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    A describes structural isomers, not isotopes. Like you said, B is a correct description of isotopes. Without further information, I would have to say the answer key is wrong.
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    No, but giving tutoring without compensation, does
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    If you are copying a past IA in whole or in part deliberately, yes that's plagiarism. You need to come up with your own IA topic and procedure, perhaps based on someone else's work, but you can't just reuse someone's topic.
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    Hi! I definitely think there are things to do before starting the IB that could help you when you start. I don't know too much but here are some things that could help - Organise and have an idea of what activities you will be doing for CAS in advance - Print out your syllabuses and have a read to get your head around the content - Organise all of your books and folders to use for school work and homework etc. These websites may also help - https://www.lanternaeducation.com/ib-blog/starting-the-ib/
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    - ITGS isn't as easy as people think because it is difficult to get a 7 (barely anyone takes a 7). In order to get a 7 in ITGS, practice past papers a lot and revise well. - If you want go to the USA, you don't have to take chemistry at all. You don't even have to take Physics at HL either (Physics SL is useful). That is the same goes for Canada and the UK. You probably need Math AA HL because it is very benificial for CS. Physics HL is only optional. - If you want to go to India, I would recommend taking Chemistry SL since you might probably need both Math AA HL and Physics HL compared to The USA or Canada. - You can do English LangLit HL as well since it is not as challenging as English Lit and you want to study sciences. If I were you, I'd choose English LangLit or Hindi B in HL instead.
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    If you are not that good at math, your immediate goal should be to catch up on any weakness you may have in the last 3-4 years of math learning. AI HL is much, much more difficult than AA SL, and schools will reward you for taking it. It is more important that you feel comfortable with everything up to Pre-Calculus, because otherwise, AA SL will be a struggle as well. The only reason that schools don't think highly of AI HL is due to one misleading document that says AI HL is Studies but more advanced. The truth of the matter is, AI HL has nearly half of Further Math HL curriculum. Neither course at HL is intended for students ok at math, but taking AA SL will put you at a significant disadvantage when applying for computer engineering/science. As I have said previously, AI HL is more suitable for CS because of all the discrete math, and it is more difficult than AA HL.
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    The topic is ok, and the data is reasonably good. For regression, I generally recommend showing the proof, which goes into some advanced mathematics yet within reach of the studious SL student.
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    It's good that you have Calc BC, it is bad that you have Studies. Taking Math Studies is essentially forgoing the opportunity and advantage of applying as an IB student. American universities will not accept Math Studies for CS. If you still have to apply to CS as an IB student, you should either stay at HL, or take SL online. It will make you look like that you take IB just to have it on your application, instead of wanting a challenge. Admission offices (and I personally) cannot comprehend why Math HL (with 30% Calc and 70% Pre-Calc) justifies giving up, but Multi/DiffEq is ok to pursue. Not to mention that Studies is 40% stats, with little overlap with HL. SL is bit better (eg online) but still questionable. I have taken Math HL, multi, and diff Eq, and I can say that Math HL was the most challenging (but obviously not the most advanced) of the three. Universities know that. It carries a great weight in strengthening your application. Personally I think either you should stay at HL and get I'm assuming easy 7, drop Calc 3; or take Calc 3 and drop IB to Certificate. IB Certificate means a lot more in US than elsewhere. Taking studies and Calc 3 is too weird that admissions will say "Something's up, let's not admit the student".
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    My TOK teacher hates the term "IB Cult", which is something us IB people came up with a long time ago (she goes on a rant every time someone says "IB Cult") and I was in TOK when i made my account, and it just came into my head so I decided to just do it.
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    You have to take a humanities subject in order to do the full IB Diploma. If you want to do Courses/Certificate you can drop your humanities subject. Hope this helps
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    Mine's just the same as my Instagram because well, I couldn't think of anything good haha
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    Hey everyone! So I'm doing my Extended essay on the treatment of the theme of religion in things fall apart and The River Between(comparative analysis). The guide that the essays should advance an argument by consulting various sources apart from the book but since I'm mainly looking at the style in which various aspects of religion have been presented I don't know how to advance an argument. Any ideas? Ps: I'd love for someone to go through my extended essay and critique it. If interested please message me. Thank you!
