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What to think about this month - April 2015
In this month's newsletter: revision, offers and just about everything in between...
Are you starting to feel the pressure of exams? If so asking that
question, probably doesn't help. But healthy pressure is a good thing to
get the right grades to for the uni or job you want. Whatever it is,
you know these ones count. Luckily Push
has revision tips and advice to get you through this tough time. It's all going to be ok.
If you're in year 12
If you're in year 13
In the news
If you're in Year 12
Unless universities start using the
eenie-meenie-miney-mo method of trawling through applications, we’re
stuck with grades, exams and revision. No fair.
However, the up-side is that you have complete control over
getting these right, right? So don’t just work hard, work smart. One of
our top tips for revision
is to work out what works for you personally. What gets your cognitive
cogs ticking? It all depends on what kind of learner you are. To put it
bluntly, are you a seer, a hearer or a doer?
• Seers: Not fortune-telling witches from Harry
Potter, seers benefit from images instead of endless pages of text.
Think you’re a seer? Make posters of key points and put them up around
your house where you’ll see them regularly. We recommend gluing them to
the front of the fridge, on the wall opposite the loo and directly over
the TV screen.
• Hearers: A hearer remembers notes by reading
them out loud or hearing them. Pester your family or a friend to sit
and read your work to you. If you can stand the sound of your own voice –
then you’re weird. Only joking, you’re very lucky, because you can make
recordings and listen to them while you’re out and about.
• Doers: Learn by practice, practice and a bit
more practice, otherwise known as doing, doing and more doing. Doers are
itching to stop listening to the teacher and give it a go themselves.
Doers are going to get the revision into their heads by doing exercises,
or trying the theory out for themselves. A great way of doing this is
by teaching a friend what you’re trying to learn. It’s a win-win, they
learn about biology and you remember the facts. Don’t expect them to be
round yours for a sleepover in a rush again though…
If you have no idea which of the above you are, try them all. Want more revision tips? Check out more expert advice here.
But getting into uni is about more than just grades. Entry
requirements are only a rough guide. Some people with the right grades
don't get a place, while others who don't get the results, still get
in (often because they've got something else to offer).
Some unis advertise lower grades than the ones you actually need
in practice (to make themselves seem more accessible). Others bump up
the necessary grades in public, perhaps to try to attract a higher
achieving kind of student.
Many unis will take a creative attitude to the qualifications of
students from non-traditional backgrounds (such as mature students),
especially if you've got other experience that counts for you, like a
job or volunteering. And most will use your personal statement as a way
of filling in the gaps between your grades and allows them to get a
sense of your personality. A few do interviews or even have their own entry exams. The possibilities seem endless.
If you're in Year 13
If you’ve heard from all your unis, have made your decision, and told
them: Then you’re done with the application process for now and you can
put all your effort into making sure you get your grades
or meet any other conditions your acceptance choices unis may have asked for.
If you’ve heard from all your unis and still have to make your
decisions, you naughty little devil, playing hard to get. Seriously
though, you've got just a few weeks
to weigh up your options and accept the best for you (one 'firm' first choice and one 'provisional' back-up
) and tell the rest thanks, but no thanks. The deadline is 6th May
. If you missed any of our tips on sorting through offers, you can catch up here
If you’re still waiting to hear from some of your unis: don’t
panic. You should hear from them very soon. If you applied on time,
they're supposed to have let you know by the end of March
but sometimes, they just take a bit longer. At this stage though,
you're well within your rights to give them a nudge and ask them what’s
taking so long.
Money, money, money…
you’ve got the majority if not all of your offers in, you’ve probably
started thinking about how you’re going to pay your way through the next
3, 4 or even 5 years. All a bit confusing? Not quite sure where to
start? Eek. You could start to calm your nerves by taking a look here to see if you could get any free money. Yes, free money.
The European funding guide helps students across Europe find out if they are eligible for a grant (the free money we were
talking about) and how to go about getting your grubby mits on it. If
the finances are still troubling you after that, check out advice from
our friends at Bright Knowledge. Better still, tell your teacher to get
one of us from Push to come in person for one of our Student Money and Budgeting presentations that put the fun into funding. Maybe not, but they are a laugh.
Compare unis around the world. Your way.
tables tell you very little about what different unis would be like for
students to study there — especially the international ones. They
usually just look at how good their research is and for first-time
students that's very much a side issue.
the past couple of years, Push has been working with a number of
partners from all over the globe on a major international project
called U-Multirank that
allows you to compare the world's unis according to what matters to
you. Because everyone else's idea of best may not be yours. This month
new data's been released and now U-Multirank has over 1,200 universities to compare.
Free courses to explore subjects or buff up your personal statement
Push's friends Future Learn are
the UK's platform for MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses). A MOOC is a
free course, run entirely online, with no pressure. You just study want
you want, just because you want to. If you study and stick with a MOOC,
it shows real passion for the subject and marks you out from the other
faceless UCAS or job applications.
range is brain-boggling: the Secret Power of Brands, Fiction Writing,
Causes of War, Football, World War I, Introduction to Dutch — you name
it. Courses range from 3 to 7 weeks long and 3 to 5 hours work per week
and at the end you get a certificate to show you finished. They run
outside term-time so they won't interfere with your studies. And the
best part? They're completely free.
Seriously, take a look and see if there's anything you want to sign up for starting in June.
Revision driving you up the walls…?
Have you ever really wanted
to pass an exam? Worried that if you fail, that’ll be it, the end of
your educational career as you know it? Ever thought how much easier it
would be if you could just find a good way of cheating? Probably not as
much as these students and their parents.
parents in India climbed the walls of their children’s school in order
to pass the students answers to their test. Their happiness and relief
was short-lived, when police showed up to arrest the parents and
students. All a bit extreme, perhaps. Make sure you don’t need
acrobatic parents with the help of our revision tips.
Your vote adds up
the next election looming, you’ve probably been taking a look at the
stops being pulled out to secure your vote — such as Labour’s idea of cutting tuition fees to £6,000 a year.
argue it won't make a difference, because the only people who'd end up
repaying the difference in debt between £6,000 fees and £9,000 fees are
the graduates who end up earning the most. Even so, Labour argues, it'll
mean a lower debt against your name and, even if you can't repay it
all, it'll be less of a burden on the taxpayers of the future.
worry though about whether the money they'd lose in lower fees will be
made up by the Government. Labour says it will and the unis will
definitely be trying to hold them to it.
For more money tips and advice, have a look here. And if you're going to be 18 on May 7th and haven't registered to vote yet, don't miss your chance. Register by 20th April.
Resist the resit? Why?
this talk about exams, revision, results, blah, blah, blah, has got you
a teeny tiny bit worried, you aren’t the only one. First, remember
you’re already one step ahead of some because you have us. Push and
their revision tips to the rescue. And secondly, we’re also here to help
if it all goes wrong, and for a lot of people, resits are the way to
However, re-marking costs up to £48.60, parents, students and teachers have been speaking out against the charging of resit examinations. A pretty worthwhile cause, when you consider those who can’t afford remarks could be missing out on being part of the 45,000 students whose grades get bumped up.
Last updated on: 14 April 2015