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    Ideally your real life situation should be the spark for your knowledge question. What is it that you find compelling about the story you've picked? I know nothing more than your summary but it seems to me that the incredible thing is that this person hoodwinked everyone into thinking something which turned out not to be true. Perhaps look at the ways of knowing, and the flaws in people's acquisition of knowledge about this person, which led everyone to believe something false. There's definitely a good question in there. I think the ethics of the situation are fairly uninteresting. How science is restricted by ethics = not really relevant to your scenario. Same with religion. I don't think scientists have any reason to have inherently different ethics as a group, and not in this example. I don't really see why you'd pursue that and if you did want to talk about ethics and how it restricts science there are many better examples you can pick to explore.
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    The best way to know which you will score better on is to take a practice test in both and compare the scores. Don't bother with SAT subject tests unless the uni requires them or you get credit for them.
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    It depends on how much time has passed. If you are in the 1st year of your DP programme then it is perfectly alright if you think you need to change your subjects. Many of my classmates changed their subjects during the 1st six months of year 1. But if you are in the final year, I would recommend you stick to what you chose. Look at it this way. There must have been a reason and you must have given it great thought before you chose your subjects and their levels. So, don't doubt yourself. You've stuck ro them long enough. Just work harder and you'll score well. Also, don't compare your subjects to your friends. It is very toxic. Nothing is more difficult or easier than the other. It all takes hard work. Yoir friends have their own requirements and you have your own. Another side note, I think your subjects are good enough if you want to pursue marketing or mass communication. You might want history for mass com, but even that's not a must. Other than that it looks good to me. Hope I helped
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    In general, the ethics in TOK are about "how ethical standards are established" not "how to apply ethics to this situation". It's very much when you talk bout experimental sciences in TOK that you talk about "how the scientific facts are established" and not "how to apply science to explain this phenomenon". I would cautious against emphasizing on ethics in the main KQ, but as long as you follow the above rule it's fine. Consider explore more about how Elizabeth Holmes deceived investors and include discussions of heuristics, logical fallacy (appeal to authority?), emotion, reasoning, language and possibly faith. A downside of this real life situation that you need to more time than usual to establish the facts of the case: did Holmes know she deceived investors? How well/accurate did the apparatus work? Was she aware of the legal consequences of fraud? Who are the scientists on the company? Did they realize this was a fraud? Finally, the Stanford prisoners' experiment is one of the foundational and cliched examples of questionable ethics in science. Ideally you should find an example where facts are easy to establish/explain, but definitely more recent.
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    There are some really useful websites that you can use, like clilffnotes, sparknotes, shmoop, litcharts, prepscholar etc. If you dont have the time, I can summarise a little bit. Here is a summary of sparknotes character analysis of Tom Buchanan Physically built ("cruel body") Due to being a college athlete Echoed by his mental inflexibility Brutal personality He peaked very early in life (shown by him attempting to recapture his youth) Causes him to always feel victimized Always wants to feel in control If you want there are many more websites with slitghlty different content. They might help. I'll link it below https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gatsby/character/tom-buchanan/ https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gatsby/quotes/character/tom-buchanan/ https://blog.prepscholar.com/tom-buchanan-great-gatsby-character-analysis-quotes https://study.com/academy/lesson/tom-buchanan-in-the-great-gatsby-character-analysis-quotes.html https://www.shmoop.com/great-gatsby/tom-buchanan.html https://www.bartleby.com/essay/Character-Analysis-of-Tom-Buchanan-in-the-F3CTD723TC https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/g/the-great-gatsby/character-list https://www.enotes.com/topics/great-gatsby/characters/tom-buchanan https://www.yorknotes.com/alevel/english-literature/the-great-gatsby-2017/study/characters-themes/02000304_characters Make do with this as you will
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    That is correct: you need to produce at least three WT and submit one to the IB. You need at least one from each of language and literature. Once your teacher grades/reads them, you will submit the highest graded one. For questions regarding IB assessment requirements, see the relevant IB guide from https://www.ibsurvival.com/files/category/14-ib-syllabus-data-booklets/. However you are using the new Class of 2020 guide, as the course has just been updated. A web synopsis is available here: https://www.thinkib.net/englishalanglit/page/2536/written-tasks.
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    If you're interested in Biomedical engineering I would think you should be aiming to do at least one of those subjects or probably both at HL rather than SL! I guess Chemistry would probably be more useful for Biomed but you could make a case for either. The medicinal chemistry versus ecology thing sounds like it's just referring to the options you take - the long and short of it is that if you find a different option more interesting, you can just teach it to yourself from the textbook, so if you're not interested in ecology you can pick a different one. Is there a reason you're not thinking of taking them as HL subjects?
