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Many people end up getting a place at university through Clearing and it can be a daunting and stressful time. Below TSR users share their experiences from Clearing in 2010 and top tips for Clearing and Adjustment which you may benefit from if you are going through the process this year. Good luck and please feel free to add in your own experiences.


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The Clearing experience of CaroBoo

Username: CaroBoo

Age: 19

Were you expecting to go through Clearing?: Nope

How did you find the Clearing process?: It was a bit stressful to start with, going through the paper to find the avaliable places and ringing up all the universities, but after the first day it got easier ringing up and sorting it out.

What course did you end up on and what were your thoughts about it before you started?: Interior Design. I was originally aiming for interior architecture at a different university, however with the clearing course I do a bit of this so it is a wider angle and will give me more options at the end I think. Before I started I didnt really thing what it would be like, and didnt really research anything about the uni or course apart from what the tutor told me when we spoke on the phone sorting out my place.

How are things working out for you now - are you glad you went through Clearing?: I am glad I ended up where I am even though I was set on my original placement which I did not get. However now I am glad I got this place through clearing as I would not have known what to do if I didnt go to univesity last year.

Did you make use of any of the Clearing/Results Day resources on TSR? If so, which ones and how useful were they?: Erm, I cant really remember. But I read everything on here beforehand and it was how I found out about most of the information I needed for clearing I think. Such as how all the avaliable places were in the paper ect.

Do you have any tips or advice for people who may have to go through Clearing in future?: Dont worry about it too much. It can turn out even better than where you originally want to go. But I would advise a little bit of research on all the unis and courses when first ringing and asking about places. Make sure you know a little about the university when you start. However you dont have to know a lot as most of the tutors breif you and tell you about the place or course oon the phone when your talking through your offer.


The Adjustment experience of tannah

Username: tannah

Age: 21

Were you expecting to go through Adjustment?: no, i did better then expected and went though adjustment

How did you find the Adjustment process?: very good

What course did you end up on and what were your thoughts about it before you started?: theology and religous studies and i was glad

How are things working out for you now - are you glad you went through Adjustment?: I like the university and I AM GLAD I USED ADJUSTMENT

Did you make use of any of the Clearing/Results Day resources on TSR? If so, which ones and how useful were they?: N/A

Do you have any tips or advice for people who may have to go through Adjustment in future?: Adjustment is so new that if you are going to use it take in to account things like accommodation and area as factors and not just the university.


The Clearing experience of Greeko91

Username: Greeko91

Age: 20

Were you expecting to go through Clearing?: Yes

How did you find the Clearing process?: stressful, deffinately worth trying harder in my exams to avoid the hassle

What course did you end up on and what were your thoughts about it before you started?: Mechanical Engineering. I knew what to expect really because my choises were chemical engineering which is similar

How are things working out for you now - are you glad you went through Clearing?: I ended up in hull university which is actually really good and got a first in my first year. However, my first choise was newcastle which i would of prefered to be at.

Did you make use of any of the Clearing/Results Day resources on TSR? If so, which ones and how useful were they?: yes, just what the process was and how to make sure i get a place in some university.

Do you have any tips or advice for people who may have to go through Clearing in future?: Dont worry, just make sure you ring as many universities as you can, even if you dont really want to go to it, just so you have some backups, you will also spend hours on the phone so be prepared. also find out what to do about accommodation and deal with it as soon as possible.


The Clearing experience of nearlyyours1

Username: nearlyyours1

Age: 19

Were you expecting to go through Clearing?: No

How did you find the Clearing process?: UCAS on the day I didn't get the grades I needed for uni

What course did you end up on and what were your thoughts about it before you started?: Journalism - I wanted to do a post-grad in Journalism anyway, but I always thought doing it as a degree was less well looked upon, as it's more vocational.

How are things working out for you now - are you glad you went through Clearing?:I love my course, and my uni. I think this course is actually better for me than what I originally wanted to do, which was English. I'm really happy I went through clearing.

Did you make use of any of the Clearing/Results Day resources on TSR? If so, which ones and how useful were they?: No

Do you have any tips or advice for people who may have to go through Clearing in future?: Don't panic! Think calmly about doing a similar course, and don't look down on Mets.


