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  1. JMo

    Do you find (your/the)Extended Essay Fun?

    I wouldn't go so far as to say the EE was fun, but it wasn't nearly as bad as people made it out to be. I did mine in history; the use of signals intelligence by the Allies in the Battle of the Atlantic, WWII. I found the topic interesting, but after reading countless books and articles on it and working on the essay for two months, it got a bit stale. If you're generally interested in the topic you're doing, though, it makes the tedious essay-writing process a lot easier than doing a topic you hate.
  2. JMo

    IB Music 2014

    I definitely feel your pain. I am a senior in the diploma programme, doing IB Music SL. I have music performance every day (I play viola in my school's orchestra) but my IB music class only meets once every other Tuesday, after school, from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. I can only give you tips from my own experience, at my own school, but hopefully you will find it useful. The areas where students at my school are usually weak are the external assessment written papers and the musical links investigation. Our performance assessments always do well. So what you need to focus on is being able to analyze music and write about it. To do this, you need to know some music theory. Ideally, you should have taken (or should take) a music theory course, if your school offers it. I didn't, and I regret it. I have tried to absorb as much music theory as possible from my teacher, my friends, and the internet. In addition to this, you need to listen to music as often as possible. Music of all genres. Exposing yourself to music and becoming familiar with different styles will be a great help. And practice writing about music. Learn to use musical terminology. I tend to think of writing music essays as similar to writing literature essays; don't just tell the reader what happens in the music, but what purpose these musical events serve. Why did the composer/musician choose these techniques? What do they do for the music? And honestly, just give it your best shot. I've done well enough through last year and this year, and I'm sure you will do fine as well.
  3. Hey everyone.! I have to write my World Religions IA, and I was hoping for some help. I'd like to write about the concept of faith or prayer healing in Christian Science. For instance, to what extent Christian Scientists deny traditional medical treatment, how this healing method is justified by Scripture or belief, how effective it has been, or ethical/legal issues that have arisen from parents denying medical treatment for their children. I'm just not exactly sure how to phrase my research question or structure the paper. Any ideas? Help is greatly appreciated!
  4. JMo

    Colonialism EE: introduction

    The introduction should do just as it says; introduce your topic. Excessive background information is unnecessary; give just enough for your reader to understand what you will be talking about, and also to give some context for the research question (which I was told should be included in your introduction, probably at the end). Keep the bulk of your historical information in the body of the paper. Just remember and be cautious, however; this is not simply a 'cut and paste' research paper that recites historical events. You must be sure to analyze those events or figures, or the sources that they come from. This is one of the greatest pitfalls of a history EE. I hope that this helps you somewhat. Good luck!
  5. JMo

    Opinion on my EE topic question

    I confess that I am no history scholar. However, it seems to me that your topic may be too narrow. Try to think of three points, or 'terms of measurement' that you will use to evaluate the question 'to what extent....' If you can think of three points to discuss, then you must ask yourself if, with these three points, there is enough information to write at least 3,500 words. Reading your question, I cannot immediately think of three points you could discuss. Think on it and get back to me. I really hope that this process helps! It worked for me when I was looking for my EE topic. Good luck!
  6. JMo

    Music Maths IA

    Hey all! I was hoping that some of you could help me with my HL Math IA, or 'exploration,' as it is now called. I wanted to do my IA over the maths of music, but I've had a really hard time a) finding a topic that might be considered 'sophisticated' enough for HL b) coming up with a rationale/ aim of the investigation. I'm really kind of confused as to how I am supposed to frame my work. Anyway, I think I may have finally found a topic that is interesting, and technically in the HL math syllabus. I was thinking that I could look at the geometry involved in music composition. Take, for instance, the fugue. It has a musical subject that recurs throughout the piece, but the subject may undergo different transformations (it may be repeated (a horizontal translation) or raised in pitch (vertical translation), it may be inverted (reflection), and there is even the option of introducing retrograde motion). I thought it would be interesting to play around with different transformations of a musical subject and see what type of music turns out. My questions for you would be: Is this 'sophisticated' enough for me to, at the very least, not fail Criterion E of the evaluation? And what could I put as my 'rationale' or aim for doing this? Learning about composition techniques? Creating my own unique and mathematical score? I would really, really appreciate any answers, and I hope that someone will get back to me ASAP. My topic is due tomorrow. (Yes, I am a procrastinator. But I actually have been working on this, I just haven't had much luck )
  7. JMo

    How do you 'chill out'/relax from IB?

    When I really have a lot of work to do, I don't get much time to relax...but as an IB student, procrastination is in my nature, so I'll often find myself wandering out to the kitchen for a drink, then distracting myself by looking for a snack, or stopping to talk to my parents, or play with the pets...I find little things to avoid doing my work haha! As for actual relaxation, I like to play my guitar, or sit on the back porch for some quiet time, or even read something that I want to read, that I am not required to read by IB. Watching TV or movies is good too.
  8. I am also taking HL Math and HL Chemistry
  9. JMo

    Extended Essay

    My EE is in history. I left Junior year thinking I would be writing an EE on Cleopatra...that didn't work out. So, I've spent all of June coming up with and researching a new topic. I'm now going to be writing about the role of cryptanalysis/ signals intelligence in the Battle of the Atlantic.
  10. JMo

    IB books you absolutely loved

    As for 'absolutely loved,' I can't recall any...but Pride and Prejudice and Chronicle of a Death Foretold have probably been my favorites. In sophomore year we read The Book Thief, which, although not an IB book (I don't think?), I LOVED, and also The Great Gatsby, which wasn't bad either.
  11. The internet (can you imagine IB before the internet?), friends and family (a great support system for when you're having those IB meltdown moments), double fudge brownie ice cream (I stress eat, okay?), and my handy-dandy TI-84 Silver (would be lost without it!). And, ultimately, the unshakable hope that it will all be worth it in the end!
  12. JMo

    How to create a good RQ?

    Thanks for your reply! So, maybe something along the lines of "To what extent did Allied decryption of German naval codes during the period from 1940 to 1943 contribute to success in deterring/eliminating the U-boat threat in the Battle of the Atlantic?" Does that sound right?
  13. Hey everyone! I have been working on my extended essay and I was hoping for some specification regarding how to write an appropriate research question. I have posted before regarding my topic which is The Role of Signals Intelligence in the Battle of the Atlantic, but I'm having trouble with my RQ. From what I understand, the RQ is supposed to comprise three parts; 1) a specific aspect of the topic, 2) two (or more) points of view, and 3) terms of measurement. Is anyone else familiar with this structure? I'm kind of confused about how to formulate this RQ. Any help would be greatly appreciated! My adviser hasn't been much help an I feel really lost with this whole EE thing.
  14. JMo

    Extended Essay

    You're definitely on the right track, but it does seem a bit broad to me. You might choose to examine youth participation in a specific social movement and how it contributed to Apartheid's end.
  15. JMo


    So essentially what you're wanting to do with your essay is compare the political leaderships of Thatcher and Gandhi, with the wars being means to this end. The major issue here, I think, is in the ambiguity of the word 'handling.' That's what you'll be writing about, how they 'handle' the wars. So you need to come up with some specific points here regarding the way that each woman handled the respective situations, and these will be your points of comparison. You could very well structure your essay around paragraphs examining each of these points. I'm sorry to say that I don't know very much about these wars specifically, but just speaking generically about wars, you could come up with points regarding different military stratagems, diplomatic efforts, the treatment of war criminals, etc. Do some digging around and see what you come up with. Good luck!

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