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    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?
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    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?
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    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...
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    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. I'm looking for supplementary material for HL Biology and HL Chemistry. But, where I live, hardly any libraries stock IB textbooks, and if you want to purchase them, they need to be specially ordered :/ So, I'd love to hear your opinions on these books. Any sort of reviews/comments/whether it's worth getting them or not (as they're quite expensive)... I'd prefer a textbook with more than the minimum content on the syllabus rather than concise material, because I came in late to both courses, and missed about 4 topics... :/ Currently I have the Oxford textbooks (both the course companion and study guides) for both subjects. I find the Oxford texts a bit heavy, and because I missed quite a few lessons, don't have the background knowledge to understand some aspects, hopefully one of these texts can fill that gap (and help with future topics?). Biology: - Higher Level Biology for the IB Diploma (Ward, et al) <http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pearson-Baccalaureate-Biology-International-Editions/dp/043599445X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257336386&sr=8-1> - Biology for the IB Diploma (Clegg) <http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/034092652X?ie=UTF8&tag=ibda-21&link_code=as3&camp=2506&creative=9298&creativeASIN=034092652X> I'm definetely going to buy one of these books, but I'm not sure which one is better. I've seen the sample pages of the Pearson textbook, and it looks good from what I saw, but perhaps the Clegg text is better? I'm not sure, I couldn't find any sample pages... I'm also thinking of buying a Chemistry textbook, but I'm not sure if it's worth it (these textbooks are pretty expensive) because I also have the IBID textbook (2nd edition) for Chemistry. I think this text is okay, except it has quite a few mistakes in it and some explanations are pretty clumsily worded :/ Chemistry: - Higher Level Chemistry for the IB Diploma (Brown, et al) <http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pearson-Baccalaureate-Chemistry-International-Editions/dp/0435994409/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258637420&sr=1-1> Thanks!
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    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.
  8. I just looked at a few Cantonese B and Mandarin B past papers, and they're the same (at least for the examination years I looked at)! Generally speaking, written Cantonese is the same as written Mandarin, so I was looking at the Cantonese papers, hoping for an extra source of past papers, but they're the same. So I guess, are the papers actually different? And if not, why the differentiation? I mean, why not just have a broad title of "Chinese B"? And okay, I know speaking-wise, Mandarin and Cantonese are completely different, but then so, why not write different papers? Also, does anyone know of any good resources for Mandarin B HL? Or perhaps places where I could find more past papers?
  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?
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    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?
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    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?
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    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!
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    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.
  14. 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!
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    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...
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    Mandarin B SL

    Haha, that's because in B you're still "learning" a language
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    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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    Mandarin B SL

