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  1. Hi, Welcome to the many "joys" of doing history - not being able to find sources. Jokes aside, you should be fine with just a reference to the secondary sources. If you really wanted, you could acknowledge that several secondary sources discuss this conversation but you could not locate the original document. Have you searched the Italian archives? Perhaps part of them is online? Cheers, IB_taking_over
  2. IB_taking_over

    History EE

    You might consider looking at why the immediate actions after 9/11 changed aviation. In other words, for example, arguing that the U.S. created the TSA because they feared another terrorist attack. (I don't know if that's true or not.)
  3. In some regard, it's hard to come up with values and limitations that apply to all primary/secondary sources. The value and limitation of a source are often influenced by what you, the historian, are trying to use it for. However, I will attempt to provide some examples below. If you have further questions, please feel free to post them here or pm me. Primary: "The Treaty of Georgievsk, 1783" (Treaty of Friendship signed between the Russian Empire and the Kingdom of Georgia.) Value: Because it was written in 1783 it demonstrates that Russia promises to protect Georgia from its non-Orthodox neighbors. Because it the treaty states the the King of Georgia asked for Russia's protection, it indicates that Georgia believed it could not defend itself against its neighbors. Limitation: Because it is a treaty, it does not indicate if Russia followed through on the terms of agreement. Because it involved the rulers of the two countries, it does not take into account how the subjects of either country felt about this agreement. Secondary: Georgia: Pawn in the New Great Game (Per Gahrton, 2010) Value: Because it was written in 2010, the book examines examines the role of Russian/Soviet hostilities in the current relationship between Russia and Georgia. Limitation: Because Gahrton is a Swedish politician, I cannot learn what a Georgian thinks about the same issues.
  4. IB courses are generally taken as 11th and 12th grade, with the ability to take exams following either year. It's my understanding that you generally cannot be enrolled in the IB diploma program if you are not in 11th or 12th grade. Now, this doesn't mean you cannot take IB classes before then. Speaking from experience, I took 2 exams, the maximum allowed by IB, as an 11th grader. IB only allows SL exams following year 1 (11th grade). I also took the first half of SL math in 10th grade, so I could either test out in 11th grade at SL or take the two year HL course at my school. You are allowed to take IB exams over the course of 3 years. Those 3 years are defined as either anticipated (11), diploma (12), and retake or diploma (12), retake, and retake. In short, I do not believe it is possible to take IB exams earlier than the end of 11th grade. And even then, they are only allowed to be SL exams. It appears, in your case your son will have to wait till the end of 12th grade in order to take the IB HL math exam.
  5. Speaking as a domestic applicant, U.S. schools don't care about IB specifically. They like to see students challenge themselves with difficult classes, but an easy class or two doesn't kill your application. High SAT scores always look good at on a college app, but everything is taken into account in order to make a more holistic decision.
  6. The best way to know which you will score better on is to take a practice test in both and compare the scores. Don't bother with SAT subject tests unless the uni requires them or you get credit for them.
  7. For the most part, this is a forum for students (current and former) to help students. Topics on here vary from course selection (in both PRE-IB and IB), to content related questions, to post-IB university plans. There are some teachers on the forum as well. If you have any questions other, feel free to message me. -IB_taking_over
  8. Yes, you can change your username on the site. You might be able to use this link: https://www.ibsurvival.com/settings/username/ . If not, it can be found if you click on your username at the top right and go down to Account Settings . Hope this helps, IB_taking_over
  9. There is always that possibility. It often ends badly for you if they find out. The safest bet is to go back and find where you got the idea from and cite it.
  10. When in doubt, it's best to cite it. Since you are using the ideas of another person it would be best to cite. Claiming it as your own (no citation) is generally considered plagiarism.
  11. To answer your numbered questions: 1. Started really studying for most of my exams after spring break, so the end of March. 2. I think you still have time. Your marks aren't that far off from where they need to be in order to pass. It's mostly about studying effectively. So, don't focus on the parts you know well but don't spend all of your time trying to learn one small concept.
  12. https://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/become-an-ib-school/dp-general-regulations-en.pdf (published April 2014) See, Article 13.2 (copied below) 13.2 The IB Diploma will be awarded to a candidate provided all the following requirements have been met. a. CAS requirements have been met. b. The candidate’s total points are 24 or more. c. There is no “N” awarded for theory of knowledge, the extended essay or for a contributing subject. d. There is no grade E awarded for theory of knowledge and/or the extended essay. e. There is no grade 1 awarded in a subject/level. f. There are no more than two grade 2s awarded (HL or SL). g. There are no more than three grade 3s or below awarded (HL or SL). h. The candidate has gained 12 points or more on HL subjects (for candidates who register for four HL subjects, the three highest grades count). i. The candidate has gained 9 points or more on SL subjects (candidates who register for two SL subjects must gain at least 5 points at SL). j. The candidate has not received a penalty for academic misconduct from the Final Award Committee. So, with a 2 in one subject, you should be fine.
  13. It is my understanding that a 2 in HL does not cause an automatic fail. It does, however, force you to make up those 2 "HL points" in an HL exam as you need 12 HL level points.
  14. Unless they changed the rules since I did it, you have to take a Lang A in order to pass IB. If you were to switch to English B you would be taking two lang Bs and no lang As.
  15. The year of the book’s publication might be a limitation. For example, stuff written during the reign of Stalin (1924-1953) had access to far less documents than stuff written in the 1990’s. Due to censorship, not more recent docs Also, whatever camp the historian belongs to is a limitation. I am no familiar enough with Riasanovsky’s work to know where he stands, unfortunately. It can be a straight forward as since he’s an American, I cannot learn how a historian born in Russia would interpret the reforms.
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