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Can Your Child Go To Harvard? Part 2

Viewed 855 times 2017-7-7 22:22 |Personal category:Education|System category:News

Not only was I super impressed with what Victoria has accomplished, but, I found others here in Henan that were impressive.

When I first came to China in 2011, I intended to work together with a prominent educational company in order to create a new system for teaching English. I'd been somewhat of a spokesperson for Rosetta Stone, the number one language learning program in America. My endorsement of their system was on the back cover of every SkyMall magazine on every commercial airline in America.

I immediately saw the need for a better English learning and teaching system in China. 

I got the chance to spend two weekends teaching more than 350 Chinese English teachers in Henan. Later, I traveled to most of the universities in Henan and some in Sichuan Province promoting English education.

One thing I needed and didn't have was the experience of getting into a Chinese classroom and finding out all I could about how English is taught and how students learn. I started teaching everywhere I could. Sometimes for very little pay, but, I wanted classroom experience and exposure to as many students as possible.

I was teaching 32 classes a week my first term. I was teaching every age from primary school students through the masters program at Zhengzhou University. In addition, I was teaching doctors and business executives in one on one tutoring sessions.

While teaching at the affiliated primary school connected with Zhengzhou University, I met a 6th grade (primary school) boy who impressed me with his English skills. His name was Sichong 'Jeremy' Hua. He asked to speak to me after class. I didn't think it would be possible without translation, but, I was wrong (again).

Jeremy told me that his mother insisted that he learn English from a native English speaking teacher. And I was their choice.

Jeremy never missed a class with me. He was attentive, serious and determined to learn English and learn it well. His mother refused for anyone to teach him except me. He attended no training center and his only other teacher was his English teacher in his public school.

Later, when Jeremy was finishing middle school, his mother wanted me to teach him one on one. I told her, "I don't do that." She insisted and made me an offer that I couldn't refuse. So, I took on only one private student one to one.

Jeremy loves basketball and knows nearly every player by name, playing statistics and team in the NBA. We spent some of our time in the one on one sessions talking about that. Then we got into the very thick College Board's book for SAT (American Gaokao) preparation. We went through all of the English section. Jeremy wrote one English essay per week that we assessed together in our sessions.

Last fall, I had to stay in America due to requirements of my visa in China. However, my daughter came to Zhengzhou and took up the task of teaching Jeremy. About that time, he took the TOEFL exam and scored 109 out of 120 total points. It was a high enough score to get him into any college or university in America.

This spring (2017), Jeremy took the SAT for the first time. He got back his scores and had achieved 1520. It placed him in the top .75% of every student in the world that had also taken the SAT. The required score for Harvard is 1470. Jeremy was 50 points above their requirement. This was his first try for the SAT. Students are encouraged to take the SAT at least twice. They can take it up to 4 times a year.

Jeremy will likely go to whatever college he chooses in the world. Scholarship offers will roll in for him even to the very best schools.

Can your child go to Harvard for free? Well, I don't know your child. What I do know that it is possible if you do the right things to prepare them. They must learn their math and English well. The new SAT is worth 1600 points. Half of it is math and half is English. Chinese students have very little trouble with SAT math. Where they most often struggle is with English.

Get them a qualified teacher. I was lucky enough to be that teacher for Victoria (see Can Your Child Go To Harvard? Part 1) and for Jeremy. I've trained other very high achievers here in Henan. At No. 19 International High School were I've taught several classes a week, we have yet to fail to send a student to a top 100 USA college or university.

Be wise in making choices for your child. If you do, you win, your child wins and you can likely get what you want for your child and at a cost much less than you think.

If you have any questions about what I've written here, feel free to contact me on WeChat. My WeChat ID is BigTEXZZ. I will answer any questions you might have and do my best to help you. 

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.


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  • Can Your Child Go To Harvard? Part 1 2017-7-10 10:46

    Wow, amazing !Have a dream, this story recalled  me  Martin Luther King's " I have a dream", anyone will persuit his or her with right track will get a goo d mark, I do believe, thanks for your help without any dicriimination... Friendship is without national borders, your story proved that.

  • Can Your Child Go To Harvard? Part 1 2017-6-28 00:21

    Amazing and inspiring.

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