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he Student Room is where GCSE, A Level and university students share academic and social knowledge: from study help, to choosing a university, careers and student life. Become part of the world's biggest online student community,

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      09.07.2013 19:54
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      A great site!

      I have been a member of the website www.thestudentroom.co.uk for several years now. It is a website with lots of information for anyone at school or university. The members of the forum on there helped me to choose my university, and have helped me with many aspects of being a student.

      The website consists of forums (which I use most) and articles. They are on many topics from homework help at GCSE level, up to help on choosing a university for your PhD, and money management.

      When applying to university, there are members on the forum who help you edit your personal statement, which is a document that each applicant much write, to tell the university how wonderful they are, and make the university want to give them an offer of a place on their course. There are also many articles that help with personal statement writing, depending on your course and university of choice.

      Other topics on the forum include health, relationships and friendship advice, where members can post anonymously, asking for advice from others. Some of these topics are very interesting to read!

      Before starting university, there are threads where you can chat to people who have applied to the same place as you, making it easy to meet friends before you leave home. This is great at making the process less daunting, especially if like me you move to a city hours from your hometown.

      There are over 1.2million members on the website, many of which are UK based, though there are students from around the world on the site.

      There is information on how to go about applying to universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, as well as international universities, and help on the entrance exams that some universities have (particularly for medicine applicants).

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        29.06.2013 17:14

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        A site aimed at students for the gamut of student related issues and those of adolescents and young adults.Personally I find this site to be one of the few places on the internet where one can have a semi-intelligent discussion, and free from the cyber fornication trolls that saturate the span of the rest of the internet. So far so good. The one problem is the moderation team. I have found their moderation strategy to be over-zealous, and based on personal grudges and general vindictiveness- just a straight out desire to take pleasure in targeting certain chosen individuals, nit picking until they are eventually relieved of their posting rights. Power corrupts and the people comprising The Student Room Moderation Team are no exception.

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        17.03.2013 23:40

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        I'm not a member of it and but I have read threads before on it. If you get a 2.2 in your degree, most of them look down on you and think that it's the end of the world for you. These people should try being homeless on the streets and then maybe the result of their degrees would be the least of their worries. If you're struggling with your degree course, look elsewhere because you're not going to find helpful advice on that site.

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        29.02.2012 10:58

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        I tried to publish my negative views about UNITE (probably TSR biggest sponsor) and TSR deleted my review claiming that the review is not fair. I managed to publish the same text to a smaller accommodation and TSR accepted.

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        09.09.2011 21:34
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        A useful source of unprofessional advice on all things relevant to the student community

        The Student Room is an online forum. Some content is accessible without registering, but many people choose to register, for which you need an email address and password. The idea of the site is for students to discuss issues that affect them including health and relationships as well as qualifications, jobs and university choices.

        The Good Bits
        - There is a section where users can submit CVs or UCAS personal statements for appraisal by moderators (a service I haven't used).
        - There is open and frank discussion about coursework, exam questions and homework assignments as well as university entry tests
        - People discuss every element of university life - from which halls to choose, to the variety in curricula between the same course at different universities, even what rooms they'll be moving into come September. You will get information about universities you are considering that you are unlikely to find in the prospectus - both positive and negative
        - There is ample opportunity for young people to voice their views and receive feedback, discussing things that are important to them

        The Bad Bits
        - You will see example of people getting comfortable behind the anonymity of a computer screen and say entirely inappropriate things to others
        - Vulnerable individuals ask questions and receive advice that is at best well-intentioned but at the worst profoundly unprofessional. Health forum discussions demonstrate this best: people seek the advice of unqualified peers rather than consulting a professional
        - There is a "rep" system on which your value as a contributor will be decided. This is abused by many.
        - The majority of the users have an avatar / spoiler in which they list their often excessive qualifications, which are invariably grade A* and will serve to make any normal individual feel inferior
        - As the previous reviewer noted, there is a subscription service offered for £3.99 / month, the purpose of which is unclear. Benefits include "supersized avatar, coloured username +++" - perhaps that tells you all you need to know about the main users

        Overall it is in my opinion a useful resource, but one to be used with caution. It can be helpful in the right circumstances but if you spend to much time on there you may become embroiled in the childish silliness that such an environment will inevitably promote.

