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University Application Workshop 2013

Launch day presentation for Year 12 students applying to university in 2014
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Nick Atkins

on 9 June 2014

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The British School University Applications Workshop 2013
What do we do?
How do we do it?
Tutor
Study Skills teacher
Head of Sixth Form
Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Your Tutor:
Discussions during Tutor time 8.00 - 8.15
Monitoring sessions 7.45 - 8.00am
Reference writing
Liaising between you and your teachers
University application checklist
Recording your application progress
Study Skills:
Structured lessons with time dedicated to university applications
Instructing you on how to complete UCAS/CA/other applications
Checking your progress
Careers advice and future plans
Developing your ePortfolio and integrating with university applications
Head of Sixth Form:
Co-ordinating and monitoring your overall progress
Final application checks
Reference writing
Producing transcripts and testimonials
Future planning - undergraduate and beyond
Liaising with tutors and teachers
To launch the
University Application process
for all Year 12 students.
We offer you dedicated support, tailored to your needs.
June 2013
- University Applications launch date!
Understand the processes thoroughly.
Start seriously working on your applications from today. Set aside time for this purpose.

Consider:
The kind of learning environment that best suits you.
Personal Learning style.
Location - big city/rural setting?
Starting personal statement/personal essay.
If at all possible you should be looking through videos and online guides about how to fill out your applications.
Oxbridge,Dentistry,Medicine or Veterinary Science students have already started their applications months ago. No harm in
you starting yours now too :)
August 2013
- Examination results obtained
(Thursday 15th August)
When you receive your results, you need to consider very carefully what you may be studying in Year 13.
Your results will have a strong influence on your choice of university but it is important to plan ahead and think about possibilities at this time.
You may need to make an appointment with HOSF or I might even call you!
Term 2
Term 3
Term 1
Term 1 is the most important term for most applicants as it is the time when most of the work is done.
Most applications will be completed during this term.
Dates and Deadlines:
Decide where you want to study as this will affect the type of application process you go through and the support we can offer you.
Start narrowing down your search as soon as possible.
Speak with your family, teachers and friends.
UCAS - Common App. - Other
Possible interviews: Online and face-to-face.
Receiving offers.
Making decisions - confirming offers.
Preparing for University Life - Study Skills.
Keeping tutor up to date.
UCAS track.
Emphasis on completing your exams, however final decisions may still need to be made.
Practical issues with your chosen university such as finance, housing etc.
Applicants for universities other than UCAS and CA might still be applying at this stage.
What do you do?
The way you approach the application process in the coming months will, to a large extent, determine your future.
So from here on in the choice is yours but consider carefully your options and understand that the application process is not to be taken lightly.
Outside of your exams this will be the most stressful thing in your life.
UCAS
Common Application
Other application processes
Online application system for all UK universities and colleges
All universities receive the same information but do not see who else you have applied to
Up to 5 choices only
Simple to use and navigate
Online application system for approximately 400 universities in the US (25-30 added each year)
Does not cover all US universities
Universities receive the same information
Each university sees who you are applying to
Up to 20 choices (recommended no more than 10!)
New system CA4 still not available to view
You will need to sit SAT examinations
You will need a transcript (see example)
Application systems vary from country to country, university to university
1000's of institutions
May be online or may be a paper application
You may apply to as many universities as you wish
More difficult to manage as the application process relies heavily on your own knowledge and research
You need to be well organised and know what you are doing
You may apply using any of the three methods however each process takes up a very large chunk of your time.
Out of a typical week you will be expected to spend a significant amount of time on your applications.
Your future is
YOUR responsibility!
One of the most important
decisions you will ever make.
Our goal is to help you keep on track, stay focused and help you through this difficult and time consuming process.
So....
Get working on this from today
This is your future and your responsibility
Spend quality time on your research
Personal Essays
for
tertiary applications
Your personal essay should be exactly that — personal.
your hopes,
ambitions,
life experiences,
inspirations.

Take your time.
Be open. Be reflective.

Find your individual voice and express it honestly.

Two thirds subject, one third interests
and activities


What will make the admission´s tutor throw your statement in the bin?
CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM

BUYING MY ESSAY ONLINE

UCAS COPYCATCH
BOREDOM


Always start with an original sentence. It will take at least 20 attempts.


CLICHÉS

WORK EXPERIENCE WAS TOTALLY..
BEEN THERE DONE THAT
I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT...
EVER SINCE I WAS A CHILD..
IT IS MY DREAM.....
I WANT TO BE A DOCTOR TO HELP
I AM A VERY KEEN STUDENT..
ALL THE WAY THROUGH MY EDUCATIONAL CAREER...
Difficult to read.
18,000.
POOR GRAMMAR, SPELLING, PUNCTUATION.

TTYL, KISS, YOYO, YOLO, TIME, RAK
How do you want to appear to
the admissions tutor or faculty
member?

Break from the herd.

Looking through the glass....

Summer vacation.

