The Pickerington Public Library next month will launch a series of one-time workshops designed to help scholastic students prepare for college-entrance tests.

The Pickerington Public Library next month will launch a series of one-time workshops designed to help scholastic students prepare for college-entrance tests.

As high school students are well aware, in order to go on to college they first have to prove their learning competency by taking either the ACT or SAT.

This year, the library hopes to help them conquer those tests and pave the way to students' college dreams by hosting workshops throughout the 2016-17 school year to prepare them for the sometimes daunting tasks.

"We originally offered the ACT/SAT prep classes starting in January 2016 and through the end of last school year," said Donna Matturri, the library's adult services manager.

"Now, the programs will be held starting in September, and we have changed the class dates so they are held on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., to coincide with the Homework Help Center's new hours."

ACT/SAT Prep Class workshops will be held Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 17, Jan. 19, March 2 and May 25.

The schedule also is available at pickeringtonlibrary.org.

The classes are offered to teens in grades 9-12, from any school district.

The classes are free, but because seating is limited to 14 participants per class, students are asked to register through the library's website, or at the library, 201 Opportunity Way.

The classes will be led by Erikka Sawdey, who is certified as a librarian and a teacher, and who is the library's Homework Help Center coordinator.

Recently, Sawdey said the goals of the Homework Help Center and the ACT/SAT Prep Class are to help students succeed in their classrooms.

"Students leave the HHC daily with accurate and completed homework," Sawdey said.

"But more importantly, they leave feeling more confident in the subject than they were when they arrived," she said.

Matturri noted Sawdey led the ACT/SAT Prep Class last year, and is looking forward to providing resources that can link students to higher education.

"The ACT/SAT Prep Class is a one-time class, but as it is offered several times throughout the school year, any students who would like to build their test-taking skills or get extra practice are welcome and encouraged, to attend multiple sessions," Matturri said.

"During each class, Erikka goes over what students can expect from the test, and also goes over practice problems to gain experience.

"She also covers using test prep materials."

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