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So you've written your personal statement but it’s still not quite right.

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  3. Read a powerful personal statement writing guide on your subject area.

Getting your personal statement right sounds simple, but it isn't. Success is more than just getting the spelling right, it is about what you say and how you say it. It's a task that requires only the best Oxbridge-educated editors.

Get Into Uni editors only offer what you’d expect from an admissions consultant: a tailored service, a personal touch, and a fast response. The writing guide has been written by our highly experienced and capable Oxbridge-educated editing team, many with experience in admission departments across the world, including Oxford.

Our track record in helping students gain a place at university is extensive, we you offer tenacity, drive and indomitable spirit to create a personal statement that inspires and lifts spirits.

We will help you:

  • Create an introduction that will immediately catch the attention of the busy admissions officer who spends no more than a few minutes on each personal statement.
  • Nail correct grammar ensuring succinct and effective communication from the writer to the reader.
  • Limit unnecessary words, lighten overweight phrases, strengthen weak verbs, and eliminate run-on sentences and clichés.
  • Create a perfect structure, which includes separate sections, introductions and conclusions.
  • Make sure that paragraphs have "hooks" linking them to preceding and continuing paragraphs.
  • Ensure your text is as "transparent" as possible to the reader.
  • Talk to the admissions officer in simple language, utilising short sentences sparingly for major impact.
  • Create a fresh approach loaded with influential keywords.
  • Tailor the message to adhere to academic standards regarding expression, structure, and format.
  • Write a personal statement that builds on your strengths and clearly articulates your desires, ambitions and motivations.
  • Make sure you have no grammatical mistakes nor misspelled words or fragments.
  • Ensure proper use of pronouns and verbs.
  • Demonstrate that you’re a proficient, credible and astute person.

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Ok, so now that you have a taster of some of the great things that we do, don’t forget that the personal statement is one of the most important factors in being accepted at your chosen university. We hope you find our writing guide useful in building your personal statement.

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Personal Statement Writing Guide

Before you start to write your personal statement, you should plan carefully and work through the Get into Uni personal statement writing guide. This guide will help you shape your personal statement into a masterpiece. As Universities have far more applicants than places, it is imperative that you make an effort to write a compelling personal statement to gain university admission.

Imagine how difficult it must be to read through thousands of application forms with students obtaining ‘A’ grades. How will the admissions officer distinguish your personal statement from the competition? Since many will be rejected at first glance, the admission selector wants subjective criteria to make a decision - the personal statement.

Hot Admission Tips

  • Get Into Uni surveyed over 50 UK admission officers the responses as follows:
  • Allow friends, family, and teachers to read through your personal statement and provide feedback. 
  • Write in clear English.
  • List paragraphs.
  • Be positive and enthusiastic.
  • Remember that admissions tutors will read thousands of personal statements, and you want yours to be the one they remember.
  • Write in short sentences.
  • Be as clear as possible about why you have chosen your course of study.
  • Set out the unique features and extracurricular activities that will allow you to be selected ahead of your peers.
  • Take the opportunity to point out any occurrences or circumstances that may have affected your academic results. Construct the personal statement into 4 to 5 paragraphs. Keep sentences short and succinct.

Understanding what the admission officer would like to read, will be advantageous and make your statement stand out. Below are comments from official admission officers: "The personal statement is very important, because it gives the applicant the opportunity to explain why they have chosen their course of study and university and why they think they would perform well on the course. It also gives the applicant the opportunity to set out their unique features, which they feel should lead them to be ranked ahead of their peers". University of Hertfordshire. Head of the University admissions service.

"At DMU, we are not looking only for students with a sound academic background - we seek students who are motivated and passionate about their subject area and have the potential to succeed in their studies. The graduate job market is competitive and we offer excellent preparation for both undergraduate and postgraduate students to enter or re-enter the world of work, but you have to be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities we offer if you are to succeed. The personal statement is a crucial part of the application process and can make the difference as to whether you are offered a place or not. This is especially true for courses where applicants have not been invited to attend an interview. In these cases, the personal statement is the only chance to sell yourself and give a flavour of whom you are". De Montford University.

"We are seeking aptitude, enthusiasm and genuine passion for the subject. The personal statement is important as a way of gauging motivation and enthusiasm, and helps us to assess the character of the applicant – what interests you and how you express yourself. Admissions tutors want to read statements that are clearly written and show why you are interested in the subject. Above all, be honest – it is easy to tell if work has been cribbed or copied". University of East London. Carol Elliott, Head of Admissions; Hamid Jahankhani, Admissions Tutor, School of Computing & Technology.

It is important that you are aware of your readership because the personal statement should be tailored to what the reader wants to hear. There is no need to embark on writing a long assignment or detailed account of your life as you only have 600 words. A good place to start is to think up techniques like flash backs and turning points in your life. With this in mind, it is usually worth brainstorming, make a note of anything and everything you can think of that might be related to why you wish to study your topic.

  • Who has influenced you to study your subject? 
  •  How have you learnt about your subject? 
  • What experiences and qualifications do you hold
  • Your future intentions and goals?

You can select and remove anything later on, but, for the moment, you are merely collecting possible material. The most successful form of writing is to start to answer the following questions within a time limit of half an hour.

At Get Into Uni we are passionate about your personal statement. By following the advice in our personal statement writing guide and by choosing Get Into Uni to edit your statement, we will instantly help you shape your raw ideas into a work of art. Ok, so now that you have a taster of some of the great things that we do, don’t forget that the personal statement is one of the most important factors in being accepted at your chosen university.