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Participation Points: Fake It Till You Make It

Tips From a Private Orange County Tutor: Participation Points – Fake It Till You Make It


Whether you are in high school or college, you are likely to have classes with grades that incorporate some type of “class participation” credit. More and more teachers are including this factor to help incentivize students to speak up, ask questions, and contribute to communal discussion while in the classroom. It is also commonly included in online or hybrid-style classes where there is a requirement to post comments or reply to others in an online discussion – book your private Orange County summer tutor today.

Your participation grade may be well-defined (two required comments in class per week for full credit, participation in a designated group discussion for credit, total discussions tracked throughout the semester, etc.) or it may be more arbitrary where the teacher simply assigns a grade based on how much they feel you’ve been contributing during the class. This grade is usually around 5 – 10% of your grade, but I’ve seen grades as high as 20 and 25%. Regardless, it should be easy points that you can get.

As a student myself, I despised participation grades. In high school, they were typically the “well-defined” variety, and I struggled when I did not have any questions or what I thought were interesting comments during class. In college, the participation grades transitioned mostly to the “arbitrary” group, and I never knew what my grade would be until the end of the class.

I’ve found that many students voice similar concerns. Maybe you consider yourself to be shy and don’t like speaking up in class. Maybe you just never have any questions that need answers. Maybe you’re embarrassed by your questions and don’t want to look like you don’t understand. Maybe you feel like there’s never a good opportunity or opening in the conversation for you to contribute something. These are all common issues, and it is okay to feel this way.

The advice that I give is simple: fake it.

An easy and effective tactic to solve any of these issues is to come up with a question that you already know the answer to. Take something from the beginning of the lesson, or something you already understood, and ask about it anyway. This might seem counterintuitive, but here’s how it benefits you:

If you’re shy or anxious, it takes a lot of the stress away by asking something you already know. Now, instead of having the anticipation of not knowing the answer and the pressure of having to try to understand and learn something new, you will know that you just need to ask the questions and allow your teacher to give a response you already understand. And, importantly, you will also be getting good practice at making yourself speak up. It’s okay to have anxiety or feel shy in class, but you will need to be comfortable asking questions for when you do need help in the future.

If you feel like you don’t have any real questions, this allows you to get your participation points without the stress. You can ask simple questions that you know, or you can challenge yourself to come up with more complex questions. This can show off your knowledge by still being a question that gets you credit. Remember, the class participation points will help your grade, so you need to treat participating just like any other required assignment: make yourself do it.

If you’re embarrassed by the questions you have, this tactic will allow you to ask questions that you consider less embarrassing. If you feel embarrassed by “easy” questions, then ask something complicated that you do understand. Better yet, ask something complicated that you don’t understand. Don’t worry about the answers your teacher gives and don’t worry about understanding. Remember that you are doing this for the experience and the participation grade. Consider listening to some of your classmates’ questions and mimicking the same types of questions they have. Doing this too, you will hopefully also start to recognize that there’s no need to be embarrassed by your questions and that many of your classmates either don’t care, have the same confusions themselves, or won’t ever think about your question later.

If you don’t know how to speak up and find an opening in a class discussion, this can make the process easier. Often, a student will listen to the previous point and spend some time thinking about a related comment or question. In the meantime, however, the discussion has already changed topics and moved to something else. Now the student has to think of something new, only for the conversation to change again. Combat this by taking something straightforward that you understood and make up your mind to ask it early. Questions and comments like “so it sounds like you’re saying…” “do you mean that…” and “that seems similar to…” are good roots. Similarly, you can purposefully misunderstand someone and ask about it. Remember, you need credit and practice. Your comments and questions don’t need to be profound – they need to get you your points and make you more comfortable in the setting.

Treat your class participation grade like the assignment that it is and get it done. This strategy of coming up with “fake” questions can make the task easier regardless of what you felt was holding you back before. It can also give you good practice with speaking up in class for when you do need to ask questions and get feedback. Remember, many students struggle with participation grades and that’s okay if you feel that it’s difficult. To get a perfect participation grade and learn how to speak up in class we can apply the classic adage about confidence: “fake it ‘til you make it.”

