Student: What did we do that helped you?  Everything…….you taught me how to study. Michael G. Cedar Rapids, IA  Thank You!

Student: Thanks Coach Finn! Thomas H. Cedar Rapids, IA

                                                                   

Parent: If you are looking for a way to help your child boost his ACT score, this is the place. My son worked had one on one tutoring sessions with Kelly. I have to admit, I was a little reluctant as I did not think there was any chance he would boost his score to the level he needed to attend his dream school. The environment was very safe and supportive. My son felt very good going into his September test after 4 private sessions. The results were an increase in 5 points. My son will now be able to attend the out of state school he has been dreaming about because he qualified for a huge scholarship. Do not hesitate to use Finn Prep. The investment is well worth it in the long run. Thanks for all your help, Kelly! Sarah Remerowski, Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy, Associate Principal Cedar Rapids, IA              

Parent: I would recommend Kelly’s test preparation services to anyone seeking to enhance their ACT scores. During the summer of 2015, our son was preparing for his senior year in high school and had taken the ACT twice as a junior, both times yielding the same score. Although his existing score was respectable, it was not reflective of his potential or commensurate with his performance in school. I searched for ACT prep courses and found most of the institutional based courses to be similar to another course he had already taken. Our goal was to increase his ACT score to become eligible for higher scholarships from the state universities.

While searching for study programs, I read an article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette about Kelly, and I contacted her. Kelly described her credentials, explained her program to me, and gave me examples of how she has been successful with one-on-one coaching of other students in a similar situation as my son.

I engaged Kelly to coach my son in late July and early August to prepare him for the September 2015 ACT test. Kelly met privately with my son in an academic setting, provided study materials, established a personalized study plan, taught him testing techniques that he had not previously learned from other sources, and stayed in contact with us weekly as the test day approached. Kelly did not sugar coat anything – she was straightforward with my son regarding where his strengths and weaknesses were. Two weeks prior to the test, we updated Kelly on our son’s progress, and she provided additional guidance for key elements he should focus on before the test. Kelly’s coaching and guidance helped our son learn how to effectively and efficiently navigate the ACT materials and get through the test modules completely by leaving fewer points on the table. The results were impressive. Our son increased his score substantially, and he now qualifies for guaranteed scholarships due solely to his higher test score. The amount of additional scholarships will far exceed the cost of Kelly’s services. Simply put, it was well worth the money, time, and effort.

Some of the key takeaways that will benefit my son in his future academic career are: (1) he learned a lot more about HOW to study effectively than he has since he has been in high school; (2) he witnessed first-hand that repetition and practice will yield results; (3) when he began to see his scores increase on practice tests, he became self-motivated and eager to keep improving further; and (4) he realized that the rewards are worth the hard work. We are very proud of our son, and grateful that we found Kelly to help us achieve our goal.  Brian Zeller, FDIC Examiner Cedar Rapids, IA