They're good questions... I'd like to know the answers actually!
Good luck with your statement. There's a section on TSR that has examples of statements and criticism of them subject by subject.
Where else are you thinking of applying? I ask because they all have 'house styles' that you may have to consider when writing the statement ie Bristol needs an emphasis on science (it has clear guidelines as to what it likes to see on line), an applied course would need steering towards your experience and volunteering work etc etc....
Last edited by catoswyn; 29-02-2012 at 22:43.
Write the whole statement as a first draft anyway so you can edit it all later if you decide not to use the questions. You can use the questions to relate directly to yourself, as illustrations of the kind of things that interest and engage you. If they are a mix of neuropsychology, social and behavioural aspects of the subject for instance it is certainly less clonky and prosaic than merely writing 'I am interested in all aspects of psychology blah blah'. They managed to convey quite a lot of info about your interest while giving a lead in to the whole piece.
(Original post by megfashion)
they have examples of people doing questions at the start on TSR
I disagree that the personal statement is not in effect a piece of creative writing. It has to be in a way in order to get in everything you want and also to capture and hold the attention of the reader. There is no harm in showing that you are literate either!
However style is subjective and personal so in the end go with your own instinct.
Last edited by catoswyn; 29-02-2012 at 23:11.