The personal statement is your chance to show your suitability for the course you are applying to and to show your true personality. Our Personal Statement Lab guides you through how express yourself in only 4000 characters.

Book your place

Dates: Sunday 30th June
Address: Eaton Square Mayfair School, 106 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NL

This venue has staircases but no lifts, so please email you have any access requirements
Timings: 10.00am – 4.00pm

 If you would like more information about our event, please get in touch with our consultants using the contact details below.

+44 (0)207 499 2394




Receive guidance for Oxbridge-graduate workshop leaders and tutors
Benefit form Personal Statement drafting exercises
Learn how to revise and restructure a Personal Statement

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Learn the importance of the Oxbridge personal statement as a questioning tool at interview
Mini Personal statement reviews from experts
Gather useful printed materials for independent statement work


Receive the following:


Subject and university specific course report

With over twenty year’s research, first-hand experience and up-to-date advice to give subject-specific guidance to help prepare and maximise chances of success.

Subject group work book

With comprehensive notes from all talks and tutorials

Summer action plan

Designed to advance further reading over the holidays

Students also  have the opportunity also to get their personal statement reviewed and receive written feedback in September


Personal Statement Lab Programme

10.00-10.20 Registration

Students will receive a:

  • Copy of our book ‘So you want to go to Oxbridge? Tell me about a banana…’  (packed with course and college profiles, preparation tips and guidance on written work )
  • Course report (filled with case studies, reading lists and past interview questions)
  • Personal Statement Lab workbook  including notes and information shared during the day)
  • Summer action plan to advance personal statement development over the summer
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10.20-11.00  – Welcome and Oxbridge Personal Statement Talk


  • Why universities ask to see a personal statement?
  • How it is it used in the application process for Oxford and Cambridge?
  • The general structure of an Oxbridge personal statement including tone, style, content and real examples.

Personal Statement 4

11.00-11.20 Tutorial Introductions

Students are divide in to the following groups to focus on the main aspects and uniqueness of these personal statement types:

  • Medicine, Engineering and Law
  • Classics, Languages and Literature, Humanities and the Arts
  • Social and Political Sciences and Economics
  • Sciences

Workshops leaders discuss the similarities between the subjects within the groups, the unique academic disciplines and how to tackle these specific themes.


11.20-11.25 Break

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11.25-12.00 Tutorial: Subject Personalised Questionnaire

As a collaborative activity, students complete a questionnaire related to their personal statement group. Each student will answer 10 questions from their relationship to their subject to how activities at school and current issues impact their subject passion to open their thought process of planning a personal statement.


12.00-12.30 Tutorial Discussion: Why These Questions Will Support The Personal Statement and How To Structure The Subject Specific Statement

Groups then discuss how to connect the answers from the questionnaire they have just talked through and why each point is important.
Following this, groups then discuss how to structure a personal statement, specifically to their subject area.


12.30-12.35 Break


12.35-13.00 Tutorial: The Importance of Tone and How to Edit and Revise a Statement

Groups then move on to the importance of tone in a personal statement. The workshop lead will run an activity analysing a first draft and a final draft of a real successful Oxbridge personal statement.
The lead will also then go through hints and tips of editing and revising personal statements down the line, which most students struggle with.


13.00-13.30 Lunch


13.30 – 14.00 Drafting Exercise: Drafting a Paragraph of the Statement

Students will complete an individual drafting exercise where they write a paragraph they can add in to their personal statement using the information and knowledge they have gained in the morning sessions.


14.00 – 15.00 Critiquing Exercise: Critiquing Paragraphs in Groups with Expert One-To-One Feedback

Students will work in pairs to critique each other’s paragraph using context from their questionnaire answers.
During this time, the workshop leaders will discuss with each student their newly written paragraph, and any specific sections of the personal statement that they are concerned about.


15.00 – 15.30 Tutorial: The Iceberg Method

The workshop lead will then discuss the importance of introduction of the personal statement. Then the importance of the personal statement within the interview; The Iceberg Method.


15.30 – 16.00 Questions and Close 

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