Mathematics admissions tutor, Dr Irina Rodionova gives her top tips on how to write a personal statement for mathematics courses.

- Tell us why you want to study mathematics – what motivates you to take mathematics further, at a university level.
- Talk about how your interest developed, what you’ve done to pursue it or how you’ve drawn inspiration from your current studies.
- Explain what it is about studying mathematics at university that interests you and why
- What aspects of studying mathematics at university are you looking forward to?
- Have you read any books about mathematics beyond those you use at school?
- Demonstrate your passion for the subject – if you took part in a university taster course, placement, outreach programme, summer school or something similar, include it. Describe what you did, and what you gained from the experience.
- Do you have any relevant work experience?This might not have involved directly applying mathematics, but it could have involved logical thinking, problem solving, leadership, communicating complex ideas, working as part of a team, all of which play a central role in studying for a mathematics degree.
- Be relevant – we do like hearing about your hobbies, but focus most of your statement on information that’s relevant to mathematics.
- Proof read and check everything twice – ask other people to read through it and check there are no mistakes. Clear writing and attention to detail are important skills for mathematicians!