Tips to Write Great Personal Statements – PapersHelm

Personal statements are an essential part of any application required for any undergraduate or graduate program. It is a vital part of the admission process and can sometimes decide your fate with accretion or rejection from a college or university.

Personal statements help others understand you better. An admission form and documentation can only get them so far. A personal statement can help the admissions officer know who you are. What kind of a person you are. What your goals are and what you aspire to be.

Different schools have different things they require from your personal statement, but the essence of it is the same. To get to know whom they are letting come through their gates. This article provides some tips that you can use to write the perfect personal statement for yourself.

·         It is good to write about your life, your friends your family, education, background, talents, passions, and hobbies. The admissions officer wants to hear about momentous events in your life and the places you’ve been. He wants to know about the books you read, people you know, your inspiration, the people you admire and everything that describes who you are. They want to know you better, so it is best not to lie or hold back and put forth your best qualities. The best thing you can do is be yourself and not pretend.

You should explain why you should be accepted. You should mention why you are a good candidate for the school and what you can do for the college. Your goal should be to distinguish yourself from the other applicants. Many schools want to see diversity in their students, so the more different you are, the better.

Every college has different criteria on which they judge its applicants on. If you are applying to different colleges, making a universal personal statement is not a good step. You must tailor each essay according to the requirements of each college. You need to do some research regarding what it is that a certain college prefers and then base your statement on that.

Writing more about yourself may seem like you are doing a good job with yourpersonal statement, but you are in fact hurting your chances of getting selected. Many hopeful applicants do not read the directions carefully and exceed the word limitation that is requested. This only results in your application being thrown out.

GPA and Grades are an important part of an admission process, but it does not mean you can shirk your duties and not write a good personal statement. In fact, a good personal statement can even help you explain your strengths and weaknesses.

It is always a good idea to write a personal story in your personal statement. An interesting story can not only create interest but also boost your chances of getting selected. The worst thing you can do is bore your admission officer with a boring statement. Find something that distinguishes you from the crowd and make it the highlight of the statement.

With the above advice, your personal statement

has a chance to shine. It will not only catch the admission officer’s attention but will boost your chances of acceptation.


Tips for Writing Book Reviews – PapersHelm

Book reviews are a great way for the readers to know how great a book is;  based on the opinion of someone who’s read it. They are purely based on the reader’s opinion and, therefore, are biased. Regardless of whether you love the book or not, if your review is honest and detailed, others will see it as a helpful guide. However, many people either get stuck about what to write when it comes to writing book reviews. Here are a few tips to become good at book reviews.


Start off your book review with a few sentences that describe what the book is about without giving away any plot details or twists. To avoid giving away spoilers, try not to go into detail especially about the events that occur near the end of the book. If the book you are reviewing is part of as series, mentioning that in the review is always a good thing, along with you letting the reader know whether to read the other books in the series or not.

Likes and Dislikes:

Let the reader know what you liked and disliked in the book. Don’t go into details but let them know which part of the book you liked and which part you didn’t like. Try letting the reader know why you found a certain ending frustrating, or prolonged or what your favorite part of the book was.

Key Characters:

Try focusing your review on the main character or characters. The more the reader knows about the key characters, the more they will be intrigued by them and would want to know more. An interesting review about the personality of the character can make the reader want to know more and will persuade him to read the book.

Keep Balance:

Try not to be overly negative or overly positive when it comes to writing your review. A little biasedness is okay, but sugarcoating or bashing a book or its plot or characters is just wrong. A good way to avoid this is to keep a balance between the good and the bad. Highlight the negative, but keep the positive as well.

Talk About the Author:

While the main purpose of the book review is the book, it is always a good thing to mention the author. Write about his motivation and personal life, about how he came across the idea of the book, what motivated him to write the book or a specific character. Knowing these details creates interest in the reader.

Ending a Review:

Summarizing your thoughts by letting the reader know what kind of a person would like the book and what is in store for them. Let them know whether the book is suitable for young adults, tweens, older readers, or fans of a particular genre.

Giving a Rating:

By rating a book, you automatically improve or deteriorate the chances of the readers reading the book. You can give it stars or rate it out of 5, 10 or 100. Many people will base their decision solely on how a particular book gets rated on a scale.

While you can develop your own personal style when it comes to reviewing a book, it may take time. Until then, it is a good idea to stick to these tips when it comes to writing a review for a book.

Dos and Don’ts of Creative Writing – PapersHelm

Creative writing is not an easy task. We learn, we practice, and we improve. However, mistakes are a part of life, and it is only natural that you make mistakes in writing. While creative writing seems like a thing anyone can do, it is not the case. It is only possible if you have a creative and imaginative mind. When it comes to creative writing, there are many common mistakes that are disregarded by writers and people as they have become accustomed to them. Many writers do not even correct these mistakes now because they are widely accepted by the world.

However, if you want to become exceptionally good at what you are doing, then you must avoid these mistakes. You not only become better with your content, but you will also be able to find great content among the debris of bad content.

Following is a list of dos and don’ts that you must follow to become a better writer. Once you’ve memorized these tips and tricks, you can write articles, fiction, short stories, reports and much more far better than you did before.

Dos of Creative Writing

  • Write, write, and write! Write as much as possible. The more you write, the more you will get better at it. Have a regular writing schedule and write every day for a few hours. However, creative writing requires an open mind and imagination to strike, and it is not possible to write something productive every day. Make sure you write when you are at the height of your creativity.
  • Make sure that your introduction is compelling and attention grabbing to the audience. Make sure your opening is as interesting as possible and related to the target audience’s preference. You must avoid clichéd introductions and openings at all costs as such openings kill your creativity as well as diminishing your credibility as a good creative writer.
  • It is ok to follow a certain type of method for your writing, but it never hurts to give it your own personal twist. You can follow the path of great writers like Shakespeare and Jane Austin, but it is much better to come up with your own style and technique or writing. You need to step out of your comfort zone and experiment with ideas, writing techniques and styles.
  • You need to read the works of other creative writers. Not only for inspiration but to evaluate your competition. You need to read to get inspired. Be it poetry, essays, reviews, critiques and so on. You need to know how it is done to get it done.

Don’ts of Creative Writing

No matter how easy it looks, never plagiarize someone else’s work. It is easy to copy and paste someone’s work or just changing a few words and calling something your own, but you can be rest assured, it will have its consequences. Plagiarizing someone else’s work will not only weaken your credibility as a writer but can also land you in a lot of legal trouble along with you losing your reputation.

  • Having a vast vocabulary is a good thing for a creative writer, but he must make sure that the people, whom he is writing for, can understand what he is trying to write. Using complicated phrases and words will only confuse the readers. People want to read things that are short, understandable and interesting. If they pick up a book and can’t even go through the first paragraph without picking up a dictionary then, you are not doing it right.
  • Plagiarism does not only involve copying someone else’s work. Writing style can also be copied. Make sure you are not copying the writing style or voice of another writer. Everyone has a unique style, and if someone has written many books, it becomes quite easy to distinguish the writer’s style. It is important to find your own writing style so that you have your own uniqueness to bring to the table.

Now that you know some of the dos and don’ts of creative writing let’s see how well you do in the creative writing field. Here’s to hoping you gained enough information from this article that you can now write something and be proud of it.