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Revision tips for a study/life balance
Useful Revision Tips to Maintain a Healthy Study/ Life Balance

April 5, 2016

It is so important, when studying, to ensure that you make time for yourself. Particularly in the lead up to your exams. Revision tips to help you balance work and play. The pressure to spend all your time revising means juggling a social life while remembering to also put some time aside for yourself and all the extracurricular activities you enjoy can be challenging, and we tend to feel guilty for having ‘fun’!

However, it is important to make sure that you do set aside time just for you, even during the revision period. As long as you remain focused and organised when you do sit down to work, there is no reason why you can

As long as you remain focused and organised when you do sit down to work, there is no reason why you cannot spare some time to relax and break away from studying as well. In fact, doing so will actually help you work more efficiently. You give yourself a break, have some time to relax and therefore remain stress-free while still feeling like you have your revision under control. 

So how do you maintain a healthy and happy study/ life balance? Here are some great  revision tips to help you achieve this:

1. Manage your time

Whether it is in the lead up to the exam period, or simply juggling your day- to-day study tasks, make sure you manage your time well. 

Take time to ensure you know what you have to get done each week and schedule in the right amount of time to achieve this. Having a diary will help – be it a paper diary, or one on your tablet or phone. Here you can log assignments, as well as any other commitments you have such as sports practice or arrangements with friends. This will enable you to easily see what you have on during the week, and any deadlines that are coming up so that you can manage your time accordingly. 

At the end of each week make sure your diary is up- to- date for the next one, then you can see exactly what you have on, and what free time you have, to set aside for enjoying extra-curricular activities. 

2. Give yourself goals

This is particularly helpful when it comes to revision. Make sure that you carefully plan your work. Firstly figure out your end goal, and then set targets for yourself each week to ensure that you meet them.

A well-thought out revision plan that you know you can stick to will save you worry, stress and any last minute cramming. You will also feel great every time you achieve one of your goals, or complete your work for the week, meaning you are allowed to do something fun to reward yourself! 

3. Go easy on yourself

It is very tempting to give yourself more work than you can realistically take on. 

Remember, you are only human, and while working efficiently and productively is important, if you give yourself an impossible amount of work to get through, not only will you have no free time to enjoy yourself but you will also end up feeling disappointed and deflated in the process. 

Be realistic about the amount of work you can and need to do in any given week. Remember if you give yourself too much you are more likely to rush through it to try and get it done, end up feeling stressed and frustrated, and the quality of your work or revision will be much lower too.

4. Prioritise

When you are studying and working towards your exams and deadlines you do have to make some sacrifices. Working hard to achieve your goals are important, and it may be that you cannot fit in all the extra-curricular activities that you used to be able to while still finding the time to study effectively

If you do have to give things up, think about what is most important to you and make sure you make time for that. Making little sacrifices here and there will free you up so you can make sure you have plenty of time to get all of your work done, and still have time to do the things you love. 

5. Get help

When trying to juggle your study and social life remember that there are people around you who will be happy to help and support you.

If you know you are struggling with a particular subject and feel it may take up too much of your time then you can talk to your teacher or parents to see how they can help.

Hiring a professional tutor to coach you through difficult subjects, or to assist with your revision or study in general can be a great help, and mean that you have more free time to take part in activities that you enjoy. 

By following these handy revision tips there is no reason why you can’t have a healthy, active social life as well as keeping up with your studies. 

Careful planning and organisation as well as remaining focused when you do work will make sure that you feel fully prepared and stress-free come exam time. 

We hope you like our Tutor House Tips!

Best Free Apps To Help Organise your Revision

March 2, 2016

We hunted down some of the best free educational apps out there to help keep you on top of your revision this term.

Revising has never been easy and for anyone trying to revise in this day and age with all the technological distractions floating around, we understand how hard it can be to rip away from procrastinating your study time away. However, you can in fact use technology to your advantage and rather have it as your ultimate study partner.

Stay on the right track: Stick to using relevant apps that will help you progress with your revision, hopefully by the end of this article, your phone will at least have one productive page, and will look less like the one on the left and more like the one on the right.

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

Save every PDF your lecturer sends you, directly into Adobe Acrobat Reader, allowing you to view them from the app anywhere even without Internet connection. Allowing you to brush up your revision slides anywhere from the bus to the bathroom.

