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Hey, I received an interview for Biology at Oxford, and I currently have no support from my college etc and I don't know where to start in terms of preparation, is there any books that you can recommend I read etc or any indication of how to prepare it would be really helpful, thank you
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(Original post by MxMahmood)
Hey, I received an interview for Biology at Oxford, and I currently have no support from my college etc and I don't know where to start in terms of preparation, is there any books that you can recommend I read etc or any indication of how to prepare it would be really helpful, thank you
The main points are:
- reread your PS and make sure you can expand on what you have said (eg if you said you were inspired by a book on the evolution of Hox genes, make sure you can explain what a Hox gene is, and say something about their evolution!)
- expect to be shown a (photo of) a specimen like an unusual skull or fruit. Make sure you can talk about the some key aspects of the structure of such items and what that tells you about their function and ecology
- expect to be given some data and asked to interpret it eg correlate climate data with population structures or changes in altitude and body size
- they are not expecting you to simply tell them the answers to their questions, They want to understand how you think. So practice verbalising your thought processes as you work through any problems they set.
- try to treat it as a conversation; ask questions as well as answers

There are loads of online resources available. Here's some:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBWK_kxCq5M&t=227s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_N4RAkd4gk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn5INnXm21I&t=80s
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The main points are:
- reread your PS and make sure you can expand on what you have said (eg if you said you were inspired by a book on the evolution of Hox genes, make sure you can explain what a Hox gene is, and say something about their evolution!)
- expect to be shown a (photo of) a specimen like an unusual skull or fruit. Make sure you can talk about the some key aspects of the structure of such items and what that tells you about their function and ecology
- expect to be given some data and asked to interpret it eg correlate climate data with population structures or changes in altitude and body size
- they are not expecting you to simply tell them the answers to their questions, They want to understand how you think. So practice verbalising your thought processes as you work through any problems they set.
- try to treat it as a conversation; ask questions as well as answers

There are loads of online resources available. Here's some:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBWK_kxCq5M&t=227s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_N4RAkd4gk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn5INnXm21I&t=80s
Literal legend, thank you so much!!!
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Hey, I received an interview for Biology at Oxford, and I currently have no support from my college etc and I don't know where to start in terms of preparation, is there any books that you can recommend I read etc or any indication of how to prepare it would be really helpful, thank you
Hi! I also just got an interview for Biology, and I hope yours goes well
I went to this online interview session organised by Oxford and one of the biology tutors said problem solving and showing passion for the subject is very important They'll ask you questions about biological principals you're unfamiliar with, but what matters is how you attempt to understand them as opposed to being able to answer every question perfectly and straight away. They also like you to think aloud so they can see your thought process.
Someone said to also check what the tutors in your college specialised in be because if you bring up their specific field (in your personal statement for example) they'll be able to grill you lol.
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Hi! I also just got an interview for Biology, and I hope yours goes well
I went to this online interview session organised by Oxford and one of the biology tutors said problem solving and showing passion for the subject is very important They'll ask you questions about biological principals you're unfamiliar with, but what matters is how you attempt to understand them as opposed to being able to answer every question perfectly and straight away. They also like you to think aloud so they can see your thought process.
Someone said to also check what the tutors in your college specialised in be because if you bring up their specific field (in your personal statement for example) they'll be able to grill you lol.
Thank you so so much, I wish you the best in your interview
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Here's a recent presentation on Biology at Oxford I hadn't seen before, by Prof Seddon.

It has some very useful info about interviews after about 15'30"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VmPX8Nma1g
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