Nurturing WIsdom's Approach to Test Prep | Nurturing Wisdom Tutoring

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Our Approach

We get such great results because our tutoring is customized to each student’s needs. Our proven curriculum is also comprehensive, helping students develop skills across four important areas: test-taking strategies, timing strategies, overcoming test anxiety, and overall academic skills.

ACT Tutoring

Students who complete our ACT tutoring see an average increase of 5 points from their pre-test to their final test.

We’ve helped hundreds of students get into their top-choice schools, gain scholarships, and increase their overall confidence by teaching active test-taking strategies. After students take a pre-test, we put together a plan to maximize their score.

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SAT Tutoring

Not only do our SAT students see great score increases, they also gain confidence and strengthen their academic skills.

We’ve helped hundreds of students get into their top choice schools by teaching active test-taking strategies. We're well-versed in the SAT and can help your child navigate this challenging test!

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High School Entrance Test Prep

We help students lay a strong foundation of test-taking skills that will help them get into competitive high schools.

We help students prepare for the following high school entrance tests:

  • The HSPT for Catholic high schools
  • The SSAT and ISEE for independent high schools
  • The CPS Test for selective Chicago public high schools
  • The EXPLORE/Aspire for public high school class placement
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Achievement Tests & 7th Grade Tests

We take the mystery out of standardized tests, helping students feel more prepared and confident on test day.

Our achievement test students learn more than test-taking strategies; they also improve their math, reading, and vocabulary skills.

For students seeking admissions into selective high schools, 7th grade achievement tests can be very important. We can help you make sense of the complicated admissions processes at these schools.

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Online Tutoring

We can provide your child the same 1:1, customized tutoring our in-person students receive.

Are you outside of Chicago? We can still help! We work with many students online, for both test prep and academic tutoring. As with our in-person tutoring, you’ll work closely with a tutoring director to set goals, find the best tutor fit, and monitor progress.

