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NIN Scholars Online SAT Tutoring Program to Begin 2nd Cycle After Successful Pilot
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Following the notable success of the pilot, NIN Scholars, an online SAT prep program, is scheduled to begin the second 19 week tutoring cycle on April 1, 2015. NIN Scholars combines live online tutoring sessions via webinars and corresponding online content. The free pilot program launched in January 2015, with more than 120 Pittsburgh-area high school students registered and a total student enrollment of 152 across the country.

The second NIN Scholars tutoring cycle is available free of charge to students whose family has a demonstrated financial need. All other students will pay a one-time nominal fee to participate, which will be disbursed as funding for additional students who are eligible for financial sponsorship. Students or schools that are interested in participating in the Neighbors in Need Scholars program should visit www.ninscholars.org for more information and to apply.

NIN Scholars collaborated with Pittsburgh Prep, one of the foremost test prep companies in the state, to construct the innovative SAT prep program. Master Tutor Hoon Kim, a former Kaplan instructor and graduate of the Harvard School of Education, will lead the instructional sessions. Under his tutelage, Pittsburgh Prep has successfully helped more than 300 students raise their SAT scores by an average of 270 points.

The curriculum employs the contemporary form of teaching known as the flip model. Students view prerecorded video lectures that introduce the fundamentals of each lesson and then participate in twice-weekly live webinars that apply the learned knowledge through problem solving and question and answer segments. The corresponding content and video lessons are delivered to students through the popular learning management system, Schoology.

The ultimate goals of the program are to help students increase their chances of acceptance into their ideal college and to improve their odds of receiving financial aid, regardless of financial or socioeconomic factors.

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