Finally, a PS is a formal essay, and appropriate language should therefore be employed. Care should be exercised in avoiding a range of errors that usually plague first_time writers. We have included a list of these errors in the latter part of the booklet. Additionally, a good PS should range between 600 words, unless otherwise specified. There is strictly no limit in terms of paragraph count, but a good rule of thumb is to have between six to eight paragraphs.
OK, I've done some research and lots of thinking, now what? Write down some ideas and topics that you think are relevant and then expand them into sentences and paragraphs. Next show your personal statement to as many people as possible to get feedback and advice and draft it again and again until you are happy with it. Always read it with a critical eye and imagine you are the admissions officer for your chosen course and ask this question: Would you give you a place on this course after reading your personal statement and WHY? _ What should I focus on if I'm an EU or International student and English is not my first language?