come on you oxford people, what's it really like???

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I have PPE offer at Oxford, one of my concerns is the amount of work I will have to do. All Oxford courses are tough, and I have been told it's two essays a week for PPE, not something that really appeals to me?

Is the workload bareable? I know Oxford has a low dropput rate but do people suffer in slience perhaps?

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(please no responses on how it will be worth it in the long run...this may be true but thats not the reason I am going to university, at least not the main one)
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I study Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge and I'm guessing the work load isn't too dissimilar to Oxford - 2 to 3 essays a week for me. It's like being put on a really fast treadmill - you just have to keep up and you drop off exhausted at the end of term. Most people manage to find the right balance between work and socialising. My motto is 'work hard, play harder' which sums up Cambridge life - brilliant!
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My motto is 'work hard, play harder' which sums up Cambridge life - brilliant!
I'd say the same of my life at Oxford Sure, there's loads of work to do, but everyone will be equally snowed under. And making time for going out/writing an essay whilst drunk/hungover/pulling an all nighter to get the work in on time is all part of the experience
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I study Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge and I'm guessing the work load isn't too dissimilar to Oxford - 2 to 3 essays a week for me. It's like being put on a really fast treadmill - you just have to keep up and you drop off exhausted at the end of term. Most people manage to find the right balance between work and socialising. My motto is 'work hard, play harder' which sums up Cambridge life - brilliant!
How many words per essay? Do they get marked?
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How many words per essay? Do they get marked?
what do you guys mean by essays, the 5 paragraph papers or like in depth detailed research? because then our workload would be about the same....i get 2 to 3 essays a week as well at school.
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How many words per essay? Do they get marked?
Good grief, I wouldn't write two/three 2,000 word essays a week without hope of some feedback! Each supervisor marks in their own way- some scribble on your script, others write a cover sheet. Comments are discussed in detail in supervisions - the basis of Oxbridge academic life.
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what do you guys mean by essays, the 5 paragraph papers or like in depth detailed research? because then our workload would be about the same....i get 2 to 3 essays a week as well at school.
On average I use about 10 books/articles per essay. I read, collect relevant bits, discuss what I need to discuss with the right people... Cambridge is not a classroom that's for sure!
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- the basis of Oxbridge academic life.
Apart from lectures as well.

Sounds like a good life.

Do the marks count towards the final degree thing?
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Apart from lectures as well.

Sounds like a good life.

Do the marks count towards the final degree thing?
i am not quite sure i could do that! some people just work to hard..... everyone, go to san diego university! fome of fun sun surf and prestigous degrees
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i am not quite sure i could do that! some people just work to hard..... everyone, go to san diego university! fome of fun sun surf and prestigous degrees
You will need to do some work btw. Wheres your avatar?
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what do you guys mean by essays, the 5 paragraph papers or like in depth detailed research? because then our workload would be about the same....i get 2 to 3 essays a week as well at school.
For most essay based subjects, you get handed a reading list and an essay question to answer. The reading list can be anything up to about 25 hours worth of relevant primary sources, journals, articles etc... to get trhough. Based on notes from that, you structure your own essay in response to the question. Word lengths vary according to tutors - some of mine just say write enough to answer the question and leave the length open to you, another asks for a set amount (this term it's varied between 1500-2000 word essays and 2000-3000 words - each week one person does the short and one the long, then it swaps over the next week). I's say my average essay length has been about 2000 words.
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Apart from lectures as well.

Sounds like a good life.

Do the marks count towards the final degree thing?
Actually lectures are more interesting on a personal level. All they do is introduce the key issues and you then go away and do the in depth reading. That is where the essays and supervisions come in - the supervisors make sure you're thinking about the right things and you get the opportunity to discuss your own ideas. Essay marks don't count - only a small amount of coursework and the final year exams count officially. However, in Oxbridge at least you are examined and marked by the people who teach and lecture you....so if you have not impressed them in ht epast 3 years, a miraculous burst of intellectual activity in the final term won't carry as much weight if you catch my drift!
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You will need to do some work btw. Wheres your avatar?
*gasp* oh no....my avatar

yeah, but it wont be as much as oxford, i gaurentee it!
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Apart from lectures as well.

Sounds like a good life.

Do the marks count towards the final degree thing?
there are no marks.
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each week one person does the short and one the long, then it swaps over the next week)..
Can you explain that bit for me please.

For essay styles of writing, is like 2000 words enough to cover the details needed? i.e. 25 hours of primary materials.
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Can you explain that bit for me please.

For essay styles of writing, is like 2000 words enough to cover the details needed? i.e. 25 hours of primary materials.
are you applying for oxbridge or cambridge?
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Can you explain that bit for me please.

For essay styles of writing, is like 2000 words enough to cover the details needed? i.e. 25 hours of primary materials.
It really depends on the question - 2,000 words is an estimate. the reason most of us bear it in mind is because when you have so much material to look at and you are examining a complex idea you can't afford to waffle on - the more complex the point, the more concise the writing needs to be. If you go way over the chances are you are not making the point as well as you could.
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It really depends on the question - 2,000 words is an estimate. the reason most of us bear it in mind is because when you have so much material to look at and you are examining a complex idea you can't afford to waffle on - the more complex the point, the more concise the writing needs to be. If you go way over the chances are you are not makeing the point as well as you could.
Cheers, you will be recieving a sizable rep from me tommorow.
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Cheers, you will be recieving a sizable rep from me tommorow.
can i have one from your baby account then?
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Cheers, you will be recieving a sizable rep from me tommorow.

Oh, it was nothing Congratulations on your offer by the way! I think the drop out rate is low because people who have the staminar to be able to apply and get in take well to the lifestyle. The also select people who are likely to respond well to the Oxbridge academic environment. As for suffering in silence...I'm sure Oxford has student councillors coming out of their ears the same as Cambridge!
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