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  1. lcdrz

    Results!

    IB is OVER! HL Biology: 7 HL History Europe+Middle East: 7 HL English Lit: 6 (2 marks off a 7... remark??) SL French Lang&Lit: 7 SL Economics: 7 SL Maths Studies: 6 (ughhh so close to a 7) EE: A TOK: A Total: 43/45 Bilingual Diploma awarded! Regarding English I'm only two marks off a 7, should I go for a remark or not? I'm so hesitant! Maths was really close as well but it's more difficult to get extra marks in Maths so I don't think I'll risk it.
  2. French: A (HL & SL), B (HL & SL) Italian ab initio Spanish: A (HL & SL), B (HL & SL), ab initio German: A (HL & SL), B (HL & SL), ab initio Russian: A (HL & SL), B (HL & SL), ab initio Chinese: A (HL & SL), B (HL & SL), ab initio Hindi: B (HL & SL) And I don't know if these would count as languages but they are in group 2: Latin (HL & SL), Ancient Greek (HL & SL)
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    European History Essay

    Ok, so European History is extremely broad. What sort of time period are you looking at? Medieval times? Renaissance? Victorian Era? There are so many time periods? And furthermore once you've established what sort of time period of history you're interested in, you should probably find what country/event you're interested in? European history could span from: The Catholic Kings of Spain to the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia to the French Revolution to the World Wars to the Spanish Civil War to the English Civil War to the rule of Ivan the Terrible. Once you've decided a time period/country/region/specific event, then you should do some initial research on that and see whether you can formulate an EE question on it. Once you've done that, people on IBS will be willing to help you if you're unsure about your RQ, but remember, no one can make your RQ for you! Happy researching!
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    HL English Lit in Trans Essay help

    Well I was thinking more in terms of how Ibsen uses Pastor Manders as a pastiche of sorts of Norwegian society so wouldn't really actually be comparing to actual Victorian Norwegian society. What I thought with the question was that I would maybe look at one aspect of Manders' society and how Ibsen uses it to criticise society, as Ghosts is probably most well-known as a critique of the Victorian values & society. I hadn't ever thought that the wording of my question would make it seem as if I'd have to bring in real-life aspects.. Would this question perhaps be better for literary exploration? : 'What is the role/significance of the character of Pastor Manders in Ghosts?' Thanks!
  5. Hi, so I've decided to do my Lit in translation essay on Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen and I've come up with this question: "How and to what effect does Ibsen use the character of Pastor Manders to comment on Norwegian society and its values in Ghosts?" I'm not sure if I'm overcomplicating the task.. Is the question suitable or should I just simplify it to something like "What is the significance of Pastor Manders in Ghosts?" For the essay I know I mainly want to focus on the character of Pastor Manders and how he represents society - and what aspects of society he represents (e.g. the hypocrisy of Norwegian society) and my general outline is to focus on: - the duality of pastor manders' personality - his repressed personality - his corruption etc. But I'm not sure if it becomes too much about a character study rather than looking at literary techniques/being a critical literary essay. Sorry for the long message & thank you in advance!
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    Oxford Law

    Yes definitely! If you've done DoE that would be good to mention in your non academic-related extra-curriculars.
  7. Hi! I'm currently in the later stages of writing my personal statement for UCAS applications for Law. There are a lot of things which my tutor in school doesn't want me to include/wants me to change radically and I'm not too sure whether I should take on board absolutely all the advice which is given to me... However, I just wanted a second opinion from someone who has gone through the experience of writing personal statements and see what you think about my PS. Be warned that I am currently shifting the order of things a bit/my conclusion is far from finished etc. Thank you in advance!
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    Oxford Law

    Well it depends what you are referring to extra-curriculars such as sports, singing drama etc. or the so-called 'super-curriculars'? As far as I know, extra-curriculars aren't regarded with as much importance by UK universities in general compared to US universities who place a very high importance on them. 'Super-curriculars' however are activities which complement and add to your academic application. So for Law you could probably do some sort of debating, mock trial etc. My school has a Law discussion society where we discuss legal issues in the news, or issues in the news and their relevance to the law/how they may influence the legal world etc., we also talk about certain well-known cases such as R v. Dudley & Stephens. If your school does have some sort of society/club like this I believe it'd be very helpful. Otherwise, a lot of people do debating, public-speaking competitions. Some even do MUN (Model United Nations so you could do that if possible). There are also a lot of people who do work experiences in law firms/with barristers (Barristers are generally related to the UK) so there's that too. However, in your personal statement you could possibly make a lot of things applicable to law - like mentioning how certain things help you in developing transferrable skills e.g. learning to play a musical instrument has allowed me to exercise my dedication and determination towards perfecting something, a mentality which will be beneficial when taking on the academic study of something as rigorous and demanding as Law etc. something of the sort. Hopefully this helps you in finding some activities to do!
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    History IA

