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    (Original post by raveen789)
    Basically, I am thinking of doing this but ive not actually been entered for it or had any information given to me on it. All i know is that i have to do 5000 words on a topic and then a presentation. I really want to do it during my summer holidays because i know I will struggle during school if i were to do it. So i was wondering do you think it is worth doing the 5000 words now because if i write it wrong and stuff then ive wasted my time, or if my format it wrong.

    Also about when do you have to present the presentation, is it during your exam times, because then it could be a problem

    Thanks in advance
    It wouldn't be a waste of time at all I wrote about 1000 words of it during the summer, and that was a really good starting point for me to talk with my supervisor about what was good/not so good and my ideas to continue. Don't worry about writing it wrong, if you've got a basic outline then your supervisor can point you in the right direction to improve it

    It can be pretty time consuming, but if it's something you enjoy then it's pretty fun Plus, doing independent research looks good on UCAS, especially if it's to do with your subject for uni. And with us, we basically did our presentations whenever we were ready - we just went to our supervisor and told him we'd finished, he looked over the plans and made an appointment for us to give the presentation. It might work differently at your school though, we didn't have an audience or anything, but at my friend's school they all did it in one sitting and the other candidates asked questions. With our school, just the teacher asked questions. But the point is, you might be able to give the presentation as soon as you're ready.

    To be honest, the presentation wasn't that strenuous anyway - we were allowed plenty of notes and as long as you spoke confidently and answered the questions well, it was fine. Basically it was just to make sure we hadn't copied and pasted XD It did last about 20 minutes though. In any case, it shouldn't be too hard to do, even if it is close to exam time. Most of us did them around May, just after we came back from easter
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    (Original post by raveen789)
    Basically, I am thinking of doing this but ive not actually been entered for it or had any information given to me on it. All i know is that i have to do 5000 words on a topic and then a presentation. I really want to do it during my summer holidays because i know I will struggle during school if i were to do it. So i was wondering do you think it is worth doing the 5000 words now because if i write it wrong and stuff then ive wasted my time, or if my format it wrong.

    Also about when do you have to present the presentation, is it during your exam times, because then it could be a problem

    Thanks in advance
    (Original post by Chicharito14)
    I did an EPQ which honestly took me around 10-15 hours to complete. I left everything till the last minute, with 1 week before the deadline. I got a C in it, wouldnt recommend it unless you have a subject that you are passionate about and can write a lot about the subject.

    To be honest, if you are aiming for a good uni (say top 20), don't waste your time on the EPQ, just focus on your A2's, as that will be more beneficial.


    I completely disagree with this. I applied to five 'good' universities and I believe that my EPQ really strengthened my application, because I did it on something related to my course and on something I was genuinely interested in. It's only a waste of time if you're going to decide to do it without thinking about it properly beforehand - I know lots of people who started doing it then realised, because they had just chosen any old topic, that they could not write 5000 words about it.
    I think that if you balance your time well, doing the EPQ is very beneficial, it demonstrates to universities that, as well as focussing on your A2 exams, you're eager to take your interest in the subject you're applying for beyond the syllabus and that you really want to learn more about it. (Having said that, OP, you don't even have to do it on something directly related to your course.

    If you manage your time well, you can ask your supervisor to look at drafts of your writing if you're concerned about format/writing style, they are there to help you. As for when your presentation is, it depends - at my school there were three 'cohorts', 1 was over Summer, then the other from September - November then the third one over the Christmas holidays (if you're in that one and have January exams, yes it will clash with exams.) It's 'worth doing it' if you think it is, is there anything in particular you want to do that much research into and spend so much time on? If not, I wouldn't recommend it as it it is very time-consuming and can be really stressful!
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    (Original post by helenamm92)
    It wouldn't be a waste of time at all I wrote about 1000 words of it during the summer, and that was a really good starting point for me to talk with my supervisor about what was good/not so good and my ideas to continue. Don't worry about writing it wrong, if you've got a basic outline then your supervisor can point you in the right direction to improve it

    It can be pretty time consuming, but if it's something you enjoy then it's pretty fun Plus, doing independent research looks good on UCAS, especially if it's to do with your subject for uni. And with us, we basically did our presentations whenever we were ready - we just went to our supervisor and told him we'd finished, he looked over the plans and made an appointment for us to give the presentation. It might work differently at your school though, we didn't have an audience or anything, but at my friend's school they all did it in one sitting and the other candidates asked questions. With our school, just the teacher asked questions. But the point is, you might be able to give the presentation as soon as you're ready.

