About

Every student could use a little extra help

to understand the information being taught in the classroom setting (especially when the classroom is online) and learning is asynchronous!

Learning online can be lonely and many of our school clubs and activities are cancelled. The Study Hard Project is here to join with students in community and foster connection as we meet our short-term and long-term goals inside and outside the classroom!

We’re here to pace with you and lead you to your academic potential, during the pandemic and beyond.

Meet Ava

I’m a junior at Wyoming Seminary Upper School. I started The Study Hard Project during my Freshman year of high school because I wanted to help students meet their full potential and get the one-on-one attention they deserve. From my own experience, I know it can make a big difference!

I’ve struggled with learning challenges myself. To close the gap between my achievement and potential, I’ve gone to individual tutoring in reading and math and received daily homework help for as long as I can remember. One-on-one attention has helped me learn how to learn in a way that works for me. Without that, I can guarantee that I wouldn’t be meeting my academic goals the way I am today. 

During my Freshman year at Wyoming Seminary, I became a peer-tutor, which revealed to me the benefits of being on the other side. Helping students helped me to better understand the material I was teaching and to increase my academic confidence big time!

Hello! I'm Ava

I started The Study Hard Project to make tutoring and these life-changing opportunities free and easily accessible to all students, especially those in marginalized groups and from low-income families.

What students are Saying

“The book club empowered me to use my voice, tell my story and share my experiences. Even more, when we discussed the topics in our book, This Book Is Anti-Racist, I learned about others’ experiences, backgrounds and stories. Plus, I made amazing new friends!”

Vera, Book Club Member

“Opening your eyes to racial injustice is like turning on a flashlight. You've been in darkness for so long that you haven't truly seen what is there. With the light on, your perspective of the world broadens. You realize that what you see isn't what everyone else sees. That is when real change happens; You can turn off the flashlight, but you can't forget what you saw with the light on. This book club helped me turn my flashlight on. Thanks again and I'm looking forward to the winter book club!”

Grace, Book Club Member

“It really gives me such hope that dialogue like we had are happening here, especially given the lack of meaningful conversations about race and power I had growing up. Forming something like this group is always difficult and it's profoundly impressive that you were able to do this in high school.”

Gannon, Book Club Member 

“Making lunches for families in need during the pandemic made me feel a sense of community, even though we were all stuck at home in quarantine. Doing something good for other people made me feel better about myself during a really hard time.”

Lily, Community Service Club Member

“I never realized how smart I am until I started tutoring. It makes me more confident in my work and in myself”

Molly, Tutor

“Working with Study Hard, I’ve learned the that empowering others is the best way to feel my own power.”

Shawna, Tutor

“Through Study Hard I’ve discovered that time is the most precious gift we can give. An hour a week means the world to my middle school students and their parents. Mastering the concepts in our study sessions seems to make my students feel better about themselves, in general. I swear an hour a week can set them on the path to future success. It’s doing that for me!”

Campbell, Tutor

“My favorite thing about Study Hard is that I can be a student one week to get help with my homework, and I can tutor the next week to help a student with something they don’t understand but I do. We can be a student one week and a tutor the next. It’s awesome!”

Ava, Student

“My teachers usually get frustrated with me, because I can’t sit still. My Study Hard tutors are really nice to me and give me breaks. When I can’t sit there anymore, we walk around for 5 minutes or grab a snack or whatever. It’s kind of fun.”

Anonymous, Student

“The Study Hard Project is an excellent free tutoring program. This program provided my children with practice in math skills. The tutors have great knowledge and understanding of various math concepts. The program is directed by Ava Hazzouri, and I was so impressed by the way she contacted me throughout to make sure everything was going well with my children. Also, the tutors Campbell and Molly are so amazing!! This tutoring program is Top Notch!”

Shannon, Parent

“The Study Hard tutors are knowledgeable, kind and respectful. My son is getting tutored in French, but he’s also seeing other high school students his age take initiative. I like that he has gotten to know a group of motivated kids.” 

Parent of High School Student

“My kids love meeting with their tutors, which is a relief! Typically, they would fight the idea of getting extra math help, especially over the summer. Learning from older kids who they look up to and explain things in a way that makes sense to them makes a big difference.”

Parent of Middle School Student

Meet the Tutors

Ava

Quinn

Elisabeth

Carmen

Grace o.

Kate G.

Lily

Emma

Shawna

Coley

Rhianna

Molly

Abby L.

Sarah

Mia

Mya

Carly

Campbell

Samantha

Kate L.

Ashlyn

Grace S.

Abby M.

Shane

Mercedes

Tyler 

Gannon

Andrew

Fiona

Caitlin

Ericka

Vera

Become a Tutor

Ava

Founder

School: Wyoming Seminary
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: Math
Go-to Study Snack: Goldfish
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a Koi Male Beta Fish named Brody

Quinn

CREATIVITY CLUB LEADER

School: Scranton Preparatory
Grade: 12th grade
Favorite Subject: English and Latin!
Go-to Study Snack: Goldfish, of course
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a golden retriever. I’m quiet but can bark your ear off if allowed! 

Elisabeth

COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUB LEADER

School: Scranton Preparatory
Grade: 12th grade
Favorite Subject: Math
Go-to Study Snack: Pretzels
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a ladybug named Lucy

Carmen

COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUB LEADER

School: Scranton Preparatory
Grade: 12th grade
Favorite Subject: French and Math
Go-to Study Snack: No snacks here
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: an eagle

Grace O.

Book CLUB LEADER

School: Scranton Preparatory
Grade: 10th grade
Favorite Subject: Science
Go-to Study Snack: Watermelon
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a dolphin named Willow

Kate G.

