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  1. I've completed both of these subjects so I can offer my personal opinion. 1. It's subjective, Economics is more theory based, based on conceptual understanding, whereas Geography is more about common sense and memorising 'facts'. 2. Depends on which subject you find easier. Personally I think Economics has a relatively less workload, especially if you understand the concepts easily. It's a matter of writing good and concise essays in your exams. You can either do nothing or work super hard on Geography, its what you make of it (in terms of depth of notes, and keeping up with the course). 3. Economics. 4. It's hard to tell as those subjects aren't closely related. I think Economics is better for Medicine as it tests your understanding of concepts and critical thinking (evaluation) skills. Geography for Law as much of the exams are based on writing, and Geography gives you a good grasp of general knowledge and expands your world-view. 5. Both. They both require you to write and synthesise the relevant information in your essays, and force you to make a balanced judgement. The essays and mark schemes for both subjects are very similar. If I had to choose one, I'd say Economics because I found writing good Econ essays marginally harder 6. Depends on how easy/hard you find the subject. Personally I didn't find them complicated at all, and I'm sure you'll find them just fine. Geography
  2. Like others said, leisure sports and tourism.
  3. No problem! The research question for my EE was "To what extent does the development of the Massey North town centre (Auckland, New Zealand) relate to the multiple nuclei model?" It seemed obvious, but my topic was quite abstract, and for the most part I hardly knew what I should actually write! Basically my essay was mostly theoretical, and I found ways to get secondary data and make it useful for my essay. It did not help that I was a big procrastinator In the end I managed, and I'm quite happy to get that stuff out of the way hehe.
  4. Do you know exactly what you / your class will be investigating? If it is heavily experiment based ie. mostly quantitative data then it would help in mentioning the independent and dependent variable in your research question. However that's only really applicable for my IA as we went to the beach and did some measurements. Do you have free reign over your topic/investigation, or does the teacher assign a topic for you? Have a look at the syllabus under the urban environments section, there should be plenty of good topics that can stimulate investigation, perhaps play around are reword the learning outcomes a little bit, and make that your RQ? Of course, the RQ should allow the IA to be within a reasonable scope (under 2500 words)!
  5. I see, the topic seems quite interesting, and it is based on quite a prominent issue. To be honest, I am a bit unsure whether the scope of the essay is low enough, you need to check with your supervisor for this one. You'll need to gather data from all 4 provinces, can you analyse and link the data with the part of the population that suffer from malnutrition within 4k words? The nature of the topic means that basing it only on secondary data is absolutely fine but be clear on your methodology and be aware of the reliability/validity of your data. If the scope of your essay is reasonable, then there shouldn't be much risk. Just my $0.02, your supervisor has the final say.
  6. The externals (Paper 1 and 2) are quite important, however I feel the internals are the most crucial aspect in the course. Lan/Lit is different from your standard English course, in that half of the course deviates from traditional English literature and focuses on media stuff that are quite relevant and familiar in today's world, personally I found that quite interesting.. Hardest part would definitely be the IOC.. you gotta speak for 15 mins, critically analyse a passage after 20 minutes of annotating, and that is quite daunting. Of course, good preparation and understanding of the text will go a long way, it really just depends on your nerves on the day, and how well you spew the bs. The FOA's and Written Tasks are great opportunities for creativity and good marks, but you need to match the criteria and what the teacher is looking for. Its based on the media stuff of the course. I believe you submit two written tasks if you're doing HL (SL only needs one). I think the rationale is the most important part, and it MUST be in conjunction with the actual text, there really is no leeway for contradictions. Otherwise the sky's the limit!! Overall the English Lang Lit is an interesting enough course, although I found it quite tedious sometimes (english is not my forte), but it is definitely manageable if you work hard enough, understand the texts, and write good bs. Bear in mind that its often seen as a 'softer' course, compared to Lit, as the number of texts you study in lang lit is half of what they study in Lit. Bilingual Diploma sounds fun, I know some people that do both, and they find their native language quite easy, I think its definitely doable as long as you keep on top of everything. good luck
  7. Depends on your topic/research question. In some cases secondary data might suffice, but I feel that is quite risky..
  8. No, there isn't a min/max word limit in any of those Geography papers. It's probably a general guideline set by your teacher, and it's about right.
  9. u= 2x-3 , u' =2 v= x^2 , v'=2x Using quotient rule, = (x^2(2) - 2x(2x-3))/x^4 = (2x^2- 4x^2 +6x )/x^4 = -2x^2+6x/ x^4 Which can be simplified as -(2x^2 -6x)/x^4 Seems like you got the correct answer here.. maybe the answer is wrong? I checked with cymath as well (http://www.cymath.com/answer.php?q=differentiate%20%20(2x-3)%20%2F%20(x2)), same answer.
  10. The syllabus states "Examine the progress made in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in poverty reduction, education and health." I think there has been a few MDG questions in past papers, but its your call whether or not they will be in the upcoming exams. As 2015 is over, I guess the IB could ask you for an overall summary of the MDG's.. updated case studies will be very useful.
  11. The IB exam questions for Geo across all 3 papers are pretty straight forward, they are just worded slightly different from the syllabus. In the syllabus, when you see words like 'discuss' and 'evaluate' thats the hint of an essay question. I don't think you would be penalised if you don't know all of the case studies, as there is quite a lot to remember, but in each paper you're given options to select from, so you can use this to your advantage. I would focus on the parts I find interesting or know quite well, and know enough for at least 3 body paragraphs, remember the command terms require you to talk about both positive and negative aspects. Geography SL and HL are literally the same for Paper 1 and 2. I haven't started the Paper 3 extension yet, so I can't give tips on that yet, but in general you should look at the mark scheme of past papers to pinpoint what the IB wants. Not much thinking is required, and if you have a good memory and know your content well, the non-essay questions are easy marks. It's not too difficult to get into the top mark bands for the essay questions, you just need to structure it well, have concise and BALANCED arguments, with supporting evidence; having statistics are particularly useful. A good introduction and conclusion are paramount. Introduce the topic and case study at the beginning, and have an interesting final sentence at the end, something like a statement of global significance. I you somehow can't remember the info you need, you can always get by using common sense. Good luck!
  12. Easiest: Geography.. plenty of memorising to do, but at its heart its not really that hard. Hardest: Physics or English Lan/Lit. Struggled a bit in Physics last year, but I'm starting to understand the concepts a bit more this year. English is not necessarily 'hard', but its the most tedious subject and I hate writing essays + analysing because of my laziness
  13. I can speak fluent English, a little bit of Mandarin to a certain extent, and decent Shanghainese as well, though I'm not really a linguistics person. I do know some basic Jap, but that was all learned from school, as in I know how to pass a test, not applying it in real conversations
  14. In no particular order: Japan USA Brazil other niche picks - North Korea, DR congo
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