Here’s a brief guide on the revision process and what to look for.
Before worrying about individual words and sentences, make sure the big issues are covered.
But in case you’re out of practice—for example, if you spent the last few years knee deep in math or computer science—here’s a refresher.
If you’re writing a letter of intent, the above should still apply.
Don’t be surprised if this takes more than one draft to do!
Many writers revise over several rounds before settling on a finished product.
Start with things like your ideas, the clarity of your argument, and your overall structure and fix those first.
Writing personal statement for graduate school is only one piece of the application puzzle. It’s an opportunity to show your chosen school your writing expertise, your passion for your subject, and who you are as a person.
By doing this, you could make sure your ideas are organized effectively, and see how it all fits together, even before you start writing.
Chances are you learned the basics of essay structure in high school.