Our private Orange County tutors are full of great tips for students. Book your private Irvine tutor for the summer.

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

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Irvine PSAT Tutoring: Don’t Stress About the PSAT

Tips from an Irvine PSAT Tutor: Don’t Stress About the PSAT


If you are considering taking (or have already taken) the PSAT, you might be wondering how important the test and your scores on it are. PSAT stands simply for “Preliminary SAT,” so its predominant purpose is to be an introduction to the standardized testing style of the SAT. The PSAT is a full-length, proctored, standardized test administered by College Board (the same group that makes the SAT). As such, it’s a good early simulation of the conditions and pacing that you can expect on the SAT – book your private Orange County PSAT tutor today.

That being said, I will take a somewhat controversial opinion in stating that the PSAT is not very important or significant for students. You should not worry and stress about getting a good PSAT score or not. You don’t need to study specifically for the PSAT. You also do not have to seek out and pay to take the PSAT if your school is not giving it to you for free (or requiring it). Here’s why:

1. PSAT Scores Do Not Improve SAT Scores

It is relatively well-known that students who take the PSAT tend to have improved scores on the regular SAT when compared to students who never took the PSAT. This is one reason why many schools offer the PSAT for free or require it to be taken – they believe it will boost their students’ eventual SAT numbers a year or two later.

However, the exact same effect is seen when taking any official SAT practice test: the first test you get a lower score, then the next test (even if it’s taken only a few days later) your score “magically” jumps up by 100 points or more. This is simply because students are not used to this type of test until they try it. In the first practice test they learn about the question types, they read the instructions, they get an idea of how fast they need to go, etc.

If you have never taken a practice test, then the PSAT will have this same effect for you. However, a practice test is just fine, and arguably better since you will have the test to go over and review what you got wrong. There’s nothing intrinsically special about the PSAT test itself that brings your scores up. It’s just practice.

2. The National Merit Scholarships Aren’t as Common as You Think

A very common reason given for taking the PSAT is the opportunity to win a national merit scholarship for your score. These scholarships are given to students who score particularly well on the test, and it is a reason that many people give for taking the test.

While I do agree that every opportunity to earn potential scholarship money is valuable, the National Merit Scholarships tend to be blown out of proportion for how available they are. Using the official 2017-2018 annual report, we can find that 1.6 million students took “eligible” PSAT exams that year. Of those students, about 2% got a nice “good job” certificate for their high scores. No scholarships for them. Only 0.5% of students earned a scholarship for their score.

Many blogs say you need to take the PSAT to potentially be a merit scholar, but students should recognize that only about 1 in 200 test takers earn one.

3. The PSAT Is Not the Best Practice

The PSAT is objectively easier than the SAT. It is also shorter but gives you more time per question for some questions. It also does not have an essay.

These differences are not huge, but they are significant. If you are preparing for the SAT for college applications, you want your practice to mimic the real thing as closely as possible. Easier tests might leave you over-confident before the real test. Taking shorter practice tests might not prepare you as well for the length of the actual SAT. This becomes significant if you are planning to do the essay, which the PSAT will not prepare you for. Similarly, the no-calculator section on the PSAT might mess with your pacing since you get nearly 20% more time on PSAT no-calculator math questions.

The purpose of this message is not to convince you to not take the PSAT, or to not take it seriously when you take it. On the contrary, I recommend taking it to all of my students. It’s cheap ($17 – though some schools make it free and others add on a little more in an admin fee), you might win a scholarship, and it gives you proctored, standardized test experience in a testing environment. Ideally, I think students should take a practice PSAT, then the real PSAT starting in 8th or 9th grade. In 10th grade, you can take the PSAT as well (or again), but you should also be incorporating official SAT practice tests in your studying.

The reason for this blog is to reduce the stress associated with the test. If your school doesn’t administer it, don’t worry. You are allowed to take it at a neighboring local school that does offer it, or you can just skip it. You don’t need it to improve your SAT score. You probably won’t be missing out on a merit scholarship. It is not the best way to practice. And if you aren’t happy with your PSAT score, again – don’t worry. You can still do very well on the SAT if you start early, use the best, official preparation material and practice tests, and consider looking into an experienced Irvine SAT tutor to guide the way.

