Today was a very productive day of ACT Prep University, though the focus was primarily everything except Math (We’ll revisit Math, etc. again on Saturday). Not only did the success coaches actually explain all of the answers that required some level of explanation, the kids enjoyed an educational Kahoot:it game, a form of classroom response system that requires use of cell phones to answer questions. The kids had fun accurately answering relevant questions and learning otherwise.
Attending today’s ACT Prep University was likely a challenge for everyone who did show up today. Getting out of bed early on a Saturday morning is difficult, and I commend all students who showed up today. I hope that the students who did not show up today attend all other sessions and receive any information that they missed…
I was elated to see the projector that was utilized in today’s session. I was disappointed, however, that it was only utilized for the English portion of today’s practice and to exhibit the online time clock for timing each practice quiz.
The projector gave parents like me and other attendees like my second-grade daughter, who started college-level writing* assignments her first year in elementary school, the opportunity to see the questions that ACT Prep students were working on (*I actually cued for my daughter to pay attention)…
All of the ACT practice questions for every subject, including math, should be viewable from the projector, and each relevant success coach should review every question on each practice quiz instead of merely reviewing or explaining the answers to questions that students ask about and instead of otherwise simply giving the answers to those questions that students do not ask about…
A classroom response system where students would electronically submit their answers to questions via use of clickers would additionally help success coaches see which answers students miss and need help with.
A system of the sort that would produce reports for specific students explaining where they went wrong answering missed problems would be even more exemplary, and should be used in all schools…
I observed that there were fewer questions today, and no queries for a number of questions that students did not get right, and though the success coaches welcomed all questions. Additionally, only three of the four rationed hours was spent on ACT prep study.
The students were lead to the U of M’s theater in the University Center until dismissal for a bit of recreational time, which was certainly merited. It gave students time to mingle and see that college isn’t all intense studying; one of the perks of attending college is fun campus events. Juxtapose a raffle and prize give-aways, the students competed in an ABC game that required naming products in Wal-Mart stores and celebrities whose names began with called letters, this for an on-stage opportunity.
I did not like the idea of exclusively hot chips for snacks, which were actually distributed in-class. I did not allow my daughter to get them, and I did not want my son eating them either. The Kool-Aid Jammers were okay…
In summation and conclusion, I want to reiterate the importance of making the most of ACT Prep University in the academic sense. Otherwise it would be primarily a gathering of students from all over the city acquiring answers to questions with yet little to no understanding in their troubled areas.
The first session of ACT Prep University was held at the U of M today. After driving through the campus, finding a place to park, and finding my son’s designated classroom in Mitchell Hall, I sighed with relief, though I welcomed the much-needed exercise.
My son pouted all the way, while my daughter and I walked ahead cuing for him to catch up. The huge campus was a bit intimidating for even me, and I attended an equally expansive university. Thankfully, we’ve learned our way around the campus, or at least how to get to and from the University Center and Mitchell Hall and a few other campus buildings…
I chose driving my son to campus instead of having him take the bus that was sent to his school for ACT Prep participants because I wanted him to acquire the experience of and develop a level of comfort walking around a college campus and specifically familiarizing himself with the campus of the U of M.
My son’s team yellow class was about half-full, which actually turned out to be a good thing because everyone with a question got a response. All of the instructors were very cordial and did an excellent job today. We’re looking forward to Saturday’s four-hour class.
Today I registered and I and my too college-bound 7-year-old daughter accompanied my son to the ACT Prep University kickoff at the University of Memphis, which is a collaboration amongst the U of M, Shelby County Schools, the Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Mastery Prep, and the Peer Power Foundation…
There was a recital of The Scholar’s Creed:
I am here today because I want to make my future ten times better. I must first master mathematics, reading, writing and speaking skills.
I must always work harder than others.
Life is a competitive sport.
…I want to be somebody, someday!!!
There were varied motivational speakers, including Peer Power’s Keela Jones and Shelby County Schools’ Brian Stockton, who elaborated on the ACT Prep University program and it’s spectacular benefits, including transportation provisions for students requiring it, ACT prep booklets (a total of three, including The Official ACT Prep Guide 2016-2017, and ACT Essentials Math and Science 2016-17 Edition & ACT Essentials English and Reading 2016-17 Edition, which I could not find online), snacks, and “Swag Bags.”
The Swag Bags or customized ACT Prep promotional drawstring book bags, included the ACT prep booklets, a customized ACT Prep University pencil, and an equally impressive ACT Prep University scholar t-shirt.
Parents like me who’ll carry our children to the ACT Prep sessions received parking permits for all seven days of the program. Parking would otherwise be $3.00 per hour or $15.00 per day. Parking during the kick-off event was additionally free.
…There were also raffles and games… Student participants and their parents were issued tickets at the door, red for students and blue for parents. Winning tickets received items like Apple TVs, books, a waffle maker, et cetera.
The event was held in the University Center Ballroom, which was filled to capacity with probably more supporters of the conservative number of participating students. This was likely due in part to the fact that ACT Prep University online sign-up was locked prior to filling of slots.
It was feasible to manually register on the day of the event at the U of M, however, something that likely many were not aware of. My son was apparently the only student from his school to participate, and there were few to no responses when others in the audience were called upon to represent their schools.
It was a bit of a challenge to get my son out of bed on a Saturday morning for something of this nature. His argument was that he spends enough time at school and shouldn’t be made to acquire any additional schooling external of that. My argument was that this was and is an excellent opportunity to learn more about what will be on and to improve his prospective score on the ACT…
Every parent should realize that they play a vital role in their children’s post secondary education. Parents should nudge their children regarding higher education in the same manner that they nudge them during primary and secondary education, and take the lead in terms of making certain that they attend programs like ACT Prep. Parents should ask the necessary questions and complete the applications when necessary, and if they are perhaps more uneasy about this than their children might be. We should all want our children to be successful and take the necessary steps to help them achieve success.
Post the event we were approached by Mr. Brian Stockton, who asked my son to consider attending his own alma mater, Washington D.C.’s Howard University. My response, of course, was only if I and his sister could go with him, at which my son sighed and said “Mom, you’re not following me to whatever college I attend.”
Maybe I am a bit overprotective of my children. Even if I don’t follow my children to their colleges, best believe that I’ll be involved in every component of their education, and while continuing my own.
In summation and conclusion, ACT Prep is an excellent program that is free of cost, while the price tag for this manner of program would otherwise be quite substantial. Though more extensive programs of this sort should exist on all high school campuses, a program of the sort on a college campus makes college feel all the more tangible for its participants…