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  1. Flippy

    IB Art: Photography

    First of all, I should warn you that IB Art is not just about focusing on one particular discipline. The examiner will be looking for experimentation in a variety of media. Make sure you've done some drawings, some sculpture, maybe a video or graphic work, as well as photography, because photography alone might show that you're afraid to experiment and try new areas. Having said that, I did quite a bit of photography for my IB Art (though not for all of it!) and here are some tips: -If you are doing staged photographs, draw and plan out the compositions in your IWB. Write about the theme or message you want to explore. -Look at artists (not just photographers!) that deal with your message or theme and comment on whether you like it, why you like it, and if it has influenced you in any way. -Once you've set up your general idea, go take some test photographs. Experiment with different angles and types of light. Print these photos out onto a contact sheet, and stick them in the IWB. Also pick out a few key test shots and write about why the work, or why they don't work. -Once you've taken your photographs, print out the contact sheet and stick them in. Pick a few key shots you want to edit. -During the editing process, take a few screenshots and print them out. -Stick the edited photos in your IWB and critique them. Talk about their composition, use of colour, light, if they work or not. Do they capture what you're trying to say? I hope that was helpful. Please just remember that photography alone won't help you. You need other mediums to show that you are a well-rounded student (because that's what IB likes in the end!) Good luck! (Sorry, before when I mention researching artists, stick the research into your IWB, cite it properly, and comment on the pieces that they do. Just realised the sentence I typed was a bit ambiguous!)
  2. It's Monday now so this reply is late, but I really would read the books if I were you.
  3. Most English universities require a TOEFL if English is not your first language. Therefore it shouldn't matter if you took it at IB or not. If you speak English fluently you should be fine, but if it's not your first language, I would highly recommend studying for the TOEFL.
  4. Flippy

    HELP! World Lit 1

    I haven't read either works, but perhaps I could offer some advice in a direction you could take as I also did my World Lit 1 on the role of women. First take a look at the principal female characters in your works. What similarities are there between them? Better yet, what differences are there? Don't just look at the characters' personalities - take a look at how the playwright deals with and explores these characters. Are their characters developed through use of symbolism? Are they a vehicle for a related issue (for instance, in my World Lit I talked about how two writers used their principal female characters to represent their attitudes towards the "modern woman", although their attitudes differed). What are the fates of these women - does that tell the reader anything about what the writer thinks about the role of women? Don't forget the men as well. The way the men treat the women is also important when talking about role of women. Just bring it down to basics, and contrast and compare. Soon you'll find a link that connects both works; it doesn't matter if the "link" is dealt with differently in both works (like one work could show women in positions of power, and the second can show them in positions of weakness). Look at the literary techniques that are used to develop the women, because examiners look for analysis of literary techniques, so a question involving literary techniques can be quite good. For example: "How do [writers' names] use symbolism to explore the issue of role of women in their works [name of works.]" Hope that helped!
  5. Flippy

    Your Visual Art Theme

    I did Identity. I looked at feminine identity, identities dictated by the media, characters in stories, and my own identity. Did a lot of lens-based media: photos, videos, and one stop motion animation. It was a fun time
  6. Flippy

    This or That!

    Cobra. I hate spiders. Comedy or drama?
  7. You cannot use these books for English A1 because both books were written in a language other than English originally. The House of the Spirits was first written in Spanish and The Sorrow Of War is Vietnamese literature. For an English A1 you must have at least one author/novel who wrote/was written in English originally, which you can then compare to a world literature. You will have to use different books, I'm afraid.
  8. Flippy

    EE in English A1 Help

    Along with the abstract, table of contents, any appendices etc that are outlined in the criteria, the Extended Essay should have the standard essay basics: intro, body, conclusion. For me, I split my body into different sections for a title with each one. It just made it easier to go through my points and organise my essay. There are also nitpicky things like formatting (citing, footnotes, page numbers) which you should remember to include, but I'm guessing your IB Coordinator will let you know of those things in due course. Good luck!
  9. Flippy

    Psychology EE Examples

    Another good link is www.ibpapers.info They have example EEs for all topics on that site. Good luck!
  10. Flippy

    What song are you listening to?

    The Three Little Jigs - Enter the Haggis I love the bagpipes ^^
  11. I believe that the fault lies with the school. I was part of the "first batch" at my school, meaning we were the first year to go through the IB. Hell, we're even our school's very first graduating class (our school's pretty new). Nobody failed and five out of twenty three people got 40 or above. I really think that the strength of our grades lies with the teachers. Sure, we had one or two who were questionable in their teaching methods, but on the whole our teachers were experienced with the IB and very dedicated in making sure we knew what's what. Our IB coordinator is amazing...she really took care of us all. When we were unhappy with one of the Maths teachers, actual steps were taken to help us! It wasn't just a case of unanswered complaints. In short, I don't think it matters whether or not the class are "guinea pigs" for the school. It matters on the experience and dedication of the teachers. Obviously it depends on the student as well, but I really don't think the IBO should be blamed for this. These students should have been given access to lots of IB resources as well as experienced teaching. To me it sounds like the school didn't do a very good job of this. Don't blame the IBO. They've had plenty of students from all over the world achieve top grades with no complaints. "First batch" doesn't necessarily translate to low scores. It's if the school is prepared enough that counts.
  12. Flippy

    Do you think you're more of an "arts" or "sciences" person?

    I think I maybe both...though perhaps more Arts than Sciences. When I was in Psychology I really did not like studying the Humanistic perspective and favoured the more scientific Learning perspective. Yet my favourite lessons are Art and English and I'm aiming to study Art and Design and have a creative career. Then again I did quite well in Maths and I occasionally find Physics quite interesting. So...who knows.
  13. Flippy

    Swine flu

    My friend and her family came over from the States to visit Shanghai (where I live) a few weeks ago. I hadn't seen her in three years and they stayed in Shanghai for two weeks. Of course, I didn't get to hang out with my friend until one week after she'd been here on account of her being quarantined. She sat behind some kid who had a temperature on the plane and they had to be quarantined for a week, meaning she missed half her holiday, really. It's understandable about wanting to keep swine flu from spreading, so I guess I understand why she was "locked up"...but it still didn't make me very happy
  14. Flippy

    Agnostics -why so wishy washy-

    There aren't just two sides...I presume when you say "accept the existence of God" you are talking about Christianity. But there are other religions as well, and I think agnostics are people who are not sure in what they believe in. In my opinion that's perfectly fine. Being religious can become a big part of someone's life, and deciding whether or not you should commit to a religion may require some time, for some people. Aboo, I thought agnostics were people who were undecided about their religion? Or am I wrong?
  15. Flippy

    This or That!

    Catapult! (What a random question). Would you rather have a broken nose or a broken leg?

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