Additionally the app allows users to annotate the PDF they are viewing as well as highlight sections for later. Finally with Adobe’s Acrobat Reader you can export a PDF to Word, PowerPoint or Excel.

Why we like it: Because of the offline functionality of the app as well as the flexibility with modifying existing PDF files.

Get it from: iTunes


Dropbox

There has probably been a time in every person’s life where the platform they have just completed their work on has failed to save the file. That, or the horrific scenario of accidentally deleting your work and discovering you don’t have a backup. Contrary to every teacher’s belief it does happen; Toy Story 2’s completely rendered file accidently got deleted and was luckily eventually recovered from the technical director’s personal computer.

Thankfully you can avoid those situations with the help of Dropbox. Not only is it available offline, you also get 2 GB free with Dropbox’s standard account (this can be upgraded to more with a subscription fee). Dropbox also supports 55 different file formats, so you can backup everything.

Why we like it: Peace of mind of having your work backed up, and the convenience of always having access to your precious files, even if you forget your USB.

Get it from: iTunes


Google Drive

Google Drive does exactly what Dropbox does but works seamlessly well with Google Documents. Plus, you get 15 GB of free storage rather than 2 GB. However we recommend both apps, as having two backups never hurt anyone.

Why we like it: Peace of mind of having your work backed up, and the convenience of always having access to your precious files, even if you forget your USB and the large amount of free space provided with the standard account.

Get it from: iTunes


Google Docs

Available offline, and for a range of devices, Google Docs enables you to make any last minute changes needed to any assignment regardless of where you are. Alternatively you can use the offline feature to simply flip through notes.

Additionally you can chose from an array of templates when creating your document so you can effortlessly design anything from your CV to your dissertation cover to a project proposal. Finally, once done you are given the option of saving directly to Google Drive or sharing the file.

Why we like it: Works across all devices seamlessly, allowing you to efficiently work between  your mobile, desktop or tablet.

Get it from: iTunes


Google Slides

Similar to Google Docs, Google Slides is also available across most platforms and devices, for free. Google Slides also has a variation of templates to choose from. Alternatively however, you can design and create your own slides.

Again, once done you are given the option of saving directly to Google Drive or sharing.

Why we like it: Works across all devices seamlessly, allowing you to efficiently work between  your mobile, desktop or tablet. As well as having a large variation in pre set themes to choose from.

Get it from: iTunes


Google Sheets

Google Sheet’s set templates are possibly the most useful of them all, with templates allowing you to create anything from a 2016 calendar to a to do list.

Finally, once done you are given the option of saving directly to Google Drive or sharing.

Why we like it: Works across all devices seamlessly, allowing you to efficiently work between  your mobile, desktop or tablet. As well as having a large variation in pre set themes to choose from.

Get it from: iTunes


Eidetic

Is an app that uses ‘Spaced Repetition’ to help you remember anything. You enter what exactly you need to remember then set how often you would like the app to test you.

Instead of trying to force yourself into memorizing something immediately, the app will help you remember over a set period of time. This is a relatively stress free technique of remembering something so you are more inclined to remember it in the long run.

Why we like it: A unique approach to aiding in recalling information.

Get it from: iTunes

Gero Time Management Companion

The app that will end the hour-long study sessions that in reality is ten minutes and put an end to the two-minute study breaks that are actually half an hour. You can choose your ‘sprint’ length as well as your break length and the app will notify you exactly when you are due a break.

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Why we like it: An effective time management app 

Get it from: iTunes


Spotify

For those who find revising with music on in the background Spotify has a wide range of ‘Revision Playlists’ so you don’t end up procrastinating while creating the ‘perfect’ playlist.

Why we like it: The perfect app for those who find listening to music helpful when revising. Plus with plenty of ‘Revision Playlists’ already available you won’t end up spending hours creating the ‘perfect’ playlist.

Get it from: iTunes


LinkedIn

A good social platform to establish yourself on before you graduate.

Why we like it: The app to give you an understanding of what industry professionals are doing and how they got there.

Get it from: iTunes

If you are interested, book a private tutor in London .

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What are the Best Jobs of the Future?

February 3, 2016

Which are the best jobs that we should be encouraging our children to get ready for now?