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    I think that you should research on the potential studies that you can use in your EE and narrow your choice based on the number of studies that each question has. Personally, I think that the relationship between schizophrenia and dreaming is an interesting and unique topic, but that's just my personal opinion. As I said intense research is the key to effectively select a topic.
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    Remember that in the TOK course, we are interested in knowledge issues. So, virtual reality and bacteria in food are not appropriate topics for a TOK presentation. However, if you have an RLS that is about the ethical implications of virtual reality, you can possibly extract a KQ from it that focuses on ethics.
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    That seems like a good start, if you haven't already I would ask your teacher for more guidelines. I would maybe include some hobbies, maybe your reasons for choosing IB and some general info about yourself. Hope this helps!
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    Hey, I am going to start IB next year(pre-IB student) and I am sure and confident about hardworking in IB but ı have a doubt about it. In Turkey we have an important exam to enter universities. This exam is so important that some of the students even started to study for this from the first year of high school. I choose IB to earn a different and qualified mentality and improve my knowledge in science in a different language side. My purpose is to get in a Med school, sure I want to go to a prestige university in UK but it is too expensive. So here is my question: Could I study IB while I am studying to my country's exam?
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    This was helpful! I'm starting ib next fall and I'm currently trying to figure out which math would suit my future plans. I'm inetersted in studying economics/finance etc. I'm guessing A/I HL would be best for economics but I wouldn't want math to consume my whole life.. 😕 I think I could manage A/I HL but not A/A HL (the ib considers it to be the closest to the old HL). Therefore I'm still thinking about A/A SL. If you have an opinion on what I should do it would be super helpful! Thanks
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    I believe so, yes, although it would seem harsh to mark down more than a small amount for lack of fluency if it's simply using 'um'. It's always useful to look at the mark schemes and see exactly what you're being marked on before doing any of the IB assessments or examinations. EDIT: I've merged your two topics as they are essentially on the same subject. If you're not happy with the grade you've got, ask your teacher if they'll let you do another presentation and also make sure you ask them for plenty of feedback on why they marked you down in places so you can specifically demonstrate improvement. If there's the opportunity to do so, that seems like a no brainer.
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    I think I may have been marked for cheating on Bio HL? I say this because my seat was moved from the back of the testing room from yesterday to the front today, so I would be seated directly in front of the invigilator's desk. I do not know for sure if the reason is because of suspected cheating, but I did not cheat on this exam. The IB Coordinator and invigilators didn't really say anything about it? I struggled a little with the exam but certainly did not cheat. Would I have been immediately reprimanded if they had suspected I was cheating and not allowed to complete paper 3, or would this claim just be noted on my exam and investigated by IB later? No other students were moved. I'm kind of freaking out, and I'm really, really confused. Is my concern justified? Will I get my diploma? Did they just move me randomly? helppppppp I didn't cheat
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    Do you get an ATAR at an IB school?!
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    A glycine+sodium hydroxide buffer or a carbonate-bicarbonate buffer can be 10pH. This is a pretty helpful site: https://www.aatbio.com/resources/buffer-preparations-and-recipes/carbonate-bicarbonate-buffer-ph-9-2-to-10-6 You can play around with the sliders to get the pH you want.
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    It isn't studied in our school. However, as long as you haven't studied it, what's the problem? EEs will always give a deeper insight into (one aspect) of a work than a middle school lit class. (For what it's worth, we've had students write EEs on Jane Eyre and similarly overdone books and score VERY well.) Good luck!