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    Hey there, You've found a relatively niche topic, which is great! I started reading about it a little, and it seems like a relatively interesting topic as well, so you've done a good job. To answer your question, your RQ is appropriate as such; you discuss a topic with a historical theme and you look at cause/effects dynamics, so the topic therefore lends itself to a good analysis. I would like to remind you that you have effectively only approximately 1300 words to develop your arguments fully though. How many clean air acts are we talking about? What about global environmental policies? Are we talking the Paris Accord, Montreal Protocol, Doha Declaration, UNFCCC, etc., or something else? Why are you only discussing policies from the domestic and global spheres, but not from regional arrangements? Are you discussing all policies that have been suggested and implemented from 1948 to today, or are you only looking only at a limited time frame? What I am trying to get at here is that you could with benefit try to narrow down your topic a bit more. Your cause (Donora Smog) is fine, it's the possible consequences that needs to be limited. If you could identify one particular act or policy or at least a few, rather than all policies that exist or have existed, you would be much better off. As it is presented now, you have no room at all to discuss this well within 1300 words. Remember that these words should explore the relevant facets of your overarching analysis or argument without skipping corners. You have a good framework going, just work on the details a bit more and you're good to go! Good luck!
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    I agree with this idea, and handwriting notes/note cards is a great way to study. For anyone who prefers having their resources compiled digitally, I like using Brainscape as an application for creating flashcards that you can access on your computer or phone (even with an offline option), for studying on the go! There are lots of other apps like this too, I've heard some of my friends use Anki.
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    Hey there, To add on what caprialsun was stating, you might want to start researching the topics and find what academics or experts disagree on. Analysis is an intrinsic part of the EE, and you need to demonstrate that by coming with claims and counterclaims - both with reference to the literature. Otherwise, you'll find it very difficult keeping the essay analytical, and it would nonetheless be very one-sided. Because of this, you need to research the topic before you settle on a research question. Good research questions are rooted in good research, not vice versa. Do some research, and find something the literature disagree on. The question for your questions: Is there any contention on whether or not the sectarian split is responsible for the wars? I would presume there are differing opinions on this, but you need to seek these out. Also, another point here, you're referring to 'wars' - what wars? There have been quite a few wars in Iraq over the years, choose one and specify - i.e. include the years. Also, keep in mind that you cannot write on anything within the last 10 years, so if you're speaking about the War in Iraq as a consequence of American interventionism, then you need to be very conscious of this. Now, you might want to use the current research question as a preliminary research question, in that you'll use it to further your research for then to change it to fit the topics. If you aim to refine and improve the research question before you start writing, then all is good, but as it is right now, it's not a question I'd write my EE on. As caprialsun said, it needs to be rephrased, and there are the things I mentioned as well. Good lucK!
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    Hey there, I see you've changed your topic a bit around since last time Now, as IB_taking_over said, it's probably a bit of a broad one. However, another thing to consider is the fact that this exact question is discussed in your history class (at least if you're doing the Europe and Middle East path), and is also something that you'd have as a question on the exams. For those reasons, it's not the ideal question at all, as you will not be able to demonstrate any kind of originality. Of course, you are not expected to write revolutionary research papers proving something that has never been proved before, but you need in the very least a unique approach to the topic. This question doesn't have that. You could use this query to spesialise your research, in order to find a more interesting question. As I have been telling another fellow recently, all good research questions are rooted in research, not vice versa. In other words, in order to find a good research question, you need to do some research first. You have a topic you're interested in, which is good, then do more reading on that topic and find something that is not necessarily discussed that much, or something that is quite controversial or contentious (or, ideally, both!). Read my response in this thread for a general approach to choosing an EE research question. If you're set on writing on this particular topic, then I suggest you use this as a preliminary research question, and do more research with this one in mind. From there on out, refine your question, research more, refine your question, research, etc. etc. Good luck!
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    I'm in year one, and I've been dating my boyfriend the entire time. I practically live at his house. Whenever either of us aren't working or in school, we're together. I've managed to have a weighted GPA of over 100 for the first three quarters and have gotten high grades on the only two IAs I've completed so far.Personally, I think there is no problem at all with dating while in IB, as long as you manage your time well and are okay with sacrificing some sleep every now and then.
