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Anxiety is a typical emotion students feel when they see their ACT diagnostic score for the first time, but it impacted Francine D. more than most. Her starting score was a 22, which was significantly lower than what she and her parents were expecting. Francine requested a nurturing tutor who could help manage her anxiety, while also helping her reach a goal score of a 30.
Francine saw quick growth in her practice tests, but her anxiety prevented her from performing consistently well from test to test. Nothing changed when Francine took her first official test. The inconsistencies that were there on practice tests were still an issue on the official exam. This frustration, partnered with a long history of test anxiety, caused Francine to stop finishing her ACT homework. She had lost interest, stopped participating in tutoring sessions, and had lost hope for achieving her goal.
Francine’s tutor called her parents to strategize, devising a shared plan for keeping wind in her sails and helping her to persist. Francine and her tutor reviewed the key skills she needed to master and modified strategies to more effectively manage time. They committed to working beyond her testing plateau.
After two more months of work, Francine sat for the February test. After all the stress, emotion, and hard work, Francine reached her goal of a 30, which included an eight point increase in Reading and a nine point increase in Science.
None of this was possible without Francine’s hard work, but the bond that Francine and her tutor shared and the partnership that was formed allowed Francine to believe her goal was achievable, and, most importantly, helped Francine believe in herself.