'So many people use the same quotes and the worst scenario is when it comes right at the start of the statement with no explanation.' 'I don’t care what Locke thinks, I want to know what YOU think!
' 'We ignore quotes, so it's a waste of space.' Or as a sport admissions tutor said: 'I’m totally fed up of Muhammad Ali quotes!
It’s a key part of your Ucas application – alongside your predicted or achieved A-level, Scottish Higher, BTEC etc.
grades – and is read by admissions tutors at the universities you apply to, who’ll decide whether to offer you a place or not.
Obviously, it is important that personal statements are not simply prose formulations of material contained elsewhere in the application.
It may be helpful to think of the statement as the single opportunity in your package to allow the admissions committee to hear your voice.When you first sit down to write your personal statement, talking at length about your experience, skills, achievements and interests might seem a mission, especially to meet the word count.But once you get into the swing of things – and hopefully you'll have lots to talk about – you'll find space running out, quickly.If you’re still not sure how you want to structure your personal statement, you might find it helpful to loosely split your personal statement into three sections.Jonathan Hardwick is a former head of sixth form and now a professional development manager at Inspiring Futures, a provider of careers information, advice and guidance to young people.After all, it’s a skill that will come in very handy when it’s time to write your essays and sit your exams over the next three or four years.There is no one set way to structure your personal statement.There is no set formula to follow in shaping your response, only choices for you to make, such as whether you should write an essay that is more autobiographically focused or one that is more professionally focused.From application to application, requested personal statements also vary widely in length, ranging from a couple of paragraphs to a series of essays of a page or so each.However, consider putting the most relevant and unique examples of your skills and experience towards the start of your personal statement.This can be more effective than working through all your examples in chronological or reverse chronological order.