The Clearing experience of goldenGAZE

Username: goldenGAZE

Age: 20

Were you expecting to go through Clearing?: Yes, i missed the UCAS deadline and so register to do clearing. I was lucky in that i knew weeks in advance that i was going to be in clearing but as you will found out in a bit...it didn't help much.

How did you find the Clearing process?: A TOTAL NIGHTMARE! I had prepared the day before a list of university admission department number that i would call and was sure of the course i wanted to do (Biochemistry). The first university i called was Queen Mary at 8:30am, i was told to call again at 9:00am. When i did call at 9:00am the lines were busy and i was in a queue for almost an hour, i was calling using my house phone and mobile and my mobile got through eventually. When the person on the other end of the phone picked up they told me they had no vacancies for biochemistry and put the phone down. Feeling disheartened i called up again, after waiting somebody else picked up and told me they DID have vacancies and took my details. Once they knew i had the required grades they took me to speak to a lecturer who gave me a mini interview. The lecturer told me they were impressed and would put me on a waiting list, i should find out if i got a place by 1:00pm. At 1:00, i called again and was told that i would have to wait a couple more hours, at this point i was becoming anxious because i wanted to know if i had the place or not so that i could get on and call other universities if i was unsuccessful. It wasn't until 5:30pm that i had found out that i was unsuccessful.I was upset because i had wasted a whole day on the phone only to get nothing out of it but i still had Friday. On Friday i called Brunel university, they told they had vacancies and that i should email them my results asap. I did that and when i called them up they told to call back later. I called back and was put on hold for an extremely long amount of time only to found out...again, i was unsuccesful. At this point i was distraught because they had given me an offer over the phone (unlike Queen Mary, Brunel actually said "yes we accept you" and i had told them my UCAS number and everything). They told me that they received my fax too late (even though i sent it straight away). Now i was left with no uni and the prospect of a 3rd gap year, it was too late to call any other universities and so i had to wait until Monday (which felt soo long away at the time). On Monday i called up every university i could, Kingston...full, Westminster...full, XYZ...full. I was going crazy, i didn't want another year out. Eventually i called UEL (a uni i've never hear of until now) and they fourtunately had a space and gave me an offer over the phone. I was still worried that i would be unsuccesful again so i must have called them up another 5 times to make sure they had my detailes (they even remembered who i was when i called lol, they told me that Track would take some time but i definately had a pace their for september). Although it was a low ranking university, i was just soo relieved i had somewhere to go come September.

What course did you end up on and what were your thoughts about it before you started?: Biochemsitry at UEL. I was mostly excited to go to university but upset at how low UEL was ranked but i had decided no matter the outcomes to work my hardest in my degree.

How are things working out for you now - are you glad you went through Clearing?:I've achieved all high firsts in my first year module and have now transfered to start my second year at Royal Holloway university of London. I enjoyed UEL a lot but felt that it wasn't the right atmosphere for me (most of the student got into UEL via clearing and thus don't really enjoy it here). I'm glad i went through clearing now as it has led me to get into Royal Holloway, a uni which i probably wouldn't have gotten into via the traditional route.

Did you make use of any of the Clearing/Results Day resources on TSR? If so, which ones and how useful were they?: Yes, i got the idea to make a list of all the number and buy a copy of the independent from Student room. I also used the forum to find out which uni's usually participated in clearing.

Do you have any tips or advice for people who may have to go through Clearing in future?: Avoid if you can, if not they keep calm and make sure you call universities more than once as different people give different advice.



The Clearing experience of Anon

Username: N/A

Age: 19

Were you expecting to go through Clearing?: I wasn't really expecting clearing. I thought my firm or insurance would have accepted me. I really thought I would have done well but clearly not. It was bit of a suprise.

How did you find the Clearing process?: I thought the process was really clear and easy to follow. I didn't really have any problems with it.

What course did you end up on and what were your thoughts about it before you started?: I applied for straight economics, but through clearing I got into Economics, politics and public policy. I wasn't really looking forward to it because I didn't hear good stuff and the uni or the area.

How are things working out for you now - are you glad you went through Clearing?:For me it didn't go too well, I decided to drop out and reply. I didn't enjoy the course it wasn't for me. Also I didn't really like the atomspshere/ area.

Did you make use of any of the Clearing/Results Day resources on TSR? If so, which ones and how useful were they?: I used the clearing list for Economics, thought it was quite useful.

