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This is something that everyone will struggle with: writing 4000 characters about how great you are will inevitably feel a bit awkward. The key is to be confident, but not cocky. You can do this in two ways.
Firstly, if you are writing about a particular skill or quality that you have, back it up. By justifying your statement that you have 'an aptitude for languages', for example, it's no longer a bold and overconfident claim, but a true fact about you. Provide the evidence by telling them about how you won that award from school last year, for example, or how you had the initiative to do a project of your own at home. Each characteristic, such as 'good at time management' or 'excellent at working in groups', should have a justification to it. Respectively, doing the International Baccalaureate might have demonstrated how you can juggle six subjects at once, or being a member of the football team might show your enthusiasm to collaborate with others.
Alternatively, you could show how the skills you have now aren't simply natural ability, but instead a progression over months or years, preferably which you have actively driven yourself. If possible, your personal statement should definitely not take the form of a list of achievements: universities will be more interested in the journey you took to get there, because that will show what sort of person you are. For example, if you are now an active member of the debating society, is this something you have always enjoyed? Maybe it was the case that you used to struggle with public speaking, but you decided to push your boundaries and by forcing yourself into a temporarily uncomfortable position, you have found something that you love and are good at.see more
Getting a page of poetry you’ve never seen before is daunting, and especially when you’re under time pressure, it’s easy to get stressed. For this very reason, it’s necessary to just take a few minutes to properly read the poem. Read it once, and I would even recommend that you read it again. From this, try to extract what exactly the poem is trying to say; if you had to condense its meaning into a single sentence, what is the poet actually talking about? Once you’ve established this, it’s time to move onto wider themes. Nature, religion, love and death are probably some of the most common examples, so if you’re really stuck, they are a good place to start looking.
Now that you know what the poet’s message is, and the wider concepts being used to convey it, you can move onto the language being employed by the poet. Alliteration, personification, metaphors, similes, hyperboles, synaesthesia, onomatopoeia, allusions, symbolism and oxymorons are just some examples of what you should keep an eye out for.
Finally, don’t forget about structure and syntax. Even if a poem doesn’t have an obvious rhyming scheme to talk about, there will almost definitely be some kind of structural organization or use of technique. In the case of the former, your work should be cut out for you: there might be rhyming couplets which are adding emphasis to just those lines, for example, or maybe the whole poem has a rhyme scheme. If it doesn’t have any rhyme, don’t panic - there are still many other structural points you can make. Enjambment is just one example, where there is a lack of punctuation and the line runs over into the next.
The most important point with all of these techniques is that you don’t just list them. It is important to know the key vocabulary and be able to identify them in use, but what will get you the marks is if you can explain why it is being used. Does it contribute to the message of the poem, or engage with the themes you identified earlier? Does it affect the tone of the speaker? Have a thesis in your essay. For example, “Poet X is concerned with the theme of death, which is apparent through his use of winter as the setting of the poem. This nature imagery serves to remind the reader of the inevitability of mortality and provide a sombre tone”.see more