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So I am applying for computing science. What skills do u gain from these.

Caritas - volunteering for charities and helping out around the school

Eco Club
- make presentations, posters and planning tasks

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So I am applying for computing science. What skills do u gain from these.

Caritas award - volunteering for charities and helping out around the school

Eco Club
- make presentations, posters and planning tasks

Helping out at open days
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Why do you need to use these experiences to prove your interest and motivation to study CS?

There’s no non-academic skills that are vital to evidence in a CS PS. It’s an academic degree not a vocational one.
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So I am applying for computing science. What skills do u gain from these.

Caritas award - volunteering for charities and helping out around the school

Eco Club
- make presentations, posters and planning tasks

Helping out at open days
volunteering gives u teamwork and coordination
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volunteering gives u teamwork and coordination
No experience “gives you” skills.

People taking part in activities will already have ability in teamwork and coordination. They’ll then get an opportunity to use and practice those skills.

Admissions staff are well aware of the skills that might be used in various activities (and which if any are useful or vital for their degree). There’s no point wasting space in a PS talking about how and experience “gave you” x skill. That makes you sound like you were lacking in that skill before the experience and now consider yourself “having” that skill with no appetite to develop your skills further. It’s very unappealing.

If you MUST talk about “skills” in a PS then what admissions staff are interested in are details of specific situations where you DEMONSTRATED a skill. HOW did you work in a team? What was your role? How did you work with the other members of the team? Was there any problems within the team or with the work? How did the team overcome those problems? What was your individual contribution to that resolution? What have you learned from the experience? What would you do differently?

THAT is helpful in a PS for a subject that requires teamwork. Anything vague or generic is a waste of space that could be used talking about your degree subject interest and activities.
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No experience “gives you” skills.

People taking part in activities will already have ability in teamwork and coordination. They’ll then get an opportunity to use and practice those skills.

Admissions staff are well aware of the skills that might be used in various activities (and which if any are useful or vital for their degree). There’s no point wasting space in a PS talking about how and experience “gave you” x skill. That makes you sound like you were lacking in that skill before the experience and now consider yourself “having” that skill with no appetite to develop your skills further. It’s very unappealing.

If you MUST talk about “skills” in a PS then what admissions staff are interested in are details of specific situations where you DEMONSTRATED a skill. HOW did you work in a team? What was your role? How did you work with the other members of the team? Was there any problems within the team or with the work? How did the team overcome those problems? What was your individual contribution to that resolution? What have you learned from the experience? What would you do differently?

THAT is helpful in a PS for a subject that requires teamwork. Anything vague or generic is a waste of space that could be used talking about your degree subject interest and activities.
what if i say that it has helped to develop my teamwork skills further or enhanced
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what if i say that it has helped to develop my teamwork skills further or enhanced
Without details and specifics about what you actually did then it’s just words. You could just as easily write that an experience enhanced your invisibility powers.
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Here’s an example my teacher gave us

I am school captain of the football team. This shows I have good communication and team working skills. This is relevant to Business Studies as being able to communicate effectively is an important at skill when working on group projects.

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Without details and specifics about what you actually did then it’s just words. You could just as easily write that an experience enhanced your invisibility powers.
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Here’s an example my teacher gave us

I am school captain of the football team. This shows I have good communication and team working skills. This is relevant to Business Studies as being able to communicate effectively is an important at skill when working on group projects.
Teachers once again demonstrating that they have no understanding of what admissions staff are interested in seeing in a PS

https://www.tes.com/news/teachers-an...onal-statement
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Doing any extracurricular could contribute to your time management skills, because you're balancing these activities with your studies. You could also say organisational skills - especially for planning tasks, like you mentioned. Helping out in the school could be leadership skills. Did your volunteering involve working alone or in teams? Either way, you have good examples. You could speak about working with others/teamwork, but also working independently. You'll need both for any course at university. Communication would be another big one - guessing at open days you would speak to a lot of people?
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Doing any extracurricular could contribute to your time management skills, because you're balancing these activities with your studies. You could also say organisational skills - especially for planning tasks, like you mentioned. Helping out in the school could be leadership skills. Did your volunteering involve working alone or in teams? Either way, you have good examples. You could speak about working with others/teamwork, but also working independently. You'll need both for any course at university. Communication would be another big one - guessing at open days you would speak to a lot of people?
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So I am applying for computing science. What skills do u gain from these.

Caritas - volunteering for charities and helping out around the school

Eco Club
- make presentations, posters and planning tasks

Helping out at open days
It's good to mention these in a PS, but be brief! The majority of your PS should be highlighting your interest for computer science, given it is an academic degree. If you can link them to your interest in computer science, that would be ideal, though I'm not sure this is likely given what you have mentioned
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It is better to describe your interest in the subject. Focus on that instead. Skills are optional.
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