GEC Faculty FAQ

Q: Why do we mix high school students with college students in some programs?

A: This question is on the top of our list. We recognize the concern from our professors that college students might feel the class is too easy while high school students find it too difficult, and your syllabus might not fit such a range of students. However, all registered students are interested in the program in the first place. And all of them are fully informed of the course content and have read the syllabus before joining the class. They know what they are getting into.

As you know your high school students in the US or UK, some students are really gifted or talented in certain subjects. They perform beyond what is required for their grade. This is also the case in China, we have a lot of gifted and hardworking students at an early age. They are capable of understanding higher-level courses. Plus, we do screen students when they apply to know if they are up to the task.

Let us give you an example to help you understand the case for college students. Mike majors in psychology in his college, but he has a great passion for astrophysics. So he would like to take an introductory course with GEC academy. Although he is already a senior student, his knowledge of astrophysics might be comparable to that of a high school student. Since everyone reads the syllabus beforehand, students major in astrophysics might not consider taking an introductory course anyway, although we do not exclude those who want to refresh their memories or want to know the professor better.

Of course, there is a pragmatic answer to this question. Simply recruiting one or two grades might be too limited, meaning we will not have enough students to launch a program. And we do not want to cancel the program, so we would mix students to ensure we have enough students.

Despite what we just said, you might still be concerned that students would not be well prepared for the program, so we have some potential solutions. First, we understand that our professors have really tight schedules, and while the program is starting soon, we do not want you to revise the syllabus to suit all students. Rather we would encourage you to provide more reading materials for our younger students to familiarize themselves in advance.

Second, a clarification rather than a solution, the first class is a trial class. If the students find the program is really not suitable for them, they have a chance to transfer to other programs or quit. Students who choose to stay are the ones who are happy with the program.