If you are looking for quality help on writing your personal statement for university, then you are making a very wise move indeed by getting great advice by some of the experts on writing high quality and effective personal statements through their books.
By taking on their advice you will be dramatically improving the quality of your personal statement and as a result the chance of your chosen universities offering you a placement to study for the course that you have applied for.
This article is aiming to point out the very best books out there that are offering advice to you on making your personal statement as good as it can possibly be, and hence increasing the strength of your UCAS application further also.
Personal Statements: How to Write a UCAS Personal Statement
This book is extremely highly regarded amongst sixth formers to creating a fantastic personal statement - and is lent out by the very top schools to its pupils applying to university. Although the book is quite short '76 pages' it is packed with golden advice on how to approach it from start to finish by offering a simple step-by-step process to making your personal statement as good as it can possibly be, by offering structure, advice on when and when not to be specific.
At the end it also contains quality personal statements from the very highest standard to provide you with an example of what your personal statement should be looking like when it has been completed.
Writing a UCAS Personal Statement in Seven Easy Steps: A Really Useful Guide to Creating a Successful Personal Statement
Don't be deceived by the cover of this book, certainly not the prettiest of covers, but the content couldn't be more different. This book will talk you through seven thought out steps for you to follow and will even hold your hand in doing so.
First Step: 'Collect it' - it will talk about how you can identify the positives in your academic ability, personality traits, and help you feel confident in producing a really great personal statement.
Second Step: 'Expand it' - talks about how you have to make your personal statement specific to your degree and goes through what specific departments are looking for in personal statements applying for their subject.
Third Step: 'Prove it' - here it shows why you need to provide evidence of the skills etc. that you claim and how to do it effectively.
Fourth Step: 'Draft it' - how to plan and work your personal statement into some orderly well though through structure, so it flows naturally from one point to the next.
Fifth Step: 'Build it' - start to construct your personal statement, how you are starting it and 'formulate your sentences' into encompassing all the points that need to be made.
Sixth Step: 'Review it' - Go about critically reviewing your personal statement, going over grammar, punctuation and formatting and how to receive 'quality' feedback.
Seventh Step: 'Submit it' - how to fine tune your personal statement into a winning piece and that little bit of reassurance you need.
Succeeding in Your Application to University: How to Prepare the Perfect UCAS Personal Statement
A relatively new book, I have only had chance to look through but have been told it is one of the best if not the best book to act as a source for personal statements. It holds ninety eight personal statement examples.
Along with describing how to capture the attention of an admission tutor from other candidates - and how to justify yourself that you are fully deserving of the placement that they have to offer. He offers a huge range of advice on things such as what to include not to include, how to go about stating something in a concise and punchy manner.
Throughout the personal statement examples he highlights impressive points made (which you can twist into your personal statement) and what are the potential of the personal statement and how you can avoid them.
40 Successful Personal Statements and 60 Successful Personal Statements for UCAS Application
These are in fact two books by the same author Gavin Nobes and talks about each personal statement individually highlighting its strengths and weaknesses, what you should say and what you shouldn't say. They are at the very least worth getting a hold of to get an idea of more successful personal statements, so you can begin to identify patterns of what makes the difference between a good personal statement and a great one.
Books Specific to Your Degree
There are books that are specific (rather than general ones like the above) to writing personal statements to the degree you are applying for such as Medicine, Dental etc. that offer you advice on how to approach the personal statement and what the departments are looking for, along with examples of winning personal statements in your field. I would be sure to conduct a quick search on sites such as Amazon and check if they are out there.