Winter Break Tutors Santa Clarita CA

Help your child get ahead of the curve with a winter break study session!

If your child has been struggling academically working with a tutor over winter break in Santa Clarita may be exactly what they need to get caught up.

For many students winter break provides some much needed relief from the stresses of school.

However the few weeks off between the two semesters often causes students who struggle with retention to fall behind. In order to assure that your child doesn’t lose any of the information that they have learned in the fall, you may want to hire a tutor to work with them.

Winter break tutoring sessions can also be used for SAT prep.

Hiring a winter break tutor in Santa Clarita

Finding a winter break tutor is easy when you use our tutoring services. Our experienced tutors are dedicated to making learning fun for students. We customize our programs to work with students where they need help the most. Our staff assesses each child and then creates a unique study plan that suits their learning style.

Our commitment is to making sure that students are able to succeed.

Any child can improve! If your child is struggling academically the winter break is an excellent opportunity to provide them with one or two extra study sessions with one of our winter break tutors in Santa Clarita. Tutoring is a proven way to help kids understand their classroom materials so that they can improve their grades.

By |2018-08-23T20:50:30+00:00December 23rd, 2015|Tutor, Tutors Santa Clarita CA, Winter Break Tutors|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 marybethinch@yahoo.com.

3 Hidden Reasons Students Struggle

When parents or students contact us for tutoring help, it is invariably because they are concerned about poor grades. Getting a student back on track and getting grades up must be the first priority. But, understanding why the student was struggling in the first place is critical to providing them with the tools to excel after our tutoring stops. But to provide the best help possible, we have to dig deeper and understand why the student is struggling.

To be sure, some times the student is only struggling because of the difficulties of a particular course, or a challenging teacher. In our experience, this happens most frequently in math. Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus fundamentally change the rules for most students. They have to be able to deal with abstraction (variables, imaginary numbers, etc…), proofs and complex theorems, and they have to be able to visualize and develop spatial reasoning. Some students just need more time to grasp these concepts and to practice, and one-on-one tutoring is ideal for that.

But, more often than not, students are actually struggling because there is a “hidden” problem that is making the work and the learning a real challenge for them. The three most common of these are:

• Weak Underlying Math Skills
• Weak Fundamental Reading and Writing Skills
• Poor Study Habits

In math, weak underlying skills include problems with basic arithmetic, handling fractions, percentages, positive and negative numbers, and basic algebraic concepts. The tendency of more and more students to use calculators for everything, and for schools to allow students to pass when they are not “fluent and fast” with these basic skills makes the problem worse. These students become crippled when the workload increases and the formulas get more complex. They make basic mistakes and take so long to work through simple operations that they just cannot keep up with more advanced, fast paced courses.

Weak underlying skills in reading comprehension and basic writing affect everything. They will always undermine success because the student will struggle to keep up with new material and to present their written thoughts in a compelling and organized way. The problems get worse the more they are expected to read and digest on their own and the more they are forced to answer questions with essays and not multiple-choice answers.

Poor study habits can be the hardest to spot of all. But, they too affect everything. Students who are disorganized, cannot prioritize, cannot manage time, don’t know how to memorize and don’t know how to study most effectively for long term retention will always struggle as they go up in grade level and the workload gets heavier.

Keep these “hidden” reasons your student might be struggling in mind when you go looking for tutoring help. Be sure your find a tutor who can BOTH help get grades up in your problem course quickly AND identify and work on the root problem so that you and your student are not saddled with a lifelong need for tutoring.


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 marybethinch@yahoo.com.

Study Shows The BEST Way To Learn

Two University of Chicago doctoral students completed research as part of their dissertations that compared the learning results of students who were instructed under a variety of conditions.  In short, they found that working with private, in-home tutors is BY FAR the most effective way to learn.


The study compared:

  • Students in a typical classroom of roughly 30 students per teacher
  • Small groups of students in a learning center
  • Students that received private, one-on-one, in-home tutoring


Their research showed that mastery of a subject was found to occur in 20% of the students in a classroom setting, 70% in a group learning center setting, and 90% in the students who received private, one-on-one, in-home tutoring.  Perhaps the most striking findings were that the average privately tutored student performed two standard deviations better than the average student in a normal classroom.  This means that the AVERAGE student receiving private one-on-one tutoring performed better than 98% of the students in a normal classroom.  Needless to say, this is an extraordinary difference.


This research was not funded by or intended to promote one-on-one tutoring companies.  The research was part of a study to try to find methods to improve classroom teaching so that it could be more competitive.  The results I have highlighted are part of the “benchmark” data that shows how far traditional classroom teaching has to go to be competitive.  This is no slam on teachers, or schools.  I taught in public schools most of my career and I have great respect for teachers and school administrators.  Schools are constrained by standards and budgets and just cannot afford to provide the individualized instruction that one-on-one tutoring from qualified instructors can deliver.  But make no mistake, the differences in how much students learn are huge.


All students have the potential to reach the high level of learning that comes from private tutoring.  Private tutoring is not just for students struggling to achieve acceptable results in the classroom.  Private tutoring delivers a level of challenge and subject level mastery that is virtually impossible for even the best and brightest students to achieve in a normal classroom setting.

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 marybethinch@yahoo.com

By |2018-08-23T21:02:17+00:00October 5th, 2013|In-Home Tutoring Santa Clarita|0 Comments

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!