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Your child has taken a significant step towards their academic aspirations by formally submitting their application to Oxford or Cambridge As a proud parent or guardian, you undoubtedly want to support your child throughout this crucial journey, especially as they prepare for the challenging Oxbridge interviews. In this article, we'll explore how you can provide guidance and encouragement to help your child prepare effectively for their Oxbridge interviews.



Our Oxbridge Private Consultations provide in-depth evaluation, strategy and next steps to achieve results for your university application. Suitable for those aged 14 upwards.

Understand the Oxbridge Interview Process

Familiarise yourself with the Oxbridge interview process to provide informed support. Research the structure, expectations, and significance of these interviews. Knowing what to expect will help you better assist your child.


Encourage Independent Learning

Emphasise the importance of independent learning. Encourage your child to read widely and critically in their chosen field. Suggest books, articles, and documentaries that can expand their knowledge and deepen their understanding of their subject.


Offer a Listening Ear

Be there for your child as a supportive listener. Encourage them to share their thoughts and concerns about the interview process. Sometimes, discussing their anxieties or doubts can help alleviate their stress.


Mock Interview Practice

Help your child find resources or arrange mock interview sessions. These practice interviews can simulate the real experience and build their confidence. Offer constructive feedback based on their performance.


Foster Critical Thinking

Engage in intellectual discussions with your child. Encourage them to think critically, form opinions, and defend their ideas coherently. These discussions can happen during family dinners, in the car or on the train between locations, or while watching television together (perhaps documentaries or the news to really foster academic conversation!).


Stay Informed

Keep up with current events and trends in your child's chosen field. This will enable you to engage in meaningful conversations and provide valuable insights when discussing potential interview topics.


Respect their Independence

While your guidance is essential, respect your child's independence and autonomy. Avoid overwhelming them with pressure or excessive advice. Let them take ownership of their preparation process.


Manage Stress

Be aware of the stress and pressure that your child may be experiencing. Encourage healthy stress management techniques like exercise, mindfulness, or relaxation exercises. Assure them that you believe in their abilities.


Offer Encouragement

Remind your child of their achievements and strengths. Positive reinforcement can boost their confidence and motivation during the preparation phase.


Be their Biggest Cheerleader

During the interview week, be a source of encouragement and support. Ensure they have everything they need, from appropriate clothing to a well-prepared mindset. Offer words of encouragement and remind them that you're proud of their hard work, regardless of the outcome.


As a parent or guardian, your role in helping your child prepare for Oxbridge interviews is invaluable. Your support, understanding, and encouragement can make a significant difference in their confidence and performance. By fostering their independence, promoting critical thinking, and offering a listening ear, you can help your child navigate the challenging interview process with resilience and determination. Remember, your unwavering belief in their abilities is a vital source of motivation on their journey to Oxford or Cambridge.


Oxbridge Mock Interview Package

Experience the authentic Oxbridge interview process with our online Mock Interview Package. Led by vetted Oxbridge-graduate tutors, our comprehensive four-session package offers personalised questions,  detailed feedback, and flexible scheduling for your success.

Oxbridge Mock Interview Package

Get Oxbridge-ready with our online Mock Interview Package. Four expert-led sessions, personalised feedback, and flexible timing ensure you're prepared for success.

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Our Oxbridge-graduate consultants are available between 9.00 am – 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday, with additional evening availability when requested.

Oxbridge Applications, 14 – 16 Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4AR

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