Personal Statement 101: Top Tips for Writing

You've sat your exams, chosen your top 5 Universities to apply to, you've registered with UCAS. Now what? Oh yes, you've got to write a personal statement - 4000 characters to encapsulate why YOU are suitable for your course. 

You know the standard pitfalls, you know you won't be in the 1779 candidates each year on UCAS who begin their statement with 'From a young age I have always been...', you know not to begin with a motivational quote or to include too many 'I love''s or 'passions'. You also know that the personal statement is not the be all or end all of your application - yes, admissions will look at it, and certainly it matters for some subjects and Universities more than others, but at the end of the day your exam results and interview, if you have one, will speak louder than 4000 characters can.

Still, you might as well get it right - done well, your personal statement can demonstrate what motivates your study of your given subject now and give an insight into your academic ability, which can only boost your application. u2 have curated 8 top tips, based on the advice of Oxbridge alumni in over 20 subjects, to help you overcome this often daunting task.

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u2 run Personal Statement masterclasses either online or at our Head Office in the Michelin Building in Chelsea, London. We’ll have our Oxbridge mentors in the given subject for application, review your personal statement and advise until it’s in tip-top shape.