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    Taking notes is usually dependent on the quality and clarity of instruction in your class, but also depends on how you function as a student. If you feel like you can get by and score adequately on assessments by doing what you're doing right now, then by all means go for it. For me personally, I feel like I have to write or at least take in the information via something other than just simply reading the content in order to fully comprehend the concepts at hand. But like you, my teachers also provide us with powerpoints and leaves it up to us to do some self-revision and go over things that aren't perfectly clear outside of class time. Personally, also having a physical copy of the powerpoints and PDFs I encounter in class also helps as well, so I stop by my public library after class to print them out; and only write summarized notes on the concepts I don't understand just from lectures and the powerpoints. TL;DR: If you feel like you can understand the materials just from looking at online / provided material, go for it. Everyone is different, and not everyone needs to take notes for a class to do well. Hope this helps!
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    ideas: intermittent fasting for a month (u could do other diets/fast) social media detox for 30 days using art to show anorexia zero waste/sustainable for 30 days making a magazine cooking classes for kids teaching my brother to swim
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    Wow, I haven't been on this site since I started MYP. It's great to be back here, this time as an IB student!! So we were recently introduced to our Global Politics IA (Personal Engagement Activity), and I'm semi-lost as this is a newly offered course at my school and no one's ever taught it before. My teacher isn't being that helpful in terms of the expectations and all, but I have a broad idea of what I need to do. We're expected to have proposals ready in the next couple of week and present them to our teacher for approval. As this is a relatively new course offered by the IB itself, there aren't that many resources available for help or inspiration. I feel as though I might be stumbling around in the dark right now- you can imagine the feeling. Does anyone have any experience with the PEA? Are there any suggestions you might have in terms of topics, or topics to avoid? Any advice or past experiences would be SO helpful!!
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    I see that you have two research questions there, this makes it too broad, you should choose the one you will most like to talk about in your paper.
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    Hey, it's a very good question but I do think it is too broad; you have two questions here so you should choose the one you think you could really investigate and write a good focused EE on. Speak to your supervisor about it too though!
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    I'm not a university student, but I've done a lot of research about UWaterloo. For computer science, they require a minimum 6 in math, that you've taken English A, and have a minimum of 32 points total. So far you meet these requirements. The 7s you have in econ and physics also show your math skills. You will also need to complete a supplementary application called the Admission Information Form (AIF). Basically on the AIF you describe your extracurricular activities, interests in computer science, etc. Here you can discuss your clubs and CS events. If you are applying to co-op, the internship would really help because it shows work experience. You can take a look at some AIF questions here. I don't know of a definitive method of finding your chances of admission, however the computer science program is (somewhat) similar to the software engineering program. Below is a chart showing admission chances by admission average: (I explain how to calculate this below) The admission averages are given in the province of Ontario's grading system. To convert your grades, you can use the table below: In Ontario, universities look at your "top six" grades, which include prerequisites. To start, let's convert your English and math grades: English 5 --> let's say 88%, if it's a 6 --> 94% Math 6 --> 94% In Ontario, math is actually split into 2 separate courses, so we'll say you have two grades of 94% for the two math courses, and a 94% in English. That's three grades. The next three highest grades are your two 7s, which I'll convert to 97% (it's very hard to get over 98 at most Ontario high schools), and a 6, which converts to 94%. Your "top six" grades (four 94% grades and two 97%) give you an admission average of 95%. According to the graph, you would have a 30% chance of admission to software engineering (the blue line). Now keep in mind that software engineering is THE MOST competitive program at UWaterloo. The computer science page on the UWaterloo website says that computer science admits based on individual selection from the low 90s, whereas software engineering selects from the mid 90s. Based on this information I would bump up your chance of admission to at least a 50%. I know this still seems low but competition for international seats is fierce. That said, I am not an expert on UWaterloo admissions, and my grade conversions are estimates. The last thing I have to say is that I don't know very much about the SAT as it is not required by Canadian universities. However, submitting your score provides the university with more information (they encourage it too). I hope I explained everything well. Best of luck for your applications!
