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Let Your Child Spend Vacant Time with Winter Break Tutors, Santa Clarita

At the end of each winter season, students take a break from schools and many of them will recede into the comfort of their home – out from the biting cold of the freezing temperature. And, for wise parents who do not want to waste their children’s vacant time, they hire in-home winter break tutors, Santa Clarita.

Others might find it ironic to get students into a tutoring program when they are supposed to be on a break-from-school-activities time. However, here’s the truth that one must realize – winter break tutoring programs can be designed in a kind of setup that is totally different from that of school’s. Shall we say, a program can be customized in a way that is more fun and more encouraging and enticing.

If you are having a second thought on whether or not to hire from the available winter break tutors, Santa Clarita, here are some compelling reasons that might convince you to do so.

It’s an opportunity to brush up with subjects previously tackled at school. There are particular areas in your student’s subjects that need revisiting and this can be done ideally during winter break when there’s an ample time to do it. The review can be more effective when your student is guided by a tutor who is an expert in navigating the academic subject areas that your student needs some improvement. The identification of these areas can be done through prior assessment.

Opens door to learning new skills and knowledge. Winter break tutoring also allows your student to learn new knowledge across different areas of learning – be it a new strategy in solving mathematical problems or crafting better writing composition. An experienced tutor can identify the best approaches for your student to learn more effectively.

Helps develop interpersonal relations. As your student takes a winter tutoring program, you are giving him not just an opportunity to learn more about their subjects, but also, you are opening a portal for him to improve in interpersonal relation skills, which can make him more confident to face different people from different walks of life.

Provides an opportunity for parents to be part of the assessment. Last but not the least, winter break tutoring also provides you, the parent, an opportunity to be part of the learning process. The tutoring program can be custom-designed in such a way that gives you a chance to participate in the learning process, to provide some inputs, and give some help in giving final assessment.

Looking for winter break tutors, Santa Clarita? Contact us today at (661) 977-1629.

“Insanity Is Doing The Same Thing Over And Over Again And Expecting Different Results”

– Albert Einstein

statistics tutorBy the time you read this article, most people’s New Year’s Resolutions will have been abandoned. WHY IS TRUE CHANGE SO DIFFICULT?

In my experience, it usually stems from three things:
– Inadequate motivation
– Wishful thinking
– Trying to do too much, too fast

Inadequate Motivation: Changing study habits and school performance is particularly difficult because children have a hard time seeing the long term consequences of their bad habits, while the television watching or video games they have to give up to make the changes provide immediate and positive strokes. We parents have to create much more immediate consequences to drive our children to change those bad habits. For example, you might help things along by eliminating your child’s clothing allowance and money for entertainment. Reinforce the lesson by reminding them that in life, when people do poorly in their jobs (a child’s primary job is their education) they get fired and lose their income.

Wishful Thinking: I meet with parents every day who know how far behind their child is in school and yet still resist making changes to their child’s commitments, schedules and habits. They hope that somehow, things will just change, and that learning and grades will turn around on their own. Instead, they need some changed priorities and a time-tested plan to succeed. That plan, almost certainly, will not be to “do what you’ve always done.”

Changing Too Much, Too Fast: The literature is full of data showing how bad we humans are at making big changes. When we undertake big changes all at once, we inevitably slip up, and when we do, we give up. There is persuasive evidence that making small continuous changes is far more effective. Don’t worry, these small, “compounding” changes will ultimately create large results. But start small if you want changes to stick.

If you are struggling to help your child change their academic performance, feel free to call me. We specialize in making lasting improvements in learning and I’m always happy to talk about education with anyone, anytime. Happy New Year!

By |2014-10-30T06:06:04+00:00October 30th, 2014|Effective Learning, in-home tutoring|0 Comments

The Two Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Purchasing Tutoring

TutorsMathMost parents come to me looking to help their students turn around bad grades, improve understanding, and restore confidence. Parents are right to seek out one-on-one in home tutoring to deal with these problems. One-on-one tutoring from a subject expert, hand matched to the personality and learning style of each student is by far the most effective solution to these academic problems. Unfortunately, many parents unknowingly undermine much of what tutoring can accomplish by making two mistakes, sometimes with catastrophic consequences. Here they are:

Beginning Tutoring Too Late: One-on-one tutoring is expensive enough that many parents try everything else first. The problem is that by the time their other options are exhausted, too many bad test scores and homework grades have been recorded, and too much material has to be re-taught. The end result of this delay in starting is a lower final grade, and actually higher costs trying to overcome a more desperate situation when much of the semester is over.

