Preparing to write your UCAS Personal Statement The first step you need to take when preparing to write your UCAS personal statement is to summarise the important points about you. Try taking a blank piece of paper and brainstorming each point listed below. Try to write down as much as you can; at this stage it is about getting your ideas down on paper so that you have the information you need to begin composing your UCAS personal statement. Why do I want to attend university? _ What has influenced my decision to study my chosen subject at university? _ What are my academic achievements? _ What are my future goals? _ What work experience do I have and how has this developed me as a person? _ What are my extra_curricular achievements and hobbies?
Then look at some resources for writing personal statements and get some advice. There are lots of websites which will offer you advice for writing a personal statement but it is best to look at websites from reputable organisations such as UCAS or student advice websites which are well used such as The Student Room. Remember to ask your teachers, friends and family for advice. A good question to ask them is "what do you think makes me different from other people? or "how would you describe me?" because the answers often give you some interesting information that you hadn't thought about. The personal statement is not something you can write quickly so be prepared to think a lot about yourself, your qualities, skills, experience, likes and dislikes. You are unlikely to meet the people who read it so your personality needs to come though on paper; this is difficult.