New book aims to increase the chances of a successful admission to Oxbridge

New book aims to increase the chances of  a successful admission to Oxbridge

New book aims to increase the chances of a successful admission to Oxbridge

A doctor at University Hospital Aintree, who attended Cambridge University, has recently released a book which is going to give people the secrets about how to win a place at either Oxford or Cambridge.

He himself graduated from Cambridge and in the last five years he has spent a great deal of time helping people with their applications to both of these prestigious universities.

He has a great deal of insider knowledge and experience and he is used this to help people gain admission. He has said that people should pursue academic interests that interest them as a person even if they might not seem very impressive.

For example, a passion for playing video games can be developed into academic study looking at the socio-cultural behaviour in online groups. Budding stand-up comedians might look at the linguistics and origin of humour or the neuro-biological mechanisms of laughter. Genuine originality, commitment and curiosity of this kind, he says, will impress Oxbridge admissions tutors much more than a faked interest in traditional subjects.

“People excel in what they are passionate about. Don’t do things for the sake of an admissions form, but for your own personal growth,” he says. “Pupils of this age are often very poor actors and are easily found-out if they pretend to be interested in something they are not.”

“The Oxbridge application is about hard work, but also passion and enthusiasm. I help pupils take a seed of interest and develop it in ways they may not have considered before. It’s this love of what they do that will sustain them when they are overworked and pushed to their limits.”

In his new book, How to Get Into Oxbridge (Kogan Page, May 2012), Dr See also suggests ways of dealing with pushy parents. To help handle the intense pressure, he outlines an ‘Oxbridge strategy’ for family, friends and teachers, with weekly parent-student meetings to avoid regular interrogation from parents, and codes of behaviour that guarantee glowing teacher references.

Dr See has also devised an algorithm, based on university data and informal feedback, to help pupils choose the right college. Applicants can dramatically improve their chances of success by thoroughly researching each college’s culture and matching it to an honest assessment of their own strengths and abilities compared to their peers.

His unique approach goes well beyond getting pupils through the famous Oxbridge interview – it’s also about ensuring that they thrive in a cutting-edge academic environment once they get in.

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