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    Your section on hobbies should only be a small paragraph in your personal statement (just to show the uni you are actually a real person and not just a maths and physics machine haha). So don't put too much emphasise on the hobby section and make it concise (mine was only 2-3 lines on hobbies and I managed to get an offer at Imperial so I think my personal statement was well received ).

    As others have said reading books around your subject and discussing some of the ideas in them is a great way to pad out your statement, but generally you want your statement to be very to the point so make sure you can think of enough points and don't just drag it out to fill the word count!

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    I've got decent feedback on mine so I'll try help. Write a paragraph probably about 100ish words about each of your AS-level subjects and how they apply to your degree, should be fairly easy with maths and physics. Write another paragraph or two about why you want to study the subject at a higher level, including evidence such as further reading. You can relate almost anything if you try hard enough. A way I found to easily add to my further reading was just to google interesting stuff and read a few articles on it. That was probably 2/3 of my personal statement and then I had an introductory paragraph, a four line one on things not related to the course and summarising one. Try to make the most of each sentence even if it means you're way short of the word count, don't just repeat things and ramble on for the sake of it. I hope this helps you a bit.
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    (Original post by JackMorgan32)
    I've got decent feedback on mine so I'll try help. Write a paragraph probably about 100ish words about each of your AS-level subjects and how they apply to your degree, should be fairly easy with maths and physics. Write another paragraph or two about why you want to study the subject at a higher level, including evidence such as further reading. You can relate almost anything if you try hard enough. A way I found to easily add to my further reading was just to google interesting stuff and read a few articles on it. That was probably 2/3 of my personal statement and then I had an introductory paragraph, a four line one on things not related to the course and summarising one. Try to make the most of each sentence even if it means you're way short of the word count, don't just repeat things and ramble on for the sake of it. I hope this helps you a bit.
    Who gave you this feedback?

    Writing 100 words on each AS subject is a massive waste of space. Any obvious links are obvious to anyone viewing your application, tenuous links look like you can't fill 4000 characters on why you want to study your subject.

    OP: hobbies aren't required for most academic PSs. In that case the only time to mention hobbies that aren't directly relevant to your subject is if your hobby is such an important part of your life (ie takes up all your free time because you compete in international sport or similar) that to not mention it is misrepresenting yourself.

    A PS with no hobbies section is preferable to one that talks about hobbies that almost every applicant has (games, films, watching tv, reading, socialising). Sounding like a normal teenager isn't personal.
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    (Original post by theguywhosaidhi)
    okay here me out, I feel some skills can be learned from gaming online which are useful, like: teamwork, dealing with all types of people, taking initiative, decision making, researching and gaining knowledge of the game, learning from peers + those better/more knowledgable than yourself, applying knowledge you've learned. I'm struggling as to what I should put on my statement when applying to study maths/physics at uni, and I don't have many hobbies aside from gaming. I'm on about 500 words and I know this isn't enough. any advice?
    If you can explain it well and think it is relevant then why not?
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    Unless you're going into a subject related to games, like computer science. Never talk about games. You can add like 1 sentence about it if you really want to but it just won't give you any points with them. For most people playing video games is not a good thing.
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    If you really want to add games, talk something about how the maths/physics used in the games interest you. Something how you want to help apply real world to them or some crap like that. Gaming is generally considered a lazy hobby, even if you try to spin it that you learn teamwork and stuff like that, it will not be highly regarded.

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