We take a deviant turn this week. From virtual school fairs, registering for exams, thanking teachers, staff - to students sending in lovely vlogs to herald their tenure here at Versan. Short but sweet.
This week I want to focus on readers, folks who understand that building the vocabulary, reading ad nauseam should be the order of the day. By group efforts, here are your cautionary tales.
The vocabulary section on your test is mind boggling. If you are not doing some 80 new words per week, synonyms and antonyms, this test may be challenging in this section. A good American dictionary is a great tool to have. Also remember you have interviews. Your command of vocabulary and the English language (not the British one, smile) is key. Hold on to these tips:
I am going to welcome Mr. Alexis Monteith, our social media influencer, to the Versan family. Though Mrs. Buchanan has been around for a while, we officially welcome her too as a teamplayer at Versan. We thank Navardo Walker for being a true Versaner, our teachers for the incredible work they do every term, our cleaning staff for trying desperately to keep us COVID free, to John, our blog designer who went through horrible fires in California, to the Versan team in Mobay, just getting off on their new legs, lots of gratitude to them all...and our thousands of students out there in college, fighting the battle...especially, our Pearce Smith, who is undoubtedly one of the rare sons of Versan...along with Joshua, of course.
So, a few centers were opened on Saturday, and a few closed. The exams took place for a few. Others have been rolled over till December. Keep on studying guys. More books should come our way soon enough. LSAT and SAT took place last Saturday. Hope all test takers fared well.
CXC AND CAPE RESULTS
Not bad for some, but horrible for many. We understand. But you have to meet with us individually to discuss the way forward. Also your VIth form choices have to be regulated for future college success, so please talk to us.
Remember to log on and attend all virtual fairs, school visits and tours, panel discussions. Worth your while.
THese are going well. Folks are completing their applications. Mama Bear at Versan is proud o...
This is the time of year that many schools visit Jamaica. We would be at the airport picking up, dropping off, arranging group meetings at the office or at the Stella maris auditorium. We would be collecting brochures, pennants and all the tchotchkes that schools give to our students. We would meet all new representatives with the knowledge that they would take back with them our engaging students and cut a clean path to victory for acceptance to school next Fall.
Well, this is Covid 2020. So everything is practically done online. Schools are hosting their fairs and meetings online. So if you have been reading the blog astutely, you would know that we have been hosting a number of schools who would have been visiting Jamaica but cannot at this stage.
So we have all been trying to live within the norm of the Covid 19 pandemic. A strange norm it is. As of March 2020, the SAT exam was cancelled. LSAT went online for Jamaica for the first time. GRE exams proceeded as well as GMAT as they had already been digitized. Students were refunded their fees for the march exam. They threw themselves back at the task of preparing for the October exam as the mighty College Board assured us, despite the pandemic that they were proceeding.
Pandemonium has set in again. Last week, we heard that Campion bailed out, cancelling their SAT sitting and refunding a few students. Interesting! American School of Kingston advised us to watch out and call a few days before the exam. We still have had no word from Priory aka Libert...
This is a special blog. We have included advisories from several universities. Read through, sign on and join their tours. If you need more detailed information on the schools, just ask me.
These are going at a good clip. If not on board, get on now.
For SAT: www.collegeboard.org
For SSAT: www.ssat.org
For LSAT: www.lsac.org
Time to check deadlines and register.
As many of your students begin their college application process, we wanted to share with you how they can learn more about Carnegie Mellon University's campus, academics and student life through our online visit opportunities. Prospective students can:
Does it really? With a spike in COVID, it is back to school online. But the consensus is that most students prefer in the classroom teaching. But they do not want to conform to the rules of masks and social distancing. So here come the new entrepreneurs, online learning extra lessons.
Two past Campionites, of Stanford and Dartmouth fame, are starting online CSEC classes. Both are smart. Should really assist the CSEC learning. I mean really assist. So here goes, I am promoting their online program: launchlearningplatform.com. I think they are going to be great as both young ladies had placed first in the island for Physics and Maths. Get the help you need.
I DO HOPE YOU ALL ABIDED BY THE RULES THIS PAST WEEKEND: SOCIAL DISTANCING AN...
The moral lesson to be learnt from the recklessness of the Bolt fiasco and the Covid pandemic, reminds me of the mad rush to the beaches in Florida by reckless teens. It is a spur of the moment thinking that young people who are bored out of their minds attempt to do, flouting all the rums and a take-it-or-leave-it attitude. The problem is there are consequences for such acts. I was warmed a few weeks ago by the photo of Bolt holding his newborn infant in his hands. How adorable, I thought. Then at this birthday party, I see Bolt, maskless, partner, maskless and the question is, what of the baby?
It appears no one wise was at that party. Not a mask in sight. Draw the parallel to a few mayors and politicians in St. Mary who attended a party held by Mayor Creary. L...
Last Saturday, we held our first General Meeting for students and parents. Goodness gracious, it was a full house. They listened keenly, took notes and learned a lot. Just a quick recap of items discussed:
1) Versan's history and offerings
2) Scholarships -Types
3) US resident or Jamaican National: How are scholarships obtained
4) Books required for Study
5) Consultations - Meaning and Impact
6) Approaches to Study
7) BLOG: Where and When
8) Q & A
Thanks for coming! Of course, everyone can now make their consultations by calling 7552187 and setting their appointments.
It is also time to register for one's exam.
SAT books are almost here! We know that DHL has received them and we are just awaiting delivery. So be alert. We know you are all ready to pounce. Keep checking...