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Kevin Gannon writes about escaping “grading jail”, a terrible experience for teaching assistants who have to grade student work in college, offering 3 solutions to escape it. What’s interesting is that the solutions that he offers, are also possible solutions for students to avoid the crush of work, and stay on top of academic work. While grades don’t necessarily determine success in life, good grades certainly open doors to opportunities that aren’t available to mediocre students; after all, the best will pick the best, and what better way to reveal your own quality as an individual without an interview, than through your grades? Here’s my take on how the 3 solutions he offers aapplyto students who want to escape the jail of mediocrity:

1. Schedule your Academic Calendar

Ever so often, students feel the pressure to complete assignments only when deadlines are rushing near. In my own experience as a college student a decade ago, I too needed deadlines to draw near before I could pressure myself to begin work. Unfortunately, this led to several B grades, sub-par work, and a whole lot of stress and sleepless nights.

Scheduling your Academic Calendar, and setting your own deadlines gives you freedom in 2 ways: you build a habit of completing tasks on time, and you actually have more time to enjoy yourself in other pursuits. Completing tasks on time is part and parcel of what it means to be effective at work. Nobody likes a delay, and nobody likes late work either. Once that’s scheduled, completed, and out of the way, you can fully devote yourself to being present in other pursuits, be it time with family, friends, or even just to relax without worrying about having that undone essay nagging you at the back of your mind.

2. Understanding Rubrics

Ever so often students fall into the trap of spending hours and hours on work, without understanding the rubrics, or grading criteria of assignments. What is the assignment about, and how will it be scored? By understanding what the teaching assistants/professors are looking for in your work, you can better angle and attempt your work to demonstrate understanding of the subjects and quality of thinking. When you understand that rubrics are around to help you focus and maximise your learning, you save lots of study and assignment time, giving you more freedom to explore college life. If the professor tells you that the mid-term exam is only on 2 topics, with a focus on 2 types of questions, prepare for this exam by attempting only these 2 topics, expressed in the form of these 2 questions. Reading a textbook from front to back isn’t going to help you as much, and it will take way too much time.

3. Using text-to-speech

Students can explore the wonders of text-to-speech software in getting work done. If you have an essay due, sometimes the best way isn’t to just set aside a time to brainstorm and churn. By recording your conversations with classmates, or random thoughts about the subject while travelling or studying, you ignite other parts of your brain that can facilitate learning. Studies show that most learners are either auditory, visual, or kinesthetic, and recording your thoughts as you move around can ignite both your auditory and kinesthetic faculties, which can save time and help you create superior work

These 3 ideas are just a few hacks that students at LMI learn in their journey to an excellent academic career. To find out more about how you can save time and achieve academic excellence, contact LMI today!

Need financial assistance applying for colleges? Just this week, both ACT and College Board, the provider for SAT tests, announced that they will help out financially needy applicants by giving out a number of free test scores to send out in their college applicants! As long as you’re diligent in studies and want to reach for your dreams, the world will bend backwards to help you succeed—and this is just one example. Lots of colleges out there also give out financial aid, especially to international students.

To find out more about how to maximize your chances of entering a top-tier university without blowing a hole in your education budget, contact your LMI advisor today!

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Life may be an exciting ride full of ups and downs, new experiences and fresh feelings, but unfortunately, it’s almost never perfect. No matter how hard we try, sometimes life may throw its worst at us, and leave a blemish on an otherwise perfect transcript or resume. What next? What can you do then?

In this article, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow Brittany Mihalec-Adkins shares her tips in a frank and to the point manner. It’s worth remembering that no-one’s perfect, as much as we try to be. If that’s the case, why not follow her tips, and learn how to paint a blemish to show your strengths?

She offers the following tips:

  1. Don’t gloss over the blemish. After all, reviewers will have spent enough time poring through your resume to notice a D grade or that gap year you took to travel the world. Address it head-on in your application, so that the elephant in the room is dealt with.
  2. Explain the reason for the blemish. Don’t make it sound like an excuse, even if some of the circumstances were out of your control. Take ownership for the grade, and highlight the circumstance that affected your grade, offering suggestions as to how you could have done better. For example, instead of saying “I had a family emergency that prevented me from studying”, say “I found myself unable to juggle with the full course load due to a family emergency which took time off studies.”
  3. Show the reviewers how you troubleshooted the problem. That will highlight your resilience and showcase your problem solving abilities, as well as your ability to acknowledge mistakes. By showing how you took ownership of your responsibilities, you are more likely to be reviewed favourably
  4. Focus on your achievements. That’s the point of a resume isn’t it? Don’t forget to mention your activities outside of academia which showcase your leadership and teamwork abilities.
  5. Ask one of your recommenders to address the blemish, and support your cause. Nothing works better than an external recommendation for them to verify that you’re not a lost cause just because of a blemish. Have them highlight traits that make up for the blemish

In summary, we’re only human. Acknowlege your blemishes and share what you’ve learnt, gain, and grown in the process of troubleshooting it. Back it up by gathering evidence from others, and you’re good to go!

Not sure how to use these tips effectively and concisely? Contact an LMI admissions officer to help you through your fellowship or college applications today. We’ll train you in your interviews and help with your applications to turn every blemish into a powerful story that highlights your strengths. After all, we live to serve, and take pride in helping your achieve your dreams!

This article is really useful for anyone having trouble writing their essays, or just trying to improve their chances to be selected for any application, be it college admission, fellowship acceptance, or even for a job. Here’s a quick summary you can use.

Editing is the Art of transforming writing for writing’s sake to a piece worth reading.

