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    On word, when my paragraphs have a gap between them it counts the gap as one line so when I put it as one big chunk of text it has less lines. On UCAS does it count the gaps between paras as lines and if so can I just not have gaps or do I need them? Obviously I would much rather individual paras but not at that cost.
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    Yes it does, so just remove the gaps.
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    (Original post by Puppo)
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    On word, when my paragraphs have a gap between them it counts the gap as one line so when I put it as one big chunk of text it has less lines. On UCAS does it count the gaps between paras as lines and if so can I just not have gaps or do I need them? Obviously I would much rather individual paras but not at that cost.
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    Having gaps (or paras) makes the statement easier to read. It's better to have less stuff and make your reader's life easier than not have gaps and annoy your reader

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    Yes it does, so just remove the gaps.
    Maybe leave the PS advice to the advisors?
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    (Original post by alleycat393)
    Having gaps (or paras) makes the statement easier to read. It's better to have less stuff and make your reader's life easier than not have gaps and annoy your reader



    Maybe leave the PS advice to the advisors?
    you can't say paragraphs > content. at the end of the day, they want to know you and your grades.
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    you can't say paragraphs > content. at the end of the day, they want to know you and your grades.
    Your grades are already on your application so putting them in wastes space. They're not really interested in you personally as a friend but your academic interests in the subject and why you want to study it. But no one is going to want to read a wall of text. Structuring your work well and saying what you have to in the space available which is also laid out well is a key academic skill. We can go round about this for ages but trust me I've been looking at PSs, essays etc for a long time so I think I know what I'm talking about
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    (Original post by alleycat393)
    Your grades are already on your application so putting them in wastes space. They're not really interested in you personally as a friend but your academic interests in the subject and why you want to study it. But no one is going to want to read a wall of text. Structuring your work well and saying what you have to in the space available which is also laid out well is a key academic skill. We can go round about this for ages but trust me I've been looking at PSs, essays etc for a long time so I think I know what I'm talking about
    it really is subjective. it might annoy you, but others will consider the application fairly. Given that the extra information they give add value and is relevant then losing one of those paragraph lines really doesn't matter.
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    (Original post by ihatePE)
    it really is subjective. it might annoy you, but others will consider the application fairly. Given that the extra information they give add value and is relevant then losing one of those paragraph lines really doesn't matter.
    No hun I'm sorry. This is not about me personally but years of collective experience and training. Sorry!
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    No hun I'm sorry. This is not about me personally but years of collective experience and training. Sorry!
    you don't represent the whole admission team sweety
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    (Original post by ihatePE)
    you don't represent the whole admission team sweety
    I'm not saying I do and hence the term 'collective'. This isn't about me personally as I said above. But not going to go round in circles any more. Admissions officers get training, share best practice and pass on info to people who work in this field plus we have years of experience in looking at these things. Whether the applicant takes the advice in board or not is up to them. Good luck!
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    (Original post by ihatePE)
    you can't say paragraphs > content. at the end of the day, they want to know you and your grades.
    You can.

    Admissions staff are trawling through many many PSs every day. Prioritising content in order to produce a well structured and easy to read PS means that IMPORTANT content wont be missed because of sloppy formatting.

    I've never seen a PS that couldn't benefit from being shortened and tightened up. The whole exercise is about conveying the important content well within the available space. Cramming in more content at the expense of readability isn't beneficial - it just increases the risk of the important bits being missed.
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    Thank you everyone - I've decided to keep separate paragraphs and trim it down
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    (Original post by Puppo)
    Thank you everyone - I've decided to keep separate paragraphs and trim it down
    Good decision.
 
 
 
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