How do you write a good medicine/dentistry application?

(Again, we’re talking here about the separate ‘written applications’ required by JCU and UNSW—if you’re not sure what those are, make sure to read the information in this article first.)

Writing a good application requires a lot of thought and planning. To help you write a well-thought-out and well-planned response, we’ve listed some short, practical tips below.

First, one simple method for improving the quality of your responses is to give them a structure. A chronological structure works well; alternatively, you can transition from a general statement into specific details to achieve a macro-to-micro structure.

Second, every answer should show an authentic pursuit. Your writing needs to flow properly and convey deep, significant content. Try to incorporate meaningful content, such as the traits that the university expects its students (as future health professionals) to possess, and leverage the word count to incorporate as much of this meaningful content as possible.

And with that in mind, our third tip is to not just respond to the questions literally. To show your value as a candidate and prove that you possess the required traits, you need to do more than just answer the questions at face value: you also need to elaborate further and describe your personal development process.

Fourth, make sure your writing shows your personality. Your application isn’t a piece of academic writing, so it shouldn’t be too dry or boring. To make your application more interesting, your responses should include descriptions of your personal experiences and thoughts.

Fifth, you should perfect your responses by reviewing them several times. After your first attempt at writing the application, think about how you want to be perceived and what traits you want to demonstrate. (For example, you may wish to come across as a compassionate person or an enthusiastic learner.) Next, go through your draft, highlighting any meaningful words and phrases, and then make a second attempt. Repeat this highlighting and rewriting process a few times to identify the best content, and shorten the rest so that you only briefly allude to it—after several attempts at this, your application will be much shorter, clearer, and more effective.

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