    I have a friend who did her IA on something sort of related to the French Revolution, but she focused on Marie Antoinette and how accurate her reputation and the representation of her in history was correct (I think she got a 7?), so if you took something on the lines of that you could perhaps add the theme of feminism to it? I personally struggled a lot to find a question because I wanted to do something outside of the syllabus which I had briefly studied before (the Vietnam war and how media influenced the policy of Vietnamization) although realised that I did not have much evidence to back it up, so did something on what we had studied in class. If you can't find a question or your Barbie idea does not pan out, you could pick something on your syllabus - it really helps consolidate your knowledge on one area on the syllabus as you are required to research it in much further depth. Good luck with it! It's really not too bad as it is a very formulaic piece of work, so you don't have much room to stray from the criteria.
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    Oxford Law

    The offer seems quite low, but Oxford are able to set it this low as the selection process is very tough. Most people who apply have a 40+ prediction. For law, they generally short list candidates for the interview based on LNAT and other things and then if you've gotten through to the interview phase they further filter out the candidates in order to make offers. Therefore, the offers are allowed to be 'low' because they've cut down so many candidates who've applied. (This is from what I've heard from the most recent graduating class at my school - a lot of people apply to Oxbridge) It doesn't really matter what subjects you study for law, one person who graduated from my school did HL Chem, Physics and Maths and he's studying law at Oxford. So it really doesn't matter as both the humanities and science route provide useful skills applicable for law.
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    Best psychology program in UK

    Actually some of the best universities for psychology aren't in London! There are a lot of people at my school who apply for psychology and most of them apply to Bath, UCL, St. Andrews, Exeter, Leicester, Cambridge, Glasgow etc. but it also depends on what sort of place you want to live in, and also if you want to go to a campus-style university or a university where there is no campus (spread out around the city/town) So you should definitely research into it before making your final choices. Also, here's the Guardian's Psychology 2015 league table (but always stay wary of league tables as a lot of them will have different unis ranked differently): http://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2014/jun/03/university-guide-2015-league-table-for-psychology The Complete University guide's league table: http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?s=psychology For how the students feel, student feedback go on the uni website and also thestudentroom.co.uk is pretty helpful Other than that just root around the internet, that's always the best.
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    Universities in Spain (English speaking)

    I personally don't know much about university in Spain, but I've heard of this university, IE University, in Madrid/Segovia which offers programs taught in English as several people from my previous schools have attended it. Regarding IR - here is their webpage providing information for their IR program: http://www.ie.edu/university/studies/academic-programs/bachelor-international-relations/ I have no idea what they are like academically etc. but I hope this helps further your research
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    Anyone else doing the LNAT?

    Hi, I'm going to be doing the LNAT in September/early October (because I'll be applying for Oxbridge so need to do it earlier due to the earlier deadline) My school does a few workshops to prepare those of us who will be sitting the LNAT, however they are not that helpful. We just went through sample MCQs and essay techniques, for the MCQs I take that it's literally reading attentively and critically and perhaps employing some critical thinking/reasoning skills. For the essay, the 'instructor' just gave us a basic form we should follow: thesis, antithesis, synthesis ("la forme du poisson") and told us to be creative and not write a very generic response or choose the topic which we knew most people would choose. Most of the people in the year above me who took the LNAT last year said they used the Mark Sheperd book a bit and the practice tests on the LNAT website. But they also stressed the importance of not putting all your efforts on the MCQ and that the essay can be the more important section depending on the university. For example, one girl said that she focused so much on the MCQs and wrote a mediocre essay and that's why she missed her Oxford interview (she contacted them asking why they did not give her an interview-- apparently you can do that??) I think the average this year was maybe 21? and that is apparently a pretty good score. Regarding preparation, I'll probably be reading a few newspapers, using the Mark Sheperd book and the online practice tests. But essentially, you can't really revise for this test as it's used to test your aptitude. Good luck with it!
  14. I disagree entirely. The IOP is graded individually, so the teacher would have no idea what quality input the people had. This is a bad approach. The optimal approach in such a group situation (while groups in themselves are not optimal) is what was suggested: dividing up the labor into single focus points with one person per point. That way everyone gets to show original input. My bad! I have no idea what a group IOP is supposed to be like at all, as our school doesn't allow us to do our IOPs in groups rather than individually. Thanks for calling up on that issue!
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