Pgce Personal Statement Secondary Maths Assessment

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I have always been fascinated by my mathematical studies and, having a flair for the subject, there was never any doubt that I would choose mathematics as a degree. It is a pivotal subject on which so many others depend (such as physics and chemistry)...

The study of mathematical sciences has intrigued me for many years. The decision to study A levels in both Maths and Physics stemmed from a high interest level and strong aptitude in both subject areas...

I believe that there are two ways to look at how the world develops: the first is through the progress of history and human civilisation, and the second is through the progress of knowledge and human understanding...

When asked why I like Mathematics, I realised that it is all down to my personality. Being a composed, explicit person, I enjoy the challenge of questions with unequivocal answers. My character’s orderly side draws me enthusiastically towards neat solutions, my creativity gives rise to my acceptance of new ideas and my positive mind results in my wish to succeed...

Mathematics is a subject that I have thoroughly enjoyed throughout my school years. The challenge of thinking and the process of logic always attract me to Mathematical problems, however difficult and regardless of the form in which they come...

During my first year in sixth form I have come to realise the importance of mathematics in everyday life, a base to so many subject areas such as physics and engineering. I am starting to see how the things I have learnt may be adapted and used in a practical situation...

Mathematics and Economics Personal Statement

As Pythagoras may have said, (Ambitious)2 + (Bold)2 = (Critical thinker)2 makes a perfect student and is what I strive to be. From the simple Pythagorean to the complex Fermat's Last Theorem, mathematics is a never ending branch of study which I enthusiastically enjoy studying and why I wish to pursue it even further at university...

Maths Personal Statement

I am extremely enthusiastic about my decision to read Mathematics at university as for as long as I can remember Maths has always been my main academic interest. From learning to count at primary school, to studying calculus towards my Mathematics A level, I have found this subject intriguing due to its obvious application to the real world...

Mathematics and Physics Personal Statement

Mathematics is a fundamental tool for understanding our world: it can be used to define the symmetry of flowers or to manage global companies. What is so appealing about mathematics is the opportunity of applying it in the physical world...

Maths and Spanish Personal Statement

For as long as I have recognised words and numbers, I have seen a connection between the two. As I progressed in the AS Mathematics course I realised how drawn I was to the subject, motivating me to spend 2 weeks at school over the summer holidays learning 2 entire AS Further Maths modules, in order to take the full A-level course in one year...

Mathematics & Actuarial Science Personal Statement

My passion for mathematics started as a young girl in China when I used to hide in the bathroom at night to solve mathematical questions by torchlight. I have a naturally inquisitive mind and the enjoyment of numerical investigation gives me the motivation to learn more...

Actuarial Science/Maths Personal Statement

For centuries Mathematics and Statistics have been vital in all walks of life, whether it’s in medicine; calculating the probability of death due to smoking or today in calculating pension payments...

Maths and Actuarial Science Personal Statement

Maths is a subject like no other; its complexity makes it a challenging and often frustrating area of study, however the logic behind every problem leaves a feeling of certainty about it. My devotion to the subject has grown exponentially, especially in recent years...

Maths Personal Statement

What I love about maths is that it has no limits. It fascinates me: the formulae, the theorems, the logic. My original interest in the subject was triggered several years ago when I started discussing maths and physics with my dad...

Mathematics and Economics Personal Statement

Every day we make decisions and interact with others; the laws of economics help us make rational choices and consider the irrationality of others, as well as understand the world better. Maths and statistics are the necessary tools for me to understand the modern economics...

Mathematical logic and concepts underlie functionality of practically every process from rocket science to the budget of a household. It is this diversity of application that intrigues me and makes me want to study it in depth...

Maths and Economics Personal Statement

By skimming through a daily broadsheet or examining journals such as ‘The Economist’ it is clear to see that economic issues affect everyone both locally as well as on a global scale. However, I have been interested by Mathematics for many years and have found my enjoyment for it has increased as the depth of my understanding has grown...

