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Why You Need a Tutor For the SAT II Subject Tests

Get Tutoring for the SAT II Subject Tests!


It is prevalent for students and parents to seek out experienced private Anaheim tutors for important standardized tests like the SAT and ACT.  These exams have a significant effect on a student’s college admissions and scholarship opportunities, so it makes sense that extra, professional help is sought.

However, one group of tests that is often overlooked is the SAT Subject Tests (also known as the SAT II).  There are a few reasons for this: fewer people know about these tests, few students take them, and fewer colleges require them.  So, the students who do take them usually take them late, with minimum preparation, and without tutoring – even if they had a tutor for the regular SAT.

This is a problem for students who do take the subject tests.  The subject tests are usually only required or recommended by higher tier schools.  As such, they are scored and reviewed much more competitively than your typical standardized tests.  And, what constitutes a “good” grade on the subject tests is very different than the regular SAT.  You need to have a much higher score on a subject test to be in a high percentile of test-takers.

To put it in perspective, nearly 15% of students score a perfect 800 on the Math II subject test.  On the SAT, fewer than 1% of students score an 800 on the math section.  While the average score for sections of the SAT is usually around 500 each year, averages for subject tests are usually closer to 600-650.

The subject test can be a game changer for students looking to get into top tier schools or looking to impress schools for better admissions chances or scholarship opportunities.  If you are going to take the SAT II, then you should be prepared to take it.

The good news is that a private Anaheim tutor is likely even more effective at improving your SAT Subject Test scores than your regular SAT or ACT scores.  This is because the material on the subject tests are less abstract and more concentrated and specific in the material they cover.  There is usually a ceiling that students hit on their SAT scores based on their potential, and more tutoring and studying usually cannot significantly improve on this top score if the student has already been practicing for a long time.  However, the subject tests have more specific knowledge and facts that are tested.  These facts and knowledge can be consistently and improved and practiced until the student is scoring very well on the tests.

So, the Subject Tests usually see better score improvements after consistent, dedicated lessons with an experienced tutor than we see with the SAT and ACT.  They are also more competitive, and getting a higher score is even more important to stand out for students who are taking them.  However, even students who worked with a tutor for the SAT tend to overlook tutoring for the SAT II.  If you are taking the subject tests, make sure that you are giving them the time and effort needed to achieve your best scores.

Call TutorNerds today to book a private Anaheim SAT subject test tutor.

Michael C. is currently a private math, science, and standardized test tutor with TutorNerds in Irvine and Anaheim.

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Anaheim English Tutor: Using an Em Dash

Anaheim English Tutor Tip: How to Use an Em Dash


Tutors—especially English tutors—frequently see punctuation misunderstood and misused.

There are a few pieces of punctuation—semicolons, colons, and dashes—that are common culprits of causing these student mistakes (our private Anaheim English tutors are here to help you succeed).

We’ve previously discussed how to understand and use the semicolon and the colon, but we still have to discuss the dash—another important piece of punctuation.

Among students, the dash isn’t the most common in essays—in fact, it is seldom used at all.

Here, we will discuss some simple pointers about how to use the dash—specifically; we’ll talk about the em dash and its ability to make your sentences and paragraphs flow more naturally and convey information more effectively.

Like the piece on the colon and semicolon, we’ve started this post with a paragraph that includes the dash in every sentence.  While this is not the preferred way to incorporate any punctuation into your writing, it is a helpful way of using numerous examples to showcase the versatility of the punctuation.

In my experience, the dash is taught even less than the semicolon in K–12 English classes.  It is also likely the least used of the three punctuation marks discussed so far.  I personally find the em dash to be particularly effective in my writing, but I do recommend focusing on the colon and the semicolon first; they are more commonly seen in typical reading and also more easily incorporated into your writing.

If you’ve done that, let’s now go into detail with these four points about the em dash:

Don’t confuse with hyphens

This is a hyphen: –

This is an en dash: –

This is an em dash: —

Notice the difference in lengths.  “En” dash is named because it is the length of the capital letter N.  “Em” dash is named because it is the length of the longer capital letter M.  Note that both are longer than a hyphen.

Hyphens are used mainly for combining two words like “hard-working.”  En dashes are used for ranges, such as the K–12 in the paragraph above or like in April 2nd – March 3rd.

