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3 Things To Do Before Starting Your Personal Statement

In the process of university application, you will need to write a personal statement.

Tip 1: Know the rules

  • 4000 characters (NOT words) including spaces (or 47 lines)

so make sure your personal statement is of the correct length and is formatted appropriately (i.e. no need to skip a line for a new paragraph)

and be concise. There's no room for flowery language. Just get to the point and put the emphasis on your skills, passion, experience, and achievements.

There is a time limit once you enter the "personal statement" section on your UCAS application page. However, you can write your entire personal statement in advance, proofread it and ensure everything is ready to go before entering this section.

Once you are ready to submit your application, simply copy and paste. Voilà!

Tip 2: Understand what universities are looking for

Universities usually list their requirements and desired skill set and interests, as well as what their courses can offer and the career paths graduates follow.

When writing your personal statement, read through the "courses" description and demonstrate why you are suitable for the course, drawing on previous work experiences, volunteering, extra-curricular activities, achievement (academic or otherwise), interests etc.

Tip 3: Plan your content

Plan your personal statement carefully.

Answer these questions:

  • Why am I suitable for the course(s) I am applying for?

  • Which of my current/previous studies/achievements/ECAs/work experience are relevant to the course(s)?

Now, the supporting evidence!

Anyone can say they are passionate about a subject, but how do universities know if they are genuinely interested?

So now is your chance to demonstrate how eager you really are to study the subject!

Start off by writing a list of all your achievements, work experience, relevant reading/research/project you have done, hobbies/passions/interests, extra-curricular activities (e.g. positions/roles/responsibilities you have held inside/outside of school), competitions you have participated in and what you have learnt from these experiences.

Once you have got all these down on paper, pick the most relevant ones

If you are struggling with your personal statement, here's how I can help.

  • We will talk through your experiences together and pick out the most relevant detail for the course(s) you are applying for

  • We will work on an outline so that you can write your first draft, after which I will review and give you feedback, so you can make changes to your draft and finalize your personal statement before submitting it.


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