The ThinkSTEP Philosophy

After teaching in Taipei for many years, ThinkSTEP Founder Michael Sedwick began identifying patterns in his students’ behavior. They worked hard yet feared mistakes and looked for Michael’s permission before writing each sentence. They also had no idea what they wanted to study in university.

To solve this dilemma, ThinkSTEP aims teaches students to be in charge of their own learning and life success by transforming them into independent and analytical young adults.

Based on the university seminar format and inspired by Harvard’s freshman writing courses, our educational pedagogy revolves around three core ThinkSTEP Study Skills:

Read / Analyze / Communicate

Are you prepared to think quickly AND analytically? English and history essays require persuasive analysis of 2 to 8 sources in a short amount of time. Are you ready for the challenge?

Our Harvard-Inspired Format

Every Harvard undergraduate student must take Expos 10 and 20, essay writing courses that promote “a hands-on and intensive approach to writing and that emphasizes both individual and collaborative work.” Students meet in around 10 students per section and in individual conferences with their professor.

At ThinkSTEP, we have shrunk the classroom even further, with 6 students per section, allowing even greater inter-student learning and more time for individual conferences with their teacher.

ThinkSTEP emulates Harvard’s Writing Program by:

  • Combining group work with 1-on-1
  • Practicing writing at sentence, paragraph, and essay levels
  • Writing multiple essays about multiple topics
  • Implementing a clear, multi-step writing process
  • Building writer’s confidence
  • Teaching students to conduct original essay research
  • Showing how to differentiate between good and poor sources
  • Practicing oral presentations
  • Encouraging peer review amongst classmates
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