Test Prep Approach


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Our approach looks at the skills that children need to succeed on the tests, and seeks to build these skills.

Because these exams are IQ tests, it’s imperative to provide strategy-based, concept-driven sessions rather than drilling practice questions. We aim for our students to become independent problem solvers.

Read through to learn more about the skills that we target and how we build them.


Attention

Most children are able to give attention, or momentary focus. The way we build attention within sessions is through taking breaks. The ability to start working or to come back from work after a break is not only important in a testing setting, but in the classroom. In a session, students are rewarded for being ready to work at the beginning of a session and are rewarded for coming back from the break.


Concentration

Most children are able to give attention. Concentration can be defined as prolonged attention. It is crucial to the learning process. Most behavior plans include stretching concentration like a muscle. Over time, work times increase by a few minutes at a time until a child is able to work for an extended period of time.


Cognitive Flexibility

This is known as the ability to apply more than one way to solve a problem, otherwise known as seeing more than one point of view. This is a social skill, as well as a problem-solving skill. Students are rewarded for using strategies, and for using more than one strategy if the first way(s) did not help them arrive at an answer.


Emotion Regulation & Self-Monitoring

Students avoid work for a myriad of reasons. While most adults might think that they’re lazy or unintelligent, we are dedicated to finding out what it is preventing them from being successful.

If a child doesn’t want to work with the materials given, interventionists and children come up with a solution. If a child is tired or bored, we might adapt the activity to a more movement-oriented activity in order to teach the concept. Through self-monitoring, students are able to begin to learn to regulate their emotions.