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    What do you look for in UCAS references from teachers? Would you advise a Cambridge-specific reference be sent?
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    (Original post by new1234)
    What do you look for in UCAS references from teachers? Would you advise a Cambridge-specific reference be sent?
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    Don;t send a Cambridge-specific reference. The UCAs reference, like the PS, should be aimed at maximising your chances at all your choices. That said, we like to get a sense from your school and teachers of how suitable they think you are for studying this subject at a highly-selective university. Comments about your ability, attainment, potential and work ethic are therefore welcome and it can be particularly useful for us to get a sense from them as tto how highy they regard you among your peers/past applicants (best physicist in the year; usually in the top third of English students; as good a Mathemtician as our experienced Maths teacher has taught in 10 years etc.)
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    Don;t send a Cambridge-specific reference. The UCAs reference, like the PS, should be aimed at maximising your chances at all your choices. That said, we like to get a sense from your school and teachers of how suitable they think you are for studying this subject at a highly-selective university. Comments about your ability, attainment, potential and work ethic are therefore welcome and it can be particularly useful for us to get a sense from them as tto how highy they regard you among your peers/past applicants (best physicist in the year; usually in the top third of English students; as good a Mathemtician as our experienced Maths teacher has taught in 10 years etc.)
    I've just read the reference my teachers have written so far and it's absolutely shocking - there's so many grammatical and spelling errors, and I think one teacher's copy and pasted a paragraph for everyone because he put 'his' instead of 'her' :s Would this jeopardise my application in any way?
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    I've just read the reference my teachers have written so far and it's absolutely shocking - there's so many grammatical and spelling errors, and I think one teacher's copy and pasted a paragraph for everyone because he put 'his' instead of 'her' :s Would this jeopardise my application in any way?
    Ask them to change it or in my case my tutor is changing it for me!
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    Ask them to change it or in my case my tutor is changing it for me!
    Ahh I'm planning on it but worried after I ask them to edit it they'll redraft it and will still have mistakes, and it will just be a continuous loop! Plus there's not much time left before the Oxbridge deadline! Want to know if a badly written reference will give me a disadvantage in any way :s
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    (Original post by gcsemusicsucks)
    I've just read the reference my teachers have written so far and it's absolutely shocking - there's so many grammatical and spelling errors, and I think one teacher's copy and pasted a paragraph for everyone because he put 'his' instead of 'her' :s Would this jeopardise my application in any way?
    No, your applying not your referee. If you’re unhappy with it, then ask them to correct it.
 
 
 
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