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The Making of Indonesian Top Students

It has been 4 years since I first started running my I Am Gifted!™ school holiday programme for Children and Teens in Indonesia and I am happy and proud to report that it has been a huge success! What our Indonesian students have achieved is way beyond my expectations. I am so proud of them.

After my ‘IAG Junior’, ‘IAG Senior’ and ‘IAG Foundation’ programmes became the leading personal development and learning skills in Singapore, I was invited to bring this life-changing programme to Jakarta in 2006. My partner, Susan Hartawan told me that the children and teenagers in Indonesia would greatly benefit from my teachings of whole brain learning techniques, personal mastery and leaderships skills. Many youths aspire to win scholarships to top universities but lack the motivation and learning skills to bring out the best in themselves.

At that time, I had my apprehensions. I was not sure if I could replicate the same success in Indonesia. After all, the students there may learn different subjects, have different beliefs/values and have very different problems. Of course, the big obstacle was language. Most students are taught in Bahasa Indonesia and my camp was in English. Nevertheless, I decided to give it my very best!

When I conducted my very first camp, I was pleasantly surprised and very impressed with the response from the Indonesian students. They were so enthusiastic to learn and very driven to succeed. Although English was their second language, they did their best to understand what I was teaching and asked questions enthusiastically. They were really hungry to learn these new skills and to achieve their dreams.

After training them, I realized that students all over the world share the same challenges. They too, like Singaporean students, faced the same obstacles in achieving good grades:
a) Laziness and lack of motivation
b) Cannot concentrate and lack of focus
c) Poor memory
d) Inability to manage their time
e) Poor study habits
d) Difficulty in applying what is learnt in answering questions etc…

The Secret of Turning Underachievers into Top Students
Many people ask me how I am able to empower lazy, underachieving teens into highly motivated top students. Well, the first thing I tell people is that I do not change students’ mindsets and behaviours. They are the ones who change themselves. I do not give them any special powers. They already possess the great potential within themselves. I merely show them how to unlock their potential.

What I do is to open their minds to new ways of thinking and equip them with effective learning strategies that allow them to make learning easy and fun. I help them to develop within themselves a high level of self-esteem, empowering beliefs and a compelling set of goals for their future.

Empowering 5,600 Indonesian Youths in 4 Years
After 4 years of starting our Holiday Program Indonesia, I am very happy to report that we have trained over 5,600 students in Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Solo, Semarang and Bandung. The results that our students have produced have been truly inspiring. Not only have they improved their grades after the IAG camps, many of them have gone on to win sports competitions, ASEAN scholarships and scholarships to top schools in Singapore like ACS (independent), Nanyang Girls High and Hwa Chong Institute.

Here is little tribute I have put up for some of my students who I am truly proud of.

An inspiring example is that of Matthew Hartanto. This is his testimonial.

My name is Matthew and I am 15 years old this year. I joined the SuperKids programme on December 2007 when I am still 12 years old. Before I join the programme, I have no self-esteem at all, even talking to stranger. I do not know how to manage my time so I would just spend them on things that i thought would bring me fun.  Learning would just be done when exams are coming near.

After the programme, I felt myself with a higher self-esteem and now talking in front of the public was not a matter anymore. I know how to succeed not only in school, but also in my life. And now, i was able to achieve  the 2nd rank for UN examination for my whole school camp, always in top 5 in my secondary  and get a school-based scholarship to Anglo Chinese School Independent (ACS) for 4 years.

Besides Matthew, I would also like to honour some of my other students who have achieved significant success after attending the ‘I Am Gifted!’ Camp.

Also a big congratulations to Sharon and Sanzen who won the ASEAN scholarship and Melissa who won the Nanyang Girls High and Hwa Chong Scholarship. Well Done Guys!!!

The Holidays Are Here Again
Well, the year-end holidays are here again! Not only will I be conducting the ‘I Am Gifted!’ Holiday Camp in Singapore, but I will also be conducting the Malaysia Holiday Camp in KL and Penang as well as Indonesia Holiday Camp in Jakarta, Medan and Surabaya to help more students realize their fullest potential.

Here are my tour details for the coming ‘I Am Gifted!’ Holiday Programme for Students ….

Singapore (Phone: +65 62740105)
22-26 November (age 9-13)
27-30 November (age 14-20)

Kuala Lumpur, 23-25 November
Kuala Lumpur 13-16 December
Penang 3-5 December

Jakarta, 19-23 December (age 9-13)
Jakarta, 18-22 December (age 14-20)
Jakarta, 26-30 December (Age 10 onwards)
Surabaya, 27-30 December (Age 10 onwards)


13 Comments so far

  1. Quang_VN on October 23rd, 2010

    Fist, I’m not surprising the result your program won in Indonesia. Why? Because I just read your books, I changed my life following the way I have aspirated as a child.(I want to be millionaire and I’m on my way now).( I guess I just know maximum 50% your talent skills which you inspire for your students). After reading this article, I have a dream: you bring you course to Vietnam, PLEASE!!! Vietnamese people have a better quality than others, in my personal opinion. Although TGM tried to translate your course to Vietnamese, I don’t think they can not promote your potential skills.

