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Cv Personal Statement Examples Students With Disabilities

You may need a personal statement, letter of intent, or application letter when applying to graduate or professional schools. This document can be very challenging to write, as you will need to concisely outline your strengths, goals, experiences, and qualifications while demonstrating good writing skills.

This can be a time-consuming project, so allow plenty of time to work on your statement.

Prep Work

Before you start writing, gather documents such as your transcript, resume and application. Brainstorm information you may need to include in your essay: names of past employers, applicable job titles, experiences, past successes, skills and personal traits you want to specifically communicate. Having the information right in front of you may ease the writing process.

Writing Tips

Answer the Question: If the application asks you to state the reason you are applying to a particular academic program, do not spend the entire letter talking about your qualifications. Instead, include details about what attracted you to the school. To keep yourself accountable to answering the questions, keep the questions in front of you as you write, and refer to them often.

Be sure to be truthful and honest. Do not embellish the truth.

Consider The “I” Problem: This letter is about you. It’s okay to use first person occasionally. However, do not start every sentence with “I.”

Avoid Unnecessary Duplication: Do not reiterate information that is available in other parts of your application, resume or transcript. If the reader has access to your transcript, you do not need to list your grades and course titles. You can be more general in mentioning these topics. For example, include “I was on the Dean’s List” or “I have taken several upper-level psychology courses” and then move on to discuss appropriate experiences in more detail.

Make Your Statement Distinctive: To make your letter unique, include at least one detailed example specific to your own experience. For example, describe how an important family member or personal moment influenced your decision to pursue a particular career or degree. Be careful when using humor to connect with the reader. It is difficult to make someone laugh whom we have never met before. The safe option is to avoid any inappropriate humor unless you are absolutely sure that it will work.

Keep It Brief: To keep your essay brief (essays are typically limited to 250–500 words, or one typed page), write concisely, yet be detailed.  Focus each paragraph on a single idea (for example, one paragraph on the strengths of the program, one on your research experience, one on your extracurricular activities) to keep the essay from becoming too long.

Use a dictionary and thesaurus to provide more word variation and to avoid repetition. However, be careful not to be overly zealous in your use of vocabulary.  Don’t use vocabulary you don’t normally use.

Personal Statement Format

Requirements for personal statements differ, but generally a personal statement includes certain information and can follow the format below:

Introduction: Gain the reader’s attention by starting with a catchy opening, such as the distinctive personal example mentioned earlier. Then, connect the example to the actual

program/position for which you are applying. Mention the specific name of the program. Be straightforward and avoid cheesy clichés and egotism. Avoid using famous quotes.

Detailed Supporting Paragraphs: These paragraphs should address specific application questions. Each paragraph should be specifically focused and support a topic sentence. For example, you may be addressing your qualifications or why you are interested in the program. Regardless, keep your examples relevant to supporting your qualifications.

Conclusion: In the last paragraph, tie together the various examples and claims you have stated in the essay, and reiterate your interest in this specific program. You might also mention how this program will support your long-term goals.

General Suggestions: When applying to multiple graduate schools, have at least one paragraph that you edit so that your essay is targeting that specific program. You might specify that you have a similar research interest that matches faculty interests at that institution.

Revising the Personal Statement

Your personal statement is pivotal to your graduate school application, so you must allow yourself enough time to revise it thoroughly. When revising, check both the content (Did I address the question? Is there enough detail?) and for technical errors (Is the writing clear? Are the mechanics and punctuation correct?). Spell- and grammar-checks are helpful, but do not rely on them exclusively. Read through the essay yourself and have at least three other set of eyes review it as well (e.g. faculty, Career Center staff, The Writing Center).

Additional Resources



Tip: Use the Learning Support Assistant CV Template below as an example to help you write your own personal and fully-tailored CV.

Patrick Duncan

23 St Thornton
Ladder Town
IV51 4AF
Mob: 0000 6865 5433       Email: patrickduncan@cvplaza.com

Personal Profile Statement

I am a caring, inspirational and dedicated Learning Support Assistant with an excellent track-record of supporting and encouraging young people to achieve their true potential. Besides having worked with children who had a variety of learning needs, I have also been involved with numerous projects, group works and presentations from which I have gained valuable, transferable skills such as communications, time management and prioritising workload.


