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Supporting your child

Supporting your child. Elly Hobson London School of Economics. Introduction: The LSE. The LSE. Standard Offers : AAA – BBB Undergraduate UK 1717 49% EU 357 10% International 1434 41% Total 3508 Graduate UK 805 25% EU 796 25% International 1646 50% Total 3247 .

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Supporting your child

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  1. Supporting your child Elly Hobson London School of Economics

  2. Introduction: The LSE

  3. The LSE Standard Offers: AAA – BBB Undergraduate UK 1717 49% EU 357 10% International 1434 41% Total 3508 Graduate UK 805 25% EU 796 25% International 1646 50% Total 3247

  4. Helping your child choose: A Levels RG have ‘non-preferred’ lists. LSE, for example: • Accounting • Art & Design • Business Studies • Communication Studies • D &T • Drama & Theatre Studies • Home Economics • ICT • Law • Media Studies • Music • Technology/Sports Studies/Travel & Tourism

  5. Helping your child choose: Degree Degree Subject: • Is chosen BEFORE institution • Passionate • Enjoy • It doesn’t necessarily need to link with future career or have been studied before • 52,000 Higher Education Courses

  6. Helping your child choose: Institution • Offers their subject! • They are eligible! • Traditional • New • Russell Group • 250 Higher Education Establishments • Approx 400,000 students register p.a • High competition e.g. LSE 18 to 1, Warwick 7 • to 1, Oxbridge 4 to 1

  7. Useful Links The Guardian Newspaper www.education.guardian.co.uk/universityguide The Times Good University Guide www.timesonline.co.uk Institution culture www.push.co.uk Open Days Reputation: teaching and research Student Profile

  8. Getting Ahead: A Levels Organised Coursework: leave time to reflect, check and correct Revision: make a revision plan, be realistic, include ‘down-time’ and relaxation, accept that usual activities might be curtailed temporarily i.e. it’s not forever!, discuss progress and areas of concern, remove temptation, routine

  9. Getting Ahead: Revision • Colours • Graphics/doodles/mind-maps • Post-it’s/Cue Cards • Even 10 minutes of revision is better than nothing… • Use lunches and breaks to free up evenings…. • Get up half an hour early to revise…. Chunk It: • Each specification studied is split into smaller topics (e.g. Physics has the Waves topic). • Draw up a list of these topics • Draw into diary or calendar what day going to revise each one on. • Aim to complete all topics about two before exams start – plenty of room to take own mock exams and tests and find out what needs to be worked on. • Then can do targeted, specialised revision on weaknesses.

  10. Getting Ahead: Exams Night before exam: • early to bed • everything ready for morning Morning of exam: • breakfast • leave a little earlier to avoid stress/lateness • no point cramming now…. In exam: • water and glucose sweets • plenty of pens and paper • encourage take time to PLAN After exam: • move on: discourage post-mortems • rest • then focus on next exam

  11. Useful Links Revision Aids: http://www.s-cool.co.uk/alevel.html Revision Tips + downloadable revision plan: http://www.bustertests.co.uk/studies/how-to start-revising.php Free mind-mapping software: http://www.mindomo.com/ Exam Tips: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4508749.stm

  12. Preparing for University • Fewer hours of taught classes • Different ways of learning • Independence and self-discipline • Choose areas of specialism • Longer holidays!

  13. Preparing for University • Average of 12 hours of ‘formal contact time’ • Lectures • Classes/seminars/tutorials • Workshops/group study • But expected to do at least 3-5 hours in preparation for each class either in the library or at home • Self-discipline • Exams and coursework • Choose areas of specialism

  14. Preparing for University • Work experience • Volunteering/Community Work • Outside Interests • Student Shadowing • Summer Schools • Open Days • Offer Holder Days • Save money! • Get hold of a reading list • Keep involved with the subject once exams over • Have a rest

  15. Student Shadowing • A good way to find out if you like the university – most universities offer this • Check Student Recruitment web pages of individual universities • Typically 2 – 2.5 hours • Lecture • Tour • Q&A • Admissions advice

  16. Campus tours • Most universities will run these. Check Student Recruitment online for more details LSE • Tours run every Monday, Wednesday & Friday during half term week from 3 pm. (27 and 29 May 2009) • No need to book – just turn up promptly to the Student Services Centre • 30 minute guided tour led by current student

  17. Above all • Be supportive but don’t worry too much! • Pass on the info you’ve learnt today and try • and encourage discussions with your child • about what’s going on… • Ask teachers, speak to universities, use the internet, if possible: loads of info out there… • Questions?

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