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How to write a personal statement

Getting into university is no walk in the park…

You have to first decide what exactly you want to study (which isn’t easy if you have a number of niche subjects!), then shortlist a set of universities you feel are best suited to you (after battling between big questions like whether to stay at home or the internal battle between a university’s reputation versus their nightlife!), and then of course you have to make sure you meet the conditions of your offer (i.e. getting those all important grades)! On this long road of hurdles, there’s one that can give you a head-start: your personal statement.

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Your personal statement is a chance for you to do something you would not usually do… Blow your own trumpet! It’s an opportunity for you to truly capture exactly what is so unique about you and your academic journey. It’s your chance to stand out! Your personal statement can be a real  game changer and a chance for you to even out the playing field if you feel what you lack in a grade or two is compensated in your work experiences/hobbies and/or other interests. I have many friends who have been made offers from their top choice universities despite not being in their advertised grade bracket, purely due to impressive personal statements. This is not to say that three C’s will get you into Oxbridge because you’ve emphasised your love for Beethoven or an internship shadowing David Cameron, as competitiveness in academia will only continue to soar. However, whilst it is true that it is important to be an all-rounder to have a chance at a top university, the impact of a succinct and articulate personal statement should not be underestimated.

There are many ways to write a personal statement and its important to keep it as original as possible because no two personal statements will ever be the same and it is your writing style that will carry the most original flair. Here is the structure I used for my personal statement, after looking through various examples I felt this was the best style.
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Create A Test – The Ultimate Maths Assessment Package

Are you able to create assessments in seconds? Do you currently produce completely bespoke, personalised Maths tests for your students? Are you able to say exactly what your students can and can’t do? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then Create A Test could be the solution you need.

We have been helping teachers and private tutors produce professional test papers to assess their students for the past five years. This summer we made huge changes to the site to make it more useful and more accessible. Firstly, we made it completely free to sign up, so that every teacher and tutor in the country can have access to the questions and papers that we’ve created, as well as the questions and papers produced by every other teacher and tutor. Secondly, we added Primary and A Level question banks, so that every Maths student in the country can benefit from the system we’ve created. Thirdly, we’ve made changes to the functionality of the site, to make it quicker and easier for you to create your tests.

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So, what are the benefits of using Create A Test?

1.     We have a huge bank of questions. We currently have over 7000 questions, with more being created every day. This means that your test papers can test every topic in Maths, to ensure that your students are secure in all areas.

2.     Almost all of the questions have variations, which means you can produce alternative versions of the same questions, enabling you to set the same paper with different numbers, but testing the same skills. This means you can give each student a different paper, so that they can’t copy one another, or you can use almost identical papers to demonstrate progress.

3.     You can create your own questions, or personalise the ones we have at the moment. This means that you can change your papers to include your students’ names, or add a question that targets a particular topic you’ve covered, in the unlikely event that it doesn’t already exist.

4.     Create A Test is a community. You will have access to all of the questions and papers created by other users, and you can share yours with them. This saves everyone time and means you can spend more time planning incredible lessons.

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