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What did you do/are you going to do for your dissertation? At our schoolthey encourage us to use books by three different authors but it seems that elsewhere they like you to study a single author. I've not decided what to do yet - it will probably either involve Woolf and modernism or Jacobean Tragedy and other C17th literature. Hmmm....
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Does AH English involve alot of work? Ive just dropped it but i think i might go back to it. What does it involve?

(Do you think doing 4AHs is too much? All arts subjects, though)
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I did "The Blood of Others" by Simone de Beauvoir and "Iron in the Soul" by Jean Paul Sartre and my topic was something along the lines of "the importance of setting and time in place to evoke...." I would most definitely do three different authors unless it was three very different books with a central theme such as Toni Morrison's writing, or Margaret Atwood. Also, it doesn't necessarily have to be three books. I did two, as did a couple of other people in my class, because firstly for me, it would have been ridiculous to do either of my books in 1,500 words alone - it was bad enough in 2,250 words. Secondly, a few of my classmates found that it was hard relating books to their topic and easier cutting out the one that didn't fit so well and concentrating on the two alone. The SQA's report on Advanced English said it wasn't necessary for candidates to do three anyway.

Advanced Higher English is an incredible amount of work, but for me doing the poetry of Plath, creative writing and the dissertation was one of the most stimulating and demanding courses I've ever done in my life - it changed me as a person, the way I think and work - and I'm very pleased I stuck with it.

And yes, I agree with Sophetta - if you want a life, and by that, I don't just mean going down the pub - I mean being able to read outside the syllabus, spend time preparing for university - do NOT do four Advanced Highers.
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EDIT: This was a rather sh*tty post - I'm sorry
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(Original post by platinumki)
this year I'm doing all but Maths. Which is a shame - Maths was always my best subject!
I know the feeling. I always drop my best subjects. And the degree I want to do is in something I've never studied.
Welcome to the forums btw What are you wanting to do at uni with your impressive collection of AHs?
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But seriously, it's not that tricky. I mean, Engish is such a skive. You can fail the exam and still get an A guys! Relax!
I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this! You can fail the exam and get an A - but only if you get full marks in your dissertation and creative writing - and it is almost near damn impossible to get full marks in the creative writing, if only because the marking is all over the place for it.

Wait until you've done the whole course and received your A for it until you start claiming things are easy. I'm not mocking you or holding the superior upper-hand, but it does seem a wee bit premature just now.
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How are you guys going about doing the dissertation?
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^^^I'm panicking about mines coz I can't find any notes for "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"... I'm doing a comparative study of the fictional presentation of love and war in "birdsong", "Cold Mountain" and "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"
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^^^I'm panicking about mines coz I can't find any notes for "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"... I'm doing a comparative study of the fictional presentation of love and war in "birdsong", "Cold Mountain" and "Captain Corelli's Mandolin"
I'm scared to. When's your's to be in? I'm getting more and more scared with every hour of every day hehe. How you going about it?
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I've recently finished my dissertation, did it on Hard Times and Germinal. I have not really done any creative writing - what have you guys done and how long are your pieces?
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I've recently finished my dissertation, did it on Hard Times and Germinal. I have not really done any creative writing - what have you guys done and how long are your pieces?
We've done very little creative writing as well. Our school is way behind though. How long is your dissertation?
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My dissertation is 3503 words long! I'm quite pleased with it so im not worried about the length. I might add a few things, but i doubt it will go over 3700 words.

How did your AH English prelim go?
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hey. im doin advanced higher eng too and my dissertation title is 'compare and contrast how symbolism is used to explore the theme of mental illness in the bell jar, the trick is to keep breathing and one flew over the cuckoos nest.' the problem is it's way over the word limit (about 1500 over) and i cant cut it down anymore. it was 8 thousand to start with and iv managed to cut it down to 6000. how strict are the squ when it comes to word limits. i know in advanced higher history, if you go over the word limit, even by a really small amount, you lose 5 marks(10% of your overall mark.)
iv done most of my creative writing but still have to do a personal reflective piece. im not really sure what to write about. any ideas?
i got an A in my prelim but that was only taking into consideration my essay i did in the exam and not my dissertation or creative writing. im really hoping to get an A in the final exam because that is my condition for getting into glasgow. but last year, noone in my school got an A. is it impossible? thanks
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no - of course it's not impossible to get an A - loads of folk do. However, you MUST cut down the dissertation - according to the arrangement documents, a 6000 dissertation means you fail the course. Period. I'm sorry and I understand but it's time to start slashing your baby.
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Horray! finally cut down my dissertation to 4500 words. im so glad that's out the way. now i can concentrate on my history dissertation which is a shambles at the moment!
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Horray! finally cut down my dissertation to 4500 words. im so glad that's out the way. now i can concentrate on my history dissertation which is a shambles at the moment!
Any tips for me? lol. I'm struggling to write mine atm - it's hard not seeing any fellow students dissertations - my school's never run it before.
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I keep sitting down to start but as yet... no dissertation

