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  1. Chio1012

    Interview the person below you

    Ahh that's so hard because my 'favorite' band/artist changes around every few weeks or months, but right now I'd say Birdie. Describe something you did/saw/know of, that whenever you think about it, you can't stop smiling/laughing like an idiot?
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    Changing my HL's. Help please! :)

    It also depends on whether you're a language-oriented or math-oriented person. And it depends on what university course you want to apply for. You're right that the difference between SL and HL maths is really big compared to english, but if you want to study economics, architecture or a science degree etc at a top university like Oxbridge or LSE, then you will only be qualified to apply if you have taken HL maths. You need to check the university's entry requirements online. Of course if it doesn't matter, then I'd opt for dropping maths down to SL too. But it's good to think about your university course as well and make sure your subjects match up so that you are allowed to apply for it.
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    My goal of achieving a 39 points in IB

    Depends which english you take - if you take literature only, then for SL paper 2 you only study 2 texts instead of more (the people in my school studied 4 at HL). If you take langlit, for SL paper 1 you only analyse 1 text whereas for HL, you analyse 2 simultaneously (so you'd be writing a comparative essay). For SL paper 2 you'd be studying 2 texts whereas HL can study 3. And of course, HL requirements are much more than SL, for example a 7 in SL = 6 in HL.
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    Can you please do my survey for my math IA?

    It's an internal assessment in maths whereby you have to choose a topic which you want to investigate using the maths you have learned in the studies/SL/HL course, and it's grade out of 20. Only 6 marks are awarded for the actual mathematics and other criteria include personal engagement and communication, so you can actually do well even if you mess up in the maths. You are free to choose any topic, for example statistics. Investigations can include things like the golden ratio or sinusoidal wave modelling.
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    Which English?

    They're correct for me too! Native english speaker with Singaporean dialect. I didn't expect them to be so accurate! Guesses 2 and 3 were Australian and Welsh though, which are interesting haha
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    Tok Knowledge Issue help?!

    How about, "How does social media use language and reason (or you could choose emotion and reason) as tools to influence our perception/the society?"
  7. Chio1012

    IB A1 Literature HL Written Assignment

    I'm quite certain you can do another written assignment since they're going to be sent off next year. We did about 5 written assignments in total for our course, so I think you should speak to your teacher again about that, or just do another one yourself and ask another teacher to mark it.
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    Starting IB in August, Need Advice

    For econs, get the oxford course companion. It basically tells you the answers for all the syllabus points - you can use that to make notes out of. General advice to save yourself the pre-exam freakout in IB2: make notes/read from the textbook before your teacher goes through it in class. Just briefly going through the topic before your teacher teaches it can help your understanding, because for some subjects like maths, the range is all the way from IGCSE/O-levels to 1st year uni. So it'll contain some easy and really hard chapters, and you want to make sure you can understand them all when you first learn them because you'll waste time relearning it during study leave, for example. At the start of the year in IB1, you usually have quite a lot of time (or the illusion of it, haha) before teachers start piling work on you, so use that to look through the syllabi for your subjects and know what to expect, how you can study it, potential areas of weakness, etc.
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    TOK essay title 1 for november 2014 exams

    You should focus on answering the question itself within the context of the AOKs you have chosen. I'm assuming you're arguing that history describes the world whereas maths transforms it? So for history, essentially it's just a story about our past, and stories are narrative/descriptive. By studying history and putting the facts in chronological order, it forms the structure of a standard story. You can use your history textbook as an example. A counter-argument to use is that history doesn't just 'describe' our past; it transforms the world using the analysis, evaluations and assertions that historians make. You can use the different schools of thought for the causes of the cold war, for example. They all have shaped our opinions of it. The book What Is History? by E.H Carr is an excellent source for the role of history and the historian.
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    [Nov 2014] Help with Question 5

