Thinking of Applying to Oxford or Cambridge?Watch
This is to point out Oxbridge resources for applicants
NO DISCUSSION PLEASE
My name is Oxford Mum (not really) and I am just a volunteer who likes to help people who are aiming for either uni.
The best place to start is the Oxford and Cambridge applicants threads
There are even threads for the parents, if they want to meet likeminded adults:
Here's the Oxford Parents Association:
And the Cambridge Parents Association:
I am keen to help TSRians get into Oxford and Cambridge. I started off by writing a book with hints on getting into Oxford. I called it Oxford Demystified:
There are links to articles, videos and comments from the tutors themselves, outlining what they are looking for in a student (and even what they are not looking for!
Even better, there are chapters written by the students themselves (including my own children) about how they got in for their particular subject, resources used, how they aced the admissions tests, techniques for doing a great interview (but not interview questions). See if you can find a chapter on your subject! At the end, if you have a question you wish to ask the chapter writer, ask them a question and tag them in!
There are also sections about choosing a college (though you can make an open offer if you want to) with all the websites and video. Also there are links to state school schemes, if they will be running in years to come.
Over time, I realised that Cambridge applicants wanted the same thing, so I set up Cambridge Demystified:
Cue more fantastic chapters written by students/offer holders, which have been viewed thousands of times. There are also Cambridge specific chapters on colleges and Cambridge state school schemes.
Will be back this evening with more useful TSR links and Oxbridge info.
See you later!
Click on this and you will see a section near the top called "uni guides". There is a drop down box called "find your uni".
Scroll down the list of unis until you come to "university of Oxford". Press enter. You will end up with this little treasure trove:
Right at the top of the page, there are blue links to the application procedure and interviews.
Further down there is a dark blue section with the Oxford logo. All sorts of great links can be found here! You could look at:
How to choose a college
College pros and cons
A week in the life of an arts/science student
Clubs and societies
Pubs, clubs and bars
There are also subject pages (but not for every single subject). Here's the Human Sciences on I clicked on, for example:
which college offers your subject (important for Human Sciences, as not all colleges do)
Suggested background reading
Entry requirements (grades)
FAQs and links to further information
This is what I found when I clicked on Exeter College
Here you can find such essential info as
How much drinks cost (not sure whether this is up to date or not)
and an interactive tour with photos.
Oh, and check out that chapel!
Right at the bottom of the dark blue section there is a link to personal statements used to apply to Oxford.
History of Oxford uni
How the university is organised
On the right of the page there is general contact info and stats
Links to various institutions (such as Pitt Rivers museum)
And at the bottom, pros and cons of the university.
You may find out that the question you have been dying to ask has actually already been answered a week ago! If so, click on that particular thread.
If not, on the bottom left hand side there is an orange "post new thread" button. Click on that and you can start your own thread and hopefully someone will answer your burning question.
Here's a page on Cambridge slang (which I didn't know existed:
Law at Cambridge
I could go on all day!
Here's the link:
And here's the link to Cambridge medicine admissions statistics:
TSR is great for medical information. There are actual doctors giving advice on the threads! Here is the "Am I good enough for Medicine Angst thread"
The Which medical school should I apply to thread:
For Law, the average Oxford applicant has 5.2 A*/8/9s. The average law offer holder has 8 or 9 x 8/9s
Grades 8 and 9 are seen as the same by Oxbridge.
Cambridge law statistics
The TSR Law Data Extraganza (2019)
Law Degrees: Common Questions & Misconceptions
LNAT Preparation for 2020 entry
Studying Law at University - Ask Me Anything!