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    Hey there! First of all, please understand that we cannot give you a RQ, as it has to come from you only. Otherwise, that would be considered collusion, which is penalised quite heavily by the IBO. It is considered as academic malpractice, and could result in the loss of the IB Diploma. There are a few steps you should follow in order to form a good research question. 1. You need to choose the subject in which you want to write your EE. 2. Figure out what kind of topic and general approach you want to adopt in your final essay. Apparently, you have come this far already. 3. Do some general research on the topic to make sure that you have a basic understanding of the topic. Do this even if you're sure you know the topic already, as there might be things you've missed or misunderstood, as well as other perspectives that you might not be aware of. 4. Make a hypothesis. For instance, let's say that you think that chocolate will cause brain tumours. That would be your hypothesis: 'Chocolate causes brain tumours.' Without finding and reading any sources for now, find some justification for your beliefs. Why do you believe that chocolate causes brain tumours? Include those justifications in your hypothesis. For instance, a (badly phrased) hypothesis can sound like this: 'My hypothesis is that chocolate causes brain tumours due to the increased levels of substance XYZ in the blood.' 5. Turn that hypothesis into a question. 'Does substance XYZ increase the risk of brain tumours if consumed?' This is merely a preliminary question that will allow you to do the first research, so it does not necessarily have to be a good EE research question just yet. 6. You need to do some extensive research on the topic, make sure that you understand the key aspects of the topic and its complexities. Make sure that your research is balanced, and not heavily biased towards one side (for instance by choosing to read only sources that think that acting is art or vice versa). At this point, you should also check whether or not the topic is allowed in the particular subject you've chosen. If it is not allowed, go back to step one and start anew. If you can't find enough sources, re-evaluate whether or not you want to, and, more importantly, can continue. If you decide there's too few sources for a 4000 words essay, first go back to step three and try to find a new hypothesis or another approach. If that fails, go back to step one and start anew. 7. As you've done a huge part of the research, re-evaluate your research question. Make it more analytical by, for instance, using words such as 'how' and 'to what extent.' Do you need to refocus your RQ, because you found some interesting information in the sources that you want to pursue? Feel free to do so, but make sure you're allowed to write on that topic and that you do some more research specifically dealing with the new topic.Basing yourself on the literature you've read, can you limit yourself to 4000 words? If others have written books on the topic already, consider narrow it down by focusing on a smaller part of the topic. For instance, if you've hypothetically decided to write your essay in history, and particularly on Stalin's role in Korean history, you would soon realise that this is too wide of a topic. To narrow it down, you could then choose a particular part of Korean history you find interesting, for instance the Korean War. 'What was Stalin's role in the Korean War?' This is still way too broad a topic, though, so you decide to focus only on a part of the Korean War, namely the Chinese intervention in October 1950. 'To what extent did Stalin force Mao into the Korean War?' Although you're not doing a history EE, I'm sure you see my point - focus on a smaller part of the topic. The narrower the RQ is, the more specific it is, and the better the essay is (though, of course, you need to be able to write 4000 relevant words on the topic). 8. You have now, hopefully, made a good RQ for your EE. Now's the time to do more research and start writing. Refocus your RQ in the process if necessary. Good luck!
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    I gotcha. From what my CAS coordinator told my class: CAS Activities must be: - Unpaid - Supervised by an adult over 21 years of age (who is also not a family member) - Not part of a school credit Additionally: - There must be one activity that lasts for at least 18 months. - At least one activity must be completed while working with a team or group. - At least one activity must be initiated, planned, organized, and fulfilled by the student. - At least one activity must be global in nature. CAS has Key Learning Outcomes, which must be reflected on when reviewing the activity. Don't worry about the length of the reflection; as long as you have some of these (not necessarily all with just one activity), and you REALLY reflect on the activity, it will show in your work, and your coordinator shouldn't get on to you about your reflections. I personally write about the activity, how it impacted me and others, and how this shows one or two of the Key Learning Outcomes. Formats for reflection: written, discussion, presentations, blogs, etc. *Whenever writing, you don't have to write formally; this is a reflection and when reviewing yourself, your thoughts probably aren't formal, so in order to make them more personal and connect more to your coordinator, make them honest and easy to read. Reflection and Self-Evaluation: Broad Overview: What did I plan to do? What did I do? What were the outcomes, for me, the team I was working with, and others affected by the activity? *Details: consider when needed or appropriate, the perspectives of yourself and others during each state of the activity. - Summarize what you did in the activity and how you interacted with others. Include planning, fulfillment, and any follow-up. -Explain what you wished to accomplish through this activity and how these goals were fulfilled (or not: it seems that IB people love it when things don't work out and you are able to reflect on it) and/or how they evolved into other accomplishments and goals. What was the VALUE of the activity to you and others involved? -Address problems, difficulties, and challenges faced in the completion of the activity and how they affected you, the project, and the final outcome. - Detail which of the 8 Key Learning Outcomes were accomplished and how those outcomes affected you and those whom you worked. 