Writing a UCAS Personal Statement in Seven Easy Steps: A Really Useful Guide to Creating a Successful Personal Statement

Writing a UCAS Personal Statement in Seven Easy Steps: A Really Useful Guide to Creating a Successful Personal Statement


By (author) Julia Dolowicz

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  • Publisher: How to Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 132 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 14mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 21 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845284518
  • ISBN 13: 9781845284510
  • Sales rank: 120,405

Product description

This friendly and accessible workbook takes you through a series of activities that will help you to gather information about your self and condense it into the format required to complete your UCAS personal statement for university. You will use a seven step process that will build your confidence and help you create a compelling personal statement. Reading the book is like being in a coaching session with the author; the tone is light and supportive, and you will be carried along through specific exercises that culminate in the completion of a really effective Personal Statement. Collect it - identify your positive traits, skills, abilities and accomplishments and feel confident about promoting yourself on paper. Expand it - create a 'degree specification profile' to see what the departments are looking for with respect to the courses that interest you. Prove it - evidence of your skills by listing examples from your life,inside and outside education. Think about what you are offering in terms of strengths and what needs further development. Draft it - note down your findings so far and start thinking about how to structure them. Build it - begin building the structure of your statement and formulate your sentences. Review it - read hints about structure, spelling, grammar, punctuation and formatting, plus guidance on receiving feedback. Submit it - a last chance for reflection, re-jigging, and refining; and for reassurance before you submit your statement!

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Author information

Author Julia Dolowicz has worked with sixth form and adult returners to education in both further and higher education, and more recently at the University of Liverpool within education liaison in the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office. She established The Personal Statement Academy, a virtual coaching academy for all ages of people who are exploring career choices, subject options and all aspects of the university application process. www.juliadolowicz.com

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; Foreword by Dr Pollie Bromilow; Introduction; Part One: Your Personal Statement in Seven Easy Steps; Step One: Collect it; Step Two: Expand it; Step Three: Prove it; Step Four: Draft it; Step Five: Build it; Step Six: Review it; Step Seven: Submit it; Part Two: Frequently Asked Questions and Preparing for Interview; Frequently Asked Questions; Preparing for your Interview; Glossary; Dates for your diary; Recommended Reading and Viewing; Index.