Curvebreakers’ Student of the Month series features students who go above and beyond to achieve outstanding results. They take full advantage of everything Curvebreakers has to offer by improving their scores, being accepted to top schools, or receiving exceptional scholarships. We recognize them to inspire all Curvebreakers students to reach for their dreams! Our Student of the Month for February 2018 is Caroline K., who increased her ACT 7 points. Great job, Caroline!
CURVEBREAKERS TEST PREP: What were your thoughts on the ACT before you took it the first time?
CAROLINE: I was a little afraid. But there’s a challenge in everything so you just have to take it with a grain of salt and just go for it.
CTP: What was your score the first time you took a practice ACT?
C: I got a 24.
CTP: What did you think immediately after taking your first practice ACT?
C: I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know the scoring or the timing, but I didn’t think it was that bad. When I got the score back, it was a little discouraging and I knew I was going to have to [work] my way up.
CTP: When you signed up for tutoring, what did you think the sessions were going to be like?
C: I went in with an open mind. I knew [Nick] was a respectful tutor. I hoped
he would bring me to a better score and he did.
CTP: What was it like working with your tutor?
C: He’s great — he really helped. I went from a 24 to a 31. I never expected
to improve 7 points.
CTP: How did you prepare for the official ACT?
C: I worked really hard over the summer. I worked at St. Francis Hospital three days a week and I studied four hours a day two days a week for four months. Nick never lost faith and was always very encouraging. Each time the score went up a little bit he would encourage me and say, “That’s great, we just have to keep working on it.”
CTP: How did your feelings change when you took your actual ACT compared to when you first started?
C: It definitely felt nice — I worked so hard and this was the moment I was waiting for. When my friends were at the beach having fun over the summer I was at the library studying. Knowing all of my hard work paid off was a very rewarding feeling.
CTP: What was the best part about tutoring with Curvebreakers?
C: There were so many opportunities and a lot of supportive people who work there. Everyone is so sweet and really cares. They want everyone to do well.