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Sometimes Great Things Come in Small Packages – Tutoring Stories

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His name is Emmanuel, and he is a force to be reckoned with.

He is a cherubic, bespectacled five year old darling who came to visit me in my little tutoring room this past spring.  He was just finishing his kindergarten year, but his father was told by the teacher and the school district that Emmanuel was not ready to advance to first grade.  His papa could not accept that decision. He knew his son, and he knew what I would soon come to learn.

Our little Emmanuel was not only bright, but inside that tiny frame was the bulldog determination of a never-give-up hard worker. His wise father became Emmanuel’s advocate, and convinced the district to retest his son one more time before the final decision to retain him in kindergarten. That is how Emmanuel came to work with me for several hours per week this past summer.

And work we did!  He memorized sight words, segmented phonemes, read countless nonsense words, beat me over and over at The Train Phonics Game, and learned the names of geometric shapes.  I still smile when I think of that little voice flawlessly saying difficult terms like “rectangular prism.”

When we first began working together, Emmanuel had two teeth missing.  It was a challenge getting him to be able to pronounce the “th” sound without those teeth, but he practiced and practiced until he got it right. I can still see that determined little face working to form the words.  Small but mighty, Emmanuel did anything and everything I asked him to do, without a whimper or complaint, as we vetted him for the retest mid-July.

As the day of the retest came, I prayed and waited to hear if he had passed.  When his dad arrived at our center, he was all smiles as he proudly showed me the congratulatory email on his phone.  There were high-fives all over our lobby, and we took Emmanuel’s photo, with both thumbs-up, to put on our bulletin board to celebrate his victory.

At Oxford, we are in the business of helping all of our students achieve their individual goals.  If one strolls through our center during a busy day, one might hear Shakespeare, calculus, chemistry, or physics concepts wafting through the air. We take pride in our high school students who score high on their SAT’s and go on to Ivy League schools.  But we also take every bit as much pride in the success of a kindergartener like Emmanuel.

At Oxford Tutoring Center, there are no small victories.

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3 Tips to Stand Out to Top Universities from the Oxford Tutoring College Consultant

royce.jpgIn the last year alone, the California State University system received a record 790,000 applicants by the twenty-three campuses.  These numbers are up substantially from the previous year and continue to increase each year.

Admission to a college in California is extremely competitive and preparing for college is a daunting task.  It is no longer enough to obtain a college degree (in fact, some students can even obtain a degree through online courses without ever having to step onto a college campus).

What employees are interested in is where a student receives his or her degree.  Students and employers are more attuned to where a college ranks on the scale of prestige.  Previously, a college degree was something to be proud of, and while this is still the case, where a student goes to college is a lot more important than it was a decade ago.

The campuses of the University of California have always had a prestigious ranking among colleges and now the secret is out.  Students from across the country and around the world are applying to the University of California in record numbers.  Last year, UCLA received 112,000 applications and UCI received 96,000 applications.

Then, how, with so much rivalry to enter top schools how can a student compete?  Here are three tips to stand out to the top California universities.

#1 – Start in Middle School

Changing factors over the past few decades have made it necessary for students to begin preparing for college admissions to the University of California as early as middle school.  Middle schools offer classes in math, science, and foreign language, giving the students the opportunity to complete prerequisites for advanced high school classes.  Students can complete courses in math through geometry, honor-level English and science, while also completing first and second year foreign language classes all before entering high school.

 

#2 – Excel Academically

Students can now begin high school qualified for honors courses, AP courses, and courses in International Baccalaureate where offered.  The students will also be better prepared for the rigors of a demanding academic curriculum through high school, which includes preparation for the SAT and ACT exam.

However, it is not enough to just take these classes.  It is imperative that students stay focused, work hard, and excel in these classes.  If a student is struggling to keep up with the challenging work load high division classes require, he or she should look for outside help.

 

#3 – Get Involved

In addition to a strong academic curriculum, students must also be involved in their communities and school.  Consecutive year involvement in clubs on campus, community outreach, sports both on and off campus, and other activities are not only desirable, but necessary.

 

Takeaway

The University of California remains an exclusive system that requires years of preparation.  The application process will continue to become more selective and the application pool will continue to grow.   Unless UCLA, or another campus, miraculously doubles in size, the road to admission will continually grow more and more challenging. In order to keep up with the competition, it is essential to make the most of academic opportunities and begin preparing for college as early as possible.  There is no “secret formula” to ensuring admission.  Hit the books and practice diligently, because the path to college admission is steep and demanding.

