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How to Get Into LSE: The Personal Statement

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

How to Get into LSE?

The London School Of Economics is regarded as one of the best institutions in all of the United Kingdom for social sciences, and is well known by students for it's highly competitive admission process.

For example according to UCAS in 2008, the London School of Economics received just over nineteen thousand applications for just under thirteen hundred places.

Giving the London School of Economics the highest application to place ratio of any British University, as around fifteen applicants were competing for each place.

With some of their courses reaching into twenty applicants per place they had to offer (e.g. Economics)

The London School of Economics is then said to be one of the most selective universities (at undergraduate level) in the world, even surpassing the likes of Harvard in particular subjects.

Here in this article, we hope to give you some insight in how you can hopefully beat off some of your fourteen competitors for a place at LSE.

First check out this article here it is a four part glance as to what aspects you will need to work on to improve your UCAS application.

Then depending where you are, you can take it from there.

For example if you are about to do your GCSEs, you can go straight to point one, where as if you are about to choose your A levels you can take it from that point and so on.

The four points outlined in the article above.

i) "The GCSE results need to be of a high standard" - where it links to a particular article just about LSE and GCSEs.

ii) Personal Statements, "are a crucial component" - This is what this particular article will go into with a bit more depth.

iii) Choosing Your A Levels - Click here to find a strong subject combination for applying to the London School of Economics .

iV) "You need to have great extra curricular activities" - There is quite an interesting list in the article that I recommend up top, from setting up your own Economics Blog to completing the short online Oxford University Courses.

The Personal Statement

As said in the article above, LSE hold their personal statements in rather high regard.

So this is a great way to differentiate yourself from the crowd, as they don't interview candidates.

However, this is obviously easier said than done.

Not helped either by the fact that this is exactly what all your competition are trying to do also.

So here I have come up with a brief eleven point list specifically aimed at improving your Personal Statement for the London School of Economics.

1) Don't Use Clichés - You are trying to be original, this is being unimaginative and boring, and they usually lack meaning. E.g. "I regularly read the Economist".

2) Work Out Why - Why do you actually want to study the subject, if you can get a few clear cut reasons (hopefully there are more than one) this shall obviously put you in a strong position as it will reflect all the way through your personal statement.

3) Demonstrate Your Ability - Showing LSE that you already have an ability to comprehend the subject to a certain level, is telling them two things, one you are a likely success as you already are at a high level, hence you can only improve. Two you have provided further evidence you are interested in the subject.

4) Provide them with an Idea - The idea or topic should obviously be related to your field, this shows that you are first doing wider reading around your subject (shows interest), but also goes back to the third point that as you are able to form an opinion and discussion, showing you are at a certain ability already to comprehend the idea.

5) Provide Background - Convince them that this decision isn't one on a whim, that it was the natural step, a form of academic continuation. That you have thought long and hard, and that you will strive to do well in a subject you genuinely enjoy.

6) Show them your Personal Skills - This will show LSE that you aren't some kind of social hermit and that you have the social skills to carry out a degree. The extra-curricular activity article has some pretty good ideas in which you can demonstrate these skills.

7) Wider Reading - This obviously should be done if you are to provide them with an idea, but it also should be done to reflect the type of language that you are using in your Personal statement. If you are applying for a degree in Geography you need to sound like a geographer. A good idea would be to read through an first year undergraduate textbook. (trust me they aren't all that difficult to understand.)

8) Get Your Personal Statement Checked Out - Don't ask if your personal statement is good or bad, you will simply get a yes or no answer. Instead ask how your personal statement can be improved. Try to ask people related to the subject you want to study, also try and see if you can get hold of a Higher Education Student to go over it with you. The more the better.

9) Get it Checked by The Student Room - Go to free personal statement review system they have in place, it is really, really useful. You will probably receive a lot of constructive criticism, but it is well worth it as you will see a big quality jump in your personal statement. It is run by higher education students usually studying/studied your subject.

10) LSE Personal Statement Advice - The London School of Economics, have a section in their Admission page for all the subjects they have to offer. They ask for specific things that you should reflect in your personal statement - make sure you get them in.

11) Read Books Surrounding How to Do a Good Personal Statement - books such as 'Succeeding in Your Application to University - How to Prepare the Perfect UCAS personal statement' which provides you with more (98) personal statement examples and good advice in applying altogether.

Hopefully, I have started to help you on your way to answering that question 'How to Get into LSE?'



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