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        29.08.2011 19:50
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        Moderators have too much power, complaints handed behind closed doors, too many immature users.

        Advantages: Socialising, Advice from teenagers who lack experience in life

        Disadvantages: Stuck up moderators who refuse to listen to reason

        The Student Room is a website with a range of forum topics, and is aimed primarily at students though anyone can register.

        It claims to be free yet encourages a subscription to offer useless 'benefits', such as meaningless username colours, removing banner ads which can be done with a pop-up blocker, and many so-called convenient features that are not worth paying for.

        The forum itself often has students asking for advice or having a rant. Usually the responses given are sarcastic and petty as most people on these forums lack life experience, and at times, simply copy/paste information off of wikipedia to appear intelligent.

        Personal Statement advice is ok but nothing spectacular, especially when helpers are not paid to help. They usually copy/paste information you can google up. It's faster to google this information up than registering on the forum, creating a thread, waiting for a reply, and identifying the information is just copy/pasted.

        The forum works on a meaningless rep system causing users to brown nose each other. You will see people neg repping you solely because you disagree with them, and everyone tries to say the politically correct thing just to receive positive rep.

        Moderators are stuck up and power hungry teenagers. Why do I say this? Numerous 'trolls' had been banned from the website simply because moderators disbelieve or disagree with what's being said. Any disputes are quickly silenced with a ban, and the rules state you're not allowed to publicly debate on the rights and wrongs of warnings/bans. Only you and the group of moderators can see any complaints, and like expected, they cover for each other and ban you if they can't prove they're right. The Student Room is a privately owned site and therefore they have every right to ban whoever they wish without reason, simply because they feel like it. That's the general impression you'd get if you're not a sheeple.

        Conclusion: If you're into brown nosing, being a sheeple, having rants and receiving unhelpful advice from inexperienced teenagers then this is the place for you. Otherwise, stay clear of this website.

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        21.08.2010 19:28
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        If you're a student, this website is a must.

        The Student Room (better known as TSR to regular users) is a forum aimed primarily at students. There are many sub forums ranging from A-levels, to part time employment, to hobbies and interests.

        I joined about 2 and a half years ago and I have to say that The Student Forum has been so helpful to me. With so many forums, I have posted many threads such as asking about what clothes to wear, which universities I should go for, how to solve a physics question. Most users are very helpful, although you do get the odd one or two who just like to rub things in a bit.

        The most popular forums tend to me general discussion, health & relationships, and university forums. With so many different sub forums, there is sure to be something to suit everyone.

        A must visit for any student as it is great to be able to get opinions from those who are in the know, and it's also a great place to make friends with people at uni before you get there. It's also nice to get a general student opinion on your options, even if you do decided not to take it.

        I find that there are always interesting threads on the General Discussion site and you'll most likely find that you can not help but post your opinion. But be warned, I have seen more than a few arguments in TSR threads.

        The finance forum is also great for any EMA or university students who are a little unsure of the process, or are worried that their payments are not coming through etc. Other users can be very reassuring, especially if they are/have been in the same boat.

        For some forums such as Health & Relationships, there is the option to post anonymously. This is helpful for those people who don't want someone to be able to trace it back to them, especially if someone you know uses the site.

        Also, as with any other website, moderation is key. I found that TSR could be extremely addictive. I used to check it a lot. Luckily, I have my TSR obsession under control now.

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          28.04.2010 20:19
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          Warning: May get addictive.

          The Student Room, known as TSR, is a forum dedicated to students from all over the world, although consists predominantly of those from the UK. There is no focal discussion, it has a sub-forum for more or less everything you could possibly want to talk about. For example, there are forums for UCAS, Sport, Politics, Fashion, Health, Study Help, Careers, as well as for each University.

          The forum is coming close to having half a million members with over 24 million posts. In other words; it's quite popular! It is an extremely useful site to any student. Applying to university is not simple and I doubt my application would have gone as smoothly and successfully if I hadn't received the very appreciated help by the TSR members.

          As you would expect with so many students in one place, there is a fair amount of inevitable immaturity and arguments, although it is thoroughly moderated. There are certainly more helpful members, as well as an array of useful articles such as revision notes, what to bring to University and endless guides for each sub-forum which almost act as FAQs.

