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  1. I would say if you've finished studying the textbook and understanding/learning/memorising all the concepts, it would probably be most useful to now do practice questions and past papers - especially in exam conditions, so you can practice managing your time to cover everything. For long questions, my view is that it's best to write a paragraph or two about the advantages/support what's being proposed/what you propose, then another paragraph or two about the disadvantages/arguments against it, and finally a concluding paragraph summing up where you should also express which side you think is stronger/provide the best solution and why. Whether you need to give a solution for a question depends on what the question is asking, but generally I find most long questions are seeking for you to do an evaluation of some sort, which will require some kind of solution. For 6-9 mark questions I'd be aiming for at least one page (depending on your handwriting size), but you've probably heard this before: it's definitely quality over quantity! This is just from my experience, but hope this helps!
  2. It's not about the number of business theories/tools you use, but rather, how well you use the tool, and how relevant it is for the topic you're analysing. SWOT and the BCG matrix could be enough if you're using them properly and they really help with your topic. However, if you're just using them for the sake of using them, and the analysis doesn't actually help answer your research question, then it's not enough. Be especially careful of the SWOT analysis - past IA marker comments always reflect that many students don't use it properly or include it for no real reason. Having said all this, to answer your question more as well - isn't PEST pretty much incorporated into a SWOT analysis already, through the opportunities and threats section? Just my thoughts, hope this helps! Good luck
  3. Late response but hopefully it will help you/someone else in the future. I don't think it's necessary to say the decision is a good one, as long as you show analysis and good reasonining/explain why. In my IA, I recommended against implementing the change. Good luck!
  4. This is pretty late, so not sure if you're still looking for feedback, but here's what I thought anyway! 3 seems way too broad, as marketing mix is such a wide topic covering so many aspects of a company, but 1 and 2 sound like they could potentially work. 2 sounds a bit simplistic, and you may perhaps find it easier to really apply theory for 1? E.g. for 2 you might end up saying something like the very hierarchical structure decreases morale as employees don't have much responsibility or power - which, whilst you're technically applying it to your business, it still sounds a bit like regurgitating of textbook material. Not sure if I'm even making sense with, but I do think that 1 or 2 would be better than 3
  5. It's too broad. Samsung sells so many different products all around the world, so I really think you should narrow it down to a specific product (e.g. Galaxy S4) and/or pick a specific country/region. The way you've phrased the question is also too.. generic, perhaps? You've started it off with "How", which can work with RQ questions, but i think in this case, we already vaguely know how sales have been affected - they've either increased or decreased - what might be better is look at to what extent sales have been affected. Just my view, but I hope this helps!
  6. Firstly, read the EE syllabus so you know what is required of you and because it'll give you an idea of which subjects appeal more to you, to write an EE in (see each subject's example research questions). On your subjects - Maths and Physics EEs are extremely difficult unless you have a strong passion for them, and seeing that you do Studies and SL, it does not appear that you do. Hence, probably not in either of those 2 subjects. A language B EE would also be pretty difficult - again, I wouldn't advise this unless you are pretty competent with German and have a sincere interest for it. Disregarding History, that leaves English and Economics, both of which are doable for EEs, so either of those could work for you. However, even though you said the good supervisor for history is already taken, I don't think that should just completely eliminate you considering a History EE. Ultimately, you should be writing an EE in a subject you enjoy and on a topic you're interested in learning more about - you're gonna be spending hours on it. So.. think about what subject is your favourite, maybe even which subject/s you're doing well in, if there's anything in a particular subject you'd like to explore more.. thinking about the supervisor you'll have is probably a relevant consideration, but not a very important consideration in comparison to what you'll enjoy writing. You still have ages to think about your EE before you need to start writing it, so take the time to explore possible topics within subjects and think about what you'd enjoy investigating about.
