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Hey, so I'm not too sure if this is generically posted on this forum or if this is one of the first, but it seems to be a subject that I've been wondering about.

The personal statement has been dubbed as 'the most important piece of writing you will ever create' by my support teachers, and I'm beginning to agree, however everything else they tell me is formulaic and bland, almost as though you're writing a transcript purposed to put the admissions officer to sleep. From YouTube videos and blog posts, I've concluded that its those people who write unique and inspiring personal statements, ones that literally gleam from the 1000s of other statements that prompt the officer to consider them. So what makes these statements stand out?

Has anyone got tips or an insight into what got them into a competitive course? Or would anyone like to share their thoughts on the topic? Hope everyone is coping well thus far into the year and your application process is relatively calm
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The most common mistake I see in PSs is a fear of detail. Details, examples, anecdotes....that is what makes a ps unique.

That doesn’t mean try to tell me reader your life story. It means telling the reader about a specific piece of work you enjoyed, or a specific situation you encountered..., how you approached it, what you found difficult, what surprised you, what you would do differently with the benefit of hindsight etc etc.

That is when your voice starts to come through and when your ps becomes memorable and compelling.
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The most common mistake I see in PSs is a fear of detail. Details, examples, anecdotes....that is what makes a ps unique.

That doesn’t mean try to tell me reader your life story. It means telling the reader about a specific piece of work you enjoyed, or a specific situation you encountered..., how you approached it, what you found difficult, what surprised you, what you would do differently with the benefit of hindsight etc etc.

That is when your voice starts to come through and when your ps becomes memorable and compelling.
That sounds good, I like the bit about your own voice coming through because I've heard people say they don't want to hear your parents' voices but i've never been told they want to hear your voice. I think in my next draft, although it is well written, I will tone down the degree of writing to something that reflects me truly a bit more. Any advice on how to meet that 4000 character point? I'm at 5000+ and I need to cut down.
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This is quite a useful site called Cambridge mentor, I had the same questions as you
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This is quite a useful site called Cambridge mentor, I had the same questions as you
£120 for an hour an a half tutorial :eek3: and zero information on the site about who is providing the tutorial, who owns the company and why they're qualified to help (and 94 followers on twitter)

#seemslegit
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£120 for an hour an a half tutorial :eek3: and zero information on the site about who is providing the tutorial, who owns the company and why they're qualified to help (and 94 followers on twitter)

#seemslegit
Quite recently tagged one of my friends who is a vet medicine hopeful in a link on Facebook providing exemplar interviews filmed live and they cost 140 pound per interview. Absolutely scandalous that companies look to take advantage of teenagers trying to make something of their lives imo, but obviously looking to exploit people in a time of fragility. We were educated on the recent UCAS clearing scam of last year, scary stuff.
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£120 for an hour an a half tutorial :eek3: and zero information on the site about who is providing the tutorial, who owns the company and why they're qualified to help (and 94 followers on twitter)

#seemslegit

I was linking the blog post, not entire website. Guess links are not allowed here? Can't comment on the tutorials as a friend who has used them passed that link on
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