          If you are doing GCSEs, A-Levels or a prospective under/postgraduate I would highly recommend you register. There is an enormous range of resources to benefit from. If you have a question, chances are it will be answered very quickly and accurately.

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          11.02.2010 15:19
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          One to check out if you are under, say, 30?!

          I have been a member of The Student Room for over 3 years now, signing up back in late 2007 when I was just about to take my A levels. I used it back then to research my universities and get homework advice! Three years on, and I'm still an active member and now subscribe to the site.

          The Student Room is often referred to as 'TSR' and is populated by a large amount of students and graduates! This means that you get a lot of users who are of higher than average intelligence - something like 40% of users are Oxbridge applicants - and so you get a lot of useful opinion and information on different subjects. Every university has its own subforum where you can ask current, ex and prospective students anything you need to know. Many of them, depending on their activity levels, have a bunch of regular students and one or two stickies summarising threads.

          Most of the users on TSR are friendly and helpful, and willing to give advice on many matters. However, there is a high population of 'trolls' on TSR (that is, members who join up and post only to antagonise or create arguments), probably due to the high volume of traffic the site gets. These people serve only to annoy others and bait them into getting banned! They're particularly rife in the dedicated 'Health and Relationships' forum, which has an anonymous function. This section is not for the faint hearted and regularly has topics on issues affecting teens today, such as anorexia, suicidal feelings and strange health problems. Some of the trolls are quite entertaining, but not exactly appreciated when you're in turmoil!

          TSR operates a 'rep' system, which can also encourage the trolls, but is a good way of showing people you support their opinion. Every day, you can 'rep' someone, either positively or negatively, depending on how you find their post, and this in turn gives them a coloured gem next to their name. Rep is highly regarded as how valuable your opinion is, though to be frank; it often only really reflects those who have a lot of voice! Subscribers are often accused of rep circles, but the truth is the shout box allows you to have more interaction with the other subscribers and so naturally, you're going to be more inclined to rep them. I always try to rep fairly, and more often than not don't use my days rep.

          Much like a university, TSR has dedicated 'societies' that you can join and become a member of. For instance, I'm a member of the Classics Appreciation Society, the UKL Psychology Society (note; this society uses the websites old acronym 'UKL', which stands for UK Learning, the previous name for the site) and the Depression Society. All of them have been incredibly helpful over the last three years and I know where I can turn to if I need help on a problem. The users in these societies are friendly and willing to listen/offer advice. Any user can set up a society, as long as they have about 20 different user names that support and promise to join the society.

          The biggest bonus of TSR for most students will be the dedicated UCAS and Personal Statement forums. These are a valuable font of information and the main users in these fields include those who work for UCAS themselves! They also offer a service called 'Personal Statement Helper'; something I have done in the past, but had to give up when I left university. It's something I plan to get involved with again once I go back in September though! Personal Statement helpers have to be at a UK university and they have to provide proof of this when they register (by emailing from the university email address). This ensures that all the helpers have experience of the UCAS system and that they can't plagiarise your statement! You upload your statement into a new thread in the (private, only you and the helpers can read your thread) designated forum and the helpers will decide who is best to look over it; once you have been assigned a helper they will read it and submit you a copy with corrections on it. This can range from a simple change of grammar to telling you to go away and re-write the whole thing! On the whole, to get the best out of this service is by making sure you have a strong draft to submit to them, and by listening to their suggestions!

          One of the benefits of being a personal statement helper is that you gain 'riches' for correcting statements. These riches can then be used to buy a subscription package - currently, the prices are £3.99 for the first month and then £2.99 thereafter. It used to be £3.50 for a month until it changed last year. The benefits of being a sub is that you get a coloured username, access to the 'secret' subs area which includes a shout box and an arcade, a larger avatar and the ability to see who has repped you. The shout box is for me the biggest draw of the subscriber package, as you can talk to like minded students about anything! The subs regularly get together and have meets all over the continent; recently they went to Berlin and there have been visits to Amsterdam and France as well.

