Traditional classroom based SAT/ACT test prep uses what is known as a Didactic Teaching Method. This translates into what folks from Baby Boomers to Millennials probably remember from school:
Lecture > Homework > Homework Review > Next Lecture, etc.
The problem is that the didactic method is boring and homogenized. What this means is that underperforming students and high achieving students are marginalized because the content is either too easy or too difficult. Consequently, student confidence and engagement suffer.
On the other hand, interesting and learner-aligned content improves engagement and has been shown to produce better learning outcomes. Enter the flipped curriculum: studies have shown that autonomous learning and student outcomes are both enhanced through flipped learning which is how (and why) we built our school based course.
Flipped learning is an outgrowth of Constructivism which essentially “flips” the sequence outlined in the first paragraph; in a flipped curriculum the teacher becomes a “facilitator” rather than a lecturer.
As a facilitator the instructor is able to target individual student needs and employ scaffolding among other tools to co-create meaning for each student regardless of the student’s starting point.
This in turn keeps the learner engaged, produces learner autonomy, and allows the instructor to individualize feedback.
TPAPT at School Programs provide student access to material, tutorials, and explanations in advance of class sessions. Students work through short high-yield lessons and problems sets, again, in advance of meeting with an instructor.
Instructors are given the same material, including detailed explanations to SAT and ACT Question types and class sessions become two way conversations with a regular diet of working through learner-centered problems in real time.
We’ve also made it easier for learners to sequence their lessons. TPAPT at School Programs include an easy to follow curriculum with short lessons, questions sets, along with written, video and audio explanations for everything.