The ACT® English & Reading Made Easy
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The ACT® English & Reading Made Easy

All you need to know to drastically improve your ACT English score
4.7 (3 ratings)
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Last updated 1/2017
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of my course, students will be able to celebrate because an improved score leads to admission to a more selective college and more scholarship money.
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  • Be ready to have some fun while learning how to improve your score. Have paper and pencil ready.

This online ACT course consists of 11 fun and engaging videos that will give you all the information you need to really improve your score on ACT English section. You will also learn test taking tips and tricks we’ve developed over the last 15 years teaching ACT® prep. Unlike many other online ACT test prep classes, we don’t want to try to teach students EVERYTHING. Instead, we want to teach them HOW to take this test, and the most important things that they need to know to raise their scores.

Big Picture: How to recognize a “simple” grammar question from a “Big Picture” question… and

How to get enough right to do REALLY WELL!

Learn our fifteen Grammar Rules, and YOU WILL ACE THE SECTION:

Video topics include:

 Omit rule, Avoid repetition, Redundancy rectangles

Subjects and verbs go together, Pronouns? Track down the noun, It’s and Its, Tense and word choice? Follow their lead.

Plural first then possession, Transition words come down to meaning, Double commas

The Nike Rule/just do it with an ly, Commas-when in doubt, take them out, Colons

Trust your ear with common phrases/idioms, The 2 Full sentence Rule


Grammar Roundup Review Video

Grammar Extra Credit Video (If you are shooting for a score above 30….) Covers,

Comma specifics, Modifier problems, Sequencing, Who/Whom, Er/EST, the “u” verbs, Effective lead in sentence

 Secrets to Doing Your Best on Reading Video Covers….

Choose your order, Know about the passages, Secret Sauce, Timing

New Method of Reading Video Covers….

Practice session with new method of reading

New Double Passage Video Covers….

Exactly how to handle this new section, practice

STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING! They will be much better off learning a few things VERY WELL. These key concepts learned on this ACT online course will help them get a lot more questions right on the test, and will also help students in classes that are taken in high school and college.

Who is the target audience?
  • Any student who wishes to dramatically improve his or her ACT English and Reading scores.
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
ACT® Intro Video
1 Lecture 10:51
10 Lectures 01:47:28

Topics in this video:

  • Simple v Big Picture Questions
  • Big Picture Questions:
  • Big Picture Question 1: Writer’s Goal/Circle
  • Big Picture Question 2: Deletions/Brackets
  • Big Picture Question 3: Relevant, specific details? Yes!
  • Big Picture Question 4: Main Idea/Check title
Welcome to ACT Grammar

Topics in this video:

  • Grammar Rule 1: Omit Rule
  • Grammar Rule 2: Avoid Repetition/Redundancy
  • Grammar Rule 3: Redundancy Rectangles
Simple Grammar Rules 1-3

Simple Grammar Rules 4-5

Simple Grammar Rules 6-7

Topics in this video:

  • Grammar Rule 8: Plural first, then possession
  • Grammar Rule 9: Transition words= meaning
  • Grammar Rule 10: Double commas- can I take the whole thing out?
Simple Grammar Rules 8-10

Topics in this video:

  • Grammar Rule 11: The Nike Rule, If "JUST DO IT" then use an ly
  • Grammar Rule 12: Commas, when in doubt, take them out
  • Grammar Rule 13:  You must have a full sentence before a colon. (:)
Simple Grammar Rules 11-13

Topics in this video:

  • Grammar Rule 14: Trust your ear on common phrases. 
  • Grammar Rule 15: 2 Full Sentence Rule
Simple Grammar Rules 14-15

Topics in this video:

  • Don't leave anything blank
  • Bubble as you go
Timing and Bubbling

Topics for this video:

  • Review what we have learned
  • Remember to watch lessons again if you need to do so
Grammar Roundup

Topics in this video:

If you have mastered the other rules, learn a few more!

