Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our summer programs will be held virtually until further notice.
Thinking Organized’s new SSAT 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 SSAT 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.
Students will meet virtually 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 SSAT.
- 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 build 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. ratios and proportions) and skill development (e.g. picking numbers).
Sample Upper Level SSAT Session:
Ratios and Proportions
· The assessment reveals that ratios and proportions are an area of relative strength for this student.
· Based on this assessment, the student’s Mentor builds a lesson focused on difficult word problems, because parsing word problems is an area of relative weakness for the student.
· Together the student and Mentor work through medium difficulty word problems identifying the steps involved in dissecting the problem.
· The student is sent home with higher-level ratio and proportion word problems to continue building content knowledge in linear equations and building the student’s comfort level with the important strategy of converting word problems piece by piece into math problems.
Sample Middle Level SSAT Session:
· The assessment reveals that reading comprehension is an area of relative weakness for this student.
· Based on this assessment, the student’s Mentor builds a lesson focused on the basics of recognizing the author’s tone, purpose, and main idea.
· Together the student and Mentor work through sample passages focusing on isolating the words and phrases that demonstrate the main idea of the passage.
· The student is sent home with more passages and questions about main idea to continue building this skill.
Sample Middle Level SSAT Session:
· The assessment reveals that the student is comfortable adding fractions but not multiplying them
· Based on this assessment, the student’s Mentor builds a lesson focused on multiplying fractions.
· Together the student and Mentor work through simple multiplication of fraction problems focusing on understanding the steps involved.
· The student is sent home with medium difficulty fractions problems to continue building this skill.
(Students will meet virtually twice weekly with their mentor for 4 weeks for a total of 8 sessions.)