Looking for some guidance for your UCAS personal statement? While it may seem complicated — and undoubtedly take a long time to write — if you follow these tips, you won’t be scrambling to get the job done before the deadline.

What’s more, you’ll be a shoo-in for university. What’s not to like?

DO check for spelling and grammar – get your parents to double check and then check again

DO link your extra-curricular pursuits with your course choice

DO show your teachers a draft first – so you will know what to change in plenty of time

DON’T leave it until the last minute – try to submit the application before Christmas

DON’T use suggested synonyms unless you’re sure what they mean

DON’T be tempted to exaggerate what you’ve done

DON’T talk about specific universities, only talk about the subject