Category Archives for Applying to university

Oxbridge Interviews: what they're really looking for (Interview with the Admissions Tutor of Homerton College, Cambridge)

Oxbridge interviews are full of mystique. You hear alarming stories of things being thrown at candidates to see how they react. There are rumours of outright craziness from candidates like the time an Oxford interviewee was asked ‘What is courage?’. They replied ‘This,’ and walked straight out of the room. These stories can fill the […]

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Oxbridge Interviews: what they’re really looking for (Interview with the Admissions Tutor of Homerton College, Cambridge)

Oxbridge interviews are full of mystique. You hear alarming stories of things being thrown at candidates to see how they react. There are rumours of outright craziness from candidates like the time an Oxford interviewee was asked ‘What is courage?’. They replied ‘This,’ and walked straight out of the room. These stories can fill the […]

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9 Questions You’re Likely to Hear at a University Interview

This is a guest post by Eleni Cashell from WhatUni.com. Congratulations, you’ve submitted an amazing application and you’re through to the university interview stage. But now it’s time to prep… Here are 9 questions you’re likely to hear at a university interview, why they ask them and how to answer them… 1. Tell Me About […]

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How to write a Cambridge Personal Statement (Interview with the Admissions Tutor of Newnham College, Cambridge)

What should you put in your opening sentence? Do your AS grades matter? Do you need to have relevant work experience? How important is your further reading? These are all questions I’m asked all the time about personal statements. So, I thought the best thing to do would be to go directly to an Admissions […]

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Win help with writing your personal statement for university! (Watch the video and enter)

Are you applying to university this autumn? Yes! Then you’ll know you have to write a personal statement as part of your UCAS application. The trouble is, if you’re like many of my other readers, you’re finding this both stressful and difficult. Many of my readers have come to me with questions like: Where do […]

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I’ve got my AS level results. What now? (3 steps to forming a plan for success next year)

You’ve opened that dreaded envelope. You now know the truth that it contains. You’ve got your AS level results. What should you do next? Whether you were over-joyed with the results, got just what you expected or are horribly disappointed there are several things you can (and should) do now. 1. Work out what worked […]

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I've got my AS level results. What now? (3 steps to forming a plan for success next year)

You’ve opened that dreaded envelope. You now know the truth that it contains. You’ve got your AS level results. What should you do next? Whether you were over-joyed with the results, got just what you expected or are horribly disappointed there are several things you can (and should) do now. 1. Work out what worked […]

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How to get work experience for your personal statement

You’ve worked out what you want to study at university. You’re excited and relieved to have made that big decision. But now you’re faced with the prospect of writing your personal statement. Arghhhh! You’ve heard here and there that it’s a good idea to write about your work experience. But what work experience should you […]

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