Statement of Purpose Writing: help to write your statement

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Application Writing Blogs | 0 comments

When applying to a university, college or school you might be asked to write a statement of purpose to support your application.  This is sometimes optional, but if you have the chance to include one, you should take it.  Statement of purpose writing, however, is often quite daunting, especially if you’ve never had to write one before.  Fortunately there is professional statement of purpose writing help available to guide you through the process or even write your statement of purpose for you.


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Why strong statement of purpose writing is important

A statement offers you the chance to support your application, by giving you the chance to explain:

  • What motivates you to study this particular subject.
  • How you have gained knowledge/experience/skills in the subject already.
  • What your short and long term goals are. 
  • How this program will help you to achieve these goals. 
  • How you will prove yourself beneficial to the establishment you’re applying to. 

Unlike a personal statement, statement of purpose writing focuses less on the first two bullet points and more on the final three (in bold).


Tips on how to write a statement of purpose

To help you to write your statement, here are some tips on what to do, and what not to do:


  • Check to see if there are any guidelines, such as word count limits or specific questions that need answering.  You need to keep within these guidelines to show that you pay attention to detail and can follow instruction.
  • Keep it to the point, be direct and concise, avoid waffling. The people/person reading your statement will also have statements from other applicants to read.  You don’t want to make your statement too long because they might not read it all, they may skim through it and/or miss the important parts.
  • Include relevant information and give examples of past experience that showcase your skills/knowledge.  It isn’t enough to say you have done something, you need to show you have done it and what you learned from it.
  • Plan how to write your statement of purpose from start to end.  Think about all the information you want to include and make bullet points to remind you to include them.  Use these bullet points to form a structure, a flow to your statement.
  • Use positive wording such as “I will attain my goals”.
  • Express a passion for wanting to study this subject in particular.
  • Familiarise yourself with what universities want to see, watch this video from the University of Washington.


  • Be irrelevant, avoid talking about anything that isn’t directly relate to the program you are applying for.  If you say something that seems irrelevant, make it relevant somehow or leave it out, for example if you talk about an unrelated job, say what skills it gave you that you can use in the program.
  • Talk too much about the past.  A quarter of your statement of purpose, maximum, should be centered around your past and why you chose this subject.  The remainder should focus on your goals, how you are going to achieve them, and how the course will be of benefit to you, and you to it.
  • Create a lengthy document, keep your statement to one or two pages.  Remember the person selecting a shortlist for this course will have hundreds, maybe thousands of applicants to read, all of which will be submitting supporting documents just like you.

And one important tip to remember.  Always, always,  proof read your work.


Professional statement of purpose writing help

If, you still find yourself struggling to write your statement of purpose, why not get a professional to help.   Most writing services will offer a variety of packages, including writing, editing and a critique service, helping you to create a powerful statement.  Lisa Thomas Writing Services offers an abundance of application writing services, including statement of purpose writing, see the full range of application writing services here.  Alternatively, if you would like to find out how I can help you, contact me now.


I would like to wish you the best of luck with your application.


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