Personal Statement – what is it?
Personal Statement is sometimes called Statement of Purpose (SOP) as a personal statement gives clear statement of your purpose of choosing to study a certain course at certain educational institution. At Total Student Care (TSC), we find calling it ‘Personal Statement of Purpose (PSP)’ more appropriate as this terminology gives clearer meaning.
Normally, you will require submitting this statement with the admission application along with your academic credentials. It is an opportunity for you to tell the selectors why you think you would be a suitable student for the course you are applying and why the University should select your application over those of the other candidates. It is therefore vitally important that you make this statement as effective as possible.
Remember, Personal Statement, as the name suggests, is a statement that is very ‘personal’ to you – related to your past and current attainments and your future pursuance. Therefore, it has to be an ‘original’ statement – if it is copied from somewhere else or written by someone else, it won’t be personal anymore and on the other hand, it may constitute to plagiarism and your admission application can be cancelled or unsuccessful.
Personal Statement – how much you need to write?
As a general guideline, the length of personal statement should be between 500 to 800 words, roughly 5 to 6 paragraphs. The length may vary for foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and as per chosen subject type. Besides, some special courses may require specific inclusion of certain statements. You should always check with your chosen university if they have any specific requirements.
You should present your key strengths i.e. academic grades, soft skills, work experience (if any), extra-curricular achievements precisely to give enough accounts for your eligibility. Very brief statement may not gain selectors’ heart and unnecessary large statement may ruin the selection chart. A well designed and carefully measured statement can win selectors’ heart and chart both.
Personal Statement - Presentation and Style
Free tools to write your unique Personal Statement of Purpose (PSP) for university admission
Write your Personal Statement of Purpose (PSP) for university admission by using our 6s2s (six steps to success) formula developed by Total Student Care (TSC). The format is proven and tested for official acceptance by all universities and colleges (note: for application via UCAS, please follow their guidelines for writing personal statement).
Benefits of this 6s2s formula for writing Personal Statement of Purpose are: