US, UK, Canada : Application Process

2018 1ère presentation

First – save this page as a favourite!  Have it open in your browser for every meeting. (Link for creating Safari favourites – https://www.dummies.com/computers/macs/mac-operating-systems/how-to-create-bookmarks-in-safari/)

Key Resources – November-December of 1ère

When Researching Universities (and Careers) – November & December 1ère

  1. For the UK – go to http://search.ucas.com/subject  to find what you are interested in.
  2. Then check the rankings using the Times University Guide (copies in Library). (Buy at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Times-Good-University-Guide-2019/dp/0008270368)
  3. For the US – buy the Fiske’s Guide or consult copy in library. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiske-Guide-Colleges-2019-Edward/dp/1492662097/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1539876743&sr=8-2&keywords=fiske+guide
  4. Possible careers – especially « job families » and « career quiz » links – https://www.ucas.com/further-education/find-career-ideas
  5. A word of warning:  we receive very few offers from and therefore you should think twice before potentially « wasting » choices at
    1. Scottish universities (e.g. St Andrews, Edinburgh)
    2. Durham

When Preparing for Meetings – Use these Links! – November-December-January-February

  1. Checklist – Click on this link: https://goo.gl/forms/MkkZfqWUVAZ4Ehv43 and fill out the form accurately.
  2. Applying to the UK – Overview – https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/ucas-undergraduate-getting-started
  3. Personal Statement Resources
    1. « Which » Resources – including ALL links on each of the following pages.
      1. https://university.which.co.uk/advice/personal-statements/10-things-not-to-put-in-your-personal-statement
      2. the  2 x videos (« staff read their personal statements » – at the top & « Dos and Don’ts » – near the bottom)
      3. the opening guide – https://university.which.co.uk/advice/personal-statements/personal-statements-the-killer-opening
      4. How to use your experience – https://university.which.co.uk/advice/personal-statements/personal-statements-how-to-make-your-work-experience-really-count
      5. Examples – https://university.which.co.uk/advice/personal-statements/examples-of-how-to-write-a-personal-statement
      6. How to write about hobbies (if at all) – https://university.which.co.uk/advice/personal-statements/hobbies-and-your-personal-statement
    2. UCAS Resources – 
      1. Watch the video at https://www.ucas.com/connect/videos/ucas?v=/personal-statements-finding-formula
      2. For your parents to read – https://www.ucas.com/connect/blogs/five-tips-preparing-ucas-personal-statement-what-every-parent-needs-know
      3. Make Notes Using: Prompt Sheet – Prompt Sheet – Personal Statement Brainstorming
        1. Producing a 1st Version: use ONE of the following options.
          1. https://www.which.co.uk/tools/personal-statement-builder/
          2. https://www.ucasdigital.com/widgets/personalstatement/index.html#/splash
      4. Read 2 of the most relevant Florimont personal statements in1ère Pack – print out, annotate showing how each one is made up of « experience-analysis » structure.
      5. Read the WHOLE of the Essex University PS guide
        1. you will include 3 x examples in your Meeting 2 presentation – 2 x « what to do », 1 x « what not to do »
        2. You MUST print out and complete pp4, 5 & 6 prior to doing your first version.
        3. You MUST read at least 10 of the 24 personal statements on pp10-35.

« Big Group » Lunchtime Sessions – Links

December – 1ère – Google Drive & Application Resources

    1. How to Create a Google Drive Folder –

https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2375091?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

 

May – UCAS & Common App – Required Viewing Prior to the Session

  1. Common App – https://www.commonapp.org/ready, CommonAppReady-QuickGuide
  2. UCAS help – https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/applying-university/filling-your-ucas-undergraduate-application
  3. UCAS Overview – https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/ucas-undergraduate-getting-started

When Meeting with Your Teachers to Help Them Write Their References

 

When You Get Offers from Universities – Terminale (January-February)

  1. If you are worried about being classed as « Overseas », ask the university to send you a Fee Status form.  Fill it out and send it back to them and they will tell you what fees you should pay.
  2. LSE, Kings (certain courses), Scotland, UCL (certain subjects) and PPE, International Relations and Politics courses are often slower to issue offers than others!
  3. Start thinking about which of the offers you should choose as your Firm and Insurance.  To understand this, watch https://www.ucas.com/connect/videos/reply-offers-how
  4. Some examples.
    1. Imagine your are a French Bac student and receive the following offers from universities: 15, 13, 14, 14.  Presumably the 15 is your « dream » uni and you hope you get the 15.  That is your Firm choice.  Let’s imagine you are confident of getting at least a 14.  Choose one of the 2 « 14 » universities – visit them, ask to see lectures etc – then select one of those as your Insurance choice.
    2. Another Bac example: you are holding offers from UCL, Exeter and York for 15.75, 14 and 12 respectively.  UCL would be Firm and then it’s up to you: either Exeter or York as an Insurance choice depending on how confident you feel about your exams or how you feel about the courses involved.  (York is an excellent university, so 12 represents a great opportunity to go there…as long as you visit and like what you see!)
    3. An IB Example: student holding offers of 32, 32, 32, 32 and 32!  The last university promises to drop to 30 if you make them your « Firm » choice.  You could try asking another of the 32 universities if they would drop to 30 if selected as insurance.  Why not?
    4. French Bac again – a student has offers of 16, 15, 15, 15.  16 is Firm and one of the 15s is Insurance.  Easy one!

When You Get Your Results