The very first step to begin with is to read all the questions thoroughly to see if there are overlaps or similarities in the questions. Understand the questions and just focus on it. Once you are done with it, the next step is to brain storm the ideas. Reflect your thoughts and make a mind map out of it. Collect the points which come in your mind. It will eventually help you to compile a productive statement later. You can brain storm about your personal background; development of your interest in the field you applying for; your specific experiences that helped you explore and identify your career interest; any unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story; about any work you did as an intern; your career goals; any special research, academic work, employment, volunteers experience, which you have performed so far; your strengths and weaknesses; any obstacles, which you encountered in your life; any unique skills that demonstrate the depth of your experience in the field, etc. All these refection will give you a rough data, which could be used to begin with your personal statement After collecting points, begin your formal statement. Do not give any heading to your statement. Keep in mind not to write in the third person and do not use the passive voice. Concentrate on your opening paragraph. This paragraph becomes the framework for the rest of the statement. It either grabs the reader's attention or loses it. Don't write more than 3λ lines in your initial paragraph. Give your brief introduction and then turn towards the main questions. Use short sentences and avoid long ones. Don't discuss extra things in the opening. You can keep that aside for including in the following paragraphs.
Common Errors in Composing Personal Statements _ The following lists some of the more common errors in most compositions: In appropriate use of punctuations such as excessive commas, and incorrect placement of apostrophes and quotation marks, colons, and semi_colons. When in doubt, consult a basic style guide to check your usage. _ Contractions. Contractions dramatically reduce the formality of your composition. Use the more formal "cannot," "would not," or "should not," instead of "can't," "won't," or "shouldn't." Slang and common colloquial words and expressions. Words and phrases like "a lot," "ain't," "got," "big," "for sure," "gonna," "sort of," "kinda," and the like should never be used. Clichés. These make your writing informal and unintentionally funny. However, when employed correctly, they can actually help add variety to your essay. Repetitive use of words such as ("likewise," "thus," and the like). Keep a thesaurus handy so that you can vary your language. However, do not use "big" words just to impress the reader. Vagueness. This may lead to open interpretation that does not express your ideas as well as more precise words would. "A few" or "enough" can often be replaced by a word that is more precise. Phrases such as these will only leave the reader confused. Make your claims clearer and justified. Steps to Follow to Ensure the Further Improvement of a PS