Writing a Personal Statement for college or scholarships

Useful Links for writing personal statements:

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πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ Stand out. Be personal. Highlight what is unique about YOU. What are your special attributes?

πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“ Have a strong introduction that draws the reader in. Be clear about what you want to study and why. Do not repeat yourself or waffle.

πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ Spelling and grammar is extremely important. Write out a few draft copies. Stick to the word count if there is one. Use good English. Use synonyms for words you have repeated. Ask a person who knows you well to proof read and add in any ideas they may think of.

πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“ Be specific. Back up your points with examples and personal experiences. Write about your hobbies and interests and how they strengthen your application.

πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ Be positive and enthusiastic- make your skills and personal achievements shine through. Think of what you have accomplished- school projects/ volunteering/ awards/ extra-curricular. (Don’t brag. Be humble.)

πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“ Outline your work experiences/ positions of responsibility; paid or unpaid. Write about the skills you gained and how they can be transfered to your college course.

πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ Speak about your future career plans and how the courses you have applied for will help you with these plans.

πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“ If the statement is for a specific course/ college; show an interest and knowledge about the course/ college you’re applying for. Do your research!

πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ Make sure it flows and reads well.

πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“Where to start? Do out a mind map first. Go through all of the above points and write out the main things you would like to add or you think are important. Treat it like an essay-include an introduction, middle and conclusion.

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How to FOCUS while studying

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These tips are for those students who find it hard to focus during a study session. <<—NO PHONE ZONE—>>
Social Distance yourself from your phone-at least 2 meters apart. 🀣
Before you start you should get rid of obvious distractions-we have a video on this a few posts back.
1. If your mind is overwhelmed and thinking of a million things other than study, don’t ignore this. Allocate yourself 10 minutes to THINK IT OUT. Think about all your worries or ponders until you’ve fully thought through them. Now with a clearer mind, start study. If a distracting thought pops up during a session, write it down and come back to it later.
2. Make a to- do list and checklists. Get it all out on paper. Write down what your brain needs to focus on. Check them off as completed.
3. If you are losing concentration easily- study in short bursts of 20-30mins and take a 10min break after each.
4. Don’t multitask. Do ONE task at a time. It is beneficial for students to time their study but it may not suit everyone. If you find yourself pressurised by the time, try working on finishing the TASK ON HAND rather than watching the clock. KudosΒ @leavingcertnotes_
5. Make sure your study space is ready to go so you won’t have to get up from the desk and totally lose focus. If you’re studying MATHS: have your geometry set, your pencil case, your exam papers, your calculator, your water, your log tables, your text book, your notes copy on the desk. Don’t give yourself ANY excuses. Once you leave that desk, your mind is completely side tracked.
6. Change it up. Switch subjects and topics periodically. If you’re bored, do something different. Draw your notes. Use colour. Make it a bit more interesting. Watch a YouTube video. Focus on something that you can hold concentration on. Test yourself–use the PRETEST/ RETEST method we showed in OUR recent IGTV.
7. **DISSECT YOUR SUBJECTS** Take out EVERY exam paper for all your subjects. Write out exam layout, question choice, timing & marking scheme. What topics are worth most marks? Give your focus MEANING and DIRECTION. .
It’s hard but it’s life.
Best of luck guys. ❀️


1. Use a TEMPLATE with big squares so you have space to add enough details. Be neat & tidy. Have a slot for homework each day and then one for study.

2. Be REALISTIC with your time!! First of all fill the slots you know you can’t use eg extra curricular activities, grinds, other events or commitments. This may change from week to week which is fine. Choose time slots that suit you and your life. Try to start into your homework soon after school- the longer you leave it the harder it will be to get started. The one below is catered to DSA members and is available on all resource shelves for students in our study.

3. When filling out the study slots, BE SPECIFIC. Don’t just write ‘Biology’ – write the exact topic you plan to study eg ‘Osmosis’ and the exam questions you plan to do. Use @studyclix for specific exam topics and questions.

4. Use PAST EXAM RESULTS and tests to find your weaknesses. Tackle these topics head on. Start with these areas on your study plan. Don’t just study what you are good at. .

5. CHANGE IT UP daily. Don’t study the same subject all week. You will lose focus and interest.

6. PRIORITIZE- if you have exams or assignments coming up, factor these into your weekly study instead of extra topics. Don’t overload yourself.

7. CHECKLISTS-Have a checklist of topics for each subject and mark then off as you do them. This will show you that you’re getting through them and build your motivation and confidence. Also highlight your timetable as you finish topics and Q’s-no better feeling!

If you want us to send on our DSA changeable study plan template DM us your email address.😊

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Set yourself a GOAL


As we move closer to exams it is normal for stress to increase and, in some cases, motivation to decrease. How do we alleviate this?

Over the next 4 weeks you have to have a GOAL to work towards. ➑️➑️➑️
Visualise your future. Ask yourself where you want to see yourself in 6 months time. Why are you doing this? For yourself, to get to college, to travel?
Most importantly, what do you need to do in the next 4 weeks to reach this goal? Write down that goal. Make it real.

Work on your strengths and add to them; if your mind focuses on your weaknesses and negatives you will never succeed.

To grow and progress it takes:
70% effort/ hard work
20% attitude
10% ability/ intelligence

Visualise your DREAM, set your GOAL, PLAN your study for the next few weeks, work hard for the last slog and make it REALITY.

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We had a wonderful afternoon with the students ofΒ St. Mochta’s NS, Louth Village. Such a colourful school with the hallways lined in artwork!🌈🌈🌈

We talked everything business and even got round to the important topic of transitioning from primary to secondary school. I think we put their minds at ease on some curiosities and worries.

Thanks to the principal Mr. Martin for inviting us in! He even jumped in for a wee boomerang at the end!Β πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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