Sunday 14 June 2020

3 Reasons to Take the EPQ

If you’re in Year 11 or 12 and are deciding whether to take the EPQ or not, below are some reasons of how it benefitted me greatly.

It gives you experience of writing at university level.

I cannot explain the extent of how much the EPQ aided me when I got to university. The EPQ is 5000 words, which means 2000 word essays at university seemed easy. I also gained experience in referencing, which is extremely important to get right at university. This meant that from my first assignment, I didn’t find referencing hard at all, due to my familiarity with it. Also, the practice of writing the EPQ meant that by the time I got to university, I understood that you don’t have to write in an elevated style to gain high marks.

It gives you confidence in presenting.

The presentation component of the EPQ is very helpful in allowing you to gain an awareness of how the process of writing helped to shape your work. The presentation is advised to be 10 minutes long, which is roughly the length of presentations that you will do at university for an undergraduate degree. The questions that are asked at the end of your presentation are another element that gives you a full experience of presenting. The detailed feedback that you receive is vital to allow you to reflect on how you may improve if you have to do presentations as part of your university course.

It is completely different from A-levels.

A-levels can be extremely restrictive, with tight coursework word counts and exam timings. Also, in terms of marking criteria to achieve, it can seem like you’re just ticking boxes. With the EPQ, you can explore a multitude of topics; people often pick a topic that is closely linked to what they will be studying at university. Therefore this could potentially aid you in deciding or even ruling out topics that you may want to explore in your dissertation at university.

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