Presentation on theme: "The Personal Statement: Information for parents"— Presentation transcript:
1The Personal Statement: Information for parents Bryanston HE Day Karen Fowler-Watt Associate Dean, The Media School Bournemouth University
2How important is the Personal Statement? Highly competitive environment.Most offers based on ‘paper’ application.Need to stand out - everyone has the grades.Shows commitment to the area of studyIt is ‘personal’ – make a ‘pitch’.Shows ‘readiness’ for HE study
3What are universities looking for? Curiosity – interesting to teach.Intellectual rigour – real interest in subject (independent research project/wider reading)Evidence of commitment – work experience.A lively mind – global perspective/current affairs – plus the X-Factor!An ability to write a coherent essay.Awareness of the entry profile.
4Make an impact….get an offer. Why this course?What sparked interest?How do A levels support choices? Projects?School societies/talks etc which are relevantWider reading and Current affairs/personal experience.Must be relevant to ALL courses chosen.
52. What is interesting about the chosen subject area? Make an impact….get an offer.2. What is interesting about the chosen subject area?Expand on interest in current studies/researchIf a new subject (e.g. Law) or vocational, must show:An understanding of what is involvedSpecialist lectures/courses attended (taster courses/study days)Insights gained from relevant work experienceAny career plans?
6Coping with the demands of HE: Skills and experienceMotivated, committed, interested in subject – aware of demands of course (no drop outs!)Independent learner/able to research in-depthGood team worker/good communicator – much teaching is seminar-basedProblem solving and IT skills
7Post AS -- Fill in the gaps Fix any additional work experienceBuild up cultural references (art galleries, museums) where relevantWider reading and researchCurrent affairs and global issuesInnovate and explore…keep a blog!Make notes from visits/Open Days
8Tips on STYLE & STRUCTURE Logical, flows for easy reading (at speed!) – evidence of clarity and coherence.‘Down to earth’ – don’t gushCarefully check spellings/grammarTry to avoid starting every paragraph with ‘I’Show you can write as well as think!Every word counts – avoid repetition.Always provide EVIDENCEMUST be the student’s own work
9A Survival Guide for Parents For the UCAS jungle you will need to pack:An OPEN MIND (hang up your prejudices)A LISTENING EAR (parents are the best therapists)ENDLESS PATIENCE (they will change their minds - more than once)A WILLINGNESS TO BE INVOLVED…but not TOO much! (The Personal Statement MUST be their own work.)One large BOOT (if needed..)Your contacts book, a fat wallet and plenty of booze!GOOD LUCK!