Personal Statement Basics
Welcome to Personal Statement Basics - Lesson 3 of the Medicine Personal Statement online crash course!
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Section 1: Understand How to Write a Top Personal Statement
Lesson 1 - Choosing to Study Medicine
Gain an insight into the qualities needed as a doctor and the challenges that face you in a medical career.
Lesson 2 - The Application Process to Medical School
We show you a way of structuring your time to accomplish all of the subsections of the application to a high standard.
Lesson 3 - Personal Statement Basics
We help you understand what universities are looking for and how you can use your experiences to show these qualities.
Section 2: Preparing to Write the Personal Statement
Lesson 4 - Gathering Experience
We show you where to find work experience, volunteering and reading and most importantly teach you a method of how to write about it in your personal statement
Lesson 5 - Writing your Personal Statement
We explain how to structure of a personal statement. We use an example statement and analyse it in detail to enable you to think critically.
Section 3: Writing your best Personal Statement
Lesson 6 - The Opening Paragraph
It is time to start writing your personal statement. It is important to open with a strong first paragraph that grabs the reader’s attention and clearly states your reason to study medicine.
Lesson 7 - Work Experience Paragraph
Including work experience is key to demonstrating your suitability to medicine, however communicating what you have learnt from the experiences and their relevance is a skill that we will develop in this activity of the course.
Lesson 8 - Academic Interests and Key Attributes
In this activity we will go over an important and often neglected component of a personal statement. Excelling in this section can help you stand apart from your competitors.
Lesson 9 - Conclusion and Final Tips
In this last activity, we will develop the skills to construct a final paragraph that ties together your points and fully captures your desire to study medicine.