Team 36 has worked with over 300 students during the last two years in high schools in Batesville, Bruce, Coffeeville, Marks, and Water Valley. We also launched our first workshop in Marks in 2018, mentoring over 35 students.
Students in our introductory course usually see a one to two point gain on their ACT scores, while students who complete both our introductory and advanced course see much stronger results. These gains are crucial because the difference between 15 and 16 on the ACT is life-changing in Mississippi. University acceptance hinges on achieving the minimum score of 16, while scholarships – a vital source of funding – require even higher scores.
The impact of our program, however, does not stop with the initial score on the ACT. By carefully modelling how to study effectively, Team 36 equips students with the skills they need to continue raising their scores. Students report that after completing our advanced course that they are overwhelming likely to use a study plan to study for the ACT. Mastery of this skill is the key to their future success.
Our twin focus on increasing scores and teaching effective study skills is changing what it means to prepare for the ACT in Mississippi.