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Free UPCAT Review: REV-UP! The UP Sandiwa College Entrance Review


If it’s indeed true that birds of the same feather flock together, then all it takes is a little sleuthing to find the student organization that’s right for you.  In fact, the rosters of certain orgs are composed entirely of students from a certain province or region.

For instance, Tarlaquenos studying at the University of the Philippines can check out UP Sandiwa.  Besides serving as a safe haven and fun group for students from Tarlac, the org also engages in activities related to social consciousness, as you will see shortly.

Organizational Background

UP Sandiwa is an organization of and for students who hail from Tarlac.  Like other orgs who conduct UPCAT reviews, it’s geared toward academic and socio-civic activities, especially those that involve the welfare of fellow Tarlaquenos.  In fact, the org has been busy with such projects for the past 17 years.

One of the most recent achievements of the org was the LOVEstROCK Valentine concert held last February 2010, wherein it promoted such values as social responsibility and love for country.  To this day, the org continues to uphold its core thrust of nurturing UP scholars, knowing fully well that the latter are the first to serve their country.

Organizational UPCAT Review Background

REV-UP is the UP Sandiwa entrance exam review program designed to put the org’s core principles into action.  It conducts this annual program in conjunction with the city government of Tarlac and the Rotary Club of Tarlac Metro.

The emphasis of the program is on knowledge and technique—that is, its purpose is to equip Tarlaqueno high school seniors with the tools they’ll need to pass the entrance test of their chosen university (especially the UPCAT).  It consists of six sessions and even includes a free reviewer.

Review Venue

The last REV-UP was held for three consecutive weekend sessions at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Sto. Cristo, Tarlac City.

Registration Requirements

UP Sandiwa has some very manageable requirements for would-be participants.  Students must hail from Tarlac and must have valid school IDs.  That’s all.

Coverage

REV-UP covers familiar high school subjects such as:

  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Trigonometry
    • Statistics
  • Science
    • Biology
    • General Science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • English
    • English Grammar
    • Reading Comprehension
  • Filipino
    • Filipino Grammar
    • Pag-unawa sa Binasa

The program itself consists of three main parts:  an orientation career assistance program, the review proper and a mock exam.  UP Sandiwa will even throw in free reviewers for participants.

Kindly note that UP Sandiwa members take responsibility for preparing all the materials in the program.

Registration

Last year’s registration started on June 26 2010, 12 noon at the DBTI gym, Tarlac City.  The org makes use of a SRS or Sandiwa Registry System–an information system especially made for Rev-UP.  This system (the brainchild of alumnus Jap Salvador) acts as a warehouse of information regarding the participants and performed functions such as class management, student grade rankings, attendance checking, etc.

Basically, the SRS assigns student numbers and classrooms to participants.  The students proceed to the Don Bosco Technical Institute gymnasium to register from seven to eight in the morning.  There they will receive assistance from UP Sandiwa staff members.  The participants then input relevant info (their names, schools, etc) into the SRS terminals, and the system takes care of sorting them out.

Review Schedule

During the last REV-UP series, UP Sandiwa held review classes on July 3 and 4 and July 10-11, from 9:00am-4:00pm on Saturdays, and 9:00 am-12noon on Sundays.  The only exception was the first week, where the Saturday session was held from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. while the Sunday session was held from 9:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

At the time of this article’s writing, the UPCAT review schedule for 2011 is still being ironed out.

Contact Details

For inquiries or clarifications about UP Sandiwa or its REV-UP program, kindly contact Ms. Kristine Cunanan at sandiwa_updiliman@yahoo.com or 0915-3314517

Sources:

Ms. Kristine Cunanan of UP Sandiwa

Free UPCAT Review: RISE-UP! The KKK College Entrance Review

My father often spoke to me of his humble beginnings.  As a member of a large family from a fishing village in Bicol, my dad longed to study at the state university, graduate with honors and become successful in the business world.

