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  1. The only thing I can advice for Math HL is to take your time with it. Give this subject a suitable amount of time to study and to revise the days' work. Try to ALWAYS concentrate on this subject and not leave it behind because of other projects or work because if you lose track, you are gonna struggle (speaking from experience). As a personal hint, always try to work with past papers and exercises from the textbook. Trust me, they work like a charm and will help you gain good marks in any test or final. Knowing and learning to apply the techniques is an integral part of Maths. BTW I am a IB Graduate from May 2010 and best wishes to all taking this subject =) Don't be scared of the subject, if you develop the will to do well then you'll succeed. Concentrate and focus and take your time with it and things won't seem hard at all. Oh and watch out for those portfolios. You MUST try to get a very good mark as they do help you a lot in terms of your final grade. Good luck =)
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    ITGS Help

    Well I don't know if this is a common problem with ITGS students but I guess students do get the feeling that this is somewhat a very vague subject I am writing in two days and have absolutely no clue what I should study. Anyone have any recommendations on particular parts to focus on? I really don't think I can remember every single thing from the Computer Confluence text book, it is just ... a bit too much for me Your help will be very much appreciated
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    You guys are making me depressed. None of the two papers went well for me. Here is my review: Paper 1 Question 1 and 2: Really? You trying to insult my intelligence? Question 3 - 40: WTFPWNED!! Overall comment: Screwed. 75% of my paper was guessed and I doubt the ones I was confident about were right. Paper 2 5 min reading time: Ahhh this paper seems so ez! Upon approaching problems and ten mins into the exam: ....Ehm I just flipped through the whole paper, wth happened to my paper! Overall Comment: Screwed x 2. The only question I am sure sure about is the first question ... and thats about it. Everything else was partially answered. Did B1 and B2 (After scratching out B4 coz I didn't notice the CCD question). Sigh, by the looks of it the grade boundaries aren't dropping and I am in mega crap. Felt devastated after coming home. My only hopes are my paper 3 and lab marks
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    English A1 paper 2 - 2010

    Chose the first question. The one about character motivation or something. Was tricky in the sense that half the stuff I talked about was confusing lol. Did anyone find that general questions this around were much more better? I was confused if I should do those but my English teacher said I should stay away from them.
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    Worst Fear in an Exam

    Having an upset stomach during examination time. Trust me, it is one of the worst things to happen even if it is during a normal test. It feels as if someone just slowed down time momentarily. Happened to me once during an Afrikaans test, damn it felt like I took a plunge into a swimming pool of my own sweat (disgusting imagery I know ) Word of Advice: Took a poop before you leave for exams
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    How hard is Ab Intio?

    Well I am doing French Ab initio and maybe I can help. To be honest from my point of view, it is not as hard but not as easy as well. When I entered my first class we got told that we have to learn 5 years worth of work studied in IGCSE levels in the course of two years. In the beginning it may seem hard since you have to get used to rules, learning how to form sentences, reading, learn vocabulary etc. But once you get the drift it should be fine, just be prepared to work really hard in the first few months. I would advice you taking, if possible, extra Spanish lessons before you start doing it just to get a heads up on how much you need to work. Once you have grabbed the basic principles, it should be fairly doable as a subject. Good Luck
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    HL Maths Paper 2

    The last two questions on P1 Section B was worth 31 marks I think. I just know I lost all of that plus the vector algebra stuff I didn't even get the simple conjecture on the first question in Section B I agree with the person above, that paper was HELL! =( I wish I just get a 4. I would be shocked if I do, damn. Paper 2, very doable but then again you don't know IB d-_-b You think you did well coz you got to answer most of the questions and then you get sucker punched for thinking too much and end up failing. Sigh
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    HL Maths Paper 2

    Same, doing the Series and Differential Equations one. I believe its somewhat a better option than the rest don't you think? We all are relying on that At times like this, I really wish I was a nerd
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    HL Maths Paper 2

    Okay paper 1 was utter ... yeah you guys should know what I mean. Thinking how I would be amazed with a 4 on that paper d0_0b On the other hand, paper 2 was not that bad. I agree that it was completely doable. Hopefully paper 3 will be a heaven sent gift and not a hell sent one like P1 d-_-b. All eyes set on the last paper now.
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    TOK Essay Format

    Greetings fellow IB'ers Basically my TOK final draft is due next week Friday so currently giving the essay a few finishing touch ups. I haven't been working on it for quite some time because after getting my first draft checked, I just left it to focus on my other drafts. Upon reading and correcting the text, I thought about how the essay should be structured in order to make it more effective to the reader. I wrote on the topic "To what extent is the truth different in mathematics, the arts and the ethics?" My current format is actually answering the question in the first part of my essay then doing the counter arguments in the last part and then ending of with the conclusion. Would you suggest me talking about the truth in one area of knowledge followed by its counter arguments and then do the same procedure for the other two AOK's and then end off? Or is my previous format the better choice? Any other format would be appreciated as well . Master Oz
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    WL 1 - Comments on my selected topic?