Book CLUB LEADER

School: Wyoming Seminary
Grade: 12th grade
Favorite Subject: Math and Chemistry
Go-to Study Snack: Goldfish
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: one of those small annoying dogs 

Lily

Wellness CLUB LEADER

School: Wyoming Seminary
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: Math
Go-to Study Snack: Guacamole
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a dolphin

Emma

School: Wyoming Seminary
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: Science
Go-to Study Snack: Grapes
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a fish! I’d love to swim freely all day

Shawna

School: Wyoming Seminary
Grade: 12th grade
Favorite Subject: Math
Go-to Study Snack: Popcorn
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a Sea Otter

Coley

School: Wyoming Seminary
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: Math
Go-to Study Snack: Welch’s gummies
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a penguin

Rhianna

School: Wyoming Seminary
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: History
Go-to Study Snack: Gogurt
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a bunny!

Molly

School: Scranton Preparatory
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: History
Go-to Study Snack: Popcorn
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a parrot named Kiwi

Abby L.

School: Holy Cross High School 
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: Math
Go-to Study Snack: Potato Chips
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a Guinea Pig named Pip

Sarah

School: Scranton Preparatory
Grade: 12th grade
Favorite Subject: Math
Go-to Study Snack: Salt and Vinegar Chips
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a frog

Mia

School: Scranton Preparatory
Grade: 12th grade
Favorite Subject: English
Go-to Study Snack: Goldfish
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a Painted Turtle!

Mya

School: Wyoming Seminary
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: English
Go-to Study Snack: Oreos
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a platypus

Carly

School: Scranton Preparatory
Grade: 12th grade
Favorite Subject: Spanish
Go-to Study Snack: Goldfish
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a flamingo

Campbell

School: Wyoming Seminary
Grade: 12th grade
Favorite Subject: Love them all!
Go-to Study Snack: Popcorn
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a puppy!

Samantha

School: Wyoming Seminary
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: Math
Go-to Study Snack: Apple slices with Nutella
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a guinea pig

Kate L.

School: Dallas High School
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: History/Science
Go-to Study Snack: Cheez Itz
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a Guinea Pig named Squiggles

Ashlyn

School: Scranton Preparatory
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: Math
Go-to Study Snack: Apple slices with peanut butter
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a white dwarf hamster

Grace S.

School: Scranton Preparatory
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: English
Go-to Study Snack: Cheez-It’s and Iced Tea
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a small Chinchilla named Lucy 

Abby M.

School: Wyoming Seminary 
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: English
Go-to Study Snack: Goldfish
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a sloth

Shane

School: Wyoming Seminary
Grade: 10th grade
Favorite Subject: Social Studies
Go-to Study Snack: Peanut Butter Crackers
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a fish

Mercedes

School: Scranton Preparatory
Grade: 12th grade
Favorite Subject: Spanish
Go-to Study Snack: Nature Valley Bars
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a cat

Tyler

School: Wyoming Seminary
Grade: 11th grade
Favorite Subject: Math
Go-to Study Snack: Oreos
If I were a teachers pet, I’d be: a shark

Gannon

College Prep Team LEADER

School: Cornell University
2020 Graduate
Major: Government
Go-to Study Snack: Awake chocolate
Go-to study break activity: Watching an episode of Parks and Rec

Andrew

College Prep Team

School: Boston College
Grade: Freshman
Major: History
Go-to Study Snack: Animal crackers
Go-to study break activity: Playing video games

Fiona

College Prep Team

School: University of Southern California 
Grade: Freshman
Major: Biology and English
Go-to Study Snack: Yogurt Parfait
Go-to study break activity: walking my golden retriever

Caitlin

College Prep Team

School: University of Scranton
Grade: Freshman
Major: Biology with a minor in Latin
Go-to Study Snack: Lime Tostitos
Go-to study break activity: walk my dog

Ericka

College Prep Team

School: University of Pennsylvania
Grade: Sophomore
Major: Anthropology
Go-to Study Snack: Nutter Butters or Cheez Its
Go-to study break activity: Walking my adorable beagle, Pepper, and watching my Netflix favs!

Vera

College Prep Team

School: College of Architecture of the University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Grade: Senior
Major: Fashion Design
Go-to Study Snack: Baby food fruit purée 
Go-to study break activity: Watching a historical romantic tv series. 

Adult Helpers and Advocates

Rachel Bartron

Junior Class Dean,
Wyoming Seminary

Rachel Garcia

Upper School Science Department Chair,
Wyoming Seminary

Christian Davis

VP/Director of Advancement,
Scranton Preparatory School

Patty Hein

Teacher,
Scranton School District

Mandy Finella

Teacher,
North Pocono School District

Maura Tripodi

Special Education Teacher,
Scranton School District

Dr. Gail Keating

Retired English and Women Studies Professor, Penn State University

Dr. Lauren Hazzouri

Ava's mom and psychologist,
Hazzouri Psychology

Sandie Lamanna

School Psychologist,
Stories Literacy Center 

Rep. Marty Flynn

Pennsylvania State Representative

Rep. Bridget Kosierowski

Pennsylvania State Representative

Mayor Paige Cognetti

Change-maker and first female
Mayor of Scranton

Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter

Director of Diversity,
Marywood University

Sari Rosenberg

AP US History Teacher,
NYC Schools

Natalie Guerrero

Writer and Founder,
Know My Story

Dr. David Palmiter

Psychologist, Author, Professor,
Marywood University

Maria Wolfel

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist,
Private Practice

Dr. Jill Kasper

Primary Care Physician and Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

DR. RYAN LECKEY

TV personality and
High Energy Motivator

BEN TOLERICO

Principal, Holy Cross High School

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