In today’s post, we are going to check over your self-reflection in more detail, academic achievements and the strength of your conclusion; your use of English and the overall tone and structure expected from a successful personal statement.
In our previous blog post, Medify’s Checklist for Your UCAS Personal Statement Part 1, we shared 8 different elements we believe admissions tutors will be looking for in your UCAS Medical School personal statement, we checked 5 of these important elements which were: your motivation for studying medicine, suitable work experience, skill sets, appropriate hobbies and your ability to empathise with people.
Work through the second part of our checklist and tick off what you think has been covered in your personal statement and score each element out of ten. That way you will know what else needs to be included and what needs improving. Be as honest as possible with yourself.
We learn best from our mistakes, Therefore, showing we are willing to admit to them demonstrates the ability to take responsibility for our own actions and the openness to learn and improve as a person. Your personal statement must include some form of self-reflection, the best area to include this with, is where you talk about your work experience. You could mention an incident that occurred while on placement where you made a mistake, recognised it, took action to solve it and learned valuable lessons from the experience and gained transferable skills too. Fully explain the mistake, the action taken, what was learned and the skills gained, it is not enough to just state you learned from a mistake.
Many applicants waste their UCAS 4000 characters allowance or 47 lines allowance by including the names of the qualifications they are currently studying to gain entry into medical school. However, admissions tutors will be looking at what else you have achieved alongside studying the usual entry qualifications such as A-Levels. Whilst studying did you gain any recognition for your research? Were you part of a team that won an award for something academic, science or teamwork related?
This may sound obvious to some, but many applicants forget to add a conclusion at the end of their personal statement. The last paragraph of your personal statement will also be the last paragraph the admissions tutors read about you. Therefore, your conclusion has to neatly summarise to remind the admissions tutors why you are so great and suitable for medicine and their particular medical school and course. Do not waste this opportunity, include your greatest aspects but do not add new ideas, subjects or material, stick to what you have already mentioned within the introduction and the main body of your personal statement. Reword your response to the why medicine? Question from your introduction.
Are you confident with spelling, punctuation and grammar? Does it still make sense when you read it out loud? Have you proofread your own work? Checked for mistakes? Asked someone else to read it? Our PS Content Review and PS English Review services are perfect for receiving feedback on what needs improving. The simplest mistakes can completely ruin a personal statement, it is always best to have someone else look over it.
Make sure everything you have included within your personal statement is true. If you have mentioned any specific reading material make sure you have actually read it and could hold an in depth conversation about it if invited for an interview. Where possible avoid name dropping, but if you really feel you have to mention a certain person, company or department, be careful as the admissions tutors may know that said person or possibly have even worked within your mentioned place. If you are found to be lying, there will be no recovering from it, which could jeopardise your present and future attempts at entering medical school.
If you are really struggling to even start writing your personal statement, give our Personal Statement Course & Writer a go. It includes advice, examples and tutorials with an integrated review of personal statement created on our PS Writer. Feeling a bit overwhelmed and anxious right now? Please don’t worry, head over to our Personal Statement Course & Writer and we’ll get you signed up in a matter of seconds, to guide you through this whole process step-by-step. Or send us your personal statement for reviewing here and we will help ease the stress of the UCAS application process. We have been lending a successful helping hand since 2009, Medify’s here to support you, just reach out to us.