The “em dash” is the more versatile punctuation that we are talking about.  This is the longest of the three.  Mixing up the en dash and em dash likely will go unnoticed, but you should be particularly careful to not use a dash interchangeably with a hyphen.

Use it as more powerful parentheses

Parentheses can be used in the middle of a sentence to add supplementary information to the content of the sentence.  However, parentheses tend to diminish the importance of the content inside the parentheses.  It is treated as secondary as well as supplementary, and often readers will even ignore reading parentheses altogether and simply continue with the sentence.

The use of dashes can prevent this.  Using two dashes instead of parentheses is telling the reading that this supplement is important and should be emphasized.  You can see this usage in the first two sentences of the first paragraph of this article.

Use it as an easier semicolon

Using a semicolon is a way to connect two closely related sentences.  The caveat is that they both have to be complete sentences—not just an incomplete phrase like this.  With a dash, you are not constrained by this limitation.  You can connect two sentences that are both complete sentences, or you can connect a sentence with just a phrase or thought.

It is important to note that there is still a difference tonally between the dash and the semicolon.  Semicolons tend to show that the two sentences are a pair of equally significant, similar content.  Dashes are more often used to show a contrast or to present an interjection to the content of the first sentence.  You will get used to these nuances the more you practice using them.  You can see this usage in the final sentences of the first paragraph above.

Use it as the emphasis in a colon

The last tip is to use it similarly to how we can use a colon: for emphasis.  This is a very similar usage to how the colon is used.  The subtle difference is that the colon usually precedes a list of objects or a simple object.  You describe a category, then use a colon, then provide the item or items in that category.

With a dash you more often see this done in reverse.  For example, look at the third sentence in the first paragraph of this article.  Here, we wrote, “… but we still have to discuss the dash—another important piece of punctuation.”

If we were using a colon, we likely would have written “… but we still have to discuss another important piece of punctuation: the dash.”  Notice the difference?

The dash has more subtle nuances to it than many other pieces of punctuation.  It also has a lot of versatility in how you use it.  Here, we’ve presented some of its uses in a simpler way for beginners.  Other rules for the dash, such as making sure to have the proper length em dash and to not use spacing before or after it, are technically grammatically true but practically they are not well followed.  In modern usage, we often see a space before and after the em dash.  We also often see the en dash length used instead.

These are not aspects you should worry about as you try to incorporate it into your writing.  First, learn how to properly use punctuation like the semicolon, colon, and parentheses.  When you’ve mastered these three, you can begin to use the dash in similar ways to improve your writing even more.

Michael C. is currently a private math, science, and standardized test tutor with TutorNerds in Irvine and Anaheim.

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What Your Irvine SAT Tutor Should Be Able to Do

What Your Irvine Private SAT Tutor Should Be Able to Do

Standardized tests can play a very important role in your admission to your favorite college.  Because of this, many high school students and their parents choose to hire private tutors for tests like the SAT and ACT to help the student study and achieve the highest score that they can.

It is true that private tutoring is a very effective method of preparing for these types of exams.  An experienced tutor can evaluate a student’s strong and weak points, find the strategies and tactics that work best for each student, and keep them dedicated to a study plan that will lead to their best results.  You can’t get the same type of attention and experience by studying on your own or in a classroom setting.

However, these results depend on the fact that you have a good and experienced tutor.  There are many “tutors” out there for tests like the SAT who are not qualified to help you the most.  Many college students who recently took the exam themselves will claim that they can tutor for the test.  Parents might hire them when they claim their high test scores as their credentials.  “Hire me and your student can get a score like mine!”

Many teachers or students studying to become teachers will also tutor for these exams in their spare time, even when they aren’t experienced in the tests themselves.  “Hire me, I’ve been teaching for fifteen years and have the experience to help,” or “hire me, I teach calculus, so I can tutor for SAT math!”

While many of these tutors can be helpful, it is not the same as working with someone who knows the test and the best test preparation strategies inside-out.  Here is what a well-qualified and experienced SAT tutor should be able to do for you:

-Be able to consistently answer every test question correctly.  This does not mean that tutors need to be able to get perfect scores on the tests or that they can’t make mistakes, but if you have your questions or practice problems, the tutor should be good enough at the test to get the answers correct and explain them nearly every time.