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    Hi, If you are looking to enjoy the subject and gain knowledge and skills in analysis and essay writing, go for English A HL. Sometimes enjoying the content, the class and the teacher can actually make you more motivated to learn and study. You will be challenged more in English A, and then you will come out of the IB with better skills, if that would be favourable. However, if you are only looking to get an easy high score on your diploma, without as much reading and literature as English A, pick English B HL. More time in the IB is a valid point, because of the workload and college requirements, so if that is more important to you make sure that is a high priority when making the decision, also just make sure you can handle your other language as a language A if you do this. Also, if you really can't decide, you can email / call / talk to someone at Oxford and see if they have a preference of which they would want you to study. Good luck
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    Hey so I am trying to come up with topics for my EE. I am stuck and do not know what to write about for this essay. I really enjoy playing soccer (football) and politics revolving around immigration, drug cartels, and my country's international involvement. Please help me come up with topics! Thanks in advance!
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    Do not worry. The choice of topic for the essay is up to you. For example, this topic of politics revolving around immigration is closer to me. U can use revives for choosing. Like this - edusson. That sounds very useful to me. Because you can find out what advantages and disadvantages the service has before working with it. And make a choice given the experience of other users.
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    Quite a lot of people actually take gap years before applying to med school and I’m pretty sure this will most likely not negatively impact your chances of being accepted. Actually, quite a lot of people take a gap year to increase their chances of getting into med school, for instance, someone that may not of done as well on the UCAT as they wanted would take a gap year in order to retake it the next year to get a higher score which increases their chances. So think of the gap year as a chance to better yourself as you have more time to prepare... and you get an extra long holiday!!! (So I guess missing the deadline might of helped you in the long haul) hope this helped a bit :)
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    All of the Group 4 posts I've seen on here are way different than what my school did. Last year students were divided into groups of ten and had to figure out survive a zombie apocalypse (or so I heard). For my project we were split into similar groups and assigned different doomsday scenarios: after the Earth is rendered uninhabitable figure out how to get 80-100 people to survive in the ocean, deep space or on Mars. My group got Mars. It seems to me like everyone on this website is just doing science experiments.
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    Hello, I'm an IB student finishing IB this year. I've came across this decision on which advice would be highly appreciated. I had a wish to study medicine at UK, but actually missed the deadline of UCAT tests. (yes I'm that stupid) And truly all universities I wanted to apply to require UCAT. My question is how bad it would be to take a gap year and than try to enter medicine at UK university? I would obviously work on volunteering or jobs at clinics to spend the gap year usefully. I'm just scared of how badly could it decrease my chance of getting a place at a university after a gap year? Thank you so much for any opinions or advices
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    Thank you so much. I will have a look into it.
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    You can also look around on my blog, the link below is a collection of macro articles: https://econdaddy.com/category/macro/ Make sure its no older than a year. Hope this helps too. Thanks, EconDaddy IB Economics teacher, examiner and tutor www.econdaddy.com
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    Okay, lots of questions pop up such as 'what do I need to pass?' or 'will I fail if I get a 2?' and nobody knows all of the exact criteria and conditions so here is a list as published by the IB: The IB diploma will be awarded to a candidate whose total score is 24, 25, 26 or 27 points, provided all the following requirements have been met:a. Numeric grades have been awarded in all six subjects registered for the IB diploma. b. All CAS requirements have been met.c. Grades A (highest) to E (lowest) have been awarded for both theory of knowledge and an extended essay, with a grade of at least D in one of them.d. There is no grade 1 in any subject.e. There is no grade 2 at higher level.f. There is no more than one grade 2 at standard level.g. Overall, there are no more than three grades 3 or below.h. At least 12 points have been gained on higher level subjects (candidates who register for four higher level subjects must gain at least 16 points at higher level).i. At least 9 points have been gained on standard level subjects (candidates who register for two standard level subjects must gain at least 6 points at standard level).j. The final award committee has not judged the candidate to be guilty of malpractice.The IB diploma will be awarded to a candidate whose total score is 28 points or above, provided all the following requirements have been met:a. Numeric grades have been awarded in all six subjects registered for the IB diploma.b. All CAS requirements have been met.c. Grades A (highest) to E (lowest) have been awarded for both theory of knowledge and an extended essay, with a grade of at least D in one of them.d. There is no grade 1 in any subject.e. There is no more than one grade 2 at higher level.f. There are no more than two grades 2 at standard level.g. Overall, there are no more than three grades 3 or below.h. At least 11 points have been gained on higher level subjects (candidates who register for four higher level subjects must gain at least 14 points at higher level).i At least 8 points have been gained on standard level subjects (candidates who register for two standard level subjects must gain at least 5 points at standard level).j. The final award committee has not judged the candidate to be guilty of malpractice.Hopefully this list is useful in answering future questions about how many points someone needs, or whether a certain grade will screw them over or not!
