The editing and revising stage is one of the most important parts of writing any essay. This is the chance for you to polish your work and turn a good personal statement into a great one. A strategy that many people find effective is to spend some time revising your writing, then get one or more objective readers to give feedback, then revise some more, and repeat. However, it’s also important to know when to stop revising. You’ve likely spent a significant number of hours on your personal statement, and it can be difficult to recognize when you’ve reached the end of the writing process.

By taking a  methodical approach to editing and revising, you can ensure that you create the most polished version of your work without overdoing it. In the next section, we’ll cover the four major parts of the revising process:

  • Substance
  • Structure
  • Interest
  • Proofreading