Explaining dip in grades on Personal Statement?

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Hi all,

I was wondering if it's wise to explain on my PS why my first year grades at college are lower than I would like?

I suffered with mental health issues, and of course covid which affected everyone.

I wonder if it's a good idea to explain the low grade, as my current second year grades are predicted much higher. Or is that a bad idea?

Thanks for any advice..
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That's the kind of thing that should be mentioned on the reference, not the personal statement.
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Squeeze it into your reference instead.
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That's the kind of thing that should be mentioned on the reference, not the personal statement.
Ok thank you. As I am applying to UCAS through college, I don’t see the reference section. I should perhaps discuss with whoever does the reference i.e. my lecturer?
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Ok thank you. As I am applying to UCAS through college, I don’t see the reference section. I should perhaps discuss with whoever does the reference i.e. my lecturer?
Yeah. Were they aware of your mental health issues?
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Yeah. Were they aware of your mental health issues?
Yes, and I have medical records. I’m not 100% sure if it helps to mention it at all though?
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Yes, and I have medical records. I’m not 100% sure if it helps to mention it at all though?
Then it's probably something they'd already be planning to mention on the reference. When you said your grades in the first year were lower than you wanted, is this in public exams like AS or GCSEs?
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Then it's probably something they'd already be planning to mention on the reference. When you said your grades in the first year were lower than you wanted, is this in public exams like AS or GCSEs?
It was year one of college Btech. Thanks
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