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  • Parent of a 12th grader
    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 12th grader
  • Parent of an 11th grader
    Our tutor has demonstrated a clear command of the subject matter while establishing a connection with our son. Their connection enabled him to more readily grasp concepts and maximize his test results. She matched her teaching style and pace to our son’s learning style and pace.
    Parent of an 11th grader
  • Cheryl, parent of an 11th grader
    My experience has been fantastic. Our tutor is a great match for Peter. Very smart and easy to be around. He has developed a great rapport with Peter. Peter has told me that he feels that our tutor is good with explanations and understands his strengths and weaknesses. Peter said that he has given him many tips and tricks to working the test properly, and he is excited to use them on the test. I highly recommend Nurturing Wisdom to my friends!
    Cheryl, parent of an 11th grader
  • Jenni, parent of a 4th grader
    We have had a very positive experience with our tutor. She and my daughter are very well-matched. She has been very helpful. She is patient and has given my daughter wonderful tools to use on her test. She is always punctual, and it was so easy to schedule our appointments with her.
    Jenni, parent of a 4th grader
  • Andrea, parent of an 8th grader
    We can't say enough positive things about our tutor. He is reliable, patient, flexible, smart, hard-working, and makes tutoring as fun as it can be! We love that he has an easygoing style while also being very committed to covering necessary content. We've seen terrific gains attributable to our tutor’s efforts. He has been an absolute pleasure to work with.
    Andrea, parent of an 8th grader
  • Molly, online ACT student
    Nurturing Wisdom was a great experience. They were accommodating, helpful, and nice every step of the way. My tutor and I worked great together. She helped me improve my scores significantly, and I am happy we decided to go to Nurturing Wisdom for my tutoring.
    Molly, online ACT student
  • 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
  • Donielle, parent of high schoolers
    Both my son, Matt, and daughter, Maggie, absolutely LOVE their tutor. We have had an amazing experience and we would (and have) recommended her to our friends. Our tutoring director is terrific! She sends reminders not just about tutoring but about the tests themselves. As a busy mom I love the fact that she reminds me about registering for a test or that the test is coming up!
    Donielle, parent of high schoolers
  • Lori, parent of an 11th grader
    It's been a pleasure working with everyone. Very professional customer service. People really listened to my son's personality and needs and found the right tutor for him. Follow up for feedback, reminders for tests and tips, etc. have been great.
    Lori, parent of an 11th grader
  • Melissa, parent of 11th graders
    We have used NW with our other three children so it was a no-brainer to reach out again to NW for our twins. You all teach them strategies for test taking, but it also teaches them to 'read between the lines' in life also. Whether it is current news or trying to get along with a roommate or colleague, these are important lessons. Thank you!
    Melissa, parent of 11th graders
  • Tenah, parent of an 8th grader
    You have helped my daughter in so many ways. Her confidence, grades, and test scores increased beyond our expectations, especially the test scores in only a couple of weeks. Thank you! Thank you so, so much! I have a happy, confident child entering high school.
    Tenah, parent of an 8th grader
  • Deanna, parent of an 8th grader
    Nurturing Wisdom was recommended by our school. I have to say I have been so happy with our overall experience - from the beginning of discussing my needs for my son to our current tutoring. Our tutoring director was always so respectful and caring. Nurturing Wisdom is an amazing company that will listen and help get the right fit for each child's needs! Going through high school testing is hard enough. When your child feels lost and unsure of how to handle testing, Nurturing Wisdom definitely prepares them for it.
    Deanna, parent of an 8th grader
  • Andrea and Richard, parents of an 8th grader
    As parents, we want the best for our children. So when we make such a critical decision on who will best serve the tutoring needs for our child, we'd better be right the first time, and we were - it was Nurturing Wisdom. We knew from the minute we signed that we hit a home run. This feeling first came about when we spoke with Connor's tutor. He was an absolute professional who really knows how to convey his talent on strategic and quality test-taking. I was impressed with how he explained to Connor the importance of the test-taking strategies for each subject. He showed Connor how to tackle math equations in ways he was never taught.
    Andrea and Richard, parents of an 8th grader
  • Jessica, parent of an 8th grader
    We're having an amazing experience. Our tutor is very thorough, engaging, positive and reassuring. She makes sense and seems to know the process. We trust her to help Dawson grow and have seen incredible increases in his scores and work.
    Jessica, parent of an 8th grader
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. Having the tutor come to your home, is also a huge benefit — especially in the winter months in Chicago! I referred my nephew to your program, he, too, is reaping tremendous pleasure and growth with your program! A+.
    Casey, parent of a 10th grader
  • 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
  • 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
  • Marcy, parent of a 12th grader
    Our tutor was a great help to my son in preparation for his ACT. He was very responsive and flexible with us, as my son’s work schedule can be complicated.
    Marcy, parent of a 12th grader
  • Jill, parent of an 11th grader
    We have been so impressed with our tutor. He is friendly, approachable, responsive, and very good at what he does. We have seen a big improvement in Owen's strategies and preparation for the ACT.
    Jill, parent of an 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ellen, parent of a 12th grader
    Our tutor was wonderful. I can’t think of a thing we would suggest to improve. She was so responsive, available, flexible, and willing to do anything to get my son feeling well-prepared for the SAT Subject Tests. Evan thought she was wonderful and absolutely loved working with her. Highly recommend her to everyone!
    Ellen, parent of a 12th grader
  • Parent of an 8th grader
    Our son can't believe he got every math problem correct on his high school placement test! We are very pleased because he was placed in all honors classes! Thanks for all your help.
    Parent of an 8th grader
  • Kristi, parent of an 8th grader
    My eighth grade daughter has been tutoring this fall in preparation for the HSPT in December. They hit it off right away on the first day. Our tutor is a friendly, patient, funny, kind, outgoing, genuine, intelligent person who has been extremely easy for my daughter to work with. She just seems to be at ease with herself as a tutor, and that quality helps make the sessions very successful. My daughter has made great progress from the initial pre-test to the mid-test, and I’m sure that by the post-test she will have made even more progress. We really love our tutor and cannot say enough positive things about her!
    Kristi, parent of an 8th grader
  • Parent of an 8th grader
    Our son was very skeptical about his odds of getting into the high school of his choice, St. Ignatius College Prep, after having taken the practice test and performing well below his normal standards. We were told of the tutoring program offered through Nurturing Wisdom and spoke to several parents who explained how much it helped their child, so we decided to enroll our son in their program. We were very pleased with his tutor and his style of teaching our son how to take this specific exam and what methods to implement to help him score high. As a result, he took the exam and was accepted into St Ignatius College Prep! We are extremely happy with our investment in his tutoring through Nurturing Wisdom and would recommend their program to anyone in our situation!
    Parent of an 8th grader
  • Andrea and Richard, parents of an 8th grader
    We say this with extreme sincerity: had it not been for our tutor, Connor would have struggled on the HSPT test. We feel that Nurturing Wisdom went above and beyond to prepare Connor for such an important test. We hope that other parents who view this critical step with such high importance also choose Nurturing Wisdom.
    Andrea and Richard, parents of an 8th grader
  • Erin, parent of an 8th grader
    Our tutor was amazing. He was always prepared, positive, flexible, and supportive. He made my daughter feel comfortable with her ability to succeed. I loved working with Nurturing Wisdom. Our director, Catherine, especially was always responsive and got back to me promptly when I had questions. She was very knowledgeable and supportive. It has been rare to work with someone who is so reliable.
    Erin, parent of an 8th grader
  • Amy, parent of an 11th grader
    Our tutor has been a great fit for our son. He is very focused, experienced, and thorough. He arrives at each session promptly and very well-prepared. He stays strong and clear the full two hours and has built our son's test-taking endurance. Our son has responded well to the lessons and has improved his SAT score.
    Amy, parent of an 11th grader