ART

Articulate:

The surest way to ensure your writing flows smoothly is to verbalise it. Read it out loud yourself or have a friend/loved one read it out, do this multiple times. This would help to  spot any typos or awkward phrases used that can be rectified immediately.

Refine:

Now that you’ve articulated your writing, you can think about further enhancing its quality.

  • Swap out weak verbs & adjectives such as “great”, “very bad”, “funny” which are just too commonplace, use verbs & adjectives that pack a bigger punch such as “astounding”, “catastrophic”, “hilarious”.
  • Be concise and cut out redundancies so that each of your words has heightened impact (I really loved that coffee → I loved that coffee).
  • You’ll want to engage in assertive, purposeful writing. Words that are weak, wishy-washy, or apologetic like “seems,” “somewhat,” “nearly,” “almost,” “sometimes,” have to go. Either write it with full confidence or drop it altogether.

Target:

Who are you writing for? By verbalising your writing, did you spot any jargons in your writing which could be changed so that your target audience can better comprehend what you’re saying? Also, make it a point to continuously check if your writing matches the needs of your target group. This could be the criteria set by an essay competition you are taking part in or the vested interests of stakeholders who will be reading your report. It’s not for you it’s for them!

I hope these tips are able to speed you along in learning the ART of Editing and I wish you all the best in refining your writing from rugged nuggets to gems of your choice! If you need more assistance in writing a top-notch essay, contact an LMI advisor today!

Fast Facts about UCLA

UCLA has been named USA’s top public university in the 2017–18 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, published today. The report also ranked UCLA No. 11 among all American universities — public or private — and No. 15 worldwide. The publication ranked 1,102 of the world’s leading research universities, drawing on 195 data points, taking into account a variety of indicators, including quality of teaching and research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. UC Berkeley, which placed No. 18 overall, is the only other American public university to rank among the world’s top 20.

UCLA consistently performs well in a variety of rankings, regardless of methodology. Last month, UCLA was ranked No. 2 among American public universities and No. 12 worldwide overall in the Academic Ranking of World Universities compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In June, UCLA was ranked No. 2 among all U.S. public universities and No. 13 among all universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. In January, UCLA was ranked No. 3 by the Princeton Review in its annual national ranking of best-value public universities. In October, U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings placed UCLA second among American public universities and 10th overall. Approximately 1 in 6 undergraduate applicants are admitted to UCLA.

Undergraduate admissions for UCLA comprise 10 divisions: The Social Sciences Division, Humanities Division, Physical Sciences Division, Life Sciences Division, Undergraduate Education Division, School of Arts and Architecture, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, Herb Alpert School of Music, School of Theater, Film and Television, and School of Nursing.

Admissions at UCLA are gender-blind and race-blind, as they encourage a campus with a focus on diversity. Their admissions are based on the following 8 criteria:

1. The applicant’s full record of achievement in college preparatory work in high school, including the number and rigorous courses taken and grades earned in those courses. In assessing achievement levels, consideration will be given to individual grades earned, to the pattern of achievement over time, and to an applicant’s achievement relative to that of others in his or her high school.

2. Personal qualities of the applicant, including leadership ability, character, motivation, tenacity, initiative, originality, creativity, intellectual independence, responsibility, insight, maturity, and demonstrated concern for others and for the community

3. Likely contributions to the intellectual and cultural vitality of the campus. In addition to a broad range of intellectual interests and achievements, consideration will be given to evidence of an applicant’s ability and desire to contribute to a campus that values cultural, socioeconomic, and intellectual diversity.

4. Performance on standardized tests, including the ACT plus Writing or SAT, and any AP or IBHL examinations the applicant may have taken. Under no circumstances does UCLA employ minimum scores or “cut-offs” of any kind.

5. Achievement in academic enrichment programs, measured by time and depth of participation, by the academic progress made by the applicant during that participation, and by the intellectual rigor of the particular program.

6. Other evidence of achievement. This criterion will recognize exemplary, sustained achievement in any field of intellectual or creative endeavor; accomplishments in the performing arts and athletics; employment; leadership in school or community organizations or activities; and community service.

7. Opportunities. All achievements, both academic and non-academic, are considered in the context of the opportunities an applicant has had, and the reader’s assessment is based on how fully the applicant has taken advantage of those opportunities.

8. Challenges. For an applicant who has faced any hardships or unusual circumstances, readers consider the maturity, determination, and insight with which he or she has responded to and/or overcome them.

Admissions Process

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

As an undergraduate, you may apply for admission as a freshman (first-year) or as a transfer student. UCLA does not admit students into any undergraduate program who already hold Bachelor’s degrees, nor do they admit students who have the equivalent of three years (130 quarter-units or more) of transferable university work.

Freshmen (first-year) students must have completed secondary school with a superior average in academic subjects and have earned a certificate of completion which enables the student to be admitted to a university in the home country.

Students who have attended school under the British system must present five GCSE/Ordinary-Level examinations and at least three Advanced-Level examinations with superior grades. Results of Advanced-Subsidiary or Higher-Level exams should also be submitted. Students enrolled in the India/Pakistan post-secondary system must apply as undergraduates unless they have earned a Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a Master’s degree in any other area, in which case they should apply for admission to a graduate program.

All freshman applicants are expected to take the following tests:

The ACT plus the ACT Writing Test.
– or –
The SAT. Note: for tests taken in March, 2016 or later you must complete the essay portion of the SAT.

Applicants to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science are also strongly encouraged to take the following SAT Subject Tests: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) that is closely related to the applicant’s intended major.