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    My topic was about emotional intelligence and I did a thing called emotion jar, which had like little cards with tips to increase you emotional intelligence, and I selled them. When i was about to start pp I was literally terrified so here are some useful tips for you: 1. I don’t know why but teachers tried to freak us out and make it seem as if pp was a really big deal, I mean, it is. But i found out that you can do the simplest thing of any theme (seriously DONT stress out about what you are going to make pp or what will be your product, if you really don’t know what to do just do a book or something. For example in my grade I was the only one who did something different from a book, everyone did that or they even did an Instagram page). 2. You don’t need to write on your diary every single day, what I did, and got top marks on criteria a and b was to read books and then write little summaries. Sometimes i even did copy paste about things from my topic. 3. However, when you are making your product try to write a lot about your process in order to have more diary entries 4. Just relax, even the most lazy students pass pp and if you don’t leave everything for last minute you should have very few stress
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    yeah we are doing a science experiment as well... But your ideas are pretty cool and exciting, compared to an experiment, which we do enough from in the science classes...
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    So I am doing my IA on blended chicken liver and hydrogen peroxide in different pH's and I was wondering what type of H202 I should use. I think 30% would work better but could I still use 3%? Any thoughts One thing that often looks good in your write-up and would help you with this is if you do a preliminary experiment to help you determine which experimental conditions you're going to use for the real thing. You don't do it to get a full range of results but for instance you can try a broad range of concentrations of the H2O2 and do a quick mini experiment. Then you can write it up and explain how you used the information to inform your eventual Method. It makes your method look much stronger and you can also use it to determine which concentration you're going to eventually use.
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    Okay, so I found a bunch of notes I took when my teachers were giving us IA tips and format..etc. Some of the below I had to copy of the board, so you may find these in the books. So, Biology IAs should follow this general format: DESIGN 1)Research Question 2)Hypothesis/Predictions 3)Variables 4)Apparatus 5)Method/procedure DCP 1)Collected data 2)Data processing 3)Data presentation CE 1)Conclusion 2)Evaluation Design Research question: This should be a clear focused question that says exactly what you are investigating. It shouldn't be too long and it must include the dependent and independent variables. Eg. What is the effect of pH on the activity rate of salivary amylase? Dependent variable: activity rate Independent variable: pH Hypothesis: This is a paragraph or two where you explain your research question. You are going to say something like: "Salivary Amylase is a an enzyme that digests starch into di- and monosaccharides. Since it's a salivary amylase, the enzyme works best at an alkaline pH of 7, in other words, the optimum pH is 7. At this pH, the rate of amylase activity will be at it's highest. A pH that is much lower (very acidic) or much higher (very alkaline) will denature the enzyme permanently (specifically the active site), and the enzyme can't function anymore. The activity of the enzyme will decrease as we increase or decrease pH." You may also want to include a graph to show this if this possible. Variables: A list or a table that include: -Independent variable: this is the variable you're changing. In the example above, the pH. -Dependent variable: this is what changes when you change the independent variable. Eg. Activity rate. -Controlled variables: these are all the other variables that must be kept the same in order to get an accurate results. For example, Temperature, pressure..etc. Apparatus: This is the list where you include everything you are going to use. Make sure you don't forget anything. My teacher always told me to include a diagram of the apparatus, so you may want to add that too. When listing the apparatus, be specific: 1)'A beaker' wont work, you have to specify the type and the volume. Same for any other apparatus of this sort. 2)When listing chemical substances like enzymes or starch solutions. Include the volume and the concentration. 