On July 19th and 22nd, The Ivy Coach gave seminars in China on the U.S. college admissions process. One seminar was at Beijing University and another was at a high school in Nanjing. The turnout was fantastic for both. What was so wonderful was that we met some incredible students who were very excited about the prospect of studying in the Unite States.
When they passed us questions for a Q & A, we observed that their ability to communicate in writing was greater than their ability to communicate verbally. It appears that they have been taught English very well but have not had the opportunity to practice their oral skills. One student in particular told us about how he started his own business selling hard-covered bound notebooks with either doodle space or Sudoku puzzles randomly printed in the corners of different pages and how he donated the profits from the notebook sales to a relief fund for victims of the Sichuan Earthquake. He even brought a sample to show us.
When we asked another student if he had been able to make the trip to Hong Kong to take the SATs, he told us that he had and then he proceeded to tell us his scores. “An 800 in math, of course, like every other Chinese student, but I’m working on my critical reading which was only a 580.” This student brought his SAT book with him, and we noticed it was from before the exam was last revised. There is a real problem for students in China to get current college guidebooks and SAT review books. While we were there, we searched Amazon.com, and saw some very dated materials…so they can’t even purchase the most recent books.
We will be returning to China to do more of these seminars in different cities including Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai. We don’t have the exact dates yet, but if you’re interested in attending, please contact us and we will forward your e-mail to the sponsors so that we can reserve a seat for you. The seminars are in English and translated into Chinese. They are open to the public and are free of charge.