In order for your test scores to be available in time for our review, all tests must be taken by December of the year before you plan to enroll. You should request that your test scores be sent directly to the UCLA Undergraduate Admission Office.

Transfer applicants need to be at the junior level, that is, have taken college level coursework amounting to 90-130 quarter (60-90 semester) units of credit. UCLA gives preference to students transferring from California community colleges, and international students are no exception.

TRANSCRIPTS AND OFFICIAL RECORDS

UCLA requires records from all secondary schools attended, showing subjects taken and grades received as well as any national or government certificates earned. Documents of all college or university coursework must also be sent in the original language, along with English translations. Do not send these documents now. If you apply and are admitted to UCLA, your admission packet will contain instructions on how to send your original records to us.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

English language proficiency is critical to your success at UCLA. Applicants whose first language, or language of instruction for at least the last three years, is not English, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores should be above 100 (with sub-scores above 22).
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores should be 7 or higher.

When you take the test, have your scores forwarded by the testing service to the UCLA Undergraduate Admission Office.

If you are admitted to UCLA and your native language is not English, we may also require you to take UCLA’s English-as-a-Second-Language Placement Examination (ESLPE) immediately before the term in which you enter. If your score indicates a weakness in English, several terms of your program may include special courses in English for international students. If your score shows that you are seriously deficient, you will be required to gain proficiency in English before you are allowed to pursue your studies at UCLA.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

UCLA does not award scholarships or financial aid to undergraduate students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. International students must prove that they have sufficient funds available to them to pay for their educational and living expenses. For example, students admitted to Fall Quarter 2016 will need a minimum of about $60,000 (with an additional $5,000 recommended for additional personal expenses, contingencies and summer expenses). This minimum amount usually grows each year.

UCLA also requires that all international students on non-immigrant visas have adequate medical insurance during all periods of enrollment. More information about these requirements will be sent to students when they are admitted.

THE LMI ADVANTAGE

With such competitive entrance requirements, the LMI advantage exists in helping you gain entry to UCLA through maximising your personal statements and essays to stand out amongst a diverse crowd of 102,000 applicants every year. On top of that, we can boost your chances of admission by helping you gain access to college-level credit taken at top universities including Harvard University, as proof of academic excellence. To find out more, contact your LMI admissions advisor today!

Fast Facts about Johns Hopkins University

“The encouragement of research . . . and the advancement of individual scholars, who by their excellence will advance the sciences they pursue, and the society where they dwell.”

And they have achieved that aim. In the last 20 years, Johns Hopkins University has stood firmly amongst the top colleges in world rankings, a testament to its history as America’s first research university, and its role in revolutionising higher education in the US.

Johns Hopkins University is a private institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,117, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 140 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Johns Hopkins University’s ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 11. Its tuition and fees are $52,170 (2017-18).

Johns Hopkins University is divided into nine schools, five of which serve undergraduate and graduate students. Hopkins’ graduate programs include the top-ranked Bloomberg School of Public Health and the highly ranked School of Education, Whiting School of Engineering, School of Medicine and the well-regarded Peabody Institute for music and dance. The Homewood Campus, one of the university’s four campuses in and around Baltimore, is the primary campus for undergraduates. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. More than 1,000 students participate in the Greek community. Hopkins also has additional campuses for its School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.; Bologna, Italy; and Nanjing, China. Johns Hopkins Hospital is a top-ranked hospital with highly ranked specialities.

Their admissions rate is 12%, due to strict admission criteria, requiring a high GPA (3.9 average) in high school, high SAT(1510 average) or ACT(33 average), and even 2 letters of recommendation. Even transfer students must have a GPA average of 3.0 at a college before transferring either as a Sophomore or Junior in Fall season, completing 4 semesters of work to graduate from Johns Hopkins. Johns Hopkins also has a transfer ratio about 10% in recent years.

If you’re wondering how you can successfully apply to Johns Hopkins University, contact your LMI admissions advisor today! We’ll help you angle your application and personal statements to secure admission as a freshman, or help you get a high GPA in a top US ivy league college along with 2 letters of recommendation from their professors, and apply as a transfer student in the following fall semester. Contact us to find out more!

Fast Facts about Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University has steadily built upon its foundations of excellence and innovation to become one of America’s leading universities. The university, founded in 1900, has a  unique approach to education — giving students the opportunity to become experts in their chosen fields while studying a broad range of coursework across disciplines — creates leaders and problem solvers for the changing marketplace of today and tomorrow. Students in this private, co-educational university come from 48 states and more than 65 countries. Students come from a variety of economic, social and cultural backgrounds and represent a wide range of academic and artistic interests. Famous alumni include pop artist Andy Warhol, author Kurt Vonnegut and the Nobel Prize winner, and subject of the book and film A Beautiful Mind, John Nash.

Carnegie Mellon welcomes applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds, including veterans and other prospective students who are seeking a first bachelor’s several years after graduating from high school or those who are seeking a second bachelor’s degree.

Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Admission Requirements
 
  • Common Application
  • $75 application fee*
  • Official high school transcript (please review our Academic Requirements)**
  • All required standardized testing official score reports, which includes the TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your native language
  • Secondary School Counselor Evaluation
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Common Application essay and personal statement
  • All fine arts applicants to the Schools of Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music are required to arrange a pre-screen, audition or portfolio review.
  • Home schooled applicants should submit an academic portfolio/transcript consistent with their state guidelines and a list of all textbooks used.
  • Applicants must provide proof of meeting all requirements for an official high school diploma, by the end of May of the year of graduation, and submit an official final transcript, GED or certificate of completion from your local school district or state board of education by the end of July of the year of matriculation.

