UT Martin to offer ACT prep workshop

There are a number of ACT preparation workshop sessions available through the University of Tennessee at Martin to help students succeed on their path to postsecondary education.

The dates that the ACT workshops are offered are Sept. 2, Martin; Sept. 30, Martin; Oct. 21, UTM Parsons Center; and Dec. 2, Martin. The workshop sessions run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The workshops are open to anyone preparing to take the ACT.

The workshops are offered as in-person as well as online sessions, both of which are held at the same time.

Three of the four in-person sessions planned for the Fall 2023 semester will be held at UT Martin’s Gooch Hall. The other will be held at the UTM Parsons Center at 975 Tennessee Ave. North in Parsons.

“Along with those, anyone who wants to attend them via Zoom can also sign up to do it online on those same dates and times,” said Jennifer Cooper, the director of the UTM Office of University Outreach.

“Students have the option of attending a four-hour session that will cover math, science, English and reading to help them prepare for the ACT,” Cooper said. “It will give them a solid understanding of the test and solving problems.

“They can attend the full four hours and get all four subjects or they can break it up if they have an area of need.”

Taking the full four-hour session costs $70 and taking a two-hour session costs $35. The two-hour sessions are only offered online, but the four-hour sessions are offered online and in-person.

The sessions will be led by Alex Beene, the lead instructor at Tennessee Adult Education and a longtime UT Martin adjunct instructor.

Beene has been helping high school students throughout Tennessee increase their ACT scores for more than a decade. Selected as the Coalition Of Adult Basic Education’s Teacher of the Year for the United States in 2023, winning the Edgar M. Easley Outstanding Teacher Award. He brings the key strategies and tips to each workshop students need to excel on the exam.

Since UTM’s ACT Prep program launched in 2013, more than 5,000 students have been served and over $100 million in scholarship money has been earned by its participants. 

“We do have several instances where students follow up and say that (taking the ACT prepration courses) has increased their score by several points after they attend our session,” Cooper said.

For more information about the ACT workshops or to register to take part, visit utm.edu/actprep. Information can also be found by writing to NonDegree@utm.edu.

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