West Torrance High School Finals Cram Session

January 25th, 2018

What a wonderful year it was for the West Torrance High School Finals Cram Session in the library this year.  Tension and angst run higher than usual amongst West Torrance High School students this week, predictably of course.  The stress of Finals week finds a way to creep into almost every high school campus in California, and Torrance Unified School District students are not immune to the phenomenon.  That is why Study Hut once again partnered with West Torrance High School over the weekend and sponsored a massive, two-day, Finals cram session.  The event was a huge success, attracting over 200 students and more than 20 Study Hut tutors over the course of the two-day event.  According to one Study Hut geometry tutor, JP Birk, “This was the most successful Finals cram session event that we have held at West to date.  I have never seen such an eager group of students; these young men and women were prepared in advance with notes, previous tests and quizzes, and study guides.”

West Torrance High School Finals Cram session

Finals tutoring at the West Torrance High School Finals Cram session is nothing new for Study Hut.  We have sponsored and supported the event for over five years, providing study support twice each year as students gear up for their most heavily-weighted, comprehensive exams.  Although tutoring is provided in all subject areas, the most popular, in-need subject areas are typically geometry, chemistry, biology, algebra, and Spanish.

This year, the biology tutoring table had the best energy, by far.  Students were eagerly taking notes and asking questions about ecosystems, parts of the cell, and other foundational components of the study of life.  Although biology is always a tough class, and students have always sought a tutor for the subject, the demand for biology tutoring has still been on the rise this year, so the idea that West Torrance students are mirroring that trend is no surprise.  Regardless of the surge in biology tutoring interest, the Finals cram session still went off without a hitch, and many students got a huge advantage on this week’s exams.

Study Hut: Then & Now

June 7th, 2011

If pushed to describe the biggest change I have seen at the Study Hut from A year ago to today, I think I could some it up in one word: Organization. There is a fancy new scheduling system and absolutely no confusion when a student comes in; the managers know exactly where the students are going and when they are going to be here. Of course I may not be in the inner circle, but it certainly seems there are no mishaps or surprises, at least on the staff side of The Hut.

Of course this wouldn’t be any sort of claim if the Study Hut had many less students than it did before, but this couldn’t be farther from the case. The Hut is BOOMING right now, with more students and Tutors than ever before, and the space to accommodate all of them. I’ve tutored kids from Palos Verdes High, Peninsula High, West Torrance High, and know a few students from my alma mater, Chadwick High School. All in all there has been incredible expansion, and all without making any compromises and concessions, but rather with an impressive

The Study Hut is more streamlined than ever. The hitches that face many young enterprises are all but forgotten, with near seamless scheduling and communication between tutors, supervisors, students, and parents alike. Students are learning and excelling academically more than ever with one-on-one tutors who are more than qualified, with many, if not most, of my peers in graduate programs and experts in more than one field of study. To top it all off, the fun, energetic, friendly core of Study Hut that I grew to love a year ago is itself booming. The tutors love their students and the students their tutors. People are learning, and having fun doing it. Rather than pressure students with the threat of grades or financial success, students here focus on their academics because they are working with tutors whose opinions the students genuinely care about. I feel very grateful and proud to once again be associated with the Study Hut name!

Finals prep at West High confirmed!

May 9th, 2011

Mark your calendars! Study Hut Tutoring and West Torrance High School will once again be partnering to offer FREE tutoring to all students prior to Final exams. The sessions will be coordinated again by West High Librarian Ms. Mary Lou Cordaro, and with the blessing of Principal Egan.

Finals prep tutoring will be provided in small group format based on the subject area of need. Translation: If your student is struggling in geometry class, he or she will be asked to work in an area with other students whom are similarly struggling with geometry, and with a tutor who is very knowledgeable and strong with geometry.

Both Finals preparation sessions will be held in the school library, and students MUST sign up in advance at the library with Ms. Cordaro. Space is extremely limited, and spots will be offered on a first come, first served basis. We had over 100 students each day during first semester Finals in January. The dates and times of the Finals prep sessions are as follows:

Friday, June 10th: 3-5 p.m.
Saturday, June 11th: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For those of you who are not familiar with Study Hut Tutoring, we are a team of young, local tutors, fresh out of college. We have offices in Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, and El Segundo, and we have served families and students throughout the South Bay for over five years.