'Clearing', the process that helps university applicants without places find institutions with courses that still have places available, can be one of the most stressful periods in the life of a student... Here are some tips to get you and your student successfully through the process.
My transition from school to higher education wasn't exactly the smoothest path. But in hindsight sticking to my guns, making my own choices and primarily not going through clearing was the best decision I ever made. But is clearing the right choice for everyone?
Just like everyone else, I'm going through the standard results day countdown emotions - questioning if I wrote in blue ink instead of black, if I even did the right paper, if I knew what I was doing in the exam, making plans B, C, D and E if results day doesn't go to plan.
Approaching results day can be a daunting experience for many students. Sometimes the anxiety and stress of the situation can often effect how you react and respond on the day itself. This article will help you decide on how best to handle whatever is thrown your way on results day.
The vice-chancellor of Keele University, Professor Nick Foskett, has made fresh calls for a reformed university application process in the UK, claimin...
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A-Level results day can be one of celebration or commiseration with thousands of students facing the prolonged agony over the coming days of whether they have been able to secure a place at university through the mad scramble often associated with the clearing process.
Around 600,000 young people in the UK are on school holidays right now. That means unlimited sunbathing, chilling with mates and dreaming about exciting futures, right? Wrong. In fact, thousands of young people feel hopeless about life after school.
So to all the all new students fleeing the nest for the next few years, I would pass on this advice: start to give your future some serious thought. Although you will probably think that an argument over who gets the biggest cupboard in your new university digs is important - keep focused on the bigger stuff.
It is always worth keeping in mind that disappointment can be turned into an opportunity. Life works out in different ways and disappointments like not achieving the A-Levels results you desired are part of life.
Clearing: if you've just missed out on your conditional offer don't worry, call both Universities and see what they say. I would advise you to write four or five bullet points down which you can refer back to when you're on the phone.
I cried a little. My mother cried a lot. My father, ever the pragmatist, just asked what I had to do next. I had no idea. I had a lump in my throat, and I felt ashamed. The only sensible thing seemed to go into school...
If you missed your grades on Thursday, remember to be open-minded and stay positive. I had not considered Greenwich University despite the fact that they offered the ITMB course that I wanted to study and I have had the most amazing three years. I haven't looked back, you have to take the opportunities and challenges life throws at you and turn them in to positives.
I did go to Uni, but not out of a choice or really wanting to, mainly due to social pressures that make every young person feel they should, or have to. As a result I dropped out after 1-year to set up my own business making and selling jewellery, which turned out to be the best decision I ever made.
When you're choosing a university and a degree course, how do you decide between the myriad of courses available and ensure that you're giving yourself the best start when it comes to finding a job once you've graduated?
It's now time to turn your attention to the small matter of finding somewhere to live for the duration of your first year - the only problem being that most student accommodation has already been snapped up! Fear not, you're not going to be sleeping rough just yet...