High Professionals Help: Students take high professionals
help in writing their SOP. We should have a good command over English but not
very high-end or over-board English & do not need great writing skills to
write SOP. University admissions team gauge the students’ level of English with
their IELTS/TOEFL/PTE exam and will clearly know if the students’ have taken
the professionals help in writing the SOP. Good simple English with clear &
concise meaning is required to write SOP.
Copy SOP: Most students copy the contents of other students’ SOPs or
copy from the internet. This should never be done because SOP should be
extremely personalized & unique.
Grammatical Mistakes: Students tend to make lot of grammar
& spelling mistakes in their SOP because of their bad English which results
in admissions team declining the application. So they should be extra careful
with the grammar & spellings.
Too Long: Students think that the long the SOP, the more the chances of
getting an admission. This is not correct. They should always keep in mind that
SOP is not an essay or an exam to write very big. SOP should be simple, clean, straight
forward & honest.
Unnecessary Issues: Students write all unnecessary things
in the SOP which puts off the admission team. They should mention only
important & relevant issues of their life which impresses the admissions
team. They should clearly elaborate the main purpose to study in that country
& in particular that university & course. They must give proper &
correct reasons for choosing that university & course and also emphasize
academic & future career goals after completion of the course. They should
prove to them that they are good fit for their university & will be an
asset to the university.
Random Events: In the SOP, The students mention the events in their
life in random order. This is totally wrong. The events mentioned must always be
in order like building blocks in their own life’s journey from schooling
through till the present part of life.
Flattery: The students in the SOP always flatter the university &
its program with the words like your university is the
top/best/wonderful/fabulous/fantastic etc., etc., university & program.
This unnecessary flattery will do more harm than good to their chances of
approving their application because the university clearly knows its own status
very well so it prefers honest & straight forward reviews of it.
Only Positives: The students always mention only the positive issues about
them & highs in their life in the SOP, which is not right. They should
always mention their failures, negatives, weaknesses & lows in their life’s
journey & how they overcame all those with their inner strengths, abilities
Only Academics: The students boast about their academics &
achievements in the SOP. This should not be done. They should not boast about
anything in the SOP but only mention it. Not only academics, they should also
give details about the extracurricular activities they have participated and
mention about their talents & traits they have.
Perfect SOP: Students try to write
perfect SOP thinking that a top-level SOP will
guarantee an admission into the university which is totally a wrong
notion. A good simple, clean, specific, truthful, straight forward & honest
SOP will impress the admissions team.