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  1. Presence of permafrost through the year and limited vegetation - 'Roots can’t penetrate the frozen soil, so only moss, lichen, and low shrubs can grow there' (http://icestories.exploratorium.edu/dispatches/big-ideas/tundra-and-permafrost/), short growing season, presence of marshes in the summer (due to thawing ground). These conditions hinder human settlements in such areas.
  2. Yeah, I get it now. And thanks a lot for the link! I'd like to study Geography and Comparative Literature if I go to St Andrews (perhaps with Anthropology or French). Right now I have Polish A, Biology and Mathematics on SL and Geography, English B and French B on HL.
  3. Thanks for both replies! Flinquinnster, your advice is really valuable. I didn't realise it might be so difficult. I'll definitely do some more research and contact the universities. What comes to my mind at the moment is that perhaps it would be quite reasonable to accept the offer from St Andrews now (I'm really not sure why, but I'm rather inclined to choose this uni) and see how my finals will go. If I'll do good enough to try again at Cambridge (say, 776 at HL and something like at least 42-43 overall), perhaps I'll just resign from the accepted offer (I haven't checked yet how UCAS works in such case, though), take a gap year and reapply. Otherwise, I'll stay with St Andrews, I guess. Ssy, you're in your final year in IB, right? And applied (just like me) in October 2013? If so (I'm not sure I understood you correctly), I guess our situations are really similar. I've got one question to you: when and how did you ask for feedback? I haven't done that, but it'd be really great to know what went wrong.
  4. Oh, you are so cute and funny I agree with above! Being a girl, I would just tell you to let her know subtly that you like her. When you pass by, catch her eye and smile. Some other time, initiate a conversation - tell something nice but reasonably neutral. Don't be too intrusive. In my opinion 'Let's be friends' won't do any good (except that she'll probably think you're nuts), but something concerning things you have in common (you certainly can find them!) or even a simple 'Sorry to disturb you, but you have such a lovely smile...' will be just fine (ok, maybe the last one is a bit desperate, but still will work.) I personally would be really curious about person walking up to me and saying such things - and, after all, I guess that's what you want. And you know, I wouldn't really advice watching youtube videos in this case And don't stress over it too much... Even if you're a bit awkward or nervous, that's nothing wrong. The girl will just know you care And if she doesn't like you - at least you'll know.
  5. Hi everybody! A while ago, I received the last reply from the unis I applied to. The offers I got are from St Andrews (36 points) and Durham (38, 666 at HL). Though, I got rejected from Cambridge - and I'd really love to study there. I think I do have rather strong chances of getting in (how modest of me! ). I was pretty unlucky this year (had some health problems which got in the way) and my application ended up a bit below my expectations. I had predicted 42 points overall, but with 667 at HL (including 6 from the subject I chose to study). Apart from that, I think I screwed up my interview So I guess I could just get over it (I mean rejection from Cabridge) and choose something else... but the problem is that I really believe that studying there is within my reach. So I'd like to get my results in July and hopefuly reapply. However, I would prefer not to take a gap year because I wouldn't like to lose a place at St Andrews or Durham and be left with nothing if I won't do well enough on the exams. So my question is - can I accept an offer from St Andrews/Durham and reapply from that position next year? If so, which of these two would you recommend? I think I would be pretty happy studying at St Andrews - I really like the fact that I could join my interests and study 2 subjects (and get a master's degree after 4 years!). Also the location and size of the town really appeals to me Though, isn't Durham - I'm interested in geography - academically better? I am at a loss, could anyone give me some advice? Sorry for a lengthy post!
  6. Hello everybody, I am really passionate about geography and I chose to write my EE on it. At the moment I am trying to come up with a good topic... which turns out to be pretty difficult. I live in central Poland and cannot really think of something impressive happening in the vicinity. I don't like theme Urban environments and all thath stuff connected with tourism, there are no big social or cultural disparities/differences... Though, I really enjoy themes such as interdependent ecosystems & environmental sustainability. I have written an essay for a Geographic Olympiad on flooding risk in my hometown (which had much to do with connection between river, forest ecosystems and soils) and it is somehow inspiring me to do more about forests. I have seen somewhere on the Internet example of a topic: What is the ecological value of Menagesha state forest and to what extent is it managed sustainably? I am thinking about doing something similar. Do you think it is a good area for EE? Does it have enough geographical and spatial emphasis? I would really appreciate your comments!
  7. Thanks for all the answers! I've finished my essay - it evolved into something like (I'm writing in Polish) Study of crime and redemption in Master and Margarita by Michail Bulgakov. I focused on Pilate but incorporated more general view of process of forgiving. I hope it'll turn out well Thanks once again.