The employment landscape is constantly evolving. And with new technology and advances across many business sectors, what were once considered the best jobs may now not offer the opportunities they once did.

Of course there are many different factors to think about when thinking as parents or teachers about the kind of careers advice we should be giving our children. Obviously, earning a good wage is crucial, but job satisfaction and aptitude and passion in your position in an organisation are also extremely important and needs to be considered further.

Research has indicated that jobs considered both reasonable ‘safe’ and lucrative such as banking, law or stockbroking may not remain so in the future. Think about it, 10 years ago who had heard of a Social Media Consultant? Now, opportunities in all kinds of social media are becoming some of the most popular, highly paid and most sought after roles.

By the year 2030, the entire job market may well have changed. Experts who predict what the most sought after jobs will be have suggested that we may see a demand for increased farming as food will become more scarce, and thus coming up with ways to produce a greater volume of crops more quickly and to save space while doing so will be important. Evidence of an aging population in the UK also suggests that jobs in the healthcare sector may become more popular, particularly those focused on improving the health and well-being of the elderly.

Doctors, nurses, physical therapists, home health aids, and pharmacists are also likely to be in greater demand. Of course this demand will be for a mixture of highly skilled and lower skilled workers with those who are higher skilled enjoying greater financial rewards. Maths and the sciences (particularly biology) are important to get onto appropriate courses in medical care.

Information technology is another career choice that is only likely to become ever more popular and exciting as time goes on. Huge leaps have been made in this field over the last decade and with plenty of IT businesses thriving as well as the continual investment into improving information technology, this sector will continue to grow and grow.

Renewable energy is another sector that is gaining more momentum. While our oil and gas resources are not exhausted yet, there has been an increased urgency to find alternative and reliable energy sources before this happens, making specialising in alternative energy a wise career choice. Mechanics and plant managers as well as scientists and engineers will all be required and not only will they become a desirable and lucrative jobs in the future, dedicating ones time to help save the planet is also likely to give great job satisfaction too!

Marketing, advertising, content creation and roles relating to social media are all also careers for the future that are likely to be in high demand. There has been a greater need to encourage creativity in the classroom in recent years, and certainly if a student has a creative streak, encouraging the development of this is constructive. Businesses are always looking for new ways to market their products and services and the ability to write or to come up with and realise exciting and unusual ways to do this is, and always will continue to be profitable.

Of course, it’s commonplace for a person to have several careers throughout their working life. As opposed to 20 years ago where people would remain in the same position or company until retirement, the current trend is now to move jobs every few years. Businesses offering good career progression and new and interesting opportunities for their employees are likely to see a lower turnover whereas those that don’t will find employees are more than happy to jump ship in favour of a better offer.

Equipping children with the right skills for their chosen career is important. However, while having specialised knowledge has its advantages, those with a good overall education and the ability to learn and adapt to new situations and climates are likely to be in the best position to attain the most desirable jobs overall.

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Top Apps & Browser Extensions to Help Overcome Procrastination

January 22, 2016

Staying organised and managing time is easily one of the trickiest things to master in life and technology can either help with this or completely destroy your time management abilities. So, to help avoid the latter we have compiled some of the most useful (and free) browser extensions, apps and mobile apps to help you stay on top of things and stay flawlessly organised. 

Chrome Apps to Overcome Procrastination

It’s probably happened to everyone, needing to read an email but not having a functioning Internet connection to do so. Never find yourself in or avoid ever ending up in that predicament ever again with Gmail Offline available for Google Chrome.

Another ingenious Chrome App from Google, take note visually with Google Drawings.

Work entirely from your browser and do away with having to continuously having to hide and reopen programs on your computer with; PowerPoint Online, Excel Online and Word Online.

Never, ever lose your work again and back it up on an online drive. OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox are all great platforms that support virtually every file type and offer a substantial amount of free storage.

Chrome ‘New Tab’ Extensions

You would never think that your ‘New Tab’ could serve as a distraction, but those frequently visited sites are just innocently sitting there and you’re not at all tempted to click on and reopen Facebook, no not at all. So refresh your ‘New Tab’ page with a ‘New Tab’ Extension to ensure you avoid all possible temptations.

