We met with Grace, a student in Lewisville, TX, in September of her senior year of high school. Though we typically meet with sophomores or juniors who are starting to think about and prep for college, we regularly see seniors who are trying to unlock more college options or more scholarship opportunities.
When we met, Grace had already been accepted to the University of Arkansas with an unweighted GPA of 3.8 and ACT score of 23. Dyslexia has always made testing difficult for Grace, so she was delighted to earn that 23.
Grace’s 23 helped her get into the University of Arkansas, but unfortunately, her family was going to have to pay full price. With a 24, she’d automatically earn a merit scholarship covering 70% of her tuition at Arkansas.
1 point of improvement was going to save Grace’s family about $45,000.
How We Helped
- We met with Grace to understand her academic background, interests, senior schedule, and motivation level. Grace was motivated, but she wasn’t confident that she’d be able to improve.
- Since Grace had already taken a full-length, official ACT, we used those results to set up her program.
- We wanted to minimize the number of ACTs Grace would potentially take her senior year. We recommended 3 sessions of tutoring prior to the December ACT to ensure that Grace would feel confident going into her test and get the 1 point she needed.
- Grace’s parents opted to schedule 5 sessions (rather than 3) prior to her test.
- Grace’s tutor came to her home once a week for two hours prior to her test.
- Grace improved her score by 5 points to a 28, which exceeded the goal we’d set for her by a full 4 points.
- She not only unlocked the $45,000 merit scholarship that we were shooting for,
sheunlocked an additional $6,300 by exceeding her initial goal.
- Grace spent 10 hours tutoring and 3 hours on homework. The time she spent was worth about $3,950 an hour.