We are very aware that the application procedure can seem quite daunting to our applicants, and we certainly do our best to put them at ease. Here are some ideas for additional support from home: Remind your daughter to focus on her reasons for choosing a particular subject when she is writing her personal statement. What has she done to find out more about it? We are also interested in what your daughter has gained from her extracurricular activities, especially if they relate to her subject choice.
When preparing for interview, your daughter may find it helpful to chat to you about her interests, in order to get used to talking about her chosen subject. However, she should avoid learning prepared speeches by heart, since the interview is a two-way process and candidates who are able to be spontaneous often perform better at interview. Before coming up for interview, applicants also ought to re-read their personal statement, and any written work that we asked them to send in, as these will almost certainly be discussed.
Sometimes applicants will need to stay overnight in Cambridge during the interview process. We provide free accommodation for applicants, but we regret that we cannot accommodate parents. There are a number of B&Bs and hotels in the area, and you may wish to look at the Visit Cambridge website for more information. On the day, parents are welcome to make use of our waiting room.