  8. OK, thanks a lot! So I think I'll go for a version: How does M. Bulgakov arouse sympathy in readers for Pontius Pilate? (it is something like Why Pontius Pilate can be redeemed?) The main point of my work will be that in Master and Margarita, we get to know Pontius far more closely than in the Bible, which gives us understanding about his behaviour and makes as prone to excuse his moral decay. So as I've written before we learn about his solitude, terrible headache, awareness that freeing Yeshua would mean risking procurator's life, his attempts to compensate for the wrong decision. But can those be treated as valuable arguments? Aren't these points more of a summary rather than literary techniques? Anybody, please?
  9. Thanks for your answer! That's a pity you don't know the book, but I guess you're right - when I think about the first topic, my try comes down to listing and elaborating on those conditions I mentioned. It doesn't seem to be analytic enough. Your suggestion - How the devices are used... - seems better, but I actually didn't want to go into that direction... Could anyone give me some advice on the second topic? Some suggestion about motives/symbols than literary techniques?
  10. Hello everybody, I am starting to write my WL essay right now (and have to finish it soon, unfortunately!) and what interests me is redemption of Pontius Pilate. However, I'm not sure about how to narrow down my topic - so that it ensures I score the highest marks, which I am determined to achieve What do you think about these: 1. What literary device does Michail Bulgakov use in his novel "Master and Margarita" to arouse sympathy for Pontius Pilate in the reader? (As opposed to the biblical Pontius.) My arguments would be getting to know emotional state of the procurator (his headache, solitude, being in hostile city - appropriately developed), trying to save Yeshua, killing Judas. These arguments can be also found on the Internet, though... Isn't it too simplistic and little analytic? 2. Uhmm, I don't know, what does redemption of Pontius Pilate signify in the novel? In the context of the Pilate-Master parallel, cowardice etc... I'd really appreciate some suggestions.
  11. Thanks a lot for your answer! It's really good to know there's someone out there to help I solved my problem with map making using Inkscape - I print screened Google Maps (quite small segments at one time), added layer on top of it, drew curves and then switched off the Google maps layer - and quite a neat map was ready Hope it shows engagement, because I pored over it for a few hours! So it's basically how I thought it would look like earlier, but I couldn't imagine it then because I had no idea how Inkscape worked. And yes, I have seen that page - I agree it's really useful In case somebody needs it, others that I would recommend are: http://greenfieldgeography.wikispaces.com/IB+Geography+Internal+Assessment http://www.geography-fieldwork.org/geographical_enquiry/stage1.htm http://www.geographyalltheway.com/igcse_geography/fieldwork/fieldwork.htm I am a bit afraid that I have too poor or little data to analyse - it'll be about 400 hunded shops/service points with their location (quite roughly marked and with not so perfect classification, though...) and 30 questionnaires (5 simple and 2 complex questions about shopping place preferences). Do you think it sufficient, and not too superficial? I'd be really grateful for some opinion.
  12. Hello everybody I'm doing my geography IA in urban environments - the topic is "What is the impact of Warsaw agglomeration on [my town] in terms of availability and structure of goods and services?". As my methods, I have a land use survey and a questionnaire survey, and I have a few doubts . About land use survey - I' m going to take into account only commercial uses of land (no public offices/residential areas etc.). The town is small, and my plan is to just go along all streets and record on a sheet of paper what I see I have 16 types of shops/services, and I'm wondering what kind of map should I use. Print screen Google Maps map and print it, and then mark what I recorded on a digital one? Or maybe better do my own computer-derived map based on a ready one? (possibly using layers, and drawing only curves with street names and classified points). And in general - what techniques would you suggest to use for display and analysis in this case? I was thinking about diversity index for land use (=>availability from research question), and as I'm going to look for correlation between visiting Warsaw for some education/job purposes and shopping there, perhaps Spearman's rank correlation? What else would be useful? Any mapping, graphing, statistical tips? Sorry if it obvious for you, but I'm struggling to do my IA with no feedback available at the moment, and it's a bit messy for me And forgive a long post!
  13. Thanks a lot I've also talked to my teacher, and when he told be that EE can ba actually based on secondary data I was so surprised! - That changes everything I must think up something really interesting... But now, time to enjoy vacation Good holidays to everyone!
  14. In case somebody was interested - well, I'm almost done with choosing a topic (at last ). It's something like this (I haven't worded it precisely yet): What is the impact of Warsaw agglomeration on town X [my place of living - I'd like to remain a bit anonymous ] in terms of retailing/structure of services? I've just added the ending - in terms of retailing - because I believe it would be too broad to analyse in general during one fieldwork (it's about education & work, cultural & leisure activities, etc.). So I'm going to make a questionnaire about shopping preferences and explore structure of services in my town. Perhaps anyone could comment on methods?
  15. Hi everyone, I am thinking about a topic for my Extended Essay in geography and at the same time working on my fieldwork (being also at the stage of specifying topic and methods). I feel a bit confused about the differences between IA and EE. Obviously, they differ in length and character; fieldwork is told to be just "fieldwork report" while EE is suposed to be more discursive. But... What does that mean in practice? They're both analytical, based on research and primary data. I'd really appreciate some explanation

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