Pure Mathematics Personal Statement

Mathematics is beautiful to me because of the deep and meaningful ideas touched upon by it, the vastness of these ideas, the clearness and elegance of their representation. Mathematics gives me the ability to apply knowledge by approaching things logically, and thinking clearly...

The idea of proof has always held a real fascination for me. The process of starting from a simple set of axioms and deriving almost any mathematical truth (putting Godel to one side) is what truly separates Mathematics from any other subject...

'Why study Mathematics?' I believe Marcus Du Sautoy explains perfectly (in his book 'The Music of The Primes'); it is 'the emotional buzz the mathematician experiences in charting new pathways across the mathematical landscape'...

Mathematics can, at times, be the single most frustrating subject I have ever studied, yet I love it. The euphoria of completing a particularly hard puzzle, or the sudden realisation of a particular topic clicking into place, makes the challenge and the hard work all the more worthwhile...

Mathematics Personal Statement

"A woman cannot become a scientist." I have heard my father say this on numerous occasions; and while my parents encouraged me in a wide variety of endeavours with the aim of raising a well-rounded individual, there was one area they did not ever encourage me to explore: dad strongly believed that science and particularly mathematics is not for women...

My aptitude towards mathematics aroused because of its simplicity, that as long as you follow the right steps in a systematic order, you will reach the correct answer. At the same time, the challenge which it provides, with its complex yet logical questions, makes it highly addictive for me...

At the start of my Mathematics course I thought I knew quite a lot about the subject. Now, having studied it for 12 months, I have realised that there is so much more to learn than I originally thought...

Mathematics Personal Statement

Science, to me, is the pivotal answer to all phenomenal events in the world and maths is an intrinsic part of science itself. Mathematical logic and ideas underlie a variety of problems from the manufacturing process of an iPod to our shopping budget...

Maths Personal Statement

The accumulating comprehension of fascinating interconnected truths that comes from the study of mathematics is what draws me to it. I believe this alone justifies the study of mathematics for its own sake, without considering its numerous applications...

Computer Science & Mathematics Personal Statement

I have always been fascinated by Mathematics and I really enjoy the delightful feeling I get after solving a difficult problem. Everything that is happening from rocket science to simple day to day life problems can be explained in a mathematical way and that is the beauty of this subject...

Mathematics still remaind as my most favorite subject. Having it as a compulsory subject for five years and one of the subjects I have chosen for my college semester, studying it made me realize just how important it is applied in everyday life, from basic counting to solving complex practical problems...

Mathematics Personal Statement

My propensity for Mathematics is derived from its systematic, yet far from simplistic nature. Problems can, in fact must, be solved through the use of logic and intellect; solutions can never be realised through the customary memorisation of facts and definitions associated with other disciplines, yet there is a distinct and logical order to all things Mathematical, which, to me, epitomises my passion for the subject...

From a very young age, solving problems and identifying patterns has been something I have enjoyed. As a result of this, maths has become my favourite subject at school. Mathematics requires one to work towards a definite answer, particularly in challenging problems, which I find exciting...

Mathematics and Philosophy Personal Statement

Bertrand Russell once said: “Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know.” I have always been fascinated by the things that stretch our understanding and knowledge of the world to the limits; the vastness of the universe, the extent of the number line, the existence of a superior being and the workings of the human brain, to name a few...

'Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas'. Mathematics is the language of reason, an expression of logic that makes sense of the world through numbers rather than words or feelings...

It all started with my first multiplication. I had already learned addition and substraction, and my teacher introduced me to a new way of manipulating numbers. I was 6 years old, pretending that it was at that exact moment that I decided to study pure mathematics would be a lie...

Mathematics Personal Statement

I find Mathematics to be an extremely enjoyable and invigorating subject. What I find most fascinating about Mathematics is the application of logic and analysis it allows, as well as the intellectual stimulation it provides...

