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    I want to do a high quality, A* standard EPQ in the next academic year. I'm wanting to do the French Revolution because I have never studied it before. (Although I'm not entirely sure that's a good idea because I read that background knowledge is essential, however it makes me excited knowing I get to teach myself and become an expert in something I have never studied before but have always been interested in). History is my passion and if my AS exams have gone to plan (I've worked hard, but I'm doubting hugely doubting myself right now) I hope to apply Cambridge.

    I don't know exactly where to begin though, and with a history title in a topic i am currently teaching myself (I have borrowed some AS books on the French Revolution to give me the basics, and then I am going to expand my knowledge by purchasing larger, more in depth books) and therefore, as I only started yesterday, I am unsure on what to target specifically.

    How do I come up with a high quality EPQ History based title? How do I 'dip my feet' into the beginnings?
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    I want to do a high quality, A* standard EPQ in the next academic year. I'm wanting to do the French Revolution because I have never studied it before. (Although I'm not entirely sure that's a good idea because I read that background knowledge is essential, however it makes me excited knowing I get to teach myself and become an expert in something I have never studied before but have always been interested in). History is my passion and if my AS exams have gone to plan (I've worked hard, but I'm doubting hugely doubting myself right now) I hope to apply Cambridge.

    I don't know exactly where to begin though, and with a history title in a topic i am currently teaching myself (I have borrowed some AS books on the French Revolution to give me the basics, and then I am going to expand my knowledge by purchasing larger, more in depth books) and therefore, as I only started yesterday, I am unsure on what to target specifically.

    How do I come up with a high quality EPQ History based title? How do I 'dip my feet' into the beginnings?
    I am not a historian, but I did complete an EPQ last year and managed to get an A*! My best advice is that the magic happens after thorough research. Obviously, you have a topic that you want to write about, which is a great start! I don't know anything really about the French Revolution, but I would assume that you'll be angling for something along the lines of 'to what extent did the French Revolution...' have an effect on something(?). I wouldn't worry about not having studied it before, as it is far more impressive to look at something that you haven't done in much depth.

    When you come up with a title, in the early stages, it isn't set in stone. It will show good development if you change it slightly after considering your research, etc. But, I'm not saying choose something rubbish with the idea of wowing them at the end - that's not how it works!

    Sorry for the vague advice, but essentially I would suggest drafting up a plan of sections and research you have to do before worrying about a title. You'll only be able to do this once you've done some more reading. You'll find an area that seems particularly appropriate, I'm sure! But, don't be afraid of changing your mind or straying from your original plans!
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    I am not a historian, but I did complete an EPQ last year and managed to get an A*! My best advice is that the magic happens after thorough research. Obviously, you have a topic that you want to write about, which is a great start! I don't know anything really about the French Revolution, but I would assume that you'll be angling for something along the lines of 'to what extent did the French Revolution...' have an effect on something(?). I wouldn't worry about not having studied it before, as it is far more impressive to look at something that you haven't done in much depth.

    When you come up with a title, in the early stages, it isn't set in stone. It will show good development if you change it slightly after considering your research, etc. But, I'm not saying choose something rubbish with the idea of wowing them at the end - that's not how it works!

    Sorry for the vague advice, but essentially I would suggest drafting up a plan of sections and research you have to do before worrying about a title. You'll only be able to do this once you've done some more reading. You'll find an area that seems particularly appropriate, I'm sure! But, don't be afraid of changing your mind or straying from your original plans!
    Thank-you so much! Any particular way to go about thorough research?
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    Thank-you so much! Any particular way to go about thorough research?
    No worries! Well, the books you have borrowed are a great start! They may not be sources you use in your actual report, but anything you find valuable in these you should make a note of and maybe write a couple of lines about its usefulness and reliability as a source (then keep doing this with anything else you come across). No doubt there will be a wealth of knowledge on the internet and documentaries or even portrayals in television and film shouldn't be dismissed - it's good to have a variety of sources (in terms of format as well as number), but obviously it depends what kind of route you take as to how appropriate some of these sources will be!

    I hope this was helpful - I wish I could be more specific, but having very little knowledge about your subject matter, I don't think I can be!

    Also, I love your avatar!
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    I'm currently studying the French Revolution at A level and the main big ideas appear to be why the French Revolution occurred. You could maybe look into the taxation system on the ancien regime or the divides and inequality in society as to how these contributed to the revolution. Alternatively you could look at how the governments change and the rise of extremist groups such as the jacobins. Napoleon and the napoleonic wars could be another route to take. I suggest looking at A level/ AS past paper questions from exam boards such as OCR to get an idea of what sort of question you could answer. Textbooks are a good source to use to get the general idea and significant themes or parts of the revolution then branch out into more specific books that are targeted at the area you want to look into. Hope this helps
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    I want to do a high quality, A* standard EPQ in the next academic year. I'm wanting to do the French Revolution because I have never studied it before. (Although I'm not entirely sure that's a good idea because I read that background knowledge is essential, however it makes me excited knowing I get to teach myself and become an expert in something I have never studied before but have always been interested in). History is my passion and if my AS exams have gone to plan (I've worked hard, but I'm doubting hugely doubting myself right now) I hope to apply Cambridge.

    I don't know exactly where to begin though, and with a history title in a topic i am currently teaching myself (I have borrowed some AS books on the French Revolution to give me the basics, and then I am going to expand my knowledge by purchasing larger, more in depth books) and therefore, as I only started yesterday, I am unsure on what to target specifically.

    How do I come up with a high quality EPQ History based title? How do I 'dip my feet' into the beginnings?
    Out of curiosity what title did you end up picking? and what did you get? Im doing an EPQ as well and making it history related because that's what I wanna do in Uni
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    Fantastic idea! An EPQ is like a front-of-the-line pass to Oxbridge.

    Do be careful, however, as an EPQ assesses your higher level thinking skills, like analysis, evaluations and predictions for the future.

    I wonder how close one on history would stray to a regurgitation of facts as oppose to a sophisticated night-time read.
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    Out of curiosity what title did you end up picking? and what did you get? Im doing an EPQ as well and making it history related because that's what I wanna do in Uni
    I'm still writing it and I just changed my title haha

    Wow that post you quoted is so cringey, oh well

    But yeah im doing 18th century philosophers and the French Revolution, and I'm predicted an A*
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    Fantastic idea! An EPQ is like a front-of-the-line pass to Oxbridge.

    Do be careful, however, as an EPQ assesses your higher level thinking skills, like analysis, evaluations and predictions for the future.

    I wonder how close one on history would stray to a regurgitation of facts as oppose to a sophisticated night-time read.
    History EPQs are literal regurgitated factual recalls and it's so damn annoying

    Science ones look more interesting

    At least it filled up space on my PS just sayin
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    I'm still writing it and I just changed my title haha

    Wow that post you quoted is so cringey, oh well

    But yeah im doing 18th century philosophers and the French Revolution, and I'm predicted an A*
    Oh that's great! Spoke to my supervisor today , and without giving away too much detail . Thinking about writing about war crimes in ww2 and the american revolution
 
 
 
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