College Board released the 2013 SAT, or Scholastic Aptitude Test, score results this week. Bibb County showed an overall improvement, however, Southwest High School scores declined.
To help boost test results, Southwest students have been taking free SAT prep courses from Mercer students.
On Saturday Southwest High School students took the practice SAT, and 16-year-old Alexis Smith was ready. "Every Saturday morning I would come to school here and we'll be doing different things, dealing with SAT. First half we'll do math and after lunch we'll do english," she said.
For the past month, Smith has been taking the four-week, free SAT prep sessions by Mercer University students, Taylor Feeney and Lyndssey Autrey.
Both aspiring teachers, the Bears are doing it as part of Mercer's Service Scholars program. It's a program that gets students involved in the community. "We decided, 'Hey, we both want to go into education, how can we really meet one of Macon's needs, and make our senior project something that really makes an impact instead of just meeting a requirement for a class,'" said Feeney.
"I've developed a Jeopardy! board game that basically incorporates the different Math concepts, so each weekend they've had a different Jeopardy! board game. And then Taylor basically set up her own PowerPoints with the English notes and the different words and going through essay tips," said Autrey.
The prep sessions seem to be working. "I learned how to better my writing skills, and how to eliminate some choices on Math because sometimes I do struggle. So it's been really helpful," said Smith.
Feeney and Autrey hope other Mercer students will replicate the program.