3)For Solid substances used, include the mass in 'g' 4)When mentioning the thermometer, you may want to say it goes from -2C to 100C just to be specific. Method: I always prefer the method being in a list format rather than a paragraph. It makes it much easier to read and understand. I would advise you to not use the first person. For example if you want to say "I will measure 50ml of starch solution into a beaker" you should say "Measure 50ml of starch solution into a beaker" Please make sure you include every single step, don't miss one because it seems like an 'obvious' step! Also make sure that your method controls the controlled variables and allows the collection of raw data. After finishing your design, take a look at the table below (from the syllabus) to make sure you didn't miss anything: Data Collection and Processing (DCP) Collected data: This is normally given in one or more tables. Make sure your table is clear and easy to read and follow. Trust me, it makes a difference. Do not forget to include the units at the top of each column in brackets and the error! Here's an example: Data processing: Data processing is where they want you to do something with the data. Find an average, do one of the hypothesis test, calculate the standard deviation...etc. It normally depends on the experiment. Errors/uncertainties: This is the calculation of the % error in your experiment which you're going to discuss in CE. The uncertainty of each apparatus should be printed on it. If it's not, then the uncertainty is the half the smallest division. For example, a ruler that with 0.1cm division will have an error of +/- 0.05cm. Data presentation: This presentation should be of the raw data and the processed data if possible. Bar graphs and line graphs are one of the best way to present a data in most cases. A pie chart or a scatter graph may also be used. When adding the graph, make sure it has a title, labelled axis and legends. If you are for example investigating something at two different environments or situations, you should have a graph for each and then a third graph with the both, to show better comparison. In most cases, you are going to have to do at least 3 or 4 trials, include the graphs for each, then a final one of the average results. When appropriate include the uncertainties in the graph. Please make sure the graph/chart is suitable for your type of data before using it. Here are examples: Bar Graph: Pie Chart: Once again, take a look at the criteria for a last check: Conclusion and Evaluation (CE) Conclusion: The first point about the conclusion is that it should directly relate to the hypothesis. In other words, your conclusion must restate and discuss the hypothesis. You are not going to say why the results weren't accurate in this section. You're going to do discuss your results. Does it support the hypothesis? Were you predictions correct? Make sure you mention them again. I read this in one of the documents it got, and many people make this mistake: when talking about a hypothesis you're talking about whether the results support or refute the hypothesis, not prove the hypothesis. In your conclusion, make sure you discuss the graphs, the charts..the data processing..etc. Evaluation and improvement methods I would organize this part in this way: 1st paragraph: the weaknesses and limitations. In other words, all the possible reasons you could think of as to why your % error is too big (if that applies), why you results didn't perfectly support the hypothesis, why you results weren't accurate...etc. So basically, you're going to talk about all the weaknesses in your design and the effects these weaknesses had on the results. When mentioning the possible errors, I suggest doing it in bullet points because like I said they're much easier to read and understand. 2nd paragraph: improvements: This is basically the "The errors above could be avoided next time by.....". Then just start suggesting all the things you would do differently next time to get better results, for example: 1)Repeat the experiments more than x times. 2)Control temperature and pressure more carefully. 3)Try to reduce human errors. 4)Use more accurate apparatus for volume measurements. and so on. Criteria table: EDIT: Criteria tables added.
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    This breaks down what each type of texto escrito requires you to do. This was created by my teacher, an IB grader with a Masters in Spanish.
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    This is my Mathematics SL Internal Assessment, which scored a 20/20 in the May 2014 exam session. It is a project centering on the modeling of the segment of a roller coaster. It was a real pain in the ass and it took a lot of time. Take into account it is way over the page recommendation IB imposes, but was not sanctioned. Please review!
