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  1. missbrokensmile

    No conclusion at end of essay

    Hah, yeah, I should just just forget about it, no point in thinking anymore - what's done is done I've got another question... Just wondering, if you misread a question in paper 2, is there a maximum amount of points you have to lose?
  2. missbrokensmile

    No conclusion at end of essay

    Thanks for the replies... Hopefully it's not that bad though? For my essay, I stated the initial thesis, then for each point, I framed it using the thesis and expanded upon it so it developed throughout the paragraph. I made sure I stated a point of comparison, ie. structure, then expounded upon it further, by showing how the structure emphasised my thesis, ie. sentence length, and then analysed the feature and stated the effect it had on the text and/or supported my thesis. And this continues throughout the paragraph. I think I had good points. I'm just worried about the conclusion since it's so important in tying up the whole essay...
  3. missbrokensmile

    No conclusion at end of essay

    If I didn't have time to add a conclusion at the end of my paper one essay, how would that affect my mark? Would I lose ___ marks? Would it decrease the overall quality?
  4. missbrokensmile

    Help with writing history essys?

    I cannot for the life of me figure out how to write a good history essay. I'm getting around the 13 - 15 band, but I cannot seem to get into the top band. Apparently a 13 - 15 mark is good (?), but since I didn't so well in the IA (I think) I need to get into that top band to increase my chances of getting a 7. Everyone says to have better analysis, include different interpretations, etc, which is all good advice, but for some reason, it's not translating for me. So, I was wondering, does anyone have any exemplar Paper 2 style essays they'd like to share or know where to find? And perhaps even better, an essay that has comments/critiques clearly outlining what is good/bad about that line or point? Or perhaps any other tips? I'd greatly appreciate any help!
  5. I'm really confused as to how the IB gives you your final score for a particular subject. Is there any chance someone could shine a light on this? For example, for maths SL (arbitrary marks) - Paper 1: 95% = 7 Paper 2: 95% = 7 Portfolios: 55% = 4 How would they calculate your final grade? Is it component by component? Or the weighting? Or scaling? Or overall addition and multiplication? Or a bit of everything?
  6. missbrokensmile

    mandarin b sl oral

    Actually the whole thing has to be 10 minutes and the first part, which is the speech, is supposed to go for 3 - 4 minutes, then the second part with the follow up questions on your speech is for 2 - 3 minutes, and finally the general conversation (where any questions can be asked) for 2 - 3 minutes again.
  7. missbrokensmile

    TOK Online Submission

    I don't know if our school is one of the few who are trialling this, or if all IB schools are doing this, but this year they're testing online submissions for IAs - first starting with the TOK essay. Anyway, I was wondering how this worked? I tried to find some information about it, but found nothing. Does anyone have any info about it?
  8. missbrokensmile

    Bad IA marks yet excellent external marks

    That makes me sound a little more hopeful I think I could get 7's for all my external exams, which will hopefully balance out my bad IAs. Not all my IAs are bad. For my Chemistry, Biology and Mandarin IAs, I'm pretty sure I've got a 7 for all of them. It's just the English, Maths and History IAs that I might get a 4 or 5 for. I might be able to rescue Maths and possibly English (if I do well on the Oral Commentary that is, I didn't do too well on the Oral Presentation and World Lit). History I have no chance of fixing up. I think I've got a 4 for that (or if I'm lucky, 5). Would that 4 for history and maybe 4 or 5 for English drag me down? Anyway, thanks for the input Also, just a question. Are the November grade boundaries higher than the May ones? My reasoning is this... I know a lot of countries participate in the May exam, but the US are a large proportion of this, aren't they? And for them, isn't the SAT the deciding factor for whether you get into uni? I heard that even if you don't do that well in your IB, you get credits for it, and as long as you do well in the SATs, you can gain a spot in uni. So, doesn't that mean some American students place IB on the back burner? My teacher is a marker for the IB, and she gets papers from the US and apparently (according to her) they aren't done that well. Anyway, so doesn't that mean that all the May grade boundaries get pulled down? Whereas the November ones are a little higher? And therefore I should be looking at the November 2009 grade boundaries to gauge an approximate, rather than the May 2010?
  9. I hope there isn't already a thread like this... Anyway, if you get bad IA marks, ie. 4 or 5, but get really good external marks, ie. 7. Is it still possible to get 40+ for your IB?
  10. missbrokensmile

    How to calculate log and pH uncertainties?

