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    so I'm putting together my final report now and it's 21 pages already without the project log and presentation slides, wow haha
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    I'm taking a gap year where I'll be working most of the time, however I would have loved to have the opportunity to do an Extended Project, as I haven't been able to whilst doing a levels. I know you can do A levels on your own, but how about EPQ? You usually need a supervisor so I've heard. Thoughts anyone?
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    (Original post by NoSpeakNewSpeak)
    I'm taking a gap year where I'll be working most of the time, however I would have loved to have the opportunity to do an Extended Project, as I haven't been able to whilst doing a levels. I know you can do A levels on your own, but how about EPQ? You usually need a supervisor so I've heard. Thoughts anyone?
    I very much doubt it is possible/allowed as you would not be sufficiently supervised for the work to be authenticated as yours.
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    So for the record of initial planning can I simply put in a timeline of what I found/done on "Your first ideas of research and development of your project"

    For example
    development
    16/3/12- Created a spider diagram based on antibiotic resistances, this helped me enable me to identify topics that I can write and research about it bla bla bla...*insert spider diagram*.
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    (Original post by NoSpeakNewSpeak)
    I'm taking a gap year where I'll be working most of the time, however I would have loved to have the opportunity to do an Extended Project, as I haven't been able to whilst doing a levels. I know you can do A levels on your own, but how about EPQ? You usually need a supervisor so I've heard. Thoughts anyone?
    I think it depends what you are doing for your gap year. If you are staying close to your school/college then you may be able to ask a teacher there to be your supervisor. However it will require quite a lot of time for them, so they are unlikely to want to do it if they haven't had the experience before, so possibly only if it is an option where you used to study. But I think one main problem would be the presentation part, I did mine with everyone else in my year who was doing the EPQ, so it was all organised, if your alone doing this it might be more difficult.
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    I HATE DOING EPQ!!!
    I am so far behind and mine is in for next month. I am doing it on the popularity of Harry Potter and whether it will continue. I don't think I will get it done in time!
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    I'm doing an EPQ- extended academic essay. But I don't have a clue what paper work is required to go with this. What paperwork is needed? and what does it involve?
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    I'm so happy - essays in, presentations done, log books completed and it should all be getting marked this weekend.

    LETS PAAAAARTAY!!!!!!!
    :party:
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    (Original post by coodooloo)
    I'm doing an EPQ- extended academic essay. But I don't have a clue what paper work is required to go with this. What paperwork is needed? and what does it involve?
    You should get a log book to go with your work. Is basically is an almost diary which you complete after each meeting with your epq supervisor - so stuff like what you had done before the meeting, any comments from the supervisor and then any changes/clarifications you have made. You also have to write a reflection at the end and an initial idea thing at the beginning. It is all fairly straight forward but I recommend that you do it as you go along as it is really easy to forget the things that you have done if you leave it all to the end. Also, its much easier to do a half hour about the time of each meeting than have to spend three or fours on it right at the end.

    Good Luck
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    (Original post by Angelicus)
    You should get a log book to go with your work. Is basically is an almost diary which you complete after each meeting with your epq supervisor - so stuff like what you had done before the meeting, any comments from the supervisor and then any changes/clarifications you have made. You also have to write a reflection at the end and an initial idea thing at the beginning. It is all fairly straight forward but I recommend that you do it as you go along as it is really easy to forget the things that you have done if you leave it all to the end. Also, its much easier to do a half hour about the time of each meeting than have to spend three or fours on it right at the end.

    Good Luck
    Ok thank you for your response.
    In regards to the presentation, what is it supposed to be about - is it actually presenting the findings of the essay, or is it the methods used to research?
    I was also wondering whether the supervisors judge the essay in relationto particular boundaries or assessment criteria? (e.g: ao1, ao2 etc).

    Thanks again
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    Hi,
    Any suggestions on how to choose an EPQ title?
    I am studying drama, media studies and English Lit.
    Would love to choose something creative, maybe to link to my YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/HisLittleEmo) or written based.
    Any ideas welcome thank you
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    (Original post by coodooloo)
    Ok thank you for your response.
    In regards to the presentation, what is it supposed to be about - is it actually presenting the findings of the essay, or is it the methods used to research?
    I was also wondering whether the supervisors judge the essay in relationto particular boundaries or assessment criteria? (e.g: ao1, ao2 etc).

    Thanks again
    Its a bit of both actually. When we did the presentations most people started off with a bit about why they chose that topic, then went on to present their findings - I basically just went through it the way I had split it up in my essay. Then most people did a few slides at the end going over what they had done well, what could be improved and what they might look at in the future. I think some people did go into what research they had used, especially if they had done primary research such as questionnaires etc. but I didn't personally.

    This is the mark scheme (at least for the AQA EPQ) which you can find here - http://www.aqa.org.uk/qualifications...epq-assessment As you can see its very generic but it should give you a few pointers. I'd really recommend looking the AQA section about EPQ over in general as there are quite a few good pointers which you might find helpful.

    A01 Manage - 20% of marks
    Identify, design, plan, and carry out a project, applying a range of skills, strategies and methods to achieve objectives.

    AO2 Use Resources - 20% of marks
    Research, critically select, organise and use information, and select and use a range of resources. Analyse data, apply it relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any links, connections and complexities of the topic.

    AO3 Develop and Realise - 40% of marks
    Select and use a range of skills, including, where appropriate, new technologies and problem solving, to take decisions critically and achieve planned outcomes.

