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Jot down all your experiences, activities, skills, attributes and perhaps even include books you have read or even current items that interest you in the news.

Then look for how these link to your course and highlight the most significant elements using arrows, colours and even doodles.

But far from being a barrier, the personal statement is, in fact, one of the stepping stones to achieving your goal of studying at a UK university.

A personal statement can help you stand out If you have selected your study programme well – that is to say, you have chosen something that you are truly excited about that matches your academic profile – then the personal statement is simply a way to communicate to admissions tutors why you are interested in the programme and what you can bring to it.

Referring to books is fine but don’t resort to using famous quotes as they are overused and do not reflect your own ideas.

Also, while it's good to avoid repetition, don't overdo it with the thesaurus.

Get some help but never copy someone else's work Checking grammar, spelling and flow is essential and it is perfectly OK to ask someone to do this for you.

A fresh pair of eyes and a different perspective always help, and, as long as the third party does not write the content for you, their input could be of vital importance.

Course: The most successful applicants ensure that the information they include is relevant to their course in order to highlight their suitability.

Flower-arranging may allow you to realise your creative potential, but will it help you study astrophysics?

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