8 Key Learning Outcomes: 1. Increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth - They are able to see themselves as individuals with various skills and abilities, some more developed than others, and understand that they can make choices about how they wish to move forward. 2. Undertaken new challenges - These may be unfamiliar activities, or extensions to existing ones. 3. Planned and initiated activities - Planning and initiation can be independent or in collaboration with others. 4. Worked collaboratively with others - At least one project, involving collaboration and the integration of at least two areas of CAS (Creativity, Action Service) is required. 5. Shown perseverance and commitment in their activities - At a minimum, this implies attending regularly and accepting a share of the responsibility for dealing with problems that arise in the course of activities. 6. Engaged with issues of global importance - Students should be involved in at least one international project. Global issues can be acted upon locally or nationally, if the student's activities benefit a population outside the USA. 7. Considered the ethical implications of their actions - Evidence of thinking about and considering ethical issues can be shown in various ways, including journal entries and conversations with CAS advisers. Now, I had a tough time with this one for a while, but here are some questions to get your mind rolling: - In what ways did you act with integrity and honesty in this activity? - In what ways did you find the activity required you to make reasoned, ethical decisions? - How did the activity expose the attributes of a good team worker/leader? - How did this activity expose the attributes of a good person? - Did participating in the activity provoke emotions in you or the participants, and how were these emotions dealt with? - Did the activity assist in introducing or reinforcing obligations that we have as a member of society? - Were there any issues raised in this activity that relate to maintaining a sustainable natural or economic movement? - What are some of the key personal attributes required to work fairly and justly with other people? How were they evident inthis activity? - Were you required to adhere to any rules/obligations in doing this activity? How well did you adhere to them? - Did participating in the activity question or conflict in any way with the cultural/social/religious guidelines in which the activity was held? Whew 8. Developed new skills - New skills may be shown in activities that the student has not previously undertaken, or in increased expertise in an established area. CAS isn't difficult. Just remember to keep up wit your reflections and logs and you should be good . Unfortunately, many people don't get their diploma because of something as easy as this, and while I can understand this (just finished my reflections from October...), it isn't worth it to fall behind when we have so much other stuff to do. Also, remember that CAS activities shouldn't be pointless fundraisers, family events, or religious activities. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!
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    Yea, I just see my classmates right before ib exams and they're all chill and act like they've got it all down. it's like I'm the only one who gets this stressed and panicked.. glad to have found this thread.
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    HL History here... I've got a predicted 7. I realize that a lot of people hate to sit and take notes and I happen to be one of them. Instead, after each lesson I would buy some notecards and then one one side of the notecard I would write a question regarding what we did that lesson and on the back I would write my answer... So, for example: Front: When did German unification take place? Back: 1871 After a while I actually started finding my notecards rather fun to do and even made them into a mini Who Wants to be a Millionaire trivia and started giving them stars based on difficulty levels on a scale of 1-10. So, a question like "When did WWII start?" would be 1 star, whereas "Describe Germany's role in the Spanish Civil War" would be a 9 or 10. (:
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    I have an anxiety disorder so I'm very prone to having panic attacks and/or nervous breakdowns. Combine this with the given stress of IB and exams... it's not fun at all!!! As it's exam time for me I've been having pretty bad panic attacks before every single one of my exams. I always feel so terrible before exams; even if I thought I was / even if I think I am good at the subject I never, ever fail to stress out before an exam I hate myself sometimes... so much
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    ...when, after helping an old lady accross the street you request she sign a CAS form.
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    You can't find your hand after a history exam.
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    Im pretty sure my school doesn't cover the cost of remarking and I made it clear to my IBC that I am willing to pay for the cost. the problem is that she keeps on saying that it is the school policy to only request remark for 1%, and since the only way to get a remark is through IBC, I feel really stuck. please help and thank you for replying

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