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US ADMISSIONS ACCELERATOR: SUMMER CRASH COURSE

Your comprehensive deep-dive into the US admissions process

Every passing year brings with it new headlines boasting the same pattern: ever-rising applicant pools and ever-falling admissions rates. Globally, this has sent reverberations of anxiety across high school students, who witness this reality unfold whilst their own application deadlines to US universities loom closer.

Amidst the flurry, however, we often forget that the college process is a human one at heart. While there’s no denying the sheer difficulty of admissions odds and their accompanying academic standards, remember, too, that there is someone at the receiving end of your application hoping to be taken on a journey through your experiences, personal stories, and dreams. At IvyPrep, we help you cultivate this winning narrative from start to finish, empowering you with the tools to brave the admissions process with confidence and peace of mind.

Dates: 23 & 24 April 2022 (Sat & Sun)
Time: 10am – 1pm

COURSE OVERVIEW

Our Admissions Accelerator course is designed to be your ultimate jumpstart to the admissions journey. Now is the perfect time, too: with the summer months ahead, you can capitalize on the flexibility of school-free days to set the groundwork for your final application materials.

Tapping into our decade’s worth of experience helping students apply to top universities, IvyPrep’s Consultants have distilled this seemingly complex process into three digestible modules, which we now hope to share with you.

 

MODULE 1:
UNIVERSITIES AND MAJORS

MODULE 2:
PROFILE BUILDING

MODULE 3:
WRITING THE PERSONAL ESSAY

Seminar
10am - 12pm
(2 hours)

  • Learn to:
  • Classify US universities by type
  • Identify a university’s distinct selling points and special programs
  • Understand global rankings and their implications for your own university choices
  • Navigate early vs. regular admissions plans based on your needs
  • Survey a university’s major and minor offerings
  • Learn to:
  • Define your university applicant profile & its essential elements
  • Communicate your profile through various application deliverables
  • Evaluate the strength of your profile via the criteria of an admission's officer
  • Dissect a range of profile-building case studies
  • Learn to:
  • Understand the significance of the Common App Personal Essay (CAPE) to your application
  • Identify the most common types of university-specific Supplementary Essays you will encounter
  • Analyze and annotate past essay exemplars

12pm - 1pm

 

Break

 

Workshop
Part 1
1pm - 2:30pm
(1.5 hours)

  • Identify a major that’s right for you
  • Craft your own university long-list
  • Determine whether a certain university is a Reach, Match, or Safety school
  • Hear our Strategist, who gained admission to UPenn, Columbia, Chicago and Cornell, share his experience with selecting universities and major
  • Identify & strengthen profile themes
  • Discover profile-building strategies for your year of application
  • Craft S.M.A.R.T. goals for the months ahead
  • Hear our Strategist, who graduated from Yale, share his experience building a strong application profile 
  • Kickstart your writing potential via creative prompts & drills
  • Generate & evaluate your own CAPE ideas
  • Hear our Strategist, who gained admission to Harvard, share her experience with writing her CAPE (from brainstorming to final touches)

Workshop
Part 2
3pm - 4:30pm
(1.5 hours)

  • Discover techniques for transforming your university long-list into a short-list
  • Learn to research individual universities in greater depth
  • Practice newfound research techniques with a deep-dive investigation into your dream university
  • Employ resume-writing principles within the college application context
  • Learn to differentiate writing for your Honors and Activities and for your Essays
  • Narrativize a significant story into the spine of a CAPE essay
  • Employ narrative writing fundamentals on your original work
  • Write a captivating introductory paragraph

BMAT MASTERCLASS

Consisting of eight exam prep lessons, the OxbridgePrep BMAT Masterclass is designed for BMAT test takers who prefer a comprehensive coverage to every BMAT segment.

BMAT PRIVATE TUTORING

The OxbridgePrep Private Tutoring course is designed to allow the flexibility for students to focus on their key areas of weaknesses.

Through the program, you’ll have access to the far-reaching cumulative experience of our university consultants and strategists, who will take you through every course component while also giving you the space to raise your own burning questions.

