Kim began test prep in February and was determined to take the April ACT. I was excited for the challenge and pleased to be working with a highly committed student. Kim’s main goal was: “Beat David”. David is Kim’s older brother, a math whiz who earned a 29 on the ACT. As a younger sibling myself, I understood this goal. Importantly, I wanted Kim to “beat David” because I sensed that his aptitude for math had led her to develop insecurities about her own ability.
Kim insisted that she was “bad at math”, but I saw clearly that she possessed strong mathematical reasoning skills. She would initially skip challenging problems, but was able to arrive at the correct solution with minimal coaching. By building up her confidence and teaching her to trust her intuitions, I was able to help Kim raise her score from a 26 composite on her initial diagnostic to a 30 composite on her April test.
Kim was thrilled; I took pride in the positive changes to her self-esteem.