What our clients are saying about us
From top university admissions such as Oxford and Harvard to leading private schools such as the Eton and Harrow, many of our clients have found what they were looking for and have positive things to say about us.
We are pleased that our service continues to be a success and that the majority of new clients are recommended to us from satisfied families. Here is what our clients have to say about us.
“Mrs. Maracine began offering me guidance long before my senior year of high school. She helped me realize the importance of not only earning good test scores, but of also discovering what field I was passionate about and wanted to have a career in. Thanks to her, I became a proactive member of the society, got involved in several humanitarian projects and changed the life of many disadvantaged people. These realizations have greatly benefited the cohesiveness, strength and impact of all my university applications. As senior year started, Mrs. Maracine helped me write beautiful, yet effective essays that not only expressed who I was but they also gave shape to my dreams and aspirations. She was essential to endowing my essays with clarity and creativity and to allowing me to keep up with this very demanding process through her careful monitoring.”
Admitted to Yale, Princeton, Upenn, Columbia, Caltech & Berkley
If I had to describe Mrs. Maracine’s preparation program for college applications in one word, that word would be complete. Applying to American and English universities is a lengthy process involving several difficult steps: taking the SAT and TOEFL exams, writing numerous essays on diverse subjects, answering bureaucratic questions, requesting financial aid and having interviews. Luckily, Mrs. Maracine was there for me to provide guidance and expertise throughout this entire process, in a meticulous and professional, yet also friendly manner.”
– Alex, Admitted to Princeton, Stanford, Caltech, UCLA and Carnegie Mellon
Ms. Maracine has guided me throughout the entire application process, first by preparing me to achieve my goal scores for the SAT and TOEFL exams, and later on by offering me both technical and creative insight that helped me showcase my personality through my college essays, while also making a great first impression on my interviews. Ms. Maracine’s expertise, coupled with her reassuring calmness, has comforted me through the otherwise stressful college admission process, and thus I would highly recommend her to any student wanting to gain admission to a top university.”
–Loana, Admitted to Princeton and MIT
“Back in my high-school junior year, I was aware that applying to universities in the USA and the UK was a very complex process. However, Mrs. Maracine made the whole process seem very straightforward and provided me with thorough information and personalized guidelines. From the beginning, the preparation for the SAT and TOEFL exams was very professional and yielded remarkable results in a short amount of time. Consequently, I received great help in the application process with advice custom-made for my personality and achievements. After identifying the universities that would fit me, Mrs. Maracine was very helpful with brainstorming for the essays, as well as tips for solving structural, grammatical and clarity issues in these essays. Although very stressful, the whole application process proved to be a success and I am very excited and thankful to be able to say that I will be part of Harvard Class of 2021 this year!”
– Vlad, Admitted to Harvard and Northwestern
Academic Life Coaching
“Mr. Zhang is an outstanding coach and has a great sense of humour. He was very patient and helped me understand my academic situation in my final years of high school. I am happy to continue to improve my habits… especially procrastinating and being distracted on my phone.”
– GY, High School Student, Shenzhen
“I much prefer working with Fred than with my parents, the weekly session gives me a safe place to open up, share my ideas and go with my creative side. He is not judgemental and has helped me narrow down course selections for university in a fun way.”
– G, International School Student, Bermuda
“Fred is a fun and inspiring coach. He is able to convey his depth of knowledge in neuroscience through creative and engaging methods while encouraging me to take charge of my life. When I started coaching, I was having a tough time academically in university even though I was one of the top 5 students at a well-established international school. Fred is a very patient listener, and guided me through this awkward transition through careful planning, understanding how to learn effectively, and providing incremental steps to living a balanced lifestyle. There is no limit to the support he has given me, from small things such as organising laundry and food preparation, to big things such as planning my final exam preparations and applying for NASA programs. He has been fantastic. I now have a toolbox of strategies and am confident that I can be a success. I highly recommend Fred as an Academic Life Coach.”
– Taj, Engineering Student, University of Colorado, USA
Mr Zhang was great to work with. His relaxed approach and positive outlook made it comfortable for my daughter to talk about which areas she wanted to improve and how to use her strengths to make those improvements.
– Liza (Parent), International School, Hong Kong
Fred is our teenage son’s coach. Fred has natural skills to connect with people and to understand their needs. Patient, optimistic, supportive, he is also passionate about helping others develop their skills, learn and grow while cultivating positive and constructive habits. We can only recommend him!
– Ingrid (Parent), International School, Hong Kong