Maplewood Aspiration
August 9, 2005

Study in the USA Seminars

Survey on 2005-06
college essays

SAT and English workshops

K*bot Hong Kong 2005

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August 9, 2005

In this issue:

Study in the USA - Our ever-popular seminars in August
What did you do last Sunday afternoon?
- a survey on the latest college essay topics

Maplewood SAT and English workships, fall 2005
K*bot Hong Kong 2005

Read on ...

Do you have a college-bound kid?

Getting in top US colleges, and boarding schools too...

   1. Study in the USA Seminar

- Understanding the US college system
- The college admissions process
- Choose the right school and build a winning application
- The latest admissions trends
- Q&A

Study in the USA seminar - Choose from 2 dates:

8/13/05 (Sat) 11:30-13:00, or 8/18/05 (Thu) 18:30-20:00

For parents and their college-bound kids.... The US college application is more complex and competitive than ever. Maplewood can help 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 that match their academic goals and abilities.

     2. US Boarding School Seminar

- The US boarding school system
- The boarding school admissions process
- The importance of finding the best-fit boarding school
- Build a winning boarding school application - both student and parents
- The latest boarding school admissions trends
- Q&A

US Boarding School seminar on:

8/13/05 (Sat) 10:00-11:30

For parents and their middle-school kids.... The US boarding school application requires good planning and efforts from both the student and the parents. Maplewood can help students and parents understand and tackle the complex application and help get into the boarding school of their choice.

For Year 7-9 students (and their parents) in local and international schools who want to get into the best possible US boarding schools to prepare them well for US colleges and universities.

Seminar EnrolmentSend in the seminar name, your preferred date and time, 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 your US studies and applications! 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. 

What did you do last Sunday afternoon? - a survey on the latest college essay topics

Still with more than four months before the application deadline to most top US colleges and universities this year, applicants are already taking on the one component in the application that they can still exert some final control – the college essay. There are so many students with perfect GPA’s and high test scores applying to the top schools, and each of them needs good essays to give themselves an extra edge.

Maplewood surveyed the latest essay and personal statement topics for 2005-06 college applications. An interesting, sometimes surprising and amusing find, as we expected. We would like our students to start preparing them as soon as possible to ensure a more satisfactory job by the deadline. If you are not applying this year, it’s still worth taking a look to see what’s in place for you soon. While topics vary from the conventional to the uncommon and the funny, they are by no means easy to deal with. We group them into broad categories across different schools for your reading. Sit back, relax, and take a look:

The Conventional (and the most frequent)
The Biographical
The Interesting
The Boring, but Important
The Uncommon
The Fun
The Supplemental
(and sometimes optional)

Read all about the topics and the full survey report.

Maplewood SAT and English workshops, fall 2005

Maplewood has conducted different workships in summer 2005 with welcoming results. Our New SAT Workshop takes a blended learning approach combining both self-study and one-on-one personal guidance to achieve the best results. Each SAT Workshop focuses on pinpointing your current areas of weakness and improving your test scores in an 8-week period.

Designed for high school students in the Class of 2006 and beyond who are taking the New SAT test in October 2005 and after.

More on New SAT Workshop

Students enrolled in our English Workshops in the summer have enjoyed an alternative but motivating way of learning English through e-Learning and individual guidance. Students work and study at their own pace with progress constantly monitored in all areas - listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary. They most enjoy the chance to talk to a real teacher online and meet fellow students from other countries. This is a particularly effective way to improve on the language interest and proficiency of students learning English as a second language. We are expanding the workshop program to cover students from age 7 to 18 in fall, 2005.

Maplewood students Joyce, Samantha, and Justin concentrate
in their English Workshop class to improve their language
fluency and skills.

At Maplewood, we use GlobalEnglish, the leading online English learning tool in our English Workshops. The integrated, multimedia coursework simulates real-life English language communication experiences. Students 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 the student
  • Interactive activities that build language skills in all key areas fast
  • Target at different areas for improvement and success, e.g. listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary
  • Personalized feedback on your progress
  • Proven and effective

Choose from two programs to match different levels:

English for Kids for ages 7-12 or English Head Start for ages 13-18

Maplewood English Workshops Fall 2005

Specially designed for:

1. Students from age 7 to 12 who study English as a second language. Improve English proficiency effectively by targeting individual learning strengths and weaknesses. Build a solid English foundation for speaking, listening and writing fluency to prepare the child for future success.level in our English for Kids workshop.

2. Students from age 13 to 18 who study English as a second language. Improve on your English listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. Master the language to speak in extended conversations, discuss on familiar and unfamiliar topics, problem solving, and more in our English Head Start workshop.

For more information, email Maplewood or contact your Maplewood consultant.

K*bot Hong Kong 2005

Maplewood has been actively involved in education and learning programs in the local community since our founding. David Lai, Maplewood's Education Consultant and Director, was a referee in the recent K*bot Hong Kong 2005 competition held on July 6, 2005, at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

K*bots are machines and robots weighing just a few kilograms and are constructed strictly from K'NEX parts. K'NEX is a non-brick construction toy set which develops creativity in students through the building of robots, vehicles, swings, rides and other models, and bringing the constructed models to life. K*bot competitions are held worldwide and encourage students to gain design and coordination skills and better understand scientific and engineering principles. Students can also build up self-confidence through exploring and sharing their creative ideas, and learn about team play through their K*bot projects.

David listens to students' presentations and poses with one of his favorite robots on display.

David with fellow referees Dr Nira Krumholtz, Head of IDEA Center, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, Mr Moshe Lahav, President and CEO of Phantom II Ltd., an electronic interface, software, educational literature company in Los Angeles, USA, and Ir Michael Pomfret, former Principal, IVE, Morrison Hill, Hong Kong.

With a design theme of "Theme Park of Tomorrow", the K*bot Hong Kong 2005 competition was the first ever K*bot activity organized in Hong Kong. The winning teams from Hong Kong primary and secondary schools will participate in the K*bot World Championship to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in 2006.

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