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  1. Hey Arrowhead! It's been agesssss! Anyway, I had a question, in terms of beefing up your CV in anticipation of formal summer associate/vacation scheme programmes, what would you suggest I start stacking up on? I still very much want to practise law in the UK eventually, so my focus is there, although it is hard to do that since I'm so far removed from that system at the moment. I have some great opportunities to look forward to, but do you think doing an internship at a law firm in India would be enough? Or should I be trying to do something more 'interesting' like volunteering or other w/e stuff? Your thoughts, as usual, are totally respected (and needed!). Thank you!!!!!
  2. Massive congratulations on your perfect, perfect score! It's great to know that Further Maths got remarked up for you, because with a subject like maths there's not usually a change there. I am in such awe! Thank YOU!!!! I was super duper happy about the increase. I was only ONE MARK away from the grade 7 boundary, I totally think the person remarking my paper just felt bad for me and gave me a mark.
  3. Ooh, that's a doozy. I didn't realise you weren't even studying History in the IB! You really have an uphill battle ahead of you! In my school, we aren't even allowed to do that, lol. Tbh, I don't think the question, even as I phrased it sounds like a great history EE topic. Not to me anyway in that I would never find something so obscure to write about myself. But different people have different interests is all. I defo think it's a workable EE topic, though. Go ahead with it if it's a topic you really like. I also suggest relying heavily on your EE supervisor to keep you on track in the event you start losing steam or such.
  4. Hello again! I think your new topic is certainly a debate, but I dunno if it sounds like much of a History essay. Like your question right now is literally going to be a debate between an individual and collective right. It's also really specific, which isn't a bad thing cause people are always, always told to narrow their topics more and more, but maybe, I mean, to me, it feels like this might just be like too narrow... You know, I think the best way to put it is that I think your topic is too limited i.e. your evidentiary basis are those hearings and debates between the Feds and Anti-Feds on that one issue. It just needs a little more space and a little more scope. And also, I think your RQ wording is really weird. Maybe summat like, "At the time of its inclusion in the US Constitution, was the Second Amendment envisioned as an individual or collective right?" I think that flows better. You could still like stick only to the Fed vs Anti-Fed debates if you wanted, but your question also allows you to add any other evidence you want beyond those debates if you so wish. It doesn't feel as limiting anymore. I dunno...what do you think? It's your essay after all.
  5. Got my remark yesterday after applying for it on July 10th - so in like 3 weeks-ish.
  6. Every school uses different rules for CAS. One thing some peers of mine at school did for Action (they weren't the Action-y types) was to make an early morning jogging group. Except nobody woke up to go jogging early morning. There were like 7-8 kids in this group and they all lived near to each other. One kid's dad was the assigned 'supervisor' and he signed off on the Action activity and these kids got their Action requirement fulfilled without actually doing anything.
  7. Hey! I think it depends on how you approach your essay and there is defo some fear that you might just end up writing a narration of historical affairs. The way I understand it, your essay structure is basically going to be you going like: "Federalists argued X and this brought about some change and then Anti-Federalists argued Y and this brought about this other change..." That's not the way an EE should be (again, assuming that this is how you plan to write your essay, I may have misunderstood your post above). My IB Coordinator told me something once regarding the EE that I think might help you: "The Extended Essay is an opportunity to explore a topic with a certain amount of depth and breadth and to challenge yourself to come to an unexpected conclusion." For History EEs and all History essays in general, the core of it has to be some kind of debate. That is where the analysis also usually comes in. The debate in question should ideally also be balanced on both sides. Your EE RQ, the way I see it, doesn't lend itself to any kind of debate. It sounds like a narration of facts. You could structure your essay in a way that you analyse and argue that certain arguments made for the right to bear arms were cogent and others not so strong and then evaluate each argument's historical impact, but imho, that's not a very compelling argumentative essay. On the other hand, you could also take your essay as it stands in the direction of, "Well the Federalists and Anti-Federalists argued X, Y, Z; but in reality, there were outside factors such as such-and-such events that had a huge impact on the development of the right to bear arms". That could also like work. But I don't feel like that's a super interesting way of approaching the question because, well, it's totally obvi. Like it's understood that no one single factor solely influenced the development of the right to bear arms. I think one way of making your RQ cooler would be to like completely refocus your point of view on this essay. I don't know the history in this area, but I can imagine that there might have been a particular event or debate in parliament between the Feds and Anti-Feds that was decisive in many ways. Maybe you could consider micro-ing down on that one tiny happening and then spend your essay analysing it and talking about its great influence with the benefit of hindsight. But I dunno, even if you do that, the essay would still feel really narrative and 'how'-y to me and lacking in sufficient debate and arguments to make it succeed. I guess I think you need to refocus your essay to some aspect of the history involved in this area that can encourage lively, balanced debate in your essay OR Pick another great historical event and write on a different topic. I don't know if any of my rambling will help as it all sounds quite haphazard as I reread it, but fingers crossed you can make sense of it and it helps in some way!
