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  1. I don't think bullet points is the right way to go about it. It says analyse so I believe some explaining is required. Examples too, would show that you know what you're talking about. Probably not completely like an economics answer, but brief definitions and some forms of primary and secondary research. and then their functions and pros & cons. I don't think an analyse question would be worth very, very many marks. It's the evaluate/discuss questions that are worth more, from what i know. dude, ansoff matrix and driving forces? i don't think you have this right (or maybe i don't let me know). Driving forces are part of Lewin's force field analysis. do they ask us to make analyses in the exam? the weightage is there to show the impact of each force. after giving each force a weightage, your suppose to justify why you did so, because that would show it's significance and your knowledge of it. Thanks a lot for your apt reply! Hmm yeah... Because in class today, my teacher said that if you have been asked about advantages and disadvantages, you can just put in titles of "Advantages" and "Disadvantages" which seemed really weird to me because I would have never have done that in a BM exam. But then again, my teacher just gave us our January BM mock results in a form of a paragraph today which was absolutely useless. So I guess you're right, I'm not going to be putting the stuff in bullet points. I'll just put it in a paragraph form and then just analyse it there. Sorryyyyy I meant Lewin's Force Field Analysis! My mind was stuck in that ansoff matrix phase because I was just studying it Yes as far as I know there's questions like "Using Lewin's field analysis model, discuss the differences between the driving forces and in the follow strategic plan x and this persons resistances to these changes. As far as I know, the book shows the Lewins force field with numbers written next to it which gives a weightage to each driving and restraining force. So how do I show if I have given a weightage of 3 to a particular force? Do I just write it in the description next to where I have mentioned the force?
  2. Heyylooooo there, fellow IB survivors! Well I sort of need help in understanding how to answer the business and management paper 1 and 2. The thing is, my teacher hasn't gone through and discussed the format of the answer so I'm a little confused as she mentioned some things which utterly confused me today. Before this post, I used to answer my questions like how I would in an economics exam (i.e explain the terms in the question and provide background information for it and then get to the topic) but I saw the markschemes of papers and it really doesn't look like they want people to define everything and all of that it seems. I understand that a one line definition is good to provide so that the examiner knows what I'm talking about, but I'm having more trouble understanding these two aspects of the answer. 1. Is it okay if I write my answer in bullet points? For example -- if they have asked "analyse the roles that primary and secondary research could play for the firm" -- how would I structure my answer? Should I just provide bullet points and mention all the possible advantages and disadvantages of primary and secondary research directly? 2. Lewin's force field analysis - really simple thing, I know, driving and restraining forces... But do I have to give a weightage to each argument on a level of 1-5? All help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks a lot in advance, fellow survivors!
  3. Heyyy guys, I don't think time difference would be a problem because I sleep like 3 hours a day and I'm doing math for the rest of the day and night... So if you guys want we can set something up!
  4. Hey there, IB survivors! 4 days to go for math and I'll be doing math all day and all night long! If anyone needs a study partner feel free to contact me and we can set something up on skype or such and solve past papers and solve other questions and work on each others weaknesses! Looking forward to working together with you, survivors! -Amar
  5. If you want to go into a field like aeronautical engineering, take HL math, HL physics, and HL chemistry. These will help you, young Padawan, take my advice. P.s: The DP course is so beautifully designed that it teaches you everything from the scratch so you wouldn't have a problem with the learning part as long as you're motivated and interested in the area of study.
  6. Hey there, fellow IB survivor! Well, I did my extended essay in the microeconomics section and I found it to be fairly simple. My research question was "Is the Law Garden Handicrafts market an example of monopolistic competitive market structure?" Market structures is a fairly simple topic to cover and there's a lot that you can do with the area and this would also probably get you an A or B. However, like any other EE topic, you would need to work a little bit and devote some time for research because the stronger your research is, the stronger your essay will be. The first thing I would tell you to do is to identify a market, any market that you can see around you. Street market preferably, and then visit the market once or twice and maybe have a friendly conversation with a vendor or something. At least, that's what I did to start off my EE. Then start writing the essay... The hypothesis, method, secondary research, etc...If you want, you can most definitely keep in contact with me if you find any topic in the market structures part. I will most definitely look at your drafts and suggest feedback. And you can always email me at [email protected] and send me your draft even if it isn't in the market structures area. Well, try thinking of any market around you and try to identify any market structure assumptions in the market. That's all from me, all the best to you, IB survivor!
  7. That was exactly the theory that I was looking for! I had read about that theory in my junior years but I didn't know the name! Thanks a lot, fellow IB survivor!
  8. Hey there, fellow IB survivors! I need help for my math IA topic and suggestions for what to do with it. Well, getting right to it... My math exploration topic is about prime numbers and I'll be exploring them in depth to find how many prime numbers are there To start with, I will explore sets of 10 meaning 0-10, 10-20, 20-30, 40-50, 60-70, etc up until like 1000 or something and plot the chart. I'll then graph the data and create a function for this curve. With this curve, I'll see if there are any x-intercepts I'll then explore different sets of numbers, for example... from 0-50, 50-100, 100-150, 150-200. up until like 10,000 and then create a function for this curve aswell and predict if there is a set where I will have 0 prime numbers between a set like this. And lastly, one more set... 0-100, 100-200, 200-300, 300-400, till 100,000. Same procedure as before. This is what I have so far... And I have no idea what to do after. Maybe I can look at the distribution of the curve or something like that... I don't know if this exploration will work or not, but I need advice and suggestions on what I can do with it and if it possible. And then I can prove how the contradiction method says that there are infinite prime numbers from my investigation. Need suggestions, survivors!
