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ACT Tutoring

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 get 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 testing 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.

If you're in the Chicagoland area, sign up for one of our proctored pre-tests, a great opportunity to get a feel for the real test day. If you're outside Chicago or unable to make a proctored test date, contact us today to get a free pre-test!

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 Chicagoland or San Francisco Bay areas, we can still help! We love working one-on-one with students online to help them achieve their goals. Contact our online tutoring director, Jessica Lepore, at 312.260.7945 x3 to learn more!