HEADSTART MENTORING

Get an Early Start on Your Thousand-Mile Journey.

Successful admissions to competitive schools require preparations from early years. Between 13-17 years old, students should start building up their portfolio based on their interests. QC’s headstart programme provides early exposure to the applications process, specialised tests/interviews, academic prep and non-academic guidance for an outstanding portfolio. This includes external competitions, essays, community involvement projects, research and volunteering.

Headstart mentoring helps students explore university and career paths, build up portfolios, and forge lasting friendships with overachieving mentors. Each QC mentor is a graduate of a top university, has broad experience working with a diverse group of students, and a winning record of admissions success. More importantly, early mentoring sets the foundation for a competitive head-start that widens one’s social network, provides exposure to opportunities, and imparts skills for future careers.

HEADSTART MENTORING

Successful admissions to competitive schools require preparations from early years. Between 13-17 years old, students should start building up their portfolio based on their interests. QC’s headstart programme provides early exposure to the applications process, specialised tests/interviews, academic prep and non-academic guidance for an outstanding portfolio. This includes external competitions, essays, community involvement projects, research and volunteering.

Headstart mentoring helps students explore university and career paths, build up portfolios, and forge lasting friendships with overachieving mentors. Each QC mentor is a graduate of a top university, has broad experience working with a diverse group of students, and a winning record of admissions success. More importantly, early mentoring sets the foundation for a competitive head-start that widens one’s social network, provides exposure to opportunities, and imparts skills for future careers.

Admissions Roadmap

MENTORING OBJECTIVES

COURSE DETAILS

The Headstart Mentoring package consist of 14 tasks with the following objectives:

Task 1: Candidate Profiling & Orientation of the Application Process

QC will conduct profiling, in order to understand his/her interests, strengths, weaknesses and personality. This will include a psychometric Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test that assesses the student’s character and the potential suitable careers. QC also assesses the Student via a holistic development survey to ascertain weaker areas that require further development in the portfolio. We will also orientate the Student to the application process, requirements for desired universities and countries, including US, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Task 2: Career Research, University Experience Sharing, University Research

The Student will have a session with mentors, who will share more about the specific universities of interest. This includes student life, costs and requirements of the course, and the merits of each school.

The mentor and student will also explore possible careers paths from the course. The mentor will also share more about his/her current careers as well.

Task 3: Reading Materials List/ Masterclass Review and key topics discussion

QC will go through a recommended reading list for the specific course as well. This is crucial in order to score well for the specialised tests and the interviews as well as the personal statements. These are derived from the experience of many mentors over the years. The Student and mentor will have a discussion about key topics as well that will likely come out for tests and interviews.

QC will also go through masterclass reading materials on important life skills such as negotiation, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Task 4: Shape a Personal Statement, Master Application Strategy, Establish Academic and Non-Academic Targets

After review of the CV and academic grades of the Student, QC will have a session to set targets for the portfolio and grades and an overall strategy for the university application, including the focus of the Personal statement. This ensures that the Student has ample time to shape his/her portfolio.

Task 5: Early Exposure & Practice Essay Writing Skills Required for Personal Statement

Strong writing skills that captivate the admissions officers are a prerequisite for successful applications. QC and mentors will have a session to train this by practicing useful essay structuring concepts and brainstorming for content. We will also introduce the Student to previously successful essays so that they can know and work towards achieving the standards required.

Task 6: Early Exposure & Practice for Critical Thinking Skills Required for Specialised Tests & Interview

To think on the spot and to assess critically what interviewers are looking out for in a question -these abilities are crucial for a successful interview. Such skills are often overlooked in school and Students need practice. Through practice, QC will give a taster of actual specialised tests and interviews questions so that Students can develop the abilities to ace them. Separate additional hours are needed for practice mock interviews and specialised tests prep that are usually required later.

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Task 7: Early Exposure & Practice for Interviews

This session expands upon the previous session by allowing the Student to do more practice interview questions. Through a mock interview format and video recording, QC and mentors replicate a realistic mock interview experience along with feedback on body language, attire and rehearsal of model answers. Separate additional hours for more mock interviews are usually required later.

Task 8: Shortlisting Colleges Based on Appropriate Acceptance Rate, Student Life, and alignment to Student’s Profile

Through discussion and research of various factors, QC will shortlist colleges. QC and mentors will take into account the likelihood of success, the desired courses and student life, before finalising a shortlist of universities for final application. This will serve as a target for the Student to aim towards.

Task 9: Reading Materials List/ Masterclass Review and Key Topics Discussion 2

Similar to the first session, the second session recaps previous discussions of key topics and also further expands on new knowledge for the Student in the areas of life-skills and subject specialisation.

