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September 24, 2018
I’ve helped thousands of student’s write, re-write, re-re-write (and re-re-re write) their personal statements for university, for college and for jobs. I’ve helped students applying to all sorted of different fields – medicine, optometry, business management, even golf studies. And, more often than not, I see the same thing. So, below is a list of ways to write a top personal statement. (And some things to avoid, or at least consider, when writing your personal statement)
Key points to remember about a personal statement:
It should be personal
It should be about you
It should include academia, achievements, work experience and hobbies/interests
It should have a maximum of 4000 characters
It should have a maximum of 47 lines
This is probably the most important. If you try to start at the beginning, you’ll fail before you’ve started! Always leave the opening paragraph until last. This is (luckily) the opposite of what you’re ever told at school, but trust me, it’s the right way to write a personal statement. Get the meat of the statement together first. Jot down 5-6 important factors about you, make it personal. For example, if you want to study accountancy at UCL then highlight (say 2-3) reasons as to why you want to study this degree. Then list the subjects you’re currently studying, most likely at A-level, and link them to the degree. Then make note of 3-4 important things that will set you apart from the next student. (Who is trying to get the same place as you are) Perhaps an accountancy book you’ve read,* or the work experience in accountancy you’ve had, or even a part time job you’ve had. (It doesn’t have to link to accountancy). And finally outline the best things about you, the cricket captain, the best cello player in the school, the aspiring actor.
It’s basically a crummy recipe for your favourite meal, although this specific meal will take time to perfect; it’s not edible, you’ll be crying for most of it, you’ll scream and it will stimulate not a single taste bud.
*If you want to make friends at university don’t show them this bit.
The best (or worst, depending on who’s asking) example I saw of trying to link everything, was – “Being the captain of hockey at school, I realised this was so closely linked to dentistry, just even the hand dexterity, let alone the teamwork and fitness.” What you may have noticed here, and if you didn’t I’d advise you to probably give up now, is that this is not good. Linking everything is not advisable. Hockey has, in fact, absolutely nothing to do with dentistry. In no way does fitness influence your dentistry skills. My dentist is a lovely old boy, who’s slightly overweight, but this makes no difference at all! (I have lovely teeth).
Link things that link, and remain calm and be normal! Do not link everything to your degree, it won’t work, and you’ll begin to look deranged. Having said that try and link, but only where appropriate.
Keep it personal, talk about you. Whatever you may think, you are interesting and you are unique. And that’s what we want to see. What can you bring to university that is different to the next person? Yes, I would encourage you to focus on an area you find interesting, or go into some detail about a book you’ve read. That’s a good way to go about writing a personal statement. But please don’t waffle, don’t break every little detail down, and don’t blab.
A 2015 applicant emailed me – “I need help with my 2015 UCAS application, can you help?” he yelped, “Yes of course, but you know the deadline is the 15th January 2015, that’s tomorrow.” I replied. “Can you help me with by 2016 UCAS application?” Came the response.
Most students do 5 drafts of their personal statements before they are happy. If you’re going to do something 5 times, you’ll need loads of time to get ready. Unless you’re applying to Oxbridge or a Medical degree (medicine or dentistry) where the deadline is 15th October every year, you have until 15th January. I would bring this deadline forward to 1st December, and I would start early. September would be late! Start over the summer – you’ll be doing almost nothing anyway. Get a few ideas together and start preparing:
– Fascinated by maternal deprivation hypothesis
– Read Bowly’s book
– Read ‘other’ books, like…
– Went to a talk about infant attachments
– Country rugby player
– Worked at my local garden centre±
±Don’t use these examples, well you can, but you probably won’t get into university.
YouTube is for certain things – Ed Sheeran’s – The Shape of You, if they weren’t recorded you’d never believe it, Tutor Talks or baby gender reveals. It’s not for personal statement advice. Students leave advice on YouTube because they wrote a terrible personal statement first time round and they are now telling the world that they are (indirectly) upset – because they are not at University! Or, after your search, you’ll find a man, with a beard, who probably drives a Volvo and takes Tupperware into work, who is so boring, you will pick up your accountancy book after all.
Read amazing blogs like this one, get advice from school, speak to other students and peers – what did they include? And ask for help. But don’t watch, or rely on videos to give you the right advice. A personal statement is a big thing, you need to get it right, it’s your future. So take time and write it the best dam personal statement out there.
