Why You Shouldn’t Work With A Random Tutor

University admissions tutors are easy to get. Increased success rates... not so much. Enrolment alone does not provide the boost many students need to be offered their dream university place. Many rely on a single tutor for the entire application process, but tutoring is no longer enough to guarantee a place.

Author: Adi Sen

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University admissions tutors are easy to come by. Increased rates of success… not so much.

Tuition alone doesn’t provide the boost that many students actually need to be offered their dream university place. This may surprise you. Many people fall into the trap of using a single tutor for their entire application process but with competition so fierce, tutoring is no longer sufficient to guarantee a place.

30% of students in higher education receive some form of tuition.

Many competitive university courses have success rates of less than 10%, for example, Cambridge BSc Computer science and Graduate entry Medicine. This truly highlights the fact that, even with tuition, up to 90% of students will be unsuccessful.

What actually works?

With over 7 years of experience focusing strongly on Oxbridge admissions, we have discovered the key to success lies with a solid admissions strategy. Our Programme students have success rates of 61% for the most competitive university courses in the UK compared to the 20% average Oxbridge success rate. This is down to the structured syllabus we provide that allows multiple tutors to make a great impact on the areas that matter most.

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You can easily find a tutor who claims to offer expert admissions support at a low cost, however, there are many problems that can occur when you put your time, effort and money into the wrong place. When searching for one-to-one support with your university application, these are the five factors you should be considering when looking for application support:

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Not All Tutors Are Created Equal.

A tutor for specialised Oxbridge application support must have personal experience of the Oxbridge application themselves. This is because the Oxbridge application is a unique process that comes with many nuances. Therefore, working on a syllabus that takes into account all of these nuances ensures that you will get the support you need to create the strongest application possible.

Furthermore, the process constantly evolves year on year, so many tutors lose touch with the reality of the application by not keeping up to date with the changes made. This will have a negative impact on the strength of your application if you are not revising for the right syllabus or preparing for an Interview that could be online instead of in-person, as we have seen during the pandemic. 

All of UniAdmissions’ tutors are trained and experienced with the latest Oxbridge application processes. Our Programme Managers then assign the tutor best suited to your specific needs chosen from our vast pool of 1000+ tutors. You won’t just work with the first tutor that applies, you’ll work with the best.

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What Experience Do They Have?

When considering university admissions support, you should be confident that the results you are promised are achievable by that tutor or service. For example, if you are looking for support with the UCAT Admissions Test, you should work with a tutor who scored highly in their admissions cycle and has a tried and tested syllabus to work through rather than a tutor who claims to be a Verbal Reasoning expert.

All of this experience adds up for tutors to ultimately deliver the highest possible standard of teaching through a structured Programme.

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All of UniAdmissions’ tutors have scored in the top 10% of their admissions year, have demonstrated their ability to pass on their expertise to candidates and are given a fine-tuned syllabus to work with.

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What Resources Do They Have At Their Disposal?

The resources available to a tutor for their teaching subjects has a huge impact on the quality of tuition they can deliver. An exceptional tutor with average resources will not be able to provide ongoing support to a student as they won’t be able to offer self-study materials for the student to work on in their own time. They’ll also be lacking strong material to work through during tuition sessions too. If you compare this with an average tutor who has access to exceptional resources, the true value of the resources begins to surface.

Resources are one of the factors that really widens the gap between working with an unprepared tutor versus a Programme that gives you access to specific textbooks, non-specimen exam papers, in-depth worked solutions and online resources to support the tuition process. Along with the resources offered by a tutor or service, you should also consider the processes they have in place.

Just like how a school curriculum operates, each tuition session should lead on from the previous lesson so that all topics are covered. Without a structured process in place for the tutor to follow, vital topics and sections can easily be missed, leading to a poorer Admissions Test score or weaker Interview.

Through UniAdmissions Programmes, the student and tutor both have unlimited access to all of our highly rated resources applicable to their teaching subjects, as well as our TutorMatch platform which ensures lesson plans and lesson reports are completed for each session.

All of our tutors have proved themselves to be exceptional in their areas of expertise. Combined with the specialist resources and processes we provide them with, this maximises the potential of the sessions they teach and the results a student ultimately gets.

The New UniAdmissions Student Portal

Our Student Portal is the hub for all of the materials included within our Programmes. Used by both our students and tutors, all of our highly rated resources (including past papers, practice questions and UniAdmissions Workbooks) can easily be accessed in one place, anytime. All timetables can also be viewed on the Portal for our Courses and Enrichment Seminars, along with previous Seminar recordings if you happen to miss a session and you are interested in the topic.

Lastly, both parents and students can view the lesson reports from tutors after each tuition session and students can upload their Personal Statements and Admission Test Essays for marking and feedback with a quick turnaround time. 

Discover the different elements of the Student Portal for our Oxbridge Premium Programmes by clicking the button below:

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Are They Best Suited For The Entire Process?

The Oxbridge application is a process that splits up into three clear components; the Personal Statement, the Admissions Test, and the Interview. Each of these components tests completely different skillsets, and thus need completely different teaching in order to be successful at them.

For example, if you were sitting Biology and Economics at A-level, would you work with the same tutor for both subjects? It’s highly unlikely. The expert knowledge required for each of these subjects, as well as the ability to successfully pass that knowledge on to a candidate, relies on different skills. Similarly, entrusting one tutor with all aspects of your application is often an inefficient way of preparing for it.

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UniAdmissions’ large pool of expert tutors allows us to assign the best tutor for each individual stage of your application as set out in your Programme, rather than a tutor who can offer average support throughout.

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What Assurances Do You Have In Place?

Unfortunately, with tuition being a service you cannot easily judge before your lessons, it can feel disheartening if you don’t get what you expected. Many individual tutors offer non-refundable lessons, as in their eyes, they’ve delivered what you asked of them. Similarly, many admissions support services don’t offer much in the way of reassurance if you aren’t happy with what you get.

UniAdmissions operate differently from most other tuition providers – our Programme Managers will change your tutor an unlimited number of times if you are not completely happy with the service you receive.

If you end up still feeling like the Programme is not for you, read through our Terms and Conditions.

UniAdmissions’ Programmes are designed to place power with the student. If there’s ever any issue with your Programme, we will work with you to ensure you’re completely satisfied.

Avoid the tuition trap. Increase your success rate through a structured, expert-led Programme.

When you’re looking for university application support, you need to consider the five points we have outlined in this article. Having individual tuition cannot improve your chances of success in the same way a structured Programme can. From Architecture to Medicine, we have the right Programme for you to Perfect your Personal Statement, Maximise your Admissions Test score and help you Interview like a Pro

Discover our Oxbridge Premium Programmes by clicking the button below to enrol and triple your chances of success.

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