I don't know where to start on my Personal Statement Watch

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I am so lost with writing my personal statement. I have no idea of what to write because I am a relatively simple person. Any advice or tips?
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Have you looked at the personal statement builder on TSR? That might be a good place to start:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wik...statement_help
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I had the same problem starting mine earlier, this UCAS doc helped me a lot!
https://www.ucas.com/file/4251/download?token=KIC9lMgH
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I had the same problem starting mine earlier, this UCAS doc helped me a lot!
https://www.ucas.com/file/4251/download?token=KIC9lMgH
Ignore "• How your previous studies relate to the course(s)." - that's ******** advice that teachers give out to students who don't know what to write who need to fill up space. Links between current subjects and a degree are either obvious (and a waste of space) or tenuous (and a waste of space). Admissions staff are well aware what different A levels involve and don't need that explaining to them in 50+ PSs a day.

If you want to talk about your current/previous studies then you need to be specific. Talk about a specific topic or project or piece of work that you enjoyed, what you liked about it, what you found tricky, how you approached it, what went well, what didn't go well, how it links to other things you've studied or external reading/lectures/documentaries etc etc etc. Specifics make a PS personal. Saying "Maths improved my numeracy and English gave me good communication skills" is not personal.
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Have you looked at the personal statement builder on TSR? That might be a good place to start:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wik...statement_help
Thanks I will give it a try
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Ignore "• How your previous studies relate to the course(s)." - that's ******** advice that teachers give out to students who don't know what to write who need to fill up space. Links between current subjects and a degree are either obvious (and a waste of space) or tenuous (and a waste of space). Admissions staff are well aware what different A levels involve and don't need that explaining to them in 50+ PSs a day.

If you want to talk about your current/previous studies then you need to be specific. Talk about a specific topic or project or piece of work that you enjoyed, what you liked about it, what you found tricky, how you approached it, what went well, what didn't go well, how it links to other things you've studied or external reading/lectures/documentaries etc etc etc. Specifics make a PS personal. Saying "Maths improved my numeracy and English gave me good communication skills" is not personal.
Thank you. This advice is golden. Going to give it a try now hopefully it will help me get into a flow.
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I had the same problem starting mine earlier, this UCAS doc helped me a lot!
https://www.ucas.com/file/4251/download?token=KIC9lMgH
I will check it out. thanks
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I just read other personal statements from the same course followed their structure and just reworded it haha. Don't worry, pretty sure I wrote a load of mindless crap and blabbered on but it's okay. Just don't do lame cheesy jokes or write in bad style (informal, speaking to the reader, quotes etc).

A paragraph could be what books you've read on it. Literally just don't worry and just write about why you're interested.

Oh and I got into all my Unis (applied twice for different courses too). So I conclude that they really don't care what you write as long as it's well written. (obviously Oxbridge do, but anywhere else I doubt it).
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I just read other personal statements from the same course followed their structure and just reworded it haha. Don't worry, pretty sure I wrote a load of mindless crap and blabbered on but it's okay. Just don't do lame cheesy jokes or write in bad style (informal, speaking to the reader, quotes etc).

A paragraph could be what books you've read on it. Literally just don't worry and just write about why you're interested.

Oh and I got into all my Unis (applied twice for different courses too). So I conclude that they really don't care what you write as long as it's well written. (obviously Oxbridge do, but anywhere else I doubt it).
I just am struggling because i don't do anything like enrichment wise so its a bit lack luster.
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I just am struggling because i don't do anything like enrichment wise so its a bit lack luster.
Focus on the course itself then - after all that's what you go to university for: your degree. Anything you feel like you don't do, you can turn into things that you are aiming to do in the future. What specific areas of interest are you really looking forward to pursuing at university?

HINT: If these particular interests are also very similar to one or two of the modules at your favourite universities, this could be helpful.
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(Original post by robyns2403)
I just am struggling because i don't do anything like enrichment wise so its a bit lack luster.
Oh well neither did I lol. Trust me they don't care lool.
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