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So obviously I don't want my PS to sound like a sob story but i've read you should put in if you have had a bad year? I *should* have achieved AABB last year… It didn't happen. But all other evidence shows (GCSE's, CAT tests, ALICE..) I am a hard worker and should get it a good set of grades this year. So what do I put regarding my bad AS Levels? I have several 'at home' issues currently and during last year and thats whats really thrown me off track.

Any help is appreciated
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Hey,

So obviously I don't want my PS to sound like a sob story but i've read you should put in if you have had a bad year? I *should* have achieved AABB last year… It didn't happen. But all other evidence shows (GCSE's, CAT tests, ALICE..) I am a hard worker and should get it a good set of grades this year. So what do I put regarding my bad AS Levels? I have several 'at home' issues currently and during last year and thats whats really thrown me off track.

Any help is appreciated
Only explain positive things in your personal statement; any negatives can be explained in an interview if that is necessary. Putting information about your 'home issues' is going to highlight the negative parts, and might end up hurting your application (e.g- you're making yourself look inconsistent).
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Only explain positive things in your personal statement; any negatives can be explained in an interview if that is necessary. Putting information about your 'home issues' is going to highlight the negative parts, and might end up hurting your application (e.g- you're making yourself look inconsistent).
Thanks very much for the quick response,

what if it is not an interview subject, and they just think I'm going downhill?!
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Thanks very much for the quick response,

what if it is not an interview subject, and they just think I'm going downhill?!
Get it added into your reference- so they know why you got the grades that you did
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Hey,

So obviously I don't want my PS to sound like a sob story but i've read you should put in if you have had a bad year? I *should* have achieved AABB last year… It didn't happen. But all other evidence shows (GCSE's, CAT tests, ALICE..) I am a hard worker and should get it a good set of grades this year. So what do I put regarding my bad AS Levels? I have several 'at home' issues currently and during last year and thats whats really thrown me off track.

Any help is appreciated
Keep your personal statement positive - extenuating circumstances should go in your reference, not your PS. Your PS is designed to sell yourself to the universities, so portray yourself in the most positive light possible, and you should speak to the person who's writing your reference about any issues you've had that prevented you from getting the grades that you expected.
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Uni admissions have BS detectors.
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Get it added into your reference- so they know why you got the grades that you did
Thanks very much - I shall do
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Keep your personal statement positive - extenuating circumstances should go in your reference, not your PS. Your PS is designed to sell yourself to the universities, so portray yourself in the most positive light possible, and you should speak to the person who's writing your reference about any issues you've had that prevented you from getting the grades that you expected.
Thanks for your advice I will tell school to put it in
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Dunno about the personal statement, but it should definitely definitely get mentioned in your reference!!
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Uni admissions have BS detectors.
You have no idea what i've been through so don't comment unless it is something useful/advice. Thanks
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Dunno about the personal statement, but it should definitely definitely get mentioned in your reference!!
Yeah it seems thats definitely the advice I'm getting!! - Thank you
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You have no idea what i've been through so don't comment unless it is something useful/advice. Thanks
(Original post by BubbyGirl)
You have no idea what i've been through so don't comment unless it is something useful/advice. Thanks
What makes you think I was talking specifically about you? Are you suffering from a narcissistic disorder?
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What makes you think I was talking specifically about you? Are you suffering from a narcissistic disorder?
Maybe because this is my post and it is asking specific advice regarding my situation? Only common sense is required here.
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Maybe because this is my post and it is asking specific advice regarding my situation? Only common sense is required here.
You make a lot of assumptions.
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You make a lot of assumptions.
She would be good at mechanics 1 then :laugh: (someone please understand this)
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if ur gonna write some negative stuff, write something like "although __________ happened, i learned the following things from this which has.............." kinda thing
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Honestly, you don't have the space in my experience. If I were you, I would very briefly mention any mitigating circumstances and have them explained fully in the reference.

Source: Had extenuating circumstances for my GCSEs/ Oxford/LSE applicant
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if ur gonna write some negative stuff, write something like "although __________ happened, i learned the following things from this which has.............." kinda thing
This is exactly what OP should write. I wrote this sort of thing in my PS
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No, you should not write negative things in your PS. It is for selling yourself and telling the uni why they should consider you for the course. Make yourself look good. Any extenuating circumstances should go in your reference.
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Hey,

So obviously I don't want my PS to sound like a sob story but i've read you should put in if you have had a bad year? I *should* have achieved AABB last year… It didn't happen. But all other evidence shows (GCSE's, CAT tests, ALICE..) I am a hard worker and should get it a good set of grades this year. So what do I put regarding my bad AS Levels? I have several 'at home' issues currently and during last year and thats whats really thrown me off track.

Any help is appreciated
Don't do it! Big yourself up!
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