Guidelines on preparing a good S.O.P

Statement of Purpose or S.O.P as it is comely known is a key document in the process of applying to a university abroad. In certain countries like New Zealand and Australia the document is even considered at the point of visa evaluation. An S.O.P is not a document to prove your English proficiency but to genuinely understand your intent and process clarity about what you are getting into. Every university wants the student to be fully aware of the choices they make. Most of the time the courses the student takes will shape future careers and If there is no clarity on why the student takes certain decisions there is every chance the exercise is not futile.

Here we list down some key points on how to prepare a good S.O.P.

Motivational Essay/Objective Statement Support:

What would you like the admissions board to know about your professional work and / or academic experience? Why are you interested in a specific program, and how do you see it helping you to reach your future goals? (300-500 words)

Professional work – evidence awareness of the professions, the role & nature of professional conduct & responsibility (e.g. in finance, sales, production, HRM, etc…), try to use appropriate terms, evidence depth of understanding, try to reflect upon and evaluate the experience of working in and with the professions.

The natural result of personal reflection and evaluation is that the applicant will have many questions about what they have experienced, and it is perfectly acceptable to include one or two to show that the applicant has an enquiring mind and a reason for wanting further education.

Academic experience – the key here is for the applicant to evidence that they understand the nature of higher education; the difference between teaching and learning and that, at this level, the learner must take responsibility for the management of the educational experience. Any relevant prior experience in higher education or professional training should be identified.

The writing, as always, should be reflective and personally evaluative. If, however, the applicant has done a major piece of coursework on something relevant to the subject, then do mention it. Explain in detail which part of the applicant’s current studies is enjoyed, what’s been learned, how it has increased enthusiasm for the subject.

Other aspects to consider are questions such as:

·         Why do I want to study this specific course and content?  

·         What personal qualities, interests, and experience do I have which show I am suited to study this subject at the university level?  

·         Do I have any other interests, experience, and skills which support my claim that this is the correct course for me?

·         Also, take some sentences to show the admission board that the applicant has looked at the websites for the university hosting, and the course structure for the course they are applying for.

·         Why did I choose this university, explain other universities (same country or a different one) that I might have considered which has similar content? And finally, what made I zero in on the current university.

We at Movementor Education would be more than happy to help you in the process of finding the right educational partner and reach you there on time. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need any help. Feel free to share this with your friends.

I am attaching a short video from one of our education partners in the UK, the University of Northampton below. I hope it helps too.

By, Stenson Johny

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