Maplewood Aspiration
June 8, 2005

Study in the USA Seminar

Summer community services

College admissions update


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June 8, 2005

In this issue:

Study in the USA - Our ever-popular seminars coming up in June
A creative, meaningful summer community service opportunity for you
Colleges send out more "Yes" letters in 2005, but ...
Improve your English competency this summer at Maplewood

Read on ...

Do you have a college-bound kid?

Learn how to get in top US colleges from the experts ...

          Study in the USA Seminar

- Understanding the US college system
- Choosing the right college
- The college admissions process
- Building a winning college application
- Updates on the latest admissions trends
- Q&A

Choose from 2 dates:

6/16/05 (Thu) 18:30-20:00, or 6/25/05 (Sat) 11:00-12:30

For parents and their college-bound kids.... The US college application process is more complex and competitive than ever. Maplewood can help to ease the strain of the whole process and help students and parents get into the college or university of their choice.

For Year 9-12 students (and their parents) in local and international schools who want to get into the best possible US schools which match their academic goals and abilities.

EnrolmentSend in your preferred date, parent's name, student's name, contact phone nos. to:

Seminars are held at Maplewood's office in Causeway Bay:  
31/F, 88 Hing Fat Street
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Tel 2772 8303.

Get a head start in college application! Act now! Seats are limited. Free admission.

For more info, please visit our website:

Feel free to distribute this seminar announcement to any interested parents and friends and ask them to enrol directly with Maplewood. 

Summer peer-to-peer English Tutoring Program in Hong Kong

Many Maplewood students have been looking for good community service projects to participate in this summer. Our students believe that through meaningful community services, they can gain a deeper understanding of their community, show their concern for others, and develop better awareness and maturity in themselves.

Not to mention the fact that solid, reflective community service experience is an important personal attribute that top US colleges and universities would always look for in assessing their applicants.

Maplewood is coordinating a peer-to-peer English tutoring program for students this summer. Volunteer students are now being recruited to provide conversational English and reading/writing workshops to fellow students attending a local secondary school in Hong Kong. Interested parents and adults are also welcome to participate in the program.

To ensure the program will be a solid and substantive community service experience, voluteering students are expected to put in 24-60 total hours within a 6-week period from July 11 to August 20, 2005.

Interested students (and parents, as well) may send a email to to register your interest to participate or if you have any questions. A meeting will be arranged in late June or early July to let all volunteers meet and plan the program in further details.

More program info

College admission trends update

Statistics from this past spring's college admissions show that US colleges and universities have sent out more "Yes" letters this year compared to last year. Good news for applicants? Yes,... but a closer look at the figures tells us that there were more applicants applying to top schools, and so schools were issuing more acceptance letters and waiting list spots to help ensure their "yield", or the number of admitted students who would actually enrol, does not fall below target. For example, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Johns Hopkins, UPenn have all accepted more students this year, but their applicant pools have also increased from last year. In top schools such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, the applications have increased by 15-21%!

Changes last year at some top US colleges and universities have also clouded the picture for admissions offices. Harvard, Yale and Stanford revamped their policies, allowing students to apply to only one school early, but not requiring them to attend if accepted. Is that a loosening of rules that had locked students into attending if they got early acceptance? Students were having more choices, but again it became harder for colleges to predict their yields. Yield has been dropped from the calculations in some college rankings, as schools may manipulate the figure to keep it high, but it remains a closely watched measure of a school's competitiveness.

Despite the increase in "Yes" letters issued, the trend remains that competition is all the way more keen. The increase in the college applications across the board was probably due to each student applying to more schools rather than the increase in the number of students. As many as 24% of all students have applied to 6 or more schools compared to 17% who did so 10 years earlier; students just want to have a good number of schools to choose from to enrol in the fall. It is now quite common to see students applying to more than 10 schools.

Source: College Journal from Wall Street Journal Online, May 2, 2005.

More from the College Journal

Improve your English this summer at Maplewood

Looking for a proven, effective way to improve on your English proficiency? Whether you are a student learning English as a second language, or a working professional using English regularly in your daily business life, there is a way.

At Maplewood, we use GlobalEnglish, the leading online English learning tool to help you achieve your goals in gaining English proficiency. The integrated, multimedia coursework simulates real-life English language communication experiences. You attend classes in a small group of maximum 6 students, led by an instructor giving individual guidance and support.

The benefits are:

  • Assessment before and after: we tailor a personalized program of study for you
  • Interactive activities that build your language skills in all key areas fast
  • Target areas for improvement and success, e.g. listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar
  • Personalized feedback on your progress
  • Proven and effective
Maplewood GlobalEnglish Program Summer 2005

Specially designed for:

1. Students from age 12 and up who study English as a second language. Build your English proficiency to an advanced level in our English Head Start course.

2. Adults at any level - from beginner to advanced - who want to achieve English competency in the workplace. Improve on your English conversation skills, master the language to speak on the telephone, read and write emails, participate in meetings, and more in our Business English for Success program.

3. Corporations who want to improve on their global business communication with customers, suppliers, and among their staff. A customized corporate learning program can be designed to meet the specific needs of the staff.

Corporate clients of GlobalEnglish have included Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Mitsubishi Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Telekom, and Procter & Gamble.

Go to GlobalEnglish webpage or contact your Maplewood consultant for more information.

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