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  1. 2 points
    A few thoughts on your course selection from a current engineering undergrad: 1, Change your mathematics to HL if possible. You will find that engineering/CS departments heavily favor Math HL students, and professors will teach like you have the background of HL, especially the calculus part. Both of your aspirations are extremely math heavy, and I have seen firsthand SL Math students struggle with just first year mathematics courses in Eng/CS. 2, Keep in mind most universities have both Computer Science and Computer Engineering. The differences between the two are not so subtle. Anyhow, almost ALL engineering departments, and many CS departments, require chemistry for AT LEAST the grade 12 level. Check with your adviser and the schools you wish to apply to. If you do not meet a pre-requisite for a program, your application won't be considered for it. 3, If CS is a course option for you, take it, regardless of who your teacher is. CS is one of those subjects with massive amounts of resources online, and teaching yourself technical knowledge is a precursor to university (you can't just "switch" courses in uni if your prof is bad). AFAIK design tech may not be even seen as a valid science course by some STEM faculties, and it won't help your case for comsci. It is possible (and I think likely), that they will find it very strange that a CS applicant took Design Tech even though CS was an available course. Trust me, they won't give a damn about your reason that your teacher "doesn't do her job well". It's good that you're not yet in IB. You have a few years to figure out what you want. Based on the courses you chose, I felt you feel conflicted about what your courses, since you have HL Physics but SL Math (Physics is literally applied math), and taking Design Tech based on teacher. Take some time to do some research about programs you're interested in, and note their pre-requisites. And maybe most importantly, have some fun and live a little before IB starts!
  2. 2 points
    Hey there! The research question is a good start in terms of the content however you can not use it like this on your final. It is a little grammatically incorrect. Don't feel like you NEED to use "to what extent" if it doesn't really match your question. Instead of focussing on "peoples responses", focus on the "social impact". It gives you MORE to write about and you don't have to worry about being TOO specific because then you can run into not finding enough sources. I would rephrase it to: "What was the social impact in America in response to the Vietnam war (1965-1971)?" or something along those lines. Hope I could help Good luck!
  3. 1 point
    AP BC Calc is more than sufficient. They say BC students are slightly less prepared than current HL students who get the same grade (AP 5 vs IB 7) but it's not too significant. It's good you are or have taken biology and chemistry, as one expects from the US system. I don't know of any university that actively seek DT students. Universities care more about students who can handle the math and sciences for an engineering program, as there is no point in engineering design if you do not know the concepts. As such, design is one of the final courses in an engineering curriculum (but they might have an intro project in freshman year that is very basic and rudimentary).
  4. 1 point
    Yeah, DT is not a useful course. Take COMP SCI HL, then "compensate" for math at SL by getting a good score on the SAT math II subject test. A third science in chemistry or biology is not as important for American students as it is for Canadian students. but if you can fit it in during summer/night school then do it as well.
  5. 1 point
    Hey! Two months is doable but you need DISCIPLINE. If you are still very unsure about a lot of things you can not afford to procrastinate at this point... Here are some little tips: 1. Go to bed at 9 pm at the latest et up early in the mornings (at like 5:30) and do some revision. You are able to study and receive material better in the mornings 2. Delete social media apps (or at least turn off notifications) you will gain a lot of time by just not checking your phone 3. Stop finding excuses for not doing what you're supposed to (it is a lot easier but means that you're NOT productive) 4. Make a revision time table organized by subject on what you are the most unsure about; PRIORITIZE 5. Establish an effective note-taking system but DONT take loads of notes, its a waste of time and you won't memorize it, instead read slowly and focused and then take down a summary 6. If you're struggling with math, watch screen recording and use https://www.khanacademy.org/. Learn the theory well before you apply the knowledge! 7. Stay organized, keep all your revision for each subject separate and systematic. 8. Don't overwork yourself. You do this by not sleeping, not taking breaks and neglecting eating clean, exercise and staying hydrated. You do not want to have a BURNOUT right at your exams Hope this helped a little bit Good luck
  6. 1 point
    To clarify, a World Studies EE does not allow for combination of subjects regardless of the topic. For a World Studies EE, you have to do a topic of some global (and therefore, social) significance but focus analysis in context of a particular region. The possible areas of studies for WS EE are the following: i) Conflict, peace, and security ii) Culture, language and identity iii) Environmental and/or economic sustainability iv) Equality and inequality v) Health and development vi) Science, technology and society. It is difficult to extend medicinal marijuana use into a WS EE because there is near-zero connection between medicinal marijuana and society. Medicinal marijuana, by definition, acts exclusively on the individual level, rather than at the global level.
