yes (3 A*,3 A,6 B)
(A at AS)
(C at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)
(A at AS (293 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)
(NA at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)
(A at AS; predicted A; gained NA at A2)
Decisions about the application
I liked the prospect of studying with students who were very able.
I chose Oxford because I preferred the atmosphere in the town, compared to Cambridge.
I had always wanted to study Maths since I was a young child.
I went through the list of colleges, crossing off the ones that appealed to me less, until one was left.
I had three or four meetings with a Maths teacher during lunchtime, in order to look over any problems I had.
Prepare thoroughly for the Oxford Entrance Test by going through lots of past papers and sort out any little problems that you may have, however small.
There was a 3 hour Maths test, based on material from C1-C3, but of a higher difficulty.
First interview: I thought my first interview went well. The graph sketching qustion was v. easy, and the cube question was more of a discussion as I had not studied the topic at all before. (but managed to get the end result)
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Second interview: Looked at the Exam paper and some questions that I could not do. The interviewer was running 10 minutes late and seemed uninterested during the interview. (including leaving for 5 minutes in the middle of it)
Third interview: It was short: only 15 minutes compared to the 30 minutes that I was expecting. We went through a couple of questions together, both of which were pretty easy.
From the piece of paper that was in front of my second interviewer, I knew that I was only ranked 303 out of the 800+ applicants who came to interview. (they take about 250 students)
1) Sketch the graph of y = x^3 – x. How does it change if y = |x^3 – x| ?
2) How many different types, and numbers, of rotations on axis of symmetry can you have for a cube?
1)What UMS did you get in your Maths A level?
2)Looked at some questions in the exam paper that I did not do. (including a logic-based one)
Third interview (at Somerville):
1)Prove n^3 – n is always divisible by 3.
2)Prove that 3 > pi > 4 , considering the area of a circle compared to that of a square, and an n-sided shape placed inside the circle.
A t-shirt, jumper, and smart trousers. Your Maths is important, not your dress sense.
Lincoln seemed cosy and a comfy place to live.
I only saw Somerville very briefly, but it did not look as nice as Lincoln.
The room that I was given had a lounge, a bedroom, and a shower room. The room gave me a very good impression of the accomodation, but I doubt that all students get this quality , and size, of room!
The food was very nice for canteen food.
Of the two tutors I spoke to, one seemed friendly and very helpful. The other seemed uninterested and bored during the interview.
Friendly and willing to help.
Because of my entrance exam ranking, I was expecting to be rejected.
A little disappointed, but it was not unexpected. Lincoln had 4.1 applicants per place that year, so the competition was more fierce than usual. (This places it at the top-end of applicant/place numbers, for Maths)
I would definitely reapply, you will never know unless you try.
It is worth a short, and try not to be too disappointed if you are rejected; there are other great places to study Maths!