How to Write a Personal Statement for a Postgraduate Course

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How to Write a Personal Statement for a Postgraduate Course
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Most post graduate courses will require you to submit a personal statement or essay as an initial assignment. The purpose of this assignment is multifaceted. Professors will use this information to get to know the students they are teaching and to gauge your writing ability for the course. When taking non-traditional, online courses, a student is often asked to post a biographical statement. This statement can usually to be viewed by your professor as well as your classmates

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Things you need

  • Resume
  • Computer or Laptop
  • Flash Drive

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    Introduce yourself in the statement. Your basic introduction should contain basic information such as age, hometown, position and family information. This will give any reader to opportunity to identify with you on a personal level. This is especially helpful for students enrolled in online classes. Reading that a classmate is from the same hometown or has the same number of children could be a bonding experience.

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    Compose a paragraph stating your personal and professional goals. Professors often would like to see what your plans are for your postgraduate degree and what your expectations are for the course.

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    Type and save your documents in a Microsoft Word document. This will allow you to check for spelling errors and store your information for possible use in another course.

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    Backup your information onto a flash drive. Computer hard drives become infected with viruses on a regular basis. However, saving your information to an external source can prevent you from losing valuable information.

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  • Save documents as an RTF file so that those who have not upgraded to more current versions of Windows will be able to read it.

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