‘Insider perspective’ helps students enter top varsities

A COUPLE of Malaysian students have been accepted into two of the premier tertiary institutions of the world.

Jarrell Cheong won a spot in Harvard College in Massachusetts, whose admission rate was at

its record low this year at just 3.43%.

Another school leaver who only wants to be known as Sarah secured an offer from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.

Both PrepWorks students, Cheong and Sarah had additional help in nailing their applications.

“The level of detail my tutors put into their work certainly formed a big part of my success in my college enrolment process,” Cheong said.

He added that the education consultant had been invaluable in giving him an insider perspective on top college admission requirements, from essay submissions to interview preparations.

PrepWorks founder Tamara Lim said she first realised many needed help with their applications when she was approached to review their personal statements.

Having gone through the same challenges as a student, Lim decided to set up services providing students with access to tutors who have first-hand, recent experiences of enrolling in Oxbridge and Ivy League institutions.

“I want to help more Malaysians reach their dreams.

“What they need can vastly differ. Some require crucial guidance in the last mile, while others need help right from the start, such as selecting suitable subjects for their secondary level exams,” said Lim, who graduated from Oxford University in the UK and spent a year carrying out her research studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.

She added that early guidance, along with uncovering the students’ strengths and passions, can broaden their options and optimise their chances of admission.

The services provided have expanded to include its fully online academy, which was established last year to fill the need of providing holistic, interactive education from homes during the enforcement of several phases of the movement control order.

“We have created a comprehensive after-school programme to cover most of the UK national curriculum topics taught by tutors from top universities,” said Lim in a press release.

Since its inception in 2015, all students have received offers from premier boarding schools and universities, and most of these offers were their first choices.

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