          The Student Room also hosts a Wikipedia style subsection. In this you can find articles on pretty much anything related to secondary level education - university guides, sample personal statements, advice on dropping out of university. It's a very well written and well maintained section of the site and is added to almost everyday. Anyone can edit the wiki but the articles are checked by moderators afterwards to make sure that the changes are valid. Similar to the personal statement helpers, you can also become a 'wiki helper', though I am not sure on the criteria for that position!

          Overall, The Student Room is a great forum for those who need information on universities or education, but don't expect it to be sweet and calm all the time! With around 30,000 users there will always be disagreements and people out to antagonise others, and you can't agree with everyone. Notable points of interest are the Medicine forum, the universities category and the personal statement section. The main advantage of having such a big member base is that someone is always around and you're pretty much guaranteed to find someone who either knows the answer or can help with a query. However, if you're not involved in education, then this forum probably would not appeal to you!

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          22.12.2009 22:34
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          Sporadically pretentious but still worth having

          The Student Room is a site that most students have at some point used in one way or another. It is a portal that allows students to discuss educational problems initially, but also branches off to more relaxed chat about life, love, films, politics, and numerous other issues. A large portion of its user base, obviously, are no longer students, but that doesn't make them any less welcome.

          By and large, the site is very good; it is an invaluable resource for students who want to get over the worries of exams by talking to other students, and it is very good at getting to know other students if you're starting University and are understandably nervous. Also, it has a very active Chat forum that's still active well into the wee hours of the morning.

          On the other hand, though, the Health forums in particular are a bit exasperating, given that people ask questions that no forum user could possibly answer without a thorough examination, and of course the idea of "playing doctor" over the web is never a good idea as it reads to misdiagnosis. By and large, these people should be seeing a doctor. Also, on the relationship forum you get a lot of airheaded people who simply need to employ common sense, and the general mindset of this board is from overly cautious people who've not ventured far enough out of their house to know the realities of life.

          Also, the fashionably cynical mindset permeates heavily throughout most of the message boards, with a large portion of the board, despite the stereotype being that students are left-wing hippies, being dreary and very, depressingly right-wing. There's also a lot of elitism over the subjects one studies, and the virtual equivalent of a class war between science and art students, which is depressing.

          Still, it is a good resource if you can manage to steer clear of the pomp, difficult though that might be. Nevertheless, if some of the board's users are our future, I'm a bit worried.

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          22.07.2009 00:13
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          An excellent site for students and beyond for advice and help of all sorts

          The Student Room is a website consisting of forums where you can socialise and discuss a whole range of things. The site is aimed at students from GCSE level to University level and beyond. You don't get as many GCSE students on the site - it currently tends to be mostly A-level students. You can get help with your studies as well as discuss your hobbies and get to know people.

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          It's free to join but you can pay to become a subscriber. This gives you a few benefits such as your username showing in a colour of your choice, the ability to edit your user title, no banner adverts, a chat forum for subscribers, a new layout, access to an arcade, a larger avatar and much more. You get many benefits and I guess it's worth it if you really enjoy using the site. The standard costs for subscriptions are:

          1 Month - £3.50
          3 Months - £10.00
          6 Months - £19.00
          1 Year - £35.00
          2 Years - £60.00

          In my opinion, the price won't give me anything worth paying for so I am a free member, like the vast majority of the other members. The site has a great layout and you can slightly change the home page as well as the colour scheme, even as a normal member. You can also change your profile and add information to it if you wish. You have your own avatar, which you can upload or choose from the numerous ones on the site.

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          There are many forums on the site - the first place to visit has to be the Welcome Lounge. You can go here and introduce yourself and get a feel for the site. If not, you can head right into the action on other forums. There is a Chat forum for random threads and general chat as well as other places to speak to your hearts content. There are forums for Life Advice including Health & Relationships, Fitness, Fashion & Beauty and Money & Finance. There are forums for hobbies and interests as well as those for debates and current affairs. Lastly, but certainly not least, you have those for Study Help, Universities and other information such as gap years, personal statement help, CV help and even more. This site really is full of forums.

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          The Study Help forums are very useful. They are split into ones of every subject and area. This helped me greatly through my A-levels as I was able to ask questions here whilst doing homework or if I didn't understand something. You can get help as well as links to past papers and other things you may need. It's easy to post a question or even take a photo of it or scan it in and upload it.