Do you have any tips or advice for people who may have to go through Clearing in future?: Sorry to hear you're in clearing, it can be stressful but there are quite few courses/ unis that go into clearing. Also the process is easy to follow. So I hope it works out for you. :)


The Clearing experience of D24ist

Username: D24ist

Age: 19

Were you expecting to go through Clearing?: No, not really.

How did you find the Clearing process?: It was fine, there were alot of other choices and Universities I didn't even know existed!

What course did you end up on and what were your thoughts about it before you started?: Music and Arts Management: Before I started I originally wanted to do Performance but was no room left at the Uni I chose, so I was a little worried about how I would find it.

How are things working out for you now - are you glad you went through Clearing?: They're great! I love the Uni I chose and the course is so interesting, it doesn't mean I have to give up trying to be a performer, in a way I have an advantage now because I am learning about the Industry I want to get into.

Did you make use of any of the Clearing/Results Day resources on TSR? If so, which ones and how useful were they?: No

Do you have any tips or advice for people who may have to go through Clearing in future?: If you have to go through clearing, It's NOT the end of the world. I thought it would seem awful having to do it but it was fine and the people I spoke to were very helpful (even when it came to interviews, they were able to do them over the phone as I lived far away) and there will always be a place for you somewhere. I didn't get into any of my original choices of Uni, then when I applied to 4 through Clearing and did my interviews, I was accepted to all of them! So don't fear the worse!


The Adjustment experience of Vekeh

Username: Vekeh

Age: 19

Were you expecting to go through Adjustment?: No. I didn't really know that Adjustment existed until a week or so before result's day, and I doubted that I'd exceeded the offer of my firm.

How did you find the Adjustment process?: Entirely useless. I think I looked at ten or so different universities only to be told every time that the course was full, or be offered something loosely related (I wanted single honours English, but was only offered joint with a subject I had no interest in)

What course did you end up on and what were your thoughts about it before you started?: I withdrew and reapplied for 2011 entry.

How are things working out for you now - are you glad you went through Adjustment?: I'm glad I took a gap year as, for me, Clearing and Adjustment were a waste of time. I'm much happier this time round about attending univeristy.

Did you make use of any of the Clearing/Results Day resources on TSR? If so, which ones and how useful were they?: Only afterwards. At the time I didn't have an account.

Do you have any tips or advice for people who may have to go through Adjustment in future?: Don't rely on Adjustment, since it's extremely hit and miss (especially if you're trying to Adjust to a university that has AAA requirements, I wasn't able to find any with spaces). If you're at all worried about meeting your offer, check your results as early as possible. If worst comes to worst then you'll need as much time as possible in Clearing, as places go very quickly. And it sounds obvious, but don't start a course/at a university purely for the sake of avoiding a gap year - it can be fun!


The Clearing experience of JKGB

Username: JKGB

Age: 19

Were you expecting to go through Clearing?: No

How did you find the Clearing process?: Quite stressful, but rewarding once it was over.

What course did you end up on and what were your thoughts about it before you started?: I originally had a place on a Journalism course, but had a change of mind on results day and managed to get a place on an English course at the same uni.

How are things working out for you now - are you glad you went through Clearing?: Yes, I don't think I would have enjoyed the Journalism course.

Did you make use of any of the Clearing/Results Day resources on TSR? If so, which ones and how useful were they?: No, I was not a member of TSR then.

Do you have any tips or advice for people who may have to go through Clearing in future?: Plan in advance, research unis and courses you would be interested in and ask if they are likely to have any spaces, try to get on the phone to unis as quickly as you can but don't panic if you can't get through as they'll obviously be busy.


The Clearing experience of PandaFaerie

Username: PandaFaerie

Age: 19

Were you expecting to go through Clearing?: No

How did you find the Clearing process?: Very simple - had very little input from my sixth form.

What course did you end up on and what were your thoughts about it before you started?: Forensic Science & Neuroscience, I wanted the forensic component anyway, so I was quite happy.

How are things working out for you now - are you glad you went through Clearing?: Yes - much prefer my course now.

Did you make use of any of the Clearing/Results Day resources on TSR? If so, which ones and how useful were they?: No, no time.

