How to write your personal statement [video]
Writing a personal statement is the part of the university application that many students dread. We headed to a sixth form college to ask university applicants how they got on with writing theirs, and for their top personal statement pointers...
Writing your personal statement: dos and don'ts
- Use the course information on university websites to get a sense of the specific criteria admissions tutors are looking for. What examples can you draw on from your own experience to prove your suitability for the course?
- If you're struggling to get the words down, try using mind-maps or spider diagrams. Just getting ideas down on paper is a great start.
- Keep it relevant. Everything you include in your personal statement should be answering the question, "why should we give you a place on this course?"
- Highlight any relevant skills you've developed through work experience placements or a Saturday job. See our guide to talking about work experience in your personal statement for top tips on how to do this.
- Remember the importance of good grammar and spelling. Get another pair of eyes to check over it before you send it off!
- Simply list everything you've done. Tutors are keen to see you reflect on your experience or achievements - how and why do they make you suitable for the course?
- Use stilted vocabulary or clichés. Tutors want to hear your voice through the statement!
- Worry about whether your statement is different to everybody else's or be tempted to copy! There's no formula for writing the perfect personal statement.