Personal Statement - Live Online Course

What’s included in the Personal Statement Course?

½ day (3 hours) live online teaching
Taught by Dr Dibah Jiva exclusively
Understanding of University marking schemes & what differentiates excellent vs. average personal statements
Brainstorming and structuring of your own activities and how to reflect on the personal statement
Coaching on the writing of one story (introduction or a paragraph) for structure, style, to understand how to go from brainstorming to a finished PS
Continued support via email after the course
10% discount on any personal statement review ordered after attending the course

Who is this for & what to expect

The course is specifically for students writing a personal statement for Medicine application. However, most of the principles learned can be applied for other courses such as Dentistry, Law, etc. If you are applying for a course other than medicine and are wondering if this will be beneficial to you, drop us an email at hello@themsag.com and we will be able to advise you more specifically.

By the end of the class, you should expect to have a very good understanding of what universities are looking for, what differentiates very good personal statements from average ones, a good list of content brainstormed from your own activities (what to include, what not to and how to discuss it), a clear understanding and method on how to reflect on your personal statement as well as one paragraph written at a good standard. 

You will not have your full PS written by the end of the course. This is a session that is best taken early, as you start to write your personal statement.  The expectation is that you are then very well equipped to write a competitive and comprehensive personal statement. We recommend sending your PS for a full review after it is written. If you have already written a draft, then you may not want to take this course and instead, you can send your personal statement for a full review first.

Personal Statement Course Content - Details

Marking Schemes & differentiation of personal statements

• The course is tailored to the attendees. We will ask you in advance about which schools you are interested in and will have the marking schemes for these universities ready to go through in the course.
• We will clarify how to meet the marking criteria for maximum scoring
• We will understand what makes excellent personal statements excellent, and create a list of things you can do and use in your own personal statement as well as a list of things not to do based on what makes personal statements weaker.

Brainstorming & Structuring with reflections

• This will stat with brainstorming WHY you want to be a doctor and what skills are helpful to be a good doctor (can be adapted for another profession if you are applying to a different course)
• We will learn how to move from the brainstorming to a structured plan for your personal statement and create that plan
• We will clarify specific ways to reflect on your stories, experiences and show you how to balance that in your personal statement

Writing your introduction or a paragraph from the brainstorming

• In the last part of the course, we put pen to paper and show you how to use everything you learned to write in something that looks near-final
• Most students choose to write their introduction but we can help you with any paragraph instead. If you are fast, you may be able to do more than one story in the time we have for this, but sometimes getting the first one right takes a bit of time.
• This will become a good process/model for you to be able to write the rest of your personal statement.
• As you write, you will be supported, coached, helped and your writing will be reviewed as you go

•  Dibah has helped students get into medical school for the last 13 years. 

•  She has personally reviewed 1000s of personal statements.
•  She has a natural ability to coach people how to reflect on their own activities and how to share that externally, whether that be through a written personal statement, a CV, a cover letter or interviews. 
•  She is the founder of theMSAG, she trains tutors to coach students and she also delivers personal statement coaching in schools in the UK to train teachers and career advisers.
•  Learn more about Dr Jiva and why she has been a finalist in 4 national awards in the last 2 years.

Timing & Schedule

•  The course is taught in a half-day (3 hours) + 15 min break in the middle throughout July, August and September
•  Some sessions are offered daytime and some evening to accommodate as many timezones and students as possible
•  See the full schedule below for 2020. Pick your option in the drop-down menu at the top of the page to reserve your space. 
•  The option to register will close when the class is full so we recommend that you book early if you’d like to attend a class as they often fill up well before the class date.

Class Date Start Time
Monday 20th July 2020 5 PM
Wednesday 29th July 2020 2 PM
Thursday 13th August 2020 12 PM
Monday 24th August 2020 5 PM
Tuesday 8th September 2020 2 PM

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"Very comprehensive and up to date advice, well evidenced and interactive. Structured in such a way that we could ask questions during the workshop, which were answered in impressive depth by Dibah and Ashish, who both clearly have considerable expertise in preparing students for and giving constructive feedback on personal statements."
- Miss Zoe Makepeace-Welsh from Haberdasher Aske’s School for Girls

Widening Access

Widening access is a core value of The Medicine School Application Guide. We believe that financial means shouldn’t be a barrier to studying medicine.  Think you qualify for extra financial aid? Contact us to access the course completely free.

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