 

College Consulting with Oxford Tutoring

Need help making decisions to get into the top colleges?  Oxford Tutoring is here to help with college consulting services.  These services include planning your road to college, advising on difficult decisions, applying for colleges, and writing your personal statements.  Call us today to sign up for college consulting sessions.  (949) 681-0388.

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As a reader for UCLA and UCI and an educator with more than 25 years of experience, Bob Trudeau understands how college admissions officers read and score student applications.  By applying his knowledge of the 2000 plus applications he reads each year, Bob can help each student present him or herself as vividly and professionally as possible, while helping mom and dad make tough planning and advising decisions necessary to stand out to top universities.

 

Copyright Oxford Tutoring 2016

Posted in ACT, Education, SAT, SAT Test Prep, student, Studying, Tests, Uncategorized

How to Overcome ACT and SAT Test Anxiety

There is no doubt about it – the SAT test and ACT test are difficult tests.  For many students, the idea of taking such challenging tests can fill them with dread and anxiety.  Because these tests are created to predict how well students will do in college, mountains of pressure are associated with the ACT and SAT.  Even extremely bright students are often frozen in fear when facing these giants.  Text anxiety is a very real struggle for many of our students. At Oxford Tutoring, we believe in not only preparing our students for the test as far as content and strategy goes, but also in helping them overcome their fear by giving them the confidence to tackle the ACT and the SAT.  Here are some Oxford Tutoring recommended steps to overcome ACT and SAT test anxiety.

Breathe

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It may seem simple enough – breathing is something we do without thinking about it.  But that is not the type of breathing we are referring to here.  We are talking about deep breathing.  The kind that, according Denise Scarbro, fitness and nutrition guru with a BA in Psychology, says, “The parasympathetic nervous system is what controls our fight or flight response. Deep breathing triggers our parasympathetic nervous system, neutralizes stress and elicits a calming feeling.” (Source).

The technique we recommend is something we call the 5-2-5.  For five seconds, breathe in deeply through your nose, hold the breath for 2 seconds, then exhale through your mouth for five seconds.  Do this several times at the start of your test, when you are practicing, or when you are feeling overwhelmed to calm you anxiety and relax your mind.

Still feeling stressed? It may be because you are breathing from your chest and not your stomach.  Place your hand on your stomach when breathing to ensure that you are breathing from the proper place to experience the full benefits of the 5-2-5 deep breathing exercise.

 

Practice

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Another basic but often overlooked concept it practicing.  Theses tests is beasts – they are almost 4 hours long.  Think back to the last activity you did that lasted for four hours straight.  Can’t think of one? That is because four hours is very long time for your brain to be focusing on one activity.  It is not natural and not what students are used to.  An hour test? Sure.  Maybe even two hours.  But four! That is gonna require some work.

Which is where practice comes in.  Just like in a basketball game, coaches cannot expect their players to be able to run for an hour or more without preparing them for it.  So players practice and build up their stamina. It is the same thing for the ACT or SAT.  You can take a test for four hours, you just have to build up the stamina.  So take practice tests in a setting like that of the one you will be taking the ACT or SAT in.  If you need a place to practice, Oxford Tutoring offers practice tests to help you conquer the ACT test or SAT test.

 

Prepare Ahead of Time

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Nothing will cause panic quite like feeling unprepared.  If you have not put the time and effort into getting ready for the test, then fear is a completely expected reaction.  Things are a lot scarier when you haven’t trained to face them.

So yes, you need to practice.  But you also need to give yourself enough time so that the practice will be a benefit to you.  Practicing the night before is not going to give you the confidence you need to take the test.  So start preparing.  That way you can walk into the room on test day and know exactly what type of animal you are facing and how to take it down.

 

Give Yourself Some Grace

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This is a hard test.  You are being asked to do college-level analysis and college-level math.  It is no joke.  Furthermore, most high schools do not have the time to prepare you with the type of knowledge you will need to have to take the ACT and SAT.  So, do yourself a favor, don’t expect perfection right off the bat.  It is like a marathon, not a sprint.  Taking our practice tests once or twice is not enough to get to the finish line.   It takes consistent practice, hard work, and time.  Show yourself some grace, you will not get there overnight, but if you understand that improvement is going to take time and are willing to put in the hours, you will get there.