Overcoming.
Your successful essay:
has been checked.
has an original opening.
is well structured.
is in your voice.
is in Standard UK English.
presents you as a successful
and committed learner.
presents you as having clear goals
2 day I've got TIME cos of RAK
and I want to KISS. Now YOYO as I
think YOLO CU SWAK
TTYL HAK>

Dual applications can create immense pressure,
so think very carefully what this might entail...
Realistic Applications...
Advice on Applications:
1. Personal Information
All Applications will ask similar information:
a) Name, dob etc (preferred first name)
b) Email address - what does your address say about you?
Commonalities
chewbaccawacka@hotmail.com
GlamourBBprincess@yahoo.co.uk
Davidathotmaildotcomimeanyahoodotcom@hotmail.com
PsychoSuzy@aol.com
J.Bloggs96@gmail.com
Use something simple and stick with it.
c) Working mobile/telephone numbers
Read the help/support
files to get this right in
your application.
Personal Essay: CA
250-500 words
Personal Statement: UCAS
You can enter up to 4,000 characters (this includes spaces) or 47 lines of text (this includes blank lines)
Example: "Evaluate a significant experience, achievement or risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact upon you."
"Outside of school" is not English!
"I have vastly enjoyed" - Hyperbole!
I'm, I'd, I've - just do not do it - formal
"Eva sinse I went their..."
"..my from tutor."
Jaded, tired, arrogant, immature,
thoughtless, inexperienced?
Workshop 1: Take on the role of admissions tutors.
You decide who gets in to your university and who doesn't.

Workshop 2: Working in pairs thinking about what makes you special! (ahhh) - brainstorm
Part 1
Part 2
General Information
Role playing workshops
Plenary
So what have you learnt today?
Keepers....?
Can we name three things ------->
Weepers......?
Thumbs up, down, hmmmm?
Feedback
Tutor workshops?
Understanding general structure of how university application is organised at the BSB?
Donuts?
3 Year BSc (possibility of 2nd year abroad)
ABB (Geography/Geology and a Science/Maths)
Environmental Geography at York
Past and predicted academic achievements
Contextual data
Any certified AS qualifications available to see
Skills, interests, motivation and interest
Strong academic university
Rated 8th in UK
Strong sporting tradition
Campus in walking distance of historic city
Example – York University
Take initiative
Leadership/management skills
Organisational skills

You need to try and stand out
Leadership background
Extra-curricular
Sports/hobbies
Social/academic clubs
Volunteer work
Work experience

Universities want you to be active
on campus and fit in
Socially
Results you have already obtained
73% universities said very important
Current course
Suitable for course you wish to follow
Predicted grades
School reference
17% universities said very important
Personal Statement
Academic background
A good match for what they offer
Academically
Socially
Extra-curricular
Leadership skills
2. What are universities looking for?

In 2011 - 1477 applicants and 257 offers (about 1 in 6)
No formal interviews
Key skills
Practicals
Lab and project reports
Oral presentations
Essays
Exams
Data analysis
Part 1
Advise on results day
Advice of final preparations before leaving for university
look at information to help prepare you for your move to university
Visa information
University housing & housing insurance
Travel and transport
Discount cards
Banking
Managing on a budget
Personal safety
Look at preparation for a university interview
Provide examples of questions you may be asked and preparing an e-portfolio
Run a mock university interview with you
Look at types of offers universities make
How you get your offers and reply to those offers
What you do if you change your mind after you send in your application
There are lots of sources of information to help you write your own personal statement/essay:
UCAS Site (UK)
Studential.com (UK)
Common Application Site (USA)
College board (USA) – including information on SAT’s
Canadianuniversities.net
Caneducation.com
University websites and prospectuses
The Complete University Guide
The Guardian University Guide
Ranking sites – World and UK (Times, Guardian)
Books in school
Teaching staff
Friends and family
Oversubscribed university courses
Not all universities interview applicants
To help them to decide who to offer places to when students have the same grades and predicted grades
To ensure that you have the qualities needed to do well on that course
This is one of the most difficult things you are asked to produce
But exceptionally good practice as
Letter of applications for jobs involve this
Study Skills lessons will provide you with some of the time you need to:
Continue to research possible universities
Complete sections of the applications
Work on your personal statement

But you will need to devote a significant amount of your own time to you application
The application process
Preparing for an interview
Practical issues

Look at the writing of personal statement
Offer help and advice for the drafting of your personal statement
To offer additional advise on what to include in your personal statement
Offer help and advice on your university applications
Show you the sources of information available to help you e.g.
Most universities have a section on their application form where they ask you about your:
Interests
Work experience
Why you want to study that course
The rest of the study skills programme is designed to help you prepare for this next stage of your life.

If you are suited to the course that they are applying for.
If you have the necessary qualifications and qualities for the course.
If you are conscientious, hardworking and unlikely to drop out.
If you are able to cope with the demands of the course.
If you can work under pressure.
If you will be able to adjust to the new environment at university.
To see what your communication skills are like.
If you will be dedicated to the course and if you have researched it thoroughly.
If you have a genuine interest in the subject and a desire to learn more about it.
If you are up interested complete the form and hand it to me at the end of this session.

Information to be included
Name
House
Reason/s you want to be a house and why you would make a good house captain
Highly organised
Responsible
Self motivated
Committed
Able to lead
Able to shout very loudly
Skills needed
Assist Head of House with organisation of house events
Help run house meetings
Motivate members of house
Help with organisation and running of rewards trip at the end of the year.
Job description
Wanted
Two enthusiastic 6th Form Houses Captains
1 x male and 1 x female
6th Form House Captains
Help
We want you to be prepared for what's coming....
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