Richard Stifler

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  1. Hey, i was wondering how you can include, in paper 1 and 2, the historiography and discussion of historians' points of views: write the arguments of the essay and then prior to the conclusion do a separate topic discussing the historiography, or should I include historiography for each argument I use (e.g Imperialism argument and thus include the view of an historian which thinks it was a fundamental cause for the outbreak of WWI - do this for every argument). So far, I have been doing the first, that is, writing all arguments and in the end do a separate discussion (more less 8/10 lines), so that I can then conclude the essay. What do you think it should be done/how do you do it?
  2. Guys, My maths studies IA went very bad, my teacher graded it with a 9/20... this is not good at all, because I was aiming to get a 7 in Math Studies in the end, and now I am very likely not to get it, right? I mean I lost 11% of my grade, so is it possible to still get a 7 in the end? It seems pretty obvious to me that mathematically it isn't, but a friend of mine who also was striving for the 7 had a 6/20 in his IA and says it is very possible that he ll attain the 7, and also I dont really know the boundaries of the subject but they would have to be very low ahah, like a 7 would correspond to a 72% for example... could you elucidate me on this matter? Cheers, Richard
  3. It happened the same thing with me, but with Film. I did not take it as my school doesn't offer it, and when I was confronted with the EE criteria and that research was the most important thing as it was driven by passion, I did not hesitate and went to talk to my IB coordinator and, even though I caused a row in the school because they dont usually let students do this, I did it and I think I will have a good grade, but more than that learned a lot of stuff that are enthusiastic and important for me, personally. Isn't that the whole purpose of an EE? At the beginning, I was kinda scared 1- I did not take it 2- there is no film teacher at my school that could help me, which is also very important for an EE (guidance). What I did, and really worked for me, was to read massively about firstly film to get general knowledge and to be knowledgeable enough to choose a unique and interesting topic. Then, I deepened my research to the author and topic within it and bam enthusiastically developed my EE thesis. A lot of people will advise you not to do it, there are always safer choices obviously, like you said you could do Biology or Literature... though if the enthusiasm really compensates and abounds the extra extra extra effort you will have to make, I would say go for it, the criteria of the EE is more less the same for every subjects, if you are prepared for it, do it. First and foremost, read. Hope it helped, mate
  4. Ahahah 100% efficiency, mate! 1 test 1 7 sniper mode, nice! I am striving for the 7 as well on English B, but the teacher has warned us most grades lie on the 6, those who get 7 really put an effort to it, maybe I just dont know how to really make an effort for language B! I have had 2 mock exams and in both had 5+ on my paper 1 (ausshhh) and 6+ on my paper 2.
  5. This question leads to a very debated matter, which is the existence of "stronger" and "punier" subjects that will enhance, or not, your curriculum. From those, I would suggest Economics, it is a strong subject, and adequate to law. Biology could also do, as a science is always welcomed, but maybe HL for law you wouldn't need it. As to geography, definitely not as it isn't really valued by universities, which usually see it as simple. On the other hand, I guess from your alternative aspirations you could try to take Psychology it is a strong and interesting subject to study and do EE and IAs. Hope I helped, mate
  6. Actually, English B is thought to be one of the hardest subjects to get the 7. What marks are you getting so far?
  7. Well, I am more inclined to go for either Lancaster or Kent, which offered me unconditional offers, so really Edinburgh even they had accepted me I think I wouldnt consider it now. Warwick is also thought to have elevated prestige and a nice environment as well, which is, I confess, the main criteria for me not just the prestige and rankings. Cheers, pal!
  8. Hey mates, I am now studying and revising for my mock exams. Yeah its time for the May 2017 exams, unfortunately. So what do you think are the best subjects, not only from the ones I am taking (see below on my signature) but also other subjects to help out for other people, what do you think are the subjects that are more prone for you to attain a 7 with a hard and constant study? And high grades (5 or 6)? You can comment on your situation and how you are feeling with it, or the main "criteria" to get elevated marks.
  9. Dont worry pal same here too. Only I had 36 points, with 666 HLs. My academic aspiration is to study Literature, but it did not kill me, they took long to reply and all other universities provided me interesting with offers. I had made my decision, more less, when Edinburgh replied. Furthermore, if you check the rankings the univ of Edinburgh fell a lot (from top 10 to top 30s... which is way to much in just a couple of years). Not saying it is a bad university, obviously not, but you can invest in other arising universities or that have maintained its place on top along the years. Check this website with rankings for UK institutions https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings#allSubjects Also, there are universities that people claim to also have good conditions and ambience, Idk maybe you could see Warwick, Lancaster or Imperial College (for engineering is one of the best). What would be your option b university, by the way?
