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Summer Prep

You're breaking up for summer and all you want to do is chill out - I really don't blame you!

If you've decided you want to apply for Oxford though, there are a few things you can be doing in between your much deserved chill-time to ensure to write the best possible personal statement and give the application process your best shot.

Here are some things you could try:

* Reading - find areas which interest you and look for books on these topics. You don't always need to read the entire text, it might be that a particular chapter or idea is particularly relevant.

* Articles - rather than telling yourself you've got to work your way through piles of books, articles are a snappier way to pick up snippets of knowledge. Look for ones relating to developments and ideas surrounding your subject.

* Podcasts - if the reading gets too much, turn to listening. Podcasts are a great way to absorb information and a way to fill wasted time - car journeys, train journeys, walking to the bus stop are all optimum podcast times!

* Visits - why not make learning fun? If you can get yourself to a museum, stately home or talk you'll find that you're really absorbing yourself in your subject and looking at it from new angles. Do your research, as many of these activities are free and double up as a great day out!

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