  2. Adam on October 25th, 2010

    Hi Quang

    Great to hear that you have benefitted from my books. Actually TGM is doing a great job providing the I Am Gifted! program for the Youth of Vietnam.

  3. Quang_VN on October 23rd, 2010

    You should know one thing: English is quite popular in HoChiMinh City and Hanoi City. Presently, there are no any difficulties if you want to bring your course to Vietnam. I’m now the best student in one foreign university where many international students come to study, not just Vietnamese. I could not do this if I did not know about you, and the source of inspiration as well as the skills I recognized from your books. I feed my mind and my soul everyday by your own language (I mean your advice; it’s in my mobile phone I read it as the first thing I do every day).I am sure I would be better if I have a chance to join your program, although I am quite elder now. Last thing, Adam, Please bring your own courses to Vietnam. This is my baggiest dream for my country at the moment.

  4. Wiliana Liandy on October 29th, 2010

    Hi Adam,
    After attend your preview at Singapore last week, my son is very interested and want to join your “IAG-Junior”. Will you please send me some information regarding IAG-Junior that will be hold at Jakarta, 19-23 December (age 9-13)?

  5. Yan on November 6th, 2010

    Hi, Mr.Adam.

    I’m really interested and want to enroll the “IAG-Senior Camp” on this coming december after attend your preview at Malaysia. Unfortunately, I’m currently facing some problems which I wish to further asking you via email.

    please reply asap. I’m looking forward to hear from you.

  6. Adam on November 8th, 2010

    my staf will contact u

  7. Yan on November 8th, 2010

    I have received those info ur staff sent to me but my parents not allowed me to join this camp due to the fees and transportation problem. I’m really really interested and I wanna make some changes that may affect my life and future! 🙁

  8. Daryl on November 9th, 2010

    Hey Yan,

    Honestly sad to hear that. I am a IAG Senior graduate myself and this program certainly has changed my life. I’m even a coach there now. But the $2400 my parents paid for the program wasn’t worth it at all. Damn it, it was worth MORE than the amount they paid. I can say that the benefits you’ll bring home from the program is absolutely priceless, and the wonderful thing is that the information they share is not top-notch and exclusive – most of the techniques and success principles they share can be found in books on the shelves of any average bookstore. But Adam and his group of wonderful trainers has made the experience so amazing. To top it off, it isn’t just life-changing… it was entertaining. Some people say a certain experience made their day, but I’ll say this program made my life (well, partly).

    I’m not saying that to spite you, but to encourage you to stay believing in yourself that you’ll be able to attend the camp. “There are no limits to one’s achievement, only the ones he set in his own mind.” I’m not sure if AKLTG actually allows financial assistance for their participants, but in one way or another, you will be able to attend the camp. I would gladly sponsor you if I had the financial ability to, but alas.

    Either way, I wish you the best of luck.

  9. Yan on November 10th, 2010

    Yea, I know because I can see that just by attending the preview of this camp. I’m really dissapointed and at the same time I feel so sad when my parents doesn’t allow me to join the camp!But then I hope I can persuade them and make it to the free Introductory Workshop on 13, 14 Nov or 20, 21 Nov.

    Hmm… but I still facing transportation problem even I success to persuade them to go… Between, I thought the fees should be RM4100?

  10. Min Yi on November 18th, 2010

    Hello Adam,

    Since I’m having my holidays now, I’m very interested in taking part in the I am gifted camp. After your talk once at the SEGI College in Malaysia, I got inspired but I’d like to know more about what I can do to change my life to be better. I’m 16 this year and will be sitting for SPM next year. I hope it’s not too late but I’m willing to give it my all for a better future. I do hope you get back to me on the info about the camp. Thank you! 🙂 PS : Your books are #1 🙂

  11. dieuhg on November 19th, 2010

    I wish I can meet and talk to you one day 🙂
    Best wishes for you >:D<

  12. Jinnee on December 19th, 2011

    I’m so depressed. I really wanna go to the “IAG Camp” in Surabaya on 27-30 december. Iam so sad, I really need motivation right now to do my IGCSE next year on June. But, my parents doesn’t want me to. Iam so depressed, I cried, I can;t control myself. I really need to get motivated for my IGCSE :”(

  13. Villas for Rent in France on December 3rd, 2012

    That’s great article which you shared, thank you very much for sharing and just keep it up.

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