*Carnegie Mellon accepts fee waivers from students who meet one of the indicators of economic need as outlined on the Common Application.

**Transcript/graduation requirements: A high school diploma or equivalent is required for admission to Carnegie Mellon (for applicants who are 17 and over). Applicants should submit official transcripts from all secondary schools attended and enrolling students are required to submit an official final transcript as well. Applicants who have received a high school equivalency diploma are required to have official High School Equivalency Examination (GED) scores sent to the Office of Admission in addition to official transcripts from all high schools attended.

Transfer Applicant Instructions

In addition to our admission requirements, please keep in mind the following:

  • Transfer applicants are only considered for one college or program within Carnegie Mellon.
  • All supporting documents are due by March 15th for fall transfer (please note supporting document deadline of December 1 for drama and music fall transfers and January 1 for architecture, art and design fall transfers) and November 1 for spring transfer.
  • Transfer applicants must submit a college transcript in addition to a high school transcript, and email a copy of course descriptions from a college catalog from each college/university you attended to [email protected] with the subject line, “Transfer Course Descriptions.”
  • A recommendation from a professor or advisor should be submitted in place of a college counselor recommendation. The College Report (a Common Application form) is also required from your current academic institution. This form should be completed by your college/university registrar or appropriate dean/college official who can verify your enrollment and academic standing.
  • We require official SAT or ACT Tests and SAT Subject Test results if you’ve previously taken these tests. If you haven’t previously taken these tests, it’s recommended, but not required that you take them as you apply as a transfer student. If English isn’t your native language, the results of either the TOEFL or IELTS are required, even if you didn’t take either one previously, and please note our TOEFL/IELTS score requirements.
  • Fine arts transfer applicants should visit the Fine Arts Admission website for further details about portfolio review or audition requirements.
  • If offered admission, the college/school you’re admitted to will evaluate your courses for potential transfer credit.
  • If you’re offered admission for the spring semester, we don’t require a tuition deposit due to the short time between being offered admission and the start of the spring semester.
  • University housing is not guaranteed for transfer students.

The LMI Advantage If you find the SATs difficult to attempt, you can consider calling your LMI admissions advisor. We can help you in to CMU as a transfer student, which will eliminate your need to complete and score high on your SATs. Contact your LMI advisor today!

Fast Facts about MIT

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded in 1861 by William Barton Rogers. MIT’s charter (Massachusetts Acts of 1861, Chapter 183, for the bibliographically-minded) foresaw “a school of industrial science [aiding] the advancement, development and practical application of science in connection with arts, agriculture, manufactures, and commerce.”

More than 150 years have passed since its incorporation, but the purpose of MIT has remained much the same. MIT’s current mission is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.

MIT has produced some of the brightest in the world, with over 89 Nobel Laureates, 10 of whom serve as faculty. The average starting salary for an MIT grad is $84,882.

MIT has some of the strictest requirements for International applicants. Every year more than 4,000 international students apply to MIT, and they can admit fewer than 150, due to their need-blind financial aid programs. Even though the international application process is very competitive, we still admit wonderful students from all over the world every year. There are students from 116 countries at MIT. Approximately 9% of our undergraduates are international, and 40% of graduate students are citizens of other countries. There is a strong international community here at MIT, so no matter how far you are from home, you can still feel at home here.

Standardized Tests are a must for all students, who should take TOEFL as international students, and the SAT. The 25th Percentile scores for are 770 for SAT Math and 730 for SAT English. This is amongst the most competitive in all US universities.

Score Requirements for Transfer students

The standardized score requirements for transfer students are much lower than for the freshman class, and

While there is no required minimum score on the SAT exams, competitive transfer applicants have a 700 or above on each SAT II exam. Competitive SAT I scores are 650 or above on the Reasoning Test Critical Reading and 700 or above Reasoning Test Math.

Because MIT is an English medium university, language proficiency is crucial. For this reason, we do have minimum scores for the TOEFL exam:
• IBT: 90 minimum; 100 recommended
• PBT: 577 minimum; 600 recommended

The LMI Advantage

How can LMI help you get into MIT? Besides helping you manage your resume and applications, LMI can assist you in getting undergraduate credits and powerful letters of recommendation from a prestigious university like Harvard before helping you with a transfer into MIT. Do talk to an LMI admissions advisor today!

Fast Facts about UC Berkeley

Occupying an impressive 1,232-acre campus, UC Berkeley frequently ranks #1 among the country’s top public universities.

It offers students a bustling and beautiful campus in the San Francisco Bay area, and top-ranked programs in the humanities, sciences, and engineering. Well known for its liberal and activist personality, Berkeley provides its students with a rich and vibrant social environment. Berkeley earned a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, and the school’s strong research initiatives earned it membership in the Association of American Universities.

Berkeley academics are supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and about 75% of classes have fewer than 30 students. Like several of the other University of California schools, Berkeley competes in the NCAA Division I Pacific 12 Conference. It has a total enrollment of 40,154, of which 29,310 are undergraduates. Total costs for a year including tuition, books, room and board and other miscellaneous expenses are estimated at $63,051 for academic year 2016-2017.

Most Popular Majors: Business, Cellular Biology, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, Political Science, Psychology

Minimum requirements for admission to UC Berkeley for freshmen applicants are taking the SAT/ACT exams, having a 3.0 GPA in high school courses, and fulfiling the basic requirements of having completed high school and obtaining a certificate of completion.

