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  1. That's so strange because last year I was on "first exams 2013" and they've changed it after only two years.. But this is good to know sorry for all the incorrect info...
  2. Adding on, I think the other word counts might be for paper 2: At SL it's 250-400 And HL: Section A 250–400 words Section B 150-250 words The 200-300 word rationale might be from the older curriculum. Ab initio languages also have a 200-300 word WA but that's the whole thing and there's no rationale. But if this WA is the same one I wrote in my language B it's 100 for SL and 150 for HL.
  3. Vioh is correct, I did my WA last year and we had a 100 word rationale (SL) so the HLs should have a 150 word one.
  4. IB English is concerned with HOW. How is a certain effect created? You use literary techniques as your main points for each paragraph and have points and quotes to backup each technique. Introduction: you start with a general idea then work your way to a more focused idea, then your last sentence should be your thesis statement, which lists your main paragraph's ideas. So for example if I'm doing literary techniques to show characterization my thesis could be "(author) uses techinique A, B and C to show characterization." (Of course this is the way I would say it and you should say it in your own voice). Then your body paragraphs. One will be on technique A, the next will be on B and the next will be on C. In paragraph A, you have a topic sentence relating to your thesis like technique A shows characterization by doing this. You then follow PEA/PEE/PEAL/PEEL. It stands for point, evidence/example, analysis/explanation, link So for technique A, you would have a point, then you put a quote that proves that point then you explain and analyze the quote, and you link it back to your thesis and you do that again for every point you have. So paragraph A might have several PEAs all related to your main idea. So a point for every piece of evidence. Example (Topic sentence) technique A (let's say diction) shows characterization by showing x character's personality. Then you put a quote supporting that, analyze the quote saying how it shows x's personality and link it to your thesis. Then you move on to another point. Technique A also shows characterization by doing xxx and you put a quote, analyze and link. And repeat for every quote you have that proves how technique A shows characterization. Then you conclude. Then repeat the above for technique B and C in a separate paragraph each. Then conclusion: Reword your thesis, then go over the main ideas of what you wrote. I believe paper 1 is the unseen commentary and I think in your intro you also talk about the main idea of the passage and then you go on to discuss literary techniques. So you would kind of follow this format. I'm not sure about paper 2 though, we haven't really done anything. And if anyone notices mistakes please correct me! This is how I think the essays are supposed to be but I don't know for sure if I'm doing it right. I don't really have any solid examples. I'd recommend finding some 7 essays to look at. You can also ask your teacher for tips when you get your papers back or if they have any example papers. It might seem a little repetitive and robotic but this is just the basic method. Once you have this method down you can add your own style in and it will be more in your voice. Hope this helps, again, I'm not sure if I'm doing it right but if you do use this method let me know how it goes! And of course you can combine this with other people's methods as well. Good luck! (Also it's kind of all jumbled up because I just followed my train of thought. When you write your essays, make sure you prewrite and form an outline first so that this doesn't happen )
  5. Some of my friends work and they're the ones doing really well. I guess if you're really busy you manage your time better and you end up actually studying more instead of wasting time? It's definitely a good idea to work just weekends. Also, you could try tutoring. Then you can set your own hours, improve your skills and make more than minimum wage. (I charge almost double minimum wage but it depends on what other people in your area charge and how good you are at tutoring and how well known you are). For me it's also stress relief because it's relaxing to just know how to solve every question in a lower grade. It's a complete contrast to IB where you're not really sure of anything . And I find that I have a greater understanding of basic concepts which do kind of help even in IB.
  6. Haha no problem, I'm sure you'll be fine! You're already preparing that's a good sign. Just try to enjoy your spare time because you won't have any of that later.
