ACT/SAT Test Prep
Without the help of Susan Follansbee and Scholastic Pursuits, there is no way I would have been able to achieve a full tuition and fees scholarship. Thanks to her, I went up by almost 200 points on my SAT, which has given me the advantage of a full-ride scholarship! I believe that it came down to hard work and analyzing patterns, which I would've never understood unless I had Ms. Follansbee helping me every step of the way. Thank you!
---- Samantha Meakins, Arvada West High School
I am so grateful for Susan, and her tutoring with our daughter, Samantha. Susan was a consistent and patient tutor as she walked with our daughter during her busiest school season. Samantha was personally encouraged by Susan throughout the process of learning the best testing skills for the SAT as well as beyond the 8 sessions. Susan kept in contact and continued to encourage Samantha as she took her third SAT and finally got the score she wanted. Susan’s services are well worth the expense and have qualified our daughter for several scholarships allowing her the freedom to consider several colleges with no cost out of pocket. Thank you Susan!
---- Cheryl Meakins, Parent, Arvada, CO
I would like to personally thank Susan for all her helpful techniques she taught me - I went into my SAT with the utmost confidence from her service. She was great to work with and personalized her teachings in ways for me to understand. She won’t let you down!
---- Hope Schwanke, Peak to Peak High School
Scholastic Pursuits' Test Prep program was a wholesome experience for me. Susan will personalize the entire process around your personality, to meet your needs and goals. Without a doubt this program helped me with the SAT (scored in full-ride scholarship range), and I would entirely do it again!
---- Max Brown, Jefferson Academy
K-8 Academic Tutoring
"We give Susan our highest recommendation for tutoring. Over the years, Susan has tutored two of our sons; one who could barely read. Within a few short weeks, Susan had taught Jacob the “logic" of the English language and he had a new-found confidence that he could sound out any word. Shortly thereafter, he began reading fluently and homework is no longer a battle. Susan also taught Jacob fun math tricks, which became the envy of his classmates.
Susan also tutored our oldest son, Luke, in 8th grade and again for Test Prep in 11th grade. She helped Luke immensely, as he scored high and is looking at several scholarship opportunities.
Beyond teaching these academic skills, Susan inspired a love of learning in both boys. Both boys very much looked forward to their sessions with Susan, as she is kind, affirming, and always well-prepared. She also encouraged both boys to consider their many gifts and talents and to apply them in the school setting. We are most grateful to have Susan in our lives."
~ Ryan & Elizabeth Walker, Golden View Academy
Susan has done a great job with both of my boys. Last fall when they returned to school, their teachers said they usually return from summer break needing to make up for lost time, but in this case they actually gained! Thank you for all you have done to help them.
~ Jacquelyn Busch, Westwoods Elementary Parent
During the past two decades, I’ve written dozens of letters of recommendation. For businesses, friends, colleagues, family members, and so forth. But never before have I had the opportunity to write a letter for someone for whom I hold in such high esteem as Susan. Susan is, without question, one of the most qualified and successful educators I have ever had the fortune of encountering. She currently is my 11-year old son’s tutor (his name is Nicholas), and in the past few months has helped him turn corners I never would have thought possible in such a short time.
Susan’s methods aren’t unusual. They aren’t high-tech, and they don’t just follow the latest trends in education. Simply put, she’s successful because she truly cares. She cares about my child. And she doesn’t do this because it will make her a better tutor; she does it because she clearly desires to see, to witness, Nicholas succeed. In fact, she seems to want him to succeed as much as his parents do, which of course pleases us to no end.
I was initially impressed with Susan’s abilities during the first few sessions she spent with Nicholas. One of the first things she wanted to know was to discern what type of learner Nicholas is. Visual? Practical? Verbal? The written word? It was interesting to find out during this time that Nicholas is a highly visual and hands-on learner, and once she had that settled the improvement in my son’s schoolwork was breathtaking. A complete 180. The thing that’s important to note here is that Nicholas is part of our local public school district. While I was fully aware that a classroom with 30-some students isn’t necessarily conducive to identifying the learning preferences of each individual child, I didn’t take into account how overwhelming it can be to force a student to play to his weaknesses rather than his strengths in the endeavor to learn. Gone unchecked, I can see how it can inadvertently turn a child’s potential into a kind of liability. Of course, I don’t blame the school for this; there is only so much one teacher can do with a class load such as they have today. But again, once we got Nicholas and Susan together, it was like we unlocked a world of potential in my son that I had previously merely wished for.
I can’t stress enough what an exceptional educator Susan is and how much she’s done for us. I would highly recommend her to any parents who desire to see their child reach his/her fullest potential. School success for any child, with Susan’s assistance, is just around the corner.
Before I sign off, let me leave you with this: Just a couple of weeks ago I was sitting at Nicholas’s karate practice, watching him go through his drills and forms. About 10 minutes into the practice, I see Susan walk into the viewing area, pick out Nicholas in the crowd, and simply smile and watch him work. I think I watched her more than him that day as I could clearly see the happiness and pride she had on her face as she saw one of her pupils enjoying one of his life’s pleasures. The personal interest she showed in my child solidified for me what I already knew: this is one terrific person. Any parent would be lucky to have her as part of the team.
~ Brad Fixler , Oberon Middle School Parent