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Please read this first: information about our PS review service is here:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/con...SR-PS-reviewer

Who is eligible for a review?

This is a member benefit.

Our PS reviewers are volunteers and prioritise reviews to established members of TSR (who have made 100 posts or more). Personal statements submitted by members with fewer posts might be reviewed after a longer wait or if there are no outstanding reviews for established members.

If you would like to minimise your waiting time for a review then we recommend that you take some time to contribute to the site engaging in discussions and answering study help questions to increase your post count before submitting.

PS review submission forum is here
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/for...lay.php?f=1372
Note, it looks "empty" because it's a private forum. Click on Start A New Discussion in the forum to add your PS for review.

Who runs this service?

The Personal statement helper team is made up of community members and TSR Volunteers who use their expertise in their subject areas to review personal statements. . The service is led completely by TSR Volunteers, with the support of TSR Community Staff.

What does the personal statement review service offer to students?

  • This is a peer-run service managed by TSR Volunteers who have both considerable experiencing of reviewing personal statements and have been through the university application process themselves.
  • Previously the volunteers ran The Student Room's PS Help service between 2005 and 2012 completing over 10,000 personal statement reviews.
  • TSR members submit their final UCAS personal statement draft confidentially into a private forum where only PS reviewers can view the content.
  • Members are provided with advice and feedback on the content and structure of their personal statement, this may include recommendations for improvements to spelling, grammar and wording.
  • Your personal statement will not be rewritten for you and you are expected to have checked the spelling and grammar before submitting.
  • Where possible a reviewer with expert knowledge on the subject will provide a review.

What can you expect from the service

What we do

This is a confidential service. We’re a team of volunteers and we’re very happy to help but are doing so in our own time so please bear with us. The basic requirement for all PS Reviewers is that they’re at university but a lot of us have finished with our undergrad or even postgrad degrees. A lot of us have been PS Reviewers before and/or in different capacities so have been doing this a long time and have a lot of subject specialist and general experience. Our newer members go through a peer-mentoring process to bring them up to speed with the way we review statements.

We are a UCAS targeted service so may not be able to help with postgrad/sixth form applications or applications to universities outside the UK. However, there may occasionally be someone who feels able to help and provide general feedback so get in touch if you need help with non-UCAS statements.

We will go over your statement and point out any spelling and grammar issues. We will also make suggestions in terms of content, flow and structure.

Please note:

This is primarily a service for active members who contribute to the TSR community i.e have over 100 posts on TSR. If you do not meet this criterion you may experience longer waiting times.

We are only able to do one review so please make sure you only submit your final draft. Additional drafts and questions may be responded to at the discretion of the reviewer.

We will not remove or delete your PS after it has been posted. PS Help is already a private forum, and the safest place for your statement to be. Not deleting threads allows us to maintain an audit trail of who has posted what, useful in ensuring that users do not cheat the system and get multiple reviews (e.g. through making multiple user accounts) and in case of any questions regarding plagiarism of a PS.

What we don't do

We are not a PS writing service and will not rewrite large chunks of your statement. We can only work with what you’ve given us.

Please remember that we can only advice based on our experience (of which we have a lot). People like teachers and careers advisors may tell you different things but at the end of the day it’s your PS so you can do what you like with it.

What you need to do before you submit a statement

Have a go at our PS Builder tool http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...statement_help

Make sure your PS meets our character count requirement of between 3500-4250 characters.

Proof read your work and make sure you get other people like teachers and friends to read it as well. Please only submit your final draft to us for review.

Submit your statement with the course in the title and give us as much information as you can.

Please do not post your statement anywhere else on TSR or the internet.

Please include the names of the universities you are applying to when you submit.

What will happen to your statement including turnaround times

If your course name isn’t in the title or isn’t clear from the statement or if you haven’t confirmed that this is your final draft you will receive a reply in your thread asking you for any missing information.