    To be honest, the presentation wasn't that strenuous anyway - we were allowed plenty of notes and as long as you spoke confidently and answered the questions well, it was fine. Basically it was just to make sure we hadn't copied and pasted XD It did last about 20 minutes though. In any case, it shouldn't be too hard to do, even if it is close to exam time. Most of us did them around May, just after we came back from easter
    Ah, that sounds good because i really do not want to present it during exam time, any time after or before Easter would be great, but otherwise it might become too much work.
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    (Original post by raveen789)
    Ah, that sounds good because i really do not want to present it during exam time, any time after or before Easter would be great, but otherwise it might become too much work.
    Yeah, they have to be marked by the supervisor and sent off for moderating as the exams start anyway so it shouldn't be any later than end of April/beginning of May tops to give enough time for marking
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    (Original post by un-besito)
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    I completely disagree with this. I applied to five 'good' universities and I believe that my EPQ really strengthened my application, because I did it on something related to my course and on something I was genuinely interested in. It's only a waste of time if you're going to decide to do it without thinking about it properly beforehand - I know lots of people who started doing it then realised, because they had just chosen any old topic, that they could not write 5000 words about it.
    I think that if you balance your time well, doing the EPQ is very beneficial, it demonstrates to universities that, as well as focussing on your A2 exams, you're eager to take your interest in the subject you're applying for beyond the syllabus and that you really want to learn more about it. (Having said that, OP, you don't even have to do it on something directly related to your course.

    If you manage your time well, you can ask your supervisor to look at drafts of your writing if you're concerned about format/writing style, they are there to help you. As for when your presentation is, it depends - at my school there were three 'cohorts', 1 was over Summer, then the other from September - November then the third one over the Christmas holidays (if you're in that one and have January exams, yes it will clash with exams.) It's 'worth doing it' if you think it is, is there anything in particular you want to do that much research into and spend so much time on? If not, I wouldn't recommend it as it it is very time-consuming and can be really stressful!
    True. Time managment is essential for EPQ. I was dossing around during AS's, but then realised that i might as well make an effort to do this as it is something extra to put on my UCAS application. It all depends on the person though really, someone might think 4 A2's is challenging enough, others (like yourself) might want more to put on their UCAS form, which is fair enough.

    Like i said, if you find something that you can talk/write about, then you won't have many problems. I personally think that EPQ just comes down to time management really. I got away with leaving my EPQ pretty late, and i know some friends who left it late, then told the teacher that they wanted to drop the EPQ because they couldn't be bothered with doing extra work at college.

    All in all, if you are ontop of your work at college, and want to stand out from other applicants for uni, do the EPQ. If you think that it will be a 'doss' don't do it, as i nearly found out haha.
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    Thanks for all the responces guys:

    Basically I am still 50/50 on doing it, I am going to wait until school starts and attend the EPQ meeting. we were meant to have it before summer but the teacher in charge became very sick. If I find that i can present my presentation at a reasonable date then that is fine, because i think that is the main thing worrying me!

    I am thinking of doing medicine, so i want it to be related to that - in this case i chose cancer as a topic, because i can write a lot about it in detail and provide a foundation for if i get into medical school.
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    hey people

    i decided i want to write my epq on the development of medicine through ww2 but i cant really find any sites devoted to anything like it

    any suggestions of sites or search engines i could use to find sites i need?
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    Hi,

    I would like to do an Extended Project, although I'm struggling to think of a title, or a phrase I could work upon.
    Next year I'd like to apply for the "International Relations" Degree at Uni. This degree looks at:-

    -Global Conflicts
    -UN/Such World Organizations
    -War crimes/Genocide
    -Human Rights Ect.

    I've thought of maybe, "Increasing multiculturalism in the UK & It's affects". With this I can go into the US/UK relations. Middle East problems, 9/11, 7/7. Although I feel this would be too indepth.

    Any suggestions would be welcome, esp if it can relate to my chosen degree topic. I have tried google, and other websites although results are scarce. Thanks.
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    Hi
    Could my title be anything, even something simple like;
    The causes of the financial crisis of 2008?

    or does it need to be more focused like;
    what was Wall st's role in causing the financial crisis?

    As afterall aslong as you evaluate, manage and plan the project well and have a great final evaluation then thats pretty much an A.

    Does every one agree that its an Easy A grade compared to sitting exams for an AS-level?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Alpha5)
    Hi
    Could my title be anything, even something simple like;
    The causes of the financial crisis of 2008?

    or does it need to be more focused like;
    what was Wall st's role in causing the financial crisis?

    As afterall aslong as you evaluate, manage and plan the project well and have a great final evaluation then thats pretty much an A.

    Does every one agree that its an Easy A grade compared to sitting exams for an AS-level?

    Thanks
    Hi I got an A* on my EPQ last year and yeah I think the essay question is good. It's a pretty easy AS level substitute tbh haha
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    (Original post by Bambie_X)
    Hi,

    I would like to do an Extended Project, although I'm struggling to think of a title, or a phrase I could work upon.
    Next year I'd like to apply for the "International Relations" Degree at Uni. This degree looks at:-

    -Global Conflicts
    -UN/Such World Organizations
    -War crimes/Genocide
    -Human Rights Ect.

    I've thought of maybe, "Increasing multiculturalism in the UK & It's affects". With this I can go into the US/UK relations. Middle East problems, 9/11, 7/7. Although I feel this would be too indepth.

