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Stressed about the ACT? No need to be! Nurturing Wisdom has helped thousands of students prepare for the ACT through our one-on-one, in-home or online tutoring. With an average increase of 5.5 points, our students have gained admission to their top-choice schools, earned scholarships, and increased their overall academic skills.

Students who complete our ACT tutoring program achieve an average increase of 5.5 points from their pre-test to their final test!

Why Nurturing Wisdom?

Nurturing Wisdom goes beyond just helping your child get a great ACT score. With a strong tutor match, your child will look forward to tutoring sessions, follow through on independent work, and become a more confident learner. Your tutoring director will take the stress out of the ACT and walk you through every step of the process. They will help you put together an optimal timeline, keep you posted on progress, remind you of important deadlines, and answer any questions you have along the way.

Our Results

When you're searching for an ACT tutor, we know you're looking for someone who can help your child get fantastic results! Whether your child is starting at a 15 or 32, our customized approach will help them meet and exceed their expectations. After completing a full tutoring program, our students increase an average of 5.5 points from their pre-test score. Most students will see an increase of 3 to 7 points, although we've had students make increases of 10 points and more!

Our Approach to the ACT

Over the years, we've met with so many students who are intimidated by the ACT, but there's no need to be! At Nurturing Wisdom, we aim to take the mystery out of the test so the student can reach their full potential. To achieve this, we address four core competencies in our ACT tutoring: test taking strategies, academic skills, test anxiety, and timing. A deficiency in any of these areas can lead to a score that doesn't reflect the student's ability. For example, a student may have their math strategies and skills down pat, but have anxiety or timing issues derail their performance on the test.

An added bonus: addressing these four competencies through ACT tutoring has a direct impact on a student's work in their academic classes. Typically, students don't experience academic challenges in isolation - for example, if a student is a poor test taker in school due to lack of test taking strategies, that is directly reflected on the ACT. Addressing these competencies through ACT tutoring gives students the tools they need to succeed in their academic classes as well.

ACT Test Sections

We extend this approach to our work on each section of the ACT:

  • English: In this section, we emphasize practical and easy to understand strategies for punctuation, agreement, word choice, and more!
  • Math: We take a highly customized approach to the math section, focusing on the algebra, geometry, and trigonometry skills that your child struggles with the most. We use a combination of ACT materials and our math looping technique to achieve that customization.
  • Reading: On the reading section, our ACT tutors teach a combination of active reading comprehension strategies, question answering strategies, and timing strategies.
  • Science: We take a hands-on approach to this tough section! Our ACT tutors teach students how to analyze scientific data, dissect charts and graphs, and evaluate scientific reasoning.
  • Writing: In this optional section, we focus on the writing and analytical skills needed to successfully address the prompt and write a sophisticated, well-crafted essay.

Have more questions? Our directors will be happy to help!

Testing Accommodations

We know that the accommodations process can be overwhelming! Nurturing Wisdom has successfully worked with hundreds of students who have ACT testing accommodations, and our directors can help you with the ins and outs of securing them. Our expert tutors are also well-versed in how to support students with accommodations such as extended time, multiple day testing, a reader, a writer, or other alternate test formats.

Getting Started

All students begin by taking an ACT pre-test. After the pre-test is complete, we'll provide a detailed score analysis, as well as a tutoring timeline that outlines how much tutoring we recommend, goal scores, and potential test dates.

Sign up for one of our proctored pre-tests, a great opportunity to get a feel for the real test day. If you're unable to make a proctored test date, you can take a free practice pre-test on your own!

When to Start

Our goal is to find the right time for your child to prepare for the test. Does your son play football? If so, it's probably best to start in the spring of junior year. Does your daughter play tennis? Then it's best to get test prep done before tennis season starts. We typically start preparing students for the ACT the summer before their junior year, but we have started working with students as early as 10th grade. We have also worked with students as late as first semester of senior year.

Online Tutoring

If you live outside of the Chicagoland area, we can still help! We love working one-on-one with students online to help them achieve their goals. Contact us to learn more!

