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    I got a D in my EPQ, feel free to ask me any questions in how to fail.
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    (Original post by EnglishAS)
    Hi, Congrats!
    I'm doing an english literature EPQ, could you give me some tips?
    first of all, my question is along the lines of "how have classic poetry techiques effected modern day music, and thus which music genre is most closely related to classic poetry"- do you think this is a good question?
    also, where did you find your shakespeare material, apart from the obvious one the internet.
    Thanks
    Thank-you!

    That sounds like a really interesting question! However, one thing I would say is that it's quite a large topic area - it's best if you can make your question as specific as possible. Therefore, it might be best to pick a specific poet or a specific musical artist to study in order to to be able to focus on the influences between each. I know it's so tempting to have a question where you have complete freedom to explore (I originally wanted to carry out my EPQ on Shakespeare's influences on Literature ), but you are marked on picking a focused title and adhering to it throughout the project. Also, there are so many sources of information out there that it can be quite tricky to use them all well within your time limit! Speaking of sources, as you mentioned, the internet is the modern-day student's prize jewel, but I actually found that published materials became the main focus for my project. I was lucky in the fact that my school arranged a trip to Southampton University library so that we could access the materials there - perhaps you could suggest such a trip, or if this is not possible, I would definitely recommend visiting your local library to find some books. Whilst you might not think there will be much available on the connection between poetry and music, you might be surprised: I managed to find several different books all discussing Branagh's adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing - a very specific area about which I at first doubted I would find any reliable materials. Journals are also a useful source - your college librarian might be able to help you find some relevant articles for your project

    (P.S. effected > affected, as 'effect' is a noun and 'affect' is a verb. Sorry - grammar-crazy language student here! )

    I hope this helps - if not, please feel free to ask more questions!
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    (Original post by EnglishAS)
    Thanks! I was thinking about making it just focused on Shakespeare, I guess I'll be tweeking my question! My school is crazy over not going out of school for trips, but since I am involved in realising oppurtunities I think I have access to Liverpool University's library, and I already quite frequently go to my local library so I hope to find some great help there. Thanks lots!
    P.S. don't worry, I'm bad with my different spellings... awkward for an english lit student!
    You're welcome! Definitely visit Liverpool Uni if you can - that sounds like a great opportunity!

    Just to say, you might need to check with your teachers, but I'm not sure if you'll be able to carry out a Literature-based EPQ if you study Literature at A-level - I study French, Maths and RS, and was thinking about doing a question such as 'God exists - discuss' which I couldn't do for three reasons: firstly because I would have needed a PhD in Theology or Philosophy to even attempt it, secondly because I would have needed a 500,000 word limit rather than 5000, and thirdly because there was overlap between my RS course and this topic area. However, I do know science students who have carried out a science-related EPQ, so you will hopefully be able to carry out your project as planned. Best of luck!
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    (Original post by danniegee)
    You're welcome! Definitely visit Liverpool Uni if you can - that sounds like a great opportunity!

    Just to say, you might need to check with your teachers, but I'm not sure if you'll be able to carry out a Literature-based EPQ if you study Literature at A-level - I study French, Maths and RS, and was thinking about doing a question such as 'God exists - discuss' which I couldn't do for three reasons: firstly because I would have needed a PhD in Theology or Philosophy to even attempt it, secondly because I would have needed a 500,000 word limit rather than 5000, and thirdly because there was overlap between my RS course and this topic area. However, I do know science students who have carried out a science-related EPQ, so you will hopefully be able to carry out your project as planned. Best of luck!
    Thanks for the warning, but I did check before hand to make sure it wasn't too closely related. Thanks for your help
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    (Original post by Alex347_)
    Hi, I got my EPQ result today and I got an A*. I'm not here to boast; I thought many of you might like to ask some questions about the qualification, since it is very different to most other high school qualifications and ultimately, it requires a lot of independence and is quite difficult, and so I'm sure there's a lot of you that may want advice. You can ask them here or PM me about it, I don't mind either way.

    Thanks.
    Hey well done on getting that A*!! I was wondering if you had any advice about the presentation part- We've been given hardly any guidance and I don't really know what to include. Any advice would be great
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    in your epq can you say 'i will be focusing on this' or 'i will cover these periods' or is it best to steer clear?
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    (Original post by danniegee)
    Well done Alex347_!

