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  1. Hi, I'm doing Japanese at school and i could definitely teach u some stuff. I'm quite busy lately but do you have skype?
  2. Make sure you know your texts well and learn how to analyse texts properly. It's important to know how to structure an essay/commentary as well feel free to ask me about it anytime
  3. Hi, my IA topic is about how Gorbachev's policies were responsible for ending the Cold War but i'm struggling to understand the big pictures. Could anyone please explain to the me Gorbachev's policies in very simple terms and how they affected the cold war? Any sources would be appreciated thanks!
  4. I agree that you could narrow down the topic a bit, although i have no specific suggestions for a topic. In terms of presentation tips, i definitely recommend a simple structure. In addition to having your arguments/points, have a lot of 'TOK'y things. For example, what is sense? what is perception? etc. Also, make it really creative. For my presentation, the teacher was impressed with how i made my own video to show my own opinion instead of just talking about it with a powerpoint gl!
  5. For bio, i'm using this book on top of my school notes. It's a simple layout with detailed information and diagrams. It's not one of those objective:answer books, though. http://www.bookdepository.com/Pearson-Baccalaureate-Higher-Level-Biology-for-IB-Diploma-William-Ward/9780435994457
  6. I finished my IOP about a month ago with a 27/30 - i'm proud but i could've definitely done better (i literally did it the night before it was due). I thought i'd give the people who are out there and haven't done their IOPs some tips. 1. STOP STRESSING! Of course, being a bit stressed is necessary but i often see people pulling their hair out about their IOP. Honestly, if you have analysed your material thoroughly, planned well and know what you are going to talk about, it is not that worth stressing over! 2. Choosing a topic For those of you who are like me and spend AGES trying to find the PERFECT topic - don't! i've just realised, the best thing to conquer this habit is to go with something you're interested in. Along the way, you might find the perfect topic! It's just a matter of starting it. For the presentation 3. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. Know your material. If you haven't procrastinated and managed your time okay (note that i didn't manage my time okay but i was REALLY into the book and passionate about the themes. I didn't have the material on paper but it was in my mind ), you'll be much better off. Whatever you do, DON'T WRITE YOUR SCRIPT ON YOUR PALM CARDS!!!!! I can't stress this enough. Even if you know your whole script by heart. If you get nervous, you'll probably end up reading it straight of your palm cards anyway. 4. Improvisation and SOUND INTERESTED Again with the palm cards, i put dot points but i usually practice my speech over and over again (yes i did not sleep that night). Add a little improvisation for a more casual tone. A stiff, speech-like tone can be just as boring as a monotone. Even if you aren't interested, sound interested in what your talking about - it will be much more charismatic. When i practiced, i had a script but i didn't follow it word for word. I improvised a bit and that made it easier to remember. 5. Get creative! I did Solaris by Stanislaw Lem. I think the main reason my presentation was a success despite it being done so quickly is the fact that i was creative. I tried to add that casual tone to it and some humour too, all the while exploring the topic extremely deeply. For example, instead of just saying that 'the costuming changed by scientific to humanistic to express the characterisation process', I started off dressed in a leather jacket and a scarf (over my uniform). After every few slides, i would take a cool-looking item off until i was left in my normal uniform. Then, i started putting on pajamas. At the end of the presentation, i explained how it reflected the costuming in the movie. It was really embarrassing to do it in front of the whole library but i definitely think it was worth it. I'm pretty new to the IB but this is some of the stuff i have learnt. I really hope it helped! Feel free to ask any questions!
  7. Some amazing books we are studying are: Fight Club - Chuck Palinuik Solaris - Stanislaw Lem Slaughterhouse 5 Dr Fisher of Geneva These all are wonderful to write about because there's so many interesting themes and the authors are absolutely awesome at incorporating unique writing techniques. I really recommend them but they might be quite rude at times
  8. Hi, i'm going to try and explain this as simply as i can. In the end, it all comes down to practice. The most important thing is structure - not just the structure of your analysis but also the structure of yours sentences. Of course, there are the standard things like topic sentences, point, example, explanation, link. A big part of the analysing poetry is to understand the fact that poets usually have a much deeper meaning. They tend to use a lot of symbolism and subtle metaphors. For example, if the word 'dust' is mentioned, you could connect it to the feeling of something being ancient or neglected. It's important to recognize the themes and how the poet tries to portray it. Eg. of subtle techniques use of particular sounds. Eg. sexy, succulent, sensual. The use of the S sound gives a ~ tone contributing to the ~message the poet is trying to communicate. Caesuras (very short sentences for effect). Eg. *a long, flowy description* stop. i can't do this anymore. The sudden caesuras draw the reader's attention and create contrast for the second theme. Enjambment (one sentence on two lines) - maybe used to highlight certain things. in terms of setting it out, there's various ways. If you're used to a 3 point essay: For example, if there's 3 stanzas, you could go a paragraph for each stanza, talking about the theme, how it's portrayed using poetry techniques, etc. Or, i prefer to split it into the theme, the techniques and the tone, which is quite hard and i have occasionally changed it to suit the piece i'm writing about. In summary, get used to close reading poems. By this, i mean questioning everything you read in a poem. Why did the poet choose to use this word? What could this possibly symbolise? (Be careful not to over analyse it though!). Pick up on the themes, plan your structure and start writing! I've only been in IB for one semester but this is what i've picked up on on the way. I hope it helps!
  9. I did Solaris by Stanislaw Lem - the science and emotion, how this theme is portrayed
  10. THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH!!!!! I really appreciate your help
  11. Hi there! At school we're currently doing the Russian Civil War but i find it so confusing because the teacher tends to skip to different stages. I guess it works for some people but i'm really not getting it. Could anyone please help me by explaining the Russian Civil War in a simplistic but sequential manner including who was involved? I just really need to get the gist of it. If no one has time, it's fine but a link to good sources would really be appreciated! Thanks!
  12. I live in Australia and i've been to a few other countries but Thailand was amazing and Singapore is my fave
  13. Hi, i'm at the end of my first semester in IB with 3 more semesters to go. I just decided to switch to BAM from philosophy and i have to catch up on a whole semester's work in the holidays (2 weeks) TT_TT does anyone have any tips on how to approach BAM and the best way to make notes and remember things? I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP!!! ^_____________^
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