Science behind Writing an Effective Motivation Letter

Hello Everyone, In this guide, I am going to tell you that there is no science behind writing an effective motivation letter. I have started preparing little guides on those important topics. Where students mostly bachelor and master students feel highly un-confident about them. I tried to do good research on writing such letters, before starting right away.

You will learn certain key factors to keep in mind while writing. I am sure, if anyone who follows this pattern, will understand and learn that writing a comprehensive motivation letter is not a difficult thing.

In fact, it will make you confident to write eventually. And it will enhance your chances of selection in scholarship programs. Previously I also wrote some important guidelines on How to Make an Effective CV for any Position or Scholarship and How to Reach out to the Professors for Scholarship.

Let’s Start Learning!

Tip #1: My most important TIP #1 here is to give yourself a lot of time before writing the letter.

Why is this so important? Because with the passage of every few hours or days, your mind, will automatically tell you to remove some part of your letter and write in another more effective way with a better choice of vocabulary.

You must be thinking how is this going to improve your motivation letter? Believe me, it actually works very well. You just have to play with your mind.

Of course, you are a bachelor/master or a Ph.D. student, which means that you have a caliber of writing great content. You just need to push your brain towards it.

Tip #2: My second most important TIP #2 here is NEVER REPEAT YOUR CV. Many students do this mistake of explaining their CVs again in their motivation letters.

Do not do that. If you do this, the respective person would get an idea that unfortunately, you have no abilities to explain yourself with justifications and real-life examples.

Why does he need to think that you can explain very well? Because if you want to study/ research under him, he needs to cash out your abilities in terms of academic writing, research, and so on.

Moving Forward to More Important Tips

Tip #3: Make yourself a big note on a paper, and write down these questions?

  1. Have you gone through the research interests of the professor?
  2. Have you tried to link your CV with his profile?
  3. Why did you choose that specific country/university/department?
  4. Why should he choose only you out of thousands of others applying in this program?
  5. Are you ready to sacrifice your comfort zone for the stated position?
  6. If yes, then how?
  7. What benefit would the person get, after your selection?
  8. What will you do after your selection?

Now, read carefully, you are going to get THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP here

Tip #4: Work on grammar, prepositions, and spelling! Many students make these little silly mistakes that lead to their disqualification. So, spend time on checking again and again.

I did not say to work on your vocabulary, because you must not! Why? You need to use simple English words that are coming in your mind. Don’t let the reader interpret that you are dependent on Google.

Tip #5: Consider that you are already aware of the writing styles, write in a flow. Use connectors such as moreover, therefore, hence, however. This will engage your reader.

Last but not the least, always proofread your letter or ask your seniors/teachers to proofread for you. See there is No Science behind Writing an Effective Motivation Letter. GOOD LUCK!

Muhammad Saim Rasheed has won four fully-funded scholarships to the United States, Egypt, Turkey, and the Maldives. He is a Motivational Speaker and educationist. He started a Scholarship blog Opportunities Corner for young students to find global opportunities for Free.