Monday 24 October 2016

Tips for writing your personal statement

Published 06/01/2016 | 16:00

Show your personal statement to as many people as possible. You just don't know where a helpful comment might come from. Whether it's a parent or friend who reminds you of something you have forgotten, a guidance counsellor or a teacher, the more opinions you seek the better.

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Describe your ambitions, skills and experience which make you suitable for the course.

Your personal statement will go to each institution and course for which you apply so be careful if you're applying to more than one type subject area or institution. Avoid naming institutions or talking about things which are not relevant to particular courses you are applying for.

There are many resources, films and advice on giving advice on how best to complete this part of the application take time to explore them. Include why you are applying, what makes you suitable and which of your skills and experience are most relevant.

Give a copy of your personal statement to you referee. It can be helpful for them to know what you are saying and match the reference to this.

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