It’s May, we’re in the middle of testing season, and we’re receiving many questions from parents asking: what’s next? What should my child be doing this summer? How important is the SAT? All of these are variations on one overarching question: how should I think about college?
At Tokyo Academics, we’ve been working on this problem for quite some time, from getting ourselves into our own schools, to the past few years of helping families around Tokyo and Greater Japan think about their children.
This is the first in a series of blogposts which will seek to sketch out the most important pieces of the college admissions puzzle, particularly with the lens of applying from our home: Japan. Over the next few posts, we’ll be talking about the following topics:
We’re looking forward to sharing everything we’ve learned from our experiences.
If you look at college admissions packets or websites (or parents, if you look back at your own application processes), you might think this is how admissions works:
At Tokyo Academics, this is a rough sketch of how we think it works:
Why is it this complex? One of the biggest reasons is that the process has gotten incredibly competitive compared to when we at TA were younger (even just a few years ago!). Parents always tell us: “I wouldn’t be accepted at my school today!” We assure you: we feel the same way about ourselves.
We’re going to get you through this and explain each piece over this set of articles. But there are a few key takeaways that we want you to carry with you through the rest of these articles, as well as through your child’s preparation for school.