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.

tutor logo Ask A Nerd! SAT Subject Tests All blog entries, with the exception of guest bloggers, are written by Tutor Nerds. Are you an education professional? If so, email us at for guest blogging and collaborations. We want to make this the best free education resource in SoCal, so feel free to suggest what you would like to see us write.

Why You Shouldn’t Wait To Book A Private Irvine Tutor

Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until Your First Report Card to Book Your Private Irvine Tutor

Summer break is in its final weeks, which means students should start thinking about school. The summer months are a great time to relax, have fun with friends, and make some extra money, but they’re also a time students get a little rusty. After the stress of finals, it’s not surprising students will want to take a break from learning, but it’s risky to wait until the school year to see if you’re prepared. Too many students wait until they get less than satisfactory first report cards before seeking help. At that point, you’ve already fallen behind and will have to work extra hard. Avoid this scenario by working with a private tutor before your first report card.

Below are a few reasons why you should book a private Irvine tutor early in the school year.

Tutoring Boosts Confidence

Every student has classes they enjoy more than others. For the most part, they like classes they succeed in because it makes them feel confident as a student. When a student struggles in a particular course, they lose confidence and start to fall further behind. Tutoring is an excellent remedy for this scenario. Once a student begins improving as a result of private tutoring sessions, they’ll start to enjoy the class rather than dread it.

School Can Get Overwhelming Fast

Back to school is an exciting time for students. They get to see all of their friends and find out who is in their classes. The first few days might be fun as students get to know their teachers and go over the course syllabus, but once classwork ramps up it all changes. After school activities begin, homework gets assigned, 8 hours of sleep is rare, and exams are suddenly right around the corner. It’s easy for students to get overwhelmed, primarily by the first big wave of school work. Thankfully, a back-to-school tutor can help you stay organized and on top of things. They have a lot of experience and have found academic success despite having a busy schedule (READ: Why You Need Tutoring This Summer).

It’s Harder to Catch Up The Farther Into the School Year

As we mentioned in the introduction, once you fall behind schoolwork will only get harder and harder. Since everyone in the classroom learns at different levels, and teachers have to stay on schedule, not every student will be able to keep up with the pace. Putting extra hours at home (our private Irvine tutors work around your schedule) will help you catch up and get ahead.

When it comes to booking a private Orange County tutor, don’t wait until it’s too late.

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Tips From a Fullerton Tutor: How to Focus On Education This Summer

Fullerton Tutoring Tips: Four Ways to Stay Focused on Education in the Summer


Now that we are well into summer, and trying to stay cool, it’s essential for students to evaluate how prepared they feel to go back to school if it were to start tomorrow. Don’t panic! School is not starting tomorrow, but soon enough it will, and you don’t want to be academically rusty. We don’t blame you for wanting to ditch the books in favor of the beach, but you can have both over the summer.

As a private Fullerton tutor, I’ve had plenty of experience using my “time off” to get ahead in my academic career. Whether you are preparing for your upcoming ACT/SAT ( our Irvine private SAT and ACT tutors are here to help) or getting a head start on your college applications, summer is the perfect time to get ahead in your academic career.

1. Book a Private Fullerton Tutor

The header might sound like a plug, and it is, but hear me out. It’s difficult to stay focused in the summer, especially at school, which is why a private tutor who works around your schedule is the perfect way to stay on track and reach your academic goals. Tutors from TutorNerds are experienced and organized and will customize a plan specific to your needs.

2. Start a Blog

I’ll be more specific, start a blog about something you are interested in studying. For example, start a blog about your favorite artist or historical figure. Blog about history, bugs, music, anything that requires you to do some research and learn in the process. Since it will be about a topic you love, it won’t seem like homework. Plus you’ll be building up your writing skills, which is always a plus.

3. Visit a University You Wish to Attend

Even if you’re not a junior in high school, you can still set your academic goals high by visiting a dream university. You’ll get to do some traveling, possibly meet someone who attends or teaches at the college and gain some incentive to work even harder in the coming school year.

