Thursday, August 1, 2013

CTT Academy's New Logo & FALL 2013 PROGRAM

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Healthy and Balanced Thinking?

I believe you care about healthy and balanced diet for your children's physical health. But what about "healthy and balanced thinking" for their mental health? Dr. Carole Wade and Dr. Carol Tavris said, "Most people know that you have to exercise the body to keep it in shape, but they may not realize that clear thinking also requires effort and practice... Critical thinking is not only indispensable in ordinary life; it is also fundamental to all science."

If you want to know more about the relationship between critical thinking and students' healthy and balanced mental health and academic performance, please call 516.404.9968 for consultation appointment. 

Truth, Beauty, and Virtue

What makes humans so human separated from all other animals? Scientists report there is only 1 percent genetic difference between humans and chimps. Still humans have been dominant on this planet and accomplished unimaginable scale of cultures and civilization. One of the critical aspects of human nature is humans' ability to grasp abstract ideas and creative thoughts. In contrast, animals are confined to something visible in the present time and space in their communication. The fundamentals of human development lie in our ability to communicate with the past and the future. The displacement and creativeness of human languages prompt us to learn more and make efforts to lead a better life. That's why we send our children to school.

While there is a positive side of human development through our ability to capture abstract ideas and creative thoughts, we often fall into a negative side of destruction and loss of our freedom. Unlike animals, humans are given the power of free will and freedom. Throughout human history, we have witnessed that when we use our free will in a wrong way, we often lose our freedom and fall into a total despair. Sometimes, our freedom or free will could be suppressed by dictators, but nobody cannot deprive free will from human nature. So the matter of importance is how we use our free will to increase our freedom.

However, it is very important to know why we are given the power of free will in the first place. The purpose of human free will is to love because without free will there is no true love.

Then, how can we use our free will in a right way? The answer lies in loving the right things that are "truth, beauty, and virtue." Our children should love truth, beauty, and virtue, through which they can lead to true happiness. Through the exercise of critical thinking, our children can find the path they should go.

For details on the path, please call 516-404-9968 for consultation appointment.

Silent Revolution in Your Children's School Life!

Critical thinking makes a silent revolution in students’ learning at school. Critical thinking begins with realization of the reason why humans have the ability to grasp abstract ideas and creative thoughts. Through critical thinking, students understand the reason why humans are given the power of free will and freedom, and then they are able to find the path they should go.

Critical thinking is an in-depth analytical thinking. When students are able to practice critical thinking skills at school, they will get a huge improvement in school grades in all subjects including English, science, math, and social studies. Their school life will become positive and active.

Critical thinking is generally referred to as thinking about thinking. Actually, it helps students to regard themselves as objective beings and think about what they are thinking and doing.

It definitely helps them to make comfortable and confident choices in whatever they are doing. Knowing a clear direction and destination loosens lots of anxiety in their school life.

This is a silent revolution!

For more info, please review cttacademy.blogspot.com or call 516-404-9968 for consultation appointment.


Difficult in Improving Critical Reading?

Did you know that Critical Thinking is a prerequisite for Critical Reading? Without critical thinking skills (CTS), students cannot improve their critical reading. CTS is an in-depth analytical thinking skills applying in a vertical way.

On the surface of the reading, CTS helps to analyze and organize facts and information in a structural and functional way.

On the 2nd layer, CTS turns information into knowledge. CTS helps students to interpret the information so that the information is linked to a specific idea. Those who are able to put the information (examples) and the idea together could build up their knowledge and they are able to expand it through comparison and contrast with other knowledge they learn from various sources. CTS helps students keep knowledge being accumulated and expanded through various readings. They are now doing critical reading!

On the 3rd layer, CTS helps students to use the accumulated knowledge to get into the stage of wisdom, which evaluates various values. Students learn how to set up their position on the topic idea. In this process of evaluation, CTS helps to diagnose the implication and assumption of issues and propose a suggestion based on their valued position. CTS process definitely increases the power of critical reading.

For more info, call 516.404.9968 for consultation appointment or refer to: cttacademy.blogspot.com

A Unique College Essay?

How can we write a unique college essay?

The answer firstly lies in realizing how we all are born with such unique environments as family, school, and community.

Secondly, we need to brainstorm the time and place where we find ourselves most memorable.

Thirdly,we need to ponder in what areas of values we find ourselves most comfortable and valuable among truth, beauty, and virtue.

