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  1. I was looking for exemplars on the IB website for HL maths explorations, and the best one I found was the one about Florence Nightingale - only 17/20! I really want to do well but our teacher hasn't given us much information about layout or what we need to include - I've done all the maths for mine, but I'd really like to look at some good exemplars to get a feel for what/how much to write! Does anyone have any old exemplars that did well, or know where to find any online? 'Twould be much appreciated
  2. Creativity is anything creative, Service is anything that's helping other people, and Action is anything that involves physical effort. It would be Service because you're helping your school, and helping the people who get to have the yearbook, however it wouldn't really be Action unless you were doing something physical, like doing a run to raise money!
  3. There's some good podcasts free on iTunes - these are good to have a look at, just type in IB physics! It's definitely not the hardest IB course - at my school it's the subject with the highest scores every year (although we're lucky to have a very good teacher). The entire course basically comes down to three things: definitions, explanations, calculations. Top tips: Learn your definitions. Some things are difficult to explain, and you can define things by the formula that derives them, which is easy because you're given the formulas, and you just have to know to use them! Get to know your formula booklet. Obviously you don't need to memorise the formulas, but you do need to memorise what each letter stands for, and what those things mean. The same letter often stands for something different in different formulas, so get to know these especially well! Lots of practise calculations. The questions will never be exactly the same, especially with the syllabus change, but the same types of question crop up over and over again, making you do the same calculations in the same order, and if you can recognise these easily then you'll have a definite advantage in the exam. Revise questions and calculations (with answers) from past papers, as well as your notes. These will give you a lot more insight into what you need to know - in IB physics more than any other subject, I've found, having the facts is not enough - you need to know how to answer the questions, and this is why I think a lot of people find it really difficult. Good luck
  4. Try to find an application of something within the HL syllabus. For example, I'm doing the birthday problem (quite simple, but good to write about), looking at the probability of people having the same birthdays in different situations, and I'm using the probability aspects from the HL syllabus. I think Boolean algebra could definitely work, although you would have to pick an aspect of it to look at, not the whole thing! Once you find something you're interested in, have a look at the work you've been doing in maths and see if you can find something within what you've been doing that relates to your topic
  5. I personally really like the Oxford one - I find it's the most concise and has the most easy to understand explanations
  6. That's a good Creativity activity, and can most likely also be used as a project if you reflect on the Service aspects as well! You need to have multiple activities for each section, including some long term activities, so you'll need more Creativity activities, but this could definitely be a good one
  7. I'm doing my EE on a very talented and award-winning poet, Sharon Olds. Her poetry is highly autobiographical and I'm thinking of looking at the paradoxical way her mother is portrayed in her poetry, there is just one slight problem... Her poetry is EXTREMELY graphically sexual. I know a lot of the things we've studied in English have had highly sexual themes, and sometimes graphic detail, but it's something we tend to gloss over when analysing! I had been planning to do the same sort of thing here, but I'm starting to feel that talking about the sexuality in her poetry is unavoidable. I'm not uncomfortable talking about it, but I really don't want to be marked down for writing something inappropriate! Some advice please on what is deemed inappropriate!!
  8. jupiter

    Sleeping hours

    4 hours is crazy!! I'm just going into my year 2 of IB, and I realised that if I want to do well, I need to start getting a lot more sleep! Last year, I was getting about 6 hours a night, and I felt crap pretty much everyday, and had no motivation to do my schoolwork. Over the summer, when i had a chance to sleep in, I started getting about 9 hours a night, and it didn't just make me feel better, but I noticed when I was studying and doing schoolwork that my mind just worked much faster, and I remembered things better too! I think even if you have to spend less time studying as a result, the extra sleep will actually cause you to learn things better to enough of an extent that it's worth losing that study time! 8 hours sleep at least!!
