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  1. thank you! that means a lot! my ee was on biblical archetypes in Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and it was actually an incredibly fun paper to write. for my ias, each was a very different experience, so if you have specific questions about any subject pm me because it's a lot to put here! they were stressful but ultimately i worked really hard on them even before knowing that exams would be cancelled just because i figured they'd help balance out my exam scores, which ended up being a really good decision haha.
  2. hey guys! i haven't been the most active on this site, but throughout high school it was a HUGE help surviving IB. i got so much invaluable info here and wanted to express my gratitude to this site and everyone on it for making this community so amazing. if you're curious, i ended up with a 38/45 overall: 7 - HL english, SL spanish; 6 - SL math, HL bio; 5 - SL history; 4 - SL art; A - EE, B - TOK even though the end of this year was so much different than I anticipated (than ANY of us did, probably), i'm proud to have made it through and want to say congratulations to all the other class of 2020 grads and for the class of 2021, i know your last year might be incredibly different as well, but know you've got a strong community to back you and i wish you all the best of luck cheers, all!
  3. Hey there! So my math ia topic is due May 17th and my teacher has given me very little help on what it is and what topics can be used. I want to work with animals/in conservation in the future, so I was thinking of doing something like population ecology. At this point, however, I'm lost. I don't know how to find a specific topic, and I need to keep it fairly basic because math is not my strongest area. I've never done any sort of population ecology type project and I'm not even sure if that works for this ia, so I definitely need some help/inspiration. I was also wondering if something like the chi-squared test for genetic traits and then maybe distribution would work, but any advice would be great. Thanks edit: I found something about asteroid/meteor impacts that seems interesting, but I don't know how strong it would be because most of the math is through a simulator. I also like the chi-squared test to break the Caesar Shift code, is that overused?
  4. At my school, the option of further Human Physiology (D) is traditionally taught in HL Bio. However, I would much prefer to study option C, Ecology and Conservation (it better pertains to what I think I want to pursue in the future). My teacher said that would leave me to teach myself as nobody else wants to study that option as well. Is choosing a different topic a bad decision in this case? I don't want to endanger my exam grade, but I also know that option c is much more interesting to me and would probably be more enjoyable. Thanks in advance
  5. Hello! I have to have my English EE book choice in on Monday, and my choices have mostly been shot down by my school. My number one choice is Stephen King's The Gunslinger but my teachers have said that since he's a "pop culture" writer, IB will frown upon it. They're adamant that I choose a winner or finalist for the Man Booker Prize, but none of the books that have won really seem to interest me. My favorite genre is fantasy, but I also enjoy sci-fi (The Island of Dr. Moreau?), (some) historical fiction, and adventure. If you have any advice on whether The Gunslinger will work or if you know of any other books I could use, that'd be great! Thanks!
  6. Hey! (Hope this isn't too late of a response lol) In regards to fanart I've been told by my arts teacher that it can be construed as plagiarism even if credit is given. There is a really fine line between putting your own spin on something and "copying" and since IB is very strict, definitely ask your teacher. They'll be the best person to answer your question especially because they've seen your work. Good luck on your exams!
  7. From what I've heard from teachers at my school, as long as you can prove literary merit the book should be acceptable. If you're concerned that it's too cliched, you might be able to compare it to a classical book, like a parallel between [insert theme/motif/imagery] in modern times and older times. Still, if you liked TFIOS there are plenty of "classic" romance novels out there (not my preferred genre so I can't name specifics lol) and I'm sure you'll be able to find a good one. The best resource would be your teacher/advisor so make sure to talk with them about your ideas and some other book possibilities. In regards to econ, I am clueless Good luck!
  8. I was honestly thinking about writing one on The Odyssey for a while but unfortunately we're not allowed to use translated works Thanks for the help!
  9. Hello everyone! In the next month or so I have to have my EE topic chosen. Yikes! I'm leaning toward an English literature EE. Unfortunately, I cannot think of a book to write about - most books I've read at school have been analyzed to death and would be scored harshly by people who knew every line (i.e. Hamlet) and most books I've read personally may or may not count as having literary merit. Anyway, I need some help with book choices. I don't care if I do an analysis on one book or a comparison of two. Here are some ideas I have: +Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut - I like the idea of this one, haven't read it yet but it sounds interesting and a friend told me it was good. A little concerned about the content and whether or not it has been overdone. +Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - Again, haven't read this one but it seemed like a good book to compare to Cat's Cradle. On the other hand, it seems really complex and might be hard to mesh with other ideas. +Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury - I've started this one but am only a few pages in. I'm a little concerned about how it lends itself to such a lengthy analysis. +Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - I'm currently reading this one and I really enjoy it, but it might be another overdone book. I'm considering writing about the relation of salvation in the book to the social struggles of the time but I don't want to get off topic. It would also be cool to compare to a more modern book about society, looking between the time periods. Other than these ideas, I've really enjoyed the school books of To Kill A Mockingbird, A Tale of Two Cities, 1984, The Odyssey, as well as my own reads like The Golden Compass, The Rithmatist, Abarat, and Harry Potter. It would be cool to do a comparison of religious themes between The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Golden Compass because they portray religion very differently, but both are considered children's books so that probably wouldn't work. Overall, my favorite genre is definitely fantasy and if you have any recommendations of fantasy books with literary merit (besides The Lord of the Rings lol) I'm all ears. Thanks in advance!
  10. Outside of studying on your own, which may be difficult, get with a few of your classmates and talk with the teacher about why the class is struggling. Let them know what specifically makes learning difficult (ex: teaching too fast). I had to do the same with my math teacher and she recognized the problem and fixed it easily. If your teacher ignores their issues, go to the math department head, your counselor, or the IB coordinator who should be able to handle the issue. Make sure to go with a few other people because that will show that it isn't just an issue with you.
  11. As I am not yet a junior, I can't speak from personal experience about the CAS project. However, I do have a relevant example that could help you! Last year a junior I know organized a team of students from our school to walk a 5k benefiting a charity. They didn't create the charity walk themself; instead, they assembled the team that would represent our school. By planning, spreading the word, coordinating with the walk's hosts, and actually participating, they well exceeded the (50?) hour minimum needed. Since you said that you're not creative enough to come up with something on your own, you should definitely consider "piggybacking" off another established event. Good luck!
  12. I would talk to your guidance counselor, your (assistant) principal, or anyone else above your CAS coordinator about her being unresponsive. If not, you could ask to switch coordinators because in IB summer CAS time is precious lol!
  13. It may also depend on your school's policy. Some schools are very harsh about EEs; for example, at my school you must be taking IB psych, art, or economics in order to write on the subject, and we are not allowed to write science, foreign language, or math EEs (so I'm pretty much limited to English and history). Definitely ask your supervisor or guidance counselor about it. Good luck!
  14. Hello! As a current tenth grader, I am expected to have my IB class choices in by December/January at the latest. I am very concerned that I might pick the wrong classes, so here are my options: English Lang/Lit HL (mandatory at my school) History HL Biology HL Chemistry SL (HL isn't offered at my school) OR Visual Arts SL Spanish SL Math SL OR Math Studies I won't take any precursor chemistry courses until January, so I don't have any clue what the class is like. I am also not super fond of math, which is why I'm wondering whether or not I can take math studs while doing a double science. If I take Chem SL & Math SL along with the other courses, how hard would it be? Thanks in advance!
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