-Be up to date on the format of the test.  If your private Irvine SAT tutor does not know how many sections there are, what the timing is, and how the test is scored, then they likely aren’t experienced enough in the test or their experience is with an older version of the test.

-Be able to provide study materials.  A good Irvine SAT tutor should be very familiar with all of the official practice tests and study materials and have them available for you to use.  They likely should also have extra materials in case you need more.  A tutor who expects you to have or buy new books or practice tests on day one (when the best practice tests are free), is a tutor who is not experienced in preparing for the test.

-Be able to evaluate you and give you your own, personal strategies.  Many tutors come with generic tips that either they use themselves, or that they’ve heard other people use.  Basic tips like “read the questions before the passage” or “star the ones that look hard and come back to them later” or “skip the word problems and do them last if you have time” are all fairly common and generic tips.  There are many others like them, and they do work for many students.  But not every student.  A good tutor should NOT be giving any of this advice until they’ve evaluated your skills and weaknesses (usually from a practice test).  Then, they can pick which ones will work best for you.

There are other factors that make someone a good SAT or another standardized test tutor, but these are some things you should be expecting when you’re paying someone to give private lessons to your student for a very important test.  You can get by and get good results with many other study methods, but if you want the most optimized approach, you will likely need a good private tutor.

Michael C. is currently a private math, science, and standardized test tutor with TutorNerds in Irvine and Anaheim.

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Tips from an Anaheim Math Tutor: Should You “Cross Multiply”?

Anaheim Math Tutor Tips: Should You “Cross Multiply”?

“Cross multiply” is an often-used term in mathematics that often sticks in people’s memories long after they graduate high school and stop taking math classes. However, most of those people don’t really know what it is and why it works. So many students are just taught to “cross multiply” when they see an equation with fractions. Unlike many other memorized phrases in math, cross multiplication is actually a useful tool that often makes problems with fractions a little bit easier – sign up for your private Anaheim math tutor.

But just like anything else you memorize in math, you should understand what you’re doing rather than just memorizing a seemingly arbitrary procedure. Cross multiplication is just the “undoing” of division that is being done. If you have two fractions, that is the same as dividing by something on each side. And, just like we can subtract to “undo” addition, we can multiply to “undo” the division that is making those pesky fractions.

Here are three examples that we will solve both with and without cross multiplying. You can see that there are always other ways to solve these problems, as well as why cross multiplying works and is a little bit simpler.

As a general rule of thumb, I do not teach cross multiplication without making sure my students know how to solve the problems without it first. That way I help promote a stronger understanding of how to solve simple algebraic equations that will hopefully stick with them and translate to other math skills rather than leaving them thinking “cross multiply is how you have to solve fractions.”

Here is the first example:

In this example, we have two fractions and need to solve for x. To help find x, we can notice that the fraction on the right can be reduced:

Now we have successfully eliminated the fraction on the right. To solve for x, we now only have to divide both sides by 2. There are a few ways to think about doing this, including using your calculator or converting the left fraction to a decimal. I’ll not that two-fifths divided by two leaves us with one fifth:

We get a solution of one fifth (1/5) which is equal to 0.2. No cross multiplying was needed, only our standard multiplication and division. Let’s do the same with cross multiplication:

Here, we didn’t think about reducing the initial fraction. We simply cross multiplied: taking the diagonal terms in our fractions and multiplying them together (one set in green and the other in purple). This makes the “cross” of our cross multiplication. After we do this, we get a fairly trivial equation of 8 = 40x to solved. We divide both sides by 40 and get the same answer we did above.

Example 2:

Now the x is on the bottom of the fraction. To solve this, we could multiply both sides by x to “undo” the 7 being divided by an x on the left. However, another way would be to make the right side of the equation look like the left. We notice that the left side has a 7 on top, but the right side has a 14. We can change the 14 into a 7 by halving the top and bottom of the right:

Let’s use cross multiplication to solve the same problem:

No extra thinking here or even trying to get the x out of the bottom of the fraction. We simply follow the cross multiplying procedure and multiply the green together and the purples to get our final, simple equation that yields the same 1.5 answer.

