You've done draft after draft, and now you think your personal statement is finally ready to be sent off to your chosen universities, where admissions tutors will read it as part of your application. But... Hold on just a moment!
Before you hit submit, here’s some advice from students now at university on how to give your personal statement that final polish - it could make all the difference.
Plus, test it against more of our personal statement must-reads - how to sell yourself
, what you definitely shouldn't include in your personal statement
and top writing tips
from our careers expert.
1. Make sure lots of people have read it first
Get teacher(s) to read through and give advice, get your parents and friends to read it too (they know you best!). Finally, if you know someone already on a similar course, or someone that's working in a career area you're aspiring to, get them to have a look too.
2. Have a break before you edit it
Keep going back to your statement and making little changes rather than sitting for hours staring at it.
3. Spelling and grammar - get it right!
Do a spelling and grammar check! Get someone else to read it before you send it. Often they will notice mistakes that you might have overlooked.
4. Ask yourself - is it the best it can be?
Be sure to give it your all – there’s no point in sending a half-hearted application.
5. Make sure your personality still shows
While polishing it up, make sure it still retains your personality so that the interviewer will remember you clearly through your personal statement.
6. Make sure YOU are happy with it
Get lots of different advice so you can cherry-pick the best, but remember that ultimately it's your personal statement and you're the one that has to be happy with it.
Once you've submitted your UCAS application, the waiting game begins while admissions tutors assess your application and decide whether or not to make you an offer. You should hear back from the universities you've applied to by 31 March, but it depends on a number of factors.
Make sure you take a look at our advice on university interviews and entry tests, as these might also form part of the selection process.