We take time to get to know every student as a person.
What are his interests and passions? What are his strengths and weaknesses? Which of his impressive qualities are too often overlooked? What strategy can we use to distinguish him from other applicants?
These and many other questions are addressed organically so the student does not simply ride along – he gains a new level of self-awareness as we go, too.
After gaining a thorough understanding of the student, our advisor will make recommendations and guide families to make an informed decision. We also guide parents through application preparation and offer tips on completing applications efficiently. We help you organize all the pieces and help you stay on track. We also offer the option to have our advisor travel with families for campus visits, interviews and, after acceptance, neighborhood tours to help students acclimate to their new home.
Our style of strategic planning is highly strength-based and collaborative. Our advisor forms a strong bond with the student and they develop mutual trust from the very beginning. Parents are consistently involved as key players in the process. We move forward as a team to put every student’s best foot forward to boost his chances of being admitted by his target schools.
Our program step-by-step:
Part 1: Assessment
To begin, we request that prospective applicants provide us their most recent mock SSAT scores or schedule a time to take a mock SSAT in our office. Additionally, we request to see the following:
Transcripts or report cards from the past
List of awards received
List of extracurricular activities and/or noteworthy projects from the past
Applicant’s strongest graded writing sample to date
Upon providing the above, we will schedule a 1-hour meeting where our advisor will get to know the applicant better. Following the meeting, we will administer a 1-hour writing assessment. Our advisor will use available information to assess the applicant’s competitiveness.
Additionally, we ask the applicant and his family to complete a school search criteria form before we begin school selection. This form will ask, for example, if the applicant prefers a geographic location over another or requires that a certain sport or club is available at the school.
Part 2: School Selection
Based on the information gathered above, our advisor will provide a report called “Ideal Fit” which details our understanding of the applicant’s personality, strengths and the kind of school environment that will be a good match.
Our advisor will present an initial list of schools for selection. If time permits, we give the applicant’s family ample time to make a decision on total number of schools to apply to. In order to ensure timely completion of all applications, we urge families to make this decision as early in the process as possible.
Once the family has decided, we will proceed with applications.
While we do recommend that families visit schools prior to making a decision, the only type of visit we recommend prior to beginning the application is the open house. Each school hosts open houses throughout the year at different times and these are strict tours that do not involve interviews. Typical campus tours would require students to complete an interview while they’re onsite.
Part 3: Begin Application
Our advisor will send the applicant links to each school application. Parents will need to complete part 1 of the application (which asks for personal details) and also submit application fees directly to each school.
Part 4: Personal Statement/Short Essay Development & Editing
Our advisor will guide the applicant to produce strong written responses. While our advisor cannot write on the applicant’s behalf, each response will be carefully reviewed and edited. Our advisor will also teach the applicant how to write better and how to craft competitive essays. Students will also complete their writing in their own time at home.
Part 5: SSAT & TOEFL [available as an add-on service]
Applicants may elect to take our SSAT course and receive one-on-one help to prepare for TOEFL. We offer both a quantitative module as well as a verbal and reading SSAT module. With the exception of our holiday intensives, each SSAT module lasts 8 weeks.
Part 6: Letters of Recommendation
The applicant will notify his current school teachers his intention to apply to boarding schools and request letters of recommendations from them. Schools also require the counsellor to complete a recommendation form. Some schools allow students to submit additional letters of recommendation.
Part 7: Interview Prep [available as an add-on service]
Applicants can schedule interview prep sessions with our advisor. Each session lasts 1 hour and includes the rehearsal of most frequently asked questions as well as videotaping during later sessions.
Part 8: Campus Visit and Interview
Our advisor will schedule campus visits on the family’s behalf.
Part 9: Parent Statement Editing
Our advisor will support parents in their development of parent statements. In most cases, parents will submit complete parent statements for our advisor to review. Our advisor will ensure that the statements are clear.
General Support
Time management
We will provide a timeline at the beginning of the application process. Our advisor will remind the applicant of deadlines.
School liaison
Our advisor will communicate with schools on the family’s behalf regarding all matters related to the admission process.
Only available to families who are on one of our plans
What to bring for you
Preparing for dorm life
Culture adjustment
Neighborhood information
We can fly with you!
If your child only needs help in one particular area, we offer the following standalone services. Families on any of our plans are eligible to receive 10% discount on all standalone services except for travel:
General admissions advisement
SAT prep
Personal statement development
Interview prep
Educational coaching
General academic tutoring
Travel accompaniment
Rejection happens even to the brightest students and we remind families that this is always a possibility. In the event that no admission offer is made, we will develop a personalized plan to help you reapply.
Contact us now to find out more!
iTHINK Education
7/F, Shun Ho Tower, 24-30 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel. +852 2234 4038 | E-mail. info@ithink-education.com.hk