  8. I think it differs from school to school and person to person. For me, IB1 was a breeze and IB2 was hell. Everything piles up in IB2. No matter how orgaised you are, or how much you try to stay on top of things, there is a LOT to get done in IB2.
  9. I had a friend in the same position as you. What helped her get back on track was sitting down and organising herself. I suggest doing the following: - Make a list in each subject of the areas that you're very weak in. Don't just think, "I'm weak in everything". If that is the case, then list all the major areas of the syllabus you've covered in IB1 and start with the ones you're completely lost with and move towards the one you're better with. - Allocate a set number of days per subject during your hols so you know to move on at the end of that period. - If you're in real trouble, deactivate FB, Twitter, your phone, everything! (except IBS of course ) to help keep you focused. - Don't forget to take breaks, you will feel very overwhelmed in the beginning, don't try to scale Everest in a single day, or week. It might take several weeks, but if you're diligent you could easily catch up. - Study smartly! + With Maths, I found that practising problems from past exam papers and then cross-checking with the answers key is usually the best way to improve. Provided you stop and redo the problem whenever you get it wrong and make the effort to understand where you went wrong and try to improve. + With History, I tend to reread the textbook until I've memorised it. Other people use flashcards and 'timelines'. All sorts of things to get the facts in your head and understand the narrative that accompanies every topic. Writing outlines for essay questions and then discussing them with your history teacher/peers in history class/a tutor will also help loads provided you get good feedback. - Don't be afraid to ask for help whenever you get stuck. It's better to feel a little bad about knowing the answer than getting frustrated with your inability to figure it out! You save so much time and energy! There's also a lot of good advice here about organising yourself over the summer and finding ways to keep yourself motivated!
  10. Erudite

    PS for two subjects

    This is a general list of FAQs that I was directed to when I was first writing my PS and I thought it was super helpful at time! Hope you find some answers as well.
  11. Don't worry about it yet. I see that your exams are in May 2016, so you've just started the IB! I used to get super confused with all of that stuff also. Your teachers should explain the syllabus and breakdown of each subject you're taking at HL and SL. You can also ask your IB Coordinator for a copy of the syllabus for each of your subjects where everything is explained in a lot of detail including IA and exam descriptions and marks breakdowns, etc. I think you could even find those subject outlines/syllabi online if you googled them.
  12. You can also ask your IB Coordinator. My IBC once told me that all IBCs have access to a database of past papers.
  13. In my experience, Maths HL is not necessarily nightmare-inducing as some people would have you believe. You should defo have a love for it, for sure, but just like any mathematics course, the secret to succeeding in it is not much of a secret at all - practice! Constant, repetitive practice! In my school, lots of people take 4-5 HLs for the first one or two weeks of term and then depending on whichever HLs they like most, they drop the extra 1-2 to SL accordingly. Try 4 HLs out, if you can handle it, continue, if you can't, you can always drop one of them to SL. Challenge yourself a little bit. You can never fully realise what your limits are if you never test them.
  14. Hey! If anybody here has had experience with the remarking process for one or more of your subjects, how long did it take? Please and thank you!
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