 

Take the Test with Confidence

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You’ve prepared, you’ve practiced, you’ve put in the time, and you even have your handy-dandy breathing technique.  Now take the test with confidence!  You have got this.  You are ready.  Believe that.  We are rooting for you!

Need practice tests, private tutoring, or courses to get ready for the ACT or SAT?  Oxford Tutoring is here to help!  Call us today! (949) 681-0388.

 

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6 Steps to Prepare for the SAT

The dreaded SAT: a challenge that all high school student with dreams of going to college must face.  Success on this test begins with understanding the SAT test and facing it with courage and determination. In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, an American politician, diplomat, and activist, “You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”  The SAT may seem like a test too big to tackle, with some basic, manageable steps, you will find yourself on the way to not only taking the SAT, but conquering it.

 

Step #1 – Select an SAT Date.  Register!

It may seem like common sense, but with so many other activities, sports, classes, and studying, it is easy to let SAT test dates slip by without registering.  So, stop what you are doing right now.  Pick a test date, and go register here .

SAT Test Dates

The SAT test is offered a number of times during the school year.   Tests are offered on Saturdays.  Be sure to select a test date that you can feasibly prepare for. Be sure to take your other obligations into consideration, like finals, AP exams, sports tournaments, college applications, etc.

 

Step #2 – Set Score Goals.

It is important to set a goal for yourself.  That way you have a score that both you and your Oxford Tutoring SAT instructor are working towards.  This helps you develop a realistic expectation and provides motivation for you to do your best.  If you need help setting an SAT score goal, meet with an Oxford Tutoring SAT Counselor for free.

 

Step #3 – Track your progress.

Use the following chart to keep track of how you are doing.  That way, you can see where you started, take note of the areas that are still causing your trouble, and decide which subjects you want to continue tutoring in.

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Step #4 – Study! Go to class, take practice tests, and do your homework.

While practice is helpful, practice does not make perfect if you are practicing incorrectly.  That’s where Oxford Tutoring comes in, with classes that cover content, teach strategies, and prepare you to achieve your SAT score goals.

Furthermore, when it comes to studying, treat the SAT like eating your vegetable.  Eating a few vegetables a day is manageable, helpful, and even good.  Studying is the same way.  Studying everyday is much more manageable and effective than trying to do it all at once.

Don’t try to do a week’s worth of studying in one day, just as you would not eat a week’s worth of vegetables in one day.  You will be healthier, smarter, and happier with consistent study.  And your SAT score will thank you! Consistent study builds long-term memory.

Step #5 – Focus extra study time on trouble spots.

Spend extra time on those areas that you are still struggling with.  This is especially helpful for critical reading and essay writing.

The following texts have been used by the SAT to construct SAT reading passages.  Thus, these readings are your best choice for practice of the reading passages.

Literature and Personal Narratives

U.S. Founding Documents (the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers.

The Great Global Conversation (Edmund Burke, Henry David Thoreau, Gandhi, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Martin Luther King Jr.

A speech delivered by Congresswoman Barbara Jordan of Texas on July 25, 1974, as a member of the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives.

Federalist No. 65, an essay by Alexander Hamilton

Richard Florida, The Great Reset

Social Science and Physical Science

Economics, Psychology or Sociology resources

Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics resources

Step #6 – Succeed! Take the test with confidence!

Oxford Tutoring comes alongside you to help you achieve your SAT goals.  Sign up for an SAT or ACT test prep course today! (949) 681-0388.

If you follow these steps, you will be well on your way to conquering the SAT and achieving your score goal.  Don’t forget, Oxford Tutoring is here to help offering SAT classes that come with a score guarantee and SAT private tutoring.  Call us today to schedule a free SAT Consult to learn more!

 

 

 

Posted in ACT, Education, grammar, SAT, SAT Test Prep, Studying, Uncategorized, Writing

Top 10 Grammar Basics to Master Before Taking the ACT or SAT

10 Grammar Basics to Master Before Taking the ACT and SATBasic grammar may seem like common knowledge to students in the 10th – 12th grades.  However, it might surprise you to know that many of our high school students come to us having not reviewed their beginning grammar since elementary school.  That is why our English ACT or SAT preparation always starts with a basic grammar review before moving onto the more complex grammar concepts found in the ACT and SAT.  Often, it is not that our students do not understand grammar, but simply they do not remember it.  So we wanted to give you a head start.  If you come to our ACT and SAT private tutoring or ACT and SAT courses with this basic knowledge in your back pocket, you will be ready to move on to the more advanced grammar concepts from the ACT or SAT.