People often refer to mathematics as an art as well as a science and I can really understand and see what they mean by this; the number line is so complex and artistic in patterns that spring up and vast area of different topics that crop up in mathematics...

Maths Personal Statement

My fascination with maths derives from its symbiotic relationship with the human world; as said by Roger Deacon "the things of this world cannot be known without a knowledge of maths". To me, the beauty of maths is that there is an international system of evolving logic in which develops an answer that's unequivocal and always right...

Mechanical Engineering/Mathematics Personal Statement

Throughout my 5th and 6th years at Nairn academy my interest in maths and physics has developed greatly. I thoroughly enjoyed these 2 higher subjects and I am now studying both at advanced higher. In particular, the Mechanics topic of the physics has grabbed my attention and I scored top of my class in our last test with 95%...

Mathematics Personal Statement

Many perceive Mathematics as the queen of all sciences,the true language of knowledge, and though it has been studied around the world for centuries,its nature in Greece is somehow distinct from that anywhere else...

Having been raised during a turbulent and dynamic period of structural reforms that took place in my native country; I was witness to the creation and ensuing burst of the Cyprus Stock Market bubble and its consequent recovery...

Maths and Philosophy Personal Statement

In order to use logic successfully, one must discover truths, otherwise the solutions are generally useless. The natural sciences are committed to discovering truths so that we may better understand and improve the world...

Maths & Actuarial Science Personal Statement

"It has become a very strange and perhaps frightening subject from the ordinary point of view,but anyone who penetrates into it will find a veritable fairyland"( Kasner E and Newman J).This saying is perhaps the most fitted to describe my enthusiasm for Maths...

Actuarial Science Personal Statement

Passion is the drive that keeps me going. My inclination towards Mathematics has drawn me to pursue a degree in Actuarial Science. The ability to apply mathematics and statistics in my working life in the future would allow me to continuously engage in situations requiring analytical and problem-solving skills...

Mathematics and Engineering Personal Statement

Questions regarding the reason for my liking of mathematics have only one answer: mathematical logic and concepts contribute to a practical approach in every aspect of life. It is the diversity and universal applicability of this subject that encourages me to delve further and study it in depth...

Maths and Science Personal Statement

Maths and science, in particular physics, have always been my favourite subjects in school. I have an inquisitive mind and am always asking "how?" and "why?" to find out how things work. I chose maths, physics and biology for my A levels, yet only realised I wanted to do engineering when I started studying topics such as mechanics...

Maths Personal Statement

At the entrance to Plato's academy in ancient Greece, stood a sign which warned, "Let no-one ignorant of mathematics enter here." Like Plato I believe in the importance of mathematics, and its influence over nearly every walk of life...

Mathematics Personal Statement

Mathematics is at the root of many academic subjects, such as mechanics in Physics, organic Chemistry and even Music and this is why I find it so fascinating. The process of starting from a simple set of formulae and deriving nearly all mathematical truth from these is what makes Mathematics a leading academic subject...

Maths & Actuarial Science Personal Statement

“If people don’t believe that Mathematics is simple, it’s only because they don’t realize how complicated life is.”J.L Neumann. This saying perhaps makes more sense to me than to anyone else and is most suited to describe my zeal for Mathematics...

Mathematics is not just a mere subject but a universal language. Its plethora of Greek symbols interlaced with numbers makes it seem like a clandestine code, which has to be deciphered. This aside, I believe the real magic of Mathematics lies not with its method of execution, but its definite solutions founded on irrefutable proofs, not ignoring the seemingly endless array of applications...

Mathematics is the fundamental basis of science. I want to understand just how the world hangs together, and maths seems to provide me with a solid foundation for my understanding of many other fields of knowledge...

I am a versatile individual with a passion and flair for both Languages and Maths. I am applying to a variety of courses to pursue my combined interest. My love for languages began when I moved to Switzerland in 2006...

