Class & Workshop Descriptions

Below is a description of the classes, seminars, workshops, and private tutoring offered.  To register, click on the “Register” button under the description or you can use our “Class Schedule” link above and select desired courses/dates. Check back regularly as we are always adding classes and workshops, especially for end-of-year exams, AP exams and summer offerings.

These classes are the same as our regular ACT Math classes except it is a much smaller class; it will have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 students. Cost $50 per class.

This two hour class will have one hour devoted to ACT English and the second hour to ACT reading.

This class will be held in the Clay Ford Room of the main Rec Center. This class is an opportunity for students to take a complete ACT in a timed, testing environment to determine areas of strength and weakness on the test. The test will be scored and students will receive a report of their results. Taking this test enables students to get a baseline reading on their skills without having to report the scores to colleges. It also provides an opportunity for students to gauge their progress in preparing for the ACT. We must have a minimum of 10 students in order to offer this practice test. This is a 3.5 hour group session. Cost $40.

Parents who are registering a student may wish to open the account in the student's name but include your e-mail address to ensure you receive appointment confirmations and reminders and information about upcoming classes.

A specialized math class for students who want to focus on the most difficult problems found on the ACT. This class is for ADVANCED math students who want to move quickly and address the more challenging math concepts found on the ACT. Cost is $35 for 1.5 hours.

Preparation and practice for the English section of the ACT. This is a 1.5 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.

These classes are similar to ACT English classes except they are smaller in size; the intensives will have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 students. Cost $50 per class.

Preparation and practice for the math section of the ACT. This is a 1.5 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.

Students will take a math section test from an actual ACT in a timed test environment. The test will be scored and students will provided their results. Teacher will review the problems and answers. This is a two hour session. Cost $35 per class.

Preparation and practice for the reading section of the ACT. This is a 1.5 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.

These classes cover the same material as our ACT Reading classes except they are smaller in size; it will have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 students. Cost $50 per class.

Preparation and practice for the science section of the ACT. This is a 1.5 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.

These classes cover the same content as regular ACT Science classes except they are smaller in size; they will have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 students. Cost $50 per class.

Students will work through one ACT science section with guided instruction and then will take a timed practice test. The test will be scored and students will be given their results. Teacher will review the problems and answers. This is a 2 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.

This class introduces and emphasizes vocabulary words and use to enhance student's writing and test-taking skills. This class is taught by Ms. Amy Parker. Cost is $35.

This class is designed for middle school students who are preparing for the SAT in an effort to qualify for the Duke TIP program. The cost of this class is $35.

A class for 9th grade students to prepare them for the testing process. Class focuses on vocabulary development and core test-taking skills presented in a creative and affirming environment. This is a 1.5 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.

This class focuses on PSAT math. This is a 1.5 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.

These classes cover the same content as PSAT Math classes except they are smaller in size; they have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 students.

This class focuses on PSAT reading. This is a 1.5 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.

A class to prepare students for the testing process. This class focuses on all the component areas of the PSAT/SAT, including math and English, with a focus on the development of grammar skills essential to the test, and vocabulary development. Class sessions will focus on either math or English/reading, depending on the teacher. If you have a question as to a session's focus on a particular week, feel free to email us. This is a 1.5 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.

Preparation and practice for the math section of the SAT. This is a 1.5 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.

These classes cover the same material as the SAT Math classes except they are smaller in size; they wiill have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 students. Cost $50 per class.

Students will take a math section test from an actual SAT in a timed test environment. The test will be scored and students will provided their results. Teacher will review the problems and answers. This is a two hour session. Cost $35 per class.

A comprehensive developmental approach to attaining the skills necessary for successful performance on the SAT exams. Students will be taught the reading and writing concepts that compose the tests. This is a 1.5 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.

These classes cover the same material as the SAT Reading classes except they are smaller in size; they will have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 students. Cost $50 per class.

Students will take a reading section test from an actual SAT in a timed test environment. The test will be scored and students will provided their results. Teacher will review the problems and answers. This is a two hour session. Cost $35 per class.

These classes cover the same material as the PSAT Reading classes except they are smaller in size; they will have a minim of 2 and maximum of 4 students.

Terry Benson and Renee Bookout present this workshop to provide 8th grade-12th grade students and their parents with information about how to maximize their potential for the college admissions process. Information regarding high school course selection, ACT/SAT/PSAT/SATII scores, the admissions process, applications, high school resume, essays, interviews, scholarships, Bright Futures and financial aid are some of the topics included in this workshop. This is a 3 hour group workshop. Cost is $100. THIS SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT THE GULF BREEZE RECREATION CENTER. Private sessions for groups can be scheduled by contacting us at academiccenterfortesting@gmail.com

Terry Benson and Renee Bookout present this workshop to provide high school students and their parents with information about the college admissions process as well as the application process. Information regarding course selection, ACT/SAT/PSAT scores, the admissions process, applications, high school resume, essays, interviews, scholarships, Bright Futures and financial aid are some of the topics included in this workshop. This is a 3 hour group workshop. Cost $75. This seminar will be held in the Clay Ford Room at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center.