Example 3:

Our last example gets a little more complex with terms in parentheses. Cross multiplying here would probably be the best choice, but it’s never the only choice. The fraction on the left is a term being divided by 6. The fraction on the right is a term being divided by 9. We can distribute the division (just like you would distribute multiplication into parentheses) to get an equation we can solve:

We could have kept our work as fractions instead of decimals, but this is likely how it would look if you were using a calculator to help you solve the problem, and decimals are equally as valid as long as we don’t round them. Let’s see how it looks using cross multiplication:

Here we get the same answer as above by following the exact same cross multiplication procedure. Notice that we still had to distribute when we multiplied the terms in parentheses.

Cross multiplying can be a very helpful tool when solving equations with fractions. However, it should not be thought of as the only way to do so, and it should not be the only way students are taught. Thinking this way will continue to lead to many students being confused about fractions and unsure of how to work with them. Cross multiply doesn’t have to go away, but the blind memorization of it should.

Michael C. is currently a private math, science, and standardized test tutor with TutorNerds in Irvine and Anaheim.

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Get the Most Out of Your Private Orange County Tutor

Get the Most Out of Your Private OC Tutor: 3 Quick Tips

Private tutoring is a solution for academic woes that continues to grow in popularity. Whether it be for a difficult high school class, an essential standardized test, a confusing college course, or a looming cumulative final, more adults and young adults are seeking out tutors to help them achieve the best grade possible. After tutoring dozens of students in each of the above categories and more, here are some of my quick tips for how you can achieve the best results with your personal Orange County tutor.

Send Them Your Material

This tip is first and is first for good reason. If you want to set yourself up for a good tutoring lesson, you should always strive to send your tutor the material you need help with ahead of time. Preferably a full day or two before your session. If you have study guides to review, homework to finish, or just class notes on the topic you are struggling with, then send them to your tutor. If it’s for standardized tests, then send them any practice tests you’ve already taken, score reports you’ve already received, or practice material you’ve already purchased or been given.

The reason is that it will lessen the time at the beginning of your session that your tutor would normally have to take to get acquainted with your specific material and find the best way to proceed. Hiring experienced and qualified tutors is a necessity, but classes are taught by many different teachers with many different curriculums and many different priorities. Your Biology 101 teacher could have wildly different expectations and required topics than other teachers and other schools. Give your tutor some time to review your material to make sure they know what you need help with before your lesson is due to begin.

Have Concrete Goals

Make sure you know what you want to get out of tutoring. Are you working toward your social science degree and really need to understand everything in your statistics course? Are you trying to get through your last math class and just need to make sure you pass? Is your GPA important to you but you don’t really care about AP Lit? These are all things that will be useful for your tutor to know.

If you’re aiming for specific test scores or working towards a specific goal, a tutor can help you achieve that – if you tell them. Teaching someone math who’s failing and needs to get a C will have a much different approach than someone who is already doing well but wants to get an A. And both cases are different than teaching someone who really wants to learn and understand to do better in the future rather than someone who wants to get a grade and never do it again. These differences can change how your tutor will approach your lessons and studying recommendations.

Show Them Your Grades

Anything that you have that you’ve already finished and is graded: quizzes, tests, practice tests, essays, projects, etc. Seeing how you’re doing on these assignments can be instrumental in diagnosing your specific problem areas and finding appropriate solutions.

How you do in an Orange County private tutoring session isn’t always indicative of how you’ll do on your own in a classroom or testing setting. Reading a passage and answering questions quickly might be easy when you have your tutor to help, but that doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make sense and you have to read the paragraph four times when you do it on your own. In math class, you might understand the lesson but make simple mistakes on the test. If your tutor sees this pattern in your grades, they can dedicate more time to repetition or revisiting specific problem areas. Viewing these grades can also give them an idea of what your teacher is looking for, how they make their test, and how strictly they grade. This is all important in how they should proceed with your tutoring.

Don’t forget that the job of a tutor is to help you achieve your individual academic goals. In order for them to be effective in this task, you should provide them with all of the tools you can. If your experienced tutor knows what your goals, can review your material on their own, and can view and evaluate your performance, they will better be able to tailor specific lessons for you that can best help you succeed.

Book your private Orange County tutor from TutorNerds today.

