Here's how to handle the uni application process like a pro.

When you're finishing exams and trying to top up UCAS points, applying for uni is just another thing on the list. Here's how to deal with that all-important application.

1. Check your deadlines 

Yep, really. You need to know what needs to be done and when for. Don't bury your head in the sand - you'll feel better just for knowing. 

2. Get organised

As soon as you know the deadlines, it's time to make a plan of action. Set yourself realistic goals and put dates in the diary. It'll look a lot less scary when you break it down. (Don't worry, it won't be anywhere near as intense as that revision timetable you can't wait to forget about.)

3. Research

It's always worth doing your research on what specific courses are looking for. Check out the sort of buzzwords they use and see what their alumni have gone on to do. Attend an Open Day and meet the academics who teach your subject. It'll give you an idea of what they'll expect you to bring to the course, and although you can't necessarily use this in an application, you'll feel like you know your stuff. Not such a bad thing.  

4. Drafting

Plan, plan and plan some more. Outline what you want to say in bullet points and build on that. This way you can create draft versions of your statement and it's open to change – you can swap the points around, and replace others. It'll make a much stronger statement in the long run. You just can't go wrong with drafts.

5. Take a step back

When it all gets a bit much, take a step back and remember why you're doing all of this. Take a deep breath and think about the end result. You'll forget the pain of the application when you're having the time of your life at uni and graduating with a top-notch degree in a few years.

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