3 tips for applying to a University (Oxford)

If you want to study at Oxford, you should read this tips:


1. UCAS Application:
  • Know your deadlines and look at the ‘UCAS dates for your diary’ on UCAS website – there are a number of different deadlines throughout the year, so make sure you know when your application needs to be submitted by.
  • Do research into your ideal subject, type of course and location – you are making potentially your biggest decision to date, so be sure you choose something you’re passionate about in a location where you want to live. Thorough research is vital.
  • Attend an event open day – it’s always a great idea to get a feel for a campus and town or city before you apply. Seeing the area firsthand is always a good idea as it will give you a genuine feel for a place.
  • Finance and support – this can be a complex subject so understanding what you’ll need to pay and what’s available to you is really important. Fees, loans and budgeting are just some aspects you will need to consider.
  • Writing your personal statement – think about how you can make it stand out from the crowd. There are lots of tips on writing personal statements online and it’s often very helpful to get a parent or teacher to look over yours.

2. Tests:

1)Writing tips:

  • Writing- 1: Don’t carried away and overload your writing with too many obvious connectives and contrastives; if every sentence has two or three such words or expressions, then the writing can seem strained and artificial. Remember- you can try too hard as well as not hard enough.
  • Writing- 2: Write on alternate lines (leaving every second line blank) so that you have space to make changes when checking through your work.
  • Writing- 3: Always credit your sources in academic writing, even when you are referring to ideas rather than actually quoting.

2)Multiple Choice tips:

  • Psychological Warfare: Examiners can choose the same letter successively for the correct answer. After three consecutive answers with the same letter, many students may well start to feel confused and worried. Eventually, many candidates will start changing their answers simple because they don’t believe that examiners would have half a dozen of more questions with the same letter one after the other. They can and sometimes do; this is a real test of your comprehension and reduces the possibility of scoring by guessing.
  • Right word, wrong answer: With multiple choice comprehension questions based on a text, a simple trick is to take obvious and prominent words from the text and put them in an incorrect option. Seeing a word or phrase from the text is not enough; these questions are designed to test comprehension not recognition of a word from the passage.

3. Interview tips:

Above all, tutors want to see that you’re genuinely enthusiastic about your subject. Your application has done enough to persuade them so far, so try to just be yourself.

Tutors may ask you to expand on any claims you made in your personal statement which demonstrate your particular interest in the subject – any extra research or work experience you’ve done, for example – so make sure your statement stands up to scrutiny.

University of Oxford: ‘They are looking for evidence that you are thinking independently, that you are willing to engage with new ideas beyond the scope of your school or college syllabus, and that you are committed to your subject.’

5 things you should do after failing an exam

We all now how frustating is to fail an exam, so here are 5 tips of things you should do after failing it:


1. Recoup:


If you did fail or perform under your expectations, then talk to your professor. He or she will have the most perspective on what you did right and wrong this previous time, and tips for studying better for the next exam.

While classmates and friends can be helpful (and I believe you should also talk to them), no one has as much insight as your professor. That’s one reason to be friends with your professor.

Assuming you did study, show the professor exactly what you did and detail how much time you spent. This will give them more information to help you.

Also, try to find a top student in the class and ask them how they study. I will bet that they will be more than likely to give you some advice.

By the end of this process, you want to have answered these questions:

  • Have I studied the right material?
  • Did I study enough in advance?
  • Was I studing enough?
  • What could I do better?
  • Do I need to go to class more?

2. Relax, don’t panic.

First, take a deep breath. Then realize that you’re probably not the only one who did bad on that test and everyone does poorly on an exam at some point. Basically, don’t feel isolated in this circumstance, because you’re not the only one.

Everyone gets a bad grade at some point in their life. It can feel like the end of the world, but don’t worry! It isn’t. You can come back from a bad grade, which is something that you need to remember:

  • If you need to take a little time to process the bad grade, that’s okay! Try to go somewhere quiet so that you can get those immediate feelings of panic and distress out of the way.

3. Decide how you’re going to deal with the grade.

You need to figure out what it is that you need to do to make that bad grade not affect you and your overall grade. You may need to focus on studying certain things, you may need to get a better feel for what your teacher wants from you, you may need to spend more time studying.

  • See if you can make-up work and then make sure that you actually do your make-up work. You want to show that you can improve from a bad grade.
  • Work harder and work differently. If a style of studying isn’t working out for you, change it. Try out other things. Ask your professor for the best way to study in their particular class.
  • Actually do your work. This may seem like a very obvious idea, but plenty of students are shocked to find out they don’t get A’s just for showing up to class. It’s about learning, so make sure that’s what you’re doing.

4. Try to ask for help.

There is no shame in needing help! Tons of students never take advantage of the help opportunities available to them, especially in college. You can use all kinds of resources to do better in your classes.

  • Get a tutor. If you can’t pay for a good tutor you can often find someone at your school who is in a higher grade and good at the subject you need help in. Ask your teacher or your school counselor if they can recommend a person or program.
  • Get help from librarians. School librarians are there to help you with researching topics and maximizing your learning and yet so many students forget to ask them for help. If you don’t know where to start research topics make sure you stop by the Help Desk.
  • Often, colleges have centers for Writing and Learning on their campus. This is a free service that offers qualified students to help you with a whole variety of subjects. They can help with essays, with research, and with studying.