    I got an A* today too for my EPQ on Shakespeare and Film, so feel free to ask questions if you're interested in a Literature-based project/want general advice
    I'm thinking of doing a literature based EPQ, I'm not sure how broad I should make my title? I think it's difficult to get the balance of being too specific or to vague for literally, could you possibly enlighten me on what you did for yours ???
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    (Original post by Es98)
    I'm thinking of doing a literature based EPQ, I'm not sure how broad I should make my title? I think it's difficult to get the balance of being too specific or to vague for literally, could you possibly enlighten me on what you did for yours ???
    Hi! I would definitely say BE SPECIFIC! Even if your question seems quite narrow at first, it's important that you have a very focused title in order to access the highest marks, as the examiner with assess your ability to stick to the question. Also, you might be surprised how much information is available even for very specialised areas - I wrote about Branagh's film version of Much Ado and how successful he was at sticking to Shakespeare's intentions, and I found lots of info!
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    (Original post by danniegee)
    Hi! I would definitely say BE SPECIFIC! Even if your question seems quite narrow at first, it's important that you have a very focused title in order to access the highest marks, as the examiner with assess your ability to stick to the question. Also, you might be surprised how much information is available even for very specialised areas - I wrote about Branagh's film version of Much Ado and how successful he was at sticking to Shakespeare's intentions, and I found lots of info!
    Okay, thank you so much!! That sounds very interesting actually! I was thinking of possibly linking mine in with history; Richard the third and whether Shakespeare's portrayal of him was an unjust one and it's influence on our modern perception of him? Is that specific enough???
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    (Original post by Es98)
    Okay, thank you so much!! That sounds very interesting actually! I was thinking of possibly linking mine in with history; Richard the third and whether Shakespeare's portrayal of him was an unjust one and it's influence on our modern perception of him? Is that specific enough???
    That sounds really good - especially as you'll be focussing on one particular play! Maybe see how much information you can find about Shakespeare's portrayal of Richard III first, as you might have so much information that you won't need to discuss modern perceptions. I only say this because 'modern perceptions' is quite a wide area to research, and I know that I certainly had to cut down my topic area (I was orignally planning to compare different adaptations of the play, but found so much information that I had to limit it to just one). Great idea to link two subjects that you're interested in!
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    (Original post by danniegee)
    That sounds really good - especially as you'll be focussing on one particular play! Maybe see how much information you can find about Shakespeare's portrayal of Richard III first, as you might have so much information that you won't need to discuss modern perceptions. I only say this because 'modern perceptions' is quite a wide area to research, and I know that I certainly had to cut down my topic area (I was orignally planning to compare different adaptations of the play, but found so much information that I had to limit it to just one). Great idea to link two subjects that you're interested in!
    Thankyou ! Yes I'm studying both at a level and I am passionate about both so I saw it as fitting! Thanks again for your help
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    (Original post by Es98)
    Thankyou ! Yes I'm studying both at a level and I am passionate about both so I saw it as fitting! Thanks again for your help
    Cool! Make sure you check with your supervisor that you can definitely carry out this EPQ without too much overlap with your A-level subjects, but other than that, you're good to go! Best of luck
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    I've had no advice from teachers about how to get a high grade in EPQ! Any advice about pushing a project that is roughly C grade to one that is roughly A grade? I think my actual essay will be fine but since that's not worth much for the overall grade what else can you submit for get the rest of the marks?
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    How hard is the EPQ to do alongside four AS levels? I wouldn't mind doing it in Year 13, but I think that it's more advantageous to do it in Year 12 because you can present universities with an achieved grade in the EPQ, rather than a predicted one.

    Should I wait until Year 13, or should I ask to do it in Year 12?
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    (Original post by Virolite)
    I got a D in my EPQ, feel free to ask me any questions in how to fail.
    I'd like to hear the feedback from teacher about that
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    I'd like to hear the feedback from teacher about that
    I was actually joking, sorry to hear you didn't detect my sarcasm.
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    How is it that you already have your grades? I completed mine last month, but I've been told that I won't get my result until August with my A-level results. I started the project at the end of year 12 (now in year 13) if that makes any difference.

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    (Original post by Jasaron)
    How hard is the EPQ to do alongside four AS levels? I wouldn't mind doing it in Year 13, but I think that it's more advantageous to do it in Year 12 because you can present universities with an achieved grade in the EPQ, rather than a predicted one.

    Should I wait until Year 13, or should I ask to do it in Year 12?
    Definitely do it in year 12. I've been doing it in year 13 and even with 3 subjects I promise you there is way more work!

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    Definitely do it in year 12. I've been doing it in year 13 and even with 3 subjects I promise you there is way more work!

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    Thanks for the advice.
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    Im doing my EPQ now and have almost finished it! Is 4000 words ok instead of 5000 or will I lose marks?
 
 
 
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