  9. The only thing I could foresee being slightly problematic for you, is the fact that unless you either have the misfortune of being caught in a flood, or are somehow able to recreate one, it could be slightly difficult for you to do any actual experiments! If you want to look at momentum you could take a film of a flood happening and time it, estimating the amount of water etc... I would still be quite wary of this topic though, because one of the main things you're marked on is teamwork - to get good marks you have to plan together, do the experiments together, and reflect on your work together. You're not really marked on your science at all, as long as it's within the right disciplines and seems to mostly make sense. At my school the teachers recommend doing simple experiments - we did ours on ice cream: melting speed, density, fat content, sugar content, and a taste test, all towards the overall question, which of three bands is the best value for money?It was quick, simple, easy to talk about in the end, and everyone got top marks. I'm probably being a busybody, but I would really recommend changing your topic to something simpler and more experimental n.n Either way, good luck
  10. Could you give a description of what exactly you're looking at/testing with this? That would make it easier to give advice
  11. I think the Lance Armstrong story could be a great one, are you looking at it from an ethical perspective? My ToK teacher (also an international marker) recommended that we use ethics for our talk, i.e. "is it ever ethically justifiable to..." My ToK speech asked whether it was ever ethically justifiable to restrict freedom of speech in a Democracy and got 20/20, so I think I was on the right track... with your topic, I would recommend restricting it to something more specific, e.g. "in international competitions", or "in the Olympics"... And that's your knowledge issue right there, you just need to form it into a question Then you need to find points for and against, from the different ToK perspectives, and a good parallel case, which shouldn't be too hard to find You can message me if you need any more help!
  12. If you can find a supervisor, this would be a great activity for action (or even service, making it a CAS project, if you were to get people to sponsor you). As to finding a supervisor, are you the only one doing the run? If you're doing the run with friends, you get one of your friends' parents to be your supervisor. Even if you're doing it by yourself, this could still be an option if you explain what you're doing to someone and ask them to be your supervisor. It's not a huge ask, they simply have to verify that you did it and answer a few simple questions Pretty much any (responsible) adult can be a supervisor, apart from your parents.
  13. I have seen many gifs saying that doing IB is basically about learning to procrastinate... but the truth is that if you want to do well (e.g. that well-deserved 45 points) you have to learn to eliminate procrastination from your study zone. Despite some common misconceptions, the reality is, it IS possible to do really well (yes, even 45 points) whilst still getting enough sleep, having a social life, and taking part in various other activities. I’m not lying, I’ve seen it done! Instead of worrying about making time to do more, what matters is making the most of the time you have, which basically means, NO PROCRASTINATION!! So here's a list of some ways you can reduce the amount of procrastination in your study/homework time 1. All social networking sites must be banned! This is an obvious one, but it is a trap we all fall easily into, no matter how sure we are we won't! Ideally, if you're studying or handwriting essays, you shouldn't even be on your computer or phone, but if you need the internet for research, or you're typing an essay, if you want to help prevent yourself from falling into the welcoming claws of Facebook/twitter/tumbl/tickld/IB survival (yes, it can be helpful, but the fact that I'm sitting here right now writing this is the proof of it's procrastination-aiding abilities!) you can try using an application like https://www.rescuetime.com to physically block these sites during your study times Although of course if you really want to you will always still be able to access these sites, the harder you make it for yourself, the less likely you are to do it. 2. Get someone to check up on you. This can suck, especially if it's your parents, and it's definitely not for everyone, but hate to admit it though I do, it REALLY helps. Even if it's just a friend you're studying with, or even a sibling, having someone glance over your shoulder every now and then to check that you actually are doing your work, is often enough to stop you from acting on any urges to procrastinate which may come your way! Personally I find that it really gets on my nerves, but that's usually mainly because I AM procrastinating, and this stops me If you're really struggling, you can even ask teachers for some supervised study time after school, where you can work in their office or wherever they happen to be, and although you won't bother each other, they'll be there to keep you on track! 3. Ensure in ADVANCE that you won't be bothered. This means, TELL your parents, before you start studying, that for however long, half an hour or three, they are not allowed to interrupt you at all. Ask them to request that anyone who calls you call back later, and to try to keep your siblings from bursting in on you too, if at all possible. I am well aware that we are not living in an ideal world, so if you know that your family aren't the type who are going to take heed of this, then organise in advance to be able to do your work somewhere else! If you have a local library, great, that's a fantastic working environment. You can also study with friends, but be realistic: ask yourself if it's someone whose going to talk to you and distract you. If it is, you're better off somewhere else or even at home. 4. Phones are a big no! Either turn it off, or if you feel incapable of this, then leave it in another room, or at the very very least turn it on silent and have it upside down or in your pocket so you won't notice if any messages come through. Not just phones, but any other items of technology too - eliminate anything that can be distracting from your study environment. 