Check for logical flow and paragraph transition which make the statement strong and easily read. _ Read the personal statement over _ if you need to read any of the sentences twice, and then re_structure them. Have I left myself too short on an important area and too long in another? Cut and chop away until you know that this statement is strong, logical and captures the attention of the reader. If you step over a platitude or cliché _ remove and find another way. At the same time _ give yourself a limit of how many reviews you will do, otherwise you will keep chopping and changing losing the essence of what you are writing. _ Lastly, peer review _ a person or people you can trust to be brutally honest and who knows you well. Preferably someone who also understands that this personal statement is for admission to graduate school. Get several people to give you a boredom rating along with a rating of whether or not you have truly reflected who you are.
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.