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  1. 1. Calm down. 2. Figure out why it is you're failing classes. Don't understand the material? Not focused? Other? 3. Make a list of your priorities. What do you need to focus on to make things better? To get better grades, put academic things at the top. Study daily, and if you don't understand something, go to someone who does. Ask you teacher for practice tests and extra work to really get the material down. Do you best and don't get lazy. Make sure you focus, and that may require you to at least temporarily quit something you simply enjoy that has nothing to do with school. (I also recommend exercising because it's a great stress-reliever and keeps you focused.) --Also remember how IB kids are supposed to learn, for that can help you on tests. Think of the mission statement. Think of how we need to know more than simple facts, but the "how" and "why" they occur. Be a critical thinker. --Don't worry about disappointing your family. They should love and care for you at all times. IB is a great program but isn't built for everyone. They have so many specific rules that have to be followed correctly or else you won't get the grade. However IB has great advantages, even if you don't pass (e.g. encouraging open minds and hard work). I'm just saying having to worry about grades can be really stressful and might defeat the will to learn. Believe me, it sucks. If you are set on earning good grades, do your best, keep focused, and things should fall into place.
  2. I think it's fine, but you may be asked to narrow it down. Talk to your teacher. One way to narrow it would be to focus on what regard the US was hindered. Hindered in attempts at successful advancement? Hindered in goal of pacification? Hinder how? - that's the only way I see it as being rather broad.
  3. You should have a word count at the front of the work (on the cover page, usually). So they should be able to tell from that. However if you were to lie about the count, I imagine the examiners double check by counting the words themsleves. Still, things such as the TOK essay are submitted electronically, so they'll know the true word count anyways.
  4. Like IBTrojan said, you analyze. It's kind of a combination of comparing and analyzing. You examine both, but use support to show which outweighs the other, in order to support your thesis. Example: Thesis--dogs are better pets than cats Dogs like to play more. --but so are cats Dogs are loyal. --but so are cats You can take them out for walks. --(cats don't usually go on walks, so with this detail you show dogs outweigh cats in which is a better pet) Dogs: 3 , Cats: 2
  5. http://quizlet.com/18155253/ib-oral-exam-useful-phrases-for-describing-a-picture-flash-cards/ I think this link can really help with the image part, but it can help with general speaking. http://www.slideshare.net/Adhara0/tips-for-individual-oral-16335734 This can be of use, too. -Take your time. Spanish is a fluid language but since you're still learning, go at a steady pace if you need to. -Practice speaking a lot in everyday life, at random times. It'll help you get more used to how it feels to speak the language, and you won't be very rusty once you do the exam for real. -If you have time to prepare for the picture part, try to keep from writing complete sentences. You'll be so reliant on that and it'll hinder you because you'll be reading, not communicating. I hope this helps!
  6. The previous replies gave good advice. Also just remember that ESS is very simple if you use common sense. A lot of it makes sense - remembering specific details can be the challenging part. I recommend making flashcards of heavy concepts, like the pollution areas. It'll help to get the facts down, but a great deal of questions that can be easily answered without a whole lot of studying (e.g. preventing water pollution). There are tons of videos on Youtube to help if your teacher doesn't do a good job of explaining.
  7. I understand your problem. Well, one thing you could do with technology is choose one innovation that had a great effect on the war. That'll give you more ways to research, since it'll have so many sources to look at and analyze. So, for example "To what extent did the use of _____ impact the outcome of the US Civil War?" Does this help?
  8. In response to your first question, "to what extent" is asking "to what degree" or "how much". So for this question, how much was the role of that state a key factor? Large extent (very much a key factor)? Small extent (not really a key factor)? Some extent (sort of a key factor)? Always answer showing how it is, AND how it isn't a key factor. However if you're saying large extent, make sure the details for why it was a key factor outweigh the reasons for why it wasn't. For some extent, you could equally support both sides. Second question- Paper 2 and 3 are very similar. To score the highest, both require specific & accurate evidence, evaluation of that support to back up your thesis, critical commentary of details, and good organization. From what I can see, they only major difference is that paper 3 needs to have evaluation throughout the essay. So should paper 2, but on the paper 3 rubric they stress it a lot. Just make sure you have specific evidence (organization names, specific dates, statistics) and evaluation throughout. I hope this helps!
  9. It'd be beneficial to take pre-calculus first. However I recommend talking to someone who has taken it already, or asking a teacher.
  10. Not quite sure. :/ What matters for CAS is that you're doing these things for other people and not just yourself. When you play sports, how does it benefit others? Other ways to get action can be: doing one of those 5K runs where money goes to charity, doing regular workouts with a friend (I did this, and it can work well for a long term project because supporting each other), raking leaves, shoveling snow.
  11. Hm, thank you! Also, this question goes to you and everyone, do I have to mention my AoKs literally? Like for example, I chose Arts, do I have to say like "Arts, as an area of knowledge..." or can I just go with my RLs and stuffs? You're welcome! And yes, especially in the introduction so they know which AOKs you'll look at. So you could say it like that in the intro. Once you mention it in the body, you can just say "In the arts..." or "With regards to the arts" or something like that. In the body you don't have to mention it's an AOK a second time. Oh and again! Is there any minimum words? Also, how much is the words limits? 1600 words, isn't it? Yup, 1600. Hm, thank you! Also, this question goes to you and everyone, do I have to mention my AoKs literally? Like for example, I chose Arts, do I have to say like "Arts, as an area of knowledge..." or can I just go with my RLs and stuffs? You're welcome! And yes, especially in the introduction so they know which AOKs you'll look at. So you could say it like that in the intro. Once you mention it in the body, you can just say "In the arts..." or "With regards to the arts" or something like that. In the body you don't have to mention it's an AOK a second time. Oh and again! Is there any minimum words? Also, how much is the words limits? 1600 words, isn't it? Yup, 1600. No minimum.
  12. Hm, thank you! Also, this question goes to you and everyone, do I have to mention my AoKs literally? Like for example, I chose Arts, do I have to say like "Arts, as an area of knowledge..." or can I just go with my RLs and stuffs? You're welcome! And yes, especially in the introduction so they know which AOKs you'll look at. So you could say it like that in the intro. Once you mention it in the body, you can just say "In the arts..." or "With regards to the arts" or something like that. In the body you don't have to mention it's an AOK a second time.
  13. It just has to be rather specific. The first question is nice, but an accurate depiction of what? (I haven't seen the movie) Events in Iran? Also make sure the question sounds formal.
  14. I recommend FOCUSING on two AOKs. You're right to be cautious of making it all over the place. I'd say focus on two, and in your thought process if another AOK kind of fits right in, you can add it. That'll keep it together. You don't have many words to work with.
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