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    After going through teh application process I think these tips should help people not get the same problems I did.

    1: Mention the specific degree you apply for and explain why you want that specific course (Mphys F303 and not merely Physics). This shows that you have thought about what you want to do and that you are applying for the same course at all unis, which in turn means you are determined to stidy that course.

    2: Mention what you want to do after obtaining a degree. This also shows that you have thought about your decision.

    3: If you have some working experience or other extracurricular experience which could help in your study, then mention it. As an example, if you apply for a Maths degree, make sure to mention the programming you have done as a hoby. Remember that most unis do not have interviews, so if you dont tell them they woant know.

    4: Explain why you have applied for teh course you want to do, but avoid obvious ass-kissing and clisheys. Dont give the people some fantastic story which spielberg would love, tell them what you like about the subject.

    5: Remember that these peopel have to read quite a few applications, so dont make them read the same phrase for the 3045th time. If you start your internal assesment with "The reason I picked History..." they will have read a few hundred of those statements already. Try to be original, but use your own words.

    6: Make sure the person reading teh statement remembers you (not in a bad way though). If you have the guts you may insert some funny quote or a small joke, just make sure it is not anything which is going to be reacted on in a negative way. Had I written my ps today (applying for physics)I would have inserted the monthy pyton quote "And so we know that the earth must be Banana shaped" - Sir Bedevere
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    (Original post by Jonatan)
    ...and that you are applying for the same course at all unis...
    All very well except that most people don't apply for exactly the same course at all unis.
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    I think 5 and 6 conflict - admissions tutors will read millions of personal statements and will have probably seen all the jokes and relevent quotes before. The rest seems pretty good advice though.
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    Is that really what you have to do in order to get into University over there?
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    (Original post by Sire)
    Is that really what you have to do in order to get into University over there?
    Why are you a member of UKL?
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    (Original post by James_W)
    Why are you a member of UKL?
    I was searching for something ages ago and there was link to this. Then by looking around as a guest I found it interesting and decided to register. Since then I've found it to be rather helpful with my economic studies as I'm still a university student. Does that help? However, do you really need to do this statement thing just to get into uni over there? In Australia you can gel a principal's recommendation if you're lucky, otherwise you have to have the marks required. Pretty simple.
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    All information is on www.ucas.co.uk - you basically send the personal statement, past grades, subject teacher references and predicted grades, and universities make decisions based on that.
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    (Original post by James_W)
    All information is on www.ucas.co.uk - you basically send the personal statement, past grades, subject teacher references and predicted grades, and universities make decisions based on that.
    cheers
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    oh yeah I have one as well - don't don't don't don't don't don't send in coursework where you explain how Britain could be blamed for WWI, regardless if it got top score.
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    (Original post by Jonatan)
    After going through teh application process I think these tips should help people not get the same problems I did.

    1: Mention the specific degree you apply for and explain why you want that specific course (Mphys F303 and not merely Physics). This shows that you have thought about what you want to do and that you are applying for the same course at all unis, which in turn means you are determined to stidy that course.

    2: Mention what you want to do after obtaining a degree. This also shows that you have thought about your decision.

    3: If you have some working experience or other extracurricular experience which could help in your study, then mention it. As an example, if you apply for a Maths degree, make sure to mention the programming you have done as a hoby. Remember that most unis do not have interviews, so if you dont tell them they woant know.

    4: Explain why you have applied for teh course you want to do, but avoid obvious ass-kissing and clisheys. Dont give the people some fantastic story which spielberg would love, tell them what you like about the subject.

    5: Remember that these peopel have to read quite a few applications, so dont make them read the same phrase for the 3045th time. If you start your internal assesment with "The reason I picked History..." they will have read a few hundred of those statements already. Try to be original, but use your own words.

    6: Make sure the person reading teh statement remembers you (not in a bad way though). If you have the guts you may insert some funny quote or a small joke, just make sure it is not anything which is going to be reacted on in a negative way. Had I written my ps today (applying for physics)I would have inserted the monthy pyton quote "And so we know that the earth must be Banana shaped" - Sir Bedevere
    Well I found that helpful - thank you! I'm not gonna start drafting my PS til summer but when I do I shall certainly take your advice into consideration! But its true, you don't half get different people saying different things. I mean, some people write the cheesiest of PSs and still manage to get a place at a uni! Others right superb PSs and don't...! But cheers nonetheless!
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    (Original post by Katie Heskins)
    Well I found that helpful - thank you! I'm not gonna start drafting my PS til summer but when I do I shall certainly take your advice into consideration! But its true, you don't half get different people saying different things. I mean, some people write the cheesiest of PSs and still manage to get a place at a uni! Others right superb PSs and don't...! But cheers nonetheless!
    I think it depends a lot on what universitys and courses you apply for. If you apply for two different subjects it's going to be impossible to mention reasons for applying for a specific course. I think I agree with the rest of the tips though. I am building up a massive collection of this sort of stuff on my website so will try and get it written up and published in a month or so.
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    (Original post by Jonatan)
    After going through teh application process I think these tips should help people not get the same problems I did.

    1: Mention the specific degree you apply for and explain why you want that specific course (Mphys F303 and not merely Physics). This shows that you have thought about what you want to do and that you are applying for the same course at all unis, which in turn means you are determined to stidy that course.

    2: Mention what you want to do after obtaining a degree. This also shows that you have thought about your decision.

    3: If you have some working experience or other extracurricular experience which could help in your study, then mention it. As an example, if you apply for a Maths degree, make sure to mention the programming you have done as a hoby. Remember that most unis do not have interviews, so if you dont tell them they woant know.

    4: Explain why you have applied for teh course you want to do, but avoid obvious ass-kissing and clisheys. Dont give the people some fantastic story which spielberg would love, tell them what you like about the subject.

    5: Remember that these peopel have to read quite a few applications, so dont make them read the same phrase for the 3045th time. If you start your internal assesment with "The reason I picked History..." they will have read a few hundred of those statements already. Try to be original, but use your own words.

    6: Make sure the person reading teh statement remembers you (not in a bad way though). If you have the guts you may insert some funny quote or a small joke, just make sure it is not anything which is going to be reacted on in a negative way. Had I written my ps today (applying for physics)I would have inserted the monthy pyton quote "And so we know that the earth must be Banana shaped" - Sir Bedevere
    Some sound advice- I will pass that quote on to my mate see what he thinks lol.
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    In my opinion you should also avoid excessive wordi-ness and repetition, the clearer and more concise your statement is, the more interested the reader would be! Hmmm I don't totally agree with the "mentioning of course numbers and all". I think that it would be more helpful to devote some space to make evident a passion for physics (for example) , and saying what you plan to do after your course shoudl be more than enough to prove your dedication.
    I also decided that I personally will not include very much rhetoric or too much humour in my statement; it always sounds clever when you write/type it, but 99% of the time it comes off looking very sketchy. As long as your statement is interested and easy to read as a whole, it should be to your advantage.

    My 2 cents!
 
 
 

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