Makeen Baroudi

21st June 2020

Writing Your Personal Statement

  • How to write your personal statement?
  • ow to plan your personal statement?
  • When should you plan your personal statement?
  • What is the hardest part of planning your personal statement?

1. Planning your personal statement...

The hardest part of planning your personal statement is actually choosing your subject! Even though your personal statement is meant to be an introductory document into who you are, it always helps to show that you have the skills for the course you applied for. The key here is making your statement tailored and specific so that it truly describes you.

Writing a personal statement about medicine is the first part of this specificity.Next, choose what universities you will be applying to. A personal statement that is great for Newcastle University may not be appreciated as much at Oxford University. This is because different universities look for different things in their applicants' personal statement. Of course, you will be applying for a few universities. Therefore, the solution here is a compromise that makes your personal statement a suitable match for all of your choices.

    Top tip: Don’t name any specific university in your statement. This is to avoid any potential embarrassment. For example, if you name University A, you might get an awkward question in your University B’s interview on why you haven’t named them! Or why are you applying to B if you want A! This also makes other universities hesitant to invite you for an interview.

To find out more about how universities use personal statement check out our blog. You can also learn about this in more detail using our personal statement guide!

2. Now that the hardest part is out of the way, plan your statement!

Write down a very long list of the things that you have done that boost your personal statement profile. Extracurricular activities such as sports and arts and music; scientific magazines and books and journals that you regularly read; any books that you have read and have resonated with you. These are all good examples of things you can include in your personal statement plan.

3. When should you plan your personal statement?

You should start thinking about your personal statement at the beginning of A-levels if not before. Make sure that you have evidence or certificates of all the extra things that you say you have done. Did you do that one day course thats related to improving your team work? Add it in.

A week before you write your personal statement should be enough time to spend on planning it. This is assuming that you had thought about writing your personal statement in mind for a while. Jot down all the things that you think will make your statement look good and will make you stand out. You can also think of any events that you attended which made you want to study medicine.

4. Writing Your Personal Statement...

When it comes to writing your personal statement you will most definitely need a draft to start with. You will make tons of changes if not more to that initial draft, so don’t worry too much about how much editing you do. For the sake of making your statement personal and grabbing the attention of the reader: start off with the reason you want to study medicine; end it with why you think that you are a good applicant and why the university should make you an offer. Make sure these two paragraphs in particular are as coherent and well-written as they can be. (of course, you don’t have to follow this rule, but, this is our recommendation). FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE VITAL!

Paragraphs in the middle should show your interest in the course and discuss your attributes: skills that you have; awards that you won; books/journals that interest you etc. Make sure that you back up with evidence when you make a statement.

For example, don’t just say that you’re a good leader - explain a situation where you’ve had to use your leadership skills and where others have benefitted from your experience/skills. DoFE is perfect but not everyone does this. Group work at school is perfect, or any extracurricular that you did, that involved: 1) A team 2) A common goal 3) You delegating/assigning roles, is perfect to add.

5. When should you write your personal statement?

In order to stay in a safe area, and to avoid the risk of running late, we recommend that you start a month before you decide to send in your UCAS application. So around August-September. Then you have enough time to work your way through any editing and corrections. Be careful not to over edit or change things that don’t need changing!

Makeen Baroudi

Product Manager

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