    I did a similar question relating to history for my essay. I think in your introduction, you should not only define "human nature" but also "task". Is the job of history really to find the universal truth of human nature or does it have other aims as well? Plus, does human nature remain constant throughout time, or does it change as the human sciences evolve too? Focusing on the main human nature characteristics you mentioned should be alright - that's what I'd do as well. But explore them in depth for both AOKs. Human sciences though may be too closely-related to history and your essay might become too one-sided because of this. If you choose another AOK like Art or Maths, you could argue that history supports the statement but the other AOK disagrees with it because of point 1, point 2 and point 3. For me personally, that would be a more interesting essay to write as well. But it is your choice - if you're comfortable then absolutely go for it! Remember that the examples you use to support your arguments should be as closely related to you as possible! So using classic examples like dictators in the 20th century may support your point very well but you won't score highly on the personal engagement criteria. Good luck!
  11. 1. When you take chinese IB, do you use pinyin? Or do you use a combination of pinyin and Chinese letters? 2. Let me explain: Because Mandarin is harder than French, the school can`t expect Mandarin students to memorize as many words for example as the French students. So the exam for french would be harder, it would require more words to do well than the mandarin exam would, but the Mandarin exam would still be as hard or harder, because it is a harder language to learn. Another example; if the Mandarin students converted all their Mandarin into French they would probably do worse than the french students...? Do you understand? And another thing: Can you use a dictionary on the exam? 1. I am not sure for Mandrin ab initio; I'm sorry. Maybe someone else here can answer this question. 2. Ah okay I understand your point. Perhaps that is true, but both languages have their own advantages and difficulties, so I don't think you can just compare them on the basis of how many words and characters are required to do well on the exam. As I said before, there are things like differences in grammar, tenses, and so on. The conversion is 1 english word = 1.2 chinese characters; I'd assume that goes for french as well. No, you can't use a dictionary in Paper 1 and 2. You are permitted to use one for the written task, though. These sites may be useful if you want to know more about the mandarin ab syllabus: http://wiki.dulwich-suzhou.cn/groups/ibchineseabinitioy12/ http://www.tauntonschool.co.uk/downloads/99_ib-mandarin-ab-initio-sl-pdf.pdf
  12. Chio1012

    Share a short greeting in your own language!

    adding on: 谢谢 = xiè xiè = thank you 请问 = qing wen = polite way to start a question to a stranger (Eg. for directions) 您好 = nin hao = hello (formal; to elders)
  13. When you are deciding which language to take, I think you should strongly consider these questions: 1. What is your university requirement? 2. What do you want your future career to be? For #1, if they want 38-45 points (pretty high), then I'd suggest going for the easier choice - French, for your case. Plus if you want to work in an organisation that uses French as one of their working languages, eg. UN, then that'd be pretty useful. However for #2, if you want to go into hotel management, marketing or another service industry-related job then it'd be useful to know mandarin. Be warned though that you'll need to have a higher comprehension of mandarin than ab initio level if you want to use it in your future career, because communicating with potential customers/bosses won't simply be recognizing the characters for different colours and animals, etc. You could, perhaps, use ab initio as your base, then continue the foreign language at uni and see how it goes from there. I considered taking spanish ab initio but my teacher told me that ab initio classes can be harder than language B ones because you've simply never studied the language before, and now you're going to cram 5 years' of learning into the 2-year IB programme. Some people find it hard, others can deal with it. So it depends on yourself. Especially if you've never been exposed to a language that is both tonal and uses characters instead of letters, it will be a difficult change for you. *Not trying to be discouraging; this is just what I have observed from seeing Western friends take mandarin ab initio* If you find that learning mandarin is an opportunity you shouldn't pass up, then certainly go for it! Having an interest in it will definitely push you forward. I've studied both french and mandarin before, so if you have any questions on learning them, don't hesitate to PM me! Good luck for your IB choices! (Bonne chance! 加油!)
  14. As a person who has learned both mandarin and french, and later chose french for IGCSE and IB, I can confirm that the difficulty you highlighted with learning mandarin is correct. English and French aren't tonal languages and so pronunciation will be another problem you will face later on. To decide which language to pick, you must consider these questions: 1. What are my university requirements? 2. What do I want my future career to be like? For #1, if the overall points are 38-45, I'd go with French because it is the easier option and you're not sure if you'll meet your predicted grades for your other subjects (at least that's how I felt during exams). For #2, if you want to go into hotel management, marketing or other service industry-related job, then it'd be good to know basic mandarin. Be warned though that you'll need to have a higher comprehension of mandarin than ab initio level if you want to use it in your career. Schools don't teach business mandarin, which is what you may need later. If so, you may want to take it as a side course in your university, and have ab initio as a base for you. If you choose mandarin, don't worry too much about it because there is a specific way to learn it (at least from my experience), so if you have a good teacher, you'll be fine. Grasping the concept of pinyin, the 4 different tones, and how to correctly write characters would be the first things you'll learn, followed by character recognition. Mandarin is derived from little pictures and so each component (or the majority of the components) of a character will help in the word's overall meaning. The good thing about mandarin is that there are no tenses, whilst for french, there are loads (just like english)! I also don't understand your last question, what do you mean by 'cover less material'? If you have any more questions about learning either language, don't hesitate to PM me
  15. Chio1012

    Which one should I choose?

    Same, I'd recommend Chemistry as well. As said above, biology requires a lot of memorization and physics does contain quite a bit of maths. Even though you may be in a really small class next year, that allows the teacher to help you more and see your strengths and weaknesses, so they can help you accordingly. Your interest in the subject will help you get through whatever uncertainties you have for the subject now; IB-level chemistry is doable of course, it's like an extension of IGCSE (if you took it). Just trust your gut with your subject choices! You're most likely to do well in a subject if you genuinely enjoy it.

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