    I took Mandarin B SL last year and chose HL this year. I find Mandarin B HL bearable, even though my writing is atrocious (not the character writing itself, but the actual essay/letter/diary writing). Generally speaking, IB languages are a lot harder than your average country's language curriculum, so keep that in mind. Are you Australian (as school starts for you in Feb)? Because the supposed Australian high school curriculum "equivalent" is much easier than the IB. How many words do you know? The ab initio course has a word list of the minimum words you should know (which is about 1000, but they do recommend you know more). There is no prescribed word list as such for the B course, but that's the nature of it. I suggest you look around and find the ab initio papers. If they look okay to you (even if just slightly) you should be okay doing SL Mandarin. If you know at least 1000 words (or will by the end of the year), you should be okay for Mandarin B. Even though you do need to know more for B, you will pick it up as you go along in the course. Also, if your teachers are bad, it's highly unlikely they're going to get any better. If you know for a fact that you're going to change teachers, then by all means choose Mandarin B. Good teachers make so much of a difference. I had an amazing teacher in year 10, and I ended up getting 95% - 99% all the time and that's why I chose Mandarin B next year, because I thought I was going to get her as a teacher. But I didn't. I got the other, not-so-good at teaching teacher, and am now getting 60% - 70%, though I am slowly working on it to build it up. It just means a lot more independent work on your part (and possibly tutors) if your teacher is not so great. Obviously, if you get a tutor and work hard this year, it will be really beneficial to your Chinese next year. I recommend you try and learn as much as you can this year, to lighten the load next year. Also obviously, you will do so much better if you do a subject you like as you'll actually be motivated to study. Another tip: languages cannot be learnt overnight (unlike Economics or Biology, etc). You need to make sure you do a little bit every night to ensure retention and stop overwhelming yourself when it comes close to exams. I'm not trying to discourage you from doing Chinese. I enjoy it myself quite a bit. Haha, I'm trying to get as many people in the years below me to chose Chinese But you do need to think about maximising your mark. At my school, there are quite a number of non-Chinese students who did Mandarin B and did really well. A lot of them got 5, 6 or 7. There were a few students who were able to skip the first 2-3 years of their Chinese university course because the stuff they covered in IB was in the 1-2 years of uni and they'd already learnt it. So, it's entirely possible to do well even if you are non-Chinese. A little bit about Spanish AB... I don't take the subject myself, but I have heard what others say. Even though it is an ab initio course, it's still quite hard, especially if you've never had any contact with it. If you've learnt languages like French, Latin, etc, that'll probably help you with Spanish. Obviously Chinese and Spanish are quite different, it's up to you to pick which one you'd prefer doing. Also, I heard Spanish is fun as well Finally, my personal opinion... I do like Mandarin B. I find it exciting and fun (though not many would agree and say they like languages ). I find stuff we study in class is understandable (I can understand about 90% of the passages), but when it comes to the exam, it's harder. Usually I only understand the general message it's trying to convey, but that's not too bad because we learnt skills to guess and pick out what they're asking and what answer is required (this skill is essential with languages, where logic and reason isn't so intuitive as opposed to subjects in your native language). Once you have about a year's worth of language learning down in the IB, I recommend you work from harder or same level texts as your exam. Because this way you won't be too overwhelmed and can get into the rhythm and pattern. Anyway, final thoughts: What I've typed is just my two cents. I'm biased, but I'd totally tell you to do Mandarin B But ultimately, it's up to you. Pick a language that you think you'll like and enjoy.
  19. I really want to buy the Biology textbook by Clegg. I've heard a lot of good reviews of it. Would you recommend it? [Hopefully what I'm about to type next is okay ^^;;;] But in Australia, it needs to be specially ordered, and it's quite pricey. So I guess, I was wondering if anyone within the Sydney area had a copy they wanted to sell? Anyway, even if there isn't I'm seriously considering to purchase it, except I don't know what the content looks like. I've been trying all over the net to try and find a sample page or two, except I haven't been able to find any. So, I was wondering if anyone knew where there is perhaps a sample page or two of the book?
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    Your opinions on these Biology and Chemistry textbooks?

    Oooh, thank you for your comments. I guess I'm not looking for a textbook that's easier, but has better, more in-depth explanations, if that makes sense? Texts that elaborate more, and offer more information. Because the Oxford books are good, I like them. But they just don't offer much in terms of better explanations (at least I think). I feel like they try to concisely explain a concept in the shortest sentence possible. I think the IBID Chemistry text is good. The explanations elaborate a lot more (compared to Oxford), but yeah, I have the older edition, which is not as great as the current one. My teacher has is it, and when saw it, I found it so much better than the past edition (though a lot of it was rehashed exactly the same as the 2nd edition). I guess it might be worth buying the new edition.
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    Japanese Anime vs. American Cartoons

    Maybe history? Art history? I'm not sure...
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    Can I study medicine with my subjects?

    Great! Thanks for all the replies everyone. I really appreciate them. I think I am going to change to Biology... Except it means catching up on so much work.
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    Can I study medicine with my subjects?

    Hey everyone! Since I'm new, I'll introduce myself a little. I'm taking the IB exams in 2010, and I'm from Australia. I'm hoping to study medicine, in (if I can) Oxford or Cambridge... Hah, those usual two universities... Like I said in the title, I was wondering if anyone could help me out with my subjects. Can I study medicine with these subjects? English A1 Mandarin B HL Modern History Mathematics SL Chemistry HL Visual Arts So far, I've only chosen two subjects as my HL, I'm not sure about the third. Any suggestions, tips, words of wisdom? I know in Australia, I could enter Uni of NSW or Uni of Sydney with the subjects I have, as chemistry is really the only prequisite (though they do recommend a high level of English, maths and a second science). However, in Oxford and Cambridge, I'm not so sure. I've looked around, and they seem to require: two of the sciences (or one, I'm not sure), maths, and at least two of them taken at HL... I could possibly take maths at HL, but it'd be pretty hard to change art to physics or biology (though not impossible). I heard that there were two ways to enter? First, through the undergraduate course, and second, through taking any science course and then taking the med? Correct me if I'm wrong... So, if I were to complete the IB with the subjects I had, would I have to go through route two? Or I could just take medicine in Australia Any thoughts? Thanks so much, it's much appreciated, and I've been browsing around this forum... it looks great! So much of it has helped me already

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