The teachers were great! They created a comfortable atmosphere that made it easy and fun to learn. It was also a great review before starting the IB program.
This course was perfectly catered to my preparation needs, especially because by working in small groups, I was able to get the one-on-one attention I needed to understand.
We felt that our son was ready to embark on the SAT examination adventure after this summer revision camp.
I’m not sure we could have done it without Nicole and Jacqui. We could have done it, but the experience would have been so different. The anxiety and stress within the family and within our daughter would have been so much higher. The awareness of how to go about the whole college process, the testing, the college information, the applications, etc., would have been so much more limited. The understanding of the long-term preparation and particularities regarding the IB program and American Universities would have been lacking. And I am an American, who’s been through undergraduate and graduate school in the U.S. College applications and college testing has changed a great deal since I was in school… and the whole process has become a great deal more complicated.
We met Jacqui and Nicole via skype before they came to Switzerland. After speaking for almost 45 minutes with them, our daughter, Arielle, felt that these were two women who really cared about what she wanted and needed. She felt heard.
Jacqui and Nicole came to Switzerland to offer SAT/ACT prep courses and to introduce the idea of College Counseling for those who were interested. First, the focus was on the testing with Jacqui. Arielle began with taking both practice tests. Based on the results and the way she responded to questions, IvyEd was able to recommend which testing would be most appropriate for Arielle, i.e. on which test would she more likely succeed. Then the two courses were offered for each group… those who had SAT preference and those who had ACT preference. They taught important skills necessary for understanding how to go about answering the questions, to maximize output in minimal time. They taught tricks that have been so helpful for our daughter. Her score after the class was significantly higher. This one-week course has given our daughter a boost of confidence and has taken some of the stress out of the anticipated test taking. Since the course, we are in touch via email and Skype. Jacqui is an amazing writer and has been a great support in this area.
During their week in Switzerland, we also had the opportunity to talk about College Counseling with Nicole. She spent a great deal of time talking to Arielle, getting to know her… her likes, her dislikes, her goals, her strengths, hobbies, preferences, style, etc. And then, when she went
back to the U.S., she set out to find the types of universities that would meet Arielle’s needs and preferences. She has travelled and continues to travel throughout the U.S. visiting universities in each state at all levels of academic standing. As an American who has gone through the university system myself, I was familiar with possibly 20-30 schools maximum and really knew of maybe 10. Nicole knows hundreds personally, and she has a sense of them. Consequently, she found schools for Arielle that I had never heard of… excellent schools that offer what Arielle is looking for. Nicole is also insanely organized and this has been my biggest gift. She organizes the whole process, connecting with Arielle over skype and talking about her progress in school, activities, etc. When Arielle gets off her skype call with Nicole, she is beaming with a sense of empowerment. For me, this is most important. She helped Arielle in the organization of dates and deadlines for testing and visits as well. We went to California over spring break last April and she offered us a recommended itinerary of visits to schools, what each school offers during the visits, who accepts interviews and who doesn’t, and all the details that Arielle, my husband or I would not know to take into account or how to go about finding. Don’t get me wrong, we have plenty of work to do on our end. But the structure and direction of how to go about this process is in IvyEd’s hands.
Our daughter is presently finishing up her DP2 year and will be graduating in May. This year is an incredibly stressful year for the students, with important papers and exams in addition to the college applications. Nicole was our lifesaver! She helped Arielle set deadlines for all of these tasks, supporting her all along the way, including writing skills and practice interviews. Arielle prepared her applications with time to spare (which in my book is almost impossible), and she was already accepted in December, early decision, to her first choice school. Nicole and Jacqui have a sense of what universities are looking for today. They are constantly researching and are therefore aware of the latest trends.
Since Nicole and Jacqui’s visit to Switzerland, it has been a relationship between Arielle and IvyEd. My husband and I, as the parents, are certainly in the picture; however, most of the responsibility is on Arielle. This is her experience. She knows that any time she has a question or needs support, she can turn to them. And she does.
We are so grateful for the personal relationship we have with Nicole and Jacqui. The understanding and caring can only be found in a boutique company like IvyEd.