One must be able to provide the officers necessary information as well as give a good impression of their personality. There are some people who find it difficult to write about themselves, as they consider it as boasting. Still, one must mention their positive qualities though they do not feel it much. At the same time, there should not be too much of boasting. The academic officers will evaluate your ability based on the personal statement. Therefore, it must be clear and concise, grammatically correct and error_free. This statement might even form the basis of an interview discussion. So it becomes important for candidates to keep a copy of their statement so that it might be of use at the time of interview. As the personal statements are creative, one must use it to convince the officers why they want to spend three or more years studying the chosen subject at the university.
For more info visit UCAS Site [http://www.ucas.com] UCAS Personal Statements – The ‘Top 10’ mistakes _ Spelling mistakes (This is unacceptable and will mean that many admissions tutors will move you to the bottom of the pile) _ The opening sentence of the personal statement is not punchy and attention grabbing enough (Remember the admissions tutor has to sift through 100’s of applications so your introduction needs to stand out above the crowd and grab the attention of the admissions tutor) _ The personal statement does not outline why you would like to study your chosen subject _ The structure of the personal statement is too disjointed and does not flow (There is nothing worse than jumping ‘backwards and forwards’) _ The word ‘I’ is used too much throughout the personal statement _ Lack of paragraphs (There is nothing worse than staring at a solid block of text) _ Sentences are too long – use full stops to break up long sentences Misuse of grammar (Most notably commas) _ The personal statement does contain a concluding sentence summarising your application (Don’t just end your personal statement with a ‘cliff hanger’!) _ And finally……PROOF READ, PROOF READ, PROOF READ!!!! (Ask as many people as possible to read through your personal statement and give you feedback – but do remember that it is YOUR personal statement)