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  1. Wait so do some of you not have an Easter holiday to revise in? At my school we get a week or so after Easter but you're pretty much expected to revise throughout the holidays...
  2. I've never heard of Practice Math, but it sounds cool! Generally my rules for solving algebra are as follows: If in doubt substitute, factorise or divide through. I constructed that after a year and a half of IB math and I must say, most of the time, it's a pretty useful list of the first things you should try if you're stuck on an algebra equation.
  3. When we did our Maths IAs (which I assume this is for) you weren't expected to discover anything new particularly. But you were expected to use theories/theorems that you have studied in your spec to find the answer to whatever your question is. If it's been calculated before that's fine (most things have) but I would just say that I get the impression that Soduku is quite a common choice. But then I don't think that really matters that much, just make sure that everything you do is your own work. From my experience I would also say that picking something which you have a genuine interest in and curiosity about makes the whole experience much easier! Good luck and I hope you enjoy it; I had good fun writing mine
  4. Sorry for jumping in sort of off-topic, but does this go for all language b's? That you're allowed to use a dictionary for paper 1 I mean. Haha that would make my Spansish paper 1 so much more surviveable As far as I know, Latin and Classical Greek are the only two languages from Group 2 which allow this. Whilst it may seem unfair, it makes complete sense when you are the poor unfortunate student who has to sit the unseen translation passage of our paper 1! More seriously, since these classical languages don't really exist in the realm of practical use and everyday vocabulary recognition and recall, I guess that dictionary use is an entirely sensible concession to make. Though I'm totally willing to concede that at points my translations were just composed of stringing dictionary definitions together with a haphazard guess at grammar, which was not really any measure of my Latin skills. Haha, this is so true; most of my translation was just a string of definitions in the correct tense/case. They did let me take in the Collins dictionary and seemed to be fine with the grammar section being there. I don't know how I'd cope if I didn't have the dictionary since there isn't a set list of vocab! Thanks all
  5. Salve! I have my mock Latin exam tomorrow so a quick reply would be much appreciated! Does anyone know what the rules are about what dictionaries you can and can't take into the exam? I just bought a Collins Latin Dictionary and Grammar, will this be okay? Thanks
  6. It seems like a risky topic to me.. you would probably be safer with something about English Literature. But then culture is allowed for Language B exams so I really have no idea. I did my EE in English A so I can't really comment. But the French B EEs that I know of have been about the English-French divide in Quebec, immigration in France and the law about what proportion of French songs are played on the radio. I hope that helps. Good Luck!
  7. I don't understand your hatred of sprinkles! The fairy cake kind look lovely Although I also have an irrational hatred: Alesha Dixon. She annoys me so much. I'm not a hateful person but oh my god. This woman.
  8. I did my EE in English A1 in the end, after switching from French. I did mine around the American dream in 'The Great Gatsby' but I started off thinking that I wanted to examine the role of women in a novel and ended up picking the theme of the American dream in 'TGG' because there was a lot to say about it. Having an idea of the area I wanted to go into was really helpful as I then discussed it with my supervisor and she pointed me towards many books. I do think that the way forward for you is to talk to your supervisor as all I know about 'Heart of Darkness' is that it's written by Jasper Conrad and all I know about you is that you want to write your EE about that book! But good luck all the same
  9. Hello! I'm have nearly finished my EE in English A1 and, just for your potential interest, I did it on 'The Great Gatsby' and the ways in which it is a criticism of the American Dream. I did pick a book that was well known and also one that is on the syllabus for some IB English courses! I would advise you to pick a book that is on the IB English Spec as it is likely to have a lot of scholarship surrounding it. To score highly on the EE, you must realise that it is a research essay not a literary essay. For this reason it's good to pick a book that is fairly old as you are more likely to find articles on it. This book that you suggest - which, as you predicted, I haven't heard of - is unlikely to have much literary criticism surrounding it. By picking a well known book you are making the next few months of research easier for yourself! I hope that you found that helpful. In any case, talk to your supervisor and ask for their opinion. When I was starting out, I ascertained that I was interested in writing an EE based around the topic of women and so my supervisor pointed me in the direction of works containing prominent female characters, one of which was 'The Great Gatsby'. After reading a York Notes from cover to cover, I realised that the American dream was the theme that seemed to have the most uncertainty surrounding it, so that was what I picked! This link is pretty useful, especially on p. 21: http://www.etela-tapiola.fi/uploads/EXTENDED%20ESSAY.pdf Good luck! English EEs are so much fun to write!
  10. I live in the UK, so I don't know which ones are good for international students. I'm also planning to apply to Oxford (to read English and French) and my predictions bring me to around 38 (with Core points), so I don't think your points score will be a problem! I would say that the points ask for Oxford (generally spanning from 38-42) is definitely on the higher end of the scale. Universities such as Nottingham, Birmingham and Kings College London have low point asks but are still considered among the top universities in the country. I just googled it, and to do Biology at Nottingham that would be 32-34pts., totally achievable for you! You should look at subject specific league tables and consider universities within the 'Russell Group' more seriously than those that aren't. The 'Russell Group' is a group of 20 or so universities considered to be the best in the country. Biology League Tables: http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?s=Biological%20Sciences List of Russell Group Universities: University of Birmingham University of Bristol University of Cambridge Cardiff University Durham University University of Edinburgh University of Exeter University of Glasgow Imperial College London King's College London University of Leeds University of Liverpool London School of Economics & Political Science University of Manchester Newcastle University University of Nottingham University of Oxford Queen Mary, University of London Queen's University Belfast University of Sheffield University of Southampton University College London University of Warwick University of York Hope that helps and good luck with your application
  11. Hey, I am also currently searching for a maths IA question! I would say that of all the ideas you listed that the frequency one is the most viable (especially if you also do physics). Maybe you could compare how Batman's ability to hear higher frequencies should affect him physically (with the backing up of maths) and whether it correlates with his abilities in the comic books/movies of Batman. I think that the ability that real bats have to hear higher frequencies affects how they detect where things are as they have very poor vision, but I am not a bat expert nor am I a maths IA expert! Hope you find that helpful, although I would really suggest talking to your teacher about it!
  12. Hi, I'm going into year two of the IB course and I take HL French along with HL English (A) and Latin; so quite language-y higher levels! I am really interested in French and am planning to apply for French and English at university so I'm quite biased but I have really enjoyed the first year. Most HL are harder than SL because there's more difficult content in the HL syllabus (particularly with Science and Maths HL) but with languages the HL is more of the same skills and, I would say, the same level of difficulty than Standard. I would even say that it is easier if you do HL as you have more lessons and therefore practice speaking and listening more plus you put more of a priority on the homework. As for the work load, I think that changes from school to school; I get quite a lot but that's because one of my teachers is very heavy with the homework and expects good quality in everything you do, but I don't really mind since I enjoy it. I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck over the next two years
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