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    Getting a 7 in HL english, although very difficult, is not impossible. If you are horrible at writing essays under time limits, it's still okay, because that isn't the only thing you're marked for. The breakup of the total is: Written papers : 50% World Literature : 20% Oral Assessment : 30% Which means that half of your grade depends on internal assessments only. If you are apprehensive about the external assessment, try to achieve full marks for the commentaries and world lit. To practice for paper 1: Buy an anthology ( or issue one from the library), I recommend books that your school uses for GCSE literature and annotate those poems. Don't time yourself yet, but keep a copy of the assessment criteria with you ( this can be found in the Lang A1 guide. If you don't have it, reply to this post and I'll upload it). When writing the analysis, keep referring to the criteria to make sure you don't go off at tangents. Moreover, to structure your essay better, use the PEE ( point evidence, explanation) system. This ensures that have just one point per paragraph. Oh and you get full points for structure. When you feel that you have mastered the criteria, you should get hold of past papers and practice with those, giving yourself 15 minutes less than what you are generally given for the exam ( so that in the final exam, you have that 15 minute margin which you can use to round up your essay and proofread it.). To do well in Paper 2, Read and reread ALL your books and know them by heart. You should be able to recite them off the top of your head. Look at past IB papers, and try to anticipate the questions which can come... for practice, write essays comparing how similar themes are portrayed in different books, or how the same subject is dealt with differently. Try to make comparisons of similar themes/motifs/subjects, and after writing each essay, mark yourself using the criteria given in the guide. Again, time yourself when you're confident enough; use PEE. Sleep well the night before. During the exam, read through the genre-specific as well as general literature questions, pick one for which you can think of more examples from the texts you have studied, even though they don't immediately occur to you. This is why you're given the 5 minute reading time. To do well in the IOP Choose your topic and write an essay on that topic, using the criteria from the guide. My teacher recommends comparing 2 novels for the IOP as it shows deeper understanding and the ability to make connections. Write down quotations and the key points ( the PEE) on flash cards ( you can carry these for the final IOP). The day before your IOP, read aloud your essay several times so that you remember it ( well, kind of ). I don't recommend memorizing the essay because then if you forget even one word you will panic. Use the flashcards. To do well on your world lit essays Use and exploit your english teacher. When asked to come up with the topic, come up with well thought-of questions, about 5-6 should be good. The teacher, although not allowed to pick a topic for you, can help you select the one which has the best scope. Then, work on the first draft with YOUR LIFE. Make the best essay that you can. Don't treat any of your drafts as drafts. That way, the teacher is making your BEST work even BETTER. Again, use the criteria ( Can not emphasize this enough). To do well in the IOC: Annotate your books just as you would a poem. Mark literary devices, character and plot development, as it happens. Try to determine the most important part of the books ( generally where something new is revealed or a character undergoes some kind of transformation or the plot of the story takes a surprising turn. In shakespeare plays, notice when prose turns to poetry and vice versa). Generally, the concentration of literary devices are found when something crucial to the story/character is about to happen. These are also the parts most likely to turn up for the IOC. The most important quotes can generally be found on sparknotes or cliff notes, but remember there are other important parts too. If you've done poetry in class, it is likely that a whole poem will turn up. Be prepared. Practice by randomly flipping to a page in the book and analyzing what you get. Record and mark yourself using the criteria. Phew. If you have any more doubts, pm me
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    It truly is seductive, like proletariat said... it almost seemed erotic to me the first time I read it. He makes magic seem so intense, so profound. The "pulling", the motions of the hands. And he calls the audience unobservant, because they are trying to figure out his trick by the spatial surroundings, not his timing. He is too swift for them. He's not stuffing away the item into his pocket without you noticing, he putting the item away in the past. When you think he's performing the trick and you are looking to discover it, he has already finished. Therefore, it is in the past. If I were to interpret, and i am not necessarily correct, I would say that the poem is about the trance of magic, and the inobservance of human nature. When reading the poem, somehow I began to read it quickly, just like his trick are quick. that says something about the structure. Each line flows from one to another, there are not periods at the end of any of the lines, they just keep going. I could go on and on... but is this a good starter?
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    An Economics Internal Assessment in Macroeconomics discussing tax cuts in France and their likely effects on the French economy, unemployment and inflation. Contains teacher comments. Enjoy!
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