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  1. Yes, ethics is notoriously difficult to do right in a presentation. That was just the first AOK that came to my mind with your KQ. But I guess language and/or human sciences would also work.
  2. It's great you realised that already. According to the guidelines in the syllabus, you can do the TOK presentation in any format, provided it is not simply reading an essay aloud.
  3. Have you been talking about the fact that different types of text use different types of jargon eg. how a legal text differs from a newspaper article? If so, you could persuade your teacher that you are trying to imitate the style of a certain (sports) blogger. Or you could use an unsuitable type of language for a blog (eg. very formal) and then in your rationale explain that you were exploring how poor use of language/wrong conventions cloud the message of a text.
  4. If you decide to go with the third question I suggest you may want to further narrow it down by specifying the term "local". As you're from Canada -presumably from Ottawa - I would include the name of the region - or at least of the state of Ontario. I was answering a question on the forums, and restructured my answer
  5. No, up to three in a group is perfectly fine. Only thing you need to consider is that each person will have to speak for about 10 minutes, and you have a maximum of 30 minutes for your presentation. Also, you and your group members will all get the same grade, so if your friends slack off you may suffer, if you slack off their grade could suffer, but you could get a higher grade than you normally would - if your friends do really well. This may be an advantage or disadvantage depending on the position you are in. this means you really need to work as a team, and therefore many people prefer to do the presentation alone or with one partner only. A 30 minute presentation requires you to go into much more depth than a 10 minute presentation would.
  6. I see you're doing your EE in geography (so am I) All of the question have the potential for a good EE, but they could be further refined. When deciding which question to choose, also try to consider is how (easily) you will gather data for your EE. A tip from my teacher is to have a compare and contrast question - examiner's seem to like it. For instance - question 2 - could look something like this: To what extent does ecotourism provide employment to the local population as opposed to package tourism? I can't really comment on question 1 as I'm not doing the fresh water option - but as with question 2 you could add more detail. Something like this: To what extent does the water quality of the Ottawa River improve between a stretch of 10km, with particular emphasis on the concentration of [insert harmful pollutant] and [insert other harmful substance/ or anything found in water that affects its quality]. I've left the blanks for you to fill in, as I have absolutely no idea about the different chemicals in water. If you decide to go with the third question I suggest you may want to further narrow it down by specifying the term "local". As you're from Canada -presumably from Ottawa - I would include the name of the region - or at least of the state of Ontario.
  7. If I were you, I would look into a real life situation (unless you have chosen that already). Then identify AOK's (areas of knowing) and WOK's (ways of knowing). If you are doing your presentation alone, it should be ok to choose 1 or 2 AOKS and 1 or 2 WOKs. eg. Reason and Emotions as WOK's AOK: ethics From that point on, you develop an argument in favour of or against your KQ for each of the WOK's, considering your AOK. Hope this helps. Is this for your presentation?
  8. In answer to your first question, it really depends what you are aiming for. Learning the study guide by heart is enough to pass the exam (to score a 4), but anything beyond that requires you to be able to interpret information, analyse data, and write essay questions - especially on Paper 3. So I'd try to find some additional resources, and practise past papers. I'm in the first year of IB, but we have an amazing geography teacher at our school. She has the following website with lots of materials and notes on the course: I also created a site with some notes and essays on Changing Space- The Shrinking World (HL extension) and I'm developing a similar page for Populations in Transition. Other great sites I like a lot include: Now for your second question, I think the value of case studies is being overestimated by some people, as you only really need a little bit of information on those in the essay questions in Section B of Paper 1 (if I am not mistaken), Paper 2 and Paper 3. These essay questions test your understanding of the theory - which is most important - and only then do you need examples to back up your claims. I don't have a complete list of all the case studies, but for populations in transition the case studies could look something like: Anti-natal policy - One Family One Child Policy in China from 1979 to 2015 Pro-natal policy - France High birth rate - Uganda Low birth rate - Germany High life expectancy - Finland Low life expectancy - Sudan High infant mortality rate/ maternal mortality rate - Sudan High literacy rate - Finland Imbalanced gender ratio - China Internal migration - China International migration - Syria to Germany ( I hope I didn't miss any and that I've answered your questions) Yours, astonky
  9. Hi NS, I recently wrote a blog post on Geography essays for Paper 3, which tells you how to best structure the 10-mark essay for Paper 3 - with an example. Here's the link: The pattern should also work well for the 15-mark essay, just that each of the sections would probably be longer. My top two tips would be: Know your content to the point that you can analyse every single question that could come up. (You don't have to know everything, just know how to analyse everything and come up with unique insights on the spot) Practise to write well, even under time pressure. Because writing two long essays in 1 hour is intense. Hope this helps. If you have any other questions, I don't mind answering them Yours, astonky
  10. Hi Himiy, Yes, your topic should be suitable, provided you can find enough information Just let me know if you have any more questions. Best regards, astonky PS: Sorry for the late reply.
  11. Dear 6tk, For Paper 3, as the questions are all essays, you don't need to focus on definitions as much as for Paper 1 and 2. However, a definition of a key term is a great way to introduce an essay, consider for example the following question: “Due to global interactions, there is no longer a global periphery.” Discuss this statement. In that case, you would be expected to know the concepts of globalisation and the core-periphery model. So while a word-for-word knowledge of definitions is not required per-se, I suggest that you focus only on understanding and recalling the definitions given in the syllabus (but you don't need to know them verbatim). All the best, astonky
  12. Hi Himiy, As your grade depends on your essay title, we can't do all the work for you and give you one However, you may want to have a look at the following Geography EE support material: Also, for your EE you will likely want to invest a specific volcano or tsunami, so it would be good to have several ideas of these first, and then narrow down what particular aspect of the volcanoes/tsunamis you could investigate. Don't hesitate to suggest some more specific ideas, and we'll be able to give you feedback on whether they're suitable or not. This link also has a few sample EE's for you to look at: Best wishes for your EE, astonky PS: I'm also doing mine in Geography, but I'm focussing on internet penetration rates and the digital divide.
  13. Thanks a lot, kw0573 and Vioh. This forums is a real life saver for math hl
  14. Hi, For my homework, I need to solve the following question: Given that cos a = 4/5 and cos b = 7/25, find the possible values of cos (a+b). What I have done so far is this: Using compound angle identites: cos (a+b) = cos a cos b - sin a sin b Therefore: cos (a+b) = (4/5)*(7/25) - sin a sin b I now used a calculator to find the values of cos a and cos b to find the values of sin a and sin b. Thus: sin a = 3/5 and sin b = 24/25 Then substituted back into compound angle formula: cos (a+b) = (4/5)*(7/25) - (3/5)*(24/25) Simplifying gives me 28/125 - 72/125, and thus cos (a+b)= -44/125. Then I found the angle cos (a+b) using a calculator: 111° And used that to find the second possible angle: 180°-111°= 69° Then I did took cos (69°) to get the second value of cos (a+b), which according to the calculator is 0.351. But according to my textbook answers, the second value of cos (a+b) is 4/5. Can you help explain where I made a mistake, and even more is there a shorter way to solve this type of question? Thanks for you help.