  7. 1 point
    Hey there! I assume you chose psychology for your EE. First of all: the following feedback is just my opinion so I don't want to offend or say that I am always right so you don't have to follow my advice. Question 1 is going to be hard to answer as there are not quantitative measures of personality so I would avoid it. Unless you have a study that in some way quantifies personality I don't think its a good fit. Question 2 is similar to question one in a way that you will have to reference a study to quantify intelligence such as results of an IQ test. For these first two questions, I would DEFINITELY mention a study in the question. Question 3 is also a question where you would definitely need statistics of some kind. Question 4 is a very good question as it is specific and there are a lot of sources available on it. If you start researching and realize that it is too broad then I would focus on either similarities or differences but if not then you're good to go! In my opinion, this is the best EE question out of the four. I hope this helped and good luck
  8. 1 point
    Hey there! I think you should ask your supervisor about this or the subject teacher but I think it is good to know that there are 5 types of physics extended essays. Experimental: design and implementation of an experiment, then personal collection and analysis of the data Data-based: location and extraction of raw or processed data, not collected directly by the student, which is then further refined and analyzed. Theoretical: development of a quantitative or semi-quantitative description of some physical phenomenon, the exercise of the model, predictions about its behavior and limitations. Survey: formulation of a cohesive, ordered, analytical and supported (qualitative and quantitative) discussion of the topic. Combination: some combination of the approaches listed above So it is a lot more flexible that it may seem. I think you could really tailor it to what you would want to write about. Hope this helped and good luck
  9. 1 point
    Hey! I am currently in 11th grade and went through the subject choosing process which I know is quite difficult. For me, it was also difficult because, at the time, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. Your subject choices look like they have a good balance between the directions you might want to go into! However, if you`re quite indecisive and have a liking towards literature, the only thing I might want to say is that HL physics is DIFFICULT. I have personal experience in that subject and if you're not quite sure whether you enjoy and need it, you could save yourself a lot of time and sweat by reconsidering. But otherwise, it looks like your all set! Good luck in the IB, you'll need it
  10. 1 point
    A helpful parent has written some concise notes for the SL course: If you have any specific questions on trig, feel free to post in this subforum!
  11. 1 point
    Hello again, sorry for the super late reply, I had to "procrastinate on procrastination" this past week due to having two IAs at the same time. I'm sure you can agree when I say that choosing IB subjects is most definitely not easy, so let's start from the beginning. Your choices already satisfy the requirements for groups 1, 2, and 4 (literature, second language, and math): 1: English SL 2: French AB initio 4: Math HL (You also listed Bahasa Indonesia, but I'm not sure whether it fits into group 1 or 2) Now we get to the hard part. Let's review your options: Group 3 - Individuals and Societies: Econ, Business Management, ITGS Group 5 - Sciences: Chem, Bio, ITGS Group 6 - The Arts: Theatre, Art, OR any other subject (ITGS, being an interdisciplinary class, can satisfy either group 3 or 5) Okay. To start, I'll recommend that you replace one of the group 6 options with something from groups 3 or 5. If have a really good plan to get all requirements, and you have a strong interest in either theatre or art (perhaps you are very interested in design?), then you should waive my suggestion and consider an arts course. That said, let's get into the meat of this: The most important science is chemistry. It's not my personal favourite, but it's the one that is most requested by universities, based on what I have seen (I'm currently looking into many universities myself as I will be applying next winter). If biology is offered at SL at your school, take it in the place of an arts course. If HL, I would suggest that you skip bio. Why? One word: balance. I chose to drop to the IB Certificate program for that reason - it was not worth it for me to invest so much energy into HL History and HL English, when I could spend that time studying more science classes at the "regular" level, allowing me to gain experience that will better prepare me for my future in STEM. Now onto group 3. I very highly recommend that you choose ITGS, as it is your closest option to a computer science class. Here's a quick update on where we are now: Group 3: ITGS Group 5: Chemistry Group 6: Biology if SL, if not, see below Ah, yes, the group 6 question! Two of your course selections were Econ and History. If biology is really not your thing, take one of those instead. As I mentioned before, I think Econ would be of more beneficial to you in the long run than History. Business Management also seems like a good choice, but you seem to have a greater interest in Econ. I think I have mentioned everything that I needed to say. Here's my final list for you: Group 