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Fido
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Would anyone recommend any of the following services for Editing and Proof-reading my 'Personal statement':

http://www.writingdirect.co.uk

http://www.personalstatement.info

Others??

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Would anyone recommend any of the following services for Editing and Proof-reading my 'Personal statement':

http://www.writingdirect.co.uk

http://www.personalstatement.info

Others??

Thanks.

I'd say the best bet is to do it yourself and not pay money to these rip-off merchants. They're out to screw you - just write it as yourself and get your friends and teachers to proof-read it for you. I'll proof-read it for you if you want. I'm sure other people here will help too. Don't pay money, it really isn't worth it!

Am a little incensed because I just followed one of those links and found my personal statement on there from last year! I don't know how they got hold of it - have written a slightly angry email... :mad:
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get teachers/friends/relatives to read it instead
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Would anyone recommend any of the following services for Editing and Proof-reading my 'Personal statement':

http://www.writingdirect.co.uk

http://www.personalstatement.info

Others??

Thanks.
nah dont use any such service, they are just trying to make money but dont have a clue, any uni would prefer for you to do it yourself, they can see right through them. remember they may not even have time to look at it
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Would anyone recommend any of the following services for Editing and Proof-reading my 'Personal statement':

http://www.writingdirect.co.uk

http://www.personalstatement.info

Others??

Thanks.

http://www.personalstatement.info <-- they didn't have any Good/unique personal statement that u can get ideas from.Infact those ones that i have looked were poor quality. Some had Grammer and (EVEN) spelling mistakes.
Write it urself and save the money.
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Thanks everyone.. this is what I already had in mind, but I had to check.. one more I discovered today:

http://www.oxbridgeapplications.com

Is it worth it if I'm applying to Cambridge? I think not too.. but just checking!

Thanks again!
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why dont you send off for their brochure for more info.
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Thanks everyone.. this is what I already had in mind, but I had to check.. one more I discovered today:

http://www.oxbridgeapplications.com

Is it worth it if I'm applying to Cambridge? I think not too.. but just checking!

Thanks again!
it isn't worth it - they're a load of scam artists.
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Thanks everyone.. this is what I already had in mind, but I had to check.. one more I discovered today:

http://www.oxbridgeapplications.com

Is it worth it if I'm applying to Cambridge? I think not too.. but just checking!

Thanks again!

I'd say no. I'd like, at least, to think that you can't pay your way into Cambridge and Oxford... I don't know, you probably can. All I can say is that I didn't bother and none of my friends did. There used to be a website called 'OxbridgeInfo' where people put their profiles up and you could get advice for free but sadly that seems to have gone offline. (Think it may be where those barstewards got hold of my personal statement - someone emailed me asking if they could have a look at it to help them with their own so I sent them a draft, damn them)

But anyway. I asked people I knew for advice with the personal statement - and feel free to ask for tips on here because people will be only too happy to help. A couple of my teachers gave me a mock-interview - if you can persuade any of your teachers to do that it's very helpful, and nastier than the real thing (well, mine was), which makes it seem a lot less terrifying. And I read around my subject and made sure I knew my stuff. That's about it really. I'm here and I didn't have to pay anyone for anything. And paying these people is no guarantee you'll get in - PLUS it's severely frowned upon by Oxbridge, PLUS they can usually tell if you've had 'training' and will adjust their questions to suit.

In short, I really wouldn't recommend any of these - but at the end of the day it's your decision - best of luck with whatever you decide!
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I'd say no. I'd like, at least, to think that you can't pay your way into Cambridge and Oxford... I don't know, you probably can. All I can say is that I didn't bother and none of my friends did.
Thanks MadNatSci.. I bet you're right.. I'd follow you're advice!

One more thing.. I'm not a native English speaker.. so is the 'statement of purpose' same as a 'personal statement'?
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Thanks everyone.. this is what I already had in mind, but I had to check.. one more I discovered today:

http://www.oxbridgeapplications.com

Is it worth it if I'm applying to Cambridge? I think not too.. but just checking!

Thanks again!
They're crap. I know about them because my dad did some work for them, and they asked him to do practice interviews completely outside his subject, and they now pay very low -- £8 an hour, where the going rate for such work is about £17 an hour so they are hardly likely to get the best people as interviewers. They try to make out that they have some amazing inside knowledge about Oxbridge and can do something mystical to you to get you in, but in reality all they do is give some practice interviews (which you can arrange for yourself far more cheaply) and the sort of information you can get anywhere.
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I'd say no. I'd like, at least, to think that you can't pay your way into Cambridge and Oxford... I don't know, you probably can. All I can say is that I didn't bother and none of my friends did. There used to be a website called 'OxbridgeInfo' where people put their profiles up and you could get advice for free but sadly that seems to have gone offline. (Think it may be where those barstewards got hold of my personal statement - someone emailed me asking if they could have a look at it to help them with their own so I sent them a draft, damn them)

But anyway. I asked people I knew for advice with the personal statement - and feel free to ask for tips on here because people will be only too happy to help. A couple of my teachers gave me a mock-interview - if you can persuade any of your teachers to do that it's very helpful, and nastier than the real thing (well, mine was), which makes it seem a lot less terrifying. And I read around my subject and made sure I knew my stuff. That's about it really. I'm here and I didn't have to pay anyone for anything. And paying these people is no guarantee you'll get in - PLUS it's severely frowned upon by Oxbridge, PLUS they can usually tell if you've had 'training' and will adjust their questions to suit.

yeah yeah use them the are great, not just trying to nick your money or anything

In short, I really wouldn't recommend any of these - but at the end of the day it's your decision - best of luck with whatever you decide!
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