5. Have a scheduled study time, and stick to it. If you know when you're supposed to be studying, then you also know when you're not, and you can procrastinate to your heart's content without feeling guilty about it! 6. Know, IN ADVANCE, what you want to study or do during your study time. When studying, we love to convince ourselves that we need to make lists of things to do, or organise our notes, or spend eons of time making decisions about what order to do things in… all various things that seem vaguely useful but are in fact just another way of procrastination!! If you have all of this organised in advance, then you have no excuse for procrastination. If you actually do urgently need to get a bit more organised, then schedule time in for this, BEFORE your study time! If you get to study time and really don't know what to do, then simply go with the thing due the soonest, don't waste your precious time being indecisive. 7. Spend two minutes working out intensely before you start. Don't give me that look and say, "Exercise? I do IB..." I'm asking you to exercise for 2 minutes. You'll thank me, I promise. The blood flow to your brain will do wonders for your ability to concentrate! It could be jumping rope, trampolining, sprinting to the end of your road and back, jumping jacks, dribbling a ball, or break dancing to some funky tunes in your room... just get your blood pumping. Not only will you be able to concentrate better, but also come up with ideas more quickly, and feel better about the work you're doing, especially if it's something you aren't too keen on. If you're studying for long periods of time, try to repeat your exercise every hour or so. 8. Drink lots of water! Especially following that exercise, if you want your brain to be able to function well, it's really important to keep it hydrated - having a glass of water with you while you're studying can be helpful too. Bizarre though it is, many studies claim that a sip of water can actually help clear your mind if you're having a block. 9. Practise long blocks of concentrated study. By long, I DO NOT mean 3 hours. See below! If you're writing a history essay that you will have 45 minutes to write in the final exam though, then make sure you have 45 minutes, uninterrupted, each time you write a practise. Of course you will probably take longer at home than in the final exam, but it's important to get in the habit of writing it all in one go, without a break. The more you practise, the easier it will get. 10. Make sure you take frequent breaks!! Yes, I am well aware that it seems to contradict the above, but as countless studies have shown, once you go beyond about an hour, the longer you continue to study without breaking, the less and less productive you become. Take a break about once every hour, or after each task you complete, and even more if you're going to be studying for a long time! A proper break too, at least 5 minutes. Grab a drink, sit down and relax (no hard thinking allowed), try to go outside and get some fresh air if possible. This is a good time for sending a txt or having a quick gossip if you're with friends. Follow it up with that quick 2 minutes of exercise, and back into study mode! 11. Figure out what makes you procrastinate. Next time you're procrastinating, take a minute to think about why. Is it because you are dreading the task at hand? Remember that the longer you wait, the harder it will seem. Is it because you don't know where to start? This is often the case. If it's an essay, make sure you start with an outline so you know what you want to write. If you can't get that introduction, then write the paragraphs first and then come back to it! If you really don't know what you're doing, talk to your teacher and ask for clarification. If it's none of the above and you just get really easily distracted, then you know how important it is to eliminate distractions from your surroundings! 12. Remind yourself that there is always more to do than can be done. This is not here to stress you out, it's a reminder that if you are stressing about this, then there's no need - it's just a part of life. What's important is to think about whether, if you can't do everything, you're choosing to do the right things. Good priorities are key! 13. Make a to-do list which only includes things you're avoiding. There are some things that you know you're going to do, and some things that you know you're going to procrastinate. The things you know you're going to procrastinate come first!! 14. Break tasks down to make them seem less overwhelming. Do NOT procrastinate further by sitting there making a list of your broken down tasks, but instead do this in your head: If you struggle with an essay, then think, "ok, step 1 is the introduction, step 2 is paragraph 1..." etc, etc. Or even, “step 1 is an outline”. After you've written your outline, pause, look at it, and tell yourself that you've achieved something, because you have. Each step you complete is a mini victory 1. Just do it. Yes, I know... it's the most cliché and frustrating line - if you're procrastinating that's really not going to help! But at the end of the day, there is nothing I, or anyone else can do, to force you to get stuff done. It's up to you. So take whatever willpower you have, sit down, and JUST DO IT.
  14. Biology is great in that it's not so much skills based as just plain ol' knowledge. You need to know the syllabus inside and out! Memorise key terms, practise drawing diagrams... there are a lot of processes you need to know, so flow diagrams can be a really good way to help learn stuff The website mentioned above http://www.ib.bioninja.com.au/ib-home/ is really good, another one I would recommend is http://click4biology.info Both of them are great as they go into detail about each aspect of the syllabus... what I would recommend that you do is get a syllabus/list of all the points, as a checklist. Go through one of these sites (bioninja is probably the best) and see which points you already know... tick them off, and then go through the ones you don't know it's the most efficient way of studying!! Good luck
  15. If you are B2 level French, you will be fine!! I've been taking French B SL this year, and my level is about B1 but my predicted IB grade is a 7, so I think that goes to show that you will have no trouble with French. If you're already at B2 level, then you won't need to spend as much time studying, so it may actually be better for you
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