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Degree: History (Bachelors) - Oxford, New College University
|English Language||GCSE||£18 /hr|
|English Literature||GCSE||£18 /hr|
|.HAT.||Uni Admissions Test||£25 /hr|
|History||Uni Admissions Test||70|
|Sports, Exercise and Health Science||Baccalaureate||7|
SY (Parent) August 30 2015
The History Aptitude Test is designed to test the way a prospective Oxford Historian approaches and analyses new information and uses their own knowledge to compare and contrast different arguments. To this end candidates need to be able to recognize key historical themes and ideas and pull them out of previously unseen arguments as well as have an understanding of a much broader concept of historical theory. To a large extent candidates need to think ‘outside the box’, meaning instead of looking at the paper at face value, they need to dig for greater historical understanding in the texts provided by appreciating context, counter arguments and purpose. Whilst detailed knowledge of a variety of periods of history is key to the large essay in the first part of the paper, candidates may need help in developing and encouraging the ability to garner as much possible information from a piece of text as possible.
Having successfully been through the HAT and my first year at Oxford I can see the connection between the skills that are required of candidates in the HAT and how that applies to study at Oxford. For any potential candidate I would look to work primarily on analysis skills, how to articulate another author’s argument or a counter-argument for the first part of the paper as well as looking at how general historical theories, beginning by understanding them, why they were theorized and when, as well as how they can apply to a variety of different periods and events. The second part of the paper requires coaching in how to think about information and what we can draw from it, focusing on thinking around ‘facts’, placing them in context and drawing more information than can be seen in any number of traditional readings of the text.see more
IB History places an emphasis on different skills than traditional A-levels, it is a course designed to test your historical method rather than your factual knowledge. If we take the coursework as an example, candidates have to write an essay but not in the normal sense, it is divided into a series of sections that require both individual thought and to be placed in the essay as a whole. The design of these sections is to force candidates to not simply rattle of an idea, support it with ‘facts and conclude, but to engage with the nature of sources, think around the reading and ‘facts’ and to think with a greater awareness of historical themes and theories. This is a microcosm of the IB history course which demands more from the candidates own way of thinking than the A-level does.
In obtaining a 7 in Higher level IB I had to learn how to think in this manner and did so successfully, using it not only whilst sitting IB exams but also in my application for Oxford University and my first year of study there. This has given me an exceptional viewpoint as to what skills an IB historian has to develop differently to my peers who did the A-level. I not only understand these skills but also understand how to teach them, having undergone teaching in them at both college and university level.
The similarities between a good IB historian and a university level historian are remarkable and I believe that I can offer focused coaching in changing the mindset of how an individual approaches history that is demanded by both the IB and university.see more