Uni applicant diaries: heading to open days Going to university open days is one of the best ways to suss out whether a university or course is right for you – just ask our uni applicant bloggers... With open day season in full swing, don't leave home without an open day question checklist. "Make the course your open day focus" - Catherine Jones Over the last few weeks I have visited universities in Edinburgh, Loughborough and Nottingham, with the intention of studying either architecture, fine art or aerospace engineering. Even if you know which course subject you want to apply for, I would urge you to make this a priority. At each open day I've also made sure that I've checked out the various information stands dotted around and what facilities - both academic and extra-curricular - are on offer. My top tip for an open day would be to research it before you go and try to think of some relevant questions to ask the departments. "My top five open day tips" - Emily Chandler 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Next:
Learnhigher | Free teaching & learning resources for UK higher education Writing the Personal Statement Summary: This handout provides information about writing personal statements for academic and other positions. Contributors:Jo Doran, Allen BrizeeLast Edited: 2012-05-08 09:59:04 The personal statement, your opportunity to sell yourself in the application process, generally falls into one of two categories: 1. The general, comprehensive personal statement: This allows you maximum freedom in terms of what you write and is the type of statement often prepared for standard medical or law school application forms. 2. Often, business and graduate school applications ask specific questions, and your statement should respond specifically to the question being asked. Questions to ask yourself before you write: What's special, unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story? General advice Answer the questions that are asked Tell a story Think in terms of showing or demonstrating through concrete experience. Be specific Find an angle Concentrate on your opening paragraph Be meticulous.
Support for students ...we want to hear from you Tell us about your experience of using our new intranet pages. Did you find what you were looking for? Developing these intranet pages will be ongoing and, if you share your view and ideas, it will help us to continue to improve this important resource for the benefit of the entire University community. We also welcome your comments on university internal communications in general. If you have a technical question you can contact our IT colleagues as they are much better at that stuff than we are! Writing a personal statement Writing a personal statement is probably one of the most difficult parts of the UCAS application form. Many students will not have done much creative writing since GCSE, and even if you have, it's still very hard to write about yourself. We've produced this short guide on writing a personal statement to help you with the process. Just read through it, follow the steps, and you should soon have a rough first draft in place. However, if you feel you need a little extra guidance, check out our personal statement editing and critique services. OK, let’s start with the basics... We suggest you have a pretty good idea of what course you want to study before continuing much further with your personal statement. Generally, personal statements are quite specific so if you decide to change the course you are applying for you would need to rewrite your personal statement. If you’re still uncertain as to which course you want to apply for, take a look at our page on choosing a degree. Next... UCAS advice
eLanguages.ac.uk - study skills toolkit The Study Skills Toolkit The Study Skills Toolkit is a comprehensive set of interactive learning resources for developing students' academic study skills for higher or further education. It comprises over 90 items (70+ hours of study) and can be used by students for independent study or by teachers in the classroom. It is aimed at English first language speakers. The Study Skills Toolkit consists of five folders. Our Toolkits use HTML5 and therefore are accessible from PCs, laptops and tablets. Applying to a UK University « British Universities in Brunei Association Before making an application The application process for most UK Universities is usually similar in that you apply via UCAS for undergraduate programmes and directly to the University for postgraduate programmes. However, the application process may differ from university to university so we advise you to check this on the University websites. Before making an application, you should spend time researching the University and the course to ensure it is the right choice (see “What to consider…” section, below). Remember, each University provides a unique offering and you need to decide which course and environment is best for you! In addition to your course/institution research, you should also prepare your supporting documents (e.g. academic and English language qualifications, academic references, etc) and a personal statement. Being fully prepared will ensure a faster, smooth-running application process. What to consider when choosing a UK University? Undergraduate Applications
Study skills for international students — University of East Anglia This course looks at some of the key skills that international students need in order to be successful at a UK university. It is special because of the way it has been produced. Our English language and study skills teachers at INTO UEA surveyed and interviewed students who had already successfully completed a course and progressed to study at the University. We asked them about the things that they had found most challenging when they started their university programme. Over the four weeks of the course you will hear top tips from international students already studying at university in the UK. Each week there will be videos, articles, quizzes and discussions that will help you develop your study skills.