Choosing a university and a course to study is one of the most important decisions a person makes, yet unlike most other life-changing events, people get relatively little time to consider it. The pressures of studying for exams and being a teenager are sufficient enough, but then young people have to make a decision that affects the rest of their life while they're still working out what their goals and ambitions are. Anything which makes the process clearer and less complicated, therefore, is of great benefit for reducing the pressure on today's teenagers.
Of course, teachers play an important role in assisting students with their university decisions, and so our team at Middlesex University have put together an interactive online Tutor Guide that provides teachers with some pointers on how to help students make the right choices, and how to provide helpful support.
The four-part resource provides advice on guidance for students as they start to think about what university and area of study to choose on their UCAS applications, from finding the right course to match their interests and talents, to identifying the type of institution which is most suited to their social and academic needs.
There is also a section on UCAS enrolment and how the student can present themselves in the best possible light in their personal statement, guidance for how the UCAS system works, as well as how to negotiate the clearance process effectively, should things not go exactly according to plan.
Of course, getting into university is just the start - there is then the issue of funding. Our guide outlines out how the fees and loans system works, and how teachers can provide assistance in looking for scholarships, grants and bursaries that will ease the financial burden on individuals.
We recognise the importance of students making the right decisions, and believe that by having this resource to hand, teachers can make a real difference to the success of the university applications process.
Commenting on the new guide, Elita Eliades-Ahmed, education liaison and outreach manager at Middlesex University, said: "Being underprepared during a university application can be potentially disastrous and without the correct guidance, students could lose out on the institution of their dreams - or end up having to wait another year to have another go.
"Naturally, as a university we want young people to make the most of their skills wherever they go, while also supporting their tutors with a guide that will educate, inform and dispel any myths and falsehoods that may stand between possible undergraduates and the future they want to create for themselves!"
You can view the tutor guide here, and use the share buttons to pass it on to other teachers via social media sites Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.