  7. The writing is okay but the main thing is that an EE in a science subject isn't really an extended essay. It's an extended lab report. You need to find a topic, come up with a research question (like a question that you seek to answer within your paper), write an intro, formulate a hypothesis, then either A: Design an experiment to answer your RQ and analyze the lab's results B: (not recommended - hard to get good marks) Collect data from other experiments and analyze that Then you write a conclusion. That's basically a science EE in a nutshell. It needs to more science-y You can Google EE rubrics to find criteria but you'll find that what you wrote doesn't really follow the rubric. Sorry if I sound harsh... Nothing wrong with your writing (I'm not that good at writing though so I can't really comment) but it's just not meant for an EE. Might be good for something like TOK. We talk about ethics in TOK and this particular example actually came up in our bio class, but it's more of a discussion topic. I recommend not trying to fit this writing into any assignments. Just use it as writing practice. If you really want to do this topic for fun, come up with a thesis and write an actual paper then go over it and edit it to improve your writing. Remember that an extended essay should be between 3500-4000 words... can you write that much on this topic? Also, this MIGHT work for an EE in an area like ethics (I'm not even sure if that's a course...) But there's a lot of science content and IB doesn't like cross curricular EEs. For example, if this were a bio EE, they won't really look at the ethics, and if it's in ethics (if that's a class) they won't mark the science content. Another example would be something like biochemistry. If you choose a Bio EE, they won't assess you on the chemical content and if you choose a Chem EE they won't mark you on the biological content. I encourage you to just enjoy your freedom while it lasts. If you really want to prepare for IB, just focus on your classes, do well in those, and maybe learn some IB course content. Go online and watch videos of a topic you're interested in. Once you're in IB you'll start to see what they like and don't like and what will work. Just have fun Question: If you're not in IB yet how come it says exams in May 2016? You can always ask for clarification I kind of just followed my train of thought and this might not really make sense.
  8. If you're planning on going into the sciences in university, doing a science EE will help a lot for when you're writing lab reports, and your EE will also help with your IA labs. My IB coordinator also said that an EE in a subject you're going into in university will be good for university interviews in the UK but I don't know much about that.. I did my EE in bio, the experience should be similar to any science EE. I think it was a great experience to do a university level lab report and it was hard at some parts but I chose a topic I was interested in and it was fun to design an experiment and see the results. It was stressful too but overall I don't regret it. I kind of wanted to do it in French too because there's so much you can do - you can look at culture or language or literature... the only thing is - you have to write it in French.
  9. Stephanie Castle on YouTube - think there's only the SL stuff but that's part of the HL course Crash Course on YouTube - Not IB but useful anyways because they cover a lot in a short time.
  10. Remembering all the different ways to calculate delta H in energetics... too many different delta H's too.. periodicity had a lot of memorization and that's one of my weaknesses. Plant science was hard because it was boring...
  11. Bio: I don't know about "important" chapters but IB likes to test on DNA... and transportation, like facilitated, osmosis, diffusion, etc seems to come up over and over again in grade 12. Biochem (carbs lipids proteins etc) also comes up in one of the chem options but I don't know if you're going to be doing that. You could just study ahead for bio using books or something, it's pretty easy to learn by yourself. Chem: Quantitative chemistry is super important for any future chapter. Stoic especially - it's used in almost every chapter. Periodicity and bonding - things like solubility, melting point, etch and reasons for those (size of atomic radii, intermolecular forces) come up later as well. Intermolecular forces are actually really important - VDW, dipole-dipole, H-bonding.. Energetics isn't that important in that it doesn't really come up in other topics besides a little in organic chem. Like Twilight said, atomic structure and bonding (I think periodicity as well as stoichiometry) really set the foundation for a lot of things. And even if they don't make sense now, things in periodicity make a lot more sense after some of the grade 12 chapters. BTW, what school do you go to? I'm assuming you're in BC because of the time but you're taking all the courses my school offers in a set "pathway" they recommend.. Just curious I understand if you wanna keep that private...
  12. In the old curriculum, two options are studied, usually at the end. There are some options that are SL or HL only, and some options with HL add one. Sometimes your teachers pick, sometimes there's a vote, but it depends on the teacher. And like moonkyu97 said, you can always study them yourself, but it's harder. The new curriculum should be the same - 2 options, but I'm not sure. My teacher chooses for my school - further organic and human biochem.
  13. Hmmm I still think you can improve a lot in French in 2 months.. I know I did.. and really you can pass IB with a low French mark so I wouldn't recommend dropping just because of French. If your other reasons for dropping make sense, then you should but don't do it because of French. It's only one class. My French teacher had a student who entered IB French not knowing a word of French besides like, bonjour, and ended up with a 6. (this is with IB French from September to May with orals in March etc. Same as you) Edit: I don't think IB helps that much with admissions for U of T, besides changing your average with the IB to % conversion scale (Also, IB Math SL counts for 2 courses and HL for 3. So if you get a 7 in Math, that's 2 or 3 out of 6 courses with a grade of between 96 and 100, which will help your average a lot, unless you can get even higher marks in a regular math class). But it's going to help with work habits and things like that.
  14. Perhaps SL's are harder than HL's because we choose our HLs based on strength/interest so that SLs are weaknesses... my hardest class is History SL... there's just so much information... On the flip side, I don't find Chem HL that hard. It's one of my easiest classes, besides Math SL (I was warned not to take HL, but I kind of regret not trying it).
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