Oxford Uni Admissions- History and Politics!! (Bonus interview questions and tips!!)

Oxford Uni Admissions- History and Politics!! (Bonus interview questions and tips!!)


hi guys welcome back to my channel I’m Richa Richa, a second year Engineer at Mansfield College and today I’m here with my friend Robyn That’s me So Robyn what subject do you do? history and politics also a second year at Mansfield
so today we’re going to give you a brief overview of the history and political
science admission process at Oxford and before we get started Robyn can you
provide us with a brief background of yourself Which school you went to? Which A-levels you did? well for sixth form I went to grammar school for girls and my a levels were well for AS I did further maths but
then stopped because scary and then I did regular math all the way through
English lit, history and RS and I also did the new PQ and how far back did you
decide that you wanted to apply to Oxford? must have been nine or ten, first time
I read like the Northern Lights series Philip Pullman’s and sad to inform you
there aren’t that many talking animals at Oxford so you know I was upset like that
so the first thing of course is the UCAS application and we’re not going
to talk too much about it because it remains the same for every subject but what
about the personal statement what tips you have for someone writing a personal statement? Um I forgot what I was going to say one thing is make sure to if there are books that have like framed how you think about politics and
history on a specific recent historical thing then you should
mention those books but only do that if you’ve actually read the book
because I’ve got a horror story a friend of mine who applied for history and
politics mentioned a book in her personal statement she’d read a quarter
a third of got to the interview and the author was her interviewer and she
did not get in so only mention books you’ve read and also if your like
relevant and definitely mention that and you did have an open application or
did you apply to Mansfield college? I applied to Mansfield- best college- but you can’t any more for history and politics because they
got me and decided they could never top that I mean you know how humble I am so the next thing of
course is the entrance test and how do you prepare for the entrance test? I did so many past papers it helps if you have a teacher who like knows some stuff
about the application process who can look over the past papers but
just doing some it’s the most helpful part of the process because you need to
get used to how the questions are different from the questions on like a
long examination papers there’s a lot more interpreting sources you’ve never
seen before you do have to bring in some of your A-level knowledge but only for
one essay the rest is basically testing your analytical skills it’s really fun
test what exactly’s the test isn’t the same as history ya ya the HAT test what’s the layout like? Oh god this was years ago There’s like I think four
questions what you don’t do like those one you don’t do because that’s just for history and economic people or something- it says on the front and two of the questions are source spaced
just analytical stuff and one of the questions is like an essay bringing in
outside knowledge so basically what you studied at a level and that one is hard and
bad and I didn’t like it but if you’ll notice I’m still sitting here
but in most of the most important stuff is the sources and just learning to
analyze them and some of the main things that really is getting yourself used to
it in past papers because of the differences with how you’re supposed to
approach it like you have to approach the source is blind like you know
basically nothing about the period it’s really fun
Were you that excited when you came out of the test yes I was less
excited when the test started because our invigilators were two old ladies who
were very badly invigilating and it started 45 minutes late then I got into my groove doing the exam and so relaxing with my 27 pens piled up on the side of the desk so you obviously did it great to make it to the next process
of the interview. How did you prepare for the interview? I did ask a teacher at a different school to give me a
practice interview a teacher I didn’t know so it more like modelled the other way the actual interview with a stranger you’re scared off but what was most
important was watching people’s blogs about how to prepare for interviews
I do recommend watching vlogs about lots of things and how do they actually do go
so for history and politics there’re two interviews one for history and one for politics the
history interview you have to send an essay in advance one you’ve does a class
and they’ll normally open the interview with a few questions about that about
your thought process so it has to be a recent one which you thought about and remember writing. The first question was weird because it was like why did you
write an essay with this title and the answer was oh my teacher set me essay in class because he told us submit what we’ve done for class but other than that
really weird and awkward bit the interview’s really fun They also bring out a our source normally a painting when they
start repenting mine was this horrific one like a Christian missionary and he
was framed with this lovely white tent behind him and he’s all glowing and there’s
all these adoring natives staring at him lovingly then it’s like so what do you
think this is from and what’s it about like it’s historically significant sort of
source material but normally not a starkly significant painting in itself
because that you might have seen it before and then there’s the politics interview
which is more logic than like actual what you might think of as political
it’s testing how you could think for like political philosophy type questions
there were a lot of questions about avalanches I think the real topic of those questions was responsibility and wear it
lies in circumstances it wasn’t actually about avalanches I have since
discovered but the politics one was easier I think
when you’re actually in the history one is a lot harder to prepare for because of how
logic puzzle and self-contained it was and how did you feel coming out of the interviews
history one I felt pretty good coming out of the politics one a bit less so
because it was all vague and about avalanches what I will say about the
history one though is that there were two interviewers in there one was mostly
silent when she did ask you a question it was weirdly antagonistic like only
one of them so why do you think this you know could you explore that line of
thought a bit more and occasionally the other one would just go why do you think that that
why did you think and that’s exactly how she spoke did she have a gun by any chance? she definitely had a gun a big machine gun pointed directly at me How long did you stay here for? About 3 nights What was like the social atmosphere that time? Yeah it was really good people would mostly hang out in the JCR
when they weren’t at interviews and even when there wasn’t stuff going on
in the JCR people were like friendly for a ping-pong table we make up new rules
of ping-pong so that’s fun only in the evenings there was something from like college like there was a pub quiz I still remember specifically
things like who got questions wrong because I’m competitive and I was also
night when the college helpers just brought like load of ice cream and
that’s when we made the new rules of ping-pong because of that sugar hyperactivity okay so I guess that’s all for today thank you so much Robyn for
imparting your wisdom To whoever is watching this good luck with
your applications we hope to see you here next year
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