Author:Academic Underdogs

Bad grades. Game over or blessing in disguise?

Where’s the fun in getting things right the first time? OK – sorry, if you didn't achieve the grades you wanted this year, you’re probably in no mood for light-hearted rhetorical questions. I certainly wasn’t after AS levels results day. However, I want to give you a little glimpse of the future and show you how bad grades can actually be a blessing in disguise.   To start off, no matter what your grades are, it is not game over. You can turn this situation around. Why should you believe me? Because I turned my D's and U’s into straight As, secured a place at a top university and wrote and sold 15,000 copies of a book showing others how I did it. Also, having mentored thousands of students, I know a...

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How do I persuade my teachers to give me better predicted grades?

AS Level results day. One of the worst days of my life. I opened my brown envelope only to find Ds & Us staring back at me.   I was screwed. Forget UCL how would I get into any uni?   All I got next for the next few days were sympathetic (some patronising) pats on the back. All I heard was "You don't have a chance at getting into a redbrick". I can still remember the disappointment on my parents' faces.   I was devastated. Something had to change.   I let myself wallow in self-pity for a week, but eventually pulled myself out. I needed to make a plan.   Step One: Make a plan   I knew I was doing something wrong. The way I revised just wasn't working. So I studied how to revise. Yup, you read right,...

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Writing a personal statement (UCAS)

University is without a doubt one of the most exciting times of a young person’s life. Three years of partying, studying and total independence are ones that you will remember forever, there’s nothing quite like it. However in order to experience the wonder that is student life, every student must first apply through UCAS. UCAS is the portal by which every university application is made and is relatively straightforward to understand. However, the area that most students struggle with is the dreaded personal statement. Although the mere word sends shivers down the backs of most 18 year olds across the country, it does not have to be a daunting task. If done well it can sometimes make the difference between an offer or rejection regardless of your grades. Take me...

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Now at university, if I could go back in a time machine I would say to myself…

Now at university, if I could go back in a time machine I would say to myself…   There’s nothing more irritating than sitting your A-Levels, while also listening to university students complain incessantly about how easy and irrelevant sixth form was in comparison to their “real” undergraduate work. But if I’ve learnt anything from being at university, it’s that A-Levels do matter- and that doing well is important. So if I could go back in time and tell myself anything, above all, it would be to take them more seriously. And to completely disregard the twenty-something year olds that told me otherwise.   The reason why working hard on your A-Levels, and your GCSEs too, is so important- is primarily because you establish a good work ethic. Yes, grades are essential to securing...

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