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01 Apr What Makes a Good Personal Statement?



Student Emily meets Admissions Tutors from the University of Birmingham to talk about what makes a good personal statement on a UCAS application.
Stay tuned for Emily’s top tips at the end of the video!
www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/apply/thepersonalstatement.aspx

44 Comments
  • 7065 Bayraa
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Great advice! Particularly the section where a guy talks about students pretend to be expert at their field and write in a manner that they really passionate about the subject saying literally direct way which made him hard to believe them. However, there comes the clue as he said that students need to be honest about their feelings and thoughts. A student may come across with a real example that made him passionate about the subject which is quite an interesting way of expressing myself. hmm

  • mia
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    dunno why i was recommended this my personal statement got me 5 offers

  • Arielle Savory
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    what is the word limit for a personal statement?

  • Tidus Sims
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Who else here deadline day from being lazy

  • Hamza Haytham
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    I had to listen to the video three times to understand, perhaps I need to improve my listening skills…

  • Jagga
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    that criminology lecturer is a1

  • DivineRaze
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Whats the beginning instrumental called?

  • baojing cai
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Really like British accent

  • José da Silva
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Thanks a lot for the help. The video was amazing

  • Infinite Horizon
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Anyone know what that song at the intro is? Very familiar…

  • Shreeniket Joshi
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Amazing video!

  • Indra Herdiana
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    This video has led me to be accepted in three universities. 😊
    Update : Five universities

  • Ryan Fortune
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    This was immensely helpful. Thank you so much.

  • Kenya Burgess
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    I'm currently working on writing my first personal statement ever and this video was honestly so helpful! I had no idea what to write and how to write it until I watched this video. Thank you so much all the way from Australia!

  • Mikey Astbury
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Most of these types of videos stress me out, and usually give me the impression that I should have been part of 10 different sports teams and spent every waking moment doing something to further my skill set and won't get anywhere if I haven't. But this video was really insightful and has gave me confidence that I am able to make it somewhere, despite only having three clubs/interests. Very helpful, thank you.

  • Marlon Mendez
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    The last interviewer helped break my writer's block! Thank you! 🙂

  • Feng Je
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    In conclusion, in your personal statement you need to apply:
    1.what you have done /the kind of experience in your life
    2.make a first impression and what you really do want to do /your passion for the subject
    3.should be specific not general personal statement, such as doing some research on the internet, copying what other people have done but obviously putting it into your own words.
    4.show your personality, motivation, experience…
    5.It is necessary that spend some time and take some care over your personal statement.
    6.show skills that lead you to being a good academic and a good student.
    7.not to just list skills and experience, tell them what you have done and why it is relevant to your course academic achievement, extra-curricular activities or even work experience.
    8.Last but not least make sure it is your work !

  • Michael Moon
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    A major determinant in my choice of engineering is the application of the problem solving process to affect others’ lives in the real world. The ability to turn a mathematical problem into a solution that visibly improves the world around you is something few other fields can achieve. I believe that engineering will allow me to transfer my problem solving skills acquired through theoretical work in mathematics into more applicable options, in other words using mathematics constructively to make useful things come true.

  • Ma Alfonsina Trujillo
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Just here is what I wanted to know!

  • Unknown Gamer From Birmingham
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Yeah my deadlines Wednesday, it's now Sunday evening and I haven't even started ffs, wish me luck guys!!!!!

  • Vincenzo Vieri
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    omfg what language is this? I can't understand a fucking thing, thank god for the subtlels, where is my beautfuil american language, this aint no merican! Just awful to here. These people sound like the down syndrom kids in retard class, yea!

  • That's the channel
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    This video really inspired me with finishing my personal statement, than you very much!

  • Dermot O'Sullivan
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Female version of Danny Crewe

  • Patrick Ellis
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    My God, stop cutting back to her face half way through the interview, we don't need to see her nodding. It's the most irritating editing style for interviews ever. Who taught you to edit, Owen Jones?

  • Afreen Khan
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    What if I don't have any work experience? Will it be okay?

  • Farhan Mubaraq
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    She is cute, smart and interesting as well. What she's been saying throughout the video are the thing that every people should pay their attention to. Who wonders the fact that she's currently studying at a good university. She really deserves that.

  • Blue Monday
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    1:30 & 3:32 omfg he didn't blink his eyes once!!!

  • Ellie O’Donnell
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    I'm not even applying to uni now my school are just making me write one to become a prefect

  • EN4 H
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    thank you so much its really useful .

  • Yaroslav Kozin
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    what a beautiful girl)

  • Born to be me
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Getting a start with my personal statement at AS-equivalent.. Better earlier than later.

  • Sawsan Mustsfa
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    thank you it was really helpful

  • Brown Emm
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Had to watch it twice… That girl is beautiful as hell.

  • Rage Darling
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Thank you!

  • Taha Tayyab
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Wow!! That presentation style at the end was immensely creative, so subtle yet so lovely… Congratulations for getting that perfect.

  • Ryan Quinn
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Why do all videos about personal statements have that same background music?

  • Gleb Khachatryan
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    That was very helpful, as I am thinking of how to write my personal statement. Thank you very much!

  • mussa sherif
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    well that was really helpful thank you! PS. your stunningly beautiful

  • Chloe Rose
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Thank you so much for the help! :3

  • holden caulfield
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    the pretty gril just distracted me from what she is saying.haha

  • Steven Dakers
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    a little over 24 hours before the deadline and I started my statement tonight, thanks for the great tips really helped me cram

  • Patricia Suivant
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Extremely useful

  • Muhammad Saad
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    u nailed it!!!

  • yazan algothany
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April

    Thanks a lot for these brilliant words…

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