Course Introduction

ThinkSTEP ensures that middle school students are ready to get top grades in AP and IB exams by the time they reach high school.

Critical thinking and communication skills take years to develop and are extremely difficult to catch up on if one starts too late.

Key Features

  • 4-6 Students per class
  • Weekly 1-on-1 lessons
  • Interactive group learning
  • Focus on fundamental skills


Inspired by Harvard’s writing courses, Study STEPS combines small, intimate group learning with 1-on-1 lessons, which combine to strengthen each student’s academic and communication skills.

With 4 to 6 students per class, interactive group learning teaches how to debate and exchange ideas before writing an essay; weekly 1-on-1 lessons focus on strengthening student writing.

To be the best, we must learn from the best. Study STEPs is inspired by Harvard’s Essay Writing Course and emulates Harvard’s classroom learning experience.

RAC Paradigm

ThinkSTEP’s Read, Analyze, Communicate teaching paradigm requires students to discuss important topics, develop their own opinion, and express that opinion to others. Learning these critical thinking skills in a group setting helps students become more persuasive essay writers during each student’s weekly 1-on-1 lesson.

Step One: Read

  • Understand a text’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Improve Notetaking Skills
  • Be Capable of Critical Reading


Step Two: Analyze

  • Compare and contrast multiple texts
  • Create evidence-based thesis
  • Be Capable of Persuasive Writing


Step Three: Communicate

  • Communicate professionally
  • Lead others in discussions
  • Be Capable of Confident Self-Expression

Program Examples

Our Study STEPs courses teach a range of texts based on international school curriculum and student interest.

From poems and stories to articles and reports, ThinkSTEP’s curriculum ensures that students are ready for any kind of analysis. Below is a sample process that ThinkSTEP teaches students during a short story unit.

Which Study STEPs is Right For You?

ThinkSTEP’s placement test assesses which level will appropriately challenge a student and offer significant progress. Ideal candidates for Study STEPs currently study an MYP, KS3, or TAS curriculum.

Take a look at the following chart to understand approximate skill capabilities for each class level.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1730 - 1930 AP English Lang 1-on-1 1-on-1 1-on-1 AP Microecon
1930 - 2130 1-on-1 1-on-1 Study STEPs 3 1-on-1 (8-10) AP Macro
1730 - 1930 1930 - 2130
Mon AP English Lang 1-on-1
Tue 1-on-1 1-on-1
Wed 1-on-1 Study STEPs 3
Thu 1-on-1 1-on-1
Fri AP Microecon (8-10) AP Macro
Sat Sun
0800 - 1000 1-on-1 1-on-1
1030 - 1230 Study STEPs 1 AP US History
1300 - 1500 Study STEPs 2 AP English Lit
1500 - 1700 IB Business IB English
1800 - 2000 1-on-1 IB History
No Class Makeup Date
  • Study STEPs $58,500 15 Classes
  • AP/IB $70,000 15 Classes