UCAS Advice…

What is UCAS? Enquire

UCAS is a charity that processes applications to study full-time courses at universities, colleges, and conservatoires in the UK. UCAS’ aim is to help students make informed choices that are right for them, and thus provide useful information and guides on the application process.
UCAS have provided information videos for both parents and students that are available to view on our Advice for Parents and Student pages.

How a personal tutor can help…

We can provide tutors that can help individual students across the university and higher education application process. A good personal statement highlighting a potential student’s unique outlook and skill set is the first step to being accepted by the university or higher education facility your child has chosen.

A personal statement has a limit of 4,000 characters, so it is paramount that a personal statement is focused, relevant, shows the individuals positive attributes and strengths, as well as being clear and concise.

It is always good for a student to ask for advice or get a parent or teacher to look over their personal statement, however a personal tutor can advise and help a student write their personal statement right from the beginning of the process. Our tutors know what university admissions are looking for, so can direct a student in the right direction from the first step, through multiple re-drafts to their final draft and application.

Top tip:

A good personal statement:

• don’t waste the 4,000 characters

• use clear, plain English

• avoid clichés

• be original – UCAS’ software scans all personal statements for plagiarism

• redraft multiple times until it’s right

Essay or dissertation support…

This can be valuable for students at university level who may need additional support in marshalling and presenting information. The determining principle in such situations is always that the tutor provides guidance, feedback and support to the student.

A personal tutor can help a student feel prepared for upcoming exams, provide support with coursework and final dissertation; whether it be through short-term tuition prior to an exam, focusing on intensive revision, organisation, great study tips and a boost in confidence. Or long-term tuition that can help drive significant academic improvement across the course of a degree, instilling a work ethic, which can ultimately help work towards a student’s self-reliance, and provide a foundation in-order to achieve their long-term goals.

You can also take a look our Top Ten Study Tips for a good head start.

For further information or to enquire about personal tuition or how our tutors can help with university application please complete our enquiry form to provide us with all the initial details required, or feel free to call on 0800 862 0603.

Some information from the 2018 Which? and UCAS guide – All information correct at time of writing.