Momentum has a very personalized feeling to it, not only does it show you the time and weather in your local area, it also allows you to create a custom to do list. The backdrop image for the extension changes throughout the day, showing very tranquil looking places throughout the world along with a motivational quote at the bottom of the screen.

WunderlistWunderlist developed by Microsoft, allows you to turn your ‘New Tab’ page into one giant to-do list. It features a text field to allow you to create your to-do list as well as a quick link to your Google Chrome Apps.

Currently is very clean and simple  app thats shows you the current weather, a five-day forecast and time in your local area. Although it does not feature a custom to-do list function it still takes away from the distraction of your current ‘New Tab’ page. It is also fairly customizable and allows you to set the text and background colour.

Chrome Buttons

The time you spend browsing Facebook is directly comparable to that last five minutes before getting out of bed. It will not feel like five minutes, it will feel more like one. The Toggl button for Google Chrome allows you to track your time spent online. You can view all your tracking in your profile as well as set an economic value to projects you are currently working on, so you can see exactly how much time and money you have wasted. Toggl is also available for iOS and Android.

IOS and Android Apps to Stop Procrastination

Gero Time Management Companion set the amount of time you want to spend on a task and when you want a quick two minute break, it will continually notify you when you are due a break and when you need to get back to the task at hand. Ultimately it is the perfect tool to help you manage your revision breaks.

Eidetic is an app that’ uses a technique called spaced repetition to help you memorise anything’. So in reality it’s one of the best apps to get addicted to.

Now, go forth into the world and stay (relatively) procrastination free.

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The Importance of Promoting Creativity within Schools in the UK

December 8, 2015

The Importance of Promoting Creativity within Schools in the UK

Every child has the ability within them to be creative, and this may manifest itself in many different ways. The role of the teacher is crucial in providing a safe environment where a child feels as though they are able to express their creativity, explore it, and understand its significance too.

It is only in recent times that creativity has been understood to be a noteworthy part of a child’s development, and research has proven that creativity is a useful tool for expression, and for understanding one’s own thoughts and feelings, as well as those of others.

Creativity however cannot just happen in its own accord, it needs to be coaxed out, to be cultivated, and it is the role of the teacher to encourage and allow time for that to happen with each and every student.

Why is creativity so important?

How can teachers learn to promote it as part of their standard teaching practice?

1.Emotional development

Creative expression in a child, and in fact in an adult, is often catalysed by a surge of emotion. Younger children often express their true emotions through play: it helps them explore the world around them, test boundaries and gather evidence to make sense of their surroundings.

With older children, encouraging creativity can lead to expressing emotions and opinions through art projects, music, theatre or any other creative outlet that may otherwise have been kept under wraps. Those who can express their emotions in this way tend to be happier and freer as a result.

2. Communication

Creativity can be used as a tool to communicate with others, and to have a shared experience with a person or people that we might not otherwise have connected with.

Communication, empathy and understanding between students is so important. Creating a classroom environment where there is plenty of opportunity for shared learning, group problem solving, and innovative thinking will get students opening up to one another, helping one another and connecting to one another through a shared creative experience.

3. Future opportunities

In recent years the job market has changed, there has been a significant shift in the job market, where a creative person is preferred to someone with a specific skill set.

Innovation and ‘thinking outside the box’ are now some of the most desirable attributes in a prospective employee. Candidates who know how to be creative and can express this easily will be way ahead of the competition, so learning this skill early on is important.

Encouraging a creative classroom environment

The classroom environment is hugely important when it comes to promoting creativity within schools. Teachers must pay attention to each pupil, to adapt their learning style to ensure that each student feels confident that they can express their creativity without fear of judgment or ridicule.

Each student needs to feel as though their individual voice matters so teachers should promote informal discussion, encourage students to try new ideas and use creative concepts themselves to inspire learning.

Teachers must make sure they allow time for children to be creative, perhaps by setting aside a ‘creative’ hour each day where students can only focus on creative tasks. They can inspire them with ideas and introduce new concepts, but also allow this time to be student- led, giving them the opportunity to show their teachers where their interests and passions really lie.

Finding ways to allow students to be creative is imperative, and requires teachers to be creative themselves.

If creativity is successfully introduced into a classroom the students will benefit greatly from it. It is therefore hugely important that this becomes a fully integrated part of the school curriculum, and encouraged by teachers in classrooms of all ages.

