We’ve worked with students just like you and helped them improve their ACT scores to get into their top choice schools. Jared, for example, had a decent score for his English and Reading sections but couldn’t make improvements on his own for the Math and Science sections... until he worked with a JEM expert! Jared was able to build his confidence, motivation, AND composite score, which ultimately helped him go to his #1 dream school (one of the top five in the country), not to mention receive acceptance letters from a number of other great schools!
Jared was shooting for the stars: he wanted to land an acceptance at his “reach school”. He had a strong academic record and a solid GPA, but he was struggling to really crack the ACT on his own. He had a lot of natural aptitude in the English and Reading sections, but Math and Science just weren’t clicking despite his good grades in those subjects.
Jared had participated in an ACT Course at his high school, but found his mind wandering during the lessons he grasped easily, and not able to implement any substantive changes for the sections that were harder. He had tried reading through an ACT prep book, but the practice questions he did weren’t helping him do any better on full-length sections of the test. Because he couldn’t nail all of his sections, Jared’s confidence was shaken and he was struggling with his motivation to keep practicing. He knew he needed to do better on the test, but he just couldn’t seem to make it happen.
During our first session, we discussed Jared’s preparation history and reviewed his practice tests. We determined that Jared really struggled with the timing for the Math and Science sections (a common issue for many), and this was interfering with his performance.
We set up one-hour targeted lessons to make sure he understood the content and question types, and we worked on timing drills and strategy to make sure that those sections would become smoother and smoother over time. As our sessions continued, we always checked in to make sure Jared was getting the most value out of our tutorial time together. Jared’s sessions paid off in his practice tests – as he progressed with his tutorials, his practice tests reflected his efforts. We made sure to schedule enough practice tests for him so that by the time Test Day rolled around, there were absolutely no surprises (well, about the ACT, anyway – he did report that another test taker tried to take out a tuna fish sandwich for a snack at one point, but that’s another story...).
ACT preparation doesn’t have to be something you dread!
When you work with a JEM expert, you’re working with someone who has over 10 years of experience in teaching people how to achieve their test goals, and not only that, but also in making it a little bit fun!
Content: English, math, reading, science, writing -- the ACT covers a lot of ground, and it can feel like a lot if you’re trying to cram the details!
Strategy: how to approach each question type so that your skills can shine through!
Timing: sometimes the clock ticking down gets under your skin and you just can’t focus -- but we can help desensitize the timing pressure so you’re good to go!
Organization: preparation and materials can be overwhelming -- we help you understand what to focus on.
Confidence: even the strongest students can suffer from a lack of confidence, but when you work with a test prep expert, you have someone who knows you and your strengths cheering you on and giving you tangible tips to stay on an upward trajectory!
Motivation: how to break through those slumps where you’d rather do anything besides test prep!
Each hour is a power-packed session with a test prep expert. Our experts have over 10 years of experience helping students in exactly your position, and that experience means you’ll have the best help available to achieve your goals.
"Emily really helped me target my problem areas and was able to explain concepts and tricks to me in a way that made it seem easy. She was friendly and responsive to emails and even sent me a pep talk email the morning of my exam. With her help I was able to achieve my target score."
"As soon as I began my first lesson Joa made it very easy for me to adapt to the SAT exam topics, questions, etc. Joa was very helpful both in and out of lesson time. She continued to monitor my progress even when there were a couple of weeks in a row when I wasn’t available to meet her for the sessions. Joa has made studying for the SAT a much less daunting prospect and I even looked forward, in eager anticipation, for my first exam since I had prepared well with a lot of helpful guidance!"
"My tutor Emily was absolutely incredible! Not only was she super flexible, she was a very thorough and detail oriented teacher. Emily made sure to check in with my progress and provided excellent motivation and feedback. I was very impressed with the balance of hard-work and approachability Emily offered as a tutor. I also saw my confidence as a test taker greatly increase. Thank you Emily for being a rockstar teacher!"
"I worked with Joa, who was amazing. I had taken the test before and wanted to raise my score. Joa was very knowledgeable and patient. She helped me build my confidence with math (a subject I always struggled in). Her explanations made sense and I was able to apply the skills we learned in tutoring to the actual test. In the end, my score improved dramatically."
When you work with JEM Achievement experts for 12 or more hours, you’ll receive an Admissions Strategy Session, valued at $275 but yours for free. An Admissions Strategy Session is a full hour of time with one of our Admissions Specialists to review your applicant profile and plan a timeline for your application process. We’ll help you feel empowered and in control of your applications, setting you up for success!
We can’t wait to meet you and get started on achieving your goals!
We (Joa and Emily) met while working for Big Test Prep companies and knew there was a better, more personalized way to provide digital test prep and admissions consulting services. Thus, JEM Achievement was born: tailored and flexible support available online, no matter where you are. JEM empowers students in pursuit of advanced education through curated courses, private tutoring, and strategic coaching. We strive to have a hand in developing future leaders within their communities, instilling a solid set of values to be carried forward.
We have worked with hundreds of ACT, SAT, and undergraduate admissions students over the course of our 10+ year careers in private education and know how stressful test preparation can be. With classes, extracurriculars, and life, we realize that test prep courses are difficult to add into the mix, but we also know that they are an extremely important piece of the admissions puzzle. We also realize that you don’t always know if you’re paired up with an instructor who is a good fit for you.
Both of us have compatible styles with sometimes different perspectives and strengths, which is why we make such a great team! When you work with one of us, you can be sure that you’re still getting the other because we are in constant communication behind the scenes, strategizing ways to bring out the best in your abilities. We have worked with students from all over the world from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of goals. You can be sure with us that you’ll receive honest advice and work with people who care about you as an individual. We know what achievement can do for self-confidence, and we want you to find success!