University admissions tutors are easy to come by. Increased rates of success… not so much.
A tutor alone won’t increase your chances of gaining a competitive university place.
However, many competitive university courses have success rates of less than 10%. This truly highlights the fact that, even with tuition, up to 90% students will be unsuccessful.
Tuition alone doesn’t provide the boost that many students need to be offered their dream university place. Many people fall into the trap of using a single tutor for their entire application process – with competition so fierce, tutoring is no longer sufficient to guarantee a place.
Over our years of experience focusing strongly on Oxbridge admissions, we have discovered the key to success lies with a solid admissions strategy. UniAdmissions’ Programme students have success rates of 63% for the most competitive university courses in the UK – this is down to the structured syllabus we provide that allows multiple tutors to have a great impact on the areas that matter most.
While you can often 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, here are the five factors you should be considering when looking for application support;
Not all tutors are created equal.
A tutor for specialised Oxbridge application support must have personal experience of the Oxbridge application themselves.
The Oxbridge application is a unique process that comes with many nuances – working on a syllabus which takes into account all of these nuances ensures that you will get the support you need to create the strongest application possible.
The process is constantly evolving year on year, so many tutors lose touch with the reality of the application by not keeping up to date with the changes made.
What experience do they have?
When considering university admissions support, you should be confident the results you are promised are achievable by that tutor or service.
For example, if you are looking for support with the UCAT medical 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.
What resources do they have at their disposal?
The resources available to a tutor for their teaching subjects have a huge impact on the quality of tuition they are able to deliver.
An exceptional tutor with average resources will not be able to provide on-going 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, as well as lacking strong material to work through in tuition sessions.
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 widen the gap between working with an unprepared tutor versus a Programme which 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 be skipped, leading to a poorer Admissions Test score or weaker interview.
Are they best suited for the entire process?
The Oxbridge application is a process that splits up into multiple clear components; the Personal Statement, the Admissions Test, and the interview. Each of those components test completely different skillsets, and thus, need completely different teaching in order to be successful on 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 for required for each of those 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.
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’ 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.
When you’re looking for university application support, you need to consider the five points we have outlined in this article. Having individual tuition simply cannot improve your chances of success in the same way a structured Programme can.
The reason you are looking for support with your application is so that you can ultimately be offered your dream place. You only get one chance at your application each year, so you must ensure you’ve considered how best to approach it in order to get the best support to increase your chances of university admission.
With 63% of students enrolled on UniAdmissions’ Premium Programmes being offered a place at Oxbridge, our success rates speak for themselves.
If you’re interested in tripling your chances of success, discover our Oxbridge Programmes.