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    I planned on using a book that is very specialist; it's one way governments can invest which has been very topical lately. I am really interested in it but is honing in too closely on one government tool bad? Instead of reading on more general themes such as Inequality.

    When I form an opinion of it, do I need to use economic knowledge do so or can I say whether I agree with the method? I am not sure how to be critical of it.

    I am struggling to link it in my personal statement but I honestly have no time and i must send my first draft into my college.

    I read another globalisation book which is completely unrelated but the author mentions it as one solution. Can I say that led me to research and choose this topic to read?

    Thank you
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    'Using a book' is pretty much a waste of valuable space unless you say something meaningful about what you (not the author) thinks.

    I have read far too many PS that are full of book reviews and read pretty much like this : so-and-says this (two line explanation), so-and-so says that (another trite summary), and whats-his-face says this (yet another book review) - and then they say nothing about what they think about any of it. It reads like a chunk of cut and paste from an essay, and tells the reader sum-zero about the applicant.

    It isn't just for PPE, applicants to Politics, Law, History, English and a whole heap of other subjects do this, and its is a total waste of time/space, We are looking for what you think, what sets your heart racing, not 'this is a list of the fancy books I have read'. If you scan your PS and count the number of times 'I' or 'me' appears, if its under ten, you need to rewrite your entire PS (not just tinker with it) because you have written an essay, not a Personal Statement.

    Instead of citing books, pick a theory or concept and say what you think about it in two lines - Thatcher's Britain, Mark Carney, the US Elections, whatever - without citing an author. Then tell me that you are involved in Politics, pressure groups, local community groups- that you don't just read this stuff, that you are actually are part of the political process, and understand that PPE doesn't happen just in books - or in Westminster.

    And don't allow your parents, teachers or anyone else, to rip the life out of your PS. It is not an essay - apart from obvious typos, it does not need 'correcting'. If they do this, all of your personal voice vanishes and that piece of text becomes deathly dull to read.

    The best PS do not start with 'Politics/Economics/whatever is ....' definition. They start with an incident, a realisation, a moment of personal insight. If you are relying on what others say about PPE and not what is in your heart, then it isn't a PS worth reading.
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    (Original post by returnmigrant)
    'Using a book' is pretty much a waste of valuable space unless you say something meaningful about what you (not the author) thinks.

    I have read far too many PS that are full of book reviews and read pretty much like this : so-and-says this (two line explanation), so-and-so says that (another trite summary), and whats-his-face says this (yet another book review) - and then they say nothing about what they think about any of it. It reads like a chunk of cut and paste from an essay, and tells the reader sum-zero about the applicant.

    It isn't just for PPE, applicants to Politics, Law, History, English and a whole heap of other subjects do this, and its is a total waste of time/space, We are looking for what you think, what sets your heart racing, not 'this is a list of the fancy books I have read'. If you scan your PS and count the number of times 'I' or 'me' appears, if its under ten, you need to rewrite your entire PS (not just tinker with it) because you have written an essay, not a Personal Statement.

    Instead of citing books, pick a theory or concept and say what you think about it in two lines - Thatcher's Britain, Mark Carney, the US Elections, whatever - without citing an author. Then tell me that you are involved in Politics, pressure groups, local community groups- that you don't just read this stuff, that you are actually are part of the political process, and understand that PPE doesn't happen just in books - or in Westminster.

    And don't allow your parents, teachers or anyone else, to rip the life out of your PS. It is not an essay - apart from obvious typos, it does not need 'correcting'. If they do this, all of your personal voice vanishes and that piece of text becomes deathly dull to read.

    The best PS do not start with 'Politics/Economics/whatever is ....' definition. They start with an incident, a realisation, a moment of personal insight. If you are relying on what others say about PPE and not what is in your heart, then it isn't a PS worth reading.
    Hello, could you PM me, because I can't see the option to do it to you
 
 
 
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