PS Tip 86: Maths personal statement

Maths personal statements can be tricky, because it’s often difficult to link work or voluntary experience back to the subject matter. Typically, the success of your statement is going to depend on demonstrating your interest in the subject, and your successes to date.

One thing that universities do like to see in maths statements is evidence of your taking part in maths competitions – The UK maths challenge, for instance. Taking part in competitions, particularly outside your school environment, demonstrates a genuine interest in the subject and will go a long way towards proving your desire to study the subject further.

Beyond this, it’s a good idea to explain which areas of the subject you particularly enjoy, and how you’ve furthered your knowledge of it in your own time. Attending open lectures at universities, viewing online lectures and reading books are all good ways to learn, and can make your personal statement seem very impressive.

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