International students taking the ‘O’ Level examinations from Cambridge must also obtain at least 3 ‘A’ level passes, and take the TOEFL or IELTS examinations as proof of English proficiency, and show proof of financial documentation with sufficient funds to provide for completing your degree.

UC Berkeley also admits transfers students and international students, who require a minimum GPA of 3.0 in college level work over 60 semester credits to be transferred.

The LMI Advantage:

If you should lack the SAT or other requirements in freshman admissions, we can assist you with getting great grades for university level courses from a top university such as Harvard with a GPA above 3,0, before you complete your transfer into Berkeley. To understand how we can help you get into UC Berkeley, contact your LMI admissions advisor today!

University of Washingon – Fast facts

The University of Washington is a large, public flagship research university in Seattle, Washington, established in 1861. Washington is one of the oldest and largest universities on the West Coast. It also boasts one of the largest library systems in the world with over 26 university libraries, art centers and museums. As a research university, the University of Washington  is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified as a R1 Doctoral Research University under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which denotes the highest research activity. It is frequently listed as one of the top public universities in the United States and is consistently included among the highest-ranked universities in the world by several international rankings. It has also been cited as a leading world university for scientific performance and research output by the CWTS Leiden Ranking and Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In the 2015 fiscal year, UW received nearly $1.2 billion dollars in research funding, ranking 3rd overall among universities in the United States.

The University of Washington functions on a quarter system, all year round on four ten-week academic terms. It is well known for its research in medicine and science, as well as its competitive computer science and engineering programs. With 20 different colleges and schools offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in 140 departments, its no wonder that they are also listed as a “Public Ivy” in Greens Guides since 2001.

Application Facts to University of Washington (2016)
Acceptance rate: 45%
Typical ACT scores: 26-32
Typical SAT scores: 1210-1420
Undergraduate tuition and fees:
Approximately $47,000 including tuition and fees, books and supplies, as well as housing and food on campus.

Applicants to University of Washington also have to complete a writing section consisting of an Essay, a Short answer response, and additional information about yourself. This writing section aims to establish whether you will be a good fit for the school, and whether you possess the required critical thinking and writing skills necessary for success in college. Do keep in mind that the University of Washington strives to create a community of students richly diverse in cultural backgrounds, experiences, values, and viewpoints.

International transfer students also have to complete a rigorous schedule of study based on an appreciation of a liberal arts curriculum before they can qualify for admissions.

The LMI Advantage:

While the SAT and ACT scores needed for admission are not high compared to the Ivy League colleges, their focus as a research university requires top-notch writing skills in answering the writing section portion of their application. If you find that you have difficulty with your admissions essays standing out from the crowd and making a real impression, contact your LMI advisor today so we can help you create a powerful essay that sticks!

University of Washington will also accept transfer students with university transcripts from a US university, although they have strict rules for their transfer admission criteria. We can help you complete these admissions criteria with college-level coursework taken at a top US university to satisfy the admissions criteria. To find out how you can enhance your chances of applying and entering the University of Washington, contact us today and we’ll help you get there!

Dan Clark is one of the most in-demand motivational speakers on the platform today. A model of optimism and strength, Dan Clark’s powerful story of triumph over adversity will change the way you look at the world. Dan’s speaking career began when he fought his way back from a paralyzing injury that cut short his football career. Sixteen doctors told him he would not recover, but recover he did! A model of optimism and strength, Dan Clark’s powerful story of triumph over adversity will change the way you look at the world.

 

In this short video, Clark explains why people pay so much for country club memberships, with a simple idea: if you put a healthy child and a sick child in the same room, the healthy child falls sick. That’s why it so important to be careful of the company that you keep. Personal development guru Jim Rohn says, “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” If that were the case, and you want access to a brighter future with better possibilities, shouldn’t you attempt to surround yourself with the best?

 

That’s where LMI comes in. We help our students gain admissions access to the best universities in the world such as Harvard University, through our unique pedagogy and guided system, so that our students can mix with the best, and emerge as winners in life. To find out how we can help you be somebody somewhere someday, contact LMI today!

 

Fast Facts about Caltech

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering Institute that marshals some of the world’s brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges. Caltech’s extraordinary faculty and students are expanding our understanding of the universe and inventing the technologies of the future, with research interests from quantum science and engineering to bioinformatics and the nature of life itself, from human behavior and economics to energy and sustainability.

Caltech is small but prizes excellence and ambition. The contributions of Caltech’s faculty and alumni have earned national and international recognition, including 35 Nobel Prizes. The Institute manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, sending probes to explore the planets of our solar system and quantify changes on our home planet; owns and operates large-scale research facilities such as the Seismological Laboratory and a global network of astronomical observatories, including the Palomar and W. M. Keck Observatories; and cofounded and comanages LIGO, which, in 2016, observed gravitational waves for the first time.

The Institute has one of the nation’s lowest student-to-faculty ratios at 3:1, with 300 professorial faculty members offering a rigorous curriculum and access to varied learning opportunities and hands-on research to approximately 1,000 undergraduates and 1,250 graduate students. Caltech is an independent, privately supported institution with a 124-acre campus located in Pasadena, California.

The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.

Research and Education are conducted across 6 divisions, including the Biology & Biological Engineering division, the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering division, Engineering & Applied Science division, Geological & Planetary Sciences division, Humanities & Social Sciences division, and the Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy division.

As you can see, Caltech is one of the best places to further your academic journey into the STEM disciplines, and is even regularly featured as one of the premier places to conduct research into the sciences in media, including the “geek favourite” sitcom, The Big Bang Theory.