    AO4 Review - 20% of marks
    Evaluate all aspects of the extended project, including how outcomes relate to stated objectives and own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media, in an appropriate format, to present evidence of project outcomes and conclusions.

    As you can see, a lot of AO1 and AO4 is judged on your log book which is why its so important that its not rushed and of a pretty high quality.
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    Just wondering if people would be kind enough to leave a comment on my video for my extended project music video just telling me any constructive criticism or responses (good/bad, what could be improved etc) If you can't be bothered to leave a comment then a like / dislike would be much appreciated too

    It's really bad but... yeah any comments would be really nice!



    The link's here if it doesn't embed properly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmWYZc2HK9U
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    (Original post by N0body)
    So for the record of initial planning can I simply put in a timeline of what I found/done on "Your first ideas of research and development of your project"

    For example
    development
    16/3/12- Created a spider diagram based on antibiotic resistances, this helped me enable me to identify topics that I can write and research about it bla bla bla...*insert spider diagram*.
    Did we have to be that specific? i.e:spider diagram etc. I just noted what I intended to research and how (books, journals etc) That's all the title says: "Your ideas for research and development of your project"

    Have people been this specific on the Planning Review and Project Reviews also????
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    Im struggling on the planning review section. What am I exactly supposed to write here "Outline the next steps in your planned research/initial development".
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    (Original post by kathmoynihan)
    Did we have to be that specific? i.e:spider diagram etc. I just noted what I intended to research and how (books, journals etc) That's all the title says: "Your ideas for research and development of your project"

    Have people been this specific on the Planning Review and Project Reviews also????
    What did you talk about for the planning review section ?
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    (Original post by Jackkkkk)
    Okay so if your doing AQA then its out of 50.

    10 marks for A01 - Manage, Identify, design, plan, and carry out a project, applying a range of skills, strategies and methods to achieve objectives.

    10 marks for -AO2 Use Resources, Research, critically select, organise and use information, and select and use a range of resources. Analyse data, apply it relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any links, connections and complexities of the topic.

    20 marks for - AO3 Develop and Realise, Select and use a range of skills, including, where appropriate, new technologies and problem solving, to take decisions critically and achieve planned outcomes.

    10 marks for - AO4 ReviewEvaluate all aspects of the extended project, including how outcomes relate to stated objectives and own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media, in an appropriate format, to present evidence of project outcomes and conclusions.


    As you can see you only get 40% of the marks from the actual project.
    What you need to make sure is excellent is your log book and evaluation.

    So in your evaluation make sure you say
    -you may want to add an extra bit of evaluation at the end of the project, separate from the log book (this is what i did)
    -what you could have done better and why didn't you
    -limitations you faced, such as access to journals
    -what went well
    -did you come to a conclusion
    -how accurate was the information you used
    -what areas did you NOT include that may have been relevant and why (you can pick up lots of evaluation marks for this)

    Using your log book:
    -make sure you date everything (make it up if needed )
    -the conclusion part of the evaluation is rather like an abstract. Which should summarise your findings. This is not an evaluation, but you might like to touch on aspects like limitations of data/information collection.
    -Keep in neat and tidy if you can

    Other key points
    -CHANGE YOUR TITLE (you can gain lots of marks by just changing your title and saying why in your evaluation and this shows development of your question)
    - If you have done a research project make sure you include an abstract at the begging.
    -Referencing is verryyyyy important (to avoid plagiarism). The best way to reference work is the Harvard method unless its research orientated then you might like to use something like the American Psychological version of referencing.


    If you need any more help just ask
    -make sure your bibliography is up to date-as it sometimes checked
    Hi im struggling on the planning review section in my logbook im not exactly sure what they are asking me to talk about here. Am I supposed to list the things I plan to research :s . The question is "outline the next steps in your planned research/initial development"
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    (Original post by Olive123)
    Hi im struggling on the planning review section in my logbook im not exactly sure what they are asking me to talk about here. Am I supposed to list the things I plan to research :s . The question is "outline the next steps in your planned research/initial development"
    Yeah in this bit you just list what avenues of research you expect to do in the near future. You can even say things like I have looked at this which led me to this and I will now look at.....
    Also it is a good place to write general sources of info, so say I will go to the library, look online or go to a uni library etc etc
    You may want to suggest how you think your title is developing as you continue to research and discover new information - and if you may need to alter your title you could briefly mention this. However this section is, as you say, mostly for what you PLAN to do, look up and where you will go to do so

    If you have any more questions, just ask. Or if its complex/want me to look at anything just PM me
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    (Original post by Jackkkkk)
    Yeah in this bit you just list what avenues of research you expect to do in the near future. You can even say things like I have looked at this which led me to this and I will now look at.....
    Also it is a good place to write general sources of info, so say I will go to the library, look online or go to a uni library etc etc
    You may want to suggest how you think your title is developing as you continue to research and discover new information - and if you may need to alter your title you could briefly mention this. However this section is, as you say, mostly for what you PLAN to do, look up and where you will go to do so

    If you have any more questions, just ask. Or if its complex/want me to look at anything just PM me
    Thank you very very much
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    Today when i finished writing my extended project, i decided to use one of the free online plaigirism checkers to just check how unique my project was. I used www.smallseotools.com and it said my epq essay was 95% unique which i am happy with as all the bits which it said were copied have been properly referenced and shown in the text. I understand that AQA use turnitin to check for plaigirism if mine goes for moderation and i want to make sure that my essay wont now have been added to their online database of work to check against otherwise it will show up at AQA as a complete copy-against my own work? The smallseotools checker shouldn't have added it to any databases should it?

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