For anyone out there with teenagers, I thought this informative guest post on how to write a good personal statement for University, would be very handy. I do hope it’s helpful.
A personal statement is a vital part of the university application process. Creating an impactful statement in just a few hundred words can be a daunting process, especially if your child is uncomfortable with this step on the UCAS application ladder.
The main aim when writing a personal statement is to set out specific reasons as to why to apply for a particular course in a specific university. Your son or daughter should also inform the admissions office of his or her relevant qualifications for a chosen course.
While each personal statement is unique, we have listed some basic steps worth following. Expert tutors from professional tutoring agencies like Fleet Tutors help university hopefuls create a well-structured and concise personal statement which can boost university applications. Fleet Tutors’ high-calibre personal tuition professionals will help to highlight academic achievements and ambitions so as to capture the attention of admissions offices for all UK universities, including Oxbridge and Russell group.
Make sure your child showcases his or her credentials in the best possible light.
Here are some dos and don’ts to follow while they draft a personal statement:
Originality: As the term ‘personal statement’ implies, the content should be original and personal without any form of clichéd statements. Instead of including detailed accounts of ‘passions’ for the particular course or subject, a bigger impact can be made by adopting a more natural tone that reflects your child’s personality and career interests.
Specific Details: To support the various details in a statement, it is worthwhile referencing any previous work experience and, prior to submitting the statement, it is also important to double-check spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Organisation: Before starting to write, advise your child to make note of the key points that they want to include, ordering them from most important to least. It is advisable to start working on the document early to leave plenty of time for editing.
Style and Format: Adopt a uniform style while writing the content and avoid using slang. The focus should be on conveying the right facts in the right manner.
Always remember that what your child writes in their personal statement could end up being the decider between them and another candidate. Ensure that they follow the guidelines above so that their personal statement section of their UCAS application gives a true reflection of their capabilities, helping to shape the next few years of university life.