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This isn't English literature specific, but it's my general advice for writing a good personal statement:

1) Quality not quantity, analysis not listing - A personal statement is not a list of all your achievements, extra-curriculars and every book you've ever read. Don't namedrop a book you read or a talk you went just for the sake of mentioning it - instead, find an aspect or fact from it that you find really interesting, and talk about it. Try to draw connections with your other reading/extra-curriculars. Where possible, show how one talk sparked your interest in - e.g. decolonisation/American politics/global financial markets - and so you developed that interest by reading more about it, or listening to a podcast/watching a documentary about it. Show your learning process, and the way your mind draws connections between things.

2) Explain WHY something interested you - DON'T say "attending maths sessions after school furthered my interest in mathematics." DO say "in after-school maths sessions, I first learnt about *theory/phenomenon X* - this inspired me to explore it further by reading Author Y's book on *topic X*; what most stood out to me from this book was *fact Z*."
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This isn't English literature specific, but it's my general advice for writing a good personal statement:

1) Quality not quantity, analysis not listing - A personal statement is not a list of all your achievements, extra-curriculars and every book you've ever read. Don't namedrop a book you read or a talk you went just for the sake of mentioning it - instead, find an aspect or fact from it that you find really interesting, and talk about it. Try to draw connections with your other reading/extra-curriculars. Where possible, show how one talk sparked your interest in - e.g. decolonisation/American politics/global financial markets - and so you developed that interest by reading more about it, or listening to a podcast/watching a documentary about it. Show your learning process, and the way your mind draws connections between things.

2) Explain WHY something interested you - DON'T say "attending maths sessions after school furthered my interest in mathematics." DO say "in after-school maths sessions, I first learnt about *theory/phenomenon X* - this inspired me to explore it further by reading Author Y's book on *topic X*; what most stood out to me from this book was *fact Z*."
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Why English? Write about why you are passionate about this subject. What has sparked your interest. Give real examples of books ,words poems that have piqued your interest or changed your view of the world or made you want to delve further into something.
Start writing drafts and get teachers, parents, friends to give you feedback. The tsr has a useful step by step guide you might find useful.

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Thank you 😊, where is the step by sreplying guide? ☺
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Why English? Write about why you are passionate about this subject. What has sparked your interest. Give real examples of books ,words poems that have piqued your interest or changed your view of the world or made you want to delve further into something.
Start writing drafts and get teachers, parents, friends to give you feedback. The tsr has a useful step by step guide you might find useful.
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