I grew up in Italy and moved to the United Kingdom in 2016.
“I completed an NVQ in Business Administration while sitting my GCSEs privately. I gained GCSEs in English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business, Economics, Italian and Religious Studies.”
A Change of Course
“I used to study Business Studies with Law and Economics in Italy. However, when I transferred to England, I was more interested in studying science-based subjects.”
“I was motivated to study with Oxbridge because I want to do medicine. The courses I completed with Oxbridge were the perfect stepping stones to this.”
Often described by friends and family as tenacious and hard-working, with a curious mindset, Salma is well-suited to studying Science.
“I enjoy studying Biology most, as it involves the most research. It was very interesting learning about various concepts of the human body and how cells interacted with each other.”
“Medicine will satisfy my curiosity about the sciences whilst providing a challenge.”
Gaining Transferable Skills
By studying with Oxbridge, Salma has learnt new skills that she knows she will take into her future in the working world and in her personal life.
“The main skills I developed were time management and research skills, which are excellent and transferable skills to gain.”
Studying academic subjects can be challenging, but when you apply yourself like Salma has, you truly can achieve what you’re aiming for.
Salma found that time management was the trickiest part of studying a distance learning course.
“It was different, as I had to arrange it all rather than be restricted to school hours. It was a struggle, as at first it was hard to eliminate distractions. I got over it by experimenting with working at different times, in order to find the optimum timings.”
Working in Stages
When it came to establishing a routine, Salma was sure to divide her day up into sections.
“It involved working in 2- 4-hour blocks each divided with a 2-hour break. This was planned around my whole day to ensure that I could fit in everything, such as sleep and general leisure activities.”
“Home learning was difficult to start with, as there were too many distractions, but I slowly overcame the challenges with lots of practice.”
Fortunately, Salma’s determination and fascination to learn more about the world around her motivated her to put the distractions to one side.
“I'm excited about learning new things. I believe that the world was made for us to explore and the best way to do that is to learn new things and research.”
Salma is now looking forward to going to university to study medicine, and she hopes to become a doctor in the future.
Support is the Key to Success
Salma received help from a dedicated tutor for each of her chosen subjects while studying at Oxbridge. She found that the feedback she received from her personal tutors was crucial in helping her to achieve good grades.
“I had constant support along with detailed feedback on each of the pieces of work I submitted. My tutors were always monitoring my academic progress too. They were willing to help throughout the courses and provided the best support I could’ve asked for.”
“Do not treat studying A-levels as if they are equal to GCSEs. They’re harder, even though you’re just doing three subjects.
“Make sure to put in the hours and apply yourself especially when it comes to mock exams. For Chemistry in particular, I found the time I put into revising for the mock exams to be very helpful.”
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