This class will be a three hour overview of the grammar rules and strategies utilized on the English section of the ACT. Students will also participate in teacher directed practice using actual ACT English sections from the tests.

An in-depth review of the math concepts and strategies essential for success on the ACT. Students will work through and score at least one ACT math section.

This class will focus on improving reading skills In areas covered in the reading portion of the ACT test. Students will learn to identify style, tone, organizational structure, and main purpose of ACT writing passages. Students will also practice pacing while working with actual ACT reading Passages.

Students will work through and discuss a series of science sections from an actual ACT. They will practice reading charts and graphs, as well as pacing on this section of the test. This class will provide a comprehensive review of the ACT science section.

This class is designed for students who struggle on the math portion of the ACT, both with concepts and timing. The class will cover the core mathematical concepts students must know to perform well and also will discuss strategies and timing. This is a three-hour workshop taught by Ms. Paedae.

This is a three hour ACT Mini Workshop to prepare middle school students applying for Duke TIP with an overview of the ACT test, covering all four sections, strategies and pacing. Students will receive practice materials. The cost is $60.

This is a three hour SAT Mini Workshop to prepare middle school students applying for Duke TIP with an overview of the SAT test, covering both sections, strategies and pacing. Students will receive practice materials. The cost is $60.

This class is an opportunity for students to take a complete ACT in a timed, testing environment to determine areas of strength and weakness on the test. The test will be scored and students will receive a report of their results. Taking this test enables students to get a baseline reading on their skills without having to report the scores to colleges. It also provides an opportunity for students to gauge their progress in preparing for the ACT. We must have a minimum of 10 students in order to offer this practice test. This is a 3.5 hour group session. Cost $45.

This class is an opportunity for students to take a complete PSAT in a timed, testing environment to determine areas of strength and weakness on the test. The test will be scored and students will receive a report of their results. Taking this test enables students to get a baseline reading on their skills. It also provides an opportunity for students to gauge their progress in preparing for the PSAT. We must have a minimum of 10 students in order to offer this practice test. This is a 3 hour group session. Cost $45.

This class is an opportunity for students to take a complete SAT in a timed, testing environment to determine areas of strength and weakness on the test. The test will be scored and students will receive a report of their results. Taking this test enables students to get a baseline reading on their skills without having to report the scores to colleges. It also provides an opportunity for students to gauge their progress in preparing for the SAT. We must have a minimum of 10 students in order to offer this practice test. This is a 3.5 hour group session. Cost $45.

For High School Seniors: Private one-hour essay writing/application preparation session with Renee Bookout. Renee can also help with resumes and interviews. Please see Renee's bio under Instructors.

Edie Bidwell tutors all levels of science, including AP Chemistry and AP Biology as well as ACT science prep. Please see Edie's bio under Instructors.

Cheri can tutor in ACT Science or any level science generally. Please see Cheri’s bio under Instructors.

Kareem Bataineh tutors math, science and English. Please see Kareem's bio under Instructors.

Ms. Myers teaches English at Gulf Breeze High School. Ms. Myers tutors all levels of English and reading, including ACT/SAT/PSAT test prep.

Shauna tutors in math and science. Please see Shauna's bio under Instructors.

Stephanie Duffy can tutor all levels of math. Please see Stephanie's bio under Instructors.

Terry Benson offers private tutoring in English and Reading for SAT/ACT/PSAT and many other services. Please see Terry's bio under Instructors.

Tracy Brown tutors AP Human Geography and AP World History.

Zach Gaidosh tutors all areas and all levels of science and math, including ACT/SAT/PSAT prep. Please see Zach's bio under Instructors.

Amy Parker tutors history, study skills and vocabulary. Please see Amy's bio under Instructors.

Clint Sutton can tutor AP Macro and AP Micro Economics, AP Government & Politics, and AP Human Geography.

Edie Bidwell tutors all levels of science, including AP Chemistry and AP Biology as well as ACT science prep. Please see Edie's bio under Instructors.

This is a college counseling private session with Renee Bookout. Session will include review of student's high school progress and creation of a plan for school year/summers, discussion as to what student can do to make sure he/she is on the right track to maximize his/her potential, and an overview of college search/application process. Parent(s) welcome to attend with student. Ideal for students in 8th (end of year), 9th, 10th and 11th grade. Call Renee if you have any questions (932-2392). Make sure to check future weeks for openings. If you do not see a date/time that works for your family, please email Renee at crhnm@bellsouth.net. The cost is $90 per session.