          I also got help with my personal statement on the site, which is necessary when applying for university through UCAS. The help is totally private and only other 'PS Helpers' can view your personal statement and thread. They will post updates when they can to try and help you improve it to top quality. I found this quite useful and having got an offer from one university to study medicine, it obviously paid off.

          In Conclusion...
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          Overall, it's an excellent site - ideal for students who are taking GCSEs to A-levels and even those at university. It can also be useful for loads of other advice in areas such as health, relationships, finance and fitness. The community is pretty friendly and the site is easy to navigate round. You can socialise here as well as debate, get advice and help for your studies and other matters. It's very useful and I would highly recommend joining for free today:

          www.thestudentroom.co.uk

          Thanks for reading,

          Dan ©

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            06.07.2009 14:36
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            Give it a go if you have any questions

            Studentroom is an internet website for students who want help with their studies and personal lives which is very easy to join and only takes a few minutes and all you need is an email address and a screen name.

            After I found out that I was the only one of my friends actually leaving Hull to go to University I was feeling unsure about leaving home because I was worried that many other people would just stay in their home towns as well. I decided to go and discuss it with a university counsellor who recommended studentroom and told me that I would find many other students in the same predicament as me. Studentroom is for anybody in education including GCSE's, A-levels, University applications and help with degrees.

            I did not join the website for help with the application process but to meet other people going to university and possibly doing the same course as me and to talk to them about my problems and their own problems and it has made me much less worried about going to University in September.

            The welcome page has a lot of help about other websites which can help you with further study like help on accommodation, finance and which university to choose. As well as this after you become a member the homepage has recent activity on threads you have subscribed to or which you have posted on or started.

            Studentroom has many different areas to help you with every aspect of student life. Articles which are written by students and I found very helpful as it gave a students view on different universities and not just the view of the professors who of course are going to tell you its fantastic. Other articles are also included to help students with their personal lives. I find the forum pages to be very helpful as you can read other peoples questions and also post your own questions for help from other students. The forums also include help with your personal life and health as well as help on careers and finance. Studentroom offers help in every aspect of study from GCSE to degree level. I would recommend the forums as even though they can be a little bit repetitive with people posting the same question everyday even though they can be easily found they are very helpful with anybody a little bit worried about student life. The only thing I find annoying is sometimes I feel people are on their just to brag like I got 8 A*s and 9 As at GCSE and 6 As at As and I'm predicted 5 As for A-level would I be able to get into Oxford which I find very annoying as these people known perfectly well they have a shot and just want to brag to other people who did not get all As.

            Each University also have their own forum which I found so useful as I found 2 people who are hoping to go to the same university and I have been emailing them and 1 person who is on the same course as me which is very rare to find as there are only 12 places on my course and she was very helpful with telling me what the course had from a student perspective.

            You sometimes get past students coming on to help which can sometimes be useful some people just want to talk about getting drunk and never going to class and that it doesn't matter if you skip lessons but some are actually helpful on how to save a bit of money and the lectures.

            For anybody having difficulty with their personal statement they can send it to an actual helper who will confidentially look through your personal statement and send you feedback which is very helpful as to become a personal statement helper you need to have either graduated university or be there which means they have already written a personal statement. You would not believe it but sometimes people do post their personal statements on the main forums which means anybody could read them and take bits off them which is plagiarism and therefore you could get your application withdrawn for something silly like that.

            For anybody who either is a student or has a child who is a student this is a very helpful website for help with everything I went on here after my history A-level exam in January as I felt it went really bad and wanted to discuss it with other people who had done the same exam. Anybody who wants to talk about an exam just make sure you wait a few days for posting about an exam as you can get in trouble as some people still may not have done the exam yet due to the fact that they had conflicting exams.

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              29.06.2009 22:47
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              A must-see for students of any age

              I first used the student room whilst in college, and have found it invaluable up until starting university. The site provides support and information for students from secondary school onwards, and focuses on individual's participation to create first-hand guides to subjects, universities, careers, and general advice.