Admissions

Admission Statistics: the SAT scores for the 25th percentile are 1530, and by the 75th percentile, reach a full 1600. The average class GPA here is over 4.0, which means you’ll need straight As and advanced course credit to qualify for admission, which registers at a rate of 8%.

Caltech does also accept transfer applicants, however applicants must have 2 college faculty evaluations, take Caltech’s Math and Physics entrance examinations, and for international students, submit TOEFL scores. Note that IELTS is not accepted.

The LMI Advantage:

Interested in gaining admission to this prestigious institution, but your GPA or SAT scores are too low? With LMI, we can help you with enrolment into a top US college where you can prepare for and boost your college GPA, get letters of recommendation from faculty, and even train you for the entrance examinations as a transfer student! Contact an LMI admissions officer today, and let us help you work your way to Caltech!

This is an issue for both native and non-native speakers of English: how can we be more concise and precise in our writing? In college applications and essays, word limits can be the bane of our ability to communicate. This article suggests 7 ways to cut words from your essays or statements, which can allow for more meaning communicated in fewer words. Let’s see if we can summarize it further to three points:

  1. Eliminate – adverbs, filler words like ‘actually’ or ‘basically’, and the common ‘very’, ‘that’, and ‘which’. These words can often be left out without changing the meaning you are trying to convey.
  2. Combine – Use apostrophes and hyphens to combine your words. It’s useful!
  3.  Don’t narrate – Jump straight to the point without telling the reader what you are about to tell.

With these 3 tips in mind, I hope you’ll get started on writing more concise and pointed essays and personal statements! If you still need assistance on creating a powerful personal statement, feel free to contact an LMI advisor; we’re here to help you achieve more!

Admission to University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is the first university in Australia, founded in 1850. As a public research university in Sydney, University of Sydney, or also known as USYD, comprises 16 faculties and schools with over 33,000 undergraduates. USYD is known among Australian as a sandstone university, probably because the campus is really beautiful (it is ranked in the top 10 of the world’s most beautiful universities by the British Daily Telegraph and The Huffington Post). Also, many Nobel winners and Crafoord Laureates are affiliated with USYD, together with at least six Australian Prime Ministers, Rhodes and Gates Scholars.

The University of Sydney ranks 46 in the world in the prestigious Quacquerelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, while The Times Higher Education rankS it at 61. USYD is also ranked number 1 in Australia itself.

The University of Sydney was founded on the principle of giving everyone the opportunity to realise their potential through education and still holds that belief just as strongly today.

According to their undergraduate website, there are several entry requirements to USYD. There are three areas to look at, firstly, your secondary school qualification is recognized for admission, evidence of your English language proficiency, and lastly to claim any credit for previous studies.

What secondary school qualification does USYD deem to be OK?

Another look at their secondary school qualification website reveals that, USYD recognizes more than 120 secondary qualifications (domestic and international) for admission to our undergraduate courses, which has non-country specific qualifications. Hence, GCE A Levels (with a minimum of three Advanced Level subjects are required) and Cambridge Pre-University Diplomas are amongst those qualifications recognized.

In Leadership and Management Institute, we bring our students through the GCE A Levels examinations and the Cambridge or Oxford Diploma/Advance Diploma program. More interestingly, even for students whose secondary school qualification is not listed by them, you may still be eligible for admission if you have undertaken tertiary studies or foundation studies. Those who go through our program notice that the credits that they take with Harvard University qualify for their reduced volume of learning. LMI students can apply for credit or reduced volume of learning since they have taken units of study at another university or higher education institution.

It seems like there are so many advantages in line for our students in LMI. We are thrilled that the instructional design of our curriculum can bring out the best in our students in a safe, happy environment that is inclusive for anyone. You don’t need to be a genius to qualify for the top university in Australia; you need to choose the right institution with the right instructional design.

Admission to Harvard University

Harvard University is famous worldwide; from China to Hawaii, from South Africa to Iceland, from Vietnam to Chile, everybody recognises the name, Harvard. Harvard University consistently holds the #1 rank for best University in the world, and its graduates have gone on to leave a lasting legacy worldwide. Some of its distinguished alumni include Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and Lee Hsien Loong. Harvard Business School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government have routinely produced leaders in their respective fields. It’s the place to be for a student who wants to be somebody, somewhere, someday.

Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. With 47 Nobel Laureates, 32 heads of state, 48 Pulitzer Prize winners, Harvard certainly has lived up to its motto of “Veritas”, or “Truth” in pushing the boundaries of science for human benefit, and pushing the boundaries of the humanities, to expand the human experience.

Harvard University is made up of 11 principal academic units – ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The ten faculties oversee schools and divisions that offer courses and award academic degrees. It also boasts the largest academic library in the world, which includes 18.9 million volumes, 174,000 serial titles, an estimated 400 million manuscript items, 10 million photographs, 56 million archived web pages, and 5.4 terabytes of born-digital archives and manuscripts. Access to this rich collection is provided by nearly 1,000 library staff members who operate more than 70 separate library units.

Admissions statistics

Admission to Harvard University counts among the toughest in the world; last year, the admission rate for Harvard College was 5.2%. Freshman admissions to Harvard are limited to 3 Colleges: Harvard College, Harvard Extension School, and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The rest of its colleges are for postgraduate studies.

Typical SAT scores: the 25th Percentile scores 1470, and the 75th Percentile scores at 1600. That means, you’ll really need a score of at least 1470 to have a good chance for admission.