Mary Benson tutors all levels of math, including Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, College Algebra, Calculus, Statistics and more. Read her biography on the staff page for more information.

Ms. Hall tutors all levels of reading and English, including ACT/SAT/PSAT/FSA test prep. Please read her bio for more information.

Mary Katherine Gottstine teaches Algebra I, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus at Pensacola Catholic High School and is pursuing her Masters in Mathematics at the University of West Florida. She can tutor all levels of math and ACT/SAT/PSAT math.

Mary Katherine Gottstine teaches Algebra I, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus at Pensacola Catholic High School and is pursuing her Masters in Mathematics at the University of West Florida. She can tutor all levels of math and ACT/SAT/PSAT math.

These appointments are for college students and adults seeking assistance with graduate school applications, resumes/CVs, interviews, personal statements, and short answers. If none are scheduled, please contact Renee Bookout at academiccenterfortesting@gmail.com

Stephanie Duffy can tutor all levels of math. Please see Stephanie's bio under Instructors.

Please see staff biography section for a complete biography.

Susan Smart has over 25 years of teaching experience in the field of Language Arts/English. She works with various levels of students with a concentration in writing skills, grammar mastery, literature, and test taking strategies.

Tracy Brown tutors AP Human Geography and AP World History.

Tulla Bee Picardi, an extremely bright senior at Gulf Breeze High School, can tutor math (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry) and science (Chemistry and Biology). See her biography under “Instructors” for more information.

Preparation and practice for the math section of the PSAT. This is a 1.5 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.

Intensive workshop to prepare students for the math section of the October PSAT. This is a 3 hour group session. Cost $50.

Parents who are registering a student may wish to open the account in the student's name but include your e-mail address to ensure you receive appointment confirmations and reminders and information about upcoming classes.

Shauna Paedae, National Board Certified Teacher, AP, Honors and IB Math Instructor (including Calculus) with over 25 years teaching and now the math coordinator for Escambia County, will work with students in Algebra I to learn concepts and review materials. Cost is $45.

Shauna Paedae, National Board Certified Teacher, AP, Honors and IB Math Instructor (including Calculus) with over 25 years teaching and now the math coordinator for Escambia County, will work with students in Algebra II to learn concepts and review materials. Cost is $45.

The monthly reviews will be taught by Ms. Amy Parker. They are designed to help students prepare for the AP US History exam they will take in May. The following classes will be offered:Sept. 14: 10am-12pm Content Review Periods 1-2Oct 5: 10am-12pm Content Review Period 3Nov 9: 10am-12pm Content Review Periods 4-5Dec 7: 9am-12pm Exam Review, multiple choice, And Eras 1-5Jan 25: 10am-12pm Content Review Periods 5-6Feb 8: 10am-12pm Content Review Periods 7-8Mar 14: 10am-12pm Content Review Periods 8-9Exam Prep:April 18: 9am-12pm Writing Workshop DBQ/SAQApril 25: 9am-12pm Content Review & SAQ WritMay 2: 9am-12pm Multiple Choice/Practice Exam

The monthly reviews will be taught by Ms. Amy Parker. They are designed to help students prepare for the AP US History exam they will take in May. The following classes will be offered: Sept. 14: 10am-12pm Content Review Periods 1-2 Oct 5: 10am-12pm Content Review Period 3 Nov 9: 10am-12pm Content Review Periods 4-5 Dec 7: 9am-12pm Exam Review, multiple choice, And Eras 1-5 Jan 25: 10am-12pm Content Review Periods 5-6 Feb 8: 10am-12pm Content Review Periods 7-8 Mar 14: 10am-12pm Content Review Periods 8-9 Exam Prep: April 18: 9am-12pm Writing Workshop DBQ/SAQ April 25: 9am-12pm Content Review & SAQ Writ May 2: 9am-12pm Multiple Choice/Practice Exam

AP World History review will be taught by Tracy Brown. The reviews will be as follows:

1/26 Unit 5: Revolutions Review

2/9 SAQ/LEQ Writing Workshop

2/16 DBQ Writing Workshop

3/1 Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization

Regular review sessions co-taught by Clint Sutton and Ms. Tracy Brown. Upcoming sessions: 

1/26 Political Geo/Industry/Economy

2/23 FRQ Practice

3/8 Land Use: Agriculture/Cities

Shauna Paedae, National Board Certified Teacher, AP, Honors and IB Math Instructor (including Calculus) with over 25 years teaching and now the math coordinator for Escambia County, will work with students in IB Calculus BC and AP Calculus BC to learn concepts and review materials.

