Some Background Information
Although I don’t share too many personal stories about the kids (unless they’re hilarious and wouldn’t embarrass them), I have been posting about Luke’s college search process.
As with most things at the Phillips household, Luke’s college search was unconventional since he only visited one school, liked it, and accepted an offer to play tennis there. Done…right? Wrong!
Not So Fast, Kid
The offer included an academic scholarship with the condition of raising his SAT score by 40 points. Without the academic award, we weren’t sure we could afford one year, let alone four.
Since Luke didn’t prepare much before the first SAT exam, we thought he could meet this hurdle with some focused preparation.
Luke is a good student. He gets mostly A’s, some B’s and has a solid GPA. He’s fairly disciplined but needs a set structure from an outside source to keep him moving forward and motivated.
I couldn’t provide this type of accountability or specific coaching for the SAT content. The free Khan Academy site doesn’t provide the progressive structure he needed. I appreciate the free resource but you feel like you’re jumping around a lot. Luke only used Khan a few times before his first SAT exam for that reason.
Enter Kranse Institute*
I had read about an online prep course created by a guy who achieved a perfect score on the SAT after studying the test design and refining his approach to the questions. He appeared on Shark Tank and partnered with Mark Cuban. I have to admit, Cuban’s endorsement influenced my confidence in the course.
Here’s a clip from Patel’s Shark Tank Pitch (before the course was rebranded for new SAT format):
I didn’t need or expect Luke to get a perfect score-just 40 points for $6,000 a year. I wouldn’t normally spend $349 (with a 30% off coupon) on something like this (like NEVER) but I justified the expense of The Kranse Institute course for a few reasons:
- Luke saved us hundreds of dollars by visiting and applying to only one school.
- This investment could translate into $24,000 (over 4 years), a huge return.
- Having access to the course gave Luke confidence, peace of mind and a goal (watch videos).
- Kranse offers a 7-day money back guarantee if it’s not a good fit.
- Kranse also offers a 100% money back guarantee if the student’s score doesn’t improve.
We had nothing to lose.
You Already Know He Got the Award!
Luke had received a financial aid award early in January that included the tennis scholarship and a loan approval (don’t even get me started on loans!). At that point, the college didn’t have his best scores. We weren’t sure his January scores (sent to colleges March 2) would get to the right people in time for a decision for additional money.
We were both nervous when he got this second email from the financial aid office.
We clicked through to his campus account and found this notice waiting for him!
I can’t even express what a huge relief this is and the margin the award gives our family.
Though, Luke and I were impressed with the Kranse Institute course before this result, we can unequivocally endorse it and recommend it to family and friends (and readers we don’t know) 😉
Here’s what Luke liked about the course.
I asked Luke to describe what he thought was helpful. Here’s what he told me:
- The videos were short and to the point. I felt like I could learn exactly what I needed for that section or problem without guessing.
- I liked seeing my progress as I finished lessons. It gave me a feeling of accomplishment and helped me plan.
- It was great having access to the lessons anytime from anywhere.
- The writing videos helped my writing score and skills more than two years of high school English.
- It helped me stay focused and motivated.
Here’s What I Liked About the Course
- Self-motivating. I didn’t have to hound Luke about studying. Luke knew as soon as we purchased the course that he would watch them. This factor alone, was worth the price of the course to me.
- Organized. The entire course is well-organized by SAT subject tests (Essay, Critical Reading, Writing, Math; plus a series of videos with general information about test design, changes, format and scoring). Luke didn’t need the essay portion so he could skip that whole group of videos. If he had trouble with a particular concept after completing a practice section, he could easily navigate to and review a specific video.
- Solid content. The strategies and samples are direct, relevant and useful. I didn’t review all the videos but I took some time to look at a lot of them and was impressed by how practical and executable the strategies are.
- Price. Private tutoring (online and in-person) can range from $150-$200 or more per hour which is unaffordable for us. Other courses can cost $1200 or more. For $349 (with coupon) and with Kranse’s money-back guarantee, it was the most affordable and practical option for Luke’s situation.
A Special Price for My Readers
The blog where I originally read about the course included a limited coupon code which I used to get a 30% discount. I reached out to Kranse and the support team offered the same discount for my readers.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Kranse Institute course including results, an overview, faqs, and the guarantee, here’s the link: Kranse.com .
Use the coupon code “SAVE30NOW” at checkout for 30% off the regular price!
If you decide to try the course, I’d love to know if it helps!
*This post contains affiliate links. I was so impressed with the Kranse course and was referring so many friends that the company invited me to become an affiliate. If you purchase the course through my link or apply the special coupon code above, I receive a commission at no additional cost to you (in fact, you get a discount). It’s a win-win-win and helps cover the costs of the site. Thank you.