    For the log uncertainty, I was searching around, and on this PDF file, on page 28: http://www.cc.ysu.edu/~jeclymer/Uncertainty%20Tutorial.pdf, they have a calculus derived equation (I think?). I kind of understand it (a little anyway), but not enough to make it so I can manipulate it to fit my equation. Any help in that area? Also, since log/pKa and pH are related, I thought that since there was that complex looking method to do it (on that PDF file), the pH uncertainty would be found using the same method. Also, wouldn't the method of finding uncertainty for pH and log/pKa be a little different than just (0.05 ÷ 1.23) × 100 = 4.065 (4 s.f.) since it's based on a logarithmic 10-fold scale, as opposed to a scale like mL or cm, where it's linear? Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's the impression I have at the moment.
  11. missbrokensmile

    How to calculate log and pH uncertainties?

    I'm looking at the pKa of an acid, and I've done all the calculations, but I'm a little uncertain as to how to calculate the uncertainties for log and pH. Is there any chance any one could help or point me in a direction with information on it? For example, I just picked an arbitrary value... pH = 1.23 (+/- 0.05) --> How would I calculate a percentage uncertainty for this? pKa = -log(1.23x10^-6) = 13.6 --> How would I calculate a percentage uncertainty for this? Any help is appreciated!
  12. I'm doing a Visual Arts EE. I know in the marking criteria there is a "Presentation" criteria, where it states that to get the maximum mark (a 4, I think?) it needs to be "excellent". For other subjects, I'm pretty sure it just means that you have all the required sections/things, ie. Title page, abstract, etc, as well as it being neat and logical. But in the art criterion (and since art is about aesthetics), it also suggests that a little more care in the presentation should be taken as well. What exactly does this mean? Do I need to make a greater effort in making it look good? I have skills in graphic design, so that is no problem for me (if it needs to be done), but the thing I'm worried about is that this is a formal piece of scholarship. Would making it visually appealing (like to almost a well designed brochure, magazine, commercial design, etc. standard), as opposed to just a plain Times New Roman document, be detracting from the seriousness of the extended essay? Also, how appropriate is it to place a picture on the title page? Last question... Is there a specific citation style that art essays need to use, eg. MLA, APA, Chicago, etc? Because I remember reading something about art essays having to use this one style. Thanks so much!
  13. missbrokensmile


    We only have 1 student doing Latin in our school, which is a pretty sad figure... But only 40 students in our year do the IB (the other 100 students do the national high school curriculum). I kind of wish I picked Latin. Not because it's any easier, but because there is no speaking side to it and it'll help me with uni, considering the course I'd like to do...
  14. missbrokensmile

    Mandarin B SL

    Haha, that's because in B you're still "learning" a language
  15. missbrokensmile

    Mandarin B SL

    There's not really much literature. Actually, there isn't any at all. You might look/study at prominent authors/literary figures, but that's about it. You don't study their works in depth - you just need to be aware of them and the sort of work they do. Mandarin B is actually quite interesting as you study a lot relevant topics to today's society and as your language ability is higher than ab initio, you're not just superficially looking at the topics. Though this of course could be a negative aspect, as you do need higher order thinking/writing abilities for Mandarin B, as opposed to ab initio. Obviously, Chinese is a very hard language, with no comparison really (to any other languages, Asian or otherwise, since they have an alphabet of sorts and clear set grammar rules). But really, what you need to take into consideration is: 1. Interest - what subject you think you'll like better 2. Your learning curve/process - your Mandarin B learning curve as opposed to Spanish ab initio The bottom line is, no matter what language you pick, you'll have to work hard, especially since languages are hard, and also because of the degree of difficulty of Chinese and your non-contact with Spanish, having to learn a completely different language. You're going to have to put in effort for both languages. But just one you might put in less effort, as you'll be able to pick it up easier and the other, you'll just have to work harder.

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