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I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that

A couple of weeks ago, the Guardian cited a rather troubling study. The claim was made that less than half of students felt that their university education would, in the future, pay for ...


Battling the barriers to higher education

Last week we considered the Oxbridge entrance process, touching upon the potential barriers that might arise for students from different backgrounds. In reality, the barriers ...


Is Oxbridge entry process fair?

Every year, throughout the year, newspapers return to the subject of how apparently unfair and mystifying the Oxbridge admissions process is ...


The value of opinion?

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Ranking (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/worlds-most-prestigious-universities-world-reputation-rankings-2016-results) is a unique piece ...


Michel de Montaigne's guide to university

As thousands of Hong Kong students either return to school, head off for Fresher’s Week or go back to university or college to pursue their studies, we at Smart Lessons are choosing to spend ...


Life as a mature student

In many nations the age of the lifelong careers appears to be a thing of the past. On the job training and career progression within the industry may be one option, but if you find yourself ...


Stoic's guide to university places

People don’t seem to have enough time for Greek philosophy nowadays. It’s abstract and archaic, so surely it has nothing to offer the student of today? Actually, classical theory, and philosophy ...


Philosophical guidance for future undergrads

If you are one of those young people in Hong Kong whose bedroom is currently full of college prospectuses, whose friends all seem to know where they want to go and won’t stop ...


App for college applications

Last month, technology company Parchment released College Match, an online tool that helps high school students apply for college in the United States by....


Sitting for the new SAT

Last month, the first significant changes to the SAT were announced since 2005.
The new test paper has yet to be unveiled - the full specification for the exam will be available from April 16....


Use your intuition

Several recent topics discussed within this column have utilized university rankings of one kind or another (for example, the top universities and subjects for employment, and the UK's most competitive universities)...


Top subject for employment

Choosing which subject you want to study at university can be as difficult as selecting where you want to go in the first place.
Sure, you can pick what you love and what you're good at, but this week we aim to help by listing some of the top subjects...


University Interviews

December and January are usually the months when candidates begin to receive invitations to interview at prospective universities.
These can be conducted via Skype, through an alumni network...


The new elite universities?

The University of Buckingham recently announced that it would be opening the UK's first private medical school, where home students would be expected to pay over 157,000 pounds (HK$1.97 million) for a standard five-year undergraduate...


London's newest legal eagle

Alex Chan has an exciting year ahead. A former pupil of La Salle College, he is about to begin studying for a law degree at University College London. As law is such a popular option for Hong Kong students, and because Chan has been...


Me too!

We continue our discussion from last week on the ways in which you can improve your personal statement, college admissions essay, the essay part of any college admissions test, or simply any lengthy piece of writing about yourself...


Me, me, me!

Get ready guys, it's personal statement time! Whether for university admissions, as a vital part of the LNAT or BMAT, or as a simple piece that allows you to change schools, you cannot avoid personal statements during your educational career...


The question of Qatar

The gulf state of Qatar has one of the fastest-growing tertiary education sectors in the world.
Following the establishment of Education City in the capital Doha by the Qatar Foundation of Education, Science and Community...


More individual expressions

We return to the subject of the most overused phrases in UCAS statements, US college applications or general university admissions essays, and how you can reinterpret them...


Succeed via Skype

With UK clearing approaching, this week we will look at how to flourish during a Skype interview. For students considering overseas study, Skype interviews are an increasingly common practice, especially for popular schools and courses...


The search for individual expression

As thousands of students across Hong Kong prepare to write their UCAS statements, US college applications, or supporting essays for institutions around the world, we look at some of the most overused statements by past students, and how to...


East or West

The view from Angharad Fletcher's office - which she shares with the rest of the history and music grad students at the University of Hong Kong - is impressive. Part of HKU's new Centennial Campus, it overlooks western Hong Kong and Kowloon...


A head start on your university course

For thousands of Hong Kong students who will be going to university this year, both at home and overseas, it might feel like the end of a long race to the course of their choice.
However, the hard work is just beginning...


