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    Basically just asking for advice on this one as I am planning to stop doing the EPQ. The disadvantages of that are that I have already written 5000 words in some shape or form and it is an excellent qualification to have and can improve chances of getting into uni. On the other hand ...
    Time is a problem. I need all the time I can get to focus on my A levels and ensure everything is thoroughly learned. My challenge grades are A* - As but I have an awful memory and I have to go over things again and again and again to make sure I remember them. That is why I tried to finish the EPQ report over the summer holidays but now am aware that a lot of work needs to be done on it, which is mainly a result of us being given the necessary information rather late in the day. Also if we had been given this guidance before I would not have chosen the topic I did, and would have written it differently, in a different style. The college sems to have organised the whole thing badly and our supervizor is not very helpful, especially with filling in the production log and making it clear what we need to do. My production log isn't very good since I wasn't really sure what I was supposed to do with it and there are a lot of spaces which the supervisor was supposed to fill in (and didn't) and relatively few suitable sources were available for my topic.
    <br> Additionally, it is stressful and the thought of doing a presentation is terrifying! I could put up with it if it seemed manageable and I might get a good grade at the end of it, but I can't see that happening. Last year a friend did the EPQ, she is one of the smartest in the year (applying for veterinary medicine) and got a C because was given insufficient assistance.
    Anyone got any advice?
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    It sounds like it would be best for you to drop it. I did it and personally my school was really great. I had 3 tutors all supporting us and I came out with an A. It's really hard to do on your own. Focus on your A-Levels is my advice.
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    I was given no assistance and got an A in EPQ. But we were scheduled to finish it by Christmas of YR 13. If it's having that much of an impact then drop it I guess. Doesn't really change your offer grades mostly (although my first choice uni dropped the required grades by 1 because I got an A in a topic unrelated to my A Levels but it's rare for this to happen)
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    Don't drop it! I have just finished mine and the feeling you get at the end makes it worth it. The end bit is difficult as you suddenly have a lot to do with presentation and finalising log etc.

    When is it due?

    The presentation can be nerve wracking but you will actually be surprised about how you know about your topic which makes it much easier. Also, the audience usually want you to do well so won't ask terrible questions.

    I know it's different depending on the topic and I don't know if you've already done your presentation but a basic format could be:

    1. Process in choosing topic
    2. Reasons for chosen title (wording etc.)
    3. Aims and objectives of project
    4. Outline of report
    5. Explain briefly what you discuss in report
    6. Conclusion
    7. Sources you used
    8. Strengths/weaknesses of project

    I then had a list of facts and figures on a music stand as I presented just in case!

    The just proof read the log and your project and you're ready to go!
    It's difficult but that's the point and universities know that.

    Good luck!!!!
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    (Original post by GrapeCrocodile)
    I was given no assistance and got an A in EPQ. But we were scheduled to finish it by Christmas of YR 13. If it's having that much of an impact then drop it I guess. Doesn't really change your offer grades mostly (although my first choice uni dropped the required grades by 1 because I got an A in a topic unrelated to my A Levels but it's rare for this to happen)
    I see what you mean, the lack of assistance would not be my only reason for withdrawing but as I say, now realise that my topic wasn't really very suitable.
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    Don't drop it! I have just finished mine and the feeling you get at the end makes it worth it. The end bit is difficult as you suddenly have a lot to do with presentation and finalising log etc.

    When is it due?

    The presentation can be nerve wracking but you will actually be surprised about how you know about your topic which makes it much easier. Also, the audience usually want you to do well so won't ask terrible questions.

    I know it's different depending on the topic and I don't know if you've already done your presentation but a basic format could be:

    1. Process in choosing topic
    2. Reasons for chosen title (wording etc.)
    3. Aims and objectives of project
    4. Outline of report
    5. Explain briefly what you discuss in report
    6. Conclusion
    7. Sources you used
    8. Strengths/weaknesses of project

    I then had a list of facts and figures on a music stand as I presented just in case!

    The just proof read the log and your project and you're ready to go!
    It's difficult but that's the point and universities know that.

    Good luck!!!!
    Thank you so much for the advice
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    If you do stick with it, here's a tip. You're audience might include some friends or people you at least know. Write some questions down on a scrap paper (one q per person) and hand them out to maybe 3 or 4 people and tell them to ask you those when you ask if anyone has any questions. You already know the answers so can answer confidently and frame the questions to explore your topic a little deeper. Don't make it super obvious though
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