4. Set Goals

If you didn’t do as well during the school year as you hoped to do, set some goals and reward yourself when you achieve them. For instance, you can buy a Calculus workbook and set the goal of finishing all of the practice problems in the back before the end of August (your private Irvine math tutor will help). Once you accomplish a goal, reward yourself with a fun summer activity or a favorite meal. You’ll thank yourself that you put in the extra work over the summer when you start classes in the fall and don’t feel behind.

There are many ways to focus on your education over the summer that doesn’t take away from your much-deserved break. Again, TutorNerds is always here for any of your academic, test prep, and college application needs.

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OC Elementary Tutoring: Why It’s Not Too Early to Start Tutoring

OC Elementary Tutoring: Why It’s Not Too Early to Start Tutoring in Elementary School

Many parents debate whether or not elementary school is the right time to start tutoring. While students can benefit from the help of a private OC tutoring at any age, it’s crucial for them to have some extra support during the beginning of their intellectual development. Elementary students are building the academic foundation on which they will grow. From learning basic arithmetic to reading and writing, it’s important that kids don’t fall behind early on in their schooling.

No matter the subject, our private OC elementary tutors are here to help. From building confidence to catching up on a tricky subject, there are many reasons why you should consider hiring a tutor early on in your children’s schooling. Below are four potential benefits to private tutoring in elementary school.

1. Tutoring help build confidence

Students will get more enjoyment out of a subject if they feel confident enough to participate in it. We want to teach children the thrill and excitement of learning new things, which is difficult when a student lacks confidence. A private tutor will show them that it’s alright to fail and not get things correct on the first, second, or third attempt.

2. Develops productive work habits

Tutors can set great examples for young students. They provide a role model who has achieved academic success. While your kids are developing their work habits, why not have them learn from the best? Also, by working one-on-one with a tutor, they’ll improve their social and teamwork skills as well (READ: 4 Ways to Help Elementary-aged Kids With Their Homework).

3. Tutoring can help students catch up in the summer

Elementary students learn so much throughout the school year, so why have them lose any of it in the summer? With the help of OC tutoring, your student can retain what they learned all while improving their skills in subjects in which they struggled.

4. Ensures core educational foundation will be strong

For a student to succeed in academics, they need a strong grasp of the basics. No one should expect their child to be good at every subject, but with the help of tutoring, they can at least have a strong foundation in each course.

Elementary level students can benefit from private OC tutoring just like students at any other level of education. From reading to science, TutorNerds is here to help you find the perfect tutor for your kid. Call us today for more information.

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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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Irvine Writing Tutor Tips: How to Improve Your Writing This Summer

Tips From an Irvine Writing Tutor: 4 Ways to Improve Your Writing Over the Summer


Writing is an essential skill for students. In other words, having the ability to explain yourself clearly in writing will help you in every academic subject. Writing is also a fun and creative hobby for many students. Sadly, most of the writing abilities students develop over the school year are lost over the summer months due to no writing. Let’s not allow that to happen to you! One of our private Irvine Writing Tutors has come up with these four ways to improve your writing over the summer.

Writing Doesn’t Have to be a Chore

Some students inevitably equate writing with homework or classwork, which makes it more of a chore than a fun summer activity. One reason why some students dislike writing is that they haven’t developed their abilities to the point that it comes easily to them. It’s frustrating when you know what you want to say, but can’t figure out how to put it into words on a paper. This is a common frustration, and spending time improving your writing over the summer will take the stress off of paper assignments when you’re back in the classroom.

Spending an hour or two – or more if you’re on a roll – writing each day will help you improve your skills without it impeding on your summer activities. Now, what to write about? A few of our tips below will help with that. If you’re feeling a case of writer’s block coming on, take a break and go outside, it is summer after all.

1. Hire a Private Irvine Writing Tutor

The best way to improve your writing over the summer is with the help of a private tutor. Our Irvine writing tutors work around your busy schedules, in-person or at a meeting location. Call us today to book your tutor and start improving your writing skills.