Sign of the Times

How do you choose which is the right university for you? You can go on campus visits, listen to academics from various departments make their pitch and try and soak up the atmosphere of the place. You can follow in the footsteps...


Playing fair?

A recent study from Durham University indicates that students from "ethnic minorities" are less likely to gain places at universities within the UK's prestigious Russell Group. The Russell Group is a collective of 24 British public universities...


Choosing your UCAS offer

It is the time of year when anyone applying for university in the UK needs to think seriously about which offers to accept.
Hopefully you've been lucky and received an offer from all of your choices, so you can enjoy the pick of the bunch...


Take a truly Asian direction

Malaysia has transformed itself since the 1970s from a producer of raw materials to an emerging multi-sector economy. The country exports huge amounts of technological equipment, petroleum products and chemicals, among other goods...


Among the Dreaming Spires

Gary Luk Chi-hung is a fortunate man. In 2011 he won the Swire/Cathay Pacific Scholarship and is now completing a doctoral degree at the University of Oxford (where the qualification is referred to as a DPhil...


On the bridge to university

Pre-university courses, sometimes referred to as foundation years, access courses or bridging courses are available in a variety of subjects and are often aimed at those who will later join the university that the course is offered at...


Diplomas and decisions

Vocational education is often perceived as a more practical form of training that prepares you for a specific trade, craft or career. However, this does not mean that no qualifications are required to pursue that particular job and the vast majority...


An alternative vocation

It's that time of year again, your friends are sitting around talking about going to university in various countries, discussing SATs and UCAS forms, and you're wondering what it's all about. Perhaps your main concern is whether university...


Rounding off your UCAS Statement

There is so much written on the subject of UCAS personal statements that students can often feel like their heads are spinning with contradictory pieces of advice.
The act of writing down your entire life-plan...


SAT survival tactics

Students who have previously taken the SAT provide us with their top tips for those hoping to take the test.
Students should start to study for the test as early as possible...


Options for SAT coaching

This week our column considers the various options available to students wanting help with their SAT test. Preparation is strongly advised but choosing which option is best for you can be difficult...


Sitting for the SAT

This week our column will be providing a brief overview of the SAT for students considering college in the United States.
The SAT, which previously stood for both Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test...


Simple dos and don'ts of UCAS clearing

Here's some general advice for those preparing for clearing in the UK:
Do your research. By the time you receive your results, you should know whether or not you have been awarded...


Clearing from a tutor's perspective

This week our column looks at the UK clearing process from the perspective of an admissions tutor.
These individuals are the academic staff who will answer student calls over the clearing period and make offers...


Clearing from a student's perspective

This week we will be looking at a personal, student experience of the UK Clearing system.
"Neil" is originally from a city in the middle of the UK and now works as a manager at one of Britain's biggest...


Some FAQs about local universities

This week we will be considering some useful questions that may be of interest to prospective undergraduate students in Hong Kong.
1) What should I prepare before I apply?...


Local application process

The application process for Hong Kong universities can vary, even for local students.
Local secondary students applying for a three- or four-year curriculum at HKU, PolyU, CityU, HKBU, Lingnan, CUHK...


Playing the waiting game

Last week we looked at the early stages of applying to higher education institutes in the US. This week our focus is on acceptance deadlines and other important information, particularly in relation to the Common App...


Coping with Clearing

So, the worse case scenario has happened. You have been rejected from all of your UCAS choices, or you have missed getting into the school you really wanted.
There is still something to be done via the process of...


Gaining acceptance - The UCAS way

Last time we looked at ensuring that your UCAS form was as well prepared as possible. Now we must consider what you're going to do once you start to receive offers.
Universities will start assessing application forms as soon as...


The UCAS Application - Are you sure you're finished?

Last time we explored the basics surrounding choosing your universities in the UK and getting your UCAS form done. If you're all finished and waiting for your results then...


Getting through UCAS - Alive

Applying to universities in the UK is a peculiar experience for students because they have to navigate a bureaucratic behemoth - the UCAS system, this can be an unsettling and confusing time for them...

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