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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. In high school, my teacher strongly suggested again using an online translator for sources as there's no way to know it's correct. I honestly can't agree more with her. In particular with Russian, you can get some really weird stuff. (For example, Google translate has a hard time with soul and shower in certain grammatical cases.) The Marxist Internet Archive is pretty good for stuff relating to Marxism. I don't know how late their German and Russian documents go as I've never looked for anything more recent than 1924. The Wilson Center might have some stuff as well. A lot of the Russian ones can be hard to find, often not existing online. There's also the State Public History Library of Russia (link). Although, they are all in Russian and I would strongly suggest against using Google translate to read them. Unfortunately, I am not an expert in the time period of Soviet history, so I don't have a list of historians. For my IA i wrote about the success of the NEP (Russian economic policy). I mostly used secondary sources, primarily books from my local library. I used a few of Lenin's writing from the Marxist internet archive. I was told point blank don't use anything you can't personally read, so I limited in terms of primary documents, however, this did not affect my grade as I received a 25/25. Back in high school subscribed to a few databases so we could find some scholarship that way. As a college student with access to countless databases, generally, I don't have a problem finding journals. Except, one article was only available at Indiana University. A local library or a university library will probably have some relevant books. What's the title of the speech?
  15. During IB, I mostly use ebsco since it was the database my school had access to. It has a good number of secondary sources. Emigration records from Germany may be hard to find in English. They might be cited in some secondary material. Unless you speak German, this is probably the easiest way to get them. You might try searching for some internet archives for Andropov's speech. A lot of old Soviet documents are on the internet but unfortunately, they are mostly untranslated. Although his speech might be translated since it's a major thing.
  16. Por favor, ponga todas las discusiones que son específicas de los exámenes en la sección de exámenes del foro. Gracias Please keep all exam specific discussion in the exam discussion section. Thank you
  17. This is the Discussion Timetable NOT the exam schedule. Exam schedule can be found here. All the discussion about the exams has to be in the EXAM DISCUSSION forum, not in the subject forums. It is EXTREMELY important that you do not post those topics in any other forum as it will not be possible for us to properly moderate them. Thank you. Three IBSurvival guidelines: 1. The topics you start are invisible until a staff member approves it. Therefore, do not start another topic when you can't see yours. No discussions via PMs before the 24-hour wait is up. Yes, we can check PMs. For more information: Is your post not showing up after you've posted it? 2. General exam inquiries are allowed anytime. Do not discuss any exam question/topic. Do not start a topic whenever you have a general inquiry. First check the Conduct of the Examinations topic to see if it has what you're looking for: Conduct of the Examinations. If it doesn't, then you may ask your question in the following topic: General Exam Inquiries 3. If you feel IBS may distract you during examinations, you may request a temporary suspension. You just have to PM Mahuta or Sandwich the dates. For example: From the 5th to the 7th. For more information on temporary suspension: Exam ban on request Good luck to all of you on your exams! Morning exams are discussed after 13.00 (GMT time) Afternoon exams are discussed after 18.00 (GMT time) Date Morning Afternoon WEEK 1 Tuesday 30 Oct None Spanish A Literature HL paper 1 Spanish A Literature SL paper 1 Spanish A Language & Literature HL paper 1 Spanish A Language & Literature SL paper 1 Spanish B HL paper 1 Spanish B SL paper 1 Spanish ab initio SL paper 1 Wednesday 31 Oct Spanish A Literature HL paper 2 Spanish A Literature SL paper 2 Spanish A Language & Literature HL paper 2 Spanish A Language & Literature SL paper 2 Spanish B HL paper 2 Spanish B SL paper 2 Spanish ab initio SL paper 2 Physics HL paper 1 Physics HL paper 2 Physics SL paper 1 Physics SL paper 2 Sports, exercise & health science HL paper 1 Sports, exercise & health science HL paper 2 Sports, exercise & health science SL paper 1 Sports, exercise & health science SL paper 2 Thursday 1 Nov Physics HL paper 3 Physics SL paper 3 Sports, exercise & health science HL paper 3 Sports, exercise & health science SL paper 3 Economics HL paper 1 Economics SL paper 1 Social & cultural anthropology HL paper 1 Social & cultural anthropology SL paper 1 Friday 2 Nov Economics HL paper 2 Economics HL paper 3 Economics SL paper 2 Social & cultural anthropology HL paper 2 Social & cultural anthropology HL paper 3 Social & cultural anthropology SL paper 2 English A Literature HL paper 1 English A Literature SL paper 1 English A Language & Literature HL paper 1 English A Language & Literature SL paper 1 English B HL paper 1 English B SL paper 1 English ab initio SL paper 1 Literature & performance SL paper 1 Sat 3 Nov English A Literature HL paper 2 English A Literature SL paper 2 English A Language & Literature HL paper 2 English A Language & Literature