Recently, a major Toronto newspaper published a disturbing article about how poorly students from the double cohort and subsequent groups were doing in their university courses. We immediately sent out an email to our graduates and asked them if this were true for them. Their replies are now flooding in, but here are the first we have received.
When I graduated from TOPS I felt confident that I would succeed in university. At the end of my first term, I have yet to meet another student with the same knowledge base that TOPS provided.
– Taylor Martin
Even though I abandoned the cause and went into an arts program, TOPS has given me a huge advantage. Being in the program made me develop, study, research, and writing skills that I didn’t have before, and that I wouldn’t have now if I had been in a regular program. And to their eternal shame, I, an artsy, can even help the engineers and science majors work through their physics homework!
– James Gotowiec
All of the TOPS graduates I’ve contacted this year are substantially more prepared for university than the majority of our peers – OAC and Grade 12 alike.
– Steve Benton
I feel that the amount of work I did in TOPS has definitely prepared me for the workload at university. I was also prepared content wise, which, as it has turned out, is much less important. As long as you know how to work, it doesn’t really matter what type of work you need to do.
– Delia Jacobson
Entering university requires a lot of adjustment to so many things, in so many ways. Academically, the adjustment is virtually absent. The study habits I had developed in high school were truly put to the test this semester, and they pulled me through just fine. It helped that we were over-prepared for this first semester of Calculus, allowing me to focus on my other subjects and continue adjusting to the rest of my new environment … And every word is true!
– Vithika Siva
First semester calculus (and part of second) and chemistry have been a review, as well as both semesters’ physics courses. I go to calculus class for entertainment. I solve the problems for the entire class in the first ten minutes before the professor gets to them.
– Jeff Colden
I found that content-wise, especially in calculus and chemistry, the material has been mainly review. I’d also like to mention that in my film studies course, my TA told me I have excellent writing skills compared to many students in her class.
– Linsey Eng
The TOPS teachers always told us that we would have nothing to worry about when it came to getting into and doing well at our university of choice. I was skeptical, and I didn’t realize until starting my first classes at McGill that TOPS gives students the opportunity to stand out from the thousands of other students in first year. I was expecting to be overwhelmed by the amount of work. Instead, my marks have remained high and the material is mostly review. TOPS not only gave me a strong foundation in math science, and English, but it also gave me more than any other high school could. What I liked most about TOPS was the dedication and enthusiasm of all the staff in the program. It was in this environment that I was able to learn everything I needed to make my first year of university a fun and stress-free experience.
– Welland Sin
TOPS has helped me a lot. I find that I am 15 to 20 percent above the mean in all my courses and I am able to grasp all the concepts presented in class with very little effort.
– Vinayak Viswanathan
The only thing I felt I wasn’t prepared for is sitting in a class with 1200 other people under one round dome (not to mention those hard chairs that give leg aches).
– T.J. Ye
There is no doubt in my mind that the material and subject matter I learned in all my courses in high school has sufficiently prepared me for my post-secondary education. Not only am I prepared for this year but some of the material I learned from high school, predominantly from TOPS, will not be covered until upper year university courses.
– David Kodoma
TOPS was a truly rewarding experience. Being a university student, I now come to appreciate all the opportunities that I was able to take advantage of. The English, biology, chemistry and calculus that I took in the TOPS program gave me an essential foundation that allows me to be a step ahead of all my university peers.
– Anisa Shivji