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    When you wrote your personal statement, did you leave lines in between paragraphs or not? I've now reached the 47 line limit with a PS considered strong by the three teachers that have reviewed it, however one of them says I should not use lines in between paragraphs. He says this because obviously, it takes away from your available lines. The other teachers however state it's best to leave lines, as it makes it easier to read, and makes it more presentable as it wouldn't just be a block of text(like the former). I'm in quite a dilemma, as I would gain 4/5 lines from it which is enough to talk about some books and hobbies I've read and done (all the important aspects, such as empathy, teamwork etc have already been covered with relevant volunteering in the PS).

    Any response is appreciated.

    P.S some people say the tutors from uni see it as a block of text regardless if you leave spaces or not, is that true?
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    yeah i wanna know this 2.
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    Which do you think someone who has read 30-40 PSs that day will be able to pick up the most information from?

    And which do you think that same person will read in a bad mood because of the poor layout?

    There are *some* universities with crappy admissions systems that strip out EVERYTHING...but they're in the minority.
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    Which do you think someone who has read 30-40 PSs that day will be able to pick up the most information from?

    And which do you think that same person will read in a bad mood because of the poor layout?

    There are *some* universities with crappy admissions systems that strip out EVERYTHING...but they're in the minority.
    Lol, so are you saying we should leave lines between paragraphs (so it looks neater than the block of sentences)?
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    (Original post by Phantomx60)
    Lol, so are you saying we should leave lines between paragraphs (so it looks neater than the a block of sentences)?
    Seems that way
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    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    Seems that way
    I think so to, the block of sentences is just hard to read tbh. I spaced mine out and still have 4 lines lol.

    How did you finish off your PS btw? (just wondering since I'm finding it pretty hard to finish mine off nicely)
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    (Original post by Phantomx60)
    I think so to, the block of sentences is just hard to read tbh. I spaced mine out and still have 4 lines lol.

    How did you finish off your PS btw? (just wondering since I'm finding it pretty hard to finish mine off nicely)
    It should sort of reaffirm your intro. Something to show how much you want to study that degree.
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    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    It should sort of reaffirm your intro. Something to show how much you want to study that degree.
    Ok, could you provide an example please?
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    I didn't have enough space so removed white line breaks in mine, and still got 4/4 offers!

    However, if possible, I would recommend putting in the breaks - it makes it more readable.
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    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    When you wrote your personal statement, did you leave lines in between paragraphs or not? I've now reached the 47 line limit with a PS considered strong by the three teachers that have reviewed it, however one of them says I should not use lines in between paragraphs. He says this because obviously, it takes away from your available lines. The other teachers however state it's best to leave lines, as it makes it easier to read, and makes it more presentable as it wouldn't just be a block of text(like the former). I'm in quite a dilemma, as I would gain 4/5 lines from it which is enough to talk about some books and hobbies I've read and done (all the important aspects, such as empathy, teamwork etc have already been covered with relevant volunteering in the PS).

    Any response is appreciated.

    P.S some people say the tutors from uni see it as a block of text regardless if you leave spaces or not, is that true?
    I was in the same dilemma. I just cut down my sentences by removing uneccessary phrases but still keeping the meaning.

    E.g. "I take part in playing football" to "I play football".
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    I was in the same dilemma. I just cut down my sentences by removing uneccessary phrases but still keeping the meaning.

    E.g. "I take part in playing football" to "I play football".
    Nice advice. I just wonder if medical schools will take into account the line skipping when considering all candidates' statements. In theory, it seems unfair to penalise someone who used less lines due to paragraphing and someone who used them for text(and vice versa).
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    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    Nice advice. I just wonder if medical schools will take into account the line skipping when considering all candidates' statements. In theory, it seems unfair to penalise someone who used less lines due to paragraphing and someone who used them for text(and vice versa).
    They won't. A 3000 character PS can be a much better than a 4000 one. Overall, keeping it concise also makes it nicer to read as long as the content is there.
 
 
 
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