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Everyone is telling me it's a good idea. I feel slightly sneaky. Has anyone actually done this?
but then again i didnt get into 4 of the 6 unis i applied for. so dont listen to me.
what was my first choice just asking a really innocuous question, something like how many places there were on the course. I had it in mind that they'd somehow remember my name when they'd come to look at my application and think 'Aah! this boy's keen and enthusiastic'. I did get an offer from them in the end for what was quite a competitive course, so I suppose there's no harm in doing it. What's the worst that can happen?
didn't remember who i was or answer my e-mails when i WAS a student, so i doubt they will remember who you are before.
to be honest, it could backfire on you with the tutor thinking your being sneaky. if you are asking a question like 'how may place are there?' are this info is available elsewhere, they might think 'why is this person wasting my time?'
personally, i wouldn't do it. If your good enough you'll get in.
I didn't and got 6 offers so go figure.
or if you've now got extra work experience you'd like to tell them about, then go for it.
check who actually reviews the applications though. sometimes there's a centralised admissions office with administrators sorting through applications and passing them on, sometimes it's the departments themselves.
there's no harm in seeing how it's all going, it certainly won't go against you, unless you're pestering them.