Michael C. is currently a private math, science, and standardized test tutor with TutorNerds in Irvine and Anaheim.

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How to Get Ahead in School Over Thanksgiving Break!

Tips from a Private Irvine Tutor: Getting Ahead in School Over Thanksgiving Break!


Fall break is coming up, whether you or your student is in elementary, middle, high school, or college.  Breaks usually range from just an extra day off up to a week of vacation time.  Coming around a month before the end of the semester, this break is an ideal time to make sure your grades and progress are exactly where you want them to be.  If they aren’t, then use this time to bring them up.  If they are, then you can still use this time to remain proactive and stay ahead of your classes – end the semester strong with the help of a private Irvine academic tutor.

Let’s start with if your grades need improvement.  Maybe you started out strong but lost focus at some point, maybe you’ve been struggling from the beginning of the year, or maybe you feel like you understand the material but your grades don’t reflect that.  These can all be remedied over the break if you are simply willing to make the effort.  If you do have a grade that you are proud of, but are worried about the future, you can still benefit from work over the break.  Maybe you have an A in your class but are worried about the final, maybe you have good grades so far but don’t understand what you’re learning, or maybe there is an AP test in your future that you want to do well on.  Regardless of your situation, here are the methods you should try:

1. Talk with (or email) your teacher before the break. Your teacher knows your grade and the factors that led to it.  Your teacher is also the number one expert on their class and how to get an A.  Before you leave for break, visit your teacher or send a message that includes these talking points: what your grade is now and where you would like it to be, what factors specifically are bringing your grade down (tests, homework, participation, etc.), any possible extra credit opportunities, and what they recommend studying or working on over the break.  If you have a helpful teacher, their knowledge can help guide your fall break to get you on track for a better grade.

2. Get ahead! Do you have a project due in a few weeks?  What about a test that isn’t until after break?  A final that you know is looming in the distance?  Work on them over your break.  Even if it just means typing a few sentences for your final paper, saving a mostly empty PowerPoint for your project, or only making a dozen flash cards to study for your final.  Do a little bit each day and you’ll be shocked at the stress it relieves knowing that you have already begun this work.  It also gives you the opportunity to find thing that you don’t understand or don’t know how to do so you have plenty of time to ask for help.

3. Find a professional to help diagnose your current situation in your class and help you improve it and get ahead. An experienced tutor can help you find where you should be focusing in your class and help teach you to target any problem areas.  If you are struggling with the fundamentals from September, they can take the free time during the break to help you relearn and master these concepts.  If you’re mostly caught up, they can predict what you might be covering next so that you can learn it early and be confident when you go back to class.  If you need help studying, writing, or just comprehending what is going on in your class, a one-on-one tutor can devote individual time to you to help fix the problem while you still have free time during the break.

Seeking help from the teacher is always a primary tool at your disposal.  However, we all know that this method simply is not effective with many teachers.  They might not have the time to help you individually, you might not find their help beneficial, or they might not be willing to help you.  Whether or not the teacher is able to assist, the key to having success in your class is doing the work, getting ahead, and seeking outside help if you need it.  If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed or overworked because of classes, take this opportunity during the break to prevent those feelings from happening again.

Don’t wait to book your in-home Irvine tutor for finals! Call TutorNerds today.

Michael C. is currently a private math, science, and standardized test tutor with TutorNerds in Irvine and Anaheim.

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Four Tips to Write a Better College Entrance Essay

Fullerton College Admissions Consultant Tips: Four Tips to Write a Better College Entrance Essay

For many high school students, it’s time to start writing your college entrance essays. Most Universities require some form of an essay to apply. Some colleges offer a prompt while others ask why you want to attend their school. No matter what the task is, students should take their time and get to work on their essays as early as possible. To help you along the way, one of our experienced Fullerton college admissions consultants has shared four tips to write better entrance essays.

1. Write More Than One Draft

No matter how great of a writer you think you are, you won’t get it perfect in the first draft. For many, writing is a chore, so once you finish an essay the last thing you want to do is write it again. We understand, but keep in mind that what you write might not be as clear once you sleep on it and reread it in the morning. Luckily the second draft will won’t take as long, and you’ll be encouraged as you see progress with each new draft. It will all be worth it once you get into the college of your dreams!

