When and how to work on the General Culture dissertation?

Should I file my course better? Do I need to make more introductions at home? Do we need less citations? If I do the essays myself, how do I know if they are fair? There are many questions that a preparatory student can ask himself when he tries to prepare his dissertation in Letters and Philosophy.

In this article, we show you a simple and easy way to work on this famous dissertation. We hope this will inspire your revision schedule. Good reading!

Why dissertation?

Before talking about the method, it is important to discusspurpose. The goal here is to get the best score possible. In fact, due to the object coefficient, a very good mark in the dissertation of Letters and Philosophy is essential to hope to be included in the best schools in France.

On the contrary, your worst nightmare is that your proofreader will get annoyed while reading your copy, and punish it with a removal mark. This often happens in competition; so some now believe that the dissertation of Letters and Philosophy is no more than a random topic, of which the same copy may have 18 or 7 depending on the corrector. However, this is not the case.

When you write your dissertation, you should have two things in mind. You have to manage both to meet the corrector’s requirements, and above all not to annoy him! If you do that, there’s no way you’ll get a bad score in the contest!

If you have no idea who will correct you, and what this person expects, don’t worry: it’s not bad! The correctors themselves are aware of the diversity of teaching methods. Also, they will not allow a small mistake. What matters is not who your proofreader is, but what he expects.

Your proofreader wants to get it done quickly

The corrector waits most of all a copy of a prepared person : he expects the showcase of a work of two, three, even four years for the most relentless. He doesn’t even expect you to produce a piece of writing that will satisfy his intellectual refinement: he just wants you to play, and your copy conforms to the expected format!

Obviously, he is in the most total misunderstanding in the face of a bit of nonsense, especially if the previous copy was great. Your future proofreader will not waste time on your paper: he wants to move on quickly, trying to give you a score that more or less matches your level.

Your goal is to make it easier for him.. Your writing must be legible; your argument must be precise and adequately developed. Your copy should really reflect your philosophical and literary culture.

Because he wants to quickly move on to the next copy, the proofreader will be really attentive to any element that shows a high level of culture. From the introduction, just by style and fluidity of reasoning, his experience will allow him to determine your level. For example, a related concept will prove to him that the above job has probably happened, and that the candidate is serious. Conversely, a mistake in the name of an author as classic as Nietzsche would lead him to think he was dealing with “another one of those students who didn’t listen in class”…

The goal of the scorer is to rank the candidates, and your goal is to be outclassed, or even to have a grade that roughly matches your class average.

The background is mainly…

But then, how to do it? How to deal with this final dissertation, which will somehow seal your fate?

He prepares himself, and very long in advance. The Letters and Philosophy dissertation is not a math test! You can pass all the subjects in the class and in the white competition, and get out of a crazy competition topic.

So, it should be thought that every subject is a challenge. An easy subject does not exist. Moreover, it is rather the opposite: more the subject is simple, it’s harder to say something original.

Two important steps: references and their development

In details, you have to adapt the references and learn the classics. If there are subjects where the classics are not particularly useful, a proofreader may be surprised by the absence of some important references at this level of the year. No secret then: you have to be very attentive in class, and remember all the ultra classic references.

The second step is the 20% personal referrals or original. With this, the corrector can definitely measure the level of culture of the candidate.

The proofreader appreciates that the references have been developed. In fact, he often has the impression that many preparatory students have a superficial knowledge of the subject. Deepening your references, but also your concepts, will allow you to stand outand that’s exactly what it takes to get a good grade!

Therefore it is important and be important to build your referencesto prove to the corrector that they have really been read and worked on.

The icing on the cake: personal opinion on the subject

We can even go further; you have to form an opinion on the subject. It will make Literature and Philosophy lessons more exciting.

To do this, there are many resources, and not just France Culture or prep manuals! You have to travel through history, legends, philosophical and literary debates, through art – including minor arts.

In short, your copy should pique the curiosity of the proofreader as he reads it. There is no question of impressing the proofreader, it would be very daring: it is a question of making sure that he is intrigued!

…but the form says a lot about the candidate

Content and form are inseparable

Victor Hugo said that form is the bottom rising above the surface. You may be surprised, but even the color of the pen is important in an essay! You need to do your best, especially on contest day, to make your copy easier to read.. It should be as airy as possible, and of course, respect the technique to perfection. Make sure you read as many good exam papers as you can to immerse yourself in their methodology!

Some preparatory students spend all their years of preparation studying very good references, and even manage, on the day of the competition, to come up with a very good idea. However, during the results, they often discover incomprehensible notes. Why? Because they made a mistake. again, the Letters and Philosophy dissertation is not a Maths test, where whoever is right has a point, and whoever is wrong has a zero. It’s more complicated than that: the problem is in the way of saying things.

The importance of clarity in essays

You have to be aware that there is three levels of understanding: First is what we think, then what we write, and finally, what the reader will understand.

However, between these three moments, our message can be distorted, for better or for worse. Hence the importance of being very clear so as not to make mistakes. It sounds simple, but the surprises in these essays come from this cognitive bias! Clarity usually solves this problem.

Argue to convince above all else

The last thing you need to remember to properly prepare your dissertation is that the main thing is to convince. It is unlikely that a proofreader, reading a copy, will wonder whether the writing is right or wrong: the question is whether it is sufficiently credible.

Therefore it is important to get in the habit of arguing, for all subjects. We already told you in our presentation of the theme of the year: you have to check, and this before the competition, that your pen can convince anyone, on any given topic. Then there won’t be any bad surprises on D-Day, as you will be able to tackle any subject!

When is the best time to work on CG?

If it depends on your profile, your interest in the subject and your goals for the competition, in any case, it makes sense to work on the theme of the year in a subtle and regular way.

For example, you can listen to a podcast (find our podcast on “Le monde” here), read during breaks or/and in transport. This seems like enough, especially if it’s a busy week!

Holidays are the best time to work on Literature and Philosophy. You can find advice on our site for organizing your revisions during these weeks. The most practical holidays for working in CG are Christmas, as well as the summer between the two years of preparation. Note, however, that Quantity does not necessarily guarantee quality!

Conclusion: what you should do

  • Your goal is don’t piss off your proofreaderand of pique their curiosity as much as possible.
  • This is why you need to perform a hard workand fine-tune the same background and the Shape from your copy:
    • Basically, you will need to master both classicsand have some original references to show that you have worked throughout the year.
    • In form, you have to practice convince in writing. Feel free to do this verbally as well, to make your argument as fluid as possible. The problem is less knowing if what you’re saying is right than making sure you’re convincing. Of course, don’t misinterpret either: a misunderstood reference is automatically penalized!
  • The work below can be done on breaks and holidays, even in transportation.
  • In the form, for example, write large parts, and see what you can improve. Also test your resistance within 2 hours of writing, and find strategies if needed.

If you pass the competition this year, you can use our presentation of the theme “The world”, and consult our proposed work plan, as well as our list of possible topics!

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