Here is some advice Alix Delaney - our Head of Admissions - put together a while back but still remains relevant when writing a Personal Statement. It's not focused on conclusions but the three tips I would think you would want to hammer home in the conclusions.
After many years of reading personal statements and writing one myself (a long time ago) I know that this can seem daunting so here are my 3 tips to writing a good statement.
More often than not we’re modest about our achievements. Don’t be! You don’t necessarily have to pack the personal statement full of them. What I like to see is some well thought out examples and most importantly how they might relate to the subject you’d like to read at university. Ensure that you have clearly reflected on the skills and knowledge gained from the chosen experiences. Concrete examples rather than a ‘wish’ or a ‘dream’ to study a subject will get you noticed.
Universities are reading a lot of personal statements and so I really like the first few lines to clearly outline the intended area of study and the reason why. The end of your personal statement should also reinforce this. Although you are working in a restricted space I find it helpful when students use paragraphs so that the statement flows well and it’s easy to identify key points. If you’re going to be interviewed for a course, the interviewer will read the statement beforehand and may even refer to it during the interview so a well-structured statement is imperative.
It’s very difficult to know who’s going to read your personal statement. Indeed it’s likely that a number of people in each university will and they’ll have their own interpretation of what you’re saying. Show your personal statement to as many people as you can and ask them if the key messages are coming through loud and clear. See if they can ‘paint a picture’ of you from the words written down and use their feedback to refine the statement.In my view a personal statement is your chance to promote yourself and the contribution you can make to a university. Look on it as a positive experience, giving you the opportunity to talk about the next steps in your life and career.
There is also this blog we push - "how to write an eye-catching UCAS personal statement" - which is useful too for the wider exercise of writing a Personal Statement.
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