Feedback from a sample of students and parents:
 
"Joannie exhibits the perfect balance of demanding hard work, but with an exuberant ability to connect with teenagers. She keeps herself current on tests, and effectively coaches to maximize results. Joannie reviewed my daughter's answers to actual tests, identified problem areas, and provided training and strategies to maximize my daughter's ability to correctly answer questions. When my daughter went back to boarding school, Joannie gave her additional tests that she completed on her own. All this preparation gave her lots of practice in taking the tests, reviewing answers and test-taking strategies. The result? She ended up only having to take the ACT test once as her score was in the 98% percentile! I would highly recommend Joannie. She is up to date, professional yet relates well with students, knows how to coach and get the best out of students, and importantly, can get results!"
Brenda S., parent

“I met my goals. My composite score increased four points and three to five points by individual subject. Thank you so much—I couldn’t have done it without you!”
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Kelly K., Maine South High School student
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“My son realized significant score increases and a huge boost in confidence.”
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Mary L., Glenbrook North parent
 

“We were very pleased with the results….Joannie did a great job with my son.”
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Nancy A., Stevenson High School parent
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“Joannie is so energetic and her enthusiasm is infectious.”
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Barbara K, New Trier High School parent
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“Joannie not only helped me with the ACT but she also helped me with my personal statement for my college essay and gave me ideas about different types of colleges.”
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Tom P., Highland Park High School student
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“She is brilliant at what she does. She truly cares about the students. My child suffered from test anxiety before working with Mrs. Collens.”
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Jon D., Glenbrook South High School parent
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“After working with Joannie, my ACT composite score went up by four points.”
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Michael W., Lake Forest High School
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“Mrs. Collens is amazing: my daughter was able to increase her ACT score and her confidence level was boosted. We need more teachers like her.”
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Deb S., Deerfield High School parent
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