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  1. Me personally, I absolutely love it! I find it so fascinating to learn about the way our world works from the perspective of both a science and a social science. At our school, it's considered a natural science, though from what I gather it can be considered either depending on what the focus is. I found that the hardest thing for me is when there's a lot of chemistry involved, as I'm not very good with chemistry, but other than that, the subject surprised me with how interesting and engaging it is. I personally chose it because out of all the sciences offered, ESS is the one I connect most with. When I went to my previous school, I won an award for a project based on the quality of the water in local harbours, and I figured that was the type of thing we'd be studying. Since I'm definitely more of a humanities person than a natsciences person, I wanted the best of both worlds. At first, I wasn't too keen on it, but it surprised me with how much I enjoyed it- I do, after all, have an interest in the natural sciences, it's just not my forte. If you're interested in learning about environmental issues such as biodiversity, and approaching them from both a social and a scientific perspective, then ESS is definitely the subject for you! A lot of people say it's an easy subject, and say not to bother with it, but I think despite its seemingly easy nature, there's a lot more to it than you'd think.
  2. After much thought, I have decided I'm going to try and write an English A language-based essay. Here's hoping it'll be fun! This is my Extended Essay diary- maybe it'll be helpful to someone! If anyone else is writing an English A essay, please do let me know- maybe we can help each other! Creating a Topic I actually came up with a possible idea quite a while ago, but I forgot about it in favour of a tie between a history essay and an English essay. I wanted to write it about music, but after reading the EE guidelines for a Language A essay, my idea sailed right out the window. Oh well- I managed to come up with a new idea after discussing some of the ideas with my friends. For now, I have permission to go ahead with my topic from my supervisor, so I'm working on finding a research question and finding some more sources. Research Question As of now, I have a pretty firm research question, and I've already started researching! I'm reading some background information about the topic so I can better analyse my sources, and I've got to say it's really interesting!
  3. What about something like the history of music or art, and how it impacted a city? For example, to what extent did the development of jazz music impact the cultural development of the black community in Harlem? What topics are you interested in?
  4. The best thing of all.
  5. It's the same in my school- most people seem to regard the IB students as living in a world of their own, and they think of us as quite snobby and stuck-up, which frankly isn't true. We technically exist in harmony, but because we don't share any classes or teachers (any more), we exist in separate worlds. I've noticed that it tends to be an issue, as when it comes to the events we're all supposed to organise together, the national program students tend to leave the IB students out of their planning... despite the fact that they LITERALLY HAVE AN ARMY OF STUDENTS WHO WILL DO ALMOST ANYTHING FOR CAS.
  6. My teacher advised us to use historians sparingly, because if you put in too many historian's points, it can sometimes lead to the problem of not justifying and evaluating the viewpoint. So, I like to use one per paragraph of the essay, either at the end or before I provide any counter-arguments. In terms of actually writing it, it depends on how the answer goes. Sometimes I like to use something like "As historian name states/demonstrates/says/other word, historian viewpoint".
  7. Hey! I did the personal project myself, and I know how stressful it can be. Is this for the Academic Honesty form? If so, then you need those signatures, since they will essentially act as your declaration of academic honesty. Is there no possible way you can get those signatures before turning in the paper? Or can you meet with your supervisor now and talk about it?
  8. Hi all, I'm looking for something to read once I finish with Taylor's book(s). Specifically, I'm looking for historians who wrote about the Unification of Italy (since that's one of my prescribed topics, and I would like to have a historian's viewpoint for Italy as well as Germany), but if you have any other recommendations that would be great too. Also, do you guys know any good historians for Imperial Russia (the text topic we're going to cover)? Thanks in advance, and remember- Bismarck ALWAYS has a plan!
  9. GRANTED, but your friend Friend FRIEND lives halfway across the world and you'll never be able to meet in person (Oops- long distance relationships! ) I wish I could have a successful jazz singer career.
  10. That's fine- History is my best subject and my most valuable anyways. No worries- that's the fun of the game!
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    This is a little diagram I made to illustrate the complex system of foreign policies and interests after the Berlin Conference of 1878-9, since it would have been nearly impossible to follow the discussion without it. I hope it helps someone else!
  12. Great Powers after the Berlin Conference of 1878-9 View File This is a little diagram I made to illustrate the complex system of foreign policies and interests after the Berlin Conference of 1878-9, since it would have been nearly impossible to follow the discussion without it. I hope it helps someone else! Submitter IBantics Submitted 01/05/2018 Category Germany  
  13. I wish I could get a 7 in History HL by the end of the year. (Since the PAM didn't leave a wish)
  14. ToK is an existential crisis in a nutshell Yes and no. While it has brought on several insanely meta thoughts, I have noticed that it's more physchological than philosophical. Maybe that's just the way my ToK is taught, but I thought I wouldn't enjoy it half as much as I do. It teaches you critical thinking skills, and makes you more aware of what you hear, do, and say. It's basically a course that teaches you how to argue and question the thoughts of those around you. Although, I have noticed that my brother has stopped wanting to argue with me because ever time he does, I point out all his logical fallacies and he gets annoyed. I also out-TOKed the TOK teacher one day by asking him what area of knowledge the study of TOK would fall into. (Side note- apparently it doesn't fall into any, because it's more about the thought process of those areas; eg: it's the work of a natural scientist that counts towards natural science, not his thought process. TOK is like that thought process.) IB ruins your social life. Absolutely not! My social life is just filled with other IB students. My school is really good at getting the IB and non-IB communities to interact and get to know each other, though, so I also know quite a few non-IB kids. IB takes over extracurriculars. Not true- it is entirely possible to balance extracurriculars and IB! In fact, a lot of mine count for CAS. It's like the myth of only getting two of three out of sleep, social life, and good grades. It is entirely possible to balance all three. - My Observations: 1. Bismarck ALWAYS has a plan. 2. Don't EVER miss an economics class- miss one day and you've missed 3 weeks of work. 3. Always memorise the textbook definitions for economics, because you're going to need the exact ones later on. 4. If you want to enter a history class and live, don't mention the phrase "narraitve-based answer" anywhere near the history students... especially History HL. 5. Following on from that, unless you want to deal with a rant on how Bismarck always has a plan (see 1) and a ton of giggles over alternate histories, don't bring up German unification, Bismarck, Cavour, or Italy in the general hearing of the history students (or maybe that's just me). 6. DON'T EVER USE GOOGLE TRANSLATE. The teacher will know, and you'll only land yourself in more trouble. 7. TOK is actually not that bad (see above). In fact, it's super interesting if you know how to argue and how to hold your own with questions. 8. EVERYTHING is about CAS, my friends. Have to walk to the shop- can it be CAS? Hanging out with friends- is it CAS? (Actually, most of the time, when I hang out with friends, it's for a CAS event. ) Helping family? It's CA- wait, actually it's not. (See, I understand why they did this, but me teaching my brother solfeggio from scratch should TOTALLY count as CAS.)
  15. You know you're in IB when you procrastinate on doing work by doing work. Seriously, I must be desperate. I spent 45 minutes walking myself through the process of creating what I hope are valid KQs for my RLS for TOK, and before that, I spent 15 minutes drawing out one of my most complex history diagrams (Europe after 1878-9, in case anyone was wondering); all to get away from my English presentation and my ESS revision.