2. Get Help from a Fullerton Tutor

Our private Fullerton college admissions consultants have a 97% success rate. In other words, they know what they are doing. Not only will they give you feedback on your essays, but they will provide you with tips and tricks for success before you even begin writing (READ: Four Ways to Come Up With a Great Thesis Statement).

3. Have More Than One Person Read Your Essay

You need more than a second opinion. Keep in mind that you’ve been working on this essay for weeks, so your brain might be a bit scrambled making sentences and words appear correct when they are in fact incorrect. Having three or four people read (please chose your peer reviewers wisely) will make sure you aren’t missing any glaring mistakes. Also, have them explain to you what you were trying to say. If what they tell you isn’t what you meant to write, find out which parts are ambiguous or incorrect and write another draft.

4. Write Clear and Concise Sentences

When writing, it is always important to have your audience in mind. In this case, you’ll be writing for highly educated entrance officials who have to read a lot of essays. Remember this: using big words and long sentences won’t make you look smart. Does that make sense? In other words, if you’re overusing the thesaurus and constructing wordy sentences, you’re going to come off as a bad writer, not an intellectual. For an essay such as this, write clearly and concisely. If a sentence isn’t as clear as possible, rewrite it so that it is. For example, which sentence reads more clearly?

I am adroit at the intricacies of higher education and fully plan on perpetuating the given tasks the university assigns me.


I look forward to taking on the challenges of higher education

If it’s not clear to you, it won’t be apparent to the reader. Keep it simple.

Starting your college entrance essays soon? Book a private Fullerton tutor today.

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5 Things to do This August to Prepare For School

Irvine Tutoring Tips: 5 Things to do This August to Prepare For School

I know many students will roll their eyes at the thought of this post, but school is just around the corner, and it’s better to prepare now than fall behind. Don’t worry; you’ll still be able to enjoy your final weeks of vacation all while getting your brain in gear for the school year. Odds are you’ve been doing some form of school work, whether it be test prep for the summer ACT/SAT or taking a summer class. For those who haven’t even touched a book in weeks, that’s okay too! There’s plenty of time to get your brain back in shape.

As a private Irvine academic tutor, I know the importance of furthering your education over the summer. From applying to college to scoring high on important tests, students have a lot on their plates and can’t afford to take months off from learning. Luckily summer learning can be fun and focused on your interests – check out some of our past blog posts for ideas such as educational family trips and blogging.

Here are five things you can do this August to help you prepare for the first day of school.

1. Hire a Private Irvine Tutor

The best part about hiring a back-to-school Irvine tutor is that they work with your schedule. That way you can still fit in a few final summer activities without it interfering with your tutoring. Whether you are preparing for a specific class or just want to get the rust off in subjects such as math and science, our private Irvine academic tutors are here to help you succeed.

2. Make a Calendar

This one is particularly important for students starting college in the fall. With a higher level of education comes more responsibility. Don’t expect the University to hold your hand and make sure you are doing everything you need to before classes start. Check your school’s calendar and add any important due dates, meet and greets, etc. into your personal calendar. Keep in mind that some classes require you to read a book before classes start. There’s no shame in adding “start reading that book!” into your calendar.

3. For Parents: Review Standards For Upcoming Year

Most schools will allow you to see the learning standards for the upcoming year. These will include topics covered – especially helpful in science and social studies. For example, if your student is set to learn about California history in the upcoming grade, take them to CA Historical Museums over the summer. Not only will the give them a leg up, but help them put what they are learning into context.

4. Put Away Your Phone and Pick Up a Book

Let’s be honest, how many hours did you spend this summer staring at your phone? No judgment, just wanted to put that into perspective. Take a break from your phone and pick up a book. The good news is you can read something you want to read instead of an assigned book. Without even realizing it, you are improving your writing and reading skills while you enjoy a little book break (READ: 5 Ways to Get Your Kid to Love Reading).

5. Review How Last Year Went

Take a moment to review how your previous school year went. While it’s important to focus on your grades and test scores, think about why you scored the way you did. For instance, were you overwhelmed when you signed up for a Spanish club? Make a note of these things and plan your upcoming year accordingly. Learning from your mistakes and achievements can help make the year go much smoother.