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    Menu Lc's Guide to Writing an Essay! HMSChocolate's At-a-Glance Guide to the Logical Academic Argument Plagiarism, Academic Dishonesty and How to Avoid Them Frequently Asked Questions About Essay-Writing and IB Essays Julie's "The 6+1 Writing Trait System" VIP Only: Downloadable PDF supplement documents on writing skills. See also this thread for guide about Extended Essay Looking for help/advice with referencing and citations? Click Here! Lc's Guide to Writing an Essay! Well, I've been correcting a few world lit essays and TOK essays.. and I've noticed that most of what is discussed is amazing! And I find myself correcting the structure of the essay itself rather than the content. So I decided to make this handy thread to direct you all as to how to write an Essay. Not a TOK essay, not a history essay, not an english essay. Just a general essay! Introduction Body Conclusion Introduction The oh so feared start of the essay. Most of you find yourselves uncertain as to how to start your essay, and you may feel uncomfortable at the start. Try starting your essay with a claim related to the title/question you are discussing. For example for the title: Define the religious role of Mecca in Pre-Islamic Arabia something along the lines of : "Mecca was considered as a religious center in pre-Islamic Arabia" would be an appropriate way to start your essay. Then some description of the location of Mecca and a general cultural mentality of that time would be appropriate to follow this sentence. Next you're going to start thinking of your Thesis. Of course you can have a Thesis statement in one sentence or various sentences, really depends on your topic. For the same above topic this might be appropriate: Mecca was considered a religious center mainly because of the presence of the objects which were the Zamzam spring, and the Kaba where pilgrimage had taken place for three months every year, by pilgrims from all over Arabia and further countries See that little sentence just defined the whole of my essay. It clearly gave the reader (AKA the examiner) an idea of what exactly I will be arguing later on in my essay. Let's take another example you might relate to better. Since Islamic History is not such a popular subject, I'll go for English A1. To start an unseen commentary, describing what exactly is happening in the poem/prose or what the poem/prose is about would be the most appropriate way to start. You may think this is uncreative and cliche, but trust me the simpler you are the better you are understood and show understanding of what you are reading. So for example - if you can access the "Bell Jar" text which was May 05 if I recall correctly - something like the following would be a good way to start your essay: "The text speaks about a ski trip which two characters, Esther and Buddy, took." Can't be more blunt than that can you? This clearly shows that I understand the text overall. Next is to show you understood it's specifics hence where you start defining the literary most RELEVANT in this prose, like so: "Symbols of authority are evident although the text, mostly associated to Buddy. He pushes and pushes, until she is pushed down a mountainous slope, which could be a metaphor in itself. The chronology of the events parallels to the chronology of Buddy's effect on Esther; as the distance between Esther and Buddy increases, so does his psychological affect on her." So I've made it clear through this thesis that I will be discussing imagery, characterization and the relationship between characters, and the structure of the prose. One last example would be when writing a TOK essay. Like any other essay, the introduction of a TOK essay is the most important part in the sense that it will clarify to the examiner what you are to discuss later on in the essay. So if you were to have a good argument and a bad introduction.. it would make your essay seem vague and in need to just GET TO THE POINT... Ahem sorry this is just really sensitive *sniff*. Body Ahh the body! Where your argument resides This is where you prove your thesis wrong or right! Where - by providing the proper examples - you may convince me that milk is green and grass is white! Now here's what helps you look like you know what you're talking about: A topic sentence for each paragraph: Basically this means that you should have like a mini intro to your paragraphs. A topic sentence is a sentence in the beginning of the paragraph which clarifies to the reader what you intend to discuss in the paragraph. In my first year English A1 course, I found myself writing topic sentences which showed that I want to discuss a certain image in a poem I would be writing a commentary for, and then I'd just randomly move on to talk about tone or something else This showed how confused I was about writing commentaries An example of me doing this is in my first world lit draft: See I started off by indicating I would talk about imagery and only that in my paragraph, then after writing one sentence about the imagery I moved on to how Bernarda inflicted her authority! DO NOT DO THIS! Well structured paragraphs: this means you should jump form one idea to another which has nothing to do with the previous one in two consecutive paragraphs. Your essay should show some form of flaw of thought, when you go from discussing for example the problem of knowledge of history being written with the bias of the historian, to discussing the fact that knowledge in the natural sciences is objective in the next paragraph. Your transformation from one idea to another should be flawless else you will seem confused to the examiner. Well argued ideas: Don't just state your ideas; provide analysis, examples, comments and anything which shows that you're not just stating the obvious but are discussing something you fully understand! Be convincing: The most helpful notion which I had in my head while writing essays was to try to convince people that what I am saying is right! This would help you to write strong essays in general Conclusion By the time you get to the conclusion you could either: - Be too frustrated by the whole of the confusion in the essay, you'd write anything just to finish it off and get on with life - Reread the whole of your essay, realize what it is you argued all through your essay, then conclude your ideas in one small paragraph in the end. I'd suggest the latter. When I say conclude your ideas I don't mean mention each one in the end and make a conclusive statement about each, you don't want to end up with a 400 word conclusion paragraph there are no 1,2,3s of writing a conclusion which I know of... so here are some examples that might give you an idea of what I'm talking about:
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    I can tell this is going to be a hot topic hot because there is nothing better then smiling muffins
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    IB HL courses are generally more in-depth in terms of knowledge and content, which requires a longer period of study (3 semesters) whereas, SL courses only last for a year. There is barely any difference between SL and HL other than more IA's for instance and the length of study. Final requirements for the IB is the IA (internal assessment) where you try to show the IB examiners your skills without the stress of exams through certain activities (math portfolio, presentation, etc.). Then you have your exam which is worth 70-80% of your final mark
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    In Canada we call it rehab from the terrible middle school math education =P
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    Some of you may have noticed that we now have the ability to "react" to posts here on IB Survival. What other reactions would you like to see? And what icons would you like?
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