The iSTART project at the University of Memphis!

We are currently scheduling participants during June and July. The summer project will be conducted like a workshop that takes 11 sessions (one session per day). These sessions will be held on the University of Memphis campus at the FedEx Institute of Technology, and participants will need to arrange their own transportion. We can accommodate morning, afternoon, evening, and Saturday scheduling. The sessions pay approximately $10/hr with a bonus at the end for completing all sessions.

iSTART is a software system designed to help students learn and practice a number of key reading strategies. There are short, interactive lessons for each strategy, and a variety of games for practice. We know that iSTART is effective at improving reading comprehension in high school students and should help people become better readers in preparation for tests such as the SAT and ACT.

If you and your student are interested in participating, please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Complete the consent form. This form must be signed by the student and a parent (or guardian). You cannot participate unless you bring this form signed to the first session. The form is available at

Step 2: Choose your top three times for your first timeslot. We can typically accommodate sessions starting at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, or 7pm on weekdays and 11am, 1pm, and 3pm on weekends. Please respond to me with your top 3 preferred date/times that would occur between now and June 29. We need to get your first session completed before then.

Step 3: Tell your friends! We would be glad to have more high school students participate. We are happy to answer any questions they have. Please tell them to email us at and we can get them signed up as well!

Hope to see you soon!
Dr. Kyle Dempsey

Step 1: Consent form –
Step 2: Send me your top 3 choices for a 1st timeslot
Step 3: Tell your friends!