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?
Your medical school personal statement needs to sell. Every single word has to sell your reader and answer the question: "Is it worth my time to read one more word of this essay?" To be persuasive is to sell your reader on your next sentence, your next paragraph, your next idea of your medical school essay.