Here are some top tips which could be helpful when beginning to write your personal statement:
- Start with research – exploring your options and deciding what course you would like to do at university (looking at what subjects interest you or ambitions you have for when you finish the course).
- Which university? – looking at a wide range of universities can be exhausting but make sure you actually like the university (open days are a great way to experience what the university is actually like).
- Listing the skills/experiences – writing down the skills you have or experiences (I.e. the schools enrichment programme ‘Teachers for Tomorrow’ is applicable for applying to teacher training courses). Also going to university open days are an easy and great way to enhance your personal statement.
- Why are you suitable for the course? – be sure of your predicted grades before applying to a course as entry requirements vary with different universities.
- DON’T COPY! – it’s a pretty simple tip, however you need to make sure it’s all your own work and not from anywhere else (like the Internet), as UCAS have a detection system which checks for copy-right, in which serious consequences could be put in place.