Once we have the information we require we will tag your statement for review. Our tagging system is as follows:
- Needs Attention: verified and over 100 posts
- Needs Attention (3 days): as above and waiting for more than 3 days
- Less than 100 posts: verified and less than 100 posts
- Less than 100 posts (5 days): as above and waiting for more than 5 days
- Awaiting User Response: as it says
- Answered: as it says
- Subject Opinion Requested: as it says
- Second Opinion Requested: as it says
- Updated: redraft posted by applicant

We aim to acknowledge your thread within 24 hours and review your statement within 5 working days. Waiting times may be higher during busy periods and close to deadlines or if you don’t have 100 posts on TSR. Please be aware that if your deadline is less than 5 working days from your time of submission to the TSR PS review service you may not get a review in time.

Please keep all comments or questions in your thread and do not create additional threads. Please do not attempt to bump your thread. We will get to you as soon as we can and attempts to get around our system may result in your statement not receiving a review.

What happens if there's a problem and who you should contact

Our reviewers are very experienced and are doing this in their own time so please bear with them. If you feel that a reviewer has behaved in an inappropriate manner please do not engage in an argument with them. Instead bring your thread to the attention of the PS help mods (She-Ra Puddles the Monkey alleycat393 Interrobang Charlotte's Web) and we will attempt to resolve the situation.

Rudeness and attempts to circumvent our system including the use of dupe accounts will be viewed very seriously and may result in your not receiving a review.

How to become a PS Reviewer

We’re always looking for enthusiastic volunteers and are glad that you’re interested! As reviewers we find this role both rewarding and informative.

You must be at least at university to become a PS reviewer. Please make a thread in ‘Ask a CT’ from your university network so that we can verify this. We may also ask you to email the office from a university email account. If you have graduated we may ask for another form of proof that you have been to university.
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Post any questions you have about the PS review service here
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Post any questions you have about the PS review service here
Is it completely safe to upload it? I mean - it wouldn't mean that it's on the internet so when there are plagiarism checks it would not show up as copied? Does that make sense?
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Is it completely safe to upload it? I mean - it wouldn't mean that it's on the internet so when there are plagiarism checks it would not show up as copied? Does that make sense?
You'd upload them on a private forum so it won't be flagged up.
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You'd upload them on a private forum so it won't be flagged up.
Ok, thank you. And roughly how many people would have access to it?
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How long is this service available for? I'm applying to university this year so this would be really helpful for me
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Ok, thank you. And roughly how many people would have access to it?
Only the PS helpers and staff. I don't know the number but all the PS helpers are at Uni or beyond (and have been checked to make sure they are).
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Only the PS helpers and staff. I don't know the number but all the PS helpers are at Uni or beyond (and have been checked to make sure they are).
Thanks. Will upload mine soon then if that is okay
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Thanks. Will upload mine soon then if that is okay
That's fine, but endeavour to write something you're happy with as there is no guarantee that we'll be able to look at it more than once.
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How long is this service available for? I'm applying to university this year so this would be really helpful for me
It should be available in perpetuity. Obviously this is subject to the whims of the TSR admin team and the goodwill and continued participation of the volunteers.

Why is somebody who has not applied to university being touted as a "Clearing and Applications Advisor"? This isn't an attack - I have not paid much attention to TSR developments and am curious.
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It should be available in perpetuity. Obviously this is subject to the whims of the TSR admin team and the goodwill and continued participation of the volunteers.

Why is somebody who has not applied to university being touted as a "Clearing and Applications Advisor"? This isn't an attack - I have not paid much attention to TSR developments and am curious.
I have applied to university before, but had to resit a year in school instead due to personal circumstances.
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I have applied to university before, but had to resit a year in school instead due to personal circumstances.
I see. Well best of luck with your application!
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Oh nice, very pleased that this service is back! :borat:
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Ok, thank you. And roughly how many people would have access to it?
i will have access to it and il use it
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I have submitted my own personal statement. Hopefully can reviewed as soon as possible
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How long do I have to upload it ?

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How long do I have to upload it ?

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If you're applying in this current cycle, you have until probably around mid December to upload it. The service (in previous years anyway) was really busy close to the January deadline so if you really want a review you will need to factor in how busy the reviewers will be.
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If you're applying in this current cycle, you have until probably around mid December to upload it. The service (in previous years anyway) was really busy close to the January deadline so if you really want a review you will need to factor in how busy the reviewers will be.
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Hi

I think somebody has listed me as "Less than 100 posts" by mistake my profile shows that I have made 124 posts
Please see the screenshot

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