  • Heather, parent of a junior
    Her score went up by 6 points which was amazing, but more importantly was how our tutor did it. He was patient and positive throughout. He was always available for questions and support. He focused on my daughter, but kept in contact with me as well.
    Heather, parent of a junior
  • Susan, parent of an 11th grader
    Our tutoring director was so helpful in guiding us to plan a timeline for our son's prepping and taking the ACT. Since he's our oldest we have no experience with when to ideally take, tutor, and retake the ACT to maximize performance. She has helped us to alter our plans as the ACT test dates continue to change in order to develop the best plan moving forward for our son.
    Susan, parent of an 11th grader
  • Sarah, parent of high schoolers
    Our tutor has been a pleasure, and we appreciate his expertise in helping to prepare our son for the ACT. His calm demeanor is a welcome element in this otherwise stressful point in time. He's been highly responsive and supportive in everything from scheduling logistics to answering questions about test strategy and content. We value him so much that he's now working with our other high school student on geometry.
    Sarah, parent of high schoolers
  • Paige, 11th grader
    I had a great experience with my tutor! She was extremely nice and helpful, and she always kept me on track. I also really appreciated how quick she was to respond to any questions I had over text. I have absolutely no complaints. My overall experience was great. I love how organized the company is and how structured it is to fit any student of any level.
    Paige, 11th grader
  • Courtney, parent of an 11th grader
    Our tutor has been wonderful. She tutored our daughter for her ACT and has been helping with college essays. Our daughter's ACT score went up 5 points, so we think she knows what she is doing! We have been SO happy that we came across Nurturing Wisdom. The emails we get are spot on, the services offered are extremely professional and applicable for our high schoolers, and we will not hesitate to engage with them as needed for our other two girls.
    Courtney, parent of an 11th grader
  • Casey, parent of a 10th grader
    Our tutoring director was very professional, very on point. She followed up immediately with all aspects of my daughter’s tutoring. The pre-test results are the most fascinating part of this whole “project.” Being able to distill the ACT down by subject/question/content makes the entire test achievable.
    Casey, parent of a 10th grader
  • Cynthia and Jim Patti, parents of high schoolers
    We continue to be really pleased with Nurturing Wisdom Tutoring. We have used NW tutors now for our two oldest children and have been very impressed with the tutors we’ve been matched with and the resulting ACT scores. The process, from initial introduction and tutor assignment to practice tests and scheduling, was very seamless and customer-focused. In our case, both children raised their scores significantly. We believe in the program and will definitely be back to Nurturing Wisdom when it is time for our third child to prepare for the ACT.
    Cynthia and Jim Patti, parents of high schoolers
  • Darla, parent of an 11th grader
    Our tutor was very encouraging to my daughter and motivated her to try hard. She never said anything negative and always gave my daughter hope that she could get a really good ACT score. She seemed very excited about what she was doing which gave my daughter more motivation, too. She used their time very well, and their sessions always went until the last minute. She helped my daughter raise her ACT score quite a bit! I will pursue additional tutoring with my son because of the great experience with my daughter.
    Darla, parent of an 11th grader
  • Aunt of a 12th grader
    After our experiences, I would recommend Nurturing Wisdom to anyone. We appreciate our tutor’s excellent work with Rahul. He has learned study skills and gained confidence in his abilities that will serve him well in college. And he's already been accepted to some colleges with generous merit and need-based financial offers!
    Aunt of a 12th grader
  • Kelly, Parent of an Online Tutoring Student
    We could not have been more pleased with the tutoring at Nurturing Wisdom. From the pre-tutoring interview to learn what type of student/learner my daughter is to the tutoring itself, this program is top-notch. Although we were a little nervous to use a tutor online, that aspect was a non-issue. Overall, my daughter was so prepared for the ACT, and her score showed that preparedness. Nurturing Wisdom knows what they are doing and we highly recommend them!  
    Kelly, Parent of an Online Tutoring Student
  • Michelle, parent of a 12th grader
    Our tutor was fabulous! He taught Kevin more about grammar, punctuation, and writing than at least his three years in junior high! He also is unbelievably patient with a fantastic sense of humor. He helped with both ACT prep as well as college essays. My son really enjoyed working with his tutor.
    Michelle, parent of a 12th grader
  • Parent of a junior
    I want to let you know how you and your tutors changed the lives of my children. You were crucial in helping my daughter study for the ACT. Due to a chronic illness, she missed six weeks of school in her junior year and needed some extra help. She raised her ACT score from a 24 to a 30 and was able to get into her #1 college!
    Parent of a junior
  • Parent of a senior
    Our daughter's improvement on the ACT increased her scholarship money by $4,000 per year! I am already "prepping" my high school freshman to expect ACT tutoring from Nurturing Wisdom! Your approach works! Thanks so much for everything. We appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts.
    Parent of a senior