FORT KNOX, Ky. – The Army has a virtual learning website called March2Success that can help high schoolers prepare for college.
Students can take practice tests such as the ACT, SAT, or medical college and dental admission exams. The website provides an alternative for students unable to seek a tutor or join a study group due to pandemic restrictions. There also is continued uncertainty over in-class learning during the coming school year, and students may be shouldering more of the burden for their academic success without regular contact with teachers.
“The pandemic had parents homeschooling their students at the end of the most recent school year,” observed Larane Guthrie-Clarkson, chief of education for U.S, Army Recruiting Command. “That worked as a short-term solution. In the long-run, though, if a parent is not an educator or a subject-matter expert on a particular subject, that’s going to hinder a student who needs help. (That’s why we’re promoting) March2Success enrollment.”
After COVID-19 forced nationwide school closures, active March2Success users dropped from 89,211 in May 2019 to 50,432 in May 2020. USAREC has set its sights on reversing that downward trend, noting how many schools had to cancel standardized testing. March2Success also could still help students prepare for the upcoming fall semesters while remaining at home, Guthrie-Clarkson noted.
The webpage offers a wide palette of resources for high school students or adults taking undergraduate courses for the first time. Future Soldiers also can use the program’s study aids to prepare for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test.
While the program has materials aimed at students in grades 8-12, Soldiers planning to attend college can access the online educational tools to prepare for the entrance exams or use the materials as a refresher course. Students can access the website’s free services at www.march2success.com.
Students study at their own pace and take pre-tests to determine their aptitude level and help remote assistance educators manage their learning. The program’s users prep for the entrance exams first by taking a diagnostic pretest to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Students will then develop a study plan with goals tailored to each user.
“Students can sit there and use it anytime,” Guthrie-Clarkson pointed out. “So, they're not restricted to a specific time of day.”
The program also has resources for potential recruits who are considering joining the Army. Using the Career Navigator mobile app, they can learn about Army careers and locate recruiters from their smartphones. Guthrie-Clarkson said there have been discussions on how to expand the site’s features due to the need for online learning options.
In 2018, the Army added graduate program exams, the Medical College Admissions Test, the Dental Admissions Test and various nursing program tests to its list of features.
The Stars Elements app allows students to build an educational foundation for chemistry and physical science with the use of interactive models, challenges and games. The program has added game-based learning to its curriculum, including the sports-based apps GoArmy Edge Football and GoArmy Edge Soccer, where coaches and players can virtually design plays.
Recruiters have marketed the website at high schools across the country, though no commitment to military service is required. Guthrie-Clarkson said the Army provides the website as an education augmentation tool and a public service to the nation’s high school students.