How To Write a Killer Personal Statement 2017
As many students will know very well, writing a killer personal statement is undoubtedly one of the most crucial factors in securing the place you want at your University of choice. We simply can’t reiterate how important this task is in terms of the development of your long-term career. With this in mind, we have written our latest guide to writing the perfect personal statement for 2017, to help ensure you aren’t let down by your statement when it comes to securing the place you deserve at the end of the current academic campaign.
What Should I Write About?
Although this may sound like an obvious thing to ask yourself, many students go wrong in this stage of their personal statement. It can be incredibly easy to start waffling about all the fantastic things you have done in your life so far, but there is a strong chance that these points are highly irrelevant to your personal statement. Leave out the fact that you captained your cricket team or won a beauty pageant when you were 7, as although these are impressive facts they are unlikely to you get you into your University of choice. Instead, follow these steps and we are confident you will end up with a personal statement you can be really proud of. Ask Yourself Why – Why exactly are you applying for University and in particular, why this college in particular. What are your career ambitions and what interests you about the subject, course providers and higher education in particular? By answering these questions, you will naturally be showing the person who is reading your statement what drives you and why they would be lucky to you have you studying their course. Why You? – Remember that the University will be reading hundreds if not thousands of these documents, probably on a daily basis. So, list any relevant skills, experience or achievements you have gained from education, work or other activities. Although we have said to be careful on the latter, you can still work this into your personal statement; just don’t make it the crux of your document. If these skills and achievements are super relevant to your course then do not hesitate to mention them and explain why you would be simply perfect for the degree you are applying for.
Find somewhere quiet to write
It goes without saying, but finding somewhere quiet to sit down and write your statement will help you mentally. Having no distractions will allow you to gather a strong thought process and inevitably assist in writing a statement with no errors. It is completely your choice if you want to go to a library or free up some quiet time in your student accommodation. At the end of the day, creating a stress free environment is key to anything that requires a lot of focus.
Interactive Personal Statement Tool
If having read this guide you are still a little apprehensive about your personal statement, then you can always take a look at the official UCAS interactive personal statement tool. Although we highly recommend taking our advice and using all of our recommendations, this tool could really help you if you have been staring at a blank page for hours and just can’t get started.
Dos and Don’ts for Your Personal Statement In 2017
DO Ask your teacher or careers advisor to take a look at your personal statement before you add it to your UCAS form and submit it. If you do this well in advance of submission then you will have plenty of time to get the required changes added and guarantee success.
DON’T Speak too much about the University you are applying to, but rather the course you want to enrol on. If you do this you could be wasting valuable space and word count which could be used to show why you are ideal for the course, rather than trying to sweet talk the individual who will be assessing your application.
DO It sounds ever so simple but you would be flabbergasted if you knew how many draft personal statements we have seen with spelling and grammar mistakes. Make sure you triple check your document and even after it has been checked by your teacher (who could miss something too), be sure to give it another once over before it is actually added to your form. Try not to change too much content wise at the last minute, as this will just increase the chances of making additional errors.
DON’T Procrastinate too much. We know you will have a lot of work to do during your last year at Sixth Form or College, but your UCAS form and in particular your personal statement is probably the most important thing you will do this academic year. We recommend getting it written, checked, checked again and added to your form before Christmas so you are organised. This will allow you to concentrate on any final revision and coursework and also rest assured that your personal statement is in great shape.
DO Add your extra-curricular interest to your personal statement, but remember not to overdo this. You should make sure you are conveying all of your character, but your academic pursuits, skills and interests are the main thing. Get the balance right.
DON’T Exaggerate or lie. You will be well deserving of a place at your chosen University so don’t be tempted to be economical with the truth in order to secure your place. If you lie then you will get found out and this will most probably result in you being rejected, exaggerating could have a similarly adverse impact. Be confident in what you have achieved in your exam results and let who you really are shine through.
We really hope that these tips for creating a killer personal statement for 2017 help you when the time comes.
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