Families from every school district have wonderful things to say:

“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 identified problem areas and provided training and strategies to maximize my daughter’s ability to correctly answer questions. 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., Loyola Academy parent

“You are wonderful, effective and you made the process fun. My child really liked you and enjoyed working with you.”

Elizabeth B., St Ignatius Academy parent

“Your work with my child has had a lasting impact. He now recognizes the need for an organized manner of learning for test taking.”

Nancy A., Barrington High School parent

“Your dedication and help was invaluable. Your assistance with test taking strategies was marvelous and contributed enormously to my child’s success.”

Dave F., Naperville High School parent

“You were always there for me whenever I had a questions and knew where to guide me.”

Ann B., Fremd High School student

“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!”

Kelly K., Maine South High School student

“My son realized significant score increases and a huge boost in confidence.”

Mary L., Glenbrook North parent

“Working with you has been a wonderful experience for my son.”

Nancy A., Stevenson High School parent

“Joannie is so energetic and her enthusiasm is infectious.”

Barbara K, New Trier High School parent

“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.”

Tom P., Highland Park High School student

“She is brilliant at what she does. She truly cares about the students. My child suffered from test anxiety before working with Mrs. Collens.”

Jon D., Glenbrook South High School parent

“After working with Joannie, my ACT composite score went up by four points.”

Michael W., Lake Forest High School

“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.”

Deb S., Deerfield High School parent