  • Extra Credit Rule 1: More comma specifics
  • Extra Credit Rule 2: Modifier problems
  • Extra Credit Rule 3: Sequencing
  • Extra Credit Rule 4: Who v. whom
  • Extra Credit Rule 5: Er/Est
  • Extra Credit Rule 6: The "u" verbs
  • Extra Credit Rule 7: A big picture question: Effective Opening, Linking, Lead-in sentence
Grammar Extra Credit
1 Lecture 24:04

Topics for this video:

  • Know what you are up against: Choose your order
  • Get ready for certain types of questions
  • Passages:  Short Story
    • History/Government/People Helping People
    • The Arts “Hybrid”
    • Popular Science
  • How to do your best on the ACT Reading: Secret Sauce for reading and answering questions
  • Circles, Stars, and Underlines
  • Read fast then slow
  • Each paragraph is there for a reason
  • Answer the easiest questions first/how to spot them
  • Watch the way the questions start
How To Do Your Best On Reading
6 Lectures 52:11
Introduction to Answers from Practice Test A

Reading - Questions 1-10

Reading - Questions 11-40

English - Questions 1-5

English - Questions 6-35

English - Questions 36-75
About the Instructor
ACT Prep Mauri Artz
4.8 Average rating
4 Reviews
64 Students
2 Courses
ACT Tutor

Mauri Artz has a gift for taking complicated information and making it understandable. This skill has served her well in her previous occupations as an attorney and author and in her current role as an ACT tutor. She has tutored thousands of students over the past twelve years: 99% have increased their verbal scores. She has conducted classes in several private schools in Cleveland, Ohio, and she tutors students privately from across the country, and across the world, including students from Exeter, Horace Mann, Tory Pines of San Diego, the American Overseas Schools of Milan and Tokyo.

Mauri grew up in Columbus , Georgia, attended public high school, and used her academic gifts to help pay for college and law school. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in Political Science from Tulane University ('82), Magna Cum Laude from Case Western University School of Law ) ('85) and she attended Northwestern University School of Law as a Wigmore Scholar. She was admitted to the Ohio Bar ('85) and she served as clerk to Chief Justice Thomas Lambros in United States federal district court. She also worked in corporate litigation for the Cleveland firm of Ulmer, Berne.

While raising four children, Mauri did corporate writing and editing, and co-authored From Diploma to Dream Job, which was published in 2012. She also edited several cookbooks and authored several travel articles about living in Italy, where she and her family resided for a year.

After enrolling her oldest son in a class for test prep, Mauri realized that she had just spent over a thousand dollars for hours of classes that did not help him that much. She hired several tutors for him, but they helped very little. She was determined to make a difference in the test preparation of her other three children. Soon after, Mauri was asked by Townsend Private Tutoring to be trained formally as a tutor for standardized tests. After training, Mauri worked for Townsend and Academy Test Prep , private tutoring companies in Cleveland. After several years, she started her own  ACT prep company. She offers private tutoring, as well as bootcamps, classes in several high schools and now ACT online help. She has tutored thousands of students in tests ranging from the ISEE , SSAT, ACT, SAT, LSAT, GMAT, and GRE. She has also assisted hundreds of students with college essays, writing projects, resumes, and interviewing skills.

Her determination paid off. She has not only helped her own children, but thousands of kids from Cleveland and across the country. She always has a waiting list for students who want her unique way of teaching this material and making each student feel confident to reach a "personal best” score.

Whether one on one or in a group setting, Mauri's goal is to help each and every student reach his or her personal best through her online ACT prep course. She often takes these tests herself to understand what the students experience. She has studied the tests to see what REALLY makes a difference, and she is tuned into what REALLY WORKS. Her waiting list is always long. She can't possible tutor everyone who wants her. This has always frustrated Mauri, who knows that she could help so many more students. Thus, she created this online ACT prep class- The Public Tutoring Initiative.