College Prep & College

**Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our summer programs will be held virtually. As with our mentoring, the transition to remote, tailored programming will be seamless. Should in-person programs be available again, we can move back to the Thinking Organized office. Or, you can choose to stay virtual if that works better for your schedule.**

Programs tailored for college prep and college students include:

  • SAT/ACT Prep
  • Just Write: College Applications
  • Next Stop College
  • Just Write: The College Level

Due to the individualized nature of our programs, time slots are scheduled in the order in which registration forms are received.

Registration links are included below the program descriptions.

SAT/ACT Prep

Thinking Organized’s new SAT/ACT Prep program was built from the ground up to help give every student the tools they need to reach their best possible score.

Why is this program different?

Our approach is designed specifically for students that struggle with ADHD and executive function weaknesses. Our children learn differently and thrive with specific structures; so, we developed our SAT/ACT program to meet those needs.

We look at the student’s strengths and weaknesses, and how they best learn information. Then, we tailor a program that is specific to the individual and show students how to use their stronger skills to bolster the weaker ones.

Program Structure:

Students will meet twice weekly with their mentor for 4 weeks for a total of 8 sessions.

Every session is built around one of the core mathematical or English concepts on the SAT/ACT. 

  • Before the first session, the student completes an assessment to determine their strengths and weaknesses in both content and question types. This assessment is used to create a unique program to build on their strengths and shore up their weaknesses.
  • Before each session, the student completes homework designed to give a more in-depth look at their current comfort level with the topic for that session.
  • Their Mentor then uses that assessment to build a unique lesson for the student based on their current strengths and weaknesses.
  • After the lesson, the student works together with their Mentor on a series of problems of increasing difficulty with a focus on building understanding and teaching strategies to help the student answer a specific type of questions correctly.
  • Based on the student’s performance, their Mentor customizes homework designed to continue the student’s growth in both content knowledge (e.g. linear equations) and skill development (e.g. picking numbers). 

REGISTER HERE FOR SAT/ACT PREP

Just Write: College Applications

Thinking Organized’s College Application Process program was built to support our students as they navigate the challenging process from managing deadlines, keeping track of the colleges they visited and writing the Common Application essay. Our approach is designed specifically for students that struggle with ADHD and executive function weaknesses. We understand the challenges these students face and work on strategies to help them navigate this important process. 

Program Structure:

Students will meet twice weekly with their tutor for 4 weeks for a total of 8 sessions. 

Every session is built around the following:

  • Look at what the student has already completed in their college search, if anything
  • Design effective material and time organization strategies to meet the student’s needs during the lengthy process of applying to college, including a priority list.
  • Review and discuss samples of the Common App essay to help the student brainstorm ideas for essay topics.
  •  Choose a prompt for the Common App essay and work on pre-writing strategies. 
  • Create a short outline and begin the writing process.
  • Develop a schedule for the completion of the essay and the writing supplement, if they are not done.

REGISTER HERE FOR JUST WRITE: COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

Next Stop: College

The Parent/Student Guide to Everything the Orientation Won’t Tell You and How You Need to Prepare NOW! 

Summer One-on-One Series: Students Grades 11-12 & Parents

Congratulations, you’ve been accepted! Going to college is an exciting new chapter, one that is fast-paced and requires a new level of independence. The strategies and skills you will need to organize your class schedule, extracurricular activities, and dorm life will be very different than what you used in high school. Understanding how to plan and manage the next four years will be critical to your success. Don’t panic! You can hit the ground running in college by beginning to prepare NOW!

Join Thinking Organized in our Next Stop: College program, which is a week-long, one-on-one summer series that focuses on the key areas that tend to get overlooked while preparing to head off to college. This series would also benefit high school juniors beginning the college application process, transfer students beginning the year in a new school, and current college students who would like to start their year strong with better organizational and study skills.

This week-long program meets daily for 90-minute sessions Monday – Thursday.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE FOR NEXT STOP: COLLEGE

Just Write: The College Level

Just Write: The College Level is an individualized approach to preparing students to write at the college level. In this week-long, one-on-one series, students will learn strategies to assist them in every step of the writing process, including pre-writing, researching, drafting, revising, and editing. Skills such as fluency, organization, transitions, coherency, and analysis will be targeted in each meeting so that students have hands-on practice utilizing these tools. 

Sample Schedule for Program:

  • Day 1: Pre-Writing strategies, transition Words
  • Day 2: Researching, outlining, S.E.E. method
  • Day 3: First drafts, introductions, conclusions
  • Day 4: Revisions, edits, writing schedules

This program meets daily for one hour, Monday – Thursday.

REGISTER HERE FOR JUST WRITE: THE COLLEGE LEVEL

Erica MechlinskiCollege Prep & College