As applications are starting to be made, we thought we'd help you out with some advice about writing your personal statement.
Is it the one thing you’re dreading about your university application? It’s OK to say yes! (I was in your position just a few years ago )
But don’t worry, a personal statement shouldn’t be something to be afraid of. Give yourself enough time to research and plan your statement in order to show us why you are a strong candidate for the course of your choice.
We’ve broken this down into two easy steps
Step 1: Have a think about the information you want to include in your personal statement
Be honest and persuasive throughout. We can only make a decision on what you tell us, so remember to include all of your qualifications and grades.
Some courses may require you to have had practical experience in your chosen field of study, so be sure to include that as well.
Have a read through the course structure in detail, have you had any previous experience with some of the modules that are being taught? Do you believe you have the right personal attributes to be able to contribute to the course, if so how have you shown this previously?
Have you done any previous un-paid or voluntary work? Do you have a part-time job where you have gained skills, knowledge and experience? All of these things are a great way to help show off a rounded personality.
Step 2: Structuring your statement
You have done your research and know what makes you a strong candidate, now to fill that blank piece of paper of yours! Now to do the following:
Make sure your statement is easy to read and is well structured. Whichever course you are applying to, you’ll be expected to write essays so this is a good way to prove you have an idea where to start!
Have a look over the course requirements and choose which of your notes is most important. For example if a requirement is that you need to be well organised then putting examples of this at the start is a good idea.
Once you have decided what order to put things in, this should help you to build upon your statement.
Don’t make silly mistakes!
It’s really easy to get sick of the sight of your personal statement especially if you have been staring at it for hours. So it’s a really good idea to get a couple of people to check over your statement.
Write in a formal style, you want to make an impression but no jokes or conversational language.
It may feel a bit embarrassing writing about yourself in a positive way but you have a lot to offer, so sell the experiences you have.
And finally, don’t copy – I think that’s fairly self-explanatory!
You can check out our website where we have some more in –depth tips on writing your personal statement. We also have some other information such as what to expect if you have to go for an interview.
Have any specific questions about your application? Don’t hesitate to contact our friendly admissions team on +44(0)115 848 4200 and they will be more than happy to help.
If you have any questions about studying at NTU or life in Nottingham, then head to the Nottingham Trent forum and I’ll do my best to answer any question you have.
For those who have been putting off your personal statement or were a little bit unsure of what to include then I hope this has helped.
Chris – NTU Rep
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