Do you have any tips or advice for people who may have to go through Clearing in future?: Get in as soon as possible - ring everyone up at 9am the day clearing opens


The Clearing experience of shon3n jump

Username: shon3n jump

Age: 19

Were you expecting to go through Clearing?: No

How did you find the Clearing process?: Pretty quick and easy

What course did you end up on and what were your thoughts about it before you started?: Geography at Southampton, it sounded like fun I enjoy Geography and I was kinda desperate.

How are things working out for you now - are you glad you went through Clearing?: Absolutely the best year of my life.

Did you make use of any of the Clearing/Results Day resources on TSR? If so, which ones and how useful were they?: No it didn't even spring to mind

Do you have any tips or advice for people who may have to go through Clearing in future?: Do it early, I phoned up the Uni and secured a place hours before clearing technically began, it helps to be proactive


The Clearing experience of fran.ha

Username: fran.ha

Age: 20

Were you expecting to go through Clearing?: Yes

How did you find the Clearing process?: I already had plans to go elsewhere (back to college) so I was less worried, but I found the whole process quite easy, although very nerve-wracking! It was easy peasy though. I had been rejected on UCAS, and University of Kent has an online clearing process, so I just went through their online form, got a callback within 20 minutes offering me a place, accepted it that afternoon and noted it on my UCAS. It was all a very smooth and non-complicated process, except for accommodation which was a bit of a nightmare!

What course did you end up on and what were your thoughts about it before you started?: Multimedia Technology and Design at University of Kent. I tried to get on the same course at Brunel but was rejected, then tried them again through clearing and was still rejected. I was a bit nervous about starting because it all went to quickly, I ended up moving within 2 weeks of having gone through clearing. But the call from the Head of the department really helped put me at ease.

How are things working out for you now - are you glad you went through Clearing?: I am so glad. It really changed my life. If I hadn't gone through clearing I would have just finished my AS exams for the second time. As I went through clearing, I've now just got my first year results through, a First :) Without clearing my life would be very different, and probably a bit miserable.

Did you make use of any of the Clearing/Results Day resources on TSR? If so, which ones and how useful were they?: No, it would have been my number one resource had I prepared for clearing, but I only decided to go through clearing on the very morning of results day, whilst on holiday in Spain, and was pressed for time.

Do you have any tips or advice for people who may have to go through Clearing in future?: Life is long, I know people say its short but when you consider the fear of having to take a year out if you don't get a place you realise how many years you still have ahead of you! Don't be put off that courses are in clearing are going to be really bad. My course is excellent and has got my great job prospects (including interning for a huge company in the City) so it really doesn't hold you back being a clearing student.

The Clearing experience of ChrisBontnewydd

Username: ChrisBontnewydd

Age: 19

Were you expecting to go through Clearing?: No

How did you find the Clearing process?: My experience of clearing was slightly different to most others, since I intentionally went into Clearing. I found it really simple. I missed my firm offer and got accepted at my insurance. After calling up my firm to discuss, they gave me two options: I could reapply next year and get a guaranteed interview, or there was another course I could attend that they were affiliated with. Eventually, I got a call from a tutor at the affiliated uni, and they said they would be willing to offer me a place immediately (he knew the interviewer and had a copy of my file). I decided to visit the university and I was happy with it, so I called up my insurance to get released into clearing, and got a place on this course.

What course did you end up on and what were your thoughts about it before you started?: I ended up on a course in Medical Sciences at Glamorgan. I initially thought of the course as just an alternative way into Medicine and decided I'd be willing to spend 2 extra years as a student.

How are things working out for you now - are you glad you went through Clearing?: I'm now very glad I got onto the course. This course has smaller class sizes and will be an extra degree on top of the MBBS I'm hoping to get. It also allows entry into the 2nd year of Medicine at Cardiff (my original firm offer) after completing the degree.

Did you make use of any of the Clearing/Results Day resources on TSR? If so, which ones and how useful were they?: I read a lot about the process on TSR before results day, and I'm glad I did. It meant I knew exactly what to do in Clearing, rather than having to work out for myself what to do.

Do you have any tips or advice for people who may have to go through Clearing in future?: It's always advisable to call up your original firm and insurance offers. They may not be able to let you onto the course, but they will often give you good advice. Ask them about any alternative courses at the uni or an affiliated course at another uni - there may be an alternative route into the career that you overlooked during the application. On results day, be willing to scrap your plans for the night - I ended up travelling to Cardiff on results day (which is 4 hours away) and staying over for 2 nights so I could visit the university.

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