Outlier's Advantage ACT Prep Academy

Outlier's Advantage 13-week ACT Prep Program Scholarship

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The Scholarship:
This is an opportunity for a hardworking, financially disadvantaged student to have all costs covered for our 13-week ACT prep program. 
Who we are:
We are a human development organization.

Primary Objective:
To be a world-class life success and leadership program for students.
The problem we solve:
Students are rarely trained how to be successful in school and life.
How we currently solve this problem:
We train students in skills and success principles to be successful in college and beyond.
We use the ACT as a means to teach and practice these skills and principles.
Though higher ACT scores are a great immediate result, we are most interested in how students must grow to achieve these results.

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About Our 13-week ACT Prep Academy

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               This is a rigorous 13-week program designed to help students achieve a five-point increase or greater on the ACT. The program is designed around the idea that we are training for the ACT in a way that an elite athlete trains for an event. Students will be able to take the skills, methodologies, and success principals they learn in the program to achieve challenging goals in all areas of their lives.

              In our program, students learn advanced techniques for goal setting, top-performance mental game, performing under pressure, focusing on mastery before moving to the next step, overcoming self-limiting beliefs, embracing failure and embarrassment as a part of learning, time management, memorization, teaching themselves anything, thinking bigger, self-talk, and planning for success. We also rebuild grammar and math foundations, improve reading speed and comprehension, and simplify reasoning skills.

              The program is structured for maximum engagement. Each class is broken up into teams. Each team has a team leader and at least two assistant coaches. We maintain a 10 to 1 student to coach ratio in each of our classes. Each student gets a dedicated coach who is in contact with their students almost every day of the three months of the program via texting and Facetime. The teams are competing every week to win prizes for their team by having the most students on that team go above and beyond on their personal goals for that week. This way, everyone is encouraged to do his or her part during the weekly prep because it benefits the whole team.

                 The program only works if the students do, but the results speak for themselves. In 2019, 42% of students who completed our program achieved between a 5 to 10-point composite increase. Our largest increase in 2019 was a 12-point composite increase from a 21 to a 33. One out of every four students who completed our program in 2019 achieved at least a 10-point improvement on the English section. Almost all of these increases are based on official ACT tests students took before and after the program. Bold claims require bold evidence, check out our Wall of Greats.

                 Though we are headquartered in Knoxville, our live-online program allows participation from students from all over the nation. The live-online program works the same way as our in-class program. Both live-online and in-class students are in the same class. Both online and in-class students engage in the program to the same degree. There is no other program in the nation that consistently helps students achieve the types of increases that students get every class in our program. We see almost an identical percentage of students who achieve 5, 6, 7, and greater composite point increases in the online program as in the physical class. If students put in the work, they will achieve the same results.

                  We have a program that starts almost every month. Students will have 1.5 to 2 hours per day of homework for the three months of the program (with one day off each week). Therefore, students should do the program when their schedule allows them the necessary time to devote to the program. We recommend students start the program as soon as they can after they complete or while they are enrolled in Algebra 2 and Geometry.

* Students starting with below a 26 ACT score are encouraged to choose the Hybrid option, which gets them four one-on-one sessions in addition to the class.

2019 Stats of Our Program

(We require students to take an official ACT before the start of our program.)

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79% of students scored at least a 3-point composite increase.
61% of students scored at least a 4-point composite increase.
42% of students scored at least a 5-point composite increase.
25% of students scored at least a 6-point composite increase.
15% of students scored at least a 7-point composite increase.
8% of students scored at least an 8-point composite increase.

Biggest increase in 2019: 12-point composite increase (21-33).

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Winner of our January Program Scholarship: Eliza Croom

About the Scholarship

Requirements of Applicants

These are the requirements of applicants:

  • - 3.8 or above weighted GPA
    - An official ACT score (The score does not matter. We just need a baseline score. Last year’s winner started
    with a 17.)
    - Completed or be currently enrolled in both Algebra 2 and Geometry
    - Receive free or reduced lunch
    - Have a teacher or administrator vouch that he or she has an excellent academic work ethic. (The teacher or
    administrator does NOT need to write a letter of recommendation. We will reach out to the teacher or the
    administrator if the student is a finalist.)
    - Plan on starting at a four-year college or university
    - Available transportation to class each week.
    - Students must sign up for and take the ACTs and Mock ACT designated for that class (must be paid for on his or her own or use a
    voucher).
    - All applicants must submit a one-minute video convincing us of these three things:
    • The applicant has a successful academic history.
    • The applicant is a role model to his or her peers.
    • The applicant will do his or her best to be an exemplary student in our program.
  • All applicants must be able to make the following commitments that are required of all students (scholarship and non-scholarship) who do our program:
    - be honest
    - be coachable
    - be committed to the following:
    1. Text in your goals every single day of the program (This is explained in detail in the class and
    takes less than one minute per day to do).
    2. 1.5 hours per day MINIMUM of working on ACT prep homework, with one day off per week.
    (The best students in our program do 1.5-2 hours per day.)
    3. Complete the program. Our program is challenging. Most students want to quit at some
    point. A student must commit to complete the program regardless of how he or she feels. If
    the student isn’t committed to doing what it takes to get a higher score, this program is not
    a good option for him or her. We have less than 5% of students quit the program. All
    students are capable of making it. It is just a matter of how committed the student is to
    follow through with his or her prep.
    5. Keep a “find-a-way” attitude towards hitting their goal score each week. This means that students are responsible for their scores. If
    students simply go through the motions, they will not increase their scores. Students have
    to fight to find a way up, over, around, or straight through whatever obstacles are in their
    way of getting their goal score.

The criterion we will use to decide the winner of the scholarship:
1. Who is most likely to be successful in our program?
2. Who has worked the hardest and the smartest up to this point to set themselves up for success in life?
3. Who is trying their best to live his or her life as a great person?

Deadline to submit application and video: One month prior to the start date of the class they are applying for
The winner will be announced: Two weeks prior to the start of the class

class of december 2017 team Bobby

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The Application

(To download a pdf version of the application, click here.)

First and last name:

Email address:

Best contact phone number for you:

What is the start date of the class that you are applying for a scholarship (You can put multiple dates if you want to be considered for future classes if you are not chosen for your first choice.) :

School:

What is the name and email address of the teacher or school administrator who is recommending you? (This person does NOT need to write a letter of recommendation.)

Year in school:

Weighted GPA (we require a 3.8 GPA or above):

Current ACT composite score (all applicants must have already taken the ACT):

What are your current sub-scores?  English:                Math:                 Science:                  Reading:

What is your goal composite score?

Which colleges are your top 3 choices?

Which AP or IB classes have you taken, and what did you score on the AP exams for them?

How many books have you read for fun (not assigned) in your lifetime?

(circle one) less than 50, between 50 to 100, more than 100

Are you on free or reduced lunch at school? (If not, do you have a teacher or administrator who will vouch that you do not have the financial means to afford our program?)

If you are chosen for this scholarship, can we count on you to do each of the following? (Please type or write yes or no after each one.)

  1. Get transportation to and from the class each week (We are located at 9111 Cross Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37923 in the Cedar Bluff area).
  2. Do a minimum of one hour per day of the assigned ACT prep homework with one day off each week for the three months you are in the program.
  3. Text in your goals every day to your academic coach for the three months you are in the program. (We make the goals. You simply need to fill them in every day and send them in. It takes less than one minute per day, but all students in our program make this commitment.)
  4. Be honest or rat yourself out if at some point you are dishonest.
  5. Be coachable. This simply means that you will be open-minded to do things the way we ask you to do them, or you will at least communicate to us that you don’t plan on doing them the way we ask. Can we count on this from you?
  6. Complete the program. You will most likely want to quit at some point. This program is more challenging than any AP or IB class that Knox County offers. You will get frustrated and may think that you are not going to be able to hit your goals. We need all students to commit to completing the program regardless of what self-limiting beliefs come up during the program. If you are selected, can we count on you to follow through with the program? This doesn’t just mean that you come to class. It means that you will continue keeping all of the commitments you made throughout the duration of the 13 weeks to the best of your ability. Can we count on that from you?
  7. Keep a “find-a-way “attitude towards hitting your goal score each week. This means that you are responsible for your score on the ACT. This test covers almost 10 years’ worth of material in four different subjects. There is no way we can teach you every single you need to learn. The vast majority of what you learn in this program will be you teaching yourself between sessions. This way we can focus our time together in class on the things you could not figure out on your own. This also means that you are going to face a lot of obstacles throughout the course of the 13 weeks. Life is going to happen. You will lose your motivation. You will have all sorts of self-limiting beliefs arise, and you will most likely stop believing that you will be able to hit your goals. Regardless of what happens, if you want to be successful at this (or any challenging thing), you’ve got to fight to find a way up, over, around, or straight through whatever obstacle it is that gets in the way of hitting your goals. Can we count on you to keep a find-a-way attitude to the best of your ability for the three months that you are in the program, and if at some point you lose that attitude, can we count on YOU to get it back?

Please send this application with your video to KnoxACTprep@gmail.com. If you have not completed your video but want to go ahead and send in an application, you can send the video later. All applications and videos must be sent to this email at least one month prior to the start of the class.

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