  7. Note: I did B&M under the old syllabus, and I believe you're starting out with the new syllabus. So what I say may/may not still be relevant. First things first, read the syllabus if you haven't already, because it basically tells you what the IA is and what you need to do very clearly. Feel free to google past IA examples, but be wary that you've got a new syllabus - I've quickly skimmed through the new syllabus and your IA seems mostly the same, but do take care. A good IA question might typically start with.. To what extent should company X.. do something (e.g. open a new product line, open up a new store, hire more employees, etc). Whilst Malaysia Airlines would be extremely interesting to analyse given the aftermath of the disasters to see what they need to do to sustain business in the future, I would strong recommend not doing this company. When I did the IA, one IA criteria concerns how useful your IA will be to the company. Your suggestions will be pointless because it is extremely unlikely that Malaysia Airlines will actually implement any of your suggestions. I don't think you have this criteria anymore? Regardless, more importantly - the IA should be heavily primary research focused, and if you do this company you will basically be unable to do much significant primary research as there's little to no chance that you'll be able to speak to any influential figures, i.e. the CEO or the other bosses in the company. In my personal opinion, it is much, much better to choose a small local company (not a franchise), just a small company that's in your area. If your family or any friends, relatives have a business, then that's usually a good way to go as information is more accessible and they'll want to help you out. Otherwise, just go around and ask businesses nicely, hopefully you'll find someone willing to help you out. For a topic - it should be forward looking - e.g. should they do this. Avoid questions analysing things they've done in the past. Talk to the business owner, see if they're looking to grow their company, usually then thinking about strategies they might take to help grow their company will lead you to a question you might be able to analyse. Just my thoughts, hope it helps
  8. *merger **Myer You might need to reword your RQ as well. "would the merger" sounds like it's something that's going to happen, however, from my understanding of the situation right now, the merger is probably not going to happen (as Myer withdrew their offer or something?). So you might need to say like "would a merger.." Also, not sure about "economic growth strategy" as it's quite broad perhaps? Not too sure, but maybe be more specific, such as "would a merger.. be effective to increase their sales/market share/etc" Economies of scale would definitely be something occurring after a merger. And it definitely sounds like a good idea to look at the finance/money side of things given you're talking about economic growth. If you want to look at profit and loss, then that's to do with Sales and Cost of Goods Sold mainly. I don't know how helpful this was.. but hopefully it gave you some ideas.. at least for the RQ
  9. You posted your question quite awhile ago, but maybe this'll help anyway? If not, maybe someone else might find this useful. Well from what you've described, the question I'd want to be answered if I was the head of Movistar in Guatemala is "How can Movistar become the leader in Guatemala?" or something like that (definitely reword it in your own words and make it sound more focused/a bit less broad - so maybe try and pick one aspect to work on, such as increasing Movistar's sales, its market share or lowering its costs, as compared to its rivals). Statistics sound like they will be your friend. Download the financial reports for all three companies and have a look at if there's any big differences that would be interesting to analyse maybe? Personally, for the IA, I always think it's better to do a small local business (for 2 main reasons), whereas it sounds like you're doing quite a big company. Do you have any contacts/people you know within Movistar? If not, it's a bit risky doing Movistar as it might hinder your ability to get primary data (e.g. such as interviewing the bosses/employees). Another reason is that there's a criteria in the IA for how useful your IA is, and if it's a huge company, it's very unlikely that any recommendations you make would not really be implemented by the company. Just my thoughts; hope this helps!
  10. This is a bit of a late response, but maybe this will help anyway. First off, it would help to reword your RQ to an actual question. Right now it's like a tentative statement.. i.e. your RQ should be "How can workplace-based disease prevention and health promotion, as a means of improving health, lower costs?" I also think "as a means of improving health" is a bit redundant, because that's already kind of suggested by "health promotion". But up to you. As always, primary research is fantastic, but if your EE is only secondary research it should be fine. A combination of both is probably the best. Surveys are one thing you can certainly use to get primary research and back up your argument in answering your EE RQ. You could also try other primary research too, e.g. interview some people at local businesses in your area about your RQ, or email some people in business. As I mentioned, do secondary research too, e.g. look for articles/internet sites discussing your RQ. More importantly, it sounds like you should get some statistics (either primary/secondary) showing whether workplace-based disease prevention/health promotion has increased/lowered costs in the past for some businesses. To put it simply: you basically just need to figure out the answer to your RQ and get evidence to support your argument/s. Just my thoughts; hope this helps!
  11. Well, it depends on a number of factors. Firstly, why was your actual IB grades so much lower than your predicted grades? Did your IAs get moderated down a lot, did you not prepare well for the exams, was it one subject that dropped a lot, or all of your subjects that dropped a grade or two? Have you taken a look at your breakdowns to see if there's any subject where you could possibly get a remark? Secondly, what are your future plans? What course/degree do you want to study? How much do you want to go to the unis where you got conditional offers from? Did you apply to any other universities where you can get in with your score of 27? There's no point retaking your IB exam unless you are mildly confident you will do better in it, and you really need/want a higher score. Hope this helps
  12. So just to let you know, I don't do psychology. However, what I can tell you is that your chosen 'question' is not really a question. Ignoring the question mark at the end, your 'question' is actually a statement about your essay. It doesn't actually inform me what exactly you're investigating. Rather, it does seem too broad, and it sounds like you're simply going to be summarising the causes, effects and treatments of self-harm, which is not the goal of the EE. My understanding is that you should have an analytical element to the EE, so I would suggest reading the EE guide if you haven't already, and restructuring your 'question' so it actually is a question that you'll be trying to answer. Hope this helps!