Allocating Too Little Time For Tutoring: After tutoring more than a quarter of a million students, we at Santa Clarita In Home Tutoring have a lot of data about what it takes to turn around bad grades and overcome understanding problems. It takes 3 hours per week of tutoring for about 60 days to make a 2 letter-grade improvement with an expert tutor. There is hard work to be done, material to relearn, and good grades to record. In spite of this, many parents ask to try an hour or two of tutoring per week to start, figuring that they can always add more if necessary. Again, this is exactly the wrong approach. Not only does it fly in the face of decades of experience, but by the time the parents realize that they haven’t provided enough tutoring, their child’s grades and knowledge gaps are often too big to close by semester’s end.

If you truly want to fix grade problems, build a solid knowledge base, and restore your child’s knowledge base, then start early, and provide enough tutoring immediately. You can always dial back once things are on the right track. That is the proven formula for success.

By |2018-08-23T20:56:15+00:00September 30th, 2014|Effective Learning, in-home tutoring|0 Comments

Three Essential Mid-Semester Tips

geometry tutorsThe end of school is around the corner. To keep good grades within reach and to finish strong, watch out for these three important things:
(1) Letting Burnout Settle In
(2) Missing Opportunities To Repair Bad Grades And Earn Extra Credit
(3) “Cramming” For Final Exams

Now, eight months into the school year, most students are tired and overworked. The homework workload from our schools is huge. Sports and other activities take their toll too, making for crammed schedules and late nights trying to keep up. Yet this final four to six weeks of school can make the difference between good and poor grades. Fight distraction and burnout by setting and rewarding short-term goals. Keep the mood positive and the focus clear by celebrating each small success.

Know now whether your child’s grades are in trouble. Get on your school’s online portal and check their grades. If your child has missing assignments, see if they can still be turned in. If they have bad test grades, see if the tests can be retaken. Many teachers offer extra credit opportunities so students can compensate for bad grades earlier in the semester. Even if your child’s teacher has not suggested this, many are open to it if the student approaches them. Now is the time to explore these options, before preparing for final exams becomes the focus and there is no time to do extra credit work.

High school and middle school students will soon have tests that cover material from much or all of the semester. Most students will “cram” for these tests last minute. The problem is that cramming doesn’t work when you have to retain lots of information, or retain it for a long time. Instead, start studying early and in small pieces to insure good long-term recall. Early preparation for finals also allows your child time to identify the material that they did not really understand the first time and get help. Whether they get assistance over lunchtime from their teacher or from a tutor, now is the time to start because it is harder to find help at the very end of the semester when everyone is frantically busy.

By |2014-08-30T06:02:46+00:00August 30th, 2014|Effective Learning, in-home tutoring|0 Comments

Three Essentials Keys To Finishing The Semester Strong

Math Tutor SaugusAs the end of the 2013-2014 school-year approaches, students must keep good grades within reach to finish strong. Here are three important things to keep an eye on:
(1) Avoiding burnout and spring fever
(2) Taking Advantage Of Opportunities To Repair Bad Grades And Earn Extra Credit
(3) Studying Effectively For Finals Instead Of Cramming Last Minute

It’s late April and many students are starting to burn out. Spring is in the air, bringing lots of distractions too. Yet, this is the worst time for students to take their eye off the ball at school. The last four to six weeks of the school year often make the difference between good and average grades. Fight distraction and burnout by setting and rewarding short-term goals. Keep the mood positive and the focus clear by celebrating each small success. Try to avoid other commitments until school is done.

Don’t wait to find out that your child’s grades are in trouble. Get online and check their “infinite campus” accounts. If they have missing assignments, see if the work can still be turned in. If they have bad test grades, see if those tests can be retaken. Many teachers offer extra credit opportunities so students can compensate for problems earlier in the semester. Even if your child’s teacher has not suggested this, many teachers are open to it if the student approaches them. Start now, before the crunch of final exams starts.

