Common Errors in Composing Personal Statements _ The following lists some of the more common errors in most compositions: In appropriate use of punctuations such as excessive commas, and incorrect placement of apostrophes and quotation marks, colons, and semi_colons. When in doubt, consult a basic style guide to check your usage. _ Contractions. Contractions dramatically reduce the formality of your composition. Use the more formal "cannot," "would not," or "should not," instead of "can't," "won't," or "shouldn't." Slang and common colloquial words and expressions. Words and phrases like "a lot," "ain't," "got," "big," "for sure," "gonna," "sort of," "kinda," and the like should never be used. Clichés. These make your writing informal and unintentionally funny. However, when employed correctly, they can actually help add variety to your essay. Repetitive use of words such as ("likewise," "thus," and the like). Keep a thesaurus handy so that you can vary your language. However, do not use "big" words just to impress the reader. Vagueness. This may lead to open interpretation that does not express your ideas as well as more precise words would. "A few" or "enough" can often be replaced by a word that is more precise. Phrases such as these will only leave the reader confused. Make your claims clearer and justified. Steps to Follow to Ensure the Further Improvement of a PS
How to write a medical school personal statement that works: Let go of all of your worries and your doubts and come at it from the point of view that you have read 5ꯠ medical school essays in your life and you know they're all about the same thing. (I want to be a doctor, I want to help people.) You've got to stand away from that position and really develop your medical school personal essay as though it were a dialogue between you and your reader. But since you can't wait for the reader to ask you questions, you have to anticipate what they might say by mentally asking yourself questions and answering them. So what are the questions that a medical school admissions committee member might ask you in a conversation?