Maths and Science Statement Personal Statement

Personal statement I enjoy learning, developing and exploring new ideas, concepts and ways of working. An interest that I hope may lead to a mentoring or teaching position, where I will be able to share ideas in a researching, developing and learning environment...

Financial Mathematics Personal Statement

Studying mathematics is a pure pleasure for me and I take pride in my achievements in the subject. What makes maths so interesting is its foundations in the real world; for instance, the Fibonacci numbers that arise all through nature, the notes played by a guitar string producing standing waves at different frequencies of sound and algebra which is used to create special effects in animated films and TV shows...

Maths Personal Statement

Mathematics dictates our understanding of the universe; the sciences that the world depends on today are founded and dependant on maths. Scientists and mathematicians spend their lives making remarkable discoveries contributing to the development of humanity, the findings we have been making in fields like quantum mechanics would be completely impossible without maths...

'When is something maths?'. To ask this question would generate many replies perhaps declaring 'doing complex calculations' or 'working out sums', but it is simply so much more. To me, mathematics is a language, explaining how our world works, such as why things exist as they do in geometrical space...

Maths and Economics Personal Statement

The application of mathematics in the real world has always fascinated me. Mathematics acts as a base from which economics progresses, with such skills as differentiation needed to find the elasticity coefficients in higher education...

Mathematics Personal Statement

Mathematics is a language of science which portrays just merely anything in this world better than any other way we distinguish.The more we discover nature,the more mathematical association revealed by doing so...

Mathematics and Computer Science Personal Statement

I have found Mathematics a fascinating subject since my early years. I enjoy it as it is challenging and logical. I am particularly interested in Decision Mathematics as it is a field that is directly related to real-life applications of Mathematics and can be used to solve problems, such as finding the optimal solution for transporting materials from one place to another while minimizing the cost...

Mathematics & Physics Personal Statement

Studying mathematics and physics at degree level will not only allow me to develop myself intellectually but satisfy my curiosity to understand the universe and everything in it. As my knowledge of physics has developed my perception of reality has evolved and I find myself pondering challenging questions, which drives me to learn more...

There is no doubt that Mathematics is the most important element supporting science and business. Without the equation 'E=mc2', Einstein's 'Mass-energy equivalence' can only be a concept, but not a theory...

Mathematics Personal Statement

I have always had a passion and a thorough understanding of the subject of Mathematics. This helped me to progress academically because, unlike a lot of people, I have not had to worry about passing my GCSE Maths exams...

Mathematics & Physics Personal Statement

My enthusiasm for Mathematics and Physics comes from the fact that they are both used to further our understanding of the universe and have applications in all other areas of science. My main area of interest in Physics is particle physics as this tells us how fundamental parts of our universe interact with each other...

Mathematics Personal Statement

When I learned that mathematics involved more than just routine computations, it certainly left alasting impression on me, to say the least. From then onwards, I became eager to explore the subject for myself, to go beyond what was taught in the classroom...

Maths Personal Statement

In an ever changing world, numbers are the only certainty with which a foundation of understanding can be built. My interest in Maths stems from my desire to understand and solve problems. I gain an odd, to some, large amount of satisfaction from solving difficult problems and my enthusiasm has only grown larger as the complexity of the maths has increased...

Maths Personal Statement

In an ever changing world, numbers are the only certainty with which a foundation of understanding can be built. My interest in Maths stems from my desire to understand and solve problems. I gain a large amount of satisfaction from solving difficult problems and my enthusiasm has only grown larger as the complexity of the maths has increased...

Maths and Economics Personal Statement

It has been said that mathematics is the one true universal language. The logic used in Pythagoras, the value of Pi or even the process behind simple addition is the same anywhere in the world. Manipulating numbers is a skill that most people will use to some extent in their lives, giving mathematics a ubiquitous influence in the world...

