Presentation on theme: "The Personal Statement: Information for parents"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Personal Statement: Information for parents Bryanston HE Day Karen Fowler-Watt Associate Dean, The Media School Bournemouth University
2 How 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
3 What 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.
4 Make 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.
5 2. 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?
6 Coping 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
7 Post 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
8 Tips 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
9 A 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!