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Reading about your subject is one of the most powerful ways of strengthening your application. Those all-important people, the university admissions tutors, really appreciate ‘reading around the subject’ for a number of reasons:
- It shows your enthusiasm and passion for a subject
- It shows you’ve made the effort to go ‘beyond the curriculum’ to explore your subject in more depth
- It demonstrates intellectual ability when you describe what you’ve leant from it. Admissions tutors are particularly interested in what you found interesting and why.
For Oxford and Cambridge applications however, extra reading is absolutely essential (and preferably lots of it!).