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

Julia Dolowicz
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29 April 2011
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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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (29 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845284518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845284510
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable start point for a newbie 7 May 2012
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I am a careers advisor at a school and purchased this on an Amazon recommendation after ordering a related text. I have to say I'm very disappointed with it as it doesn't tell me anything I don't know. Much of it seems a bit trite and wouldn't be much use to those students who are aiming high for the top universities. It would be useful to a student and their parents if little support and guidance is available at their school/college - it will get you on the right track to producing a basic and competent personal statement; to be fair, I suspect this is its target market. If you are trying to get into the most competitive institutions and courses, you are going to have to write with a lot more flair and focus and there are other resources that will be much more useful to you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifesaver! 7 Nov 2011
I had no idea how to even begin to write my personal statement, so I made the choice to buy this book and I couldn't have been more pleased with it. The activities it gets you to do are simple yet so eye-opening. You find yourself referring to the format plan and the questions for inspiration on what to write. It tells you what each paragraph should include. It even tells you the most important things - what NOT to write! I gave my first draft in, and my tutor came back to me to say that it was superb and that nothing needed altering. I attribute a large part of that success to the help and ideas this book provided me with.

Even if you think you will be fine with your personal statement, give this a go. It will improve it, for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and not at all esoteric 13 Aug 2013
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I am about to become a 'mature' student on a foundation degree course. I found this book well written, very helpful and easy to read. I would recommend this book to anyone needing some knowledge of the UCAS system.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book 7 Aug 2012
By Maria
I have recently bought the book. I found it very helpful and it gave me an idea about how to write my personal statement. I think that everyone who struggles with writing his personal statement should buy this book.
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