It is critically important to make sure your finished statement is properly reviewed before it is considered “final”, both in terms of the content and writing mechanics. It may be helpful to take a few days away from the statement and revisit it with fresh eyes. While re-reading it, check for the following:
- Did you fully answer every question that was asked in the prompt?
- Do you sound confident and respectful?
- Are there any grammar or spelling mistakes?
- It is highly recommended you read the essay out loud, as grammatical errors and “awkward” language are often most apparent when heard in speech.
- Is proper punctuation and capitalization used?
- Is the formatting appropriate?
- Separate text into paragraphs when changing topics.
- One- to two-page max, unless otherwise specified.
- Appropriate font, margins, and line spacing.
Once you have formalized your statement to the best of your ability, ask others to read it and provide feedback. It is beneficial to have readers who are familiar with audiology, like professors, advisors, and graduate students. It is also advantageous to have readers who are not familiar with the field, like family or friends. Most universities have a writing center and/or career development center that assists students with brainstorming, formatting, spelling, and grammatical checks for their personal statements and/or resumes.