Mathematics (MMath) Personal Statement

Alex Bellos wrote a book, ‘Alex’s adventures in Numberland’, which gives a great insight and depth to the wonders of mathematics. In particular it explored the fascinating feat of method maths and shows many examples of how different methods help us get to solutions that a lot of the time would be unsolvable...

Mathematics and Physics Personal Statement

Physics helps us to understand the behaviour of the universe and mathematics provides the fundamental tools that underpin this. Even though these subjects complement each other there are separate reasons why I enjoy them...

English Literature and Maths Personal Statement

To achieve a greater understanding of life, I feel the study of English and Maths is a necessity; to understand mathematics is to understand the mechanics of the physical world. For example, using maths, we can predict the weather but because of the mechanics behind chaos theory, there's so much affecting it that we still can't be certain...

Physics & Maths Personal Statement

Complexity of the world, starting from the microscopic interactions between molecules to the enormous scale of the universe, is endlessly intriguing me. How does the universe work? A few years ago I realised that physics with the help of mathematical equations and theories is a tool to provide the answer...

Mathematics Personal Statement

I have always loved mathematics, but it was five years ago that I truly became hooked. I had been invited to attend a series of ‘mathematics masterclasses’ organised by The Royal Institution. Having only previously been exposed to simple algebra and geometry, the way maths was used in topics like topology, infinity and chaos absolutely fascinated me, and transformed my perspective on what mathematics makes possible...

Mathematics International Personal Statement

For much of my life, I considered maths to be dull; a basic set of rules that could be a convenience from time to time. As disinterested as I was, I was capable of succeeding in my classes, and suddenly, during a weekend of arduous, continuous maths homework, I found myself seeing every question as not a problem to be solved as if I were a computer, but a puzzle, in which a complex question would be slowly transformed into a simple, beautiful solution...

Maths Personal Statement

The study of mathematics and the challenges that it presents arouse equal measures of both frustration and enjoyment. It is the moment of enlightenment arrived at through differing proportions of determination and experimentation that is the appeal of the subject...

Maths and Statistics Personal Statement

Mathematics and statistical data are fundamental to understanding the world. Being able to see how things as simple as numbers can be arranged into mathematical models that can describe everything from the stock market to the flight of a ball both excites and fascinates me...

Mathematics, Accounting and Finance Personal Statement

Real life applications of Mathematics have always fascinated me, whether that be the statistical analysis of data or the calculation of insurance risk. Accounting and Finance are prime examples of how Mathematics is used in everyday life; it plays an essential role in these two subject areas which is why I am keen to study this course...

Mathematics and Actuarial Science Personal Statement

The ability to turn digits into something meaningful is magical. It transforms a complex imaginary world into reality. It connects the world together like a verbal language. This is the power of Mathematics...

Mathematics Personal Statement

The ability of mathematicians to understand a problem by reducing it to its key components fascinates me. Using nothing more than logic and intuition, they cut complex problems down to simple steps; they convey concepts so convoluted they would be illegible without the language of mathematics...

Mathematics Personal Statement

If Mathematics were a number, I would say it is prime, not because it is mostly odd, rather because of its uniqueness. Mathematics is a subject that seeks to find the unknowns, and at times questions the accuracy of the known, hence its difficulty...

Mathematics Personal Statement

Mathematics, like any other skill, is something to be honed. At its most refined the applications of Maths are so powerful and its range so wide that there are few fields untouched by its seemingly universal span...

Mathematics Personal Statement

When I lived in London, I found maths to be straightforward. Albeit, I was eight, but regardless I didn't have much trouble. When I had to move to Qatar, I still found maths to be simple enough. I would finish my times tables quickly and move on with my day...

Mathematics Personal Statement

I love puzzles. The unique unforgettable exhilaration as all the pieces fall in place, the quiet sense of accomplishment and wonder as I gaze at the finished masterpiece: I really love puzzles. So naturally, I found myself completely at home in the quiet, yet endlessly intriguing, brimming with strange and wonderful ideas, world of mathematics...

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