High school and middle school students will soon have tests that cover material from the entire semester. Most students will “cram,” last minute. Cramming doesn’t work when you have to retain lots of information, or retain it for a long time. Starting early and using the right studying approaches for long-term recall is very important. Do a little every day. Starting early also allows your child to identify material that they did not fully understand the first time and needs re-teaching. Whether this is done over lunchtime with their teacher or at home with a professional tutor, now is the time to start. It is harder to get help at the very end of the semester when everyone is already tied up.

Mary Beth Inchalik is the President of Santa Clarita In Home Tutoring. She has over 20 years of combined regular and special education teaching experience from elementary school through high school. Contact her at (661) 977-1629 or

By |2018-08-23T20:58:42+00:00June 30th, 2014|Effective Learning, in-home tutoring|0 Comments

How To Build Your Vocabulary For The SAT

A good vocabulary is essential to the Critical Reading portion of the SAT test. Both the sentence completion questions and the reading passages themselves are full of words many students have never seen before. So, how do you build an effective vocabulary?

First, let’s start with what NOT to do. You cannot study a long list of frequently used words from past SAT Critical Reading tests for a few weeks before you take the exam and expect any meaningful result. The human mind was not built for soaking up and retaining information over that short a period of time.

Instead, here are a few approaches that we use very effectively in our award-winning SAT prep tutoring programs:

  • Learn a fundamental set of Latin and Greek word roots so that you can decode many of the words you have never seen before. The SAT test designers always find some obscure words you are unlikely to have seen before, and good decoding skills, plus the ability to extract meaning from context of the sentence are critical.
  • Spend 30 minutes, several times each week for 3 months (that’s right MONTHS!) working to memorize and use the most common 250-500 SAT vocabulary words. This will not only help your reading comprehension and your SAT reading score, but it will improve your essay writing as well.
  • Keep a spiral bound notebook with you every time take an SAT practice test (and yes, you should be practicing taking full length SAT tests so that you improve your speed, your concentration, and your familiarity with the test format.) When you run into a word you do not know, look it up, write down its definition, and use it in a sentence.
  • Read, read and read some more. Aim for grade level appropriate books and beyond, not the easy page-turners. Include newspapers, especially those targeted at an educated audience like the Wall Street Journal.

Strong vocabularies take time to build, there are no short cuts. But they are not just important on the SAT test. A good vocabulary will enhance your reading comprehension and writing skills- both essential to success in college and in the real world thereafter!

By |2014-06-18T14:21:39+00:00June 18th, 2014|in-home tutoring|0 Comments

New Study: 21st Century Skills Learned in School Positively Correlated with Job Success

New York, NY – A study released today suggests new relationships between skills development, job success, and school. The study, 21st Century Skills and the Workplace: A 2013 Microsoft Partners in Learning and Pearson Foundation Study, conducted by Gallup, confirms the positive connection between the development of the competencies known as 21st century skills – critical thinking, real world problem solving, collaboration and communication skills – and future job success. Importantly, more than half of those surveyed (59%) said that they developed the skills they use at their current job outside of school.

The findings of the study, conducted by Gallup from April 26-30, 2013 among 1,014 individuals aged 18-35 who are either employed or students, also indicates that individuals with college degrees were more likely to have developed 21st century skills than those with a high school diploma. For example, 50% of college graduates have experience working on real-world problem solving projects, compared to 28% of high school graduates. However the youngest individuals in the study (age 18-22) were more likely than those between the ages of 23-35 to have employed 21st century skills—findings that indicate greater development of these skills in the high school years among the younger students.
The survey also looked at the correlation between student success, the classroom environment, and teacher-student relationships and found that young Americans who have teachers who care about them and know their aspirations and dreams were much more likely to have developed the key 21st century skills that are a predictor of work success.

“This survey tells us that young people know for themselves what educators already understand: that an individual’s ability to thoughtfully employ skills like critical thinking, real world problem solving, collaboration and communication correlate directly with their ability to succeed,” said Pearson Foundation President and CEO Mark Nieker. “Just as important, young people also understand that these 21st century skills have a big hand in shaping their chance for success both in- and out-of-school.”

