As a student there comes a time when we need to write a motivational as we apply for a course or degree. Here are my five tips for writing a motivational letter.
Tip #1: Know yourself
What I mean by this is that sit down and really take time to understand why you are interested in this specific college, university or degree programme. Write down at least five unique things that make you stand out from everyone else.
Tip #2: Research your subject
Do some googling and research the University, degree programme or course that you are applying to. Go as in depth as you can. Find out details such as the mission, vision and motto of the university or even the learning outcomes of the degree. These go a long way when you begin to draft your motivational letter. The more specific and detail oriented you are in your letter the better. It goes a long way to show that you have put in the work. Also, look at examples of motivational letters ↗️ online.
Tip #3: Draft it
This is an important part of the process of crafting your letter. In my case, it usually takes about 3-4 drafts to do a motivational letter. In each draft I start with writing down my main ideas and working in sort of sections. This helps the flow of my letter. Check out how I organize my paragraphs when it comes to writing a CV. However, for a motivational letter the paragraphs should flow.
Tip #4: Answer important questions
Have you addressed these important questions in your letter?
- Who are you and What are you applying for?
- How did you find out about the University/Degree/Course?
- Why do you want to study at/the University/Degree/Course? (Check out Sanjay’s post on this)
- What makes you the best candidate to be accepted (highlight your unique qualities from #Tip 1
- In summary, what qualifications, life experiences, work experience and personal qualities have prepared you for the University/degree/course?
Tip #5: Clean it up
Make sure your letter is one page long, in the correct font and you have checked for spelling and grammar. I also advice you to give to a few people to read through and give you comments. This really helps.
- Know yourself
- Research your subject
- Draft it
- Answer important questions
- Clean it up
A motivational letter is your chance to present yourself as a motivated, bright and highly capable student ready to gain entry into a University/degree/course. Make your letter a shining personal description of your unique self to show admissions who you are and why you want to be accepted.
This doctor Seuss quote comes to mind:
All the best with your applications!
From Sweden with Love