If you’re a Post 16 students, chances are you’re starting to think about your personal statement for University. Yes, this seems a very daunting task and it’s hard to know where to begin but stop worrying and relax. This is your own ‘Personal Statement Toolkit’ and it’s full of tips on things like what to include and how to structure your personal statement.
|Write down 10 positive things about yourself.|
A great place to start is by writing down a list of 10 positive things about yourself. These can be anything from your personality to your skills. The list will help if you get stuck for positive things to say whilst you’re writing your personal statement. You can just revert back to your list and pick out something positive – simple!
|Your passion for the course needs to shine through in your personal statement.|
– Organisational skills.
– Communication skills.
– Working independently.
– Working in a team.
– Working to deadlines.
– Using your initiative.
– IT skills.
1. Your reasons for choosing the course.
2. Things that have inspired you.
3. Relevant academic achievements.
4. Relevant extra-curricular activities.
5. Work experience.
6. Experiences of University.
7. Experiences that don’t relate to the course but are good at showing your skills/personality.
8. Your reasons for wanting to go to University.
– Your personal statement must be well structured, convincing and easy to understand. Whatever course you do at University, you will be required to write essays. If you can demonstrate in your personal statement that you can communicate effectively in writing, you will make a very good impression.
– Give examples to demonstrate that you are self-motivated, disciplined and mature.
– Show passion, enthusiasm and knowledge about the course. They will choose people who show a genuine interest in learning more about the subject and fully understand what the course is about.
– Convince the admissions tutor that you have the skills and motivation to contribute to the University and successfully complete your course.
– Use a formal style. Don’t include jokes or conversational language and check that all your spellings and grammar are correct.
– Make the space count. Don’t repeat yourself and make sure that you have included a broad range of achievements, experiences and skills.
– Let other people proof-read it. Not only will this help with checking any spelling, grammar and structure but they can also help you think about what to include.
– Don’t mention one particular University or course; the same personal statement will be used for all of your course choices.