This week’s student spotlight is featuring Joe I. of MeriNewport. Joe is currently a senior at Mater Dei High School and working on his college applications with us. Joe first came to MeriEducation his junior year for one-on-one ACT Prep. He started off with a 24 and after 6 months of dedication, Joe ended up scoring a 30!

Joe found MeriEducation’s one-on-one tutoring to be the most effective for him compared to group tutoring. With individual attention from his tutors, he was able to address what he struggled with the most right off the bat.

“I would say making the learning experience fun really helped me because I actually enjoyed going to the center for tutoring! Make sure you start early to give yourself time to prepare and never box yourself in with low standards. Set a goal and continue to strive for a better goal after it is achieved.”

Joe’s original goal was to reach a 28 but ended up scoring 2 more! It is important for students to realize that progress is not always continuous and score stagnation is not uncommon. It took a couple months of consistent tutoring and taking practice tests before Joe was able to see significant results.

In addition to being a test prep champ, Joe also played for his school water polo team! This meant he had to MAKE TIME between his rigorous practice schedule and tutoring schedule. He also dedicated a lot of his free time to volunteering with kids with special needs! Regardless if he had games or other commitments, Joe never used an excuse to skip tutoring and showed up every week. Despite his demanding extracurriculars, Joe maintained a 4.3 GPA due to his drive to strive for the best!

Joe’s main passions are art and film. He loves to express himself through art and aspires to get into film school next year!


“I see a lot of kids procrastinating so whatever it is, start early and keep your options open. If you commit to something, think about if it’s something you’d want to continue ‘college and beyond.’ For example, stick with sports only if you really want to play in college.

I think it’s equally important to make time for fun and leisure. Remember not to stress about the little things that really won’t matter when you look back.”


College applications are almost due! Make a checklist to help you keep track of important tasks and deadlines. Here are some friendly reminders

1) Personal Statements: meet with our College Essay Coaches to review and edit your drafts! 
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2) Applications: Do you have questions about filling out the app? We can help with navigating different platforms and fine-tune your application! Ask us for more information!

3) Don't forget about other requirements such as requesting transcripts, submitting test scores, and applying for financial aid!
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