Academic Development Program

 

The objective of this program is to bring the students up to speed and maintain their competitiveness in their new academic environment.Most of the Chinese students would have no problem learning their class contents, and do very well on their tests, including class quizzes, mid-terms, and finals. But this would only contribute to a quarter to 1/3 of their grade in the US. In order to get an A from their high school teacher here, the students have to do well in all phases of their classrooms: tests, homework’s, projects, class participation, and all the essays and reports they are required to write.

Even equipped with their strength in math and science theories, our Chinese students are in a disadvantage position in their classrooms compared with US counterparts. Outside the English language and new surroundings, our oversea students would face an even more difficult challenge, which is the lack of correct guidance and on-time communication. This program is set up to make up for this weakness so that our students can compete in their classroom on the same play field with their peers and get the best GPA that they deserve.This program is set up to help the students to get comfortable with their new academic environment, meet the new challenges, and achieve their potentials.

 

We will spend the 1st month of their school year focused on the initial orientation and preparation.

a. Introduction lectures will be provided to familiarize them with their new challenges right at the beginning so that they will have the right mindset to be successful. We will go over the topics such as: “what their classroom would be like”, “why it is important to speak out and ask questions”, “how to write a better report”, “how to do research on your projects”, “how to write an essay”, etc.

b. Their individual strength and weakness will be assessed initially, with a general academic plan come up and communicated to the parents. We will identify if there is glaring weakness (or great strength to take advantage) that need to be addressed for the student to survive in their classroom. If applicable, our “Advanced academic program” will be recommended.

c. For some of the common challenges, upon popular demand, we can offer some weekly seminars throughout the entire school year for students to sign up, as a joint effort together with our social and culture program (see the topics at the end).

d. Review student’s initial class selection and academic plan. Through discussion with the student, the parents, and the school to finalize their class electives for the school year.

e. Attend school info session and “back to school night”, and meet individual subject teachers. Within 2, 3 weeks, we will quickly find out how the student is doing in his new classes, and whether any adjustment is to be made.

f. An initial report on all classes will be made to the parents within 4 weeks from the beginning of the school year.

For the rest of the year, the program would focus on monitoring progress and providing hands-on guidance on a weekly basis.

a. Students would set up an appointment on Saturday or Sunday to come to GEMC office for their one-on-one session for up to 1 hour.

b. Students might be organised into smaller groups so that some additional tutoring can be offered in a small group setting on some of the common problems from their classes such as, English, Vocabulary development, Writing workshop, Public Speaking and presentation, Science Project and Lab report, American History, American Government, Arts, etc.

c. Each of students would bring their school homework, projects, lab reports, and essays to receive their weekly tutoring help to ensure that their classroom deliverables are done correctly, up to standard, and to their best capability.

d. Maintain constant communication with the school and the teachers of individual subjects. This includes attending the quarterly parent’s conference, reviewing student’s progress reports, and exchanging weekly emails with the teachers if necessary. Any issue emerged from the classroom will addressed immediately with the student in their weekly sessions.

e. Student’s weekly progress will be recorded in our company database. The parents will be briefed on a weekly (or bi-weekly?) basis. An official academic report will be issues once a month.

 

 

• Speech and Public Speaking:To get the best out of the class, students need to be able to speak in front of their peers and instructors casually and formally. Students will receive the tools and practice to present in front of a group

• Idioms, Slang and Colloquialisms:In order to fit in and converse on a personal level with classmates, students must understand regional and popular culture terminology that is used daily by Americans and on television

• Math and Science Terminology:
Students will study general vocabulary of math and science courses to confidently begin their programs.

• Time Management:Students will learn to manage time effectively at the high school and college level. Students will complete their own calendars and schedules in order to see a clear picture about where their time is spent. They will identify the top 10 wasters in their lives and learn how to prioritize task.

• Developing Good Habits and Note taking Skills:Students will learn the to improve study habits, the basics of a research project, note taking skills and understand ideas in a reading passage

• Test Preparation:Students will improve test-taking strategies in order to enhance academic achievement. They will learn to cope with test anxiety and stress

• Setting Goals:Students will prepare shorter-term, mid-term and long –term goals and complete a career interest inventory in order to help identify career suitability and choices. They will provide an oral presentation on their lifelines

• Research and Presentation Project: The instructors will work with students on developing a personal interest item to research and present. Students will learn fundamental research skills and data analysis. At the end of the program, students will give a 20 minutes presentation to faculty, staff and other students.