§Obviously you will
October 27, 2017
The 17th of August 2017 (A-Level Results Day) and the 24th August 2017 (GCSE Results Day) will inevitably be a memorable day for thousands of students all over the UK. However, the reason why this day will be ingrained in their memory will vary enormously.
Tutor House is here to offer free advice and guidance to any student who requires assistance with their results. Our qualified team have been helping students for the last decade and are highly experienced and knowledgeable.
We offer private A-Level tutors in London and all over the Globe for students looking for supplementary support outside of school. However, in recent years A-Level results day has by far become one of the busiest days of the Tutor House calendar.
So, we thought we’d put together an ultimate guide to A-Level and GCSE results day 2017!
Get a good night’s sleep- Just like with the exams themselves, you want a fully-functioning brain in case you have to make an important decision regarding your university choices, Clearing or taking a year out.
Have a big breakfast – Even though results officially come out at midnight, eating well will fuel the emotional (and physical) energy you will need to tackle the day ahead.
Charge your phone overnight – You want to be ready to call friends and family about your results. You may also need to contact your school, other universities, or simply want to call us for some free advice and support.
Pack a bag – Make sure that you have paper, a pen and a calculator at hand in case you need to re-calculate your UMS marks for each unit.
Don’t Panic! – If you don’t receive the results you need or expect, don’t worry! There are plenty of options available to you.
Don’t Rush – Take your time making decisions. It is important not to make any hasty decisions that you may later regret. There are many options, so don’t rush.
Don’t keep your Results to Yourself- Talking about your results is essential. Talk to trusted members of staff and/or friends and family. Tutor House can also offer you support whenever you are ready. We can talk you through the next steps available to you.
Check clearing- Check the UCAS website or newspapers (such as The Daily Telegraph) for clearing places. In order to stand a chance of securing a place you will need to act quickly and efficiently.
There are many routes via which you can receive your results. Most students will either collect their results in person or they will wait to receive them online. However, some schools, sixth form colleges and academies will send out results via text message.
When deciding how you would like to receive your results consider how you will feel if the results are good or bad and whether or not you are best suited to receive the news in private or in a public place. Some find comfort in going with friends to receive their results as they know that they will find moral support if they need it.
Others prefer to keep themselves to themselves (except perhaps with the exception of family) and not go in to collect their results. You could of course compromise and collect your results at school and then open them quietly alone, allowing you to find out your result privately, but also giving you easy access to the school in case you need to go in and seek guidance.
If you meet the grade requirement stated by your conditional offer and wish to take it up then you will very soon be on your way to University!
If you’re concerned about the content of the upcoming course or want any advice, Tutor House can help. Or if you wish to retake a few units or modules, we can help.
If you exceed your firm conditional offer you may be interested in what other courses and Universities you could now potentially secure a place at. If this is the case go to UCAS’s adjustment service to explore your options.
What happens if you no longer want the offer you accepted?
If you no longer want the offer you previously accepted you will have to contact the University or College to ask them if you can decline. UCAS will have already let your insurance university know that you have declined their offer (even though it still shows as an unconditional insurance on UCAS Track).
Next, you would enter clearing and see if your insurance choice or any other university can offer you a place.
However, it is crucial to note that there are no guarantees that you will find an offer and you can’t go back to your original offer.
Don’t panic – There are plenty of options available.
Although it might initially seem as though your fate has been sealed, there are in fact many alternative avenues for you to explore.
The first task is to take a piece of paper, a pen and a calculator and re-calculate your UCAS points just to be sure that no mistakes have been made. If no fault is found call up your university of choice to double check that you definitely have not been accepted and if there is anything that you can do to achieve the acceptance.
Failing this, call up your other university choices (including your insurance option) and ask them the same.
If neither works it is time to start considering other options such as looking into exam reviews and appeals. If you want to arrange a review you will need to do it as soon as possible and be sure to keep your chosen university or college up to date with the progress.
Alternatively, the UCAS clearing service offers the opportunity for you to find another course or University. If this brings no reward then you may want to consider apprenticeships, going into full (or part-time) work, or taking a gap year.
A final option is to re-sit your A-levels (or GCSEs). Although the idea of resisting your exams might seem a daunting and tedious task it pays off.
At Tutor House, many of our students not only meet the grade requirements they previously failed to attain, but exceed and go on to study at a higher tiered University. There is also the option to take on a new A-Level which we can homeschool you through for the academic year.
To support students living in London, we’re offering two days of free advice and support to all A-Level students receiving their exam results on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August 2017, so just pop in and see us.