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‘Blackboard Friday’– SAVE 20% Off Private Tuition in London

November 26, 2015

‘Blackboard Friday’– SAVE 20% Off Private Tuition in London

To celebrate ‘Black Friday’ we are offering huge discounts off private tuition, UCAS & personal statement support and all revision courses during the Christmas and Easter holidays!

Black Friday is a day where great discounts are offered around the UK, so we thought we should get involved too and give thanks to our hard working students!

For this Friday only we are offering 20% off all private tutoring sessions, 40% off all UCAS & personal statement support and 10% off all revision courses during Christmas and Easter!

We believe that everyone is entitled to access to a better education and equal opportunities, this discount will allow just that: giving students the opportunity to improve their grades, through one-to-one guided learning.

As the UCAS deadline approaches, our gift to you this Christmas will be a higher chance of securing a place with a top University of your choice!

Our discounts include:

  • 25% off our usual rate hourly rate- when you book 10 lessons or more with us (pre paid).
  • 40% off UCAS and Personal Statement support
  • 10% off all revision courses during the Christmas and Easter period.

Call us now on 020 7612 8297 to get your Blackboard Friday discount!

Terms:

  • Tutor House Ltd. Company Number – 740708, 6th Floor, 37 Golden Square, Soho, London.
  • Email or call us to book lessons before 6PM, Friday 27th December 2015
  • Only 10+ hours of tutoring is on offer with these bookings
  • Personal Statements and/or UCAS support must be booked with a minimum of 3 hours.
  • Revision courses must be paid in full
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6 Things you should know when studying and living in London as a student

November 17, 2015

6 Things you should know when studying and living in London as a student

London is a vast and sprawling metropolis with a great many things to see and do. Making the move to London to begin studying is understandably a hugely exciting time for students starting the next chapter of their lives in our great capital.

London is brimming with places to eat and drink, exciting things to do, a rich culture and history, a number of world-renowned Universities, famous landmarks and one of the best student lifestyles in the UK.

However, if you haven’t lived in London before, it is a good idea to do a little research before you move to make sure you are well prepared for life in the capital. Hopefully you will have visited the city beforehand, got to visit a few Universities, and maybe got the chance to explore the area where you will stay.

We have put together a list of 5 things you should know about London before you make the decision to live and study here.

1. It’s really quite expensive to live in London

London is revered for being one of the greatest city’s in the world. However, the huge demand to live in London has somewhat defined the greater higher cost of living compared to other cities across the country.

Travel and rent prices are higher than elsewhere as well, so you may end up paying more than you thought for your accommodation. For example, the average rent for students living in London is £110 per week, the cost of a single bus ticket to Uni is £2.40 and the average pint of lager is upwards of £3.60 – so, it can all really add-up.

Keep your eyes open for student discounts because they’re absolutely everywhere in the city, from exclusive student nights in bars and nightclubs to transports discounts, gyms, clothing, entertainment, accommodation and so much more.

Be savvy and make sure you set out a reasonable budget that you know you can stick to in order to cover costs. There are plenty of cheap places to shop, eat and drink too so do some research on those. Save some money before you arrive to make sure you are not caught short when you do.

2. Make sure you get yourself an Oyster Card.

The Oyster card is an absolute godsend for Londoners. It’s what we all use to get around so make sure you get one as soon as you arrive.

Oyster Cards are one of the best student travel discounts you can take advantage of during your years studying in the capital and will save you huge amounts of money from the word go. Without one London can be very expensive to travel around in – for example the price of a single ticket without an Oyster costs £2.40, whereas with an Oyster it’s £1.40!

They can be used on the underground as well as rail services, and busses too.

3. Get your student ID

Make sure you have your student ID sorted before you arrive, and show it whenever you can. A lot of students don’t realise how much money they can save if they use their student ID in participating stores. Many shops restaurants and clubs all offer a student discount so make sure you don’t miss out by showing your student ID.

Student IDs are also known as an ISIC (International Student Identity Card). What is an ISIC card? It’s an internationally-recognised student ID, which makes card holders part of a truly unique club.

Click here to get an ISIC, and click here to view the benefits of one.

