Category Archive: Teaching

Jun 21

What happens if my mind goes completely blank during my Oxbridge interview? Are they trying to catch me out?

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It’s ok. They are not trying to make you feel stupid. They want to know whether your brain likes to be stretched, so they are coaxing you out of your intellectual comfort zone (which is probably pretty big, so give them a chance). It’s in their interests to support you to show your best side, …

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Jun 21

How do I get motivated to do my work?

Revision motivation and focus on coursework

Revision, ‘to do’ lists or assignments, combined with low levels of motivation can leave us feeling deadlocked. But when we begin to see that levels of motivation are entirely irrelevant to how we might complete (or even start) the task at hand, it seems easier. The trick is to notice that there are two separate …

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Jun 21

Why Oxbridge? (What’s the big deal?)

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The universities are old, the cities are pretty, but there’s more to it than that. Yes, you’ll be learning from top academics alongside likeminded bright sparks. But the clincher is the format of the teaching. As well as lectures and practicals and/or seminars, Oxbridge undergrads also have tutorials (Oxford) or supervisions (Cambridge). And it’s in …

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Jun 21

Key piece of advice for Oxbridge candidates #1

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The best piece of advice any one gave me as a prospective Oxbridge candidate was listen to BBC Radio 4. My listening prompted me to read a book that I referenced in my personal statement, and fuelled a brilliant conversation during my interview. Radio 4 listening serves two purposes. The intellectual debate on the current affairs programmes …

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Apr 16

Leadership (your way)

‘What is leadership?’ is a question which keeps popping into conversations with clients and friends recently. I reckon it’s not about having followers, an official title or shiny badge. Neither is it necessary to have a vision, strategy or exemplary communication skills (although those can help). I experience great leadership in people who are being …

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