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Personal statement: dos and don'ts [video]

Our roving video reporter hit university campuses to find out exactly what universities do and don't want to see in your personal statement.

Here's how you can make your personal statement stand out (as well as what to steer clear of), from admissions tutors themselves... 

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More top personal statement tips

Here are some more rules of thumb to follow when you're drafting your personal statement...


  • Write a strong opening sentence, making it clear right from the start why you're applying for that particular course.
  • Structure your statement into clear paragraphs.
  • Keep your own voice, avoiding stilted vocabulary you wouldn't use in everyday conversation.
  • Pay close attention to spelling and grammar - another pair of eyes to proof read it usually helps!


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  • Try and cram too much in - instead of listing everything you've done, focus on a couple of examples and get into the detail. 
  • Feel you have to stick to a formula or template.
  • Mention work experience for the sake of it. If you're going to include it, be specific and relate what you learnt or any skills you acquired to the course.
  • Forget to answer the question, 'why should we give you a place on the course?'. 

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