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GAMSAT Essays

Discussion in 'GAMSAT' started by heavenlyjohnson, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. zepplin

    zepplin New Member

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    no no no course not! haha... i'm embarrassed by my complete brain freeze as to events of exam day so i'm sorry i could only remember that rubbish but if it's even slightly useful to someone then deadly.
     
  2. heavenlyjohnson

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    Wow, I genuinely think this is excellent! :)

    I might put a note to timing as it isn't mentioned - my impression would be to work very hard at completing an essay in exactly 30mins, so both are proper, finished articles without trailing into bullet points. I practised beforehand in writing essays to time- I think a pretty significant amount of content is expected to garner the highest scores, so need to be able to churn out a lot in 30mins.
     
  4. zepplin

    zepplin New Member

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    that's a really helpful guide heavenlyjohnson!
    i also agree with goldhawkgonk. practise the timing as much as you can! in the exam i ended up writing 3 a4 pages for each essay but the first (more argumentative essay) took me about 35 mins whereas the 2nd, which was a subject i found required less critical thinking, took 25 mins. i was only confident about reducing my time for the 2nd because i'd practised the timing so often and knew i could get enough written. make sure you at least attempt to get a beginning, 3 good points (or thesis/antithesis) and a conclusion of some kind if time is running short, try not to leave it hanging halfway through.
     
  5. heavenlyjohnson

    heavenlyjohnson New Member

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    Thanks for the feedback Zepplin and Goldhawkgonk,

    I'll extend the piece a little when I get a chance. Just out of interest, how much did you write for your essays? I wrote about 2 sides each.
     
  6. heavenlyjohnson

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    Thanks for the feedback, I've now extended the piece with some stuff about timing :)
     
  7. Professor Higgins

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    heavenlyjohnson, that is great advice. Free advice like that helps to even up the field between those who can afford coaching and those who cannot.

    I only managed 2 sides for each essay but scored well. I think that practice is key. I had to get used to writing by hand again after years using computer keyboards. Choosing a nice gel rollerball to write with helped.
     
  8. heavenlyjohnson

    heavenlyjohnson New Member

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    This is my feeling too. I really don't think that specialist coaching is nessesary provided the applicant really wants it and puts in the time. All the resources are out there!
     
  9. aishahassan

    aishahassan New Member

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    Hi,

    I am new to this Forum. I am preparing for GAMSAT, I really want to sit the March Irish GAMAST in London, but I am not sure if that will be enough prep time, considering I am from a non science background. I have attempted my first essays an essay from a sample paper I found online, if you lovely people could have a look at it and please give me your honest feedback on it that would be great because believe it or no this section is scaring me more than anything else. (you all did really well so you obviously know what you are talking about :)

    I am convinced that he (God) does not play dice (Albert Einstein)

    I am convinced that he (God) does not play dice (Albert Einstein). This a bold statement made by Einstein. This quote can be translated as God has every ones lives mapped out for them, and he doesn’t just decide, by the roll of a dice (so to speak) as he goes.

    From a Christianity and Islamic point of view, true believers of the religion believe as Einstein did, that indeed God did have everything mapped out for us and that we are the driving forces behind how the plans come about. God throws obstacles our way as part of the plan for which we have to overcome using our faith and effort, as Epictus (A.D 200) once said no great thing is created suddenly, everything require time and effort, in the same way God would not make life easy for us with no obstacles, because it is the obstacles in life that we come across that make us stronger and better people.

    The other side of the argument would therefore be that God does ‘play dice’. The implication of this would be that there would be great uncertainty in our lives but also in God’s plans for us and the thought of that makes me think that the world would potentially be quite disastrous, imaging if Gods ‘dice’ resulted in conflicting plans or strategies. It is almost unbearable.

    It is interesting how certain Einstein is that God doesn’t play dice. There is really no way for mortals to know for certain whether or not God does or does not play dice. I guess the only reason one can hold such a firm opinion would be if one was religious and therefore placed all their trust in what the faith told them to believe.
     
  10. aishahassan

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    Hi,

    I have attempted one of the essay questions from one of the past papers, and I would be so greatful if you could look through it for me and give me some feedback, this imy second attempt at an essay. You all did really well so your opinion will most certainly be valued!

