oMake sure you haven't used over long, unwieldy sentences or paragraphs. If you have you must break these up. _ oThat you've started your personal statement with a powerful introduction so this captures your reader's attention _ straight away. oThat your structure is easy to follow and that each sentence hooks into the next line. oThat you finish with your future career goals. _ A key advantage is to use a professional to edit and improve your personal statement. If, however you are working in isolation and do not have that advantage, be wary of allowing family or friends to read and comment on it. For one thing, an outside will be objective and critical: they may be full of praise or go to the other extreme so far as style, at least, is concerned.
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.