International students should also have TOEFL or IELTS scores as proof of English competency.

There are three ways to gain admission to Harvard University:

You are invited by the University to enrol with them.
You apply through their website, taking standardized tests and using stellar high school grades.
You attempt admission through your ability as a student through Harvard’s ability based testing.

The LMI Advantage

Most students applying to Harvard already have a stellar track record and SAT score. If you aren’t invited to enrol, or have stellar grades, LMI can help you by admission through the ability based testing. This process involves taking Harvard core courses and scoring a minimum B grade, as well as maintaining a 3.33 GPA, along with tests of Critical Reading and Writing, and powerful personal statements. What LMI does best is to help you through powerful coaching for the various tests, and coaching through the core classes to secure admission. To maximise your chances to enrol in Harvard, speak to your LMI admissions consultant today! We have a track record of a 95% success rate in enrolling our students to Harvard. Don’t wait, contact us to find out more!

Fast Facts about University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania is one of the leading universities in the US, ranking at number 8 in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges, National Universities. Penn has 12 schools, with 4 offering undergraduate and graduate studies and 8 offering only graduate studies. The undergraduate schools are the College of Arts and Sciences, Penn Engineering, School of Nursing, and The Wharton School. Penn’s highly ranked graduate programs include its Wharton School, School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law School and School of Medicine. Penn’s other notable graduate programs include its Design School and School of Dental Medicine. Penn enrols 3,602 part-time students and 21,358 full-time students, of which 10,468 are undergraduates and 10,890 are graduates/professionals.

Penn offers many avenues to allow students to find out what they like and what they are good at, and meet peers whose interests align with and diverge from theirs. This wide diversity of social, political, religious, and cultural activities on campus deeply enriches the life of the University. Notable Penn alumni include former U.S. President William Henry Harrison, poet William Carlos Williams and President Donald Trump.

Admissions

The average SAT score at Penn is 1510, with a class GPA average of 3.93. With an admissions rate for international students of 6.6% in 2016, Penn is one of the most competitive colleges in the world.
Penn accepts either the Common Application or Coalition Application. They have no preference for either format and treat both applications equally in the process. Students are encouraged to review the features of each application format and to use the platform that is the best fit for them. Students should submit only one application per admissions cycle and not mix-and-match across platforms. Penn offers need-based assistance to admitted students whose families require financial support to afford Penn.

Prior to the expected date of entrance at Penn, an international applicant should have completed a program of secondary education that would enable the student to enter a university in his or her own country (e.g., A-levels, Abitur), as well as TOEFL exams for non-native English speakers. Because Penn’s admissions decisions are made prior to the announcement of the results of many national examinations (such as the A-levels or the French Baccalaureate), applicants are expected to be enrolled in programs preparing them for these examinations. Applicants must also request that their schools send Penn predictions of external examination results in addition to the school marks.

Applicants should include the non-scholarly interests, community service, and extracurricular activities (while recognizing that patterns for non-academic involvement vary from country to country).

Penn does support transfer admissions, in which at least one full year of transferable academic coursework (8 courses) must be completed by the close of the spring term prior to the September of anticipated enrollment at Penn. The University does not admit freshmen or transfers to enrol mid-year. Students who leave college at the end of the first term may apply to the freshman class entering in the subsequent September. Once the application has been submitted a student may not enrol in additional college-level courses.

Penn maintains a two-year academic enrollment requirement. At least one-half of the total number of courses required for the Penn degree must be completed here, regardless of the number of transferable credits completed elsewhere. If you have completed more than two years of transferable work at other institutions, you may not be eligible to transfer to Penn. Students who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree are not eligible to transfer to an undergraduate school at Penn.

Records from summer school, study-abroad programs, or special college programs must be submitted in official transcript form with certified English translations, if applicable. These records will be considered along with other credentials.

The LMI Advantage

If you don’t already have a stellar SAT score or GPA, it’s still possible to enrol in Penn without SAT, and with a GPA of 3.0. We can also help your application as a transfer admissions student, through our pathways program which grants enrolment into a top US university, from which we help you maximise your GPA on college level coursework before you transfer to Penn. Contact your admissions consultant here at LMI to help you maximise your chances of admission to UPenn. After all, we have a proven track record that helps our students go where they need to go, and take off through the gates of their preferred university.

This article confirms that Harvard University offers some of the most engaging and interesting classes on any topic at all! Several of our students had shared with us that their lessons at Harvard had engaged some of these techniques being shared by the Chronicle. In fact, the first paragraph of this article already introduces the concept of “hook”, an important concept in writing and presentations that’s commonly not taught in high schools around the world.  What are these 4 changes that we can see in the best classes?

1. They open with a question

Just as several training gurus such as Tony Robbins or T. Harv Eker opens his training sessions with questions to engage the audience, classes at Harvard often do this too, to keep your mind engaged with the material at hand, instead of wandering around in social media. Even some of the best speeches engage the audience right away with a question. These classes, by starting with a question, sets the frame and tone for the class to be both effective and engaging.

2. What did we learn last time

Classes at Harvard frequently review prior course material in order to build upon existing knowledge. This simple review of what was done in the previous lesson not only gives continuity to the knowledge being transferred in class, but also activates the memory cells in each student, giving the student a lasting impact on taught content. In particular, this enables the student to fully internalise and utilise the information gleaned previously.

3. Reactivate prior learning

In a liberal arts education, students are taught to use information from several sources, and synthesise the information to make it their own, unlike traditional rote learning which focuses on educating students in specific disciplines. Where the world today requires knowledge from multiple fields in order to break new ground, several Professors make sure that they discuss prior learning and grounding of students to ensure new material learned can continue to shape the students’ learning by challenging old assumptions and models, which might not be relevant today.