    Ah yes, swapping the research question around seems like a very reasonable approach. Thank you for your reply. Before I came upon the Sun and Moon motifs in the book topic, I was thinking about how the surroundings affect the characters (similar to your personal view towards the Outsider), but then I realised having a cap of only 1500 words, it would have been vague essay since I would not be able to dive in-depth. That is how I came upon the Sun and Moon. Blood Wedding by Lorca is a like a short play and the instance of the Moon comes for a short period. The Moon is actually personified as a character in the book and it foreshadows the timely death of two men over the love of a woman. Compared to the Outsider, the Sun becomes the main cause of Meursault killing the Arab and eventually leading to his death. Hmm how about " How does the Imagery of Nature have an Manipulative Effect on the characters from The Outsider and Blood Wedding?" In this way I will be comparing as I can state the sun and moon as imagery of nature and how they affect the characters respectively. I can try adding in some other imagery of nature as well from both books. Your comment/views? Any other comments will be appreciated as well. Master Oz
  12. Greetings to all. As the topic title suggests, it is about my World Literature 1 essay research question. Finding it kinda a pain to find a specified topic that can be compared from the three books I had to read (Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi, Blood Wedding by Lorca and The Outsider/Stranger by Albert Camus) I did finally come up with a topic but I fear if it can be a "comparative" question to write on. I am kindly asking for your views and comments on my topic. The topic is: "The Role of the Sun and Moon in The Outsider by Albert Camus and Blood Wedding by Garcia Lorca" The problem here is that I will be talking about the Sun for The Outsider and the Moon for Blood Wedding. Comparative wise I think that both are symbols of nature/science and say how the sun and moon causes the timely death of certain characters in the book and how it is able to manipulate the characters as well. But then I start thinking otherwise because I am not focusing on one thing from both books for eg. A similar theme found in two books from the three stated above. Kind of in a dilemma at the moment so I am seeking some views and comments from you. Any type of comments will be highly appreciated. Master Oz
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    university questions

    If I pass my IB really well can I go striaght to second year university? Has anyone done it?
  14. My school has this thing that we cannot do CAS for something that we already know/ have done before, like I can't take tennis for action since I already play it. So I am doing Teakwondo for my Action. Since I am learning a new skill as well as doing the kicks and stances, which falls under exercise, so can I get hours for both Creativity and Action or not? Master Oz.
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    Help in choosing one of the following?

    [quote name='biochem' post='36082' date='Feb 8 2009, 09:58 PM']I honestly, to tell you the truth, as your adviser would reject all of them Even with the last one, which comes in some proximity to what a real topic should look like, the topic is quiet broad and extensive to cover in mere 4,000 words. And from what I have been instructed, never try to repeat a topic or one already researched. That is an already researched topic, and as IBO states in their guidelines for Bio/Chem, they dont care for topics like "Investigation of Carbon as a allotrope". My advice is stay away from Fuel-based EE topics, because there is nothing that examiner will be impressed with or see anything special of the essay. Your suppose to make an investigation into new horizons, and make conclusions and connections that are not thoroughly researched. Fuel has got to be one of the top researched ideas at the moment with the current economic conditions. Your Call. And I would just like to say, predicted grades on EE fluctuate a plethora of times. Not saying you wont score great, cause from what I know of you Manhuta, your great But just saying OZ, a thoroughly developed essay by one person dont translate to another Best of Luck !![/quote] Lol I figured that all my topics were not that good, but I am using them as a start/build up to a EE topic that I can write on. But I would like thank you for being truthful towards my thread as this is very helpful . [quote name='avrila' post='36105' date='Feb 9 2009, 01:13 AM']Like what Biochem has said, the topic sounds too broad. May be you can narrow it down a bit. Are you taking ITGS? Because recently I read about P2P (Peer-to-peer) and there's a lot of issue regarding it especially in terms of copyright. May be you can put your words on it. You can talk about what happen to Napster where it was sued by court as an example. Just a thought.[/quote] Whoa I just posted a exact same topic about this a few seconds ago. Good to hear that one of the six topics poses as a sutiable and good topic to be researched upon. Tyvm [quote name='biochem' post='36152' date='Feb 9 2009, 09:01 AM']Avrilla is on to something, now THAT is a very interesting topic. Its fresh, and never done before, and quiet frankly I think copyright themed essays will do great with examiners What about terraforming. look it up. I mentioned it a good topic for tok, but I am pretty sure it can be narrowed down to something in ITGS terms. Many scholars, philosophers and authors are presenting their theories + opinions right now. I went to Barnes and nobles (American book store monopoly), and saw a plethora of items...[/quote] Well haven't really researched about it, but will give it a shot. Thank you. EDIT: First post edited with two new topics. Thank you for all your replies, it is really very much appreciated. Master Oz.

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