How to write a University personal statement
Our Admissions Tutors give their tips
Persuading Admissions Tutors that you deserve a place on their university course can be pretty daunting. So here are some personal statement tips.
- Make bullet points of everything you want to include and order each point in terms of importance.
- Get to the point quickly. Tell us what excites you about studying this course.
- Keep it simple and clear.
- Proof read. A misplaced apostrophe can be seriously off-putting to Admissions Tutors.
- Concentrate on the main content of your statement and write the introduction last.
Show curiosity and passion
- Be specific about what it is that interests you about your chosen course / subject.
- Where does your interest in the subject come from?
- How can you convey your passion?
Tell us about you
- Only mention hobbies that reveal something relevant. Perhaps they have taught you good timekeeping skills, teamwork or given you extra insight in your field of interest.
- Talk about any work experience in terms of what you learned from the experience.
- Input from friends and tutors can be helpful, but this is a personal statement - we want to hear your voice and personality.
- Avoid using quotes from famous people. We want to know what you think.
- Refrain from using one of the most commonly-used opening statements, such as: 'From a young age…'; 'For as long as I can remember…'; 'I have always been interested in…'.