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    Now I genuinely had pretty ridiculous personal issues in my first AS year had below 50% attendance and got straight U's. Im now expected A*AB. I would like to think that i don't deserve to be discriminated against because as far as i can see most people who resit their year genuinely were just normal students. If anything I think the ridiculous improvement i made could be turned into a positive.

    At the same time, I don't want to come across as petty or like I'm seeking sympathy by arguing over it on my personal statement/uni interviews or whatever

    whats the best way to go about this? Should I just not mention anything and hope for the best or really argue my case so i don't get a more difficult offer
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    Now I genuinely had pretty ridiculous personal issues in my first AS year had below 50% attendance and got straight U's. Im now expected A*AB. I would like to think that i don't deserve to be discriminated against because as far as i can see most people who resit their year genuinely were just normal students. If anything I think the ridiculous improvement i made could be turned into a positive.

    At the same time, I don't want to come across as petty or like I'm seeking sympathy by arguing over it on my personal statement/uni interviews or whatever

    whats the best way to go about this? Should I just not mention anything and hope for the best or really argue my case so i don't get a more difficult offer
    Many universities don't mind resit candidates, but phone them up and explain your situation and ask whether it would be appropriate to mention it anywhere in your application. If they want some sort of reference made about your circumstances, unless they say otherwise, then get it put on your teacher's reference - don't waste valuable characters on your personal statement.Good luck!
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    No, it is the role of your tutor to explain your downfall.

    also, email universities to see whether you'll be at a disadvantage (it rarely happens unless you're applying for a vocational degree) since some unis will set your higher offers if they were to accept you.
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    My sixth form tutor explained that it's the best course of action to be totally honest and upfront, but in my case it was very relevant for me to explain why I retook the year as I am now a trustee for a charity of the person I lost during my exams in 2014. This might not be the case for you. You can always ask your referee to explain the situation rather than crow-barring it into your personal statement. From a personal standpoint though universities like to see character development; being given the opportunity to show that you are now a more mature and informed person because of a past mistake or a negative life experience isn't something all applicants get to do. That probably sounds callous but showing strength through weakness is, personally I feel, a great added element to an application. I don't think you should be worried about trying to win sympathy votes - admission officers would probably be impressed if you can somehow find positives in the wholly negative (like getting A*AB from U's, well done you!!)
 
 
 
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