Published: August 20, 2014
Written by Alex for Tutor House
Applying to UCAS this coming academic year?
Some of you who will be applying to UCAS this coming year may be absolutely sure on the courses and institutions you would like to apply to. However if you are unsure then you can follow the below pointers to help you make your decision:
– What subjects do you most enjoy?
– What aspects of those subjects do you most like?
– What kind of Industry do you see yourself working in? For example, healthcare or finance?
– If you are unsure of the Industry you see yourself working in then ask yourself, what kind of person are you? Are you a people-person? Do you naturally like to help people? Are you good with numbers?
– Do you want to study away from your home City or do you like the idea of studying abroad?
– What type of institution would you like to study at?
– How long are you willing to study?
These are just a few guidelines to consider when applying to UCAS. Tutor House’s dedicated advisors offer consultation services.
Well first off, a ‘gap year’ is too long. There is no need to go away for a whole year. If you do, you must do something productive! A gap year is a fantastic opportunity to work somewhere unusual or inspiring. It’s really Important to grab this chance while you can. The options available to you are vast and sometimes confusing.
I would suggest this, do something worthwhile, if only for a month or so. Work in a school in Sri Lanka for example teaching English to young children. You get to interact with the local community, teach, organise activities and absorb the culture. It really is an inspiriting opportunity. You can’t to that on a ‘standard gap year’ travelling up the east coast of Australia. Other countries I would suggest are India and Nepal. You can work in conservation areas, work in schools or even shadow doctors in local hospitals.
Working is an absolute must in my opinion, of course working in a bar is fine, but it’s these more obscure and valuable gap years that you really must do.
The major benefit of these sorts of gap years is that they look fantastic on your C.V and at this stage, more importantly, your personal statement for UCAS. Universities love the fact that you’ve worked hard and set yourself goals. Also, even with a drop in university applicants, the competition for places is still fierce. The next person may have achieved ABB at A-Level, but if you’ve been teaching in Sri Lanka for 2 months and they’ve been on the PlayStation, you’re basically in they’re not!
The great thing is that the choices are endless; just make sure you take the time to way up all your options. Quite often students will need to retake exams, although initially when you get your results you’ll be upset, don’t, see it as a great chance to achieve something amazing. Re-sit your exams in January and then go away for 4-5 months. What a fantastic year. I would do anything to be there!
Volunteer Programs – This is a great opportunity to help out those less privileged. You have the chance to work in a local community. You can teach, work in an orphanage, and help to build new homes and community buildings.
Teaching English in a School – this is a fantastic chance to gain some amazing experience working in a school. You’ll teach English to children as a second language, working closely with them to read and write. You don’t have to be a teacher, you just have to inspire and build confidence in children.
Conservation Projects – These projects are great for people who wish to help preserve the environment. This includes turtle conservation and animal welfare.
Animal Work – This is similar to the Conversation projects, but is ‘centre’ based, working with animals including Horses, Pandas, Elephants and if you’re brave enough (and have insurance) Tigers. ‘Occasionally volunteers are asked to participate in research and help with providing medical care for the pandas. You will also have time to watch, photograph and become completely captivated by these cute, loving animals.’
Conservation and animal projects are a fantastic thing to do if you’re applying to do Veterinary Medicine or Science at University. The experience is priceless and looks amazing in your Personal Statement. A must.
Sports Programs – This again is a valuable asset to add to your Personal Statement and C.V. You have to opportunity to teach sport in a local community and in schools. You can combine a sports program with a volunteer program teaching sport and say English.
Top ten reasons to go on a gap year:
1) The experience – There are so many great things that can be gained from a gap year. Meeting people, experiencing different cultures, helping others and acquiring a huge sense of achievement, to name a few.
2) Teaching English in a School – Pictures speak louder than words.
Teaching abroad is a fantastic chance to gain some amazing experience working in a school, whilst really racking up some brownie points on the CV for university applications. Learn how to teach English to children as a second language whilst working closely with them to read and write. Teaching experience isn’t required, just a passion to inspire and build confidence in children. . It’s an amazing opportunity to help others.
3) Help Animals and Conservation areas to regenerate –
4) Goodbye parents and annoying siblings – enough said.
5) Build your confidence – a gap year is about meeting people, exploring a new country and learning different ways of life. All this will help to build your confidence and efficacy.
6) Travel – “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.
7) Learn a language – Plenty of people who go on a gap year are inspired by new ways of life and the new languages that they encounter. Picking up on local language and trying to learn it is a great thing to do.
8) Drop in university Applicants- University may not be for everyone! You may need some time off to have a think about University and whether to apply or not. It’s always good to have some time off to reflect and have a think about which career path to take.
9) Grow your hair like Brian May and grow a beard like Brian Blessed. You won’t have another chance!
10) Learn to be yourself and don’t turn into this guy.
We can organise a variety of different gap year choices that can strengthen your university application and are relevant to your chosen course. With the ever-increasing competition for university places (even with the current drop) it is always advisable to do something worthwhile in your year out. Tutor House is pleased to be able to offer students some exciting opportunities to volunteer in Asia
Tutor House has an extensive level of experience in helping students with their UCAS personal statements and helping students get into their top choices. Personal Statements serve as a great opportunity to show Universities why you would be a great candidate for the course and institution you are applying to and it can quite often be tricky to get right.
Here at Tutor House, we work with students on producing the best possible Personal Statements drawing on the student’s knowledge, experience and desired future ambitions for applying to their chosen course and institution.
A well thought out and structured Personal Statement is of paramount importance. At Tutor House we firstly try to understand as much about the student as possible ensuring that students are not excluding anything valuable which could be an important component in their Statement. This can be difficult to ascertain at first given that students can be unaware as to the depths of their own achievements and experiences and the positive portrayal of those life events in a Personal Statement. This is why we try to gather as much information as possible from each individual discussing extra curricula activities, work experiences and personal drives.
Thereafter, we will help the student formulate the best structure for their Statement delivering a maximum impact effect which will leave a lasting impression for the reader.