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Masterminds Session - ACT
 

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How does your course work?
How do I register my student for the course?
When is the course offered?
Where is the course held?
Who are the tutors?
How much does the course cost?
How much will my student’s score increase because of the course?
Why choose Masterminds over other ACT prep courses?
Who can register for this course?
What’s included in the cost of the course?
How do payments work?
Is this course basically a review of high school?
Can my student change tutors if they aren’t a good fit?
Should my student take your course now or later?
What if my student only needs help with one or two of the ACT sections?
What if my student is going to have to miss one or more of the weeks?
Can siblings take the course together?
How do I sign my student up for the ACT test?
Why should my student take this course?

 


 

How does your course work?

 

Our four-week course concentrates on a different section of the ACT each week. The course is taught one-on-one so each student gets the undivided attention of their tutor and strategies specific to their strengths and weaknesses. The tutor meets your student at your desired meeting place. Each class is 3 hours long and is divided into three stages: learning, practice, and review. First, students learn new strategies for approaching each section of the test, then they get an opportunity to practice those strategies on practice ACT tests, then they review their scores and missed questions with the tutor to learn what kind of mistakes they typically make and how they can use different strategies to prevent those mistakes in the future. In between each class, the student takes home practice sections to complete for homework and review with the teacher during the next class. After completing the four classes, the student is given the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned on a full-length, timed ACT test that we give them. Then, we provide detailed scores and analysis to the student before the ACT test on Saturday.

 

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How do I register my student for the course?

 

You must 1) fill out the registration form (link below) to provide us with the basic information that we need to help your student, and 2) pay the course deposit. Once we receive both of these things, your student has a reserved spot in the course. We’ll send you an email approximately 2 weeks before the start of the course with your student’s confirmed time, meeting place, and tutor. Payment for each session is due at least an hour before the session. Students need to bring what they would to an actual ACT test (pencils, erasers, calculator, water, snack) along with a positive, motivated attitude, and the tutor will provide the rest!

 

CLICK HERE to register for the December test course!

To register for a future course (or to be put on a waitlist for the upcoming course if it’s full), email info@mastermindstutoring.com and tell us the month and year of the course you’re interested in.

 

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When is the course offered?

 

It’s taught over the course of four sessions, each session lasting 3 hours. To accommodate busy schedules, we offer four weekend time slots to choose from: two on Saturday and two on Sunday. We also have some weekday timeslots available. When you fill out the registration form, you’ll select your first and second choices for your student’s time slot. We’ll choose one of those choices based on tutor availability and which time slots have been filled by students who have already registered and paid the deposit. Your student will meet their tutor at that same time for four weeks, but if they won’t be available one or more weeks, we are very flexible and can usually reschedule.

 

COURSE DATES 2017 – 2018

Registration OpensCourse Start DatesACT Test Date
July 5th, 2017August 5/6, 2017September 9, 2017
August 30, 2017September 30/October 1, 2017October 28, 2017
October 4, 2017November 4/5, 2017December 9, 2017
December 14, 2017January 14/15, 2018February 10, 2018
February 17, 2018March 17/18, 2018April 14, 2018
April 5, 2018May 5/6, 2018June 9, 2018
May 9, 2018June 9/10, 2018July 14, 2018

 

DECEMBER TEST COURSE TIME SLOTS

Saturdays at 9:30 AM (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2)
Saturdays at 1:00 PM (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2)
Sundays at 1:00 PM (11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3)
Sundays at 4:30 PM (11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3)

 

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Where is the course held?

 

Anywhere you want it to be held! We don’t have a physical location; we send our tutors to you. Instead, we send our tutors to you! Our ACT tutors can meet your student in your home or at the closest library: wherever is most convenient for you. Each of our tutors has their own service area. You can see the tutor areas and public meeting places map by clicking here.

 

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Who are the tutors?

 

Click here to see our current tutors and learn more about them. Our tutors come from a variety of backgrounds: some are college students who are teachers-in-training or are studying the very subjects that they tutor, some are professionals who are uniquely qualified to tutor certain subjects, and others are retired teachers who still have a passion for teaching. All of our ACT tutors are trained in the structure and particular challenges of the ACT, and they are qualified to explain and customize specific strategies to help your student improve their performance on the test.

 

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How much does the course cost?

 

$55 per hour (just like all of our tutoring) plus a one-time deposit payment of $34.99, which pays for the workbook that your student will use throughout the course and will keep after the course is over. The deposit payment also reserves your student’s spot in the course and is non-refundable, but you can transfer it to a future ACT course if you let us know at least a week before the first session.

 

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How much will my student’s score increase because of the course?

 

First of all, I wouldn’t trust any person or company who tells you they can guarantee a certain score increase. We cannot and do not guarantee any particular outcome because the effectiveness of our course depends largely on the student’s motivation and willingness to both practice and apply the strategies we teach and a number of other factors that no one can control (such as whether or not the student feels well on the day of the test, whether or not the testing environment is comfortable and distraction-free, etc.). However, we can tell you that, in general, we see students’ scores increase by about 3 composite points (with a typical range of a 2 to 5 point increase) after taking our course.