1: English SL Group 2: French AB initio Group 3: ITGS Group 4: Math HL Group 5: Chemistry Group 6: Your choice. My suggested rankings for you: 1) Econ 2) Business Management 3) History 4) Theatre or Art (I'm not too sure where I would place Biology on this ranking, as I do not know if it is HL or SL, and more importantly, this decision is dependent on your own interests) So there you go. I would like to apologize once more for such a late reply, hopefully this is not too late. There is always the option of dropping to an IB Certificate in order to take any classes that aren't offered at IB level at your school, which could prove beneficial. This is speaking from experience, trust me. My school has a very small IB program, so small that there are no subject choices. Most of the IB students at my school go "Partial," including me. I dropped in order to have the time to take physics at the "regular" level, as it was not offered at IB level. Without physics, I would be unable to apply to engineering programs at university. Also, as a Partial IB student, I don't have to write the EE, study TOK, or do CAS - perhaps not having to complete the IB core would give you more time to strengthen your coding skills? Or, if Partial is not for you, maybe Pamoja? I know that I mentioned this (as well as Partial IB) earlier, but I really think it's a good option if you're passionate about computer science. You already have a bit of an advantage, because computer science is quite easy to take online, given that the content of the course is already 100% digital. I've taken a CS course online before (not IB level, though), and I found that the online environment actually enhanced my experience, as I was truly immersed into the "techy" experience. I really hope not to overwhelm you with all that I have said here... it's quite a lot to take in. If you change your mind at anytime leading up to the beginning of IB, you will always be able to make the changes that will work best for you. I wish you the best of luck in deciding on courses, and IB in general!
  12. 1 point
    Forgive me if I misunderstood, but wouldn't your result come out to be a constant? Since you've fixed the angle of your ramp, can't you plug that into your cosine and get a numerical answer for force?
  13. 1 point
    Hey Max. First, I have no idea about US uni's so you'd have to research that, but I know about UK uni's as thats where I plan to study and History HL is a necessity. And yes, I would be doing an undergraduate degree in Law. UK schools look at ur IB marks, however they will very rarely look at your school marks. There is a difference, you could get a test in lets say, ESS, that is graded and put in your report, however this does not affect your IB grade, which is composed of IA's, Exams, and other stuff. I have also never studied Econ in high school before doing IB, and I am doing very well right now, just because you never did econ prior uni doesn't mean you can't do it. Might be helpful, but very manageble. However if you want to have a career in econ, u should take econ, but be cautions that choosing between history and econ may restrict you down certain roads. Before you make a decision, research uni entry requirements, make a pos/con list and list all of the good and negative aspects of both subjects. The subject that has the most value in future life choices should be useful in helping you decide which subject to choose. Hope this helps
  14. 1 point
    You can write about graphic novels, I do not know if comics fall into that category but you should check with either your IB counsellor or teacher.
  15. 1 point
    Yes, you can change your username on the site. You might be able to use this link: https://www.ibsurvival.com/settings/username/ . If not, it can be found if you click on your username at the top right and go down to Account Settings . Hope this helps, IB_taking_over
  16. 1 point
    Is anyone else doing a category 3 essay (about language as opposed to literature)? I'm enjoying my essay, particularly because of the subject matter being quite close to me, but I'm feeling a bit alone here. 😅 It would be nice to know if anyone else is doing something similar!
  17. 1 point
    How I format my reflective statement is with a brief, max two-sentence description of the IO itself, followed by "Our discussion helped me realized that...". The entire reflection should be focused on what you had not seen before the IO but now understand because of the IO, and you want to make it very explicit the connection between your understanding and the IO. Basically, my reflective statement looks like this: Paragraph 1: What was the IO, what did it help you understand Paragraph 2-3: Specific point of understanding (for example, your newfound knowledge of a certain character or symbol, one per paragraph). These paragraphs should move like this: previous understanding of character/symbol/etc., "however, we realized that", "this interactive oral thus helped us understand", "this greatly deepened my understanding of..." Paragraph 4: Brief, two-sentence ending note. I wrote it like, "This interactive oral has made me consider..." and the final sentence was some existential connection to culture in general. Notice the phrases in quotations; those are the types of phrases you want to use in order to be explicitly connecting your new understanding to the IO. I am not sure if this helped or not, so if you are still confused, please don't hesitate to ask more questions.
