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I was under the impression EPQ essays should be written for a non-specialist audience however my teacher is telling me I should write it for experts and has told me to cut out a lot of the explanation of things like the placebo effect and Rosenthal effect for example. To confuse matters further, there is another EPQ class at my school with a different teacher who have been told to write as if the audience know 'less than nothing' about the topic.

What have other people been told??? I'm so confused, not helped by the fact the two teachers' advice constantly contradicts each other....
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I was under the impression EPQ essays should be written for a non-specialist audience however my teacher is telling me I should write it for experts and has told me to cut out a lot of the explanation of things like the placebo effect and Rosenthal effect for example. To confuse matters further, there is another EPQ class at my school with a different teacher who have been told to write as if the audience know 'less than nothing' about the topic.

What have other people been told??? I'm so confused, not helped by the fact the two teachers' advice constantly contradicts each other....
Wrote it for someone who is reasonably intelligent, knowledgeable and can pick things up easily.
If there is some variation and your teacher wants more specialism, then move to that as they will be the ones marking it.
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Wrote it for someone who is reasonably intelligent, knowledgeable and can pick things up easily.
If there is some variation and your teacher wants more specialism, then move to that as they will be the ones marking it.
My teacher is asking me to write with lots of assumed knowledge eg. not explaining the different phases of a clinical trial...which seems a bit counter intuitive to me??
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My teacher is asking me to write with lots of assumed knowledge eg. not explaining the different phases of a clinical trial...which seems a bit counter intuitive to me??
Talk to them again, but ultimately as they are marking it then I would write to their order.
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Talk to them again, but ultimately as they are marking it then I would write to their order.
Okay I will do, you're right as I'm writing it for their marking. It just sets off alarm bells when the other group gets advice that directly contradicts ours. But that's a problem specific to my school, thank for your help!
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Okay I will do, you're right as I'm writing it for their marking. It just sets off alarm bells when the other group gets advice that directly contradicts ours. But that's a problem specific to my school, thank for your help!
Then point that out to him.

I would have said a reasonably intelligent examiner should be able to read it and understand without outside reference, but as you are writing to the audience of your teacher, then do what they say. I probably think he just wants you to stop spending as much time doing basic explaining and write to a higher level of assumed knowledge. Hard to know without understanding the essay, your teacher and what you have written. Have a look at the epq spec. Sometimes people have written epq where its beyond the examiner and they send it to uni for feedback.


Plan your epq carefully and then you can adjust pitch later.
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Thanks again for the advice. I have included quite a lot of background because my project is medical focused and my supervisor is an English teacher. In my opinion I have included analysis as well as description but this may well not be the case
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