 

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Why choose Masterminds over other ACT prep courses?

 

We offer much more individual attention than most ACT prep courses. Most courses will place your student in a large classroom full of other students where they’ll get little to no individual help from the teacher. In our course, classes are taught one-on-one in a quiet, comfortable setting so your student gets undivided attention and strategies specific to them. We also provide the equivalent of 5 full-length practice tests throughout the course so your student gets as familiar with the test as possible before they take it.

 

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Who can register for this course?

 

Our course is open to any individual (regardless of age or grade) who wants to get the best score they can on the ACT.

 

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What’s included in the cost of the course?

 

Four 3-hour sessions of individualized test prep instruction (12 hours in total), a student workbook that includes detailed test-taking strategies, and five full-length ACT practice tests.

 

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How do payments work?

 

You can pay through our website’s “Payments” page (via Square) or provide your credit card information over the phone. If paying by credit card, there is a 3% processing fee charged by the payment processing system that we use. If needed, you can also pay by check, which can be mailed to the address at the bottom of this page, but the check must clear at least an hour before the session.

 

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Is this course basically a review of high school?

 

Nope. This is a common misconception about ACT training. If your student is missing the core math, science, reading, English or writing skills necessary to get their highest possible score on the ACT, we recommend scheduling sessions with our subject tutors, who can help your student improve in those areas. Our ACT course specializes in teaching strategies and time-management skills specifically for the ACT test. During classes, tutors give a brief review of subject material and help students identify their areas of weakness, but it’s up to the student (or the student in cooperation with one of our subject tutors) to review their areas of weakness. During the ACT course, we focus the majority of our effort and time on test-taking shortcuts and strategies.

 

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Can my student change tutors if they aren’t a good fit?

 

Possibly. If it’s a busy course, all of our tutors might be totally booked, which means your student wouldn’t be able to switch tutors. But, if other tutors have open slots, then a switch might be possible. However, all of our tutors receive the same training and use the same curriculum for the course, so we’d encourage students to stick with the tutor they’re assigned unless there’s a serious problem.

 

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Should my student take your course now or later?

 

Some students choose to take the test first to familiarize themselves with it before they take our course. Others do the opposite, so it’s really up to you. They don’t need to have taken the ACT before they take our course, but we recommend it so the student is familiar with the test format and knows their baseline score. If they’ve taken or are currently in Algebra 2, then they’ve probably seen all the information they need to know for the test.

 

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What if my student only needs help with one or two of the ACT sections?

 

We highly recommend that you take the whole course together because it’s easier to raise the composite score by getting each subject up two points (for instance) rather than trying to focus on one subject and raising it 8 points. Usually, if you just focus on one subject, your composite score will drop because you’re neglecting the other sections.

 

However, if your student has high scores in a majority of the ACT sections, we do offer one-subject prep for the other sections. The cost is still our regular hourly tutoring rate. We have the flexibility to set this up at any time that’s convenient for you. Each session is still 3 hours long and we would send several practice tests home for both of those sections. You can also book follow-up sessions to review practice tests if you want.

 

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What if my student is going to have to miss one or more of the weeks?

 

Please let us know if you need to reschedule any of the 4 classes BEFORE the start of the course. If your student must reschedule a session during one or two weeks, our tutors have some availabilities on weekdays after school. There’s a rescheduling fee equal to 1 hour of tutoring for any rescheduling request (excluding sickness or family emergency) that we receive AFTER the start of the course. Please look at your family’s calendar and student’s schedule before registering so that you’re not charged this fee. There’s also a no-show fee (equal to 1 hour of tutoring) in the event that your student fails to show up to a scheduled class without you notifying us ahead of time.

 

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Can siblings take the course together?

 

We usually encourage everyone to take the course individually so they get the undivided attention of the tutor and don’t waste any time switching back and forth from one student to the other if they have different scores and strategies. However, if two siblings’ scores on their last ACT are similar, they can take the course together. In that case, we have a special deal: the second student gets the full course at half of the price!

 

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How do I sign my student up for the ACT test?

 

Click here to go to the ACT’s main website where you can see test dates and deadlines, sign your student up for the test, learn the format and length of the test, see what you need to bring on test day, see what kind of calculators are allowed, find out how to apply for extended time, and much more.

 

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Why should my student take this course?

 

Sometimes, raising a student’s ACT score by as little as one composite point can result in thousands of dollars in scholarships (for examples, see the University of Alabama‘s and Auburn University‘s scholarship pages). A student’s ACT score is a major factor in determining educational opportunities, whether your student is looking to meet admissions requirements or be more competitive for scholarships. After taking our course, students increase their composite score an average of three points.

 

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