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)
Finally, review your statement and rephrase it again and again. If it exceeds the limit, summarize it and omit all unnecessary lines. Delete the repetitive sentences. Substitute high vocabulary with suitable synonym. Check for grammar and sentence formation. You can proof read the statement to correct any mistake or could make it re_check by your teacher. Do not plagiarize any thing. If you have taken any point from any where, refer it, because plagiarize software could detect and you might get rejection instantly on doing such crime. Do not add humor or use slang language. Try to use readable font size 12, Times New Roman and give line spacing of 1Ǒ after each line. Put your name and page number on each page. Submit your final draft and wait for the good response from the selection committee. Your hard working will surely help you to garner the best result.