5. Identify your learning style.

There are lots of different learning styles. One reason you might have gotten a bad grade is because you are having difficulty learning what the teacher is teaching you. This doesn’t necessarily let you off the hook, neither is it a reason to blame the teacher, but you may need to take your learning into your own hands.

  • If you’re a visual learning you prefer objects like graphs, charts, pictures, and seeing information. You’re better able to memorize and recall information. You tend to remember things better when they’re written down. You learn better in lectures by watching the lectures rather than listening to them.
  • If you’re an auditory learning you tend to retain your information through hearing and speaking. You prefer being told how to do things and then summarizing the main points out loud. You might concentrate better if you have music playing in the background.
  • Kinesthetic learners tend to prefer a hands-on approach to new material. You tend to be better in the maths and sciences and you’d rather demonstrate something than have to explain it. You also tend to do better with group work

Top 6 Reasons Why Online Schools Are Best!

Online schools education

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Whether you want to do a short course in your loved subject or you need to finish high-school which you dropped out off, now, there are no such reasons which you have been giving since years to complete the course. Online schools give you the liberty of studying from where you are. It allows you to go back to school without relocating or even thinking about your job. You can educate yourself right at the comfort of your home with good teachers.

So here we list you why choosing online schools are the best thing to do:

1. Online Schools – Anywhere and Anytime

Are you the one who loves to spend your holidays in a couch? Don’t worry, that is why online schools are best, you can access them anywhere and anytime you want. You need not get all dressed up to attend your school. All you need is an internet connected system. Whether you are on your couch or bed who cares? It’s up to you to decide when you want to study.

2. No Stress

That’s exactly everyone wants to listen. Yes, you need not stress yourself to fit in your course or classes in your daily schedule with all your work pressure. You can take classes as an when you feel like. Online classes let you design your classes according to your timings. How much is a relief that?

3. Quick Courses

Do you plan to use that months-long off you took from office to utilize for your studies and now wondering where will that 2 months be enough for a course? Do not worry, online education institutions will offer a quick course where you can finish your entire course in just 2 months or so depending upon the subject. There is always an option for an easy quick course as compared to regular year-long courses.

4. According to Your Budget

With all those high costing educational institutions across the world , online institutions offer the same education in much lesser price. Is it not a good thing to consider for the same degree and for a much lesser price that too at your convenience?

5. Best Tutors

Do not think that in online classes you miss those high profile professors or those highly motivating tutors. You will definitely have them all here too. Yes, online tutoring institutions offer guest lectures, seminars, and other interactive services. So you do not miss a thing in your course.

6. Value For Degree

The degree you get from any accredited online institution is valued same as the regular course. Gone are the days when people used to think that, these online courses do not have any value. In this fast paced world, now that more people are opting for online courses it is now valued the same as regular school degrees.

With all the above-mentioned points, it is also important to choose a good online education institution which plays a great role.  Having considered all the above points pursuing your higher education or simply continuing that half finished schooling is much easier now with the wide availability of online courses.

Middle School: I’m Not Ready For That

Getting ready for middle school

In less than 2 month’s my oldest son will be starting the 6th grade. He is a big boy now. He is in middle school. As parents we often wonder if our children are ready for the next step in their academic lives.  How many of us stop to ask ourselves if we are ready? How many of us stop to ask are we are ready for middle school?

This is a question I have asked myself over and over again for the past year and maybe longer than that. I’m not ready for middle school. I’m not ready for middle school. No matter how many times it is said it won’t change the fact that middle school will soon be upon us. Middle school is coming whether we like it or not. As parents the best thing we can do when we reach this point is smile, pray, and just gird our loins for whatever comes next.

What Comes Next?

For my husband and myself what comes next is making sure that our son knows about time management, organization skills, and how to avoid the pitfalls of everyday middle school life. What comes next for us as parents is we must get to know all of his teachers (5 or 6 for middle school students).  As parents we have to make sure that he balances his academic and extra curricular lives.  The biggest “what comes next” moment is beginning the process of learning how to let go. Our oldest is still a child.  After all he will only be 11 years old when he starts middle school.  But, he must learn how to be more independent and we must learn how to let him be.

What Must We Learn?

We must learn that we don’t have to park the car and walk him into school like we do with our incoming first grader. We must learn that we can’t worry about not picking him up exactly when school is out like we would with our incoming 4th grader. And, we must learn that we can’t fight all of his battle for him because if we do we will cripple him for life.

Is Middle School a Fresh Start?

Most students get a fresh start when they go to a new school.  Middle school means not only a new set of teachers but a new set of friends.  A new set of friends that also means a new set of parents. Luckily we aren’t going into this thing blind and our son is not going in without any friends. There are some other students from his elementary school that were admitted to the same special program.  One of his best friends since Pre-K will be in the program as well. We are good friends with some of the parents; which is a blessing, but nervous about the other parents we will soon meet. Middle school can be a fresh start for both students and parents.  A new beginning that opens up a wide world of opportunity.

What Do Parents Do Now?

Middle school creates a plethora of new opportunities for kids.  But, what does it mean for parents?  What do we do now?  As parents there are no right or wrong answers to this question.  There is not one list that is better than the other to guide us in what steps we must now take.  The best we can do now as parents to prepare our children for middle school is to be open.  We can be honest. We can admit that we really don’t know what to do.  The best we can do is try to stay informed and love our children as they venture of into the middle school world that is unknown.