Most of the application form is self-explanatory and similar to a job application. The 500 word statement is the part that can appear to be more daunting. Here are some hints and tips on completing this aspect of the process:
Firstly, relax. This is not a measure of your academic ability. We want to get to know you as a person. The question gives hints on topic areas that you can write about. If you consider these individually, it breaks down the task to sentences or paragraphs. Rather than thinking about 500 words, you can now concentrate on 50 to 150 words per topic.
If you have read around any of the study areas, think about where you got the information from and whether there are any alternative views that you find interesting. Include these in your statement, making a note of the author, date and book or article that you are making reference to.
Read through the final draft of your statement and check for any spelling mistakes. If using a computer make sure that the spell check dictionary is set to English UK rather than English US.