Personal statement top tips
When it comes to writing your personal statement, it can be a scary process.
Your personal statement needs to be unique to you, your experiences, and qualifications. Here are some tips for you to follow but remember your statement needs to be personal.
- Don’t overthink it
- Try to be enthusiastic and stand out – be careful when it comes to humour or quotes as not everyone has the same sense of humour as you do
- Structure your statement so your skills and qualities match the university or college’s values – use the course descriptions to help you
- Try not to go over the character and line limit but also if there is a minimum word count don’t go under this as the tutor might think you’ve not put enough effort into your statement
- Check and check again; read your statement out loud, get your friends, family, and teachers to check. Re-do it until you’re happy with it, and the spelling, punctuation, and grammar are correct.
Here are some ideas to help you get started:
- Course descriptions are a good place to start; here you can identify the qualities, skills and experience the course requires. You can use these to help you decide what to write about
- Explain why you’re applying – include your ambitions, what interests you the most about this course
- What makes you suitable for this course? Do you have the relevant skills, experience, or achievements?
- Mention any relevant work experience that you’ve undertaken
- Include any clubs or societies you belong to
- What career do you have in mind when you finish?
For more information and help on creating your personal statement, head over to the UCAS website.
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