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I've been offered an interview at Cambridge to read history and would appreciate some support! All advice is helpful so any thoughts just let me know.
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Hi,
I've been offered an interview at Cambridge to read history and would appreciate some support! All advice is helpful so any thoughts just let me know.
Vicky xx
Hi Vicky,

While I'm not applying for history, this is the general approach I'm taking for my subject:

- Re-read any texts you have referenced in your personal statement as that is a natural starting point for discussion.

- I would check out your college's advice on History interviews (it may be on their website or referenced in their email to you). Each college interviews differently.

- Watch the interview guidance videos. One aim of the interview is to get an insight into your thinking and so you need to 'think aloud' to demonstrate your thought processes. https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....ing/interviews

- Revisit the History Tripos information to remind yourself what in the course particularly interests you. https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/prospective-undergrads

- If time allows, look at the history faculty resources and their suggested reading for course preparation (you won't have time to read it all now but you might find a useful pre-interview read which links to your personal statement/interests plus will give you an idea of useful summer reading in preparation for starting the course). https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/prospecti...gested-reading

Good luck!
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Have you checked out the mock interviews on YouTube. They have them for lots of subjects. In addition many colleges have links to mock interviews from their websites.

With respects to prep, make sure you know your personal statement inside out and are comfortable discussing any of the elements you mention on there. (As an example, saw an interview in St Catherines in Summer and PS included the statement that the candidate had read a micro-history. This lead to a discussion on the value of micro-history, what it can offer that 'traditional' history cannot. Also the shortcomings of it vis a vis traditional history. The point is a more detailed discussion and branch off anything in your PS)

Ensure you have re-read essays submitted and as above are comfortable discussing any element of these.

I know it is easy to say but the main thing is to relax, ensure you articulate your thoughts and be prepared to extrapolate on ideas as asked.

Good luck!
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