What chemistry admissions tutors are looking for in a personal statement

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  • UCAS uses anti-plagarism software which can detect when a personal statement is not someone’s own work, and your application will be returned to you if this is the case.
  • UCAS uses anti-plagarism software which can detect when a personal statement is not someone’s own work, and your application will be returned to you if this is the case.
  • What chemistry admissions tutors are looking for in a personal statement

    1. 1. What Chemistry AdmissionsTutors are Looking for in aPersonal StatementBhavik Anil PatelSchool of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciencesb.a.patel@brighton.ac.uk
    2. 2. Is it an important part of theapplication? • Provides insight into your personality • Gives us an indication on why your interested in the subject area/course • Gives us an idea of your achievements and general interests
    3. 3. How should I compose my personalstatement?
    4. 4. What sort of things should I include inthe subject section? • Why you have chosen the course/s that you have selected • The reasons why the subject area interests you • Aspects of your current studies or projects that relate to the course/s that you have chosen • Why you think you would be a good student • Details of work experience or voluntary work which you have undertaken (particularly if it has relevance to your chosen field) • Whether you have any future plans of how you want to use the knowledge and experience that you gain from the course
    5. 5. What sort of things should I include inthe general information section? • Hobbies, interests and social activities that demonstrate you are a well-rounded person • Non-accredited qualifications, like the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme or Young Enterprise • Any other achievements that you are proud of, eg. being selected for a county sport team or playing an instrument • Positions of responsibility that you hold both in and out of school, eg. prefect or representative for a local charity • Attributes that make you interesting, special or unique
    6. 6. Do brainstorm your ideas on paper before attemptingto write anything.Do aim to use about five paragraphs, making surethat each one flows in a logical way.Do ensure that you use your best English and don’tlet silly spelling and grammar mistakes spoil yourstatement.Do support all statements with some examples ofevidence – anyone can say they have excellent teamworking skills!
    7. 7. Don’t feel that you need to use fancy language.Don’t waffle on about things which aren’t relevant –admissions tutors will fall asleep!Don’t try to be funny as admissions tutors may notshare your sense of humor.Don’t lie – if you stretch the truth you may fall downat interviewsDon’t copy someone else’s personal statement or‘borrow’ chunks from existing personal statements.Don’t leave it to the last minute – you’ll kick yourself!
    8. 8. Finally……• Admission tutors don’t see what other courses and universities you have applied for, unless this is within the same university• You may be interviewed on comments and interests mentioned on your personal statement• Use the advice and resources on the UCAS website
    9. 9. Contact uschemistry@brighton.ac.uk01273 642090Join us at our open daySaturday 20 October 2012www.brighton.ac.uk/opendays

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