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We offer comprehensive support to Italian students wishing to study at British universities

Valdo Academics offers all customers a free telephone consultation where we clarify the admission process for students and families and send you (always and strictly FREE) examples of personal statements.​ Call us and we it will be nice to talk to you!​

Secondly, we offer complete assistance (in Italian and English) throughout the entire process of university applications in the United Kingdom

  1. Choice of university and degree courses

  2. Curriculum enrichment (internships, research, university lessons) 

  3. Planning of the personal statement

  4. Test preparation and university interviews

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Shine among the candidates

Nel 2019 il 93% delle domande universitarie dei nostri clienti italiani è risultato in una offerta, contro una media italiana del 55% e una media britannica del 69%! (Fonte: UCAS)

55%

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Questo valore aggiunto è dovuto alla preparazione olistica che noi proponiamo: dalle consultazioni inziali, fino all'annuncio dei risultati a Luglio, saremo al tuo fianco per aiutarti.

More success

On average, Italian students enter approximately 2 universities (2.75 to be precise), while Valdo Academics students enter almost 5 out of 5! (The average is 4.6). (Source:UCAS)

Less risk

In 2019, 13.5% of applicants had to undergo clearing - that is, resubmit their applications in August because their school grades did not match the university offers. We help kids make wise choices that reduce this risk to 3.53%. (Source:UCAS)

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Students in their final year of high school: 

The personal statement

What is the
personal statement?

The Personal Statement is a presentation letter with which you will demonstrate to universities that you are an unmissable candidate. This letter must be purely academic and meet precise structural criteria.

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The characters

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You can only use up to 4,000 characters (600 words) to explain why you are the ideal candidate.

These are very few words, but with an impressive weight!

The most important variable

In addition to the personal statement, your universities will receive your grades from the last two years, i comments from your professors on your academic performance and a prediction of your final grade, signed by your professors.

However, once in the final year, these parameters are already determined by your performance in the past years. The personal statement
It is therefore the most important variable to influence the probability of success of your application at this point in your journey.

We have developed an in-house method to help Italian students write their personal statement.

1. We help you identify your achievements and create a CV

You'll work with a trained consultant to complete an overview of all your accomplishments and passions. Even examples that seem less significant can be fundamental!

  • From books read as academic study to those read as a pastime

  • From the organizational ability demonstrated in sporting activities, to the determination in competitive sport

  • From your favorite topics at school, to your work experiences

All your accomplishments can be turned into insights into your academic ability to demonstrate why you are a must-win candidate.

2. We help you transform your CV into a pitch

Dopo aver elencato tutti i traguardi, li trasformerai secondo il formato standardizzato STAR

  • Situation: quale era il contesto del tuo traguardo?

  • Task: Cosa dovevi fare esattamente? 

  • Action: Cosa hai fatto?

  • Result: Quale è stato il traguardo misurabile raggiunto? In che modo hai ecceduto le aspettative?

Questo ti permetterà di creare una serie di paragrafi dettagliati sui tuoi successi, testandone l'efficacia con un esperto. 

3. We help you find your story (first draft)

Once you have laid out all your milestones in STAR format, you will be able to select the most effective paragraphs.

  • These will create the skeleton of your personal statement

  • The next step is therefore to sew them together, developing a personal and unique branding and story that highlights your journey.

4. We teach you to cut words (final version)

Finally, we help you reduce the number of words to meet the 4,000 character limit. At the end of this phase, the personal statement obtained will be the result of a distillation that has retained only the most relevant points for the admission application in question.

So... do you write the personal statement for us? 

Certo... che no! Siamo un'agenzia di tutors: professionisti dedicati all'istruzione come stile di vita e come passione. Se scrivessimo i personal statement ai nostri studenti sminuiremmo l'importanza del nostro lavoro. Peraltro, sarebbe umiliante per voi pupilli.

 

Il nostro obiettivo è formare menti brillanti, intraprendenti e responsabili. 

Sta a voi studenti svolgere il lavoro. Noi possiamo mostrarvi la strada e descrivere con esattezza i passaggi da seguire, creando un programma perché gli ostacoli siano affrontabili con più serenità. Tuttavia, il percorso di apprendimento sta nell'affrontare il viaggio - non nel raggiungere la destinazione con una scorciatoia.

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Should universities invite you for an interview or test, we have a dedicated team to help you shine

Preparing for tests

We can help you develop an action plan to prepare for the exams your UCAS Application requires. 

Here on the side you can see some examples of tests we have worked on

Medicine

UKCAT and BMAT

Law

LNAT

Mathematics

Step 1, Step 2, Mat

P.P.E.

