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    Guys, just make sure you let your examiner know you didn't do your EPQ just for the sake of it, but instead you're really enthusiastic about the topic and have thoroughly thought over how to research the topic. Reading a couple of books (no matter how professional those books sound) and writing up 5000 words won't get you high marks. Make sure you tell them the challenges you've met and something you thought you've done wrong (either you've redone it not) and how you learnt from them.

    The EPQ is all about process and progress, not immediate perfection !
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    (Original post by blacktreacle)
    To be VERY HONEST with you, I had no planning and I did my whole project in less than a fortnight loooooooooool. I actually started my EPQ 12 days before the hand-in deadline (but you know, I worked on it INTENSIVELY because I really wanted to do it, it's just that I didn't have time before). So I basically lied in my production log (made up the dates like I've done it over a year's time hahahaha). Just make sure you write down challenges you've met and the meetings with your supervisor like you two are working on a huge project and overcoming problems and such hahaha
    hahaah that's naughty! but makes it even more impressive that you got full marks! Ah coool, so it doesn't matter that I won't finish my research by the time school starts like I was supposed to- I can use that to my advantage and use it as problem solving or whatever?
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    is 3500 words too little for an EPQ??
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    So did 4500 words, lost it after hard drive failed to transfer it to my new computer.
    Felt depressed for two days then did 4600 words in about 3 hours.
    I feel super happy!
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    How do the examiners check that you haven't just copied half of the project from a website? Or don't they?
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    (Original post by m rowe29)
    How do the examiners check that you haven't just copied half of the project from a website? Or don't they?
    They do. They have plagiarism detectors. I think they type it on some sort of database and then see how similar it is to what is written on the website/book/essay etc. I'm pretty sure there are other methods though. Please don't plagiarise.
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    Hello,

    Before you recoil at the fact I haven't started proper research for my EPQ (I tend to leave things until the 11th hour )

    I AM STUCK. My college hasn't provided me with much information on how to do this project, other than tell us about the '5 Ws' and other stupidly basic things we knew already about how to read things.

    I want to discuss the topic 'Is a human settlement in space or on an extra-terrestrial body feasible?'

    I have a few sheets of paper of information on celestial bodies I was given at a Space settlement competition some years back, but other than that I don't know where to start.
    The marking criteria wasn't explained very well, other than the wishy-washy jargon that tends to exist on examiner mark schemes, so I don't particularly know what to do.. at all.

    Also, we were handed an edexcel text book which I've found no real aid, other than spending time evaluating other case studies within it, and I need to get started on my own!

    I'm freaking out as the research needs to be done by September 10th!! :mad:
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    iansynott, I'm not sure how much help I'd be because I've not yet finished the research for mine and I've not formulated a question yet because I've not been able to decide!

    We didn't get much help either, my supervisor literally spent about half an hour reading the mark scheme from the board and showing us a couple of past projects and then told us to get on with it. I've been looking at the Edexcel website to look for word counts and what I've got to put in it e.g abstract etc.

    In terms of research though, I did start one last year but unfortunately my supervisor's daughter got cancer and she spend the most of the year off understandably, so I didn't get further. I basically found websites (not wikipedia!) that were about my topic, saved them and picked out quotes from them that I found helpful. Then I analysed the reliability of the sources etc. You need about 15 sources and try to make sure they're not too heavily weighted to one side - you need enough information on each side to be able to have a discussion after all.

    I'd try to get a variety of sources e.g perhaps news articles (if you can find anything!), scientific journals, books perhaps (I'm sure there'll be something on google books you could look at).

    I'd basically clear your head - start with a new word document - and divide it up into "for" and "against" and make sure you know what's in each source you used, which side it's used as evidence for, and pick out any useful information you think you might use/quote/whatever.

    That's what I'm planning to do anyway. You could also order them in terms of how useful they are/what they are exactly (e.g I divided mine up into politics/morals and the one I'm currently doing I'm dividing it up into case studies/ethics/law).

    Sorry I can't be much use, I've not had a lot of help myself. Seem to have a lot of bad luck when it comes to EPQs (this is my third start!)
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    My EPQ topic is how a doctor's career affects their lifestyle and the main things I'm talking about are stress and family/social life etc. Anyone have any ideas on stuff I can talk about. I've done 2100 words and need to do another 2900 by next week =/
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    (Original post by swahmad)
    My EPQ topic is how a doctor's career affects their lifestyle and the main things I'm talking about are stress and family/social life etc. Anyone have any ideas on stuff I can talk about. I've done 2100 words and need to do another 2900 by next week =/
    What have you covered already?
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    Is there a deadline for EPQs? Seen September 10th in a few previous posts, but was just wondering if this is across the board. I have only just thought about doing an EPQ so was wondering if there was a later deadline, too.
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    What kind of aspects separate a good extended project and a bad one? Is it to do with careful planning, quality of writing..
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    (Original post by Jazzeh)
    Is there a deadline for EPQs? Seen September 10th in a few previous posts, but was just wondering if this is across the board. I have only just thought about doing an EPQ so was wondering if there was a later deadline, too.
    From what I know the official deadline is sometime in November (November the 10th I think). My school for example has asked us to complete the first draft for the project by the time we get back to school. I assume this is so we can get advice, have it informally marked, get feedback ect. before the deadline. I believe it varies between each school so you will have to ask them.
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    I've been asked to do a book report on a book that would be useful to my epq, but I cant even decide on a title. I was going to do an obscure area of farming, but there are no books for it, I've searched for hours. So I've decided to do a different subject, but not sure what. considering doing a photography one, but not sure how that would work out... anyone with any experience in this, it'd be really great if you could message me
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    (Original post by m rowe29)
    From what I know the official deadline is sometime in November (November the 10th I think). My school for example has asked us to complete the first draft for the project by the time we get back to school. I assume this is so we can get advice, have it informally marked, get feedback ect. before the deadline. I believe it varies between each school so you will have to ask them.
    Ah thankyou for the information you've provided. Not long till the deadline then considering the amount of work that seemingly needs to be done. Starting now would be cutting it fine. Don't think my school has ever done it before either, which would make it extremely complicated no doubt.

    But thankyou.
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    (Original post by HarryMWilliams)
    What have you covered already?
    Some of the stuff I've covered and have yet to cover include stress, affects on family and social life, drug/alcohol abuse, the EWTD. I did work experience at a couple of hospitals and got some of the doctors to take part in a survey, so I've included information from that as well, like how the doctors deal with stress and then making graphs of this information.

    (Original post by m rowe29)
    From what I know the official deadline is sometime in November (November the 10th I think). My school for example has asked us to complete the first draft for the project by the time we get back to school. I assume this is so we can get advice, have it informally marked, get feedback ect. before the deadline. I believe it varies between each school so you will have to ask them.
    Is the deadline the same for all schools because my teacher wants me to have everything basically completed by the time I go back on the 4th D:

    Edit: Ah right just read that bit
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    (Original post by king101)
    is 3500 words too little for an EPQ??
    Depends if you're doing it in a Diploma in school or in college? At college level it's meant to be around 6000 words long. But in a Diploma in school it is commonly around 3000 words
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    My EPQ is on the ethical dilemma surrounding human embryonic stem cell research and I am thinking of including religious views, law and ethical arguments for and against the research. First of all, is this enough for 5000 words? And secondly if I got in contact with somebody who advised me and directed me to new sources on the internet such as 'PubMed' for finding more papers, can I mention that in the production log?
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    doomsday im doing it at college level and are you joking me really 6000 words????????
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    How good does the actual project have to be? I've done good evaluation and made lots of justified changes but my actual project itself isn't too great..
 
 
 

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