Sarah Alakija, founder of Charters Education Support, works as a UK university admissions consultant, supporting both international and UK students who are planning to make an application to a UK university. Working online and via telephone, she offers advice on choosing a subject and choosing universities as well as guidance on the application form and bespoke personal statement support. She takes the time to discuss and understand your child’s academic and career aspirations to help them decide what degree would be best for them. She can provide insights into what your child can expect from different universities, the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a specific course or college and how best to ensure your child is successful in securing a place. She specialises in supporting students over the long-term in order to help them prepare for a successful application. The best applications require evidence of a student’s interest in the chosen subject and so I guide students during Year 12 towards relevant and interesting research, whether that be books, podcasts, online lectures, journals, magazine articles, online courses etc. Doing this sort of research not only shows universities a high level of engagement, but it also helps to confirm a genuine interest in the subject to the student. With that under their belt, students have the tools to move on to write a truly excellent personal statement. Sarah has worked in independent schools since 1997, in a variety of roles including Vice Principal and Head of Careers, HE and Entrepreneurship.
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