Saturday, 9 April 2016

Freshers: Choosing Where To Go

Note: This post is part of a collaboration with Student Hut

Hello my lovelies!

Making that initial decision of where I wanted to go was definitely the hardest part of the application process for me. I didn't really know what course I wanted to do or where I wanted to go and it was incredibly daunting to have to make a choice in what seemed like a short space of time. The stress was eased once I discovered how much information I could access regarding the places I was thinking about. There are lots of tools that you can use when choosing your university during the application process that can help to ease the stress of making a decision, and that's what we're looking at today. 

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Let's talk about league tables; there are so many of them that it can be difficult to know which ones to trust and which ones are useless for you. So many people make the mistake of looking at tables that are irrelevant to their subject choice. You need to make sure that when viewing league tables, you filter them to focus on the subject you wish to take. This is because a general league table will tell you the 'best' universities, but they may not actually be the 'best' for your subject. 

It's also a good idea to look at student led league tables, these are the honest polls that will give you an honest idea about where has the best student experience or the best modules for your degree. The National Student Survey is ultimately a great source, but it certainly isn't the only one. Student Hut have a great league table based on student feedback but they also have a great range of other sources. Their league table is based on the 22,000 reviews left by students on the site, and you may be glad to know that it isn't overpowered by Oxbridge pride. It is a table that should be used with caution though, as it only includes universities with more than 50 reviews. 


If you're looking for honest module reviews or snippets of information about a university that isn't masked in sales talk, Student Hut is a brilliant place to look. This year I have had to delve in to choosing a university once again as I embark on the PGCE journey and Student hut was the first place I looked when balancing the pros and cons of my choices. All of the reviews are written by past and present students and they are completely honest. If there are modules that don't work or are extremely difficult, it will tell you. It may not be the ultimate decider, but it is certainly a great place to start if you're struggling so I'd definitely recommend checking them out.

The site also offers a great range of useful articles and some more lighthearted articles to help with your university journey so even if you're not currently in the process of choosing your uni, it's definitely worth checking them out. 


Let me know how your application process is going, or if you're already at university, what might have helped you to make your decision. You can get in touch at any of the links listed here or leave a comment below!

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