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    About to start my A-Levels but I want to prepare for my uni application to study english at a top tier university so I was wondering if theres anything I can start doing now that I could add and improve my personal statement
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    About to start my A-Levels but I want to prepare for my uni application to study english at a top tier university so I was wondering if theres anything I can start doing now that I could add and improve my personal statement
    The best advice - start looking now at the detail of different english degrees. Look on university websites and prospectuses, look at the english department websites.

    Find out about who teaches on different english degrees and what THEY are interested in. Find out what modules and topics different courses cover (there's HUGE variety). Find out what information they give on their websites about what they're looking for in an applicant (Bristol are a good place to start - they have the clearest information about what they're looking for in a PS for each subject: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/media...16/english.pdf ).

    It isn't so much about ticking boxes of activities - it's more about putting in some time to understand your audience. If you understand your audience you can write a good, thoughtful PERSONAL statement about your interests, books/plays/poems/etc you've enjoyed (and those you didn't enjoy but have learnt a lot from) that highlights that you:
    a) understand what you're applying for (if a course includes compulsory Shakespeare in all 3 years and you don't mention anything pre-1900 in your application you're missing a trick).
    b) have the enthusiasm and motivation to succeed on the degree (putting in some free time to read/explore different texts that aren't taught at school, doing an EPQ, going to see plays/listening to radio plays/watching performances....even listening to Poetry Please with Roger McGough regularly)
    c) have the necessary skills to succeed on the degree (mostly this is covered by your grades but for an english PS making sure it is well written (not flowery!), well structured and compelling will be a big bonus).
 
 
 
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