If you’re a university applicant with no prior experience, and who has never been through the application process before, it can seem like nothing short of an ordeal. You will doubtless feel under an enormous amount of pressure, some of that coming from family members, and perhaps even more coming from within yourself, and this is only natural. However, if you plan to attend mock interviews and tutorial simulations, then you will be given a good understanding of what is expected of you and what skills and understanding you will need to be able to show, to stand a chance of winning a place on your chosen course. While your stress levels may only reach simmering point, they will surely be greatly lowered than had you entered straight into the application process with no real idea of what was to come, and how you should behave and perform.
What is a tutorial setting like?
The tutorial simulation will be as close to the real thing as is possible, and so will involve students usually being split into small groups whereby they are given topics or problems to debate and discuss. Tutorials are always held in a formal setting, and aside from debating and chatting about important issues together, students will be given the chance to read mock interview questions and put together mini presentations, along with practicing their essay writing skills.
The nature of the topics and discussions will naturally be of a level higher than that of which students have previously been studying, and applicant’s responses and replies should show the appropriate degree of intelligence.
What is the main premise of a mock tutorial?
Interviewers are searching for candidates who can show that they possess the necessary skills and maturity to excel at their chosen university, and mock tutorials enable them to watch applicants and see how they interact with their peers and tutors alike. How they perform in such a setting will give interviewers a much better understanding of the applicants and their suitability for the course of their choice.
Mock tutorials are usually run by the very tutors who will be present on the course that students are applying for, too, giving them the chance to meet each other in a slightly more relaxed and informal setting.
What you will get out of a mock tutorial?
Mock tutorials are extremely beneficial to candidates in showing them what is expected of them and giving them a chance to interact with their peers in the same setting as they will be accustomed to should they be selected. For many, knowing who they are up against when being interviewed for a university placement can help them to work on their skills should they feel they are lacking in some areas, and there is no doubt that each candidate will walk away from the tutorial with a strong feeling of having learned something that will be of benefit to them when it
comes to the real interview.
Ultimately, mock tutorials give applicants a much better understanding of what the real interview process will be like and what is expected of them, and have been proven to help candidates be successful in their applications, particularly compared to those students who did not attend such an event.