework and grades are causing stress and arguments, tutoring can be a tool that not only addresses academics, but also prevents additional strain on the parent-child relationship.
  2. Academic goals are not being met.  Report cards have just come out – and the results are in.  If your child’s grades did not reflect his or her intelligence or potential, it is time to rethink learning strategies.  A tutor can take a global look at a student’s strengths and weaknesses to pinpoint what is going wrong.  Is the child unprepared for tests? Disorganized and missing assignments? Or maybe he or she is bored in a group setting and needs more personalized attention in order to engage in the material?  Whatever the case may be, disappointing grades are a sign that it is time to take a different approach.
  3. Too many time constraints.  Juggling a household full of busy schedules is no easy feat.  Between soccer practice, the orthodontist, and getting dinner on the table, the remaining time left in the evening is nothing short of a precious commodity.  If your family has a lot going on in the after-school hours, if you feel like you are spreading yourself too thinly between your children, work, and maintaining a household, help is out there.  People delegate tasks to house cleaners, dog walkers, gardeners and personal chefs not necessarily because they are incapable of doing it themselves, rather it is a choice that frees up valuable time.  With the help of a tutor families can continue to prioritize academics without having to run themselves ragged fitting in all the many competing after-school time commitments.