Task 10: Early Exposure & Practice Essay Writing Skills Required for Personal Statement

Similar to the first session, the second session aims to further enhance skills learnt and provide further Personal statement practices-so as to refine the central theme and improve the content of the Personal statement.

Task 11: Early Exposure & Practice for Critical Thinking Skills Required for Specialised Tests & interview 3

Similar to the first 2 sessions, the Student will undergo further practices to help hone their mastery of skills required for Specialised Tests and Interviews.

Task 12: Mock Interviews, Framework & Tips

The Student will have a taster mock full format interview practice with explanation of marking schemes and review of body language and interview tips. Separate additional hours of practice mock interviews are usually required later.

Task 13: Personal Statement Brainstorming & Draft

The Student will have a full session to brainstorm the content necessary for a first draft of the Personal statement. Deficiencies will be identified and improved on. Sample essays will be provided so that the Student knows the standards required. A full package of personal statement sessions are usually required later for the UK and US.

Task 14: Feedback & Summary Session with Milestone Checks

In Head Start Mentoring, QC will have a final feedback and summary check of all milestones before the Student and Parents continue with the other phases. The phases are: Personal Statements, Interviews, and Entrance Test Prep.

MEDIA FEATURES

Quintessential was proudly featured in various national media like The Straits Times, Channel 5, SPH Radio, Kiss92FM, and more.

SUCCESS STORIES

Cheng USA

Z C CHEN

Nationality: Singaporean
School: Raffles Institution
CCA: Debate, Interact Club, HOME volunteer
Results: A level- 4A; Cambridge Law Test- 8/10
Admitted to: University of Cambridge- Wolfson, Law

ZC enrolled in QC’s Early Years Mentoring programme when he was 15 years old. Through his sessions with various mentors, he managed to meet key objectives, such as participating in law clerical work at the pro bono meet the MP sessions, volunteering for the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration (HOME), scored best team in the Debate Association Annual Competition, took up job shadowing at Drew and Napier and obtained merit award at the pro bono short essay competition.

Jeremy

S LIM

Nationality: Singaporean
School: Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
CCA: Softball, Student Council
Results: IB 43, BMAT 75th percentile
Admitted to: NUS Medicine

As an Early Years Mentee, S.Lim was in the school’s softball team and also the vice council head. In addition, he did hospital attachments, took part in the NUS medical quiz, and went for mission trips to help the less fortunate. We trained him for his SJT/FSA, MMI interviews, and BMAT as well where he scored 90th percentile.

SK USA

CL HAN

Nationality: Chinese
School: Anglo-Chinese School (International)
CCA: Peking Opera, Computer Science
Results: SAT 1450 SAT II Maths:760 Physics:780
Admitted to: Georgia Tech Computer Science

QC provided advisory on CL’s research on solar cars, batteries, and field oil testing, He also met key objectives and enrolled in fundamental programmes like Java coding, Python, and wrote a basic computer program on his own. He also performed Peking Opera at the CCTV annual show. For his US applications, our mentors also helped him with his SAT I and II preparations with key insider strategies.

MEDIA FEATURES

Quintessential was proudly featured in various national media like The Straits Times, Channel 5, SPH Radio, Kiss92FM, and more.

SUCCESS STORIES

Cheng USA

Z C CHEN

Nationality: Singaporean
School: Raffles Institution
CCA: Debate, Interact Club, HOME volunteer
Results: A level- 4A; Cambridge Law Test- 8/10
Admitted to: University of Cambridge- Wolfson, Law

ZC enrolled in QC’s Early Years Mentoring programme when he was 15 years old. Through his sessions with various mentors, he managed to meet key objectives, such as participating in law clerical work at the pro bono meet the MP sessions, volunteering for the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration (HOME), scored best team in the Debate Association Annual Competition, took up job shadowing at Drew and Napier and obtained merit award at the pro bono short essay competition.

Jeremy

S LIM

Nationality: Singaporean
School: Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
CCA: Softball, Student Council
Results: IB 43, BMAT 75th percentile
Admitted to: NUS Medicine

As an Early Years Mentee, S.Lim was in the school’s softball team and also the vice council head. In addition, he did hospital attachments, took part in the NUS medical quiz, and went for mission trips to help the less fortunate. We trained him for his SJT/FSA, MMI interviews, and BMAT as well where he scored 90th percentile.

SK USA

CL HAN

Nationality: Chinese
School: Anglo-Chinese School (International)
CCA: Peking Opera, Computer Science
Results: SAT 1450 SAT II Maths:760 Physics:780
Admitted to: Georgia Tech Computer Science

As an Early Years Mentee, S.Lim was in the school’s softball team and also the vice council head. In addition, he did hospital attachments, took part in the NUS medical quiz, and went for mission trips to help the less fortunate. We trained him for his SJT/FSA, MMI interviews, and BMAT as well where he scored 90th percentile.

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