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Uni applicant diaries: my No.1 personal statement tip

With the Ucas deadline in sight, we asked applicant bloggers Yasmeen, Annabel and Nicole to share their top personal statement tips for those finishing off their applications. Here's what they told us...

We've also got a final checklist for you if you're still perfecting your personal statement

What's your No.1 personal statement tip? Let us know - tweet us @WhichUniUK.  

 

Yasmeen Ameer "Tailor your personal statement to the course" 

- Yasmeen Ameer 
 

Research what the exact courses you're applying for entail. I've chosen psychology now, but courses vary and there are so many different branches to a subject. The best way of grabbing the admissions tutor’s attention is by tailoring your personal statement to match the course rather than the subject as a whole. 

The way you write is also key. Write how – to some extent – you naturally talk, but in a sophisticated way. Avoid clichés, they’re so overused and frankly, quite boring. Just be yourself (excuse the hypocritical cliché)! 

 

Annabel Roderick"Use relevant, detailed examples"

 - Annabel Roderick


Even if you've done 101 amazing things, don't just list these off. Be specific and say what skills you've learnt from the experiences you've had, and how this makes you the perfect candidate for your course.

At first, I started writing a list because I just wasn’t sure which bits were more important than others, but for me the most important thing was to write a lot on one or two topics that I love and that I would want to talk to anyone about.

 

"Have your own opinion"

- Nicole Li


When writing about a book, try not to paraphrase what you’ve read, but offer your opinion and whether you agree with the author. It's likely that the person reading your personal statement has read the book or may have even written it, so there is no point telling them what it's about. They are more interested in what you thought of the book and how it has added to your understanding.

It is also important to note that it is OK to disagree with the author, but just remember to support your views.

 

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