Testimonials

Prior to joining The Open Classroom's classes our son being somewhat shy, was reluctant to express himself. Since attending the different modules offered, he is much more comfortable in expressing himself with confidence. This is evident in the success rate with the local schools applied. Most importantly, he looks forward to his classes at The Open Classroom and has very good rapport with the teachers.

Program:
Kindergarten Topical

Toko

Parent of K3, Lingnan

 “When our daughter began to study for the SSAT, the process of how to tackle it was a bit overwhelming for her. With multiple sections in each discipline and her preliminary scores not in the range needed for acceptance into the caliber of school she wanted to attend we decided to seek out a tutor. Our child met with Agnes after a friend of our family had recommended her to us. They had a great first meeting and we agreed to sign up for a series of private sessions. For us, the private sessions worked best because it allowed for more flexiblity in her schedule.
She is an incredibly disciplined teacher who motivates a child to push him/herself to get to the next level. She is passionate about helping her students and tailors her lesson according to their needs. She helped raise our child’s scores dramatically and gain entrance to a top level U.S. boarding school - our child’s first choice [Cate]! Agnes’s tuition, knowledge of the exam and insight into the boarding school application process helped us tremendously. If your child is willing to work, Agnes is the one who can help!”

Consulting:
US Boarding School

Parent of HKIS, Grade 8 now attending Cate

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After doing poetry workshops with Mr. William Wong, Christopher Chow participated in the annual Hong Kong Young Writers Awards. For his submission, he wrote a masterful and eloquent poem about the Pearl River Delta. His poem was selected as one of the award-winning works, and will be published in the upcoming HKYWA Anthology. We at The Open Classroom are delighted and would like to congratulate him on his achievement.

Program:
Private Tutoring

Christopher Chow

P5, ISF

Although my son finds the course challenging, he loves the discussion topics and the fun atmosphere he shares with his classmates and teacher. The curriculum is well planned out with a wide range of interesting topics that are thoughtfully supplemented with constructive brainstorming, structured discussions, educational field trips and fun guest speakers. I'm encouraged with the amount of factual information he retains and the overall understanding he gains on the subjects. Furthermore, a disciplined approach in tackling different topics and putting thoughts on paper, has helped my son feel less intimidated and overwhelmed with writing. I see promising improvement in the way he approaches a topic, structures his ideas logically and communicates them through his writing. I genuinely appreciate the thoughtful progress updates on Lucas' development, which allow me to stay informed and work with him on his development needs in parallel with the class."

Program:
Writing Workshop

Jialan

Parent of 4, 7 and 9 year old, Kiangsu & Chekiang

My son has been enjoying the kindergarten program at the Open Classroom immensely! It is one of his most favorite classes! He enjoys the small, interesting and topical approach classes, where he becomes active learner, inquirer and thinker. He loves writing and spelling in relevant context, and he loves the teacher, who is intelligent, creative, attentive and patient!

Program:
Kindergarten Topical

Janice

Parent of K3, Victoria

I really enjoyed learning at the Open Classroom this year for writing and SSAT prep. I learnt so much in the past few months here. One of the most useful studying tools that have been used to help me learn are the mock SSAT section tests I was given to take, which are just like the sections on the actual SSAT test. I enjoyed seeing my mock test math scores went from sub-par to slowly improving and hopefully will keep going up.  I've also really enjoyed being taught by my teacher here. She's always really kind and helpful and is always coming up with creative ways to explain difficult ideas to me. I will definitely be coming back for more courses next year.

Program:
Intensive SSAT

Sharon

G7, HKIS

 In this tutoring industry, there are so many different teachers that excel in teaching SSAT but to find one suited for my daughter’s needs was very difficult until I found Agnes. Agnes was able to inspire my kid to find her drive in learning both for standardized tests and at school. Furthermore, this has also led to an increase in her confidence and pushed her to perform better. Through hours of tutoring, it is evident that her hard work has paid off with her huge increase in scores in all sections of the test. Agnes is a teacher who can not only teach top students, she’s able to open up students who may feel discouraged by grades and unmotivated and inspire them to strive for success. Although my daughter was admitted to her dream boarding school, she has continued with Agnes’ classes to continue improving her foundation in English and math to prepare her for high school.

Consulting:
US Boarding School

Parent of ISF, Grade 8 attending Taft

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 “I highly recommend Agnes to be the mentor for any student considering to apply for boarding school in the US. My son, and myself, benefited greatly from her in-depth knowledge of the admission requirements of the US schools. She has a keen sense in assessing a child’s strength and weakness relative to the targeted schools, and a well thought out strategy in preparing the overall portfolio for the student. Her help in preparing my son on his interviews, essays, and SSAT test [97 percentile] are indispensable for my son to be accepted by his first choice school – Choate. Moreover, I believe that her work has helped prepare my son for the challenges he will face at the boarding school and even beyond.”

Consulting:
US Boarding School

Parent of HKIS, Grade 8 now attending Choate

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 “Agnes is well-known among students considering boarding schools in the US to be the best tutor in Hong Kong. In 7th Grade when I began to consider applying to schools, friends told me that I had to work with Agnes. I told my dad about Agnes and he was already familiar with her through another parent. I am so fortunate to have been able to work with Agnes because I went from being a very average test taker to getting into my top schools: Deerfield, Cate and Lawrenceville.
Working with Agnes individually, she customized a study program based on my strengths and weaknesses. The work was not easy but Agnes kept me focused, motivated, and eager to learn. In a relatively short period of time I was showing huge improvement. Ultimately, I went from an 84th percentile result on the SSAT to a 96th percentile in just two months.
In addition to preparing me for the SSAT, Agnes is an amazing mentor. She attended a top University in the US before working in finance. Her educational background and work experience enable her to provide guidance which I very much needed. She is familiar with the various boarding schools and was able to help me find one suitable for me. She understands the application process and guided me through it.
My journey with Agnes has shaped me into a more efficient student and has helped build me a foundation for making future academic and professional decisions. From a student’s perspective, I have no doubt Agnes will help others in successfully preparing for the SSAT and getting accepted to the schools of their choice. Working with Agnes has been one of the best experiences in my life and I am so grateful for all she has done for me.

Consulting:
US Boarding School

Student, Grade 8 HKIS now attending Deerfield

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 “Agnes worked with my daughter throughout the boarding school application process, from SSAT preparation and then providing guidance on the application process and essays. Agnes’ depth of experience combined with her intellect and natural gifts as a teacher are a powerful combination. She became a trusted coach, collaborator and advisor throughout the process. Tests results were great [93 percentile], essays wonderful and admission gained to my daughter’s first choice school [Taft]. Thank you, Agnes!”

Consulting:
US Boarding School

Parent of ISF, Grade 8 now attending Taft

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