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Pop Quiz, Monday with Jen Henson

Jen Henson
Photo credit: Jen Henson

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Jen Henson

Jen Henson
Photo credit: Jen Henson

What is your job role?
ACT test prep coach

Tell us about your company?
Jennifer Henson ( a.k.a “The GOAL DIGGER”) is a nationally sought after test prep expert specializing in the ACT test. Jennifer, who was Winton Woods City School’s (OH) Teacher of the Year in 2014, holds a Master of Education degree with a Bachelor’s in English from Xavier University—where she was a walk-on tennis player. She’s taught 21 years and coached ACT prep for over seven years– and has an army of teachers trained to assist her requests for tutorials. Her former ACT students now attend notable higher learning institutions, including Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Texas A&M, The Naval Academy, and the University of Kentucky—among others.

Jennifer has assisted students from California to Connecticut—and states in between—to reach their personal ACT goals. No score is too low or too high, as she has doubled the scores of students starting at the low end, in addition to helping initially higher scoring students achieve the coveted 36 on every section of the test. Two young men playing D1 football had a composite score of a nine originally and scored 18 and 20 (respectively) after working with her. Two of her former clients now have NFL experience.

The Program

Over the past several years, Jennifer has devised a proven program that identifies student strengths and areas of needed improvement and tailors instruction to address individual student needs. The program is comprised of teacher-led instruction and self-managed studying and incorporates elements of evidence-based learning strategies.

The teachers need between 12 and 15 lessons with students, depending on their need (original score). Students will have approximately 2 hours of homework after a one-on-one session. The lessons start around three months in advance of the test they wish to take.

The Story
“Nine years ago, I was approached by my principal and superintendent to help a young man with a full football scholarship to the University of Louisville. I stumbled my way through prepping him for the ACT– but he earned what he needed. I knew then that the ACT was very teachable, and I could help others. I read and read and read– and tried new strategies until I perfected my lessons. Well, one coach talked to another coach who talked to others– and I became the go-to in Cincinnati for prep athletes. I knew I had become the area “go-to” when a coach from Ohio State football showed up at my classroom door! I can help struggling students meet minimums or higher achieving students who need higher scores to earn monies not covered by their sports scholarships. Four years ago, due to my husband’s job, we moved across the country to the Houston area. Parents and students in Cincinnati asked me to tutor via Skype. I was hesitant at first, and I am now sorry I hesitated. The results via Skype have been comparable to in-person tutoring. I thoroughly enjoy tutoring and receive great satisfaction knowing that I’ve assisted someone in reaching a goal on the way to achieving their dreams.”

What do you love most about your job?
I love changing lives and creating opportunities for young people.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I love my job! When you love what you do, what you do doesn’t feel like work!

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I don’t have co-workers in the traditional sense. However, my network of other test prep coaches continually pushes me to be my best!

What are some of the challenges of your job?
When students don’t reach their full potential on the test the first time they try, it is very upsetting to my student and me. I have to reassure them that it happens sometimes and create a plan. Another challenge (albeit a fun one) is being able to watch my former students on their respective athletic showcases in college. It is tough when they all play near me the same day!

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Be flexible to adapt to the needs of the client. When I am booking my travel to consult with school districts, I have to fit my program into the parameters they establish for me. It’s a fun challenge, but I have learned that you can always make something work!

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Read all you can read from others who have “been there and done that.” See if you can spend some time with a mentor to learn from their mistakes. Be your biggest advocate.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

www.jenhensonactprep.com
FB: Jen Henson ACT-prep

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Written by Ricky Singh, MBA

Founder & Editor of The Startup Growth

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