In a small piece of paper, describing yourself, your goals, your past educational background, work experiences, etc. can sound pretty easy but is a very big deal while you start writing it.
According to UCAS, there are several things that you have to look after while writing your Statement or SOP (Statement of Purpose) which you can find on their website. But there are still some tricks and tips to avoid common mistakes to ensure your place in your preferred university in the UK.
First of all, a good description of your background is needed. We may call it the introduction part of the statement where you may talk about your education so far, your work experiences (if there’s any), which university and country are you applying to and of course mention the course too.
A lot of you people forget to put good background details in the statement thinking it might be unnecessary but guess what? It isn’t.
Secondly, you have to focus on the university that you’ve chosen. You need to do a whole lot of research on the university so that you can come up with their achievements, rankings, scholarships, availability of courses, and stuff for which you may have been drawn to choose this university among all the others from your shortlist.
You have to do the same for your course as well keeping this in the back of your mind that you need to explain why have you chosen this course and what are your intentions for your future career path and how this course is going to contribute to your career in the future as well as how is it connected to your previous studies so far.
After explaining these things, you surely do not want to forget writing about the country UK. You have to mention why out of all the countries you could go to, you have chosen the UK and how will the education and environment provided by the country are going to help you for a better future.
Here, you may want to talk about their degrees and world-class education but with research and analysis done by yourself, and not copied from any websites or pages.
Make sure to give references or mention the sources if you take any information or statistic from the websites (this usually happens in terms of the rankings). Lastly, you would want to mention and explain your purposes and all the intentions of yourself going to study in the UK.
Remember to look after some common mistakes like coming up with unnecessary quotations, and writings that do not match with the concept.
Quotations can be powerful often to state an argument but in the UCAS SOP, you need to write them in a restricted manner if you’re planning to put any quotation or saying in your statement. You need to keep in mind that vagueness and clichés should be avoided at all costs.
A personal statement has to be elaborative and informative. You don’t want to give the readers anything they might already know and so, here your vast research on the specific criteria will come handy.