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Your personal statement could mean the difference between securing the university place of your dreams and having to go through the nightmare of clearing. Whilst many of us may not have a ‘way with words’, it is important to understand that with the right know-how and a few structured steps you can craft a well-written personal statement that leads you to being where you want to be in your education.
Check out our 3 steps to success when writing a winning personal statement…
Prepare for Personal Statement Writing Perfection
As with any academic writing, preparation is the key to planning for success, but before you put pen to paper make sure you know what you need to include in your personal statement and more importantly, what the admissions team dealing with your university application expects.
Admissions will want to know why you want to be a part of this particular course at this particular university, so be sure to start your notes answering this specific question. List every reason you can for choosing the course you are applying for, and remember no reason is too small during this initial preparation stage. Complete the same process when it comes to listing your personal and academic achievements, experience (both inside and outside the classroom), qualities as a person and interests or hobbies. Look at a personal statement example for some pointers.
Narrow Down Your Notes
Personal statement writing doesn’t exactly leave you with many words to play with so after compiling your notes in the areas mentioned below, you must now take some time to narrow these down. On average personal statements are around 4,000 characters or 47 lines long, so start by dropping the trivial notes you have made for your choice of course or irrelevant achievements, experiences or interests. If on the other hand you feel you are lacking material, elaborate on each point made in your notes to delve a little deeper.
Structure is Key
We recommend that you open your personal statement with the reasons for choosing the course or university and connect these reasons to your wider achievements and experiences to ensure your statement flows naturally and in an engaging way. Treat your personal statement as the story of your life and the path (via university) that you want to take to continue your story. Don’t be afraid to divulge your goals for the future, and utilise language that is passionate, enthusiastic and ultimately ‘you’!
For more advice on writing personal statements, please visit www.personalstatementservice.com.
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