JUST two weeks into the new school semester, many students have begun preparing themselves for their end-of-term exams — the younger ones who have GSAT, those doing CSEC and the group setting up to go overseas, who require the SATs.
Young educator, Nicole McLaren-Campbell, an independent educational consultant, SAT instructor and the founder/director of AIM Educational Services, wants to use this new year to encourage students, especially those in upper school, to take action this year.
McLaren-Campbell, who has been operating AIM Educational Services — a consulting company that provides comprehensive admissions advisory and test prep services to students and their families — has a definite passion for education. It is that same passion that sees her overseeing more than 100 students annually under her SAT programme.
"With the global competition in college placement and scholarships increasing annually, I urge my students to stand out by improving their grades and SAT scores, reading more, applying to great summer programmes, essay competitions and other contests, or doing independent work — it all boils down to standing out."
Under her directorship, AIM has had phenomenal results for their last SAT course — with evidence of movement of 500+ points, a huge accomplishment since the US avg is 10-30 points. Most of her students boast scores of over 2,000 on their first sitting. In 2012, 94 per cent of AIM students were accepted into one or more of their three top choice schools, while on average their SAT Prep Course helped students raise their scores by an average of 300 points.
"I want students to know that with good planning, preparation, the right material, confidence in self and a professional approach to work, they can achieve big things."
With an England-based soccer player, who was also an athletic recruit, successfully placed at Davidson College recently and another placed at Duke in the early-round admissions cycle this year, Campbell's dreams for her students don't seem far-fetched.
She encourages students to continualy aim high and urges them to challenge themselves for 2013.