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  1. MariadaPenha

    How to Study for Physics? Textbooks, Resources and Tips?

    hmm... i have the giancoli book (pdf) and it has plenty of exercises
  2. MariadaPenha

    Math Ia stats help

    hello, I'm doing my maths IA about shark tank pitches and what variables contribute to making a deal, e.g category of good, market base, equity, valuation ect... however I'm having difficulty showing personal engagement as I don't know how to go beyond the syllabus in stats. Any suggestions? thank you xx
  3. Hello, I have completed my historical investigation and my teacher gave me a 12/25, however he hasn't given me much feedback. If anyone feels confident with IA's could you please read my IA and give me some feedback?
  4. MariadaPenha

    Historical Investigation - Russia 1905 - sources help

    Okay thank you, my problem was that I had too many sources but didn't know which ones to analyse. Thanks
  5. I think the Cambridge book is really good and it covers the syllabus thoroughly. I'd recommend taking notes from it and then reading the economist, watching financial times on youtube and debates, for instance pre-election debates are usually great for macroeconomics as they tend to discuss unemployment, fiscal and monetary policy ect... These will give you real life examples that are great to slip in paper 1 and generally broaden your knowledge of economics. There are also some economics blogs which might be nice to keep updated on, check out http://www.economics.ox.ac.uk/Undergraduate/undergraduate-reading
  6. http://ibeconomist.blogspot.pt is an excellent blog that is updated regularly with article that can be used for econ IA's, they are organised by section and topic. I would also avoid using articles that have too much analysis as that is what you should be doing in the IA, so avoid using the economist ect...
  7. Hello, Im doing my historical investigation on Russia's bloody sunday and I'm confused with how to manage my sources. I have several sources like Father Gabon's petitions so documents relevant to the event, primary sources like diary entry's, newspaper articles ect.. Figes A People's Tragedy, so a book written by a historian and other relevant information like figures ect... I don't know which sources to analyse in Section C, should I choose the Figes book and a primary source? Can I still make reference to other sources throughout my investigation even if I don't comment on them in section C? Thank you
  8. At standard it is possible even through it might be a lot of work because you would have to do the individual oral presentation, interactive oral presentations, reflective statements, supervised writing ect... If you can do it during the summer it is feasible however cramming that in with all the other work in Ib year 2 I'd say would be quite difficult. Ask the school if you can do english lang and lit online and then have help of the lit teacher.
  9. MariadaPenha

    Tips for Reading IB Books

    I would say to read the work more than once, especially if you're doing an IA on it or if it's an exam text. Interact with the text, write notes, bookmark pages ect... Create character maps for works with lots of characters. Keep track of prominent themes, writing style, so whenever something calls your attention keep on the look for it. Avoid overanalysing by always considering when ether your interpretation is significant or intended. Create collages with images, cutouts or drawing for poems, a whole novel, a specific passage ect... Our english teacher always makes us do it and it helps a lot with visualising the work and understanding the tone and mood. It's usually nice to read a text first purely for pleasure however if you're on a time crunch ask your teacher prior to reading the text for some things you should 'look for' in the text. Avoid using sparknotes and other websites like that at all times. Rather read a summary on wikipedia and read notable essays and writings on the work you're studying. Also don't forget that you should focus more on some works than others. For instance for part 1 and 4 you really only have to focus on 1 text for each.
  10. MariadaPenha

    IB books you absolutely loved

    I read The Stranger or in my case The Outsider by Camus for english lit and absolutely adored it. It's probably one of my favourite books thus far. I also enjoyed Metamorphosis, Death and the Maiden and am looking forward to reading set exam texts which are 1986, Beloved, Handmaids Tail and Untouchable. Basically I really enjoy my teacher's taste in books. I also really enjoyed my ee works, A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters by Chekhov.
  11. MariadaPenha

    Dystopian Literature

    For our english lit exam texts we are doing dystopias and social criticism so 1984, The Handmaids tail by Margret Atwood, and the for social criticism Morrison's Beloved and Anand's Untouchable.I enjoy dystopian literature and am looking forward to reading Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World. Trilogies like Uglies, The Hunger Games and Divergent are also nice for some lighter reading.
  12. MariadaPenha

    Mocks in Ib year 1

    At my school we just have year 12 exams on Ib year 1, so for some subjects that would be a past paper or in others various past exams questions. We just have mocks in IB year 2 usually about 2 months before the real exams.
  13. MariadaPenha

    Are You a Feminist?

    I advocate for gender equality so I do consider myself a feminist, even though I am weary of the stigma to feminism and some misinterpretations.
  14. MariadaPenha

    To what extent was the League of Nations doomed to fail?

    I don't have any typed history essay however your textbook should have some examples with examiner comments, no? Nonetheless to score well in a history test you should: 1. Answer the essay question, it seems obvious but it's easy to just write on the topic of the question. Address the question fully and throughout the essay. 2. Have some descriptive parts to the essay, you shouldn't spend too much time describing the event or whatever, however it has to be clear to the examiner or teacher that you know the topic well and understand it. I usually contextualise the 'event' in the introduction, then have 1-2 paragraphs in the beginning which are mainly descriptive and then weave in more details throughout the essay. 3. Analyse those descriptions, explain why and how they are significant to the question. For instance if you are describing the Manchurian Crises as an example of a failure of the LON pick out a few key details and explain their significance and impact. 4. Challenge the question and present the different arguments, hopefully with the examples of some historians and then draw your OWN, supported, conclusion. 5. Don't forget to prioritise or comment on the significance of different things, for instance if you're looking at the origins of a war you want to say which ones were more important and WHY. Or if you are looking at the different effects of a reform or economic policy you want to again say which of those is most significant. It's a bit messy but hopefully it helps, more concisely you want to be somewhat descriptive but really focus on analysis, this will get you the most points. I also recommend to always do an essay plan to structure your essay and gather different ideas and arguments. Good luck, xx.
  15. I have only watched the movie for spectacular now but personally I wouldn't recommend it. While some people do young adult novels and have good grades I would say it's safer to go with more established works. Also I've read the We Were Liars and I would say that it is not a very strong work. I would say the characters in it are pretty flat. Also for most of the book she is delusional and I would say there is a lack in plot development. There are a lot of novels where family plays a big role. Maybe doing a classic and a contemporary..? I'm not sure but try to explain to your supervisor the gist of the books.

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