    Any suggestions would be welcome, esp if it can relate to my chosen degree topic. I have tried google, and other websites although results are scarce. Thanks.
    Could look at something like how effective has the UN been since the collapse of communism. Look at the different areas of conflict which has caused UN intervention such as Darfur and see how effective the UN has been. Could talk about the Gulf War of 1991 and the US practically taking over the whole war and leaving the UN looking weak, could focus on something current like the crisis in Libya and how effective the UN has been in the conflict? Just suggestions
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    (Original post by Alpha5)
    Hi
    Could my title be anything, even something simple like;
    The causes of the financial crisis of 2008?

    or does it need to be more focused like;
    what was Wall st's role in causing the financial crisis?

    As afterall aslong as you evaluate, manage and plan the project well and have a great final evaluation then thats pretty much an A.

    Does every one agree that its an Easy A grade compared to sitting exams for an AS-level?

    Thanks
    Heya for your title i thought that I would give you the advice my teacher gave me last year. She said to make the title a controversial statement, so for example 'Bankers on Wall Street are to blame for the 2008 financial crisis. To what extent is this true.' Or to choose a factor and say something like 'x is the most important reason for the financial crisis. To what extent is this a fair judgement'..

    She said to do it that way because it ensures that you analyse throughout, as you dont want it to be mere description.
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    (Original post by eff01)
    Hi I got an A* on my EPQ last year and yeah I think the essay question is good. It's a pretty easy AS level substitute tbh haha
    Which one of these questions is the one you say is good and is likely to get me the highest marks;

    What caused the financial crisis?
    What was Wall St role in the financial crisis of 2008?
    To what extent is wall St to blamme for the 2008 financial crisis?

    As they are simple question to answer and research, but I want an A*/a so which is the best and standout? or can I do any of them?

    Cheers
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    (Original post by Trixy.Sam)
    Heya for your title i thought that I would give you the advice my teacher gave me last year. She said to make the title a controversial statement, so for example 'Bankers on Wall Street are to blame for the 2008 financial crisis. To what extent is this true.' Or to choose a factor and say something like 'x is the most important reason for the financial crisis. To what extent is this a fair judgement'..

    She said to do it that way because it ensures that you analyse throughout, as you dont want it to be mere description.
    Hi
    Did this advice work? What grade did you achieve?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Alpha5)
    Which one of these questions is the one you say is good and is likely to get me the highest marks;

    What caused the financial crisis?
    What was Wall St role in the financial crisis of 2008?
    To what extent is wall St to blamme for the 2008 financial crisis?

    As they are simple question to answer and research, but I want an A*/a so which is the best and standout? or can I do any of them?

    Cheers
    It's not about which is the best question. You get marks in the EPQ mainly for how you conduct your project ie how you plan, manage time, research etc. I would say probably C. But really the EPQ is all about how you do your project rather than what you come up with at the end.
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    (Original post by eff01)
    It's not about which is the best question. You get marks in the EPQ mainly for how you conduct your project ie how you plan, manage time, research etc. I would say probably C. But really the EPQ is all about how you do your project rather than what you come up with at the end.
    Hi
    Yeah I understand what you saying. So really I could wait until I have done some research and pick the easiest question and not one which sounds good and is more difficult to answer.
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    (Original post by Alpha5)
    Hi
    Did this advice work? What grade did you achieve?

    Thanks
    I did mine this year gone so i will be getting my actual result in the summer, but I was predicted an A* and my teacher was confident that I had done well. I think the advice worked well for those who took it on in my school.
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    (Original post by Alpha5)
    Hi
    Yeah I understand what you saying. So really I could wait until I have done some research and pick the easiest question and not one which sounds good and is more difficult to answer.
    Yeah, Exactly . Our college was really relaxed about the whole thing lol
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    (Original post by eff01)
    Could look at something like how effective has the UN been since the collapse of communism. Look at the different areas of conflict which has caused UN intervention such as Darfur and see how effective the UN has been. Could talk about the Gulf War of 1991 and the US practically taking over the whole war and leaving the UN looking weak, could focus on something current like the crisis in Libya and how effective the UN has been in the conflict? Just suggestions
    This helped an awful lot, thankyou very much! x
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    (Original post by Chicharito14)
    I did an EPQ which honestly took me around 10-15 hours to complete. I left everything till the last minute, with 1 week before the deadline. I got a C in it, wouldnt recommend it unless you have a subject that you are passionate about and can write a lot about the subject.

    To be honest, if you are aiming for a good uni (say top 20), don't waste your time on the EPQ, just focus on your A2's, as that will be more beneficial.
    It is hardly surprising that you attained no more than a C for spending 10-15 hours on a project that UCAS considers to have equal weighting with an AS level.

    It is on the contrary impressive that for such a small investment you achieved so much. Surely if you had spent, say, a week and a half during the holidays, you would have got an A or an A*.
 
 
 

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