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College Counseling

Maplewood provides college counseling services to students who are in Form 5 and 6, IB Year 1 and 2, or Grade 11 and 12, and who wish to pursue higher education in USA in the following areas:  

1. Developing an action plan for organizing the entire college application process.

2. Assessing the student's candidacy and identifying any personal strength or experience that makes the student unique.

3. Selecting the right colleges or universities which best fit the student's academic needs and abilities.

What schools do we recommend?

4. Building a winning application to get into the college or university of your choice. In particular, we help each student prepare and review his or her application, paying special attention to these sections:

academic profile
SAT, AP and TOEFL tests
  (Maplewood SAT Workshop)
letters of recommendation  
personal essays
  (Maplewood Essay Workshop)
record of extracurricular activities, services and awards
special talents and unique background or experience
(The Maplewood Success FactorsTM)
advice and coaching for the interview, if required
 (Maplewood Interview Workshop)

5. Working with the student and following up to make sure all the relevant application materials and test results are sent in before the deadlines.

6. Advising on final school decision upon admission.

7. Planning for student orientation and freshman course registration before departure.

What schools do Maplewood students get in?

Who needs college counseling, and why?

"Initial counseling sessions were helpful in letting me know what should be my targets, what I should expect to do in order to reach those targets, and what are the necessary steps to take during the summer in order to get an upper hand during the Fall college admissions process. Counselor was very helpful with the essays and provided valuable advice.”
- Maplewood student admitted Early Action to Georgetown University, Class of 2013.




College Planning

For students who are now in Form 3 and 4, or Grade 9 and 10, Maplewood provides college planning services to specifically prepare them for college or university in the US in the following areas:    

what to focus on in their regular studies
what standardized tests to take, when and how to prepare for them
advice on extracurricular activities, community services, summer programs
how to strengthen areas of weaknesses (academic and personal)
how to develop a student resume to make the future application process easier
how to nurture relationships with teachers and school counselors to get solid, truthful recommendations
what to be aware of in preparing for a future winning college application
meetings to review college preparation progress throughout the year




US Boarding School Counseling

Maplewood provides US boarding school counseling services to students who are now studying in Form 2 and Form 3 in Hong Kong but who wish to transfer to Grade 9 and Grade 10 at a US boarding school in preparation for future college education in the USA.

1. Developing an action plan for organizing the entire boarding school application process.

2. Selecting the right boarding schools which best match the student's academic profile, talents, and interests.

3. Building a winning application to get into the boarding school of your choice. In particular, we help each student review his or her application, paying special attention to these sections:    

academic profile    
SSAT and TOEFL tests

letters of recommendation
personal essays and short questions
parental statement (optional)
record of extracurricular activities, services and awards
special talents and unique background, if any
advice and coaching for boarding school interview and visits

4. Working with the student and parents and following up to make sure all the relevant application materials and test results are sent in before the deadlines.

5. Advising on final school decision upon admission.




MBA Application Counseling

For working professionals who are applying to top MBA programs, Maplewood provides MBA Application Counseling services to enhance their chance of acceptance by customizing strategies and tactics to differentiate their candidacies from competitors.

Our services cover the following areas:

Credentials assessment and MBA school selection
Application strategy
Review of resume or business CV (as required in application)
Essay advice, review and editing
Final application review
Interview preparation workshop 

More info on MBA services.




Maplewood Workshops

SAT Workshops improved!

One-on-one workshops to improve your SAT Reasoning Test scores
Pinpoint your current areas of weakness
Do practice tests on targeted areas

Two workshops to choose from:

SAT English Workshop

Raise your level of Vocabulary and explore different types of questions to achieve good performance in the Critical Reading Section
Special emphasis on grammar and essay writing skills to tackle the Writing Section

- explore Grammar, Usage and Word Choice questions
- learn how the Short Essay is being scored
- develop adequate coverage of topic and a good structure in your essay within limited time
- gain confidence that you can finish the essay on time

Face-to-face sessions to brush up weak spots
Designed for high school students in Class of 2010 and beyond
Download SAT English Workshop brochure and Enrolment Form. Send in your filled-out form by email, post, or fax, and send in your payment to complete enrolment. Thank you!

SAT Math Workshop

Raise your level of quantitative concepts and skills to achieve good performance in the Math Section
Explore different types of Math questions
Special emphasis on number and operations, algebra and functions, geometry, statistics, probability and data analysis to tackle the Math Section
Face-to-face sessions to brush up weak spots
Designed for high school students in Class of 2010 and beyond
Download SAT Math Workshop brochure and Enrolment Form. Send in your filled-out form by email, post, or fax, and send in your payment to complete enrolment. Thank you!

"Maplewood SAT Workshop students have
been successful in improving their test scores and getting into top schools. One student improved her scores by 250 points and was accepted by Duke, Cornell, Washington U St Louis, Northwestern, Berkeley, Michigan and other schools. Another student accepted by Stanford had raised her Critical Reading score alone by 150 points."
- David Lai, Maplewood Education Consultant in charge of the Maplewood SAT Workshops, June 2007


Essay Workshop

Improve your personal essays in your applications to top schools of your choice

- one-on-one workshop
- discuss to find your unique voice and tone
- review of your drafts
- suggestions to rewrite and improve
- review, edit, and proofreading of final draft
- submit your application with confidence

Specially designed for college-bound students to help relieve a final crunch as application deadline approaches


Interview Workshop

Develop your skills in application interviews for college, boarding school, and professional schools (medical, business and law school)
Learn the do's and don'ts in interviews
Boost your confidence to think quick and articulate your goals and aspirations
Run through an individual mock interview and review



Study in the USA Seminar

Our ever-popular seminar series are held in the summer and fall of each year. We cover the basics on how to get into the top US colleges and universities:

- the US college system
- choosing the right college
- what college admissions look for
- building a winning application
- Q&A

We help you unravel the complex college admissions process and ease the strain in your planning and application.
For students (and their parents) in local and international schools who want to get into the best possible US schools matching their goals and academic abilities.

Check latest seminar schedule.




Aspiration - a Maplewood Newsletter

Aspiration - a Maplewood Newletter, is an occasional news and events announcement published by Maplewood Education Services, and is distributed to Maplewood students, parents and our mail list via email and made available on Maplewood's website.

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Our Approach

Maplewood is an independent education counseling service. We do not represent any schools, colleges, universities or act as their agents, and thus are able to give our clients independent, unbiased advice and recommendations in the selection of educational programs, based on the student or applicant's individual needs and talents....

Our consultants offer a student or applicant individual attention, in-depth knowledge of hundreds of educational opportunities, ample time to discuss different options, and strategy and tactics useful in the entire application process....

We bring in the knowledge and skills of an experienced professional, coupled with a commitment to assuring that the applicant's best interests are met. more »

The Maplewood Success FactorsTM





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