Students will learn writing strategies and techniques that they can use to improve their writing scores on the SAT Writing section. This class provides an overview of the SAT writing exam. Understanding expectations, idea development, word choice, sentence fluency, and time saving tips are some of the topics included in the class. Cost $35 per class.

Three hour SAT Reading preparation class. Cost is $50.

This class will be held in the Clay Ford Room of the main Rec Center. This class is an opportunity for students to take a complete SAT in a timed, testing environment to determine areas of strength and weakness on the test. The test will be scored and students will receive a report of their results. Taking this test enables students to get a baseline reading on their skills without having to report the scores to colleges. It also provides an opportunity for students to gauge their progress in preparing for the SAT. We must have a minimum of 10 students in order to offer this practice test. This is a 3.5 hour group session. Cost $35.
Parents who are registering a student may wish to open the account in the student's name but include your e-mail address to ensure you receive appointment confirmations and reminders and information about upcoming classes.

A comprehensive developmental approach to attaining the skills necessary for successful performance on the SAT/PSAT exams. Students will be taught the math concepts that compose the tests. This is a 1.5 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.
Parents who are registering a student may wish to open the account in the student's name but include your e-mail address to ensure you receive appointment confirmations and reminders and information about upcoming classes.

A comprehensive developmental approach to attaining the skills necessary for successful performance on the SAT/PSAT exams. Students will be taught the reading and writing concepts that compose the tests. This is a 1.5 hour group session. Cost $35 per class.

Parents who are registering a student may wish to open the account in the student's name but include your e-mail address to ensure you receive appointment confirmations and reminders and information about upcoming classes.

Study Skills and Strategies is a class in which students will be taught skills to help them gain and use information effectively. Students will leave the class with data proven strategies to: improve retention and recall of information, maximize study time by practicing improved time management, and streamline resources with improved organizational approaches. Students will learn to self-monitor their study habits to discern the most effective strategies for their learning style. This course is taught by Ms. Mary Beth Hall. This class is $60.

Study Skills and Strategies is a class in which students will be taught skills to help them gain and use information effectively. Students will leave the class with data proven strategies to: improve retention and recall of information, maximize study time by practicing improved time management, and streamline resources with improved organizational approaches. Students will learn to self-monitor their study habits to discern the most effective strategies for their learning style. This course is taught by Ms. Mary Beth Hall. This class is $60.

ACT Prep Tuesdays and Thursdays Workshop: Students will receive four hours of intense prep in each of the four sections of the ACT (English, math, science, reading) for a total of 16 hours of preparation. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8pm. Cost is $295.

Prep for the April 4th ACT begins February 25th and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8pm. Workshop dates are as follows:

February 25, 27, March 3, 5, 10, 12, (week off for spring break), resumes March 24, 26

OPTIONAL: Workshop attendees get a discount on the practice tests offered the following week. Workshop attendees can register (by phone only) for all three practice tests offered the following week (March 31, April 1 & 2) for $75 total (a savings of $30).

This workshop is for seniors who are working on their supplemental essays for colleges. This is not a workshop for the main (common application/coalition application) essay. Students will work with Terry Benson and Renee Bookout. The workshop is two days for 3 hours each day. Cost is $200. (Check back in early summer for dates/times)

This is a one-week PSAT test preparation workshop offered only to Pensacola Catholic High School students. The course will be held at PCHS. The one-week workshop is offered Monday-Thursday, June 18-21 or July 16-19. The cost is $100 for the one-week workshop. You only need to sign up for the first day of the week of the workshop you prefer and you will be signed up for the rest of the week.

If you wish to sign up for both weeks, the cost for both weeks is $150, but please use the two-week registration tab.

Resume and College Essay Workshop:

A workshop for seniors to prepare one complete edited essay for college applications. Students will also receive an overview on the college application process. This workshop will be taught by several teachers, including Renee Bookout, Terry Benson, Nikki Myers and Zach Gaidosh.

The teachers will review and edit the student's resume, brainstorm essay prompt, and review and edit student's essay. Students must bring a laptop computer to participate in this class. Enrolled students will be provided a resume template and must submit draft resume several days prior to first day of workshop. (Check back in early spring for dates/times)

This workshop will provide 16 hours of instruction for the March 14 SAT. The instruction will be divided evenly between the verbal and math sections of the test. The workshop will meet twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6 to 8, and continue up to the test. This class is highly recommended for those students preparing for the next SAT. This is an 16 hour group session. Cost $295. 

Workshop dates: February 17, 19, 24, 26, March 2, 4, 9 and 11.