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  2. The idea is interesting but I don't like the way you phrase the question because Marxist is a 20th century ideology, and to fit that to a Shakespearean play seems anachronistic and possibly forceful. However because the IOP is a creative assignment, you could make it work. I do believe your presentation should not heavily delve on this idea but to focus on more important literary elements, such as character development, mood, tone, rhetorical devices/word play.
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  4. I'm having extreme difficulties in coming up with an IOP topic. I'm doing The Merchant of Venice, but any idea I come up with can't be supported or is just plain dumb. I've been reading countless other threads on this, and I found someone who said you can look at characters through a framework. His example was looking at Shylocke as a marxist; is something like this a good topic? I'd imagine you'd be able to find some evidence to support it but it would have to be taken out of context since Shakespeare couldn't possibly have been trying to achieve this. How do you choose a good topic? What am I supposed to be looking for?
  5. We're not allowed to give you a topic, but we can help you come up with one. Is there a particular topic you're interested in investigating? Remember, that it doesn't have to be an experiment, it can a simulation or a data analysis lab.
  6. Nah, I'm here.
  7. I had a topic about the rate of respiration on bakers yeast, but my biology teacher said that topic wasn't suitable. I need a new topic and I've been looking for one for around a month. I'm very behind, can someone please provide some suggestions to a topic?
  8. Depends on what you're interested in really. Most people I know ended up doing something related to probability or statistics...
  9. Hi everyone. Just had a question with regards to my Physics IA. My Physics IA is going to explore and prove the gas laws (Charles, Boyle, Gay-Lussac). However, I'm wondering, since this is not a hands-on experiment (going to be using an online simulation instead), how would I go about talking about uncertainties as well as controllable and uncontrollable variables? Would I just state that all the variables are assumed to be controlled? Any help appreciated. Cheers.
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  11. It seems to me that because you said there is no limit to amount of notes taken into IOP, what I infer, and in fact what did happen to most of my peers, is that they brought in completely written scripts but kind of free-styled with some adhesion to the script and some impromptu (especially for any question/answering). Penalties will be given for reading notes without eye contact but it is not an automatic fail. I estimate penalties at around 10-25% deduction (by not meeting certain criteria/standard).
  12. Oh, yes -- forgot that this is self-taught. Forget the teacher then. But your IOC will still suffer if you don't make use of all the time allowed. 10 minutes is extremely limiting already and there is none of the back up (saving grace) of the normal IOC exams which is the extra 5 min question period where a teacher can probe and help you develop. The ten minutes is your only shot.
  13. What do you mean by the teacher/interviewer filling in the gap? My teacher that will be in the recording room with me doesnt speak my language..
  14. 1) Yes 2) No restrictions (officially), but consult with your teacher on this one. Your teacher decides.. 3) 5 minutes is a sign you don't know much and don't have much to say. A good indication of a FAIL. Its waaaaay too short! What's more, your teacher/interviewer will DEFINITELY not appreciate having to do a lot of footwork to fill in the gap for you. Moderators will note your over-reliance on the teacher/interviewer. Does not bode well. 4. Never do this. Forget it. Don't even think of it. It's not an option. Why not prepare properly for your orals and be ready to talk naturally and thoughtfully? If you are unable to do this without the support of teacher and notes then you are preparing to fail. Think about it.
  15. Hello. I have a few questions I would like to ask about my upcoming IOC and IOP in late March. I asked these questions to my teacher but she didn't seem 100% sure. 1. Can we bring as many notes as we want into the PREPARATION room, but only take in 1 A4 paper into the RECORDING room? 2. How many notes can we bring in for our IOP? 3. Is it okay if our IOC is relatively short, even 5 minutes long? (I don't aim to get a 7 in self taught, I just want to pass, but I am really worried about this because when practicing with my extracts I could only get to 5 minutes on most of them, will this be enough to pass?) 4. What happens if you simply read off your notes? (I know this is not allowed but I just wanted to know just how much it affects your grade, is it an automatic 0?) Thank you.
  16. Yeah I am also struggling with my mocks, which start right away in march! I am very ambitious about History, really hope to get at least a 6, but I am also looking for the 7 ahah. Paper 1 Idk why is the hardest for me, and its supposed to lift the grades and help you with the rest of the long essay papers... I am still studying the modules, the cold war seems so dense that I dont even know if I can study all for the mock papers...
  17. Can you start off by listing your interests? Simply begging for a topic will not help you. Also, how good are you at math?
  18. For an extended essay in A languages there are 3 categories and the study of language would fall under category 3. I dont't know if you've read the extended essay guide (you can easily find it online) but if you go to the section for Group 1 then there will be more detail on what is expected of a language A category 3 essay. At this point I think your question is too general and should be narrowed down. Good luck!
  19. For me, I do C- Piano, literary magazine team (School), BGIC (basically MUN but Borneo) A- badminton, hill walking, horse riding, DOfE S-leo club(collaborative fundraising club), mentoring KS3 students Most of my CAS exc horse riding and piano are school clubs, i hope this gave you some ideas!