The good news is that he was able to do so.  The better news is that philanthropic organizations like Kabataan Kontra Kahirapan (KKK) are currently helping aspiring college students (especially aspiring U.P. students) to do the same.  One of their strategies involves helping young people prepare for the first hurdle in their collegiate journey–the UPCAT.

Organizational Background

As an organization, KKK believes in promoting social justice and protecting people’s democratic rights.  It lives out these beliefs by engaging in a variety of service-oriented activities, one of which involves helping public high school students make it into the college of their choice.  The RISE-UP (Reinforcing Indigent Students’ Entry to the Universities of the People) program is one of the important activities in their repertoire.

One of KKK’s most notable enemies is poverty, and the organization is striving to overcome that enemy by equipping people—particularly the youth—with the necessary attitudes and skills they’ll need to effect social change.

Organizational UPCAT Review Background

 

The RISE-UP program is KKK’s way of leveling the academic playing field for poor yet deserving students.  The organization is keenly aware of the financial and social challenges these students encounter as they attempt to apply for a slot at their chosen university.  Thus, the program was designed to support them in this respect, to stimulate thinking and enhance their confidence in a collaborative learning environment.

 

The project itself consists of volunteer-supported and hosted review classes, a mock exam, a free U.P. Diliman campus tour and other bonding activities.  Third year public high school students are eligible for participation.  The recipients of the program are encouraged to target state universities as their colleges of choice.

 

It’s also interesting to note that KKK keeps communication lines open between itself and the students after the review sessions have officially ended.  The organization has follow-up measures in line with the program in the form of assistance with college applications, help in adjusting to university life and other things.

Review Venue

 

The review venues have varied somewhat over the years.  The original site was at U.P. Diliman itself.  Last 2010 (and in recent years as well), the KKK opted to hold the sessions at Santa Elena High School (SEHS) in Marikina City and in Bulan National High school (BNHS) in Sorsogon, Bicol.  Through the years, KKK has built up its credibility as a service-oriented organization.  This has led to partnerships with both SEHS and the Sangguniang Kabataan in Barangay Concepcion Dos, Marikina City and with BNHS.  Together, these institutions provided logistical support for RISE UP.

Registration Requirements

 

Students need to present the following in order to participate:

  • Accomplished application form
  • Parents or Guardian’s written consent
  • Photocopy of School ID
  • Photocopy of grades (final grade if possible)
  • Financial documents (ITR, affidavit of indigency, etc.)
  • Two used books for the KKK book drive project

KKK maintains that participants must come from a poor family and must be studying at a public high school.  Besides these, students are encouraged to share a 500-peso counterpart fee for the program.  This usually covers reading materials—everything else (food, equipment rentals, venue charges, campus tour, volunteers’ expenses, etc.) is covered by the RISE-UP program.

Coverage

 

Review sessions normally cover the main subjects found in the UPCAT:

  • Math
    • Word problems
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Trigonometry
    • Calculus
  • Science
    • General Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • English
    • Language
    • Reading Comprehension
  • Filipino
    • Wika
    • Pagbasa
  • Abstract Reasoning and Logic

 

As a bonus, KKK also includes other educational activities such as:

  • Orientation sessions on social issues (environment, poverty, education, etc.)
  • Team-building sessions
  • Homework
  • Activities related to Global Action Week on Education (Big Read)
  • PETA-sponsored theater plays on social awareness

Registration

KKK has a selection process in place for all would-be participants.  An organization representative is assigned to visit various public schools and collect their application forms.  A committee then screens the prospective students and determines the final list of participants.

Interestingly, the organization encourages potential participants to apply online.  Applications may be sent to kabataankontrakahirapan@yahoo.com.

Review Schedule

 

Last 2010, KKK held Metro Manila review classes from April 19-24 and the mock exam last April 27.  It also hosted Bicol review sessions last May 24-30, with the corresponding mock exam last June 1.

There’s no schedule for 2011 yet at the time of this article’s writing, so kindly check with the contact persons listed below.  KKK estimates that the official schedule for next year’s RISE-UP sessions will be announced sometime January or February 2011.

