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Personal Statements

Post-open day many of you have got in touch about how to write your personal statement.

The key to a good personal statement is not just telling the tutors but showing them that you are passionate and knowledgeable about your subject. So, before you can even start to write it, you need to immerse yourself in your subject.

This doesn't just involve relying on your classes but, rather, extending your knowledge beyond the curriculum.

Read books, attend free lectures, visit museums, attend talks, watch documentaries, go to the theatre, read articles and journals and, most of all, talk about your subject in order to form opinions.

Once you've done this, you can start to draft it. Be warned, it will no doubt take multiple rewrites before you're happy with it but, trust me, it's worth taking the time over.

Top Tips

  • Don't just rely on school; everyone applying has the grades and has been to school, you need to stand out from the crowd.

  • Prove you love your subject through what you have done.

  • Only begin to write it when you have truly lived and breathed your subject.

The next post will give tips on how to write it....

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