  20. Hi, everyone. Later this week I'm going to start the EE and I'm desperately trying to decide what I want to write about. At first, I thought about doing it on Geography or Maths, mainly because my other HL subject, Physics, requires a lot of experimentation that can get dull and tedious. Plus, I didn't feel very passionate about many of the topics that people used for their EE in Physics. Until I realized that since I was a kid I was always fascinated by space - it's, in fact, one of the reasons I chose to do Physics at HL. I decided I might write my EE on this, but thinking about how complicated things get up there, and having spoken to my teacher about it, I realised I might have to dig for ideas to get a suitable, testable topic (I mean who has the means to get into space nowadays? Apart from NASA and other space research groups, of course) Does anybody have any ideas for this sort of EE? Has anybody done this before? Thank you
  21. Is writing a database investigation for Biology SL IA disadvantage? Are experimental labs more appreciated? I'M a bit concerned about this cause my school doesn't have the sufficient tools to conduct an experiment and I feel like writing on a database would be much more simple. Help plz, thanks
  22. (because you said someone please say something) you can go look for the ib failing conditions (does D in TOK count as a fail?) and compare them to your results to see if you will fail IB but you should make what is left of your time to start studying hard + start doing your ia's. do chunks of each subject everyday if possible (i know its hard but if you really want something to happen, then you have to find time) if you really feel hopeless i think you should talk to your school's counsellor or a professional or you can consider doing a levels if you feel that you will do better in ib best of luck, im sorry if this wasnt very helpful :/
  23. Warning: dumb questions ahead! You don't have to answer them if you dont want to! what information does one need in order to write resolution clauses? Will the research we do for our countries play a big role in this? what are they REALLY based on?
  24. So you all probably know the method of extracting chlorophyll from leaves using ethanol, but I don't understand why this works. What effect does the alcohol have on the cell membrane? I've done a lot of research on this, but there doesn't seem to be a concrete answer. What I've gotten so far: - The alcohol molecule sits inside the phospholipid bilayer and disrupts the ordering of the phospholipids - Lipids (although I don't know which lipids they're referring to) dissolve in the alcohol, creating holes in the membrane. Also, if the lipids (i'm assuming the hydrocarbon tails) dissolve, then the alcohol wouldn't still be sitting in the bilayer, would it? - Something about osmotic effect, but does this affect the release of chlorophyll? - The alcohol denatures the membrane proteins, creating more holes in the membrane Are any of these true?
  25. Hi! This sounds like a wicked idea. I am studying for my mocks at the moments, and have been trying to find the best way in which to structure my work. At the moment I am going paper-wise, which has seemed useful so far, starting with the Paper 3 which lets me go somewhat chronologically. This helps me remember dates and the order of events, something which I can struggle with at times. How is everyone else studying? I am planning on doing a lot of Paper 1s, as it seems to be here I have the most trouble with the very specific way of structuring and the importance of time management. We have done Tsarist Russia, single party states and the rise, rule and foreign policy of dictators (Hitler, Mussolini, Mao, Stalin), Japanese expansionism, Cold War and its effects on international diplomacy, causes of the First World War, causes of the Second World War, the unification of Italy, the unification of Germany, the League of Nations, Lenin
  26. Lol will IB the only person posting here in 2017?
  27. As regards IB Music (I am a Year 2 IB Music HL student) At SL: Exam including Commentary on Western Art Music and Music Cultures + response to questions on 1 set work Musical Links Investigation (Music IA, which focuses on the cross-cultural transcendence of music) Either/or: (not both) 1. Composition (someone correct me on this if I'm wrong, but 2 (?) compositions) 2. 15 mins of solo performance (a compilation of recordings sent to the IB) 3. 20 - 30 mins of group performances I highly recommend doing either options 1 or 2, not 3. At HL: Exam including all SL features + an extra set work (3hrs total) Musical Links Investigation (as in SL) Both: 1. Composition (3 compositions between 3 - 6 mins in length each) 2. Solo performance compilation of between 18 - 22 mins Hope this helps, pls ask me any further questions if interested!
  28. 1. Try to at least draft some resolution clauses before going to your conference. This will in essence make sure that you have some material to discuss during lobbying and will allow you to more actively participate during this session. 2. In terms of research, come to the conference knowing your delegation's stance on the issues to be discussed in your committee (even if you don't plan to write a reso on these). The chairs will often provide research reports at conference, so you could ask your MUN director how to access these if you are unsure. 3. Try to step outside of your comfort zone and be as assertive as possible. Trust me, MUN is one of the best opportunities for this. The more that you try to speak, or do Points of Information, the greater your confidence will become. 4. Be diplomatic and use parliamentary protocols during debate, but by the same token, enjoy the experience, because MUN is a wonderful social opportunity! 5. If you are a first time delegate, or want to brush up on MUN procedures/ reso writing, I'd highly recommend the following doc (It's for THIMUN, but in general the protocols are applicable to most conferences). final_mun_guide.pdf
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