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    • For the FOA that we are supposed to do in part 1, I chose to analyse a speech (ich bin ein berliner). I thought about this for a while since analytical skills aren't tested specifically in the FOA and I decided that it DID in fact satisfy one of the part 1 learning outcomes - "analyse how language and meaning shape the audience and purpose". My focus would be the historical and social context of the time period in which the speech was delivered and how it shapes the overall meaning of the text.  When I asked my teacher if this could be a suitable topic for the FOA, she told me that analytical skills were assessed in Paper 1 and that I would only score 15 marks for the analysis. However, she added that she wouldn't stop me from going through with this topic and that I could score higher if it was a critical analysis of the text.  I am freaking out since it took me along time after I left the group that I was originally in and had to brainstorm for a new topic- which exhausted me mentally Could anyone offer any suggestions as to whether it would be a good decision to continue with my current topic or advice as to what could possibly constitute as a critical analysis? PS I have to present my topic on MONDAY so it would be very helpful if you guys could offer suggestions before then. Thanks
    • Hi, Your topic has potential, but the lack of research can be a big problem. You could look at a company and look at specific trade/labour union movements in that company (e.g. strikes, creation of new unions, etc.), and then analyse the effects of those union movements on how the company has performed over time (in terms of productivity). In terms of theories to apply, it doesn't have to be trade-union specific theories, but you could refer to motivational theories and how those can lead to resistance, labour movements and so on. But yes, finding information on this topic is difficult. If you cannot find any good sources, consider changing topics. Did you have any other ideas? If not, consider brainstorming. Use the IB syllabus to consider which topics may interest you. Also, regardless of the topic you choose, make sure you use a company which has a lot of information available (large public companies usually have the highest amount). If you are still stuck, why not look at business or financial news to get an idea of of what topics/issues you could approach.   If you have any other questions, let me know!
    • It is a hard combination of HL subjects, but if you want to do aerospace engineering, you should definitely do Maths and Physics HL. If you had to change HLs, it would be "better" to drop Chemistry and do Economics instead... But that would be pointless. You want to prepare yourself for engineering, so you would benefit from doing Maths, Physics and Chemistry at HL. Economics will not give you any benefits. Yes, it will be tough with those HLs, but if you like the subjects and are good at them, you should be fine if you put in the work. If you hate economics, maybe you shouldn't do it at all; otherwise, keep it at SL so you enjoy your IB more.
    • If you can't amount sufficient interest in some subjects, you can try to get your school to take self-taught subjects. There aren't many, but from what I know Further Maths can be taken as a self-taught subject, so you could also look into that if you'd like.
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