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I did English at Eton last year and it was the best experience of my education - and possibly, the best week ever. The English teachers are amazing (oh, I miss some of them :L) and the course is a wonderful whistle-stop tour of all the major literary periods/movements. It really focuses on improving your skills and helping with Oxbridge advice, myth-dispelling etc - and more than anything, it's so great to be around equally engaged people. It gave me such a challenge and confidence boost. Be ready for some serious essay writing though! And on the social side, the people were all so lovely - I'm still in touch with loads - and Eton runs lots of interesting extra-curricular activities and general lectures and a tutor programme so you're supported throughout. I really recommend it to anyone.

Also, in relation to your post about reading lists - you'll soon get an email from the course leader with more information, a reading list etc.
Thanks so much! It honestly sounds amazing and I'm really excited about it but the essay writing sounds a bit daunting - I assume they mark it a bit differently compared to the standard Year 12 mark schemes? Also, did you manage to get enough time to just sort of socialise, what with all the essay writing? I take forever to write essays :s And would you recommend bringing a laptop? Sorry for all the questions haha )
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Thanks so much! It honestly sounds amazing and I'm really excited about it but the essay writing sounds a bit daunting - I assume they mark it a bit differently compared to the standard Year 12 mark schemes? Also, did you manage to get enough time to just sort of socialise, what with all the essay writing? I take forever to write essays :s And would you recommend bringing a laptop? Sorry for all the questions haha )
Yeah, it's v different in terms of what they asked for - no hoop jumping! - kind of similar to the ELAT mark scheme? When I arrived, I was really scared about the essays - I was going through a spell at AS of being really slow to write them and getting complete writer's block. But I got each one in on time actually without stress (and did pretty well ) - the environment gets you into the swing of it, everyone's in the same boat, you have choice over which title to do and the questions are really interesting. No need to worry at all

You do - there's scheduled breaks between classes and hours for 'free time' for other activities like sports which you can do while hanging out. Most people manage to have a sizeable chunk of the evening free or at least socialising-while-working, just depends how your time lays out. Then each subject has a whole day trip, Sunday's totally free, there's your department's party evening, the big end party etc. English does have probably the heaviest workload tbh.. but it's also the best

I would prob bring a laptop - it really helped me - other people always had to race to grab the computers in the library first! But it can be nice to work with other people around, so it's fine either way really.
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Yeah, it's v different in terms of what they asked for - no hoop jumping! - kind of similar to the ELAT mark scheme? When I arrived, I was really scared about the essays - I was going through a spell at AS of being really slow to write them and getting complete writer's block. But I got each one in on time actually without stress (and did pretty well ) - the environment gets you into the swing of it, everyone's in the same boat, you have choice over which title to do and the questions are really interesting. No need to worry at all

You do - there's scheduled breaks between classes and hours for 'free time' for other activities like sports which you can do while hanging out. Most people manage to have a sizeable chunk of the evening free or at least socialising-while-working, just depends how your time lays out. Then each subject has a whole day trip, Sunday's totally free, there's your department's party evening, the big end party etc. English does have probably the heaviest workload tbh.. but it's also the best

I would prob bring a laptop - it really helped me - other people always had to race to grab the computers in the library first! But it can be nice to work with other people around, so it's fine either way really.
What's the food like ????
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What's the food like ????
Pretty good - better than expected
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Yeah, it's v different in terms of what they asked for - no hoop jumping! - kind of similar to the ELAT mark scheme? When I arrived, I was really scared about the essays - I was going through a spell at AS of being really slow to write them and getting complete writer's block. But I got each one in on time actually without stress (and did pretty well ) - the environment gets you into the swing of it, everyone's in the same boat, you have choice over which title to do and the questions are really interesting. No need to worry at all

You do - there's scheduled breaks between classes and hours for 'free time' for other activities like sports which you can do while hanging out. Most people manage to have a sizeable chunk of the evening free or at least socialising-while-working, just depends how your time lays out. Then each subject has a whole day trip, Sunday's totally free, there's your department's party evening, the big end party etc. English does have probably the heaviest workload tbh.. but it's also the best

I would prob bring a laptop - it really helped me - other people always had to race to grab the computers in the library first! But it can be nice to work with other people around, so it's fine either way really.
Oh right okay - I just checked the ELAT mark scheme and it seems a bit more flexible than the A-Level mark scheme but it seems to expect a lot more :L Did everybody manage to hand them in on time?
The amount of free time has reassured me a bit - I had this image that I would be sitting in my room all the time working on essays haha (And yes, it is :P) Thanks so much for giving such detailed answers )
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You know it says on the letter they sent us, about informal but tidy clothes for daily wear, would that be jeans and a tshirt? I don't own anything else :s


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You know it says on the letter they sent us, about informal but tidy clothes for daily wear, would that be jeans and a tshirt? I don't own anything else :s


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That's the sort of thing I'll be wearing so long as we don't look messy I don't think they'll mind.

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That's the sort of thing I'll be wearing so long as we don't look messy I don't think they'll mind.

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That's good then! Otherwise if have to go shopping for clothes that don't consist of baggy tshirts and skinny jeans! :P


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Did anyone else get an email today asking for their clothing size for a top for use when not on Eton College premises whilst you are attending the course?

It then later says down the email that people who have already ordered will be given theirs when they arrive?

Is this different to the ones that we could have ordered with our hoodies?

:s or am I just being stupid ?


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I had an email today. I reckon it is the same, but that the people that have ordered theirs will get to keep them at the end of the course. Whereas people who have not will have a top allocated to them for the duration and then have to give it back at the end are you going to buy one? I'm just getting a hoodie I think.

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Oh right yeh, reading over it again made me notice that :')

I have ordered the navy hoodie, no top for me I don't think, wbu?


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Ignore the 'wbu' haha, you said it in your last message :')


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Hehe :P
I'm thinking either a heather grey or sapphire blue hoodie but no shirt
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I quite liked the sound of the heather grey one, but went for navy because I got a 'grey' leavers hoody from school! :-)


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Ah, my school PE hoodies were always navy, so I thought I'd go for something different

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Oh wow I'm so happy this exists, I was stressing about knowing nobody and having no idea what it would be like when I got there so its nice to find other people who are going!
I'm studying Classics, is anyone else doing that?
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Oh wow I'm so happy this exists, I was stressing about knowing nobody and having no idea what it would be like when I got there so its nice to find other people who are going!
I'm studying Classics, is anyone else doing that?
Not doing classics sorry!

You should join our Facebook group?:-)


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One month to go!

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Has anyone done the Maths course in the past? I'm thinking of applying next year.
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Has anyone done the Maths course in the past? I'm thinking of applying next year.
The double maths course, or the combined maths/science one? I did Chemistry and Maths, so I know about that, I think the double maths course was a lot different though.
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