Our student blogger, Emily, has great advice for narrowing uni offers and revision

Monday, March 14, 2016 11:00 AM

Firm and insurance uni choices

I assume that most Year 13s who have applied to university have now heard back from most, if not all, of their chosen five and are well on the way to deciding what’s going to be their firm and their insurance choices. On the whole, your firm choice will have higher grade requirements than your insurance offer, so that if you don’t quite make the grades then you still end up at uni!


However, this might not always be the case. If your lowest grade offer is for your preferred uni then pick it!! Going away from home may be a scary leap for many of us but you need to be as comfortable as you can be, so definitely choose the university that comes closest to all of your requirements, be that employability, course content, grades, year abroad, and so on…


Make the uni choice that best suits YOU!

You may remember my last blog post talked about applying to Oxford; since then, I have changed my mind and made Imperial my firm choice; yes, I have turned down my Oxford offer. Why? Because, for me, I preferred the course content at Imperial and I really want a year abroad as part of my degree, and Imperial guarantees that for me. In the end it was a no-brainer.


Another thing to add is to not be scared of your ‘favourite’ university because of the grade requirements. If the offer is for grades a little higher than you feel comfortable with, then still go for it! You still get an insurance offer and there is a lot of help out there.


Which brings me onto the second half of this blog – REVISION TIPS.


Help with Revision

Now, I’m sure some of you may have started revising a while back, but others, like me, may be thinking – ‘I’ll start after this half term’, ‘I’ll start after Easter’, and putting it off. So I thought I’d put together a few tips to help you get started;


                  Set yourself ‘homework’: by this I mean give yourself a deadline to do a past paper, or some text book questions and have a revision homework session every week to start off with to ease yourself gently into the process.

                  Use your frees wisely: now is not the time to be playing card games, going downtown or posting Instagram pictures in your frees; utilise the time you have in a school environment and do some reading or a few past paper questions. Maybe get a friend to quiz you on things?

                  Get organised: make a revision timetable and try to stick to it. Some people may find it good to have each session specified for a specific subject/module whereas others may benefit more from a weekly timetable and specific slots just labelled ‘revision’ so you can pick and choose the subjects as you need to.

                  Don’t assume you’ll do well: getting close to 100% in your mocks doesn't mean that you can slacken off ahead of the real exams. If you do the best you can with your revision, then when results day arrives you’ll know there was nothing more you could have done. But if you don't put in your all, and then don't do as well as expected; you’ll regret it.

                  Don’t pull all-nighters: what’s the point in staying up to revise if you're nodding off in the exam? You still need to get enough sleep – and don’t forget breakfast!

                  Don’t reward yourself with Facebook; or Twitter, Tumblr or anything else. We all know that your ’10-minute break’ will end up as an hour-long one. If doing the 20 minutes revision, 10 minute break tactic works for you, then stay off social media and use the break to get some fresh air, make a cup of tea or read a book to take your mind off revision.


Another little tip before I go is, if you can’t sleep because you're too nervous before the exam, then think over processes for the exam to send you right to sleep! For example, ahead of my biology exams I think through the processes of photosynthesis and respiration; then I’m being constructive and asleep in no time!!


Hope this helps. Good luck to you all.



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