When I applied to university in the UK, I had no idea how the application process worked or who to ask for help. There wasn't much information online either.
So, I filled in my UCAS application, wrote my personal statement and got myself an ok reference.
But, I had totally miscalculated what the admissions tutor wanted to see in my application. My personal statement was boring and my reference didn't say anything helpful about my academic abilities.
The admissions tutor could have just rejected me. I was lucky she decided to give me a second chance in an interview.
DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO APPLY.
The main UCAS deadline is 15 January, but do you know what your options are if you do miss this deadline? Or, whether you may be able to apply as late as 30 June? Get the tips in Chapter 1.
DON'T CHOOSE A COURSE THAT DOESN'T MATCH YOUR GOALS.
A degree abroad is a big investment into your future. So, how do you make sure you only apply for courses that match your goals and aims? Find out in Chapter 2.
DON'T SELECT YOUR UNIVERSITY FOR THE WRONG REASONS.
Students love league tables—and most people pay attention to them, even when they say they don't. But do you know what the ranking criteria mean or how they're relevant to you? We look at this in Chapter 3.
DON'T THINK MEETING THE ENTRY GRADES IS ENOUGH.
What do admissions tutors look for in your application? Excellent grades? Sure. But, the more selective a course, the more requirements you have to meet. In Chapter 4, I share with you what they may be.
DON'T LET YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT FAIL YOU.
The personal statement can be the most important section in your UCAS application. In Chapter 5, you get a step-by-step guide for writing an impressive personal statement, complete with examples.
DON'T GET YOURSELF AN IRRELEVANT AND UNINSPIRING REFERENCE.
To get an admissions offer, you need a supportive reference. In Chapter 6, I share with you the typical reference mistakes applicants make—and how you can avoid them.
DON'T ALLOW THE INTERVIEW TO TAKE YOU BY SURPRISE.
If you're applying from abroad, you may not have to attend an admissions interview. But if you do, this is your chance to get an offer. In Chapter 7, you can find a list of interview questions and sample answers.
YOU'RE NOT SURE WHAT BREXIT MEANS FOR YOU.
You may be wondering what Brexit means for international students, and for your chances to study and work in the UK. In the Bonus Chapter, we run through the main developments since the Brexit vote.
Don't take any risks. Don’t make any university application mistakes that you can easily avoid with the right information and advice. This is why I have written this book. I hope you will find the insights and tips useful."
– Antoinette Turkie
The UCAS personal statement can seem difficult, I get it.
What do admissions tutors look for? Should you write about yourself or about your studies? What about your extracurricular activities and hobbies? And how many sections should you write?
This is why the longest chapter in the 7 UCAS Mistakes is the one dealing with the personal statement. The step-by-step guide and examples are meant to help you write the best personal statement you're capable of.
Get a summary of the tips to help you write an impressive personal statement.
Here's how you complete the UCAS online application from start to finish.
If you want to read the 7 UCAS Mistakes book, request I'm happy to send you a free copy. Get the step-by-step guide to writing an impressive UCAS personal statement and university application.
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