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    Best advice for Personal Statement and what to definitely include? I am going to be studying Maths at university?
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    Best advice for Personal Statement and what to definitely include? I am going to be studying Maths at university?
    Not necessarily the best advice, but my two cents (final year maths with placement student):

    Challenge yourself to ask 'so what' to every single line on your PS. This can at times tie in with the principle of 'show, not tell'.

    For example: 'since I was a young child I have loved maths' - all telling, no showing and so what?

    Alternatively, 'I have developed my problem solving skills, having consistently achieved golds in UKMT from age ...' sounds better already. It lacks context and proper wording but... the point is that you've got evidence there that says something, versus before where there was nothing.

    But the two things can be separate, a big challenge in writing a PS is writing too much about stuff that isn't important (e.g. I have always been in top set for maths)

    Really challenge yourself to understand why exactly you want to study maths / what areas in particular do you like? Then go off and research this, if there's a book or lecture you can absorb and refer to to explain what specific parts of maths you're passionate about, great! In my PS, I mentioned a UCL lecture I went to about gaming and google, and how maths is involved in that. I should also have read 'the Simpsons and their mathematical secrets', which would have been much... easier to talk about than Fermat's Last Theorem and The History of 0... ultimately, find the area(s) you are interested in, read something cool about it then mention it briefly. It's also a good chance to see that if there is nothing about maths that interests you... that tells you something

    And lastly, make sure you have an idea of what algebra and analysis is - not necessarily for your PS but for maths in general - this catches a lot of people out.

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