#1 – Nouns

Definition – person, place, thing, or idea.

Examples –  boy, Denmark, desk, happiness.

In a Sentence – She showed great courage when faced with the death of her husband.

 

#2 – Pronouns

Definition – takes the place of a noun

Examples – she, who, anyone, his

In a Sentence – After Marie won the tennis tournament, she thanked her coach and her parents.

 

#3 – Verbs

Definition –  1. action or helping; 2. linking (state of being) “to”

Examples – ran, am, been working

In a Sentence – Elyse is training for a marathon; she wants to race in six months.

 

#4 – Adjectives

Definition – modifies a noun or pronoun; answers the questions “Which one?”; “What kind?”; “How many?”

Examples – warm, disgusting, angry

In a Sentence – The large dog with the shaggy coat played with the three rambunctious children.

 

#5 – Adverbs

Definition – modifies a verb, adjective, or adverb; answers the questions “How?”; “When?”; “Where?”; “Why?”

Examples – excitedly, momentarily, noticeably

In a Sentence – My lovely cat usually sleeps quietly on the kitchen table.

 

# 6 – Prepositions

Definition – shows the relationship between two nouns, usually location or direction; always comes with a phrase

Examples – in, over, under

In a Sentence- I ran barefoot through the soccer field and stepped on a cleat.

 

#7 – Conjunctions

Coordinating

Definition – connected related words, phrases, or clauses

Examples – for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so

In a Sentence – Marc likes to eat, but he doesn’t like to exercise.

 

Correlative

Definition – comes in pairs

Examples – neither…nor, either…or

In a Sentence – I want not only a bike but also a coat for my birthday.

 

Subordinating 

Definition – creates a dependent clause

Examples – since, because, as

In a SentenceAlthough Paulina wants to go with us to the game, she has to finish her homework.

 

#8 – Infinitives

 

Definition – to + verb; acts like a noun

Examples – to jump, to try, to act

In a Sentence – Paulina to go with us to the game.

 

#9 – Gerunds

Definition – verb + ing; acts like a noun

Examples – skating, yelling, crying

In a SentenceHiking and running are my favorite activities.

 

#10 – Participle

Past

Definition– verb + ed

 

Present

Definition – verb + ing

Acts like an adjective

Example – aged, dancing

In a Sentence – While tying her running shoes, Rita sat on a broken chair.

 

Understanding basic grammar goes a long way in preparing you for the ACT and SAT.  So if you have not done so yet, make sure you have a thorough understanding of the above list.  Then come down to Oxford Tutoring and sign up for an ACT or SAT class or a ACT or SAT private tutoring session.  Sign up today! (949) 681-0388.

 

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OC Summer Family Fun: The Sawdust Art Festival

Celebrating talented artists, the Sawdust Art Festival features over 200 Laguna Beach artists from fine arts to crafts.  There is even free art sessions for kids, magicians, food and more!  Spend the day with your family at the Sawdust Art Festival.

Where: Laguna Beach, CA

When: June 24 – August 28

Tickets: Adults – $9; Children 6-12 – $4; Children 5 & under – free

Recommended for all ages.

Learn more here.

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6 Book Recommendations: 1st Grade Summer Reading List by Oxford Tutoring

The summer before first grade is an ideal time to engage students in reading stories and texts that interest them while building their reading skills.  Just taking some of those extra summer hours to spend reading with your student can put them at a great advantage when the new school year rolls around and prevent them from falling victim to the summer slide.  Check out our blog to find out 6 reasons to spend the summer reading.

Because of this, we have created a summer reading book list of six books for you and your child to choose from.  Through this summer reading children can gain knowledge of what a proper sentence looks like, increase vocabulary understanding, improve reading fluency.  Get Reading!

Oxford Tutoring Recommends:

#1 – The Big Snowball

by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

Build reading comprehension with a fun and entertaining story about a snowball that just won’t stop!  Bonus, the book even has flashcards to help your young readers excel!

Get it here!

 

#2 – Danny and the Dinosaur

by Syd Hoff

Danny makes friends with a friendly dinosaur who travels with him all over the city.  Introduce children to the interesting world of museums with this exciting read.

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#3 – Let’s Go Froggy!

by Jonathan London

Read about Froggy and his family who just cannot quote get ready for their family outing.  This funny story will keep your child smiling and teach them that whatever you do is fun if it’s with your family.

