Zenab Tariq

Head of Academics and Counselling

The transition from the O Level to the A Level syllabus is quite challenging, and added to that, the pressure to make the right academic choices, maintain strong academic performance and a well rounded university application profile can be extremely overwhelming. The A Level years are the last years of schooling before students proceed to higher education institutions, and hence, at Cedar, one of the primary areas of focus is to prepare students for university – the most defining time of a young person’s life.

The goal is to enable students to maintain a superior academic profile so that they have a world of options to explore when it comes to choosing where to attend university, and which career path to pursue. Cedar’s dynamic team of academic counsellors and college counsellors works closely with students throughout their A Levels to help its students effectively manage their tasks and responsibilities. This team helps students maintain high academic standards while helping them make choices for higher education that are best suited to their individual skills, interests and abilities.

The College believes that providing students with accurate information alongside encouragement and hands-on guidance is the key to effective college counselling. University information sessions conducted by international/ local representatives and college fairs supplement the counselling process, offering students the opportunity to have their questions answered first hand. Cedar has had the pleasure of hosting reputed institutions from the USA, United Kingdom, Australia and Asia in the past. College counsellors are constantly expanding outreach in order to be able to provide students with an increasingly comprehensive repertoire of higher education options in all regions. The Office of College and Career Counselling also frequently schedules career and college seminars, hosting university representatives and experts in various professional fields. These seminars give students hands-on insight into the realities of university life and the world of work.

The academic counsellors aim to ensure that students remain focused on their academic goals; building strengths and improving weaknesses. In addition to closely monitoring attendance and grades weekly, academic counsellors facilitate students’ acquisition of study skills and work to help them understand how they learn best. Cedar values genuine academic effort, and academic counsellors help students work toward actualising their real academic potential. Faculty members work closely with the academic counsellors to ensure that all students receive the support that they need, be it help with time management or understanding complicated concepts. Students are guided in accordance with their individual learning styles, and encouraged to raise the bar for themselves. Academic counsellors provide support, positive reinforcement, and pragmatic solutions to the myriad challenges faced by Cedar students.

We believe that whether it is academic achievement or the university selection and application process, each individual is the driver of his or her future. The more effort a student puts in, the greater the rewards. Hence, while the road ahead is long and difficult, Cedar College will provide a great deal of support as well as invaluable guidance during each student’s learning process.