I do plan to have one by the end of the easter hols... although, checking back through my diary, i see i was meant to have it finished by mid november

oh well
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I keep sitting down to start but as yet... no dissertation

I do plan to have one by the end of the easter hols... although, checking back through my diary, i see i was meant to have it finished by mid november

oh well
ok, I'm going to be perfectly honest with you. To get this dissertation finished and sent away on time you are going to have to work your ass off for the next couple of weeks. i finished mine about a month ago and i had been working on it since august. i read each book and made notes as i went along. Then, when i had finished reading the books, i came up with a task which fitted in with my books. Then, i done more notes relating to my theme. So lets hope that you at least have decent notes on your texts. If you've done that, the next stage is to plan your disseratation. I know it may seem as if planning is a waste of time but it really saved me time in the long run. If you're focusing on one particular theme then pick 4 or 5 key areas eg title, opening, symbolism, characterisation, powerful ending. Go back through your notes and pick out a couple of quotations for each key are from each text which will support your argument. Then, if you're notes are solid (i'd get your english teacher to have a read through them and give you some pointers) actually writing the dissertation should be the easy part. I basically transferred what i'd said in my notes into essay form. Make sure that you only use the notes which relate to your theme and not your original notes which may be irrelevant. A lot of my first draft was irrelevant and i ended up repeated myself so much that i was 3500 words over the word linit. I done three drafts but you probably won't have time for that so just do two. Again, get your teacher to read over your first draft (i know you prob wont want to do that bcoz you've prob alredy told them it's donr ect but i definately wouldnt hand in something to the sqa which hasnt been checked over for stupid mistakes.and no matter how many times you read over it, there will be something you dont notice!)When you're redrafting try to be concise and only include points which tie in with your task. If you find that what you're writing about doesnt fit in with your task then maybe at this stage, you should be changing your task instead of your actual dissertation. Do a final proof read then print it off, hand it in and dont think about it again. Seriously, its not as hard as you may think. i had to write two: one for english and one for history and believe me, when its out the road you will feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. And just remember, this is worth a third of your grade and if you do well in this area of the course, its quite hard not to get a good mark overall and pretty impossible to fail. Having no social life for the next couple of weeks wont seem so bad when you think of it that way! lol Hope this has helped or at least given you some confidence. If there's anything more specific you want to know then email me and i'll try and help. i have ther best English teacher so he's always there to help me. Good luck! x
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ok, I'm going to be perfectly honest with you. To get this dissertation finished and sent away on time you are going to have to work your ass off for the next couple of weeks. i finished mine about a month ago and i had been working on it since august. i read each book and made notes as i went along. Then, when i had finished reading the books, i came up with a task which fitted in with my books. Then, i done more notes relating to my theme. So lets hope that you at least have decent notes on your texts. If you've done that, the next stage is to plan your disseratation. I know it may seem as if planning is a waste of time but it really saved me time in the long run. If you're focusing on one particular theme then pick 4 or 5 key areas eg title, opening, symbolism, characterisation, powerful ending. Go back through your notes and pick out a couple of quotations for each key are from each text which will support your argument. Then, if you're notes are solid (i'd get your english teacher to have a read through them and give you some pointers) actually writing the dissertation should be the easy part. I basically transferred what i'd said in my notes into essay form. Make sure that you only use the notes which relate to your theme and not your original notes which may be irrelevant. A lot of my first draft was irrelevant and i ended up repeated myself so much that i was 3500 words over the word linit. I done three drafts but you probably won't have time for that so just do two. Again, get your teacher to read over your first draft (i know you prob wont want to do that bcoz you've prob alredy told them it's donr ect but i definately wouldnt hand in something to the sqa which hasnt been checked over for stupid mistakes.and no matter how many times you read over it, there will be something you dont notice!)When you're redrafting try to be concise and only include points which tie in with your task. If you find that what you're writing about doesnt fit in with your task then maybe at this stage, you should be changing your task instead of your actual dissertation. Do a final proof read then print it off, hand it in and dont think about it again. Seriously, its not as hard as you may think. i had to write two: one for english and one for history and believe me, when its out the road you will feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. And just remember, this is worth a third of your grade and if you do well in this area of the course, its quite hard not to get a good mark overall and pretty impossible to fail. Having no social life for the next couple of weeks wont seem so bad when you think of it that way! lol Hope this has helped or at least given you some confidence. If there's anything more specific you want to know then email me and i'll try and help. i have ther best English teacher so he's always there to help me. Good luck! x
Thank you!
As ever, I have written it within a day and a half. Fortunately I made mountains of notes as I went along the way, and I knew two of my three books inside out, and so the evidence-searching part wasnt too time consuming at all, rather the argument-sculpting.

Thanks for your advice, though, really useful.
What three books did you do yours on?
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