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Prep To Succeed Volunteer ACT Tutoring Program

                                                      Prep To Succeed


     Along with grades and academic class load, a high school student’s ACT test score plays a major factor in determining college admission.  Many qualified students could improve their chances of getting into a better college with a higher ACT test score, but they do not always have the resources that can help them succeed. Many students from more affluent areas have access to individualized tutoring and find their scores improve greatly with this addition. Prep to Succeed will provide individualized ACT tutoring to students in the Chicagoland area who would not have access to this level of tutoring otherwise. The program will begin in January, 2014, to prepare students for the April ACT exam.

     To qualify for tutoring, which will be provided free of charge, students must be in the top level of their class, as these are the students who are most likely to benefit from additional help. Improved ACT scores will provide them with access to better colleges and increased financial aid opportunities. Prep to Succeed will work with individual high schools and mentoring programs to identify which students to assist. Tutoring will focus on the subject matter of the test as well as more general test taking skills.

     Prep to Succeed is planning to tutor 10-20 students this year. Hopefully, in the future we will be able to assist many more students.

     The tutors will be volunteers Our ideal tutors will be college education students or students who scored well on the exam, but other interested individuals will be considered. Tutors will undergo a training process prior to working with the students.


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Comment by Kara Carrell on December 6, 2013 at 3:54pm

yes, please call my office 773-772-6270 X 118

Comment by Jay Rosenbloom on December 6, 2013 at 11:11am


Could I call you at a time that is convenient to discuss your organization and the student you would like to be tutored?



Comment by Kara Carrell on December 5, 2013 at 5:49pm

I have a student I'd like to put into this program, can you give me the info to sign him up? or have him apply? 

Thank you! 

Kara Carrell

Career & Workforce Development Specialist

Youth Service Project

Comment by Jay Rosenbloom on November 22, 2013 at 3:20pm

High school juniors will meet with the tutors once a week for an hour. The program will start in late January and last until mid April to prepare the students for the April ACT exam. Tutors will be trained by existing professional ACT tutors. Students will be given sample tests as homework and tutors will go over the tests with the students to find problem areas and teach them techniques to improve their test taking skills.

Comment by Daniel Bassill on November 22, 2013 at 12:32pm


How and where will tutors connect with students?  How many sessions and how long will each session be? Is the tutoring expected to be provided in specific months, such as prior to when ACT exams are offered in April? How will you train your volunteers? Will there be a specific curriculum they would be expected to follow?

If you have a web site or blog that describes your program these are all questions that you should provide answers to so that potential students, volunteers and partners will figure out how/if they get involved with your organization.

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