The application process to Oxford and Cambridge is fraught with challenges. Students are expected to demonstrate in-depth knowledge as well as passion for their subject(s) matched with intellectual curiosity. Many successful applicants start preparation 12-18 months prior to submitting their application. However some students are unsure if Oxbridge is really for them. Others want to have support finding books to read, lectures to watch or even sorting out work experience.
Our Oxbridge mentors can help students to prepare to make a competitive application. All mentors have attended Oxford or Cambridge and have therefore gone through this process themselves, so are in a unique position to offer advice.
We can help answer many questions that potential Oxbridge applicants have, including:
- How do I decide between Oxford and Cambridge?
- Have I chosen the right subject?
- Would specific course choices affect my chances of success?
- How will course choice affect potential career pathways?
- What’s the difference between the colleges?
- Do I stand a better chance if I apply to one vs. another?
Our mentors can also help students to get a feel for what studying in these top institutions would mean, by offering personalised tours for students and their families.
Past roles that Top School and Uni’s mentors have carried out
One of our students was loosing motivation towards the end of his GCSE’s. Having been clear about his goal to study Law, he was starting to doubt that he could achieve his goal. Top School and Uni arranged for one of our mentors to meet him in Oxford and take him around the university and colleges. As they toured, our mentor told him about his term schedule and his lectures.
After taking the 13+ exams and gaining a scholarship, A was bored in school. Therefore he and his mentor started to consider his interests and to plan a term project based on his interests in politics and business. His project allowed him to discover these topics in greater depth and also to develop skills such as research and academic essay writing, with guidance from an Oxbridge tutor.
Twin S and T were travelling with their parents for summer and wanted someone to help them narrow down their university choices. Top School and Uni devised a programme with 2 mentors to allow them to experience each of their chosen university subjects, as well as allowing time for revision for their IB exams, and relaxation. They spent a week working with each mentor, clarifying their university subjects and starting their application process.
Many of our students choose the UK for their summer school experience. We partner with a number of summer schools and can advise students on the best programme for them. In addition, we also provide support either side of summer school – allowing students to enjoy group summer courses AND 1:1 support with university applications.
Biochemistry (1:1), PhD • University of Cambridge
Research position in Translational Medicine • University of Oxford
Lecturer in Medicine, Biology & Biochemistry, Worcester College & Exeter College • University of Oxford
I completed my DPhil (PhD) at the University of Cambridge and have taught students in the Natural Sciences Tripos at Emmanuel College and Trinity College, Cambridge. Upon successfully completing my DPhil, I moved to the University of Oxford to perform cutting edge research in Translational Medicine in the search for cures for cancer. In Oxford I have lectured students in Medicine, Biology and Biochemistry at Worcester and Exeter Colleges, and have actively participated in University of Oxford admissions. I teach Biology, Biochemistry and Medicine up to A-level, undergraduate and graduate levels and have coached many students through their exams.
Maths (1:1) • MMath Masters of Mathematics • University Of Oxford
Engineering Science • PHD • University of Oxford – Currently a part-time Postdoctoral Research
Assistant in the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Stipendiary lecturer in Mathematics for Pembroke College, University of Oxford
I enjoy passing my passion for maths onto my students. I am lucky enough to have travelled all over Europe teaching residentially for intensive weeks during the school holidays. I’m keen to pursue a career combining high level maths tutoring with academic research to give my students a real feel for where academia can take you.
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