We have got more tips to help you get on and do the best you can. Personal statements really are your first chance to make a great lasting impression on the admissions tutors, it is important to get it right before the final submission.
Still struggling to write or even start your personal statement, even after reading our article 8 Top Tips On Writing The Best Personal Statement For Getting Into Medical School? No problem. Below we have gathered even more of the best tips to fully write a reflective, effective and emotive personal statement to persuade any medical admissions department to invite you for an interview.
Include what you have learned from your work experience and other experiences. If you have completed your Duke of Edinburgh Award, what did it teach you about leadership and teamwork? What did you find about interpersonal challenges and communication? If you have taken part in a sport, did it help you with time management? Or as a stress release? These are all better than just claiming you achieve high grades. Within your work experience, what did you learn from it? Were there good examples of communication, teamwork, or care you saw? Could there have been improvements or not? Or could things have been done differently? Anything you can write showing you have applied what you saw and are thinking about how it relates to a future medical career, would be a good idea.
Really think about the flow of your personal statement. We receive, via our Personal Statement Reviewing Services, over 400 personal statements to review each year and most of them have the same criticism: it does not flow nicely, it has no structure. They read as if each paragraph is like a distinct entity and as a whole they do not tell a cohesive narrative. Luckily, this is quite easy to solve. Simple words are important. For example, what a lot of people do is begin their introductions with: I love medicine because A, B, C, D, E and then the second paragraph would start with: on my work experience, I learned… But a more effective structure would be to have your first paragraph as I love medicine..., second paragraph starts with, to learn more about what a career in medicine would entail, I arranged work experience at a local hospital, and this taught me...So, you have started by saying you like medicine, and then having decided you like medicine: I wanted to learn more about what it entailed, therefore, I did work experience. This leads the reader through your thought process and your story and it just becomes more of a pleasant experience to read.
We recommend giving your personal statement to your friends and family after you have redrafted and redrafted again and again. Sometimes we work and read our own words too much we become ‘blind’ to any obvious mistakes or better ways to write an aspect. For example, a friend reading your personal statement may have a completely different perspective on the way you could phrase things or even add important information you have forgotten. Plus, they may spot those obvious spelling mistakes, missing words or incomplete sentences.
With regards to some of the advice you will receive from people, you will get conflicting advice, some people will say that paragraph is really good and other people will say that it was really bad as it does not make sense. It is important to decide which changes you want to make, because you want to be true to yourself, it is your personal statement, you really want it to be your reason why you want to do medicine. If you are really happy with that certain paragraph, keep it in. Do what you feel would be best for you.
Just do your best. Your personal statement is just one aspect of the whole application process. Ask for help when you feel you need it and be kind to yourself.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed and anxious right now? Please don’t worry, head over to our Personal Statement Feedback Services, we will give you in depth feedback on every aspect of your personal statement and help you improve it to perfection. We’ll even edit your written English to enhance your personal statements power of persuasion. We’ve been lending a successful helping hand since 2009, Medify’s here to support you, just reach out to us.