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Knowing How To Start

Even professional writers sometimes struggle with writing. Staring at a blank white page (or computer screen) can be daunting for anyone.

Just keep in mind a few simple principles and the process becomes much easier. First, remember that you only need 600 words, which is roughly a page. Any more is unnecessary. Next, plan your personal statement before you begin writing. Make notes on your childhood, your academic career and turning points in your life. Jot down anything and everything that could possibly be applicable. You can then use these notes to construct an outline, which will guide the writing process.

Later, details can be added or removed, and the writing can be polished. At this stage, you are merely collecting information. Below are some questions to aid you in gaining some ideas:

  • Who has influenced you to study your subject? Has it been your family, friend, or teacher?
  • How have you learnt about your subject?
  • What experiences and qualifications do you hold?
  • What are your future intentions and goals?

Try to answer the questions quickly – about 30 minutes is generally a good time-frame – but don’t worry if answers are not immediately obvious. If you have a CV, even an old one, it could jog your memory.

Once you’ve brainstormed ideas, make sure you carefully read the instructions on the application form sent to you by the university or UCAS.

All of this research should be completed before starting your personal statement. It will simplify the tasks and improve your final admissions essay.

Next: Free Personal Statement Samples.