  18. 1 point
    We are all a joke if you make 25k usd a month in high school.
  19. 1 point
    Personally, I did a lot of volunteer work (CAS) and started a cooking club (CAS) where I had the entire club do projects to feed the less fortunate and raise money for them by selling varieties of food such as cupcakes and pastries for events so that really helped in fulfilling the hours. For me, my CAS coordinator counted blogging (CS) as an activity especially since I wrote about raising awareness of a few things which was counted as Service. For my group project however, I did a marathon which accounted a ton of hours but, I DON'T recommend it unless you're planning for it to be very local and small possibly around your school only. You can even do Unpaid Internships over the breaks and that should account for Creativity and Action according to my coordinator.
  20. 1 point
    No offence to the teacher, but for the argument, it's absolutely ridiculous. It's like saying if someone finishes an exam early, she must have messed up or missed something really significant. Turnitin is programmed to recognize proper citations, which should not show up on plagiarism. Similarity is a poor indication of how much or little evidence you have.
  21. 1 point
    Just to clarify, do you mean written task? If yea, then here goes. 1)If its the creative written task, there could be quoting if your writing like a blog or something. Usual in quotes, cited blablabla, IB plagiarism lecture there. 2)You could, but depends on what your writing, because like a story wont have quotes right. so that depends on what your writing. 3) no headings are needed. I hope I answered the right thing (and it helped), if not, I apologise for wasting your time
  22. 1 point
    Hi =) I'm about to start on my biology EE and I've been researching a suitable question/topic to do it on. My supervisor has suggested I do it based on plants, and I'm following it seeing a safer path. What I have come up with is something like "The effect of common fertilizer vs organic fertilizer" or "The effect of leaf vs root application of water". Can anyone tell me if it sounds too common or if it is better to change it slightly? Hi I did my EE in biology on effect of organic fertilizern on plants and it turned out to be an A grade. So, I hope my advice will help you. You are on the right track so far but your topics are too superficial at the moment, in other words, your topics are too vague. Your topic should convey 'what your EE is about" in '~detail~', to be more specific you need to indicate what kind of commecial fertilizer you will use, and similarly you should mention what type of organic fertilizer will be used. Also, your EE topic should be in a correct format in order to earn 2/2 marks. A good topic must include both dependent and independent variables in it. Your topic, however, only includes independent variable which is "effect of commercial fertilizer and effect of organic fertilizer". Here, you need to add a dependent variable (dependent variable is a variable that is dependent on independent variable or is effected by your independent variable) in your topic. So, you will have to consider about what will be effected by your independent variable (different types of fertilizer). I would suggest "growth of plants" as your dependent variable, again, you should make it more specific by mentioning what type of plant will specifically be used. For example: growth of 'clovers'. By now you should get a general idea of what dependent and independent variables are. You should now combine your independent variable and dependent variable to create your topic. Let's say your independetant variable is "types of fertilizer applied to plants" and your dependent variable is "growth of plants (clovers)" --> here you probably should explore/mention how you will measure growth of plants, for example: you can measure changes in mass. My example of your topic is "To investigate the effect of different types fertilizers on growth rate of (plant specie name) measured by changes in mass". *Only use this example to get an idea, DO NOT USE IT AS YOUR TOPIC because you will only do well and will be passionate with it if you have a topic that interested/ interests/ will interest you. Therefore, you should find and create a topic that is interesting to you! If you have more questions or need help, you can add me on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/el.lee.71 because I hardly visit this web-site. I hope my advice was helpful and wish you a best luck with your EE!
