5 things you hadn't thought about when writing your personal statement

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1. Taking inspiration isn't the same as cheating

A clever turn of phrase can make all the difference in injecting a bit of personality and helping keep your statement  concise.
You could find these anywhere - the news, a newspaper, something you see on TV or hear on the radio. Better still - why not take inspiration from real people in  The Student Room's bank of Personal Statements, or just by Googling "[your subject] Personal Statement".

Copy cat

2. Sweet talk your referee to beat the word count

Don't be shy about giving your referee a bit of direction on want you want them to talk about.
If you have to cut something out of your Personal Statement think about what would sound good coming from a referee. Would it be better to say "I was Class President" or have your referee say "As class president he/she..."?

Clever use of your reference can be as good as squeezing a few more lines into your Statement.

Sweet talk

3. Browers matter

I work in digital so there is no easy way for me to say this, but use Internet Explorer.
Yep. Like your Gran does.

If you try to use Firefox or Chrome the formatting on the preview screen may get messed up.
IE reduces the risk of this.

browsers

4. Show character without special characters

UCAS are picky about how you format your Personal Statement. They don't want you to use any special characters - é, à, è, ù, backslashes and curly brackets are all out. As is the Euro sign (which no one can find anyway) and funny angled quote marks (stick to " and ' ).

Also don't waste characters on indenting lines, UCAS will just strip them out anyway, along with bold, underlining and italics. 

So don't try to be clever with your lettering, show character through your words instead.

Character confusion

5. It's really not that big

It might seem intimidating, but it's only 4,000 characters.
Hang on. That still sounds like a lot.
Let's look at it another way; you've just read more than 2,000 characters in this article and if you believe the surveys you'll probably type about more than 8,000 characters every day in text messages alone.

It's only 28.5 tweets. It'll be fine. I promise.

Characters in tweets

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