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So, where are you at with written work? Since I'm a gap year applicant, I'm writing a new essay to send in, on two texts that I didn't do at A-Level. I need to get it done over the next few days so that my old teacher will have time to mark it
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I'm just using an old essay comparing Gatsby with two poems. Wrote it under timed conditions in year 12 and I really like it.
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I'm just using an old essay comparing Gatsby with two poems. Wrote it under timed conditions in year 12 and I really like it.
That sounds good! They do advise against sending in timed essays, but the most important thing is that its one of your best pieces, and you can specify on the cover sheet that it was timed, so it sounds like a good course of action.

What college have you applied to by the way?
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Also, does anyone know if we can exclude quotes from the 2000 word limit for written work submissions? That was the way it worked for A-Level coursework.
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Also, does anyone know if we can exclude quotes from the 2000 word limit for written work submissions? That was the way it worked for A-Level coursework.
Possibly but I doubt it. Yeah, they do advise on not sending in timed essays but I'm going to anyway. I've applied to Merton, which college have you applied to?
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Possibly but I doubt it. Yeah, they do advise on not sending in timed essays but I'm going to anyway. I've applied to Merton, which college have you applied to?
I applied to Teddy Hall. I nearly applied to Merton actually - it's so beautiful - but I eventually decided on Teddy Hall because of the creative writing workshops, and the fact that they have a tutor with a specialism I'm really passionate about.
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I applied to Teddy Hall. I nearly applied to Merton actually - it's so beautiful - but I eventually decided on Teddy Hall because of the creative writing workshops, and the fact that they have a tutor with a specialism I'm really passionate about.
Oh, that's quite funny, I was considering Teddy hall.
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Hi everyone,

I'm actually going to send in a marked first draft of my coursework. I'm getting them back after half-term, so I don't know which one I'll send yet- it's between Pope's "Windsor Forest" or Richardson's "Pamela."

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Hi everyone,

I'm actually going to send in a marked first draft of my coursework. I'm getting them back after half-term, so I don't know which one I'll send yet- it's between Pope's "Windsor Forest" or Richardson's "Pamela."

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Is your coursework only 2000 words in length then?
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Is your coursework only 2000 words in length then?
The limit for our coursework is 1,250- 1500 without quotes, so yep, hence why it seemed like the obvious choice to send
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The limit for our coursework is 1,250- 1500 without quotes, so yep, hence why it seemed like the obvious choice to send
Oh ok, that makes sense then
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Hi everyone,

I'm actually going to send in a marked first draft of my coursework. I'm getting them back after half-term, so I don't know which one I'll send yet- it's between Pope's "Windsor Forest" or Richardson's "Pamela."

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Awesome; I didn't get to do any (pre-Romantic) 18th century lit at A-Level, but it sounds so interesting! It's also convenient that your coursework is within the word limit - I might have sent in my A-Level coursework as I'm still quite satisfied with it, but it was 2600 words.
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Are you all including a bibliography with your essay?
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Are you all including a bibliography with your essay?
I think I will, but I would be interested to know if it's necessary/recommended, if anyone has any information on that?
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I still am deciding between a comparison on” “The Handmaids Tale” and “Frankenstein”, discussing isolation, or Romantic poetry. I got 93% and 97% on these texts respectively. I wanted to submit my “A Streetcar Named Desire” essay on the significance of memory, which got full marks, but my English teacher doesn’t think the text is academic enough. I’m applying to LMH!
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I still am deciding between a comparison on” “The Handmaids Tale” and “Frankenstein”, discussing isolation, or Romantic poetry. I got 93% and 97% on these texts respectively. I wanted to submit my “A Streetcar Named Desire” essay on the significance of memory, which got full marks, but my English teacher doesn’t think the text is academic enough. I’m applying to LMH!
If your essay on A Streetcar Named Desire is your best work, I would consider disregarding your teacher's comments I don't see how it's not an academic text!

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How many words is all your essays? Mine is only 1,100? Will that be enough considering they ask for 2000 max?
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Possibly but I doubt it. Yeah, they do advise on not sending in timed essays but I'm going to anyway. I've applied to Merton, which college have you applied to?
I've applied to Merton too and I just sent in a Gatsby + two poems essay. AQA Love and Relationships, right?
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I've applied to Merton too and I just sent in a Gatsby + two poems essay. AQA Love and Relationships, right?
Yeah 🎉 glad I’ve found someone applying Merton too, thought I was the only one 😂 how did you find the ELAT?
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