We had a meeting with a mentee last night and something we discussed was her UCAS art personal statement. Now you all know the ucas personal statement word limit, line space etc. so every word counts. Particularly if you're in the lucky position of having lots to say. If you're struggling for things to say then don't read on but download our eBook 'Writing your personal statement'!
For 2014 the UCAS personal statement word limit is 4,000 characters or 47 lines of text (including spaces and blank lines). I think it's common that creative people get all flower-y when writing and find it hard to write concise, factual information. I certainly do and have to do a check on myself quite often.
Many students ask if anyone actually reads the personal statement?
From experience I know that they do, maybe a skimming but if you've written concisely a skimming will get the message across if you're a strong candidate. Also, the colleges might be looking at 2 students that are almost identical in terms of exams, portfolio and interview. Making a decision can be very difficult and anything that gives one student an edge over the other counts. This edge could be your personal statement.
We discovered these 2 great web pages that goes into the nitty gritty of how you can cut down the words but say exactly the same thing.
Take this example: Example: Because a great many of the words in this sentence are basically unnecessary, it would really be a very good idea to edit somewhat for conciseness. Revision: Because many of the words in this sentence are unnecessary, we should edit it.
There are many more examples on these pages and on reading them I had many 'ah-ha!' moments. Don't fill your UCAS personal statement word limit with waffle, be concise, edit.
If you've any top tips on writing your personal statement please feel free to post them in comments below. GOOD LUCK!!
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