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Preparing for your Oxbridge Interview

November 20th, 2014 by Anita Lee

Oxbridge interviews are nearly upon us, so to warm you up (and just for fun), we're going to be posting some brain teaser questions on our Twitter feed @firsttutors. We hope that for those of you doing your A-Levels (and those of you tutoring), these questions will also provide great material for some stimulating sessions around your respective subjects.

There's an awful lot of mystery around interviews for Oxford or Cambridge. Our tips wo... Read More »

Finishing touches for your Oxbridge application form

October 8th, 2014 by Anita Lee

So, hopefully you've decided you're going to give Oxbridge a go and you're working away on your personal statement (if not, hint: start drafting!). There are loads of resources out there on what makes a good personal statement, including this ... Read More »

Should you apply to Oxford or Cambridge?

September 16th, 2014 by Anita Lee


In a word, yes. Here's five reasons why:

1. You'll probably get a very good job

I'm 10 years out of Cambridge and all of my friends who graduated from Oxbridge have now built solid careers, for the most part doing things they love (or if they don't love it, they get well paid for it). Of course there were a few years of trying things and working out what we all wanted to be, but we've all come good.

In the public/third sector y... Read More »

The Rise of For-Profit Higher Education

August 8th, 2013 by Dexter Findley

As Britain's second for-profit institution is granted the title of University we discuss the implications for-profit higher-ed will have on the landscape of UK education and society.

In Britain we have an ingrained, congenital suspicion of the Profit Motive. Thus, predictably, when the private BPP College of Professional Studies ascended to BPP University with the government's blessing, the UCU (University and College Union) decried the move. It will Open The Floodgates, they... Read More »

Is your child considering what degree to take?

October 27th, 2010 by Emily

If they enjoy literature, writing and discussions, your child might well enjoy and benefit from receiving tuition in preparation for a degree in English Literature.

English Literature is one of the classic degree subjects and is offered by all of the UK's top universities, which makes it a good option for any students aiming for an Oxbridge education.

Undergraduate students of English Literature study text... Read More »

English Literature: a classic A-level choice

October 18th, 2010 by Emily

Competition for university places is particularly fierce, thanks in part to the new generation of A*grades coupled with a drop in available university places as funding for higher education decreases. As it becomes acutely important for candidates to stand out, hiring a personal tutor is an excellent way of cultivating an edge for prospective university students.

There has been much news in the papers recently abo... Read More »

Tutoring Oxbridge candidates

October 26th, 2009 by Emily

Gifted students aiming for Oxford and Cambridge have just submitted their applications and are now nervously awaiting that all-important interview in early December. If you are tutoring a ... Read More »