Personal Statement Writing Guide



Hot Admission Tips

We surveyed over 50 UK admission officers the responses as follows:

Write in clear English. 简洁有条理

Allow friends, family and teachers to read through your personal statement and provide feedback. 听取朋友家人老师意见。

List paragraphs. 列举段落

Be positive and enthusiastic ?remember admissions tutors will read thousands of personal statements and you want yours to be the one they remember. 积极,有激情

Write in short sentences. 句子不要太长

Be as clear as possible about why you have chosen your course of study. 具体说明为何选择某项课程

Set out the unique features and extracurricular activities that will allow you to be selected ahead of your peers.讲述特殊的经历,课外活动等

Take the opportunity to point out any occurrences or circumstances that may have affected your academic results. 说明导致你成绩不好的原因

Brainstorm ideas and write a draft.

Construct the personal statement into 4 to 5 paragraphs. 4到5个段落搞定

Keep sentences short and succinct.句子要短和简洁。

Many writers confess they have great difficulty in making themselves begin the physical act of writing. If skilled writers find it hard, how much more so will those for whom it is completely new territory?

There is no need to embark on writing a long assignment or detailed account of your life as you only have 600 words. A good place to start is to think up techniques like flash backs and turning points in your life. With this in mind, it is usually worth brainstorming, make a note of anything and everything you can think of that might be related to why you wish to study your topic.


You can select and remove anything later on, but, for the moment, you are merely collecting possible material. The most successful form of writing is to start to answer the following questions within a time limit of half an hour.

Who has influenced you to study your subject? 谁影响了你学习这个专业?

Has it been your family, friend, or teacher? 朋友,家庭还是老师?

How have you learnt about your subject? 以前接触过吗?

What experiences and qualifications do you hold? 你有什么资格和能力

Your future intentions and goals? 未来的计划和目标是什么

Answering these questions will help you categorise broad areas of your life, but these questions may not be obvious - it is worth spending time to think.

If you have a CV, even an old one, it could be very helpful here.

Before you begin to compose your personal statement, read the instructions on the application form and study the details of the specific department (s) to which you are applying. Find out current research projects in your subject area and make notes on how you can contribute.