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. This is crucial especially for students who would like to apply to universities such as Oxbridge, where strong preparation is key. 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

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.

Mentoring Objectives

  1. To devise a professional application strategy
  2. To brainstorm, plan, and edit the Personal Statement for final submission
  3. To provide college analysis on admissions statistics and candidate profile
  4. To provide advisory on Portfolio and Resume preparation

COURSE DETAILS

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

Task 1: Candidate Profiling & Orientation of the Application Process

  • Psychometric Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test
  • Holistic development survey (acertain weaker areas that require further development in portfolio) 
  • Orient students to the requirements for desired universities and countries

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

  • Mentors will guide students on specific universities of interest (student life, costs, requirements of course, merits of schools) 
  • Explore possible career paths from the desired course 
  • Mentor will share their current experiences in their careers as guidance

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

  • Mentors will suggest a recommended reading list derived from experience of mentors 
  • Discussion between student and mentor on key topics that are likely to come out for tests and interviews
  • Masterclass reading materials (important life skills such as negotiation, leadership, entrepreneurship)

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

  • Set targets for the portfolio, grades and an overall strategy for the university application 

  • Ensures the student has ample time to shape his/her portfolio and encompasses their individuality

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

  • Exposure to strong writing skills and model essays
  • Practice useful essay structuring concepts and brainstorming for content 

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

  • Exposure to specialised tests and interviews questions 
  • In-depth preparation for the SATs and ACTs

COURSE DETAILS

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

LEARN HOW OUR PREMIUM MENTORING SERVICES PREPARES YOU FOR YOUR DREAM UNIVERSITY

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Task 7: Early Exposure & Practice for Interviews

  • Gives students practice interview questions
  • Mock interview format and video recording to replicate a realistic mock interview experience
  • 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

  • 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

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

  • Recaps previous discussions of key topics
  • 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

  • Further enhance skills learnt and provides further Personal statement practices
  • 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

  • Student will undergo further practices to help hone their mastery of skills required for Specialised Tests and Interviews

Task 12: Mock Interviews, Framework & Tips

  • Taster mock full format interview practice with explanation of marking schemes and review of body language and interview tips

Task 13: Personal Statement Brainstorming & Draft

  • Brainstorm the content necessary for a first draft of the Personal statement
  • Sample essays will be provided so that the Student knows the standards required

Task 14: Feedback & Summary Session with Milestone Checks

  • Final feedback and summary check of all milestones (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

Z C Chen Cambridge Law (transparent testimonial)

Z C CHEN

University of Cambridge, Wolfson College, 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.

Lim Cambridge Law (Transparent testimonial)

LIM

University of Cambridge, Law

Essay help provided by Quintessential was useful in helping me to structure my personal statement. Even though I already knew what a statement should look like, QC helped me to find the right balance and flow in writing, to better convey my ideas across, and to express my personality more clearly. Overall programme was great. It not only provided help with my application but helped me to find out more about the schools I was applying to in depth- school culture, specific tutors, degree programmes and so on. QC helped me to plan and shape a portfolio that was suitable and appealing to the admissions officers as well.
Shaun Oxford Econs & Mgmt (Transparent testimonial)

SHAUN

University of Oxford, Economics & Management

At QE, I learnt to construct my ideas in a logical and organised manner. The insightful decisions also allowed me to strengthen my portfolio substantially before application. Discussions and learnings from supplementary readings allowed me to expound on my premises to develop persuasive and coherent arguments. I enjoyed the process as it enhanced my writing skills and motivated me to explore new economic concepts. The programme was well organised and managed by Quintessential Consultancy. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will certainly recommend it to others.

MEDIA FEATURES

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

SUCCESS STORIES

Z C Chen Cambridge Law (transparent testimonial)
Z C CHEN

University of Cambridge, Wolfson College, 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.
Lim Cambridge Law (Transparent testimonial)

LIM

University of Cambridge, Law

Essay help provided by Quintessential was useful in helping me to structure my personal statement. Even though I already knew what a statement should look like, QC helped me to find the right balance and flow in writing, to better convey my ideas across, and to express my personality more clearly. Overall programme was great. It not only provided help with my application but helped me to find out more about the schools I was applying to in depth- school culture, specific tutors, degree programmes and so on. QC helped me to plan and shape a portfolio that was suitable and appealing to the admissions officers as well.
Shaun Oxford Econs & Mgmt (Transparent testimonial)

SHAUN

University of Oxford, Economics & Management

At QE, I learnt to construct my ideas in a logical and organised manner. The insightful decisions also allowed me to strengthen my portfolio substantially before application. Discussions and learnings from supplementary readings allowed me to expound on my premises to develop persuasive and coherent arguments. I enjoyed the process as it enhanced my writing skills and motivated me to explore new economic concepts. The programme was well organised and managed by Quintessential Consultancy. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will certainly recommend it to others.

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