Contact Details

 

If you have any questions about the 2011 schedule of RISE-UP or about any other specifics of the program, kindly get in touch with Ms. Claudine Claridad at 0917-8298766 or claudine.claridad@gmail.com.  Alternatively, you may also contact Mr. Richard Candano at 0919-3957858 or richard.candano@gmail.com.

Sources:

Ms. Claudine Claridad, KKK Chairperson

Mr. Richard Candano, KKK Secretary General

Free UPCAT Review: UPCAMP by UP IE Club


When I mention the phrase “UPCAT review” to you, what usually goes through your head?  Extra expenses?  Study sessions along Katipunan Avenue?  Those are part and parcel of the overall picture, but they’re not all there is to it.

The good news is that not all UPCAT reviews require payment; nor are they limited to far-flung provincial areas.  Case in point: the UPCAMP of the Diliman campus’ Industrial Engineering Club (henceforth referred to as the IE Club).  Read on to know more about it.

Org Background

The IE Club was founded in 1967, and since then, it became a recognized and respected organization of the UP College of Engineering.  The organization’s roster swells to more than a couple of hundred members each school year.

Its participation in various meaningful activities (including the aforementioned UPCAMP) has earned it such prestigious awards as the Engineering Organization Excellence Award and a slot in the National Youth Commission’s Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations.

Org UPCAT Review Background

The IE Club designed the UPCAMP as a bridge program.  Its purpose is to provide free career guidance services and free entrance exam reviews for deserving seniors of different Quezon City high schools.

The program was first conducted in 2002 and is still being carried out every year.  Through the UPCAMP, the IE Club hopes to accomplish at least three objectives:  one, teach up to 150 students across several sessions; two, grant these students a 100 percent passing rate; three, develop a sense of “personal care” in them.

Review Venue

The camp is usually held at a Quezon City high school.  The IE Club conducted the 2010 edition of UPCAMP at Don A. Roces High School.

Registration Requirements

Students must meet three main requirements in order to participate in the camp:

  • They must be public high school students in their third or fourth year of secondary education.
  • They need to belong to the top 10% of their batch.
  • They must have plans to apply for a college of their choice.

The IE Club usually only accepts students from the host school and other invited schools, students from other schools and special cases (walk-ins, extra students, non-registration compliant students) may also be allowed on a case-to-case basis at the discretion of the club.

Coverage

The UPCAMP review usually focuses on the four main UPCAT test sections.  These are further subdivided into the following topics:

  • Math
    • Algebra
    • Word Problems
    • Geometry
    • Trigonometry
  • Language Proficiency
    • English
    • Filipino
  • Reading Comprehension
    • English
    • Filipino
  • Science
    • General Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics

The program consists of a diagnostic exam and lectures.  Hand-outs will also be given to the participants.

The logistics process is as follows:  assigned IE Club members divide the student community into nine sections, with four of them being the Honor sections (reserved for the top 40 performers on the diagnostic exam).  One to two tutors from the club are assigned to each section. Any further arrangements may be made according to the tutors’ discretion.

Registration

Registering for the UPCAMP is as simple as sending an SMS or e-mail message to the IE Club members in charge.  The message must express one’s desire to attend the camp.  IE Club folks will send out invites to students and their schools, anyway, so the confirmation message is all that’s really needed.

Review Schedule

The most recent review schedule in 2010 took place on June 19 and every Saturday thereafter up to July 24.  Each session was conducted from eight in the morning till one in the afternoon.

The one for 2011 is still being planned, so kindly check with IE Club Committee Members for details.

Contact Details

For additional details on the UPCAMP and the IE Club in general, feel free to contact the following people:

Contact Person Title Mobile Number E-mail Address
Arjay Cansana President 0927-6289780 arjay.cansana@upieclub.net
Mico Carino VP, AcadComm 0915-9857590 mathboy_pb@yahoo.com

mico.carino@upieclub.net

Kenneth Ednalino 2010 Project Manager 0916-5008494 lunaizers@yahoo.com

Sources:

Arjay Cansana of the UP IE Club

Mico Carino of the UP IE Club

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