  13. I personally think that Eng Lang&Lit is decent, although it's difficult to answer that properly for you, given that everyone interprets the meaning of the word 'decent' differently. To answer your second query regarding whether universities respect it, it all depends on which university you want to go to/the countries you're interested in going to, as well as what courses/degrees you're thinking of studying after the IB. Every university is different and has different criteria for entrance. For example, most Australian universities really don't care what subjects you do, and are only interested in your final IB score. However, from what I know, American universities, for example, tend to have more strict criteria about required subjects for certain courses that you might want to do.
  14. Hopefully my story will somewhat inspire you.. ? I'd definitely say I improved my grade by 1 or 2 from the start to the end of IB, but I did spend a lot of time (towards the end) revising and doing past papers, because Maths was one of my priorities I wanted to improve in. In my very first HL Maths 2 hour paper exams in the middle of year 1 of IB (IB1 I think some call it), I got 60/120 for both papers. I think that's around a Grade 4 level when comparing with past Grade Boundaries. The first Paper 3 I did.. I got 15/60 (Grade 3 I think). I simply didn't understand some of the concepts well enough yet, and at that stage, I had done lots of textbook practice problems (so I thought I understood the concepts, though honestly, it was only superficial understanding), but I hadn't yet started doing past papers. So if you want to improve your grade, I believe that's what makes a lot of difference - doing past papers. The most important thing though, is a genuine desire to improve your grade - if you really, really want to improve your grade, you'll have to put in the time and effort to do so, and you will. In the weeks before my final IB exam, my study plan was firstly to revise all the topics and make sure I understood all the concepts, the formulas, the theory. Once you know the theory, it's only then that you can apply it to questions (if you don't know the theory you can't apply it). I then basically did at least 20 past papers of each (so around 60 past papers ), all under timed exam conditions. I feel that doing multiple past papers gives you great practice, and each year, although the questions are different, the more you've been exposed to these questions, the more likely you'll know the method to answer them because you might have done a similar question on a past paper. Also, I find that the more past paper questions you do, the more you really understand the theory, and the longer you'll retain the theory/information/topic. Anyway, my end marks for the papers was 97/120 for Paper 1, 115/120 for Paper 2 and 45/60 for Paper 3. So I ended up getting a Grade 7 I think having maths notes is up to you, it's not a necessity, but if it'll help you learn, then they're a good idea. When I said I revised all the topics/relearnt theory, what I mainly did was just reread my textbook from front to end. Depending on how well your textbook/teacher handouts explains the material, your notes could be a simplified, more concise version of all the topics? Anyway, not sure how much my post even helps, but best of luck to you! ~ it is entirely possible to improve your grades, but it won't happen without putting in some time and effort.
  15. For the B&M IA, I highly recommend you pick a local business because it's a lot easier to gather data for, and you can develop a better knowledge of the whole business. A lot of people in my class used their parents' business. But if your parents don't have a business, then think about other relatives - aunts, uncles, cousins, and also whether any friends, basically any person you know owns a business, then try asking them if you could use their business for your coursework. If the answer is still no, don't worry! I knew nobody who had a business either. What I did then was basically approached every business in my local suburb asking whether I could use their business for my IA (mention how there's benefits for you and them if they seem really unsure). I did get rejected like 5 or so times, but I did end up finding a nice little business with a lovely owner who was willing to help me out. This whole process only took me about 1-2 hours, but I think if you do something similar, and ask really nicely, you'll hopefully eventually find a business. Once you have found a business, it's time to come up with a research question. Firstly, talk to the owner/person and try and see if they have any problems, or significant weaknesses with their business now, and whether there's anything that needs to be analysed. Alternatively, perhaps they are a small business, but they're looking to grow - maybe you could analyse a future strategic growth plan that they're thinking of (e.g. opening up a second store, expanding their product range, etc.). So I hope all this helps you! The main priority for you right now is to go out and really make an effort to find a business. If you spend some time on it, I feel that you can accomplish finding a business in a day or two. Best of luck with your B&M coursework.
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