Step 5: Write your first draft

You know what you want to say and how to order your material. Now put it into effective prose. Here are some ‘Do’s and ‘Don’ts. • Do pay attention to the flow of ideas. • Do ensure that your grammar is correct and that your spelling is accurate. Don’t just rely on spell-check – Admissions…

Step 4: Decide on style and supporting data

When it comes to writing the section, you will need to decide on the general style to aim at and the amount of detail to include for each point you make. The style to strive for is one of relaxed intelligence. Spelling, accuracy of grammar and diversity of vocabulary are all important in creating the…

Step 3: Sort out the order for your points

Try to connect your points so that there is a flow of ideas, but don’t waste space on long connecting sentences which do not themselves convey information. Start with your reasons for choosing the course, particularly if you have good supporting information (e.g. helping in a hospital supports an application to study medicine). Putting the…

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Step 1: List everything which might go in the Statement

Start off by making a list of everything you might include under three main headings: • reasons for choosing the course • worthwhile personal achievements and experience • description of your spare-time interests. Don’t worry about order, length, expression: those will come later. Course choice: You need to explain why you have chosen the course…

Tackle your UCAS Personal Statement in stages

Getting started can be tough, but if you approach the task as a series of steps, you will find it easier. Work off-line so that you don’t feel under time pressure and can cut and paste as much as you want. Why not try the following step-by-step procedure. 1. List everything that might be relevant.…