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When’s the time to start uni preparation?

The best time to make an invest in Bitcoin was 5 years ago. So when is the right time to start work torwards your university application?

The truth is, there are a lot of people out there who start preparation age 11 or 12. Or rather, their parents push them to start preparation at age 11 or 12. Is this something I agree with? Well, it depends. Different children mature at different times. I was getting really low grades at school until about 6 weeks before my GCSEs at which point I realised that I wanted to go to Oxford University and I needed good GCSEs for those. I was 15 at the time. But until that, I didn’t really care about studying so didn’t really try.

And there are a lot of students who are in the same boat as I am. So when should you start preparing for university? The time it takes to turn yourself from an “average” student into “Oxbridge material” takes about 2 years of intense work. For Ivy League in America, it takes about years because of the deep range of extracurricular and the so-called supercurricular activities that one needs to be aware of.

Ok, so just how do I start? — you ask. Well, first and foremost, you need to hit the minimum grade requirements. For the UK, you will need a set of 3 A-Levels and for the US, you will need your SAT and the SAT Subject Tests. With the wealth of free material available online, there is really no excuse for not starting early.

For A-Levels, I always recommend https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/revision/advice/free-learning-resources for free learning materials.

For the SAT in America, a great place to start with is the Khan Academy — https://www.khanacademy.org.

Best time to start? Start today.

P.S and by the way, A-Levels and the SAT are only a tip of the iceberg. There is a lot of stuff to do before you become really competitive in eyes of universities, so get those out of the way now.

Sunny is a Managing Partner at Allen & Jain Education who have 75% success rate for Oxford and over 80% success rate for Ivy League universities. Sunny has an undergraduate degree in Materials Science from Oxford. He is also an incoming Fellow at the Harvard Davis Centre. You can reach Allen & Jain Education on WhatsApp at + 44 749 662 5544

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