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#4 – Little Bear

by Else Holmelund Minarik

Children will read a chapter book while exploring the world with Little Bear – he even goes to the moon!  No matter where he travels or what he is up to, his mother is there waiting for him, teaching children that their parents will always be there for them to take care of them.

Get it here!

 

#5 – Monkey See, Monkey Do

by Marc Gave

With beautiful illustrations, a group of silly monkeys wreaks havoc on an unsuspecting family. This interesting story will encourage your child’s reading all while making him or her laugh.

Get it here!

 

#6 – Oh Say Can You Say?

by Dr. Seuss

If your little ones have not yet been introduced to the fascinating world of Dr. Suess, this is a great start!  With tricky, tongue twisters and imaginative characters like “the fudnuddlers” and a “Klotz from Glotz”, children will want to return to this book again and again!

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Summer is an excellent time to get in some extra reading so that students avoid the summer slide where students can lose a whole month of learning.  We hope that this list with provides you and your child with engaging books designed to help them get ahead for the upcoming school year.

Happy Reading!

Copyright Oxford Tutoring 2016

 

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OC Summer Family Fun: The Fullerton Arboretum

Looking for something fun to do with your family over the summer? Oxford Tutoring recommends visiting the Fullerton Arboretum.  It is the largest botanical garden in all of Orange County.  Educate your children on ecology, horticulture, and even history!  With an assortment of over 4,000 plant species from all around the world, not only will it provide a fun learning environment for you and your family, it will also be a relaxing get-a-way from the stress of everyday life.

Check it out!

Recommended for the whole family.

Admission is free.

Visit them online.

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6 Reasons to Spend Your Summer Reading

For students, an ideal summer is made up of hanging out by the pool, trips to the beach, video games, shopping at the mall and most importantly, absolutely no school!  While we highly recommend students spending at least some of their summer  maintaining skills or preparing for the new school year with summer classes there is also another way to make sure you are not falling behind over the summer: summer reading.

Summer Reading

So why bother reading over the summer? What’s the point?  You spend the whole school year reading  book after book. Summer is the time for relaxing.  Well, before you completely abandon any thought of school, hear me out.  You might reconsider allocating at least some of your time to your next favorite book!

 

kids-summer-reading.jpg#1 – Avoid Summer Learning Loss

Think about it, you have just spent nine months of your life dedicated to learning.  Remember all those all-nighter’s, last minute, frantic papers, never-ending tests and hard work you have put into the pursuit of learning.  One of the greatest reasons for reading over the summer is to ensure all of that effort is not lost.  Studies show that over the summer “the average learning loss in math and reading for American students amounts to one month per year” (New York Times).

Reading keeps your mind active.  While spending lazy summer days by the pool sounds ideal, you are not doing yourself any favors for the upcoming school year.  We are not saying, don’t take some time off.  We are just suggesting that you need to keep learning over the summer to avoid losing some of your hard-earned education.  Reading is one way to do this!  And hey, you can even do it laying out by the pool!

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#2 – Increase Vocabularydictionary.jpg

One of the biggest challenges for students who struggle to comprehend what they are reading is vocabulary.  Much of the texts you will encounter over the school year contains advanced vocabulary.  Reading exposes you to brand new words that will help you with future reading, but will also increase your vocabulary skills when it is time to write your essays.

Additionally, come test time, school tests but especially ACT and SAT tests, you will have a larger vocabulary arsenal at your disposal.  Also, when reading you learn how to use context clues in order to determine the rough definition of a new word.  Another crucial skill come test-taking time.

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summer-reading-africa-studios-shuttersthock-e1436293933664#3- Obtain Analysis Skills

The ability to analyze, to find the deeper meaning, behind the words you read is a necessary skill for your high school education and beyond.  Practice makes perfect.  And the more time you take to read, the more naturally analysis will come to you when it is time to analyze those pesky classics during the school year.

Analysis also plays an important role in your everyday life.  Ninety-three percent of communication is nonverbal – body language and the tone in one’s voice. (Philip Yaffe).  Which means that what a person does facially, physically, and the inflection in their voice is far more telling that what they actually say.  We must be able to analyze in order to determine the deeper meaning behind the action’s of others and what is being said.  This will put you at a great advantage in your personal life, school life, and work life.

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Famous American writer, William Faulkner once said, “Read, read, read. Read everything…just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master” (Shortlist). Writers need to read.  Why? Because that is how they learn to write.

