Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Both schools require interviews. Cambridge will fly a couple of admissions tutors to Singapore and they will interview you (except for medicine - you have to fly there). Oxford has been doing Skype interviews of late.
Cambridge – 20 September if you want to be interviewed in Singapore. If you don't mind flying to Hong Kong or the UK, your deadline is 15 October.
Oxford – 15 October
Your UCAS application must be submitted by those dates as well. A little known fact is that you can add schools to your UCAS app even after submitting it. So you don't have to have finalized all your choices to apply to Oxbridge. Just make sure you write a decent essay, and later, once you've decided how to allocate your remaining 3-4 options, you can add them and your application will be sent to them (until UCAS's system-wide deadline somewhere in early January).
Also, do keep in mind that you can only apply to either Oxford or Cambridge, not both.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
So you’re a student who’s diligently studying their way through high school. You want to get into the top universities around. Here’s your plan: Get as many As as possible. Get as many 5s as possible. Throw yourself into a gazillion student leadership organizations. Participate in as many things as possible. Surely they’ll note my impressiveness and grant me a place.
Think that’ll definitely get you into the dream university?
You, and the other few thousand students around the world who think just like you, might want to think again.
Thanks to Fang Yi for finding and sharing this link!
Friday, April 1, 2011
- Write in reusable blocks. Many questions from universities are actually paraphrases of the same kind of question over and over again. Why do you want to do a particular subject, what's special about you, what have you done that's significant, why do you want to attend a particular university?
- Draft, draft and draft again. It's not uncommon to go through drafts numbering in the tens in order to come up with something that is remotely acceptable. This is one of the most important essays you will write in your life, and it pays to put in more effort.
- Make full use of help available. The College Counsellors exist for a reason, and you help them do their job by coming up with something to seek their advice on. I've never been turned away whenever I asked for help, and I daresay you won't be so long you provision ample time.
If all else fails, I've found that using Application Essay Generators helps. As part of the wide-spanning series of upgrades we've planned for CollegeTalk we've been putting together something like that based on our understanding of application essays. While we don't proclaim to be experts, and we admit that we did rush this out, you should be able to get a bit of inspiration. If at all, it should also help take some stress off the tedium of writing essay after essay with looming deadlines.
So how many of you did we manage to fool? Unfortunately there's no such thing as an application essay generator, though I'm sure we all wish one existed. Inspiration often comes from unexpected sources, so start early and keep at the writing!
Oh, and from all of us at NUSHSCollegeTalk, Happy April Fool's.