It’s never too early to book your private Irvine tutor for the new school year. Call TutorNerds today for more information.

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4 Family-Friendly Educational Activities in San Diego

Four Family-Friendly Educational Activities in San Diego

In our previous blog post, we shared a few of our favorite educational activities for families in Irvine. This week, we are sharing three fun activities in San Diego. With summer entering its final months, it’s essential to get your kid’s educational curiosity going again. One of the best ways to do that is to take a family trip to somewhere that’s fun, interactive, and educational. If a kid is having fun, they won’t even realize they are learning. In addition to these trips, we encourage you to book your private San Diego tutor to help your kids gear up for the school year.

Same with Irvine, San Diego has way too many fun and educational activities to list in one article, which is why we are only sharing four to get you started. By showing kids that learning can be fun and interactive, you’re helping develop an educational curiosity that can last a lifetime.

1. San Diego Natural History Museum

Located in Balboa Park in San Diego, the San Diego Natural History Museum seeks out to “interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits.” From dinosaurs to the history of CA’s water systems, the museum offers a wide range of informative and interactive exhibits. I mean, who doesn’t like dinosaurs?

2. San Diego Botanic Gardens

It’s important for kids to connect with nature, especially in our world full of screens and distractions. By visiting the Botanic Gardens, kids will learn about plants, food sources, and the role the environment plays in their life (READ: Three Family-Friendly Educational Activities in Irvine).

3. New Children’s Museum

What’s better than a museum that uses art to help children learn creativity and critical thinking? According to its website, “The New Children’s Museum is a new model of children’s museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art.” Keep an eye out for closures due to seasonal events.

4. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Connect your kids to the power of science at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, San Diego! The Center has over 100 interactive exhibits as well as an IMAX theater – perfect for a triple-digit summer day. Check out their summer camp options for a more immersive science experience (READ: San Diego Tutoring Tips: Ways to Improve Your Concentration).

Between taking family trips to educational destinations and the help of a private San Diego tutor, your kids won’t be rusty when it’s time to go back to school in the fall.

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Why You Need Irvine Tutoring This Summer

Reasons You Need Irvine Private Tutoring This Summer


Summer 2018 has officially begun, and students across the nation are letting out a collective sigh of relief. No matter how the school year panned out, it’s always nice to have a break and regroup after hours spent studying and doing homework. While it’s important to have fun, it’s also important to spend some time this break re-evaluating how the year went. Did you get the grades you were expecting? Was there a subject you struggled in more than others? Do you feel ready for next year? No matter how well you did, you can always improve. Everyone can benefit from private Irvine tutoring, which is why we suggest booking your Irvine tutor early this summer.

Just in case, we came up with a list of four reasons why you might need some private Irvine summer tutoring. Our private tutors work with your schedule, so you don’t need to worry about missing out on the fun activities you have planned.

1. You Didn’t Do As Well As You Hoped

Everyone has a subject or class they struggle with, so the first thing to do is take a deep breath and realize everything will work out in the end. Sometimes doing poorly in a class is a positive because it gives you the incentive to seek extra help and improve. From math to English, our private summer tutors can help you succeed in any subject.

2. You Want to Get a Head Start on Next Year

Are you taking an AP class next year? Are you expecting your new stats class to be challenging? Don’t wait until it’s too late to learn you need extra help. Get a head start on next year with the help of a private tutor (READ: Irvine Writing Tutor Tips: How to Improve Your Writing This Summer).

3. You Want to Prep For the ACT and SAT

Some of you may be taking your tests this summer while others are prepping for the fall. Either way, it’s never too late or too early to book your private Irvine test prep tutor. Don’t rely on only the test prep book and practice exams to prepare you. Our ACT and SAT tutors are the best in Orange County.

4. You’re Starting College in the Fall

Congratulations! You’re done with high school and about to start an exciting new chapter in your life. From more freedom to tailgating, there’s a lot to look forward to when it comes to higher education. While college is fun and intellectually stimulating, it’s best not to underestimate the difficulty of your classes. Start your college career in a good position for academic success with the help of a summer college prep tutor.

Enlisting a private Irvine summer tutor will help you catch up and get ahead on your schoolwork all while having fun. Call us today for more information.

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