If you’re a junior at GLHS, you most likely are in enrolled in an ACT prep course. Whether you agree with this action or not, generally the choice isn’t yours. The school set up these classes to give its students as much preparation as possible. The only real question is, are they preparing us as well as possible? I am currently going through the English portion of the ACT Prep course and so far I have mixed views. I think the practice ACT tests are good review and give you an idea of how well you will do, but very little is done to actually learn what you don’t know for the test.
For example, if I take multiple English ACT practice tests, and I keep on getting the same punctuation questions incorrect, I will never learn to improve on my mistakes and truly know the material. Although I am given the opportunity to look the question over in the answer booklet for a brief moment, very little is done to actually improve on a student’s weaknesses. I’d rather take fewer tests and be given more time to improve on what I originally got wrong. No one can learn much needed material if they have to use most of their time each day to take practice tests. The only thing they are practicing is getting the same questions wrong. I also think we need to do away with most of early course material like test taking skills, speed reading and test preparation. We hear these things in all our other classes and most are well rounded in this area.
We do watch videos about different English topics and mechanics, but most students don’t retain the information as well as they would writing it out. I do think the ACT Prep class is important for success on the actual test, but I think further steps should be taken and students should give more input on how the class can benefit them more.
by Dillon Mora