2. Join or start a writing club

Ask your local librarian if the library hosts a summer writing club for your age group. If not, ask them if you could start one and have them meet in one of the library conference rooms. Odds are they will be thrilled you want to write and will be more than helpful to get the club going. Sharing the group with your friends on Facebook will help you find the best time to meet. Once you have a group, find a list of writing prompts online and settle on one per meeting. Then, during the next meeting, everyone will take turns reading their version of the prompt (READ: 5 Reasons Why Students Should Start a Blog).

3. Read

Most authors would agree that one of the best ways to improve your writing is to read good writing. Through symbiosis, you’ll be learning how to construct sentences that aren’t clunky, how to write good dialogue, among other essential skills. Start a contest with a friend to see who can read the most books this summer.

4. Enter a Writing Contest

Many magazines and blogs host writing contests. These contests cover a wide-range of topics. From poetry to science-fiction, you’ll be able to find a contest in which you are most interested. Make a note of the submission date and guidelines, and then start writing!

With these summer writing tips from an Irvine English tutor, you’ll start the school year in better writing shape than when you finished in spring.

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Keep Your Kid’s Brain Sharp This Summer With These 3 Tips

3 Things to Do This Summer to Keep Your Kid’s Brain Sharp


Our private Orange County tutors know the importance of keeping students’ brains sharp over the summer. We want our clients to excel, which is why we decided to share three tips to have a fun and brainy summer.

As the school year winds down, it’s time for students to start planning their summer vacations. From part-time jobs to family trips, students have many options to pass the time during the summer months. While it’s important to have fun and relax, students should make an effort to keep their academic skills sharp. They’ve all worked so hard to improve their reading, writing, math, and science skills, why let it go to waste?

During a break, we know that anything related to learning can send students running in the opposite direction, but given the right scenario and approach, education over the summer can be fun! It’s important to stress to your kids that this is a time to put their academic skills to use on things in which they are interested.

1. Book an Experienced Orange County Tutor

Whether your child didn’t do as well as you’d hoped in a class or you want them to get a jump start on a difficult class they plan on taking in the fall, the best thing they can do is work with one of our private Orange County Tutors. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to have fun and go on trips because our tutors work around your schedule (READ: Fullerton Tutor Tips: What College Students Should Focus on this Summer).

2. Visit a Museum

Living in Southern California, we are spoiled with incredible museums. From art to natural history to California history, we have many options. A trip to the museum can be a fun and educational family trip, especially on a day that’s too hot to be outdoors. Include some writing skills by having your kids write down what they learned.

3. Read, Read, and Read Some More

Assigned reading can be a drag for students, but reading a book of their choice will turn it from a chore into a fun past time. Take your kids to the library and let them pick out books that they want to read. Whether it be a young-adult fiction series or an autobiography on their favorite sports hero, reading is reading. Let them read in the backyard with a cold glass of lemonade so they feel like it’s still a summer activity. Make it fun for them by setting goals.

Book your Orange County tutor for summer!

There are so many ways to keep your intellectual curiosity going during the summer. It’s crucial for students to view learning as something they choose to do, not have to do. Learning should be fun, and summer is the perfect time of year to experience that. Don’t wait to book your private tutor from TutorNerds!

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TutorNerds Featured on OC Mom Blog: End of the School Year Tips

TutorNerds Guest Post on the Orange County Mom Blog: 4 Tips to Help your Child Concentrate Through the End of the School Year


As students are wrapping up the school year, it’s important to make sure they’re on track to finish strong. To help with this, one of our private Orange County tutors wrote a guest post for our friends at the OC Mom Blog.

“It’s that time of year again, school is almost over, and students are excited to get out of the classroom and into the swing of summer. Unfortunately, this can make it harder for students to concentrate on what’s important including end-of-year testing, final exams, and final projects that will make a big difference in their overall GPA. There are lots of things kids can do to stay on track and work towards academic success for the remainder of the year.”

Make the most of your summer break! With our experienced Orange County tutors that work with your schedule, you’ll be able to catch up and get ahead on your academics all while relaxing and having fun in the sun. Call us today to book your private Orange County summer tutor from TutorNerds!

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