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    I have to do an personal statement, and i am so stressed as really dont know how to do it, so can any guys and girls help me, by giving me any tips to help me with it?

    (Original post by x-bhakti-patel)
    I have to do an personal statement, and i am so stressed as really dont know how to do it, so can any guys and girls help me, by giving me any tips to help me with it?
    I had to rewrite my personal statement in about a day because I changed my mind about the course, so here are my tips:

    1. Whatever you do, don't start with something that reads like a primary school child's assignment to "talk about yourself". For that read, they don't want to see "Hello my name is John and I live in London and I have brown hair". I actually do know of someone in my year who started off with his name and where he lived. It's unnecessary and looks unprofessional. Your best bet is to open with a quote (if you're pretentious) or perhaps better still, to open with something relating directly to the course you've decided to do.

    2. Following on from 1, don't use cliches. Don't say "I've loved Shakespeare ever since I was little" because nobody's going to believe that you were gurgling away in your cot and drooling over a copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Don't be tempted to exaggerate either, just assume everything in your statement will be taken literally.

    3. What I did when I rewrote my personal statement was to write a plan of all the things I had that related to my course. I was a moderator on a special interest website that related to my course, and I put that down. I put down all my achievements I had in that field. I also put down other things, like my voluntary work and Gold D of E, and for each one I went into detail about how these things were useful, e.g. they taught me teamwork and perseverance.

    4. Don't be afraid to ask your parents or teacher for advice.

    5. Write in good English, even if you're applying for science or maths, as it'll make you look much more like university material. If you struggle with spellings or grammar, make sure you get someone to proofread, or run a spell check!

    6. Be prepared to write more than one draft.

    Hope this was of some help!
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