The personal statement is an important part of the Higher Education application process. Admissions tutors use the statement to help them identify the applicants most suited for each course.
Your son or daughter will need to demonstrate a genuine interest and passion for the chosen subject and skills that will benefit them while at university. The personal statement is a chance to make an impression and to stand out from the crowd.
Before drafting, writing and rewriting the statement, your son or daughter is advised to:
Please note, the same statement will be submitted to all the universities that your son or daughter apply to so avoid specific university names, staff details and course references.
A personal statement should be:
The statement must not:
Getting started is the hardest part. Suggest that your son or daughter make lists of all the things they like, know and aspire to with regard to their chosen course subject. With the list at hand, it will be easier to start drafting the personal statement text.
Offer to review the draft at regular intervals and provide constructive feedback on how to improve the text. Suggest they show it to a teacher who knows them well, to get additional feedback.
Your son or daughter may need to refer to the personal statement if they are invited to an interview at their chosen university, so, remind them to save a copy of the final version before it is submitted.