Student bloggers needed and much more...

Last week's heat wave makes it feels like Summer is closer than ever, so everyone here at bestCourse4me have packed this newsletter full of the deadlines, news and this month's Study and Life tips so you can find everything you need in one place to save you some time. That way you can spend your revision breaks soaking in the rays - because just like Factor 50, we've got you covered. 

Student Bloggers needed!

At bestCourse4me we know that some of the best advice you can get is from those in the seats just ahead of yours on life’s roller-coaster. For the last three years we've had some wonderful student bloggers writing about their journeys towards their chosen careers. They've provided a reality check through the year of A Level choices, as well as guidance through the maze of getting in to uni.

Do you think you've got what it takes to write about your life as a student?

We're looking for bloggers who are currently in Years 11 and 12 who fancy writing us a monthly blog about the process of exams and trying to get a place at uni. If you’d like to share your experiences, take a look at the bloggers’ area on the website to see the sort of pieces we're after.

If you'd like to be considered, get in touch by emailing us at and your name could be up on our website. You'll be rewarded for your time and you'll get some brilliant experience.

This month...
What to think about if you're in year 12

Are you heading down the uni highway?
This month you can officially start applying to uni for 2017 entry. UCAS opens its website for people to register on 24th May Don’t worry, the deadline is still a while away, but the dogs are now off the leash.

Hopefully, your thoughts about what you might want to study have, like chewing gum on the pavement, been getting firmer.
The next question is where to study? Sometimes this isn’t just about where it is in the country, but about what the place is really like – the atmosphere.
No two unis are the same. The surroundings and building affect how it feels, but so too do the people, the students. Some unis are posh, some are full of students from the area, some are ethnic melting pots, some are arty, sciency or businessy. Some are none of those things.

How can you get to know unis a little better?

  • Get yourself there. Nothing gives you a better idea than being there, experiencing it first hand. Universities all have official open days, either for the whole uni or for just one department. But you don’t have to wait for an open day, just contact the department and arrange a visit.
  • Make sure you get the most out of an open day or visit. Don’t let them just show you what they want. See the bits that will matter most to you.
  • Don’t just visit one uni and think you’re done. You need to get yourself to at least three before you even start to get a feel for how they’re all different.
  • Do you have any friends who went there? Get in touch with people and ask them for their top tips too.
  • If you want more information make sure you head to the university tab on our website or use our easy app to get the latest data available. 

What to think about if you're in year 13
Uni applications

Deadline alert: If you’re planning to go to uni this autumn and you want to be able to pay your fees and have money to live on. Remember to apply for your student loan by May 27th. You don’t need a confirmed place at university or college to apply, just use your preferred choice and update it online if it changes.

If you miss the deadline you might find yourself starting uni with only the change from down the back of the sofa so here's your reminder now.

Not got a place yet? If none of your unis offered you a place or you played hard to get and turned down all their advances, then you might still find something through UCAS Extra. The idea  is that you can apply to courses that still have spaces even if they weren't one of your first choices. Rather than doing a whole new application, you just pick unis to apply to one at a time. Only when you get their response can you decide whether to keep looking and apply for another instead. If you're eligible for UCAS Extra it will tell you when you log into Track.  

Study Tip
Did you know that all of your senses can be helpful when you revise for exams? Some studies show that if you always suck on polos while revising the ins and outs of biology, or wear the same perfume when thinking about French sentence structure, it can help encode what you're memorising. This is because all our senses are linked and they all make pathways into the process of remembering. 

This, however, should only be used alongside your regular excellent study skills otherwise you'll be sat popping polos and praying to a confectionery god. Not a good look for anyone.

Life Tip
Now that we can find out almost anything on the internet in a matter of seconds, we should maybe be a bit more aware of what we post out there... 

Try googling yourself. If you can find photos of that notorious night in Nandos, then so can future employers. Take 10 minutes this month to 'spring clean' your display pictures on your social media accounts and get your friends to untag you from their albums. 

Most employers will do at least a quick web check up on you, even if it’s only once you’ve got an interview. But if that’s when they find out about the incident with the vacuum cleaner and the hedgehog, all your efforts to get that far will be busted. Basically, if you wouldn't show it to your Gran, don't post it or let it stay online.  

In the news

Uni fees to rise — in return for good teaching
Just a few years after hiking uni fees for English students to £9,000 a year, the Government has announced that its going to let unis raise them further. The good news is that the rises won't come in for two years, they'll only be in line with inflation and only universities that meet new standards on the quality of teaching will be allowed to charge more. The plan is part of Bill that will need to be voted on by MPs first.

Professor Confessor 
A professor from Princeton University, one of America’s most prestigious universities –boldly decided to publish his CV of failures on Twitter. He listed all the courses he didn't get in to and all the jobs he didn't get. The idea was to encourage people to keep going even when you're faced with disappointments. It whipped up a storm on Twitter and has attracted more attention than everything else he's written put together. Awkward. 

'You're hired!'
A recent study has shown that over the last year apprenticeships have become more popular than ever. Positive Outcomes have reported a 63% increase in apprenticeship placements for 16-24 year olds. The same research also revealed that 77% of apprentices go on to receive an offer of full-time employment with the same company which is great news all round. You can click here and here for more information about Apprenticeships or talk to your career advisor. 

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