Perhaps you struggle with writing description – read a writer who is a master of descriptive writing like Margaret Mitchell. Check out this excerpt from her well-known book, Gone with the Wind:

“Spring had come early that year, with warm quick rains and sudden frothing of pink peach blossoms and dogwood dappling with white stars the dark river swamp and far-off hills…The whitewashed brick plantation house seemed an island set in a wild red sea, a sea of spiraling, curving, crescent billows petrified suddenly at the moment when the pink-tipped waves were breaking into surf.”Gone-with-the-Wind-Scarlett-in-front-of-Tara

Or maybe writing an argument is your biggest challenge – find a well-argued essay or speech like Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”.  Notice what he writes here:

“We have waited for more than three hundred and forty years for our God-given and constitutional rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed toward the goal of political independence, and we still creep at horse-and-buggy pace toward the gaining of a cup of coffee at a lunch counter. I guess it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say “wait.” But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim… then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait.” (Source)

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Taking in excellent writing will most definitely improve yours.

 

#5 – Read What You Want

One of the irritating aspects of reading during the school year is that you are forced to read the assigned texts.  You have no say in what you will be spending hours studying and learning about.  Reading over the summer means you get to read about whatever you want!  You are in control, so go out and find your next favorite book.

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Summer is all about relaxing.  Reading seems like the opposite of relaxing.  But guess what? According to recent research, “Reading is the best way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two-thirds” (Source).

Even just a little bit of reading can significantly reduce stress.  While school reading may be stressful, summer reading certainly is not.

So in between video games and the beach (or why not at the beach?) crack open a book.  Summer reading is calling!

 

Copyright Oxford Tutoring 2016

 

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Summer Classes Begin Today!

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 It’s not too late to sign up! Call us today. (949) 681-0388.

Don’t forget summer session 2 begins July 18th. ‪

What are the benefits of taking summer courses?

Studies show that over the summer, students experience a drop in their academic learning, something that is known as the summer slide.  Most students spend very little time engaging in activities that keep their brains active and growing.  Summer courses are an ideal way to maintain what students learned throughout the school year, and even get ahead for the upcoming school year.  And let’s face it,  students face a lot of pressure to take on AP classes, extracurriculars, and to have solid grades.  Summer is a great time to help alleviate some of that stress.  Don’t let your student’s summer go to waste!

How are your students going to spend their summer?

Oxford Tutoring is offering a variety of courses including STEM Courses, ACT and SAT Test Prep, Mathematics, Science Courses and much more.  Keep reading to find out more!

1. How about enhancing their understanding of those challenging math concepts?

Mathematics is a foundational skill that all students must learn.  We are offering the following summer courses:

1st – 8th Grade Math

Algebra 1

Geometry

Algebra 2 Trigonometry

Pre-Calculus

Integrated Math 1

Integrated Math 2

Integrated Math 3

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Get a head-start on concepts from the upcoming school year.

2. Do you want to give them a head start in cutting edge careers?  Try STEM Courses.

Oxford Tutoring is aware of the importance of incorporating STEM into student’s education.   That is why we are covering a variety of summer courses including:

Build a Computer

Python Programming

Website Design

AP Calculus

AP Statistics

AP Physics

AP Computer Science

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Review troublesome concepts from last year and be ready to jump into the next school year.

3. Have they discovered their scientific aptitude yet?

For some students, science can feel like a different language, for others, it can open the door to an exciting new world.  For either student, we have the summer courses to match:

Science Explorer 1 (Grades 3-4)

Science Explorer 2 (Grades 5-6)

Science Explorer 3 (Grades 7-8)

Integrated Science 1

Integrated Science 2

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Trade those lazy summer hours for productive academic practice and skill building.

4. Do they need to improve their reading and writing skills or push to become the next Shakespeare?

Some students have a passion for writing, and here at Oxford Tutoring, we want to give them the tools to excel in their writing.  We also have support for students needing to improve reading and writing skills, an imperative skill to help them succeed in their college lives and beyond.  We offer these summer courses:

1st – 10th Grade English

Creative Writing Workshop (Middle School)

Creative Writing Workshop (High School)

Essay Writing Clinic

Northwood High Required Reading (9th Grade)

Northwood High Required Reading (AP English)

Irvine High Required Reading (9th Grade)

Irvine High Required Reading (AP English)

Intro to Speech and Debate

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