4. Write it down

This is a favourite of Harvard professors, particularly in writing classes, as this allows both reflection and internalisation of concepts from memory, as well as practice in articulating ideas effectively and efficiently. This constant exercise of putting thoughts to paper allows quicker learning and internalisation of new knowledge for students, so that they can carry their experiences through their academic and adult life.

Looking for a higher education institution that incorporates some of the learning tips that make classes exciting? Contact us to find out how we can help you get into Harvard University, a place where you can rediscover the joy of learning, and secure a bright future at the same time!

Launch of LMI L.H. OH Scholarship

The L.H. Oh Scholarship was originally known as the Oh Leong Heng scholarship. It was established by the Leadership and Management Institute in 2014 in honor of Oh, Leong Heng, a prominent Chinese businessman, pioneer and a philanthropist who contributed extensively to the field of construction and education in Singapore. The Oh Leong Heong scholarship was converted into the L.H. OH Scholarship in 2017.
 
History
Oh Leong Heng (b. January 1, 1936, An’hui) made his fortune in the construction sector. Oh was also a philanthropist who did not receive much formal education. Oh deeply believed education opens descendants needy families a route out of poverty. To ensure his descendants and other young people receive a good education, Oh devoted most of his retired years to the cause of education and to set up many schools in South East Asia.
 
Oh was the grand father of one of the co-founders of Leadership and Management Institue, and he donated $100,000 to set up the Oh Leong Heng Foundation in his will before his passing in 2008. With the initial donation, the Oh Leong Heng Scholarship Fund was established to keep the Oh Leong Heng’s spirit of education alive. The Oh Leong Heng Scholarship Fund became the L.H. OH Scholarship Trust Fund in April 2017. Income generated by the Fund was first used to offer the scholarship to students of the top higher education institutions that Leadership and Management Institute prepares its students for.
 
For the period between 2017 and 2020, L. H. OH Scholarship will be awarded to outstanding Leadership and Management Institute students enrolled into the Bachelor of Liberal Arts program at the Harvard University.
 
1. Eligibility
– Open to all nationalities.
– Successful applicants should read undergraduate Liberal Arts Program in the Harvard University in the following fields of study: Business Administration, Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics or Government.
– Applicants should possess a good
(A) Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ level results; OR Diploma awarded by NUS High School or polytechnic in Singapore; OR a good Year 11 and/or Year 12 grades from high school; OR academic qualification equivalent to the aforesaid
(B) Co-curricular activities record
(C) Leadership qualities and potential
– Students who belong to the following categories may also apply:
(A) Year 10 or Year 11 students in a recognized high school;
(B) Home schooled students who are above the age of 15 on July 1, 2018
(C) Students taking China National High School Exam (高考)in year 2017/2018
(D) IB Diploma students graduating in year 2017/2018
 
2. The Award
The Scholarship is valued at US$200,000 which covers up to 50% of housing, tuition, books, and preparatory classes subject to the following:
(A) Living allowance of up to US$2,000 per year in academic years 1 and 2. Living allowance for academic year 3 onwards will be determined by LMI Admissions Office at the end of academic year 2
(B) Book allowance of up to US$100 per academic year.
(C) Accommodation allowance of up to US$5,000 per academic year (applicable to scholars who reside in LMI hostels only)
(D) Computer allowance of up to US$500 (one-off).
(E) Settling-in allowance of US$250 (one-off).
(F) Enrollment and tuition fees at the Harvard University.
(G) One set of return economy airfare.

(H) Accommodation and meal allowance of up to US$500 or up to a continuous stay of 14 calendar days per academic year at the Harvard University or in Greater Boston, whichever is the lower.

3. Bond
  • The scholars will be bonded to LMI for one-year upon graduation.
  • During the period of the bond, scholars will be working in LMI or its subsidiaries and associate companies, with a monthly starting salary equivalent to the prevailing medium salary of Harvard University graduates’ starting salary (USA 2015 census approximate this to be US$7,416).
4. Terms & Conditions
(A) Scholars may not, without the approval of LMI, hold concurrently any other scholarships, bursaries, university loans, fellowships, grants or awards.
(B) Scholars are required to maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.75 over 4.0 (For offers made from AY2017 onwards).
(C) Scholars must maintain a record of good academic performance and personal conduct to the satisfaction of the Harvard University and/or LMI. Academic performance of the scholars will be reviewed every semester.
(D) The Scholarship may be withdrawn at any time if, in the opinion of the Harvard University and/or LMI, the scholar’s academic progress or personal conduct is deemed unsatisfactory.
(E) LMI has the sole discretion of waiving the bond of any scholar as it deemed appropriate.
(F) If the scholar terminates the scholarship prematurely or breaks the bond, he/she will have to repay LMI a sum equivalent to the amount LMI has spent on his/her Scholarship.
(G) The Scholarship will automatically be terminated when the scholar ceased to be a LMI student regardless of whether he/she is still a Harvard University student.
 
5. Application Procedures
  • The same application period for admission to the Harvard University applies.
  • Applicants should first register themselves at www.lmi.sg and submit all the necessary documents online. Upon registration, shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a selection panel appointed by LMI.
  • Applicants who successfully cleared the interview and received the Scholarship will be admitted as LMI students and assigned LMI Academic Advisors to coach them in their application for admission to the Harvard University.
  • Scholarships are awarded based on merit.