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    Could somebody tell me how many essays I would be expected to write in a week/month for bio NatSci? (I'm thinking of doing biology of cells, chemistry and then either physiology or evolution & behaviour).
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    essays? pardon me? lol
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    Hello! You will get a set of problems for Chemistry and your Maths subject every week and either an essay a week or an essay every other week (depends on the supervisor you have) for each of the 2 Biological subjects. So anything up to 2 problem sheets (which probably took me at least 5 hours each) and 2 essays a week (Requiring 8 hours on each maybe? depends on how much reading you do for them). So lots and lots of work!
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    The essays, NatScis find, aren't really essays as such. Basically, they ask you to explain what a particular thing is- can't give any details, as I don't know anything about science at this level!- for which you have to read the relevant bits of the textbook, and copy from the lecture notes and so on.

    More explanation than argument.

    I'm not saying that they're easy or anything, just that they're a different type to an Arts-type "analyse then evaluate then argue" kind of essay.
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    (Original post by tiggerishon)
    Hello! You will get a set of problems for Chemistry and your Maths subject every week and either an essay a week or an essay every other week (depends on the supervisor you have) for each of the 2 Biological subjects. So anything up to 2 problem sheets (which probably took me at least 5 hours each) and 2 essays a week (Requiring 8 hours on each maybe? depends on how much reading you do for them). So lots and lots of work!
    ...shattering my illusions of lazy days on the backs...
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    (Original post by FadeToBlackout)
    More explanation than argument.
    Just make sure you're explaining the right thing. In his exam last year my friend managed to write a whole essay about the wrong kind of virus. He didn't know this until a day later when he was discussing the paper with someone else.

    Whoops.
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    (Original post by FadeToBlackout)
    The essays, NatScis find, aren't really essays as such. Basically, they ask you to explain what a particular thing is- can't give any details, as I don't know anything about science at this level!- for which you have to read the relevant bits of the textbook, and copy from the lecture notes and so on.

    More explanation than argument.

    I'm not saying that they're easy or anything, just that they're a different type to an Arts-type "analyse then evaluate then argue" kind of essay.
    In the first year perhaps....beyond that...not really.....Us third years have to read piles of cutting-edge scientific papers, see what different peoples theories are on the matter and evaluate them, show how an issue has developed through time etc.... As you say, you 'don't know anything about science at this level'- our essays are certainly not something you could write from your lecture notes.

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    ...shattering my illusions of lazy days on the backs...
    There will be a few of those mixed in there too! Good college choice by the way
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    Are you at John's Tiggerishon?
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    (Original post by tiggerishon)
    In the first year perhaps....beyond that...not really.....Us third years have to read piles of cutting-edge scientific papers, see what different peoples theories are on the matter and evaluate them, show how an issue has developed through time etc.... As you say, you 'don't know anything about science at this level'- our essays are certainly not something you could write from your lecture notes.
    Sorry! I stand corrected.
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    Are you at John's Tiggerishon?
    Yep I am
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    (Original post by Ditting Suck)
    ...shattering my illusions of lazy days on the backs...
    You're not an Arts student... only Arts students get to lounge around on the backs, reading books and being pretentious. Works best if you're doing English...
 
 
 
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