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来自托福113&SAT2290福州一中董同学的感谢信

2021-04-20 09:25:10

2016年12月,当福州寒意渐浓,一纸来自康奈尔大学的早录Offer却让Jack Dong同学多年的努力瓜熟蒂落。托福113分、SAT2290分(满分2400分)的好成绩,曾让他站在这座城市高分的塔尖,一览众山的风景何其美哉,但也只有当事者们才深知这攀越征程中的险阻和风沙。自2014年进入奇砾美式私塾学习以来,Jack以审慎钻研的态度在语言学习上不断精进前行,而每一步的脚印中奇砾教学团队用科学严谨、充满热情的姿态为其打下的坚实基础也是优异成绩的保障。有些缘分是彼此的成就,也是相互的见证。对即将奔赴大洋彼岸展开全新旅程的Jack,奇砾除了美好的祝福也希望以另一个家的形态继续注目他的成长。以下是来自Jack的一封感谢信,让我们一起再在这笺中片语里回味通往康奈尔这一路上的点点滴滴。

I would like to thank all GRIT teachers for their diligent instruction on the standardized tests.

When I found GRIT three years ago, I made my decision to study at this school. At that time, I did not know what the obstructions on the way of studying abroad, let alone how to overcome them. GRIT helped me successfully cope with two big bosses, TOEFL and SAT.

TOEFL consists of four parts: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. To increase my vocabulary, the teachers offered me word lists to recite and memorize which were effective when I worked on the problems. Gillian taught me on the Listening section. She incredibly improved my stenography to such an extent that I can nearly write down all the details of the listening texts. In the real TOEFL tests, I got perfect scores on the Listening section all the time. I was weak in Speaking, so I practiced according to the direction of Polly. I created my own stories and templates to eliminate my speaking-phobia that intermittently disrupted my test-taking process. Yoyo transformed my traditional Chinese logic, which was entangled and twisted, into a more direct American logic required by TOEFL Reading Test and laid a strong foundation on for my SAT Reading. When I discussed the passages with her, I often broke the boundary of the problem sets, observing deeper issues and details. Michael was my teacher on Writing and lent me great skills like divergent thinking and brainstorming. No matter it was on TOEFL Writing or SAT Writing, his strategies always helped me to solve the puzzling prompts that seemed to be ambiguous. Meanwhile, he asked me to create my own writing template. The last time I took the TOEFL test, I wrote up to 700 words in the independent writing section, owing to Michael’s instruction.

Since I got to know SAT in January 2015, teachers at GRIT have greatly aided me in Reading and Writing. Yoyo continued to teach Reading and gave me a long list of books to read. Though I did not finish reading the whole list of books, the books were of great importance to my SAT reading preparation. I was very touched when she kept teaching reading via WeChat Video when she went to Australia. Michael taught me Writing and Grammar, and his ample tactics gave me the confidence to get rid of any problem in the SAT Writing Section. He also required me to take records of the hard problems that appeared on the mock tests, which might appear as different forms in the real tests. Vincent gave me great advice on using the randomly ordered version of Barron 3500 Words, which had a better effect than using the ordered one. In the end, my SAT score was not bad.

During the study at GRIT, I have always been grateful for Alina’s meticulous preparation of course arrangement and learning assistance, giving me huge convenience. She introduced me to Prof. Richard Spuler, a tenure German professor in Rice University, from whom I learned a lot. I am also grateful for Principal Lin, whose support and aid always accompanied me throughout my journey at GRIT.

I know that my accomplishments now are inseparable from the teachers’ painstaking help. Thank you all again.

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