Top Tips for Your Personal Statement
A personal statement is a chance for you to prove why you are a good candidate to study at university and prove you have the skills and potential to thrive in Higher Education. But where do you start? Here are some top tips for writing your personal statement.
Why this course?
A good place to start is why you want to do this course. Maybe it’s a profession you want to go into or something you really enjoyed at school and you’re desperate to learn more. Think about whether there’s anything you have done outside the classroom that relates to the subject area- prove you put the extra effort in to learn more about this course. Get excited about it- there could be something the courses offer that you are dying to know more about, you’re going to be studying this course for at least three years so you should be able to get a little bit excited about it!
What makes you, you?
A good personal statement will back up the skills you have and how they relate to the course. Make a spider diagram of all the activities you like, achievements and qualifications you have! This could be learning to drive, DofE or helping out in a school class. All of these activities will have taught you some skills and a lot of them will be transferable. Perhaps that is time management, problem-solving or leadership. You’ll be surprised of the skills you have learnt!
Don’t be generic.
Universities read hundreds of applications every year. If you write one that sounds exactly the same as your friends it’s not going to help you stand out. Everyone is unique in some way so show them your individuality! Have you done anything interesting that relates to this? I remember in my personal statement for Drama and Theatre Studies my opening line was about doing a youth theatre performance in a pool and realising my love for the subject. It’s weird and a bit out of the box but it was so different admissions remembered it!
Remember- If you want to use humour be careful, not everyone has the same sense of humour as you and you don’t want to offend anyone.
Draft, proofread, edit, repeat.
Mistakes are easily made and sometimes you don’t spot them. Making your application and not noticing small mistakes can put the university off accepting your application, especially if it is a course with limited places. Make sure you ask your teachers or family to read through it and read it aloud to avoid small mistakes. Also, sometimes a sentence on paper might look right but that doesn’t mean it sounds good, reading it aloud can help you decide whether your personal statement flows or not.
I hope this helps you on the road to the perfect personal statement- good luck!