I was doing an internship for 6 months in China and the first 3 months I didn't want to bind myself on a regular teaching lesson so through some mobile apps I started to learn vocabulary (pinyin & characters) by myself, after this time I realized that I wouldn't really get into the language if I wouldn't have some regular input & feedback so I decided to give it a go through a recommendation of a friend. I was able to take Cathysia as my teacher and I was always impressed on how she would always know on what level I was and how to proceed even though I had a very chaotic learning style. Another very impressive point was that they will always find time to have a lesson with you, which is especially valuable for people that work full-time, I could have lessons in the early morning but also in the late evenings or on weekends whatever my schedule was better for. I am very grateful for this pleasurable learning experience!
Update on my review: Last week, over a month after I wrote my review for this "company", I received a series of calls from Koben and later on his "boss" asking me explanations on why I wrote that review. After explaining to them that I merely wrote in details what my experience with them was like they gave me two options in exchange of me taking the review off city weekend. Option 1: they offered to refund me the 2000 RMB I paid for the faulty logic board they installed on my laptop (the issue keeps on going and it is actually getting worse making it very annoying to watch anything on my notebook) Option 2: the offered to go with me to an Apple store to have them check on the repair and eventually prove either of us right with no assurance of the issue being repaired. Needless to say I took option 1 as I explained to them I would not let them or anyone for them touch my laptop again after the first extremely disappointing experience. They said they then needed to think about it (they called and offered in the first place, I was already done thinking about them and what they did to my laptop) and a few hours later I received a call from the allegedly boss of the company agreeing to pay me back in exchange of me taking the review down. I told them I was busy working on a project and that I would expect them to contact me again to do the "exchange" around the 21st. The day came and no call from them so I texted them and I yet have to receive an answer from them. I would be ok with them taking back the deal as although being refunded would be great I really just want to close this annoying chapter once and for all. I'm writing this update cause apparently they are so unprofessional and unable to keep their word that now I'm stuck with an empty promise and no one to deal with and I guess I will maybe receive another call sometime next month to be once again bothered to death by these incompetent company and its people.. Seriously just avoid this company and you will save yourself from being scammed in a fake repair and from having to deal with a bunch of liars..
"I remember my heartaches as a mother when, 1) I was first handed a Special Learning Group card by Lucas's Playclub teacher when he was just 2.5 y.o., 2) a principal asked for our ayi to "shadow" Lucas just because of a one time incident when he pushed a boy at school, and 3)Lucas out-rightly refused and would cry begging not to go his K1 class since he'd go home every day for almost 2 months so unbearably unhappy.
We then decided to take him to a Speech Therapist, because it may be that his actions were borne out of frustrations of not being able to express himself fully. He did this for less than 4 months, until his therapist said that Lucas has no further need of the classes and that the next step was to provide him with the proper school environment that will bring out the best in him.
The very words that the school director of Morgan Rothschild Academy told me in my first meeting with him alongside Lucas. I knew then that FINALLY I have found the "place to be" for my son. Lucas joined Morgan Rothschild in the second half of SY 2011-2012. He started out as an aloof boy barely making contact with his peer group except to his English teacher. But a few weeks after, what I noticed was nothing short of miraculous -- he started talking non-stop and sharing stories with us about his day at school.
Before that preschool year ended, he was making such an impressive progress that he was even given the "Random Facts Award", which he cherishes because he said his preschool friends gave it to him. :) He joined Morgan Rothschild's summer camp too! By then he had flourished into this self-assured little man who loves going to school because as he'd say -- "I have the best teachers!". Fast forward to his Kindergarten year, and I found myself with a very confident kid who goes about everyday happily talking of his adventures with his friends at school. Whether it be learning, or playtime, or the social activities these children are engaged in -- I see it with my very own eyes (yes, I am that mom who's in every school activity there is!) how they love every bit of the time that they share & have at Morgan Rothschild. I am so happy to see such nice, well-mannered, very happy kids whom you can tell have genuine affection for one another.
Needless to say how my heart is filled with overwhelming gratitude for successfully picking the best place I could have possibly searched for and FOUND to be a "second home" for my son. Now as a mother --- isn't that what we all hopefully (or, hopelessly) look for? :) Take my writing with a grain of salt, if you like, but I am also quite proud to tell you that after Lucas's 1.5 years stint in Morgan Rothschild Academy, he's the first among his batch to pass an entrance test to his preferred international school. That, and he gets teary when he thinks about his last day in kindergarten because he said his teachers cried during graduation day "maybe because they're sad too that we are all saying goodbye".
Yes, we saw that one coming a long time ago. Unfortunately the local government did not want to do anything or they would have revoked their licence 2 years ago when it run into deep waters. It's really sad to see that they had 2 more years to cheat more parents, teachers and students...... I'm sure the local government is not going to blame themselves however it would be nice to know that in our eyes they have lost face!
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