The Best Words To Use In Your Personal Statement

by 11 Dec, 2019Free Resources

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The Importance Of Persuasive Writing

Writing an outstanding personal statement requires more than simply discussing your achievements. Your must effectively use the English language to make a persuasive argument as to why you deserve a place in university.

To help you achieve your best personal statement, we’ve produced a handy list of effective expressions,  linking words, buzzwords and phrases.

The phrases have been split into 2 categories:

 

  1. Accomplishments: used when describing your various achievements
  2. Transition phrases: used to link sentences together to improve flow

Accomplishments

Use these phrases to describe your interests, achievements and extracurricular activities. They have been classified as either:

 

  1. Qualities: the traits that your personal statement should exhibit
  2. Activities: words to use when describing accomplishments
Qualities
Adaptable
Confident
Dynamic
Energetic
Friendly
Imaginative
Initiative
Innovative
Proactive
Team player
Activities and Qualities
Co-ordinated
Delivered (e.g. presentation)
Directed
Identified
Implemented
Inspired
Integrated
Led
Liaised
Managed
Organised
Planned
Presented
Resolved
Supervised
Activities
Achieved
Awarded
Broadened
Completed
Demonstrated
Developed
Enhanced
Established
Formulated
Gained
Generated
Increased
Proficient at/in
Promoted
Reported
Represented
Responsible for…
Shaped
Transformed

Transition phrases

Use these phrases to link sentences together to improve the flow of your personal statement.

Phrases to link sentences together
AdditionallyFurthermoreOn the other hand
AlthoughHenceSimilarly
As well asHoweverTherefore
ConsequentlyIn additionThus
Coupled with…MoreoverWhile
For exampleNeverthelessWhilst
For instanceNonethelessYet