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Oxbridge Entrance: The Real Rules Paperback – 20 Jun 2012

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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Tell Books; Revised edition edition (20 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954594460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954594466
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elfi Pallis has successfully mentored students aiming for Oxbridge over a decade. She also advises teachers and parents on how to support bright applicants from all backgrounds. As a journalist, researcher and radio producer, she created numerous education features, but it was her long association with the National Association for Gifted Children which convinced her that winning an Oxbridge  place depends on far more than brightness alone. Successful applicants (or their schools) tend to be clued-up even about unspoken Oxbridge rules, expectations and pitfalls. The author seeks to spell those out, and to show students how to prepare for the admissions process in the most effective way.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Hussain on 6 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
This has excellent interview advice. The author starts with the key elements of a good answer, from the terms students should use to the type of information it should contain. Next, she shows interviewees how to lay out their knowledge, handle provocative questions and avoid other pitfalls. I much liked her suggestion to include maths calculations in a variety of answers.

While Pallis encourages students to think on their feet, they are also urged to read widely around their subject. Appropriately, the book contains both reading lists and online links. PPE, economics, English, economics, science and medicine interviews are dealt with at special length. All through, the book is peppered with sample questions. A must for bright, ambitious applicants and sixth form libraries.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. T. C. Fish on 28 Mar. 2013
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Having met Elfi when she talked to students at my school, I was taken to read the book - excellent for aspiring Oxbridge students.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alice Greenewald on 20 July 2012
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This spirited book even answers the questions students may not yet know they have, such as 'Which newspaper section must I read?' or 'Will I get on with people from Eton?'

There is practical advice on grants, rents and careers, but the book's stress is on academic groundwork. To get in, candidates do not just need to be bright but also willing to prove that they have the right skills for their future course. Students are therefore told how to fine-tune their maths, science or writing skills. They are also offered detailed guidance on 'talking the talk', which means giving well-structured, subject-appropriate answers to test and interview questions. The book even reveals the ideal length for a good answer.

The advice on reading around the most popular courses is especially valuable and will prevent much disappointment. Like the book's list of the most useful Oxbridge Access schemes, it will be appreciated by teachers, as well as students. The result are likely to be stronger, more confident candidates, even from disadvantaged groups.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Street Eagle on 3 Aug. 2012
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This guide is incredibly useful. I just wish I had read it earlier, because it would have helped even more, especially with choosing a course. I spent far too much time agonising about that. Now that I've finally started on my Oxbridge preparation, I'm finding some of the books, journals and websites listed really interesting. Generally, the study advice in the guide is clearer and more detailed than the one I was given at school. Also, there are quite a few suggestions for university-type activities you can do for free. The only thing I did not like was that bits of the guide were are addressed to parents. I'd rather mine stayed out of this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By maryam2u on 30 July 2012
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I loved this book because it stopped me feeling stupid. My sixth form head was very keen on me applying to Oxford, but the idea used to give me sleepless nights, even though I had really liked the place when I went up on a school trip. It all just seemed terribly confusing and I couldn't believe students like me got in.

Reading Oxbridge Entrance calmed me down. The book had a chapter on every single thing I was worried about, plus lots of brilliant suggestions on how to prepare for the course I had picked. I also liked all those funny stories in between, mostly about Oxbridge in the old days. The application stage is still hard work and I'm only half-way through my UCAS statement, but each time I get stuck the book shows me ways to move on.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ed King on 19 July 2012
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Best about this student guide are probably its chapters on PPE and medicine, subjects which are not taught at school. There is also very sensible advice on Oxbridge English. The academic route leading towards a place at Oxford and Cambridge is generally well mapped out, often with inspiring suggestions. Students are shown how to handle difficult books and how to address challenging interview questions. They are also pointed towards a wide range of activities, both local and online, so as to further develop course-related interests. The author's guidance on how to produce an original personal statement should reduce the temptation to just copy online ones. All in all, able students will gain hugely from preparing with the help of this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D J Harries on 24 Nov. 2012
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Although focus is on Oxbridge there's lots here relevant to any youngster hoping to go to university - and much sound advice for parents too. Loads of information laid out in a nice easy style.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leothelast on 5 Mar. 2013
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I have recommended this guide to students for a number of years. It is very accessible and works even for those without any higher education background. Still, it clearly annoyed some hyper-competitive types, who have tried hard to bad-mouth it. Ignore them. Look inside. The book is beautifully written, as well as accurate. A must-buy for future Oxbridge applicants.
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