How do you write a really good personal statement for maths?

Asked by Anonymous - 1 month ago

This is a follow-up to my previous question about applying for maths at uni. What do you need to include to show you're passionate and serious about the subject?

1 Answer

Maleeha Khawaja - 1 month ago

Thanks for the question!

It's helpful to mention anything (maths-based) you've done outside of the curriculum.

For example, around the time I was applying for my undergraduate degree, I read quite a few books around Maths. 'Fermat's Last Theorem' by Simon Singh, 'The Joy of X' by Steven Strogatz and 'Alex's Adventures in Numberland' by Alex Bellos are a few recommendations. 

I also recall going to a few public lectures held at the University of Birmingham (although, for some reason I failed to mention this is my statement). I'm not sure if there are any virtual ones being held currently but I think it's worth having a look! Another thing would be any challenges you've taken part in e.g. UKMT. 

One last thing, apart from your A Level subjects etc, I would mention hobbies or any sports teams you are a part of. Sometimes this is overlooked but I think it's important!

Hope this helps :) 

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