Step 2: Learning the critical thinking skills of a gifted and talented student
Duration: 3 to 6 months (depending on your child’s grade level and existing skills)
Most schools’ Gifted and Talented programs are highly selective. Due to budget and space constraints, it isn’t always possible for every qualified student to gain a seat. During the 6-month Gifted and Talented programs, our tutors will help your child in several ways.
First, our instructional mentors are familiar with the tests used for Gifted and Talented programs. Your child’s tutor will perform an assessment of your child’s abilities and compare it to the Gifted and Talented program criteria.
Using this information, Tutors Bee provides each student with a custom learning plan to improve their skills and prepare for Gifted and Talented program admissions tests such as the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) or the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Once admitted into a gifted and talented program, your child can continue to rely on our tutors to guide him or her through the Gifted and Talented program classwork.
Next, if your child’s school does not offer a Gifted and Talented program, our instructors can assist you in selecting and qualifying your child for one of the many online Gifted and Talented programs available. Several prestigious colleges offer instruction for gifted children beginning in Pre-K through grade 12. Our team of tutors understand the rigors of these programs and can help your child through the process of admission and learning, from start to finish.
Finally, as our world economy shifts, critical thinking skills are increasingly important for every student. If you don’t plan to enroll your child in a specific Gifted and Talented program, you can still provide them with the critical thinking skills that these programs nurture. Our tutors have experience teaching students at all levels of skill and knowledge. Your child’s tutor can assess his or her unique skills and abilities and then craft a program that enhances and nurtures those natural talents.
Through our Gifted and Talented program, your child will learn how to distinguish between fact, theory, and opinion. Our mentors will teach your child how to identify problems and the steps to solving them efficiently. Your child will learn to call on information and resources from varied fields of study and apply that knowledge to each challenge he or she faces.
The ability to employ critical thinking skills to solve problems is one of the key characteristics of leaders in every field. When your child learns to incorporate these skills early, he or she gains a lifelong advantage.