Here are some things to look at to ensure you are editing your personal statement successfully: _ Watch the tone: Read over what you have written and see what the tone is. Is it too casual, too formal, too negative, or too arrogant? If you feel that it is then chances are so too will the admissions board. Be aware of your tone and edit accordingly. _ Make your point: When you are writing things down, you know exactly what you are talking about, but will the reader? Remember that the person reading your personal statement doesn't know you from Adam and if you do not convey your thoughts properly you will lose a lot of meaning in translation. _ Cut the bull: Read over your statement several times. If you find something in there that is irrelevant or not meaningful, then it is bull and needs to be cut out. Nothing will sway an admission board more than an admission essay filled with bull. _ Stand out: Try not to be too cookie cutter when writing your statement. You have to remember that no matter how good your grades and scores, there are many others just like you. You have to give the reader a reason to remember you. Try to convey your persona in the personal statement in such a way that you will all but leap from the paper and surely stand out from the rest of the applicants. _ Have someone else read it: No not your mom. Have someone who is impartial to the situation read over your statement. Ask them their honest opinion and have them point out what they feel may have been irrelevant or non_thought provoking and also find out what they liked. Now go edit the paper and build upon the feedback you received. _ Check spelling and grammar: There is nothing that will tell an admissions board that you are not a good candidate to attend the institution more than a personal statement that is filled with misspellings and grammatical errors. Be sure you take your time and very carefully review your statement for anything that is wrong and don't simply rely on spellchecker as that will not catch typos and other grammatical errors.
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.