Advising families with children as young as kindergarten – class 7 and children in classes 8-10 on a variety of issues.

Kindergarten – Class 10

Our Early Advising Service is ideal for families with young children (kindergarten – class 10) who want to better understand education systems and have questions on school choices, board selection, enrichment program offerings, associated education costs and the value of planning ahead.


Ideal if you are looking for comprehensive guidance. Students who embark on this mentorship journey will be assigned a lead consultant who offers holistic inputs that are uniquely customised and will act as a catalyst for profile development and growth.


Ideal if you need assistance with a specific component of your education decision-making:

Profile Development

This is a 120-minute comprehensive session for students typically from grade 8 – 10 during which we cover everything ranging from best-fit curriculum options, subject selection, planning of breaks and test prep strategy. We also work with students to understand their academic interests and connect them with relevant service partners to further develop their interests. During this session we will create a uniquely customized road map, ensuring that the student is a competitive applicant to top global institutions.

General Counselling

For parents and students who have specific education-related questions. This 60 minutes session is your time to ask questions and seek assistance on any topic related to your education journey.




  • Advice on board and subject selection
  • Supplementary courses
  • Standardised testing schedule

Skills Enhancement

  • Academic workshops (inclusive of STEM, critical thinking, college essay writing, interview prep)
  • Personal development workshops
  • Referring appropriate service providers

Planning and Process Management

  • Resume creation
  • College research and visits assistance
  • Consistent catch-up sessions

Profile Development

  • Summer planning (summer schools, internships, community service)
  • Academic & extracurricular exploration
  • Passion projects

Highlights 2018-19


consultations with students in grades 8-10


for over 1000+ students in grades 8-11


offering enrichment activities in
music, dance, social service, science,
test prep, finance, critical thinking,
essay writing and more


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It has been great working with The Red Pen, we used their Profile Development services for my son when he was in the 10th grade. Not only has the team been sending relevant information that will help strengthen his profile but they have also been very responsive in helping my son with mock interviews and general college preparation. The monthly newsletter informed us about YEA, my son has now enrolled and it is an excellent... Read More opportunity for him to learn about business and entrepreneurship, become more confident and develop leadership skills. The team really went the extra mile to help my son with any academic-related questions we had. From navigating us through the profile building sessions to calling the College Board for information that I was not able to attain myself - it’s great to be working with a team who are so genuine.

-Parent of IBDP Student


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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward.

Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC:

  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
  2. Do not trust any offers of guaranteed admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships.
  3. Ensure that the IEC adheres to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA.
  4. Find an IEC that visits college, school, and program campuses and meets with admissions representatives regularly in order to keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures.
  5. Do they attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?