As daunting as the US admissions process may seem at first glance, the confidence and know-how you’ll gain over the duration of this course will give you every reason to start.

Course details

Module 1

UNIVERSITIES AND MAJORS

29 JUNE 2022, WED
10AM – 4.30PM

Module 2

PROFILE BUILDING

30 JUNE 2022, THU
10AM – 4.30PM

Module 3

WRITING THE PERSONAL ESSAY

1 JULY 2022, FRI
10AM – 4.30PM

$450

Per module

(select any 1 of 3 modules)

$700

For 2 modules

(select any 2 of 3 modules)

$900

For 3 modules

(includes all modules)

Register for US ADMISSIONS ACCELERATOR

(Please specify the module at checkout for option 1 or 2)

$450.00

OUR CONSULTANTS

Alexander Nehmzow

B.A., Yale University
M.Sc., University College London (UCL)

For his writing-intensive undergraduate degree in History at Yale University, Alex completed a senior research thesis examining the effectiveness of indiscriminate aerial bombing campaigns during the Second World War. More recently, for a Master's degree in Science and Technology Studies at University College London (UCL), he applied the techniques of data science to analyse online spam campaigns, and the methods of investigative journalism to dissect a global cybersecurity attack.

At IvyPrep, Alex has enjoyed helping a diverse range of students envision how their unique gifts, personal values, and long-term goals, can be married to specific opportunities in the world of tertiary education – and persuasively articulate this vision in their applications.

PETRA PHANG

B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Melbourne Law School: Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of Melbourne

Petra graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science and the University of Melbourne with a Juris Doctor. She is a qualified lawyer and worked as a consultant in a global business advisory firm, providing clients with strategic counsel on public affairs, corporate communications and financial communications matters.

Since 2012, Petra has offered guidance to students at various stages of the college application process. Passionate about education, mentoring, and effective communication, Petra hopes to help students find their voice and grow in confidence as they chart out their futures.

ROBBIE SHORT

B.A., Yale University

Robbie graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale University with a B.A. in History. He began his work in education as an undergraduate, serving as a peer counselor for first-year students and managing an English as a Second Language program for migrant and immigrant adults in New Haven. After graduation, he spent two years teaching English literature and communications and U.S. history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a Yale-China Fellow.

Robbie understands education as holistic: a matter of gaining skills and knowledge and also of determining one’s purpose. As a Consultant at IvyPrep, he enjoys helping students think through their goals for themselves and envision how they can achieve these goals through the special opportunity of a tertiary education.

OUR STRATEGISTS

MATTHIAS CHIA

B.A., B.SC., M.A. and M.Sc., University of Pennsylvania

Matthias graduated from University of Pennsylvania with four degrees - BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, BSc in Economics, MA in Philosophy and Master of Computer and Information Technology. A SAF Overseas Scholar, Matthias contributed to the military's cyber security development through projects such as setting up of the Defence Cyber Organisation and building cyber security teams to safeguard Singapore's interests.

Matthias has helped students with varying academic interests and passions along their college applications journey. By leveraging his college and professional experiences, he aims not only to help students put forward their best selves in their applications, but also provide useful tools that will help them succeed beyond college.

WONG QI HAN

B.A., Yale University

Qi Han graduated magna cum laude from Yale College with a B.A. in Economics and Distinction in the Major.

He is currently a Program Manager at Google, where he oversees scaled enablement and education programs to drive the adoption of latest data and tech tools across the Asia-Pacific region. Before the transition to the technology sector, he was a Singapore Public Service leader serving with the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of National Development.

Qi Han is passionate about mentoring and coaching students. He is a member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and works with students across a wide variety of educational backgrounds to fulfill their potential in college and beyond.

CLAIRE TAN

B.A., Harvard College

Claire graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard College with a B.A. in Social Studies.

She is currently a Policy Specialist at Google, where she develops/launches policies and processes to manage issues regarding content removal requests for the Asia-Pacific region. Before the transition to the technology sector, she worked in the Singapore Public Service in various ministries, including the Ministry of Health and Education.

Claire is passionate about mentoring students to discover their aspirations and strengths and take ownership of their education/career journey.

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