By |2014-05-30T09:00:36+00:00May 30th, 2014|Effective Learning, in-home tutoring|0 Comments

The New 3 R’s

Tutor Santa Clarita CAOK, I’m taking a little poetic license to make a point. But in the United States, a ‘Rithmetic Revolution is Required (the new 3-R’s). We are in danger of having our entire way of life undermined by our poor performance in Science and Math Education.

America, and especially California is the home of innovation, of high-technology, and of world leading entrepreneurship. Silicon Valley is our “poster child” for technical and innovation excellence. But, without a Revolution in Math and Science Education, we are in trouble.

US Students recently finished 25th in math and 17th in science in the ranking of 31 countries by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. 25 years ago, the US led the world in high school and college graduation rates. Now we rank 20th and 16th respectively. These statistics are sobering. But are they important?

You bet they are. Studies project that 60% of the new jobs in the 21st century will require skills possessed by only 20% of the current workforce. Two thirds of these new jobs will require a strong knowledge of math and science.

We are lucky here in the Santa Clarita Valley. Our public schools are good, and our parents push their children to excel It is a good combination. But we cannot lose sight of the fact that solid math and science skills are going to be essential for our children to succeed. This means more than just getting good grades, it means mastering these math and science skills so they are second nature.

As I’ve written before, Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry are building block skills that must be totally fluent for the 21st century worker. Too many of our students grasp the skills only long enough to get a good grade and then struggle in more advanced classes when they are expected to know these mathematical basics backwards and forwards.

If your child struggles with math, or just isn’t fast enough and comfortable enough to do their math quickly, now is the time to cement these skills. Only this will build a foundation strong enough to support the higher level math and science knowledge they will need to succeed in higher education and in the workforce.

Mary Beth Inchalik is the President of Santa Clarita In Home Tutoring. She has over 20 years of combined regular and special education teaching experience from elementary school through high school. Contact her at (661) 977-1629 or

With A Class Size Of One, The Sky’s The Limit

Study after study shows the enormous power of one-on-one tutoring. The reasons are as obvious as they are compelling. The instruction is delivered at a pace that is comfortable for each student. The subjects are presented in the way best suited to each student’s learning style. The tutor can add depth and meaning to subjects that just can’t be delivered in crowded classrooms where the teacher is under the gun to race through the curriculum.

With one-on-one tutoring delivered in the comfort of the home, the experienced tutor can form a bond that just cannot be created in a one to many classroom environment. The result is great grades and a level of interest and motivation that just doesn’t happen in larger groups, or when the instruction is delivered by software, or by a less qualified teacher.

On Average, Our Students Improve 2 Letter Grades In 60 Days Or Less

Yes, that may sound unbelievable. But at Santa Clarita In Home Tutoring, we have tutored nearly a half a million students over the past twenty years, and the data doesn’t lie. One of our expert tutors, working one-on-one with a motivated student can do remarkable things. Just three hours of tutoring each week, focused directly on the problem subject, using the student’s own classroom materials and curriculum, will deliver rapid improvements in understanding, and raise the student’s homework grades, and quiz and test grades. The payback goes beyond better grades too. The student is more confident, less stressed and develops a stronger foundation for future classes.

The Secret Is A Team Of Expert, Experienced, Kind, Caring, Professional One-On-One Tutors, Completely Committed To Your Academic Success

Each of our tutors at Santa Clarita In Home Tutoring is a valued and trusted employee. Every tutor submits to a comprehensive background check, is thoroughly reference checked, agrees to drug testing, and either has a teaching degree or a college degree in an important specialty PLUS experience teaching or tutoring. And we don’t just stop there. We do competency testing and extra training with our tutors.

What we deliver is a far cry from the questionable tutoring you will find on Craigslist, or from a tutoring broker who just scours the classified ads to find someone who looks like they fit your needs. It’s also a far cry from the kind of software-assisted instruction overseen by high school students that you see at so many tutoring facilities. The difference is quite tangible- it means faster grade improvement, better learning, all in a safe environment working with a true expert. Call us today to find out how a hand-selected, experienced, professional tutor, matched precisely to your needs, can make a difference in your life!