              The careers, and health and relationships sections provide professionally written guides for writing your own CV, covering letters, personal statments and safe sex! Employer guides for graduates offer real help for older students, and information about university open days and entry grades are easily found - as the largest online student community, it's not suprising that organisations such as the open university have advertising and information available on the student room.

              However, in my opinion the best part of the site is the forums. General chat, life advice, hobbies, debate, studies and further education are the main sections of the forum, each then having more specific subsections - such as subjects, exams or university locations. Here, students help students - often already having experience of the subject, or revising for the same exams. This creates an invaluable support system of first-hand knowledge, which is not only useful for studies but also comforting, in the case of threads discussing moving out, and starting university.

              I haven't seen any other sites offering such a range of advice and opportunities to discuss education for students from GCSE level to finishing degrees, and would recommend this site to anyone in education.

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              an ok-ish social networking site

              The Student room

              The student room is an Internet forum for UK students and international students that are interested in studying in the UK.

              The websites provides articles and guides about schools, universities, student finance and all everyday subjects in the life of a student. The most popular feature is certainly the forum where you can discuss everything from the latest UCAS courses to annoying teachers to your new hair colour.

              You have access to all of these features without an account but to write in the forum and actively take part in The Student Room you'll need to set up an account.
              Doing so is pretty easy and straight forward. It takes only 2 min and you only need an e-mail address, no real name, address or photo is needed.

              As soon as you filled in all required info they'll send you a mail to activate your account. You can add as much info to this as you like, where you come from, your university, interests etc.

              My big mistake was to mistake The Student Room for an online forum for university students. See, in most languages you'll have a different term for school kids (as here pupil) and university students. After setting up an account I soon realized that topics like GCSE exams and the latest music album are more wildly discussed than courses and universities. There is a section for universities in the forum but honestly, it's pretty dead in there.

              But it's a great way for me to learn about student life in England.

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              The TRS Wiki

              You'll find helpful articles here sorted into different categories.
              Choosing a subject is the first section, than choosing the right university for you and how to apply using UCAS which can be quite complicated from time to time.
              Student life tells you about weekly budgets, how to prepare for exams and who to ask for help if needed.

              The next section is about the part of life that is spend far away from schools and universities - gap years and travel Tips follow essays about beauty, fitness and the latest music releases.

              The articles are written by volunteers and vary from very helpful to uninteresting rants.
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              Revision Notes

              Here you can find the revision notes of other students sorted by subject. These notes are normally on a high standard and are submitted by the users. It's always useful to check what others are doing and compare your notes to theirs.
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              Personal Statement

              Here you can get help on writing your personal student when applying for university. You can even submit your statement and get it checked if it is suitable and written in the right style. I haven't used that feature but from the forum I gather that it's very helpful
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              The Forums

              This is the most popular section of The Student Room. The Forum is subdivided into sections and you can find something for every topic and liking.
              Basically the only rule is that no illegal and adult things are allowed to be discussed, apart from that feel free to talk about whatever you want.

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              I set up an account basically to read up about different universities and to get help on finance and accommodation. The forum was not very useful but I found the articles very helpful.
              Of course I started to read the forum as most of the topics are very funny and amusing - a great way to waste your time when you have nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon.

              It gets quite boring after a while when you are over 20, the majority of users seem to be between 16 and 18 and you can guess that there are many, many threads about break-ups, make-up and sit-ups.

              So, it's a nice social network site where you can have sometimes interesting sometimes annoying discussions with strangers - and sometimes you can pick up some useful info as well.

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                06.06.2009 13:54
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                A great forum

                The Student Room (TSR) is a community aimed at students anywhere from secondary school to the end of university.

                The forum itself has a wealth of information - there are many sections in which you can discuss anything from universities, to exams to individual subjects. Since it is so active your questions will be answered very fast and you can get all the help you need if you are stuck with a subject.

                There is also a Wiki with a huge amount of information on anything to do with being a university, it has loads of articles about universities, accommodation and even small things live exam boards. Anyone can edit the wiki and add to it making it a very helpful resource.

                They also have helpful guides for personal statements, careers, revision, certain subjects and universities. If you are applying to university then you can even post your personal statement to get it reviewed and have any changes recommended to you.

                Overall TSR is an incredibly helpful and reliable community with a large amount of features that will keep you logged in for hours.

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