  10. It seems like a coherent and thought idea, I dont see why your school would reject it, based on not trusting you. If you have informed and grasped you need that subject for your career aspirations, then it is implicit your plans do have a rational and logical motive behind it. However, even though the IB is the "supreme" judge, you must be submitted to the internal rules of the school at which your studying in, for the school's ideology does not totally wither away. For example, in more conservative schools you might be offered a certain spectrum of subjects to take different than a more liberal school, which might provide more artistic and "unusual" subjects. They might not also give much margin for students to change their subjects in the middle of the course; it happened with me: I was not allowed to start taking Visual Arts in the end of the 1st year, even though I thought it could comply with my personal skills and appetences and at the same time with my future aspirations (Literature, in some way it is similar, both are arts that provide you a more abstract sense of interpretation). It depends on how you discuss and present your arguments, how "far" you are at the IB course and the school's availability to offer that subject. I would advise you, when going to discuss it with your coordinator, go with calm and always make sure you give the school the due attention, and not come up with the voracious argument: BUT IT IS ALLOWED IN THE IB, I AM GOING TO GO TALK TO THEM RIGHT AWAY, THEY WILL DECIDE. Cheers!
  11. Hey guys, What university do you think I should go for? I have applied to English Literature and Creative Writing in the following institutions: University of Kent and Lancaster (in which I got from both an unconditional offer and could try to easily go for a 2.000 pounds a year scholarship), Warwick (conditional and requests 38 p), Surrey (34 p) and finally Edinburgh which hasn't replied yet. Honestly, I am more inclined to either Kent or Lancaster. My main criterion isn't the prestige, it has never been, otherwise I could have applied to institutions considered to be more prestigious such as UCL or St. Andrews, but I prefer a cozy and passionate environment, for I am a foreign student who is applying to a rigorous and very specific course. On the other hand, prestige isn't relegated totally, I mean the institutions I applied to might not be the most illustrious but indeed are not below top 20 of the UK. I also checked the UK univ ranking and Warwick was considered to be the best with lancaster on its tail. I also dug in to search for the best at the literature area and all were astonishingly well, with Lancaster, Warwick and Kent excelling. What is also encouraging me to go for Kent, besides the rather positive reviews I got from students I know there and the cozy environment, its the degree: it s slightly different its English and American Literature and Creative Writing with a year abroad. The US is one of the main destinies I am thinking about going to to live and knowing about its Literature or incurring in a year abroad in the US would be an auspicious factor for me to then settle there as a writer. What do you think I should do?
  12. Hey guys, What university do you think I should go for? I have applied to English Literature and Creative Writing in the following institutions: University of Kent and Lancaster (in which I got from both an unconditional offer and could try to easily go for a 2.000 pounds a year scholarship), Warwick (conditional and requests 38 p), Surrey (34 p) and finally Edinburgh which hasn't replied yet. Honestly, I am more inclined to either Kent or Lancaster. My main criterion isn't the prestige, it has never been, otherwise I could have applied to institutions considered to be more prestigious such as UCL or St. Andrews, but I prefer a cozy and passionate environment, for I am a foreign student who is applying to a rigorous and very specific course. On the other hand, prestige isn't relegated totally, I mean the institutions I applied to might not be the most illustrious but indeed are not below top 20 of the UK. I also checked the UK univ ranking and Warwick was considered to be the best with lancaster on its tail. I also dug in to search for the best at the literature area and all were astonishingly well, with Lancaster, Warwick and Kent excelling. What is also encouraging me to go for Kent, besides the rather positive reviews I got from students I know there and the cozy environment, its the degree: it s slightly different its English and American Literature and Creative Writing with a year abroad. The US is one of the main destinies I am thinking about going to to live and knowing about its Literature or incurring in a year abroad in the US would be an auspicious factor for me to then settle there as a writer. What do you think I should do?
  13. Its not compulsory if your presentation topic settles with just one AoK. But still I would advise to always go for two. I mean I cant say its mandatory, because I have seen examples with just one, but dont take the risk and go for two.
  14. It is true those three subjects higher level are exhausting, but BaM isn't one of the "strongest" subjects, at least considered by universities. BaM is basically considered to be the easier, puny version of Economics. Not that your IB curriculum would get weak with BaM HL, but it could be more persuading and stronger for the eyes of universities. Hence, put your literature a1 language HL, it is always good, regardless of the degree you want to pursue, to reveal knowledge and appetence for Literature.
  15. Yeah I am also struggling with my mocks, which start right away in march! I am very ambitious about History, really hope to get at least a 6, but I am also looking for the 7 ahah. Paper 1 Idk why is the hardest for me, and its supposed to lift the grades and help you with the rest of the long essay papers... I am still studying the modules, the cold war seems so dense that I dont even know if I can study all for the mock papers...