TSA (Oxford)

Interview coaching

Some universities will invite you for an interview on Skype or in person.

These interviews are mainly aimed at testing your academic skills and therefore it is difficult to prepare at the last moment.

Therefore, if your application requires an interview, you can work with us to prepare in advance.

Oxford and Cambridge

We can help you with mock interviews and interview coaching services for Oxford and Cambridge, with consultants who have studied at these universities and have helped several students get into these universities.

Medicine

Medical interviews will ask you to use both your academic and professional medical knowledge. We can simulate interviews with specialized consultants to help you improve both of these areas.

Start your journey

All of our programs begin with a free, personalized consultation.

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Students in their penultimate year, or in the summer between their penultimate and senior year

If you are in this phase, you are in the last moment to be able to plan the application path in advance. At this time, you can still take advantage of the opportunities offered by the summer to enrich your CV.

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Plan ahead! There are five steps to focus on where we can help you.

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Choose with us the universities where you will apply

 

The choice of universities is not simply based on rankings.

  • You will need to identify your high-risk universities (where it is possible but difficult to get in) and those where you are safe to get in. What will be the optimal level of risk to expose yourself to?

  • You'll need to figure out which cities are right for your personality type: do you prefer a campus-style university like Oxford, or an urban university like LSE?

  • Do you prefer the theoretical or practical aspects of your course of study? Are you interested in research?

  • How much will it cost you? Will you be able to take out the infamous honor loan to pay for your studies?

  • What is the difference between Scottish and English universities?

  • Are there scholarships available?

 

Our role is to help you answer these questions and help you achieve a peaceful and stimulating university future.

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Reach the desired "predicted grade"

.TOAt the beginning of your senior year, your professors will have to make a prediction of your final grade. 

 

This "predicted grade" will be sent to universities and will be one of the main factors that will influence the outcome of your applications.

 

Through our strengthening and repetition programs, we can help you achieve the grade you want to achieve.

DDemonstrate genuine passion with your CV

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SDevelop your resume and explore your passion

 

The summer that awaits you offers a unique opportunity to explore the subjects that interest you and demonstrate your passion through courses, individual lessons, summer schools, specific readings and internships.You need to accumulate these experiences now, to be able to write your personal statement in August or September!

 

For each of our students, we organize a stimulating path that allows them to accumulate the necessary wealth of experience to demonstrate a genuine interest in the subject.

We can help you enrich your resume in three main ways

University lessons

We organize university lectures in the subject of interest

 

Click to read an example:

Apply for UCL

Politics, Philosophy, Economics

Case study: Lezioni Universitarie

 

Carla voleva studiare  Politica, Filosofia, Economia a UCL.

La abbiamo messa in contatto con un tutor specializzato. Assieme, hanno studiato John Rawls e Robert Nozick, apprendendo elementi di political philosophy, che hanno riconnesso a un’analisi dei pro e contro di "Obamacare" negli USA, e delle politiche economiche democratiche e repubblicane.

 

Carla ha potuto parlare di queste esperienze nel suo personal statement, ed è stata accettata in tutte le università a cui ha fatto domanda.

 

Internships

We help you look for an internship in a related field

 

Click to read an example:
Question for Warwick
Applied Mathematics

 

Case study: Internships

 

Anna wanted to apply to Warwick to study applied mathematics.

We identified a passion for statistics, so we arranged an internship with one of our partners, Power Play Theatre: a self-funding theater company selling statistical analysis studies into the British art world.

 

Anna was able to learn advanced statistical concepts and contribute to a study on gender equality in British theater – an experience she mentioned in her statement, and helped her get into every university she applied to.

Summer Schools

We can recommend summer schools in the United Kingdom

 

Click to read an example:
Student undecided between 
Law and Economy

Case study: Summer schools

 

We work with a wide range of partners to recommend the best summer schools in the UK to families.

 

For example, one of our students was undecided whether to study law or economics. We put him in touch with a summer school that specializes in teaching college material in these subjects. By accessing their courses, the student was able to experience the topics first-hand and decide to apply for Economics. Supported by the distance learning lessons of our tutors, at the end of the course he entered the London School of Economics (LSE).

Finally, we help you reap the benefits of a year of preparation

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Write the Personal Statement

 

All the experiences you have accumulated over the years will be summarized in a single essay: the personal statement.

This will be written early or during your senior year, so you still have time to flesh out your resume! 

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Tests and interviews

 

Many courses require extra exams and interviews, in addition to predicted grades and a personal statement. For example

  • Medicine

  • Law

  • PPE

  • Mathematics

  • Liberal arts

  • Business

It is critical to prepare as far in advance as possible for these tests, which will occur in your senior year, and we can create customized programs to help you do this.

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