Published: October 2, 2012
Written by Alex for Tutor House
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We give advice on how to write personal statements while helping you choose the correct course at university. Tutor House has been helping student for years – we have over 6 years of experience, helping devise personal statements.
A personal statement is personal to you, it’s about you. You must sell yourself, you must sell your assets. You must sell your interested and achievements. This can be sport, music, dance. What is best of course is your academic background and your personal achievements. A statement is – ‘a definite expression of something (you) in speech or text.’
Good luck and let tutor House know if we can help!
Volunteer Programs – This is a great opportunity to help out those less privileged. You have the chance to work in a local community. You can teach, work in an orphanage, and help to build new homes and community buildings.
Teaching English in a School – this is a fantastic chance to gain some amazing experience working in a school. You’ll teach English to children as a second language, working closely with them to read and write. You don’t have to be a teacher, you just have to inspire and build confidence in children.
Conservation Projects – These projects are great for people who wish to help preserve the environment. This includes turtle conservation and animal welfare.
Animal Work – This is similar to the Conversation projects, but is ‘centre’ based, working with animals including Horses, Pandas, Elephants and if you’re brave enough (and have insurance) Tigers. ‘Occasionally volunteers are asked to participate in research and help with providing medical care for the pandas. You will also have time to watch, photograph and become completely captivated by these cute, loving animals.’
Conservation and animal projects are a fantastic thing to do if you’re applying to do Veterinary Medicine or Science at University. The experience is priceless and looks amazing in your Personal Statement. A must.
Sports Programs – This again is a valuable asset to add to your Personal Statement and C.V. You have to opportunity to teach sport in a local community and in schools. You can combine a sports program with a volunteer program teaching sport and say English.
Top ten reasons to go on a gap year:
1) The experience – There are so many great things that can be gained from a gap year. Meeting people, experiencing different cultures, helping others and acquiring a huge sense of achievement, to name a few.
2) Teaching English in a School – Pictures speak louder than words.
Teaching abroad is a fantastic chance to gain some amazing experience working in a school, whilst really racking up some brownie points on the CV for university applications. Learn how to teach English to children as a second language whilst working closely with them to read and write. Teaching experience isn’t required, just a passion to inspire and build confidence in children. . It’s an amazing opportunity to help others.
3) Help Animals and Conservation areas to regenerate –
4) Goodbye parents and annoying siblings – enough said.
5) Build your confidence – a gap year is about meeting people, exploring a new country and learning different ways of life. All this will help to build your confidence and efficacy.
6) Travel – “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.
7) Learn a language – Plenty of people who go on a gap year are inspired by new ways of life and the new languages that they encounter. Picking up on local language and trying to learn it is a great thing to do.
8) Drop in university Applicants- University may not be for everyone! You may need some time off to have a think about University and whether to apply or not. It’s always good to have some time off to reflect and have a think about which career path to take.
9) Grow your hair like Brian May and grow a beard like Brian Blessed. You won’t have another chance!
10) Learn to be yourself and don’t turn into this guy.
We can organise a variety of different gap year choices that can strengthen your university application and are relevant to your chosen course. With the ever-increasing competition for university places (even with the current drop) it is always advisable to do something worthwhile in your year out. Tutor House is pleased to be able to offer students some exciting opportunities to volunteer in Asia
Writing the perfect personal statement can often be a tricky process with so much to consider and get right! Many institutions will use your personal statement as an opportunity to get an insight into who you are, what you have to offer and your experiences to date. So it is crucial to have a personal statement which accurately reflects and represents you to the institution.
Here at Tutor House we can help you begin to devise the perfect personal statement. The below step by step process serves as a starting point:
Although your personal statement will be a representation of yourself, it is important that your personal statement is tailored for the course and institution you are applying to. People reading your personal statement will want to know:
– Why you are applying for that specific course?
– Why you?
– What can you bring to their institution?
Therefore, before beginning to write your personal statement it is important to answer these questions yourself first.
Make a list of all your experiences, extracurricular activities and achievements. Once you have your list, you can begin to filter by those you believe the institutions you are applying to will want to know about or those most relevant to the courses you are applying to study. Thereafter, begin writing short paragraphs on each one. Remember, it is useful to have a variety and selection of texts to choose from when editing your statement.
Now you can begin to look at the structure of your personal statement. Ask yourself the below questions:
– What do you want your introduction to include and how do you want it to sound?
– What are the key points you would like to be included in your personal statement?
– Finally, how do you want your personal statement to flow?
Remember it is important to have a personal statement that reads and follows on well. It doesn’t need to be a literacy masterpiece but it is important to have a well thought out, structured and consistent personal statement.
If you are stuck on your statement and need help getting started or you simply need someone to look over and offer their expert advice, then Tutor House is here to help. With over 10 years of experience in helping students perfect their personal statements and a strong track record for getting students into their desired courses and institutions, Tutor House has a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer to its students.