There is actually no set formula for writing the ‘perfect’ personal statement – part of what will make your statement successful is how you convey your personality, interests, academic motivations and potential. Your statement should be an expression of your academic interest in your subject, as specific as possible and supported by practical and theoretical examples where relevant. Importantly, make sure that everything you write in your statement is something you really do believe, it’s an idea you hold dear and want to share with admissions tutors seeking to understand how you connect with your subject.
As it’s often the sitting down and getting to it that’s the hard part of the personal statement, with this in mind, here are suggestions of how you can keep yourself motivated at each stage of the process.
Check out our mind-map, which will prove super useful in getting your thoughts on paper – why not open this up, put your ideas down and then review!
When you review this document, think about what you’ve written from the perspective of an academic who loves this subject and wants to take those who seem most able, engaged and academically have the greatest potential!
Some advice from those who have been there and done it:
One last thing! When it all starts getting a little too much… keep reminding yourself that this is the chance to write about a very interesting subject – that no one else will be writing about – YOU! If you want some further, tailored help, why not book onto our Personal Statement Masterclass in London on 25th August or call me, Poppy, to book a Private Consultation.
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