A-Level students are invited to join the Tutor House team during the two open days at Tutor House’s offices in Fitzrovia for advice on what to do if they didn’t get their required grades to get into their Universities, as well as free guidance on:
Exam retake options
A-Level clearing support
Gap year options
Private tutoring options
Short intensive exam retake courses
Group tutoring and revision courses in London
Personal statement advice
For any enquiries about homeschooling or private tutoring, please do not hesitate to contact our specialist team of education consultants on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0207 612 8297.
Imagine being in a 45-minute business meeting with colleagues. You’re the manager; you want to make sure everyone’s voice is heard, qualm anyone’s specific problems, iron out specific details to make sure everyone understands the next steps of your project, while at the same time trying to get across exactly why the meeting was called in the first place. In the typical workplace, with only 45-minutes to do all the above, one would imagine that the meeting would consist of four or five colleagues. Now apply the above scenario with 30 colleagues.
Thirty colleagues attempting to listen to you, while Jonny big-balls in the corner makes snide remarks (the office joker), while you need to pry meek Bill to actually speak his mind. This includes Nadia and Melissa who are the office suck-ups, trying to finish your sentiments and sentences before you’ve even finished speaking. That’s not to mention all the other 26 vibrant and different office personalities shoved in between. That just doesn’t work. It couldn’t. And yet, this is what we demand of our teachers in a school environment everyday.
Everyday we shove 30+ children into a class at their school, forcing them to actively listen and absorb everything the teacher says within a 45-minute to one-hour session. Moreover, if they have any concerns or clarifications needed, they have to compete with fellow students to ask questions and if time’s up then they will need to seek the answers independently – seemingly overriding the whole point of the teacher. So we then have those that question why tutoring is such a huge market; why parents across the UK and beyond are turning so quickly to supplementary education. Even as the new academic year begins, before students have even returned to their desks, we are having hundreds of calls come in from parents trying to find a way to enhance their child’s learning.
Moreover, if you wait, by the time Christmas holidays approach, it is already seemingly too late. Because teachers are spread so thinly at school, it is often difficult to gauge an individual child’s progress unless by assessments, and then it’s too late to actually influence the outcome of said test. And by then tutors are almost fully booked as well. Of course, it’s important to note that not all children are on the same academic level; some will be unable to keep up with the teacher’s pace. While this would be manageable with a smaller teaching group, with 30 pupils, it makes sense for parents to seek out a tutor to ensure that their child doesn’t fall behind drastically.
In terms of independent study outside of school time, textbooks, free forums and Wikipedia can only go so far; students who learn differently to the traditional classroom setting could employ a tutor to use different teaching methods to further the child’s understanding. We’ve seen too, that the amount of homework given to students is approaching draconian levels. Often students spend up to three hours an evening completing their homework for the school day. Parents know all-to-well the nightly struggle to sit down with their children to ensure it is completed, but sometimes to no avail. Who can blame them? Having completed an arduous day of school, their restless mentality would rather see them running around, climbing trees or playing Candy Crush. Alas, this isn’t so. Parents often then become dependent on tutors to extend the school-time mentality, bringing structure to the child’s homework support.
Perhaps the huge rise in the UK tutoring industry is an indication that the current 30-1 system isn’t working; or perhaps, it’s proving that a child’s education and learning preferences are far more nuanced than we had previously imagined. Some prefer the classic whiteboard scenario, while others need to touch, feel, read, imagine, watch, do and learn – either singularly or all at once. In a modern business environment, which arguably, a number of our school children will grow into; we encourage creativity, thinking on one’s feet, showing confidence and working in small groups. None of these things we prepare our children for in a traditional classroom setting; where the main goal is to memorise and regurgitate. Tutors bring a more distinct refinement in terms of preparing our children for this environment. They learn to hold conversations with older, more authoritarian figures; and these figures in turn, demand their full attention, creativity and input (similar to a contemporary business environment).
We have assisted more parents than ever in homeschooling their children who believe for them that the current school and classroom environment isn’t working for their student; preferring to employ tutors full time. This isn’t a decision made lightly. It’s evident current classroom decorum isn’t working for all the 30 kids that have to sit through it for seven years; causing parents to look to tutors to supplement their education. Moving forward, schools must reconsider the modern classroom, not only for it’s high number of occupants but also due to it’s stagnant content. Imagine if there was a test tomorrow is “how to hold a conversation”; there was no prep, no textbook, just the child and an adult face-to-face, talking about the world around them. How well would they do?