SL paper 2 English B HL paper 2 English B SL paper 2 English ab initio SL paper 2 Literature & performance SL paper 2 Computer science HL paper 1 Computer science SL paper 1 Environmental systems & societies SL paper 1 WEEK 2 Tuesday 6 Nov Computer science HL paper 2 Computer science HL paper 3 Computer science SL paper 2 Environmental systems & societies SL paper 2 Excluding English and Spanish: Language B HL paper 1 Language B SL paper 1 Language ab initio SL paper 1 Latin HL paper 1 Latin SL paper 1 Wednesday 7 Nov Excluding English and Spanish: Language B HL paper 2 Language B SL paper 2 Language ab initio SL paper 2 Latin HL paper 2 Latin SL paper 2 Geography HL/SL paper 1 ITGS HL paper 1 ITGS SL paper 1 Philosophy HL paper 1 Philosophy SL paper 1 Thursday 8 Nov Geography HL paper 2 Geography HL paper 3 Geography SL paper 2 ITGS HL/SL paper 2 ITGS HL paper 3 Philosophy HL/SL paper 2 Chemistry HL paper 1 Chemistry HL paper 2 Chemistry SL paper 1 Chemistry SL paper 2 Design technology HL paper 1 Design technology SL paper 1 Design technology HL/SL paper 2 Friday 9 Nov Chemistry HL paper 3 Chemistry SL paper 3 Design technology HL paper 3 Business management HL paper 1 Business management SL paper 1 Global politics HL/SL paper 1 Saturday 10 Nov Business management HL paper 2 Business management SL paper 2 Global politics HL paper 2 Global politics SL paper 2 History HL/SL paper 1 History HL/SL paper 2 WEEK 3 Tuesday 13 Nov History HL paper 3 Mathematical studies SL paper 1 Mathematics HL paper 1 Mathematics SL paper 1 Wednesday 14 Nov Mathematical studies SL paper 2 Mathematics HL paper 2 Mathematics SL paper 2 Excluding English and Spanish: Language A Literature HL paper 1 Language A Literature SL paper 1 Language A Language & Literature HL paper 1 Language A Language & Literature SL paper 1 Thursday 15 Nov Excluding English and Spanish: Language A Literature HL paper 2 Language A Literature SL paper 2 Language A Language & Literature HL paper 2 Language A Language & Literature SL paper 2 Music HL paper 1 Music SL paper 1 Biology HL paper 1 Biology HL paper 2 Biology SL paper 1 Biology SL paper 2 Friday 16 Nov Biology HL paper 3 Biology SL paper 3 Psychology HL/SL paper 1 World religions SL paper 1 Mathematics HL paper 3 Saturday 17 Nov Psychology HL paper 2 Psychology HL paper 3 Psychology SL paper 2 World religions SL paper 2 None
  18. Your question appears to be incomplete. The use of 'would' generally requires a hypothetical condition. Such as, would John have had more reason to kill Bill if he walked home that night? We know John killed Bill. We are hypothesizing that John would have been more justified had Bill walked home. Its generally not advised to do a hypothetical question in history as history deals in fact and their analysis not in what would have happened. As historians, we don't ask questions like would the purges in the 1930s been avoided had Lenin lived beyond 1924? We can argue that the purges were not consistent with Lenin's leadership and that they were a new concept the Stalin brought to the USSR when he assumed power. It's possible to rephrase your question without straying far from what I understand is your main idea. 'To what extent', 'For what reasons', etc. will accomplish the same idea of showing justification for the British opening fire in the Revolutionary War. Book wise, I am not sure as I haven't studied the history of the revolutionary war since grade school.
  19. Her assistant had difficulty getting information as the IB office had been overtaken by the dead.
  20. Slavery seems a bit general to cover in 2200 (I think) words. Is there a particular element/policy of slavery that's possible to talk about its influence. There's also the issue of slavery happened more than 100 years after 1980 and there were multiple attempts to block racial equality after slavery was outlawed in 1865. In order to answer your question well, you have to cover those 100 years of history and show the extent to which slavery played a role. You might consider looking at Jim Crow Laws, the KKK, etc. and how they play a role in the in creating wealth disparity between 1980-2000. Coming of Age in Mississippi By Ann Moody is might be a relevant read. It's a biography of growing up in the Jim Crow South. There's also a handful of supreme court cases that go back and forth in terms of citizenship rights for free slaves pre 1865, and about the rights of blacks post 1865.
  21. The short answer is, they most likely won't. CAS is one of the IB things that relies a lot on the student being principled (see, principled in the IB learner profile) in terms of doing it. The expectation is you record it accurately and honestly. Although it clearly defeats the point of CAS, I will admit faking your CAS activities is pretty creative.
  22. Assuming, it follows the same pattern as most of the new IB criteria, it should start May 2019 (This academic year's May exams) and last for about 5 years. Hope this helps, IB_taking_over
  23. To the best of my knowledge, there's nothing that says you cannot put a picture on the title page. Although, generally, paper title pages don't have pictures on them. Can I ask why you want to put a picture on it?
  24. You could look at ways/reasons why regimes censored the arts. For example, the Soviet Union made an effort to censor anything that wasn't Socialist Realism during the regime of Stalin. Or May 1968 in France has some neat protest art. I not sure if theatre/music/dance were part of it, but it might be worth looking into.
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