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  1. Think about: causation, consequence, continuity, change, significance, and/or perspectives, that will help out the most in thinking about a research question. What factors caused the Bonus Marches and to what extent? How did the Bonus Army influence some later event X and to what extent? What is the significance of the Bonus Marches to X? To what extent was the Bonus Army/the government justifiable in their actions? To what extent are the Bonus Marches comparable/similar to event X? Etc... I hope that helps as a springboard for more RQ ideas.
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    The minimum number of IB total points to get into UBC is 24. There's no further requirements for International Economics, other than having to take SL or HL Math (which I'm sure you are already if you're considering this program). I think you have an alright chance of getting in. There's a good reddit post about UBC chances for IB students. I went through the documents for you, and basically, an anticipated IB score of 34 to UBC is equivalent to an average percent grade of 91%. This works just fine with the mean admission average for internationals in International Economics - between 90% to 91%. UBC really loves IB students as well, so I'd be surprised if they turned you down - your marks are fine.
  3. You don't need to take Computer Science in high school to major in Computer Science. There are lots of people who start majoring in Computer Science in university without having prior knowledge of how to code. It'll be difficult to switch courses this late in the year as well. I'd stay with Chemistry.
  4. You should have a hypothesis. Your economics paper is very much like a science report; you're out there with a research question, creating a methodology, and gathering and analyzing data to answer that research question. Before you even start collecting your data, you should have a working hypothesis - what you think should be the answer to your research question based on theory.
  5. Canadian unis don't look at SAT scores. For UWaterloo, a mark of 6 in your HL Math is the minimum needed to apply for computer science, and you need a total of 32 marks for your IB total. I can't find the minimum mark needed for Math or English for UToronto. The UToronto faculty of arts and sciences site says: "A predicted score of 28 or more is required for a provisional offer of of admission. More competitive programs require at least 30 and as much as 35 on predicted scores" In the end, I think you have a nice chance at getting into both. Your overall IB total is high enough. Really work on your Math HL if you can, since it's the most important course for a computer science program. I doubt that either uni will really consider your Computer Science HL mark as a major factor in your admission - Canadian unis don't stray far from looking at admission requirements.
  6. "To what extent was the French artist James Tissot part of the Impressionist movements in Europe?" sounds good to me. Just be sure you're not basically rewriting his biography - rather, be sure to look at some of his actual paintings and analyze in your essay the presence (or lack of) impressionist elements and techniques that you find in each of them. Maybe you can take paintings from different periods of his life to show chronological trends in his work (whether he distances or grows closer to impressionist style over time)?
  7. For History EEs, you have to follow a ten-year-rule, which means that you can't write about anything that has happened in the last ten years. You can't write about the newer idol groups that have emerged since the mid 2000s and onwards. I don't know so much about History, but I feel that your topic right now leans more toward cultural anthropology rather than history. Have you met with your EE supervisor/mentor yet? They might be able to help guide you to choosing a suitable EE topic that matches with your interest in K-pop.
  8. Short question. Do CAS projects require collaboration with other IB students from your school? It says on the CAS guide that the projects simply "involve teamwork", but that's really vague. I thought it meant teamwork with people in general - not necessarily with other students. But some of my friends say that the CAS projects have to be done with at least one other student for them to be valid. Is that true?
  9. No dictionaries or other reference materials are allowed for the exam, I'm afraid.
  10. According to this MCAT prep article: Don't take a whole major in biochemistry just to fulfill MCAT. If you like Health Sciences better and think you will get higher marks in it, than go with that, and just be sure to take a biochem course while you're doing it.
  11. Are you doing K-pop as a music EE? Music EEs require analysis of actual music. That is, you actually have to look at scores and do some technical musical analysis on them during the essay. So don't go that route if you don't know much about music theory, for obvious reasons. I'm sure a K-pop music EE would be extremely original, but I worry about whether or not there's enough to talk about for one or two K-pop songs for 4000 words. Pop songs are kind of formulaic, speaking from a musical point of view. I guess you could compare and contrast some K-pop songs to American pop songs? I don't know how to tie K-pop into another subject if you're not doing a Music EE, sorry!
  12. Yeah, I think you might want to focus our new EE topic on a certain region, like central Thailand. Making your research question about a whole country will be too broad, I think.
  13. I am monolingual (fluent in English only). Good luck with your paper!
  14. (Before I start, I just want to say that I don't take Geography, so please take my advice with a grain of salt. ) I have a feeling that your essay question is too focused on a single place (a single hospital, in this case). Here's what IB has to say about choosing topics: "Candidates and supervisors should be reminded that having a clear spatial element in their essay (going beyond mere location on a map) is absolutely essential." (source) I fear that if you don't take a spatial, regional approach to your essay, you might come up with a Business Management EE instead, as you said. Here is a link to some titles of Geography EEs that got an A, to help show what I mean when I say that you might be missing the 'spatial' approach: Your EE can have a testable hypothesis, or it may not. Here's what IB says: "In geography, many successful essays develop the research question through the formulation of a hypothesis or hypotheses. If students do this, it