We humans are born with goals and problems since our lives are not predetermined. We seek the goals based on the values we cherish. We prioritize the seriousness of the problems based on the values on which we put higher priority. The goals and problems are the two sides of the same coin. In order to write a good college essay, we ourselves should know what values we esteem most in reflection of the goals and problems of the events or issues we identify through the brainstorming.

In addition, the skills of brainstorming should be learned and the critical thinking skills of distilling values from the goals and problems need to be applied. Also, the detailed and concise writing style is highly recommended. 
For more info, please refer to cttacademy.blogspot.com, or call 516-404-9968 for consultation appointment.





Dear Parents:

Did you know the importance of critical thinking in children's learning process? Critical thinking is an in-depth analytical thinking that enhances the power of reading, writing, and debate.

Critical Thinking Makes a Huge Difference!

Critical thinking tutors at CTT Academy help your children to be successful not only in all school subjects such as English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, but also in standardized tests such as SAT, ACT, and SATII. The college-level program has been redesigned to educate primary and secondary school students in an effective way. It has been taught to a lot of students for more than ten years.

The program is primarily designed for the 5th-12th graders. Each class is composed of three students so that they get individual attention from a teacher while having a chance to share their knowledge and ideas. After school/homework help program for all graders and private tutoring for all subjects are available, too.

Your early action for this program is very important for your children's successful future!

             FALL 2013 PROGRAM (Sept. 9, 2013 - Jan. 29, 2014)

After School/Homework Help                     Mon-Fri (4-6 pm)
Critical Reading                                        Mon & Tues (4-6 pm)
Critical Essay Writing                                Wed & Thurs (4-6 pm)
Math/Science                                          Mon-Fri (4-6 pm)
Young Socrates Club                               Mon-Thurs (6-7 pm)
Association Club                                     Mon-Thurs (6-7 pm)
SAT,ACT,SATII,PSAT,SSAT                       Sat (9-12 pm; 1-5 pm)
Saturday Class (all subjects)                   Sat (10-12 pm; 1-5 pm)
Private Tutoring (all subjects)                  Anytime Available





Sunday, June 23, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT

Seminars:

7:00 pm, Tuesday, 6/25: Critical Thinking Skills and GPA
7:30 pm, Thursday, 6/27: Critical Thinking Skills and College Application Essay
8:30 pm, Thursday, 6/27: Critical Thinking Skills and Critical Reading/Debate

Critical Thinking Skills & College Essay--seminar summary


How can we write a unique college essay? The answer lies in realizing how we all are born with such unique environments as family, school, and community. Then, we need to brainstorm the time and place where we find ourselves most memorable.
Next, we need to ponder in what areas of values we find ourselves most comfortable--truth, beauty, and virtue. We humans are born with goals and problems since our lives are not predetermined. We seek the goals based on the values we cherish. We prioritize the seriousness of the problems based on the values on which we put higher priority. The goals and problems are the two sides of the same coin. In order to write a good college essay, we ourselves should know what values we esteem most in reflection of the goals and problems of the events or issues we identify through the brainstorming.
Finally, the skills of brainstorming should be learned and the critical thinking skills of distilling values from the goals and problems need to be applied. Also, the detailed and concise writing style is highly recommended.
cttacademy.blogspot.com for more info.

Blog | Critical Thinking Academy

Critical Thinking Skills & GPA--seminar summary


Critical thinking skills (CTS) improve students’ GPA. CTS is directly linked to students’ learning at school. When students know how to conduct an in-depth analytical thinking, the school becomes their laboratory to test and practice CTS in all classes including English, science, math, and social studies.
On the surface, CTS helps to analyze and organize facts and information which are very important for most school tests and quizzes.
On the 2nd layer, besides improving the basic analytical skill of classification, CTS turns information into the knowledge level. Students learn to interpret the information so that the information can be led by a topic idea sentence. Those who put the information (examples) and the idea together could build up their knowledge and they are able to expand it through comparison and contrast with other knowledge they learn from various sources. CTS helps keep knowledge being accumulated and expanded. This layer is the most active stage of analysis and synthesis.
On the 3rd layer, CTS uses the accumulated knowledge to get into the stage of wisdom, which evaluates various values. Students learn how to set up their position on the topic idea. In this process of evaluation, CTS helps to diagnose the implication and assumption of issues and propose a suggestion based on their valued position. CTS process definitely increases students’ GPA scores in school learning.