Another one to go for would be the NUS Card from the National Union of Students. These cards basically give you daily, weekly and monthly offers on everything from your weekly shop to eating out, travel, clothing, going out and much more – definitely worth getting one of these!

4. Explore and download useful apps

There are loads of useful apps you can download to your smart phone that will make life in London so much easier.

Here are three apps that we have found useful:

  • Viber – free messages and calls to anyone else using the App on any device, in any country. Need we say anymore?!
  • CityMapper, also known as the ultimate pubic transport app, is great for helping you find your way around the city.
  • Uber is also great for getting taxis at a moment’s notice, and you can set up an account so you don’t need to always carry cash on you to pay! Be careful though, the cashless effect of using Uber can run up expensive bills if used to excess.

We could go on and on because there are so many Apps out there to help with living in London as a student. Check them out!

5. Be safe

London is a wonderful city, but there are areas where crime is known to be a problem so try to avoid them, or at least take precautions if you don’t.

Keep an eye on all your belongings wherever you are – pickpocketing, unfortunately, is a common issue. Try to avoid walking alone at night, always let someone know where you are going to be and what time you will be back if you are heading out.

6. Explore the city like a tourist

London is for exploring and there is loads to see and do. Get out there and have fun by exploring all the sights and sounds of the city- and there are plenty of discounts for students! Tower Bridge, the O2, The London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace – the list goes on! Exploring all that London has to offer is what will really make you fall in love with the city. London has a rich and varied history, and there are so many attractions and arts and cultural sites that there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

The 8 Myths of University

September 24, 2015

As a parent we all want what’s best for our children regarding their health and, of course, education. We watch them develop as they transition through many significant changes on their journey: starting ‘big’ school, after the freedom of preschool play, finding their feet at secondary school and then, for many, the mix of nerves and excitement of heading off to universityHuman Givens’ video addresses the 8 Myths of University.

This formative stage of life can bring some of the most significant and daunting changes a person will have to face as a young adult in education – and some people cope better than others.

There seems to be a greater prevalence of anxiety and mental health problems amongst university students – which is worrying as a parent.

So, what can we do to support our children through this critical time?

Thankfully, there are lots of ways we can help make this leap into university life smoother, less stressful and more rewarding for our children (and even ourselves!)

Lets start with the 8 myths that trip university students up.

 

“How to support teenagers through the stress of starting university life” is presented by Gareth Hughes, a human givens psychotherapist working in the Counselling Service for the University of Derby – and what he has to say is a real eye-opener for parents and students alike!

 

 

3 of the Most Common Questions from A-Level Results Day 2015

August 21, 2015

3 of the Most Common Questions from A-Level Results Day 2015

A-Level results day has been and gone, bringing another academic year to an end. Flocks of undergraduates will head off to their chosen Universities in late September to take their first steps into their new lives.

A-Level Results day is huge in the education calendar, for students, parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, tutors – the list goes on! Results day is by far our busiest day, partly due to our annual offer of free results day advice for all students.

Here are three of the most common questions that we were asked by A-Level students on results day 2015:

1. “I gained BBB, but both my firm and insurance Universities require AAB. I think I’ve been rejected, what should I do?”

Call your University and double check that they’ve rejected you, it is always worth doubled checking. Then get onto clearing, you’ll find somewhere.

Is is important to keep a cool head. Don’t rush, get a list or 5 or 6 Universities together and call them to see what courses are on offer. Check the course structure, campus location and whether or not the location of the Uni fits in with your criteria.

Although it is competitive to get into University, it is important to remember that you are in control as there are plenty of alternative routes to take if you didn’t get into your firm or insurance choices.

2. “I didn’t get my desired A-Level results – what should I do?”

What have you applied for and where? If clearing isn’t right for you here, there are plenty of alternative options open to you, such as:

  • Short A-Level re-take courses
  • Gap years
  • Private tuition
  • Apprenticeship schemes
  • Higher education courses
  • Volunteering experience
  • Work experience

However if you are set on going to University to study a particular course then do not compromise, make sure you prepare and re-apply next year.

3. “I’m an international student – I haven’t applied to University via UCAS – can I still apply?”

Yes, call Universities directly, get their numbers from the clearing website and see what they say – make sure you have your grades and qualifications on hand.