  9. Heyyaa fellow IB survivor! I would most definitely really suggest the PEA method to find out how to work things. This works mainly for all poems, it's fairly simple, and it is bound to get you some marks. I would suggest you to practice more and more and think about texts. Give them multiple readings -- first one to figure out important parts of the text, second get into greater detail, and third and fourth readings to go the deepest and looking at the text from a global perspective. I am facing the same problems as you, my friend. We share the same subjects, except I have SL physics and HL English. Yes, I have read Waiting For Godot,,, It's one of the texts that my class is working on for part 3 of the English Language and Literature course. Frankly speaking, I didn't enjoy the piece as much as I did my others. I've only read the book once (chootiya jaisi book hai, kisi ko kuch bhi nei samaj nei aata hai, sabh sirf tukkad marte rehte hai). But yes, I have seen the movie and I have read enough of sparknotes (http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/godot/) to understand the book. If you're planning to work on a written task with Waiting For Godot, I would strongly suggest you read the entire sparknotes and you'll find points that you haven't thought about for sure.
  10. Heyya, thanks a ton for your advice! I'm going to start memorizing some important things from now. Aaaahh, I see... I'll most definitely also look at the key questions (why does this occur and what is its exception) Alright, I'll most definitely use more of Tsokos and I'll forget about IBID. I was actually told only to read it because it has some parts which aren't a part of Tsokos. Chris Hamper doesn't cover everything in detail but it does cover some useful things. IA's ftw!
  11. But then eventually things got a bit better (perhaps that is just the magic of hindsight), and physics was actually not too bad compared to my other exam papers. I'm not sure how useful this advice will be for you, but I think it did help me. Firstly, I would suggest using at least 2 or 3 textbooks - I think Tsokos has been mentioned above, and there are a couple more, each of varying quality. They are good in terms of providing straight-out theory, but also giving guided examples and then exercises to apply the strategies of guided examples - this is useful practice. Between them all, you can piece together most of the syllabus - which is crucial, as anything on the syllabus can be tested - you cannot just ignore a dot-point. As mentioned above, learning to do a quick units analysis is useful for checking/eliminating multiple choice answers, and writing a list of physics definitions gets easy marks - you cannot underestimate the amount of straight-out memorisation and writing in physics, despite all other appearances! This may give you the marks you need to lift your grade to a 4 - they are reasonable to get. Also, as our class had a particularly horrendous IA process, I would urge you to consider whether you could get extra marks from your IA. You haven't mentioned how your going, but a solid IA mark can help lift your score. So if you have been scoring lowly, try and extort as much feedback as possible from your teacher on IAs that have already been marked, and get help from other students who may be more familiar with your teacher's style of marking. Finally, my best piece of advice would be to do practice IB past papers/questionbank. There's nothing quite like doing a whole pile of past IB style questions - many similar problem types appear again and again, though of course some novel situations will come up. Whilst you don't want to deplete your ability to grapple with new problems, it is still valuable to go through and do - without looking at solutions first - past questions to get a feel for the way IB questions are formulated and how hard they are for you. And even if you struggle to truly grapple with complex physics concepts, learning to recognise some basic question types can definitely save time and gain extra marks in the exam - something which I think I relied upon quite a lot... Anyway, best of luck! The like button at the side of the page isn't enough to show the gratefulness I have for you. Thank you so bloody much, I've copied this and put it on a note on my desktop so I can look at it everyday and I'll make sure to implement this. I do use Tsokos, IBID, Chris Hamper, and Giancoli. But I always end up getting stuck somewhere or the other which brings down my overall grade. I suppose I really need to focus and learn everything properly without any doubts. As for my IAs, they are in progress... For the all criteria labs, I'm done with the design aspect, and I'm done with the other design only labs. Yesyes, I will most definitely consider questionbanks now. Thanks a ton for your reply!
  12. I'll try solving a lot of past papers but I need to be able to understand the concept before I just blindly go on to it, no? So I've started reading a lot more, practicing more exercises in the book, and started reading from other sources aswell. But I suppose I'll start solving from the past papers as soon as I think I have the hang of the topic -- like Kinematics, I can do this topic with my eyes closed now
  13. Aaaahhh, it's great that you end up with almost a 6 now, it really is. Actually, it's rather inspiring aswell. I see what you did there, I'll most definitely give this a shot and read more on the syllabus and guide. Thanks a ton for your reply!
  14. Hahahhahahah I know exactly how you feel. Yeah man, keep in touch and we'll do something to raise our grades.
  15. I think it is a great article. There is a lot you can write on it. You can also make several links to the chapter in the book and it would be a great if you could connect those links with fluidity.
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