    “If Poverty Is the Mother of Crime, Stupidity is its Father”


    UNICEF records state that 25,000 children die everyday due to poverty. Some people living in poverty would turn to crime if it meant keeping there family alive. When you look at it from this view point it seems understandable. In fact during the Christmas period a Priest was reported to say on the BBC news that he thinks it is better for people living in poverty to commit petty crimes like stealing food from supermarkets than committing serious crimes like hurting people, as bizarre as this may seem coming from a priest, there is an element of truth within what he is saying. Although saying that it could also look like he was encouraging crime among those living in poverty which of course is very immoral.

    Many people on the other hand commit crime purely out of stupidity, many studies have found that most of the people that commit petty crimes are youngsters. These crimes are usually committed to gain ‘respect’ from peers or to look ‘cool’. Many of these children come from decent homes, some may come from broken homes, but not necessarily living in poverty. A lot of the parents of these children do not even know that there children are committing these crimes.

    If, therefore poverty is the mother of crime, it would seem obvious that the only way to eliminate or reduce the effects of this is to get rid of poverty, but as we know this easier said then done, especially if you are talking of a country such as Sudan, where the problem is so large scale that it would not be something that could easily be done overnight. There are examples of countries such as Nigeria where well educated people are turning to crime to keep there families alive because corruption and an improper balance of wealth in the country is leaving them in a situation of poverty.

    ‘Stupidity’ is the father of crime-this would seem a much easier problem to tackle than that of poverty. Once you know the people committing these crimes, (in England the majority of petty crimes are committed by youngsters who hang around on the streets), then you can begin to take action as to how to prevent it from happening in the future, in England there have been interventions put in place such as building youth centres and various types of recreational centres for youth. This is much more beneficial for them now and in the long run, then hanging round on the streets causing problems is. In both cases however, crime is in no way deemed as acceptable and appropriate action is required to help reduce the problem.
     
  11. Aiden

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    Hi guys would it be too bold of me to suggest we take some broad topics for essays and maybe brainstorm some points together for preparation?
    I did an essay based on quotes about prison and punishment-
    entitled it 'Is punishment of crime by prison internment redundant'
    my main points were

    it benefits community by keeping criminals off the street
    it is a good deterrent for crime

    but once in the system fear is replaced by rebellion
    society are choosing a quick fix leading to long term problems
    and rounded off saying that society should aim for prevention through education rather than punishment or indeed as a prelude to punishment.


    any one any suggestions on other points? Or wanna go through arguments on another topic?
     
  12. heavenlyjohnson

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    I really like this plan, it's clear, it flows nicely, it has 2 major points that counter each other and it's literate. really good essay plan!
     
  13. heavenlyjohnson

    heavenlyjohnson New Member

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    I did write a sample essay question on the topic of reason and faith. It would make quite a good question A. It's on ReviseGamsat.com. You're welcome to take a stab at it if you like.

    WRITING TEST A

    Consider the following comments and develop a piece of writing in response to one or more of them. Your writing will be judged on the quality of your response to the theme; how well you organise and present your point of view, and how effectively you express yourself. You will not be judged on the views or attitudes you express.

    “Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell, but not the contrary of what they see. It is above them and not contrary to them.”
    Blaise Pascal

    “He who has faith has… an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well – even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly.”
    B. C. Forbes

    “Faith: not wanting to know what is true.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

    “Reason is our soul’s left hand, faith her right.”
    John Donne

    “The faith that stands on authority is not faith.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “Ultimately, blind faith is the only kind.”
    Mason Cooley
     
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  14. ikremepuff

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    I can't remember my title anymore, but i didn't score that high in this section.

    Any good tips?
     
  15. Professor B

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    This is a great idea guys. We've a week left. Anyone up for taking a topic a day to brainstorm on? Any takers?

    Perhaps something like Suffering to start off with to throw us in the deep end. Just need to find a quote to relate it to.
     
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  16. fitnessmad87

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    Hello, I appreciate this was written a while back but i was wondering if you have the information you saved on the above link which you could share with me? the link above is not working and i am looking for guidance on this part of the exam.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated
     

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