  23. 1 point
    Okay, the ones that have never appeared before (up to May 12', because I don't have Nov 12' as I said): BLOA: - Discuss ethical considerations related to research studies at the biological level of analysis - Discuss two effects of the environment on physiological processes CLOA: - Explain how biological factors may affect one cognitive process - To what extent do cognitive and biological factors interact in emotion SLOA: - Discuss ethical considerations related to research studies at the sociocultural level of analysis - Describe the role of situational and dispositional factors in explaining behaviour - Define the terms "culture" and "cultural norms" - Using one or more examples, explain "emic" and "etic" concepts And if anyone wants to check, here's the past questions: SAQs SPEC/3/PSYCH/BP1/ENG/TZ0/XX 1. Explain how one study demonstrates localization of function in the brain. 2. Outline two principles that define the cognitive level of analysis. 3. Explain one compliance technique. M11/3/PSYCH/BP1/ENG/TZ1/XX 1. Explain how one hormone influences human behaviour. 2. Describe one research study which has investigated schema theory. 3. Outline two errors in attribution. M11/3/PSYCH/BP1/ENG/TZ2/XX 1. Explain how one hormone influences human behaviour 2. Outline one theory of how emotion may affect one cognitive process. 3. Describe one theory or study on the formation of stereotypes. N11/3/PSYCH/BP1/ENG/TZ0/XX 1. Explain how one or more neurotransmitters affect human behaviour. 2. Outline two principles that define the cognitive level of analysis. 3. Describe one study relevant to social learning theory M12/3/PSYCH/BP1/ENG/TZ1/XX 1. Describe one principle that defines the biological level of analysis. 2. Describe one ethical consideration related to one research study at the cognitive level of analysis. 3. Explain why one particular research method has been used at the sociocultural level of analysis M12/3/PSYCH/BP1/ENG/TZ2/XX 1. Describe one study related to localization of function in the brain. 2. Describe one ethical consideration related to one research study at the cognitive level of analysis. 3. Outline how one principle that defines the sociocultural level of analysis has been demonstrated in one example of research (theory or study) Essays SPEC/3/PSYCH/BP1/ENG/TZ0/XX 4. To what extent does genetic inheritance influence behaviour? Use relevant research studies in your response. 5. Discuss the use of one research method (e.g. experiments, case studies) in the cognitive level of analysis. Use relevant research studies in your response. 6. Evaluate the role that one cultural dimension (e.g. individualism/collectivism, power distance) may have on behaviour. M11/3/PSYCH/BP1/ENG/TZ1/XX 4. Discuss ethical considerations related to research conducted into genetic influences on behaviour. 5. To what extent do social or cultural factors affect one cognitive process? 6. Discuss factors influencing conformity. M11/3/PSYCH/BP1/ENG/TZ2/XX 4. Discuss the use of brain imaging technologies to investigate the relationship between biological factors and behaviour. 5. To what extent is one cognitive process reliable? 6. Discuss factors influencing conformity. N11/3/PSYCH/BP1/ENG/TZ0/XX 4. Discuss how and why particular research methods are used at the biological level of analysis, with reference to one or more studies. 5. Outline schema theory. Evaluate schema theory with reference to studies. 6. Evaluate social identity theory with reference to relevant studies. M12/3/PSYCH/BP1/ENG/TZ1/XX 4. Discuss one evolutionary explanation of one behaviour. 5. Evaluate two models or theories of one cognitive process. 6. Discuss the use of two compliance techniques. M12/3/PSYCH/BP1/ENG/TZ2/XX 4. Discuss one example of how cognition and physiology interact to affect behaviour. 5. Discuss the use of technology in investigating one cognitive process. 6. Evaluate research (theories and/or studies) on conformity.
  24. 1 point
    I don't think it's necessarily the hardest thing, but I do think that a lot of people fall down on it because they 'overlook' the importance of the components of the bonus points and assume they require less effort. Stuff like TOK is frequently paid less attention by people because of the nature and brevity of its assessment.. and also its general nature of apparently being pointless. Quite a few people assume TOK is philosophy and write very mystical "philosophical"-sounding essays only to come up very short -- TOK doesn't teach any philosophy really, so anybody writing a philosophy essay will come unstuck. More to the point, mystical TOK jargon and open-ended questions about the nature of reality etc etc (which admittedly is the teaching style of most TOK teachers!) wouldn't form the basis of a decent philosophy essay anyway. Similarly a lot of people assume their EE is just a glorified and long version of a normal essay instead of a technically-Uni level research paper, so aren't thorough enough about really trying to step up to the mark. So all in all I don't think it's because it's very difficult to achieve, it's just very easy not to put the work in and take the components of the bonus points as seriously as you ought. I know some people were seriously shocked when they got no bonus points, but TBH it's definitely possible to get at least 2 if you put some effort into it. You just really have to try hard and particularly know that if you're not so great at TOK, your EE has to be spotless and vice versa.
  25. 1 point
    I feel obliged to point out that there is no such thing...

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