Category Archive: Personal

Aug 03

Struggling to find balance? Here’s the answer (to that and everything).

Balance

Here’s a question – originally posed on social media – and answer (written by me) which encapsulate everything you need to understand why people struggle (with anything) and how to perform better. It’s the conversation that underpins all of my work. It can take on many distinct themes, from relationships, anxiety, and confidence, to team work, leadership or decision making. But whatever the …

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Jul 18

Oxbridge experience #2

Cambridge university advice for interview preparation and Oxford university interview questions

When you’re thinking about applying to Oxbridge, or you’ve already started the process, it’s good to hear from others who’ve gone before you. Here’s the second of our Oxbridge experience posts, from a natural sciences graduate who shares what she remembers about her Oxbridge interview. How did you prepare for your Oxbridge interview? I had …

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Jun 21

My daughter is really shy, would she cope with Oxbridge?

There are plenty of introverted, quiet people at Oxbridge (and everywhere else). In addition, Oxbridge houses a particularly spectacular collection of people who are a bit different, who prefer books/test tubes to people, and stand (quietly) apart from the crowd. Years ago, one of my coaching colleagues was interviewed (for modern languages at Cambridge) by …

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Jun 21

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

oxbridge interview academic medicine ucas application

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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