Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we updated our ACT Prep in-person winter/spring class schedules. To see the updated schedule, click here.

Seminars

Because Jason Franklin has had over 20,000 students go through his test prep classes, many of those students – and their families – have shared with him what they learned through the college selection process. These seminars are an opportunity to learn how to put your student on a better path for success.

Due to COVID-19, Jason Franklin will only be able to hold in-person seminars at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. Capacity is restricted to ensure social distancing protocols are maintained to keep attendees safe.

The seminars are also online allowing you to watch them whenever you are ready AND you can review them as many times as you desire during your membership period!

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Seminar A: Start Now

Learn how preparing during the middle school and early high school years helps your student increase their potential for college admissions and scholarships.

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Seminar A: Start Now


For too many students, middle school leads to a shift of focus: academics to social media.  Unfortunately, this tends to carry over to high school, creating problems that later surface when students start looking at colleges.

Discussions will focus on how parents can help keep their student on a path that will better prepare them for and through high school, so their student is in a better position to get admitted to the college of their choice and receive a better scholarship offer.

This seminar is designed primarily for familie with students in 6th through 9th grade.

The following are the main topics covered in the seminar:

  • READ, READ, READ!!!!
  • Recommended high school courses
  • Learn how to study: ahead, read, self-review, identify the smart kids
  • Find out who are the better teachers and take their courses
  • Grades: un-weighted vs. weighted GPA
  • AP Classes: advantages vs. disadvantages
  • Dual-credit classes
  • Extra-curricular activities: quality vs. quantity
  • ACT, PSAT, & SAT: advantages & disadvantages
  • National Rank - why this matters to colleges & parents
  • "Game Video" - Test Information Release
  • Work: summer, part-time jobs, think long-term
  • Academic camps
  • College visits: group tours, older siblings
  • High school sports: guard your time, don’t sacrifice academics
  • Role of high school guidance counselors (private vs. public)

$40 per family

 



Seminar B: Dream Real

Learn steps your high school student can do to lower college costs, so their dream does not become your family’s nightmare.

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Seminar B: Dream Real


I went to high school back in the 1980s.  Back then the question was, "Where do you want to go to college?"  Back then, a student could pay for most colleges on their own without accumulating a lot of debt.  Unfortunately, we live in a different world.  This seminar helps families understand where to start when it is time for students to start thinking about college and what students can do NOW to lower costs before going to college.

This seminar is designed primarily for families with students in 10th through 12th grade.

The following are the topics covered in the seminar:

  • The new reality of college grads and increases in college costs by numbers
  • How long it actually takes to get a four year degree
  • Identifying the lower-value aspects of college 
  • How to lower costs with community colleges, dual credit classes, and AP exams
  • ACT vs. SAT
  • How test scores are used to determine scholarship amounts
  • Where most scholarship money comes from & how to find it
  • Finding local scholarships
  • Searching for merit based scholarships
  • FAFSA: what every family needs to know
  • WARNING: College Life Coaches

$40 per family



Seminar C: Picking & Selling

Learn steps your student can do to start their college search and then how to sell themselves to those schools for admissions and scholarships.

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Seminar C: Picking & Selling


There are thousands of colleges and universities in America and many families are not sure where to start when it comes to looking at colleges.  This seminar addresses that issue by providing steps that takes the family through the entire process from start to finish.

This seminar is designed primarily for families with students in 10th through 12th grade.

The following are the main topics covered in the seminar:

  • Setting parameters BEFORE looking at colleges
  • Warnings so you do not go down the wrong paths
  • Objective measures in the application process
  • Personal Statements and essays
  • Letters of Recommendations
  • Resume Portfolios
  • How to maximize an individual college visit

$40 per family



Seminar D: Compare Negotiate Decide

Learn how to compare and negotiate with colleges to ensure that your student has minimized their costs while deciding on the ideal school.

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Seminar D: Compare Negotiate Decide


There are ways to compare colleges and scholarship offers.  There are ways to negotiate with schools to lower costs.  Knowing which college officials to speak to and what to ask is key.  Learn a proven approach that will help remove a lot of potential stress when it comes to your student making that final decision.

This seminar is designed primarily for families with students in 12th grade.

The following are the main topics covered in the seminar:​

  • Comparing schools
  • Comparing offers
  • How to negotiate
  • When to negotiate
  • Hidden expenses
  • Realistic budget: major, graduate school, “Roth Ratio”
  • Living arrangements: dorm, apartments, rental home
  • RateYourProfessor.com
  • College advisors
  • Roommates
  • "Homesick" Hints
  • Summer school
  • Work-Study
  • Outside scholarships
  • FAFSA Appeal
  • Negotiating with patience
  • The importance of May 1st

$40 per family