In this second installment of our Student Profile Series, we introduce you to our wonderful student, Flora.
Flora joined ME Education with high aspirations of interviewing and being accepted to her school of choice – The Chinese International School. In order to achieve her goals, Flora had to undergo a carefully designed program to ensure she was ready for her admission interview and her exams.
The admission and exam prep program began in June 2019 and consisted of two private lessons with Miss Julie every week. Each lesson lasted ninety minutes and the classes were conducted online. The lessons focused on preparing Flora for the English test she would be presented with in her interview as well as honing her English language skills for the oral portion of the interview process.
There is no better way to learn a language than to enjoy it through the pages of a book. Dr. Seuss said it best when he said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Ms. Julie assigned Flora many different books to read and enjoy. Flora was also asked to write down her thoughts about the books for each class where they would discuss the stories within.
Flora says by doing this, her vocabulary increased and she learned so many new grammar and writing techniques. With Ms. Julie’s guidance, Flora’s writing skills improved considerably and she developed excellent reading habits.
To prepare Flora for the interview portion of her assessment, Miss Julie spent a good deal of time focusing on Flora’s interview and communication skills. As we all know, an interview is not merely a way to test one’s knowledge but a way to show if the student can apply their knowledge at the correct times. Body language is an important factor in interview preparation that should not be overlooked. It has been said that roughly 80% of what people understand in a conversation is read through the body, not what is said. Ms. Julie taught Flora how to present herself by practicing things like eye contact, controlling fidgeting and voice intonation.
Ms. Julie also helped Flora get familiar with how to answer interviewers' questions so that when the time came, she would be comfortable and confident with her answers.
Flora says, “I am even more grateful to ME's course consultants for helping me with the Chinese International School and English Schools Foundation School applications. They were always on standby whenever I needed support during the process, such as document preparation, school preparation, outcomes and follow-ups, until I successfully completed the enrolment process!”