  • “Student Support of the Year” due to taking over a low achieving group
  • Successfully taught a class with over 25 students


2009 – 2012BA Business ManagementUniversity of Surrey

Relevant Modules:

  • Business Skills
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Business Ethics
  • Information Management Systems
  • Business/Organisational Psychology
2007 – 2009
Results: Distinction
Level 3 NVQ in Education and ManagementDeeside College
2001 – 2007
Results: 9 GCSEs at Grades A-C (including Maths and English)
GCSEsHockley Secondary School

Work experience

Feb 2013 – PresentLearning Support Assistant       Bath Court School

Main duties performed:

  • Providing guidance, educational and emotional support to students with learning or behavioural difficulties and special needs
  • Providing 1-1 and small group tuition to SEN students
  • Assisting students who have difficulty with learning
  • Preparing and delivering lessons, class activities and workshops
  • Photocopying, printing and handing out lesson materials
  • Supporting students with English as a second language
  • Taking the register in the absence of the teacher
  • Utilising a wide range of learning resources for learning purposes
  • Performing break and lunchtime duties (if required)
  • Going through internal and external verification (and observations)
  • Supporting the organisation of extracurricular activities
  • Participating in meetings, parents’ evenings and school training events
  • Monitoring pupils performance throughout the year
  • Managing student behaviour in classrooms and around the school
  • Ensuring that the classroom is always tidy and in good order
  • Helping students with overcoming their learning barriers such as Dyslexia, ADHD, Aspersers and Autism
  • Supervising students during lunch and break times
  • Preparing resources particularly tailored to individual learners
  • Completing regular learner reviews for progression and development
  • Providing support to the Learning Support Officer (as and when required)
Jul 2012 – Feb 2013Trainee Tutor             Clifton College

Main duties performed:

  • Supporting the Teacher with running the classes
  • Helping with the preparation and delivery of lessons and tutorials
  • Supporting young learners to reach their full potential
  • Maintaining a calm teaching environment
  • Providing one-to-one tutorial support to students
  • Assisting with Examinations
  • General Admin duties such as phoning, filing, printing, etc.
  • Helping students with their UCAS applications and personal statements


  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools – City & Guilds
  • Supporting Adults and Young people in Essential Skills – City & Guilds
  • First Aid Training Course – St John Ambulance


  • Outstanding communication, interpersonal and management skills
  • Excellent in using intervention strategies to aid learning
  • High level of Computer Skills (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • The ability to relate to and empathise with young people with disabilities

Hobbies and interests

In my spare time, I like to keep fit and socialise with family and friends. I am also an active volunteer at our local British Heart Foundation (two-hours a week).


Mr Max Jones
Curriculum Manager, Clifton College
Address: 68 Lammas St, Great Barton, IP31 6YB
Tel: 0233 566 4466

Mr Jamie Osborne
Learning Manager, Bath Court School
Address: 28 Golden Road, Frankton, CV23 6JT
Tel: 0253 777 3795

Please note: the above CV Example is presented in the UK format and layout.

COLLECTION: You may also want to browse through our collection of Free CV Templates and download any of the editable CVs to create your own (available in Microsoft Word format and convertible to PDF).

Top CV Tips and Guidelines

  • CV with No Experience: The good news is that because this job is an “entry-level” position most vacancies for this job position do not specify a candidate to have prior work experience in the field. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended that you get some sort of experience in working with children (preferably in a school setting) which would be very advantageous for you during the selection process, particularly when your CV is first being skim-read by a prospective employer.
  • Mention all the extracurricular activities (such as peer mentoring, one-to-one tutoring, etc.) which are relevant for the position that you are applying for.
  • As a Learning Support Assistant, the primary aim of your job is to support the learning of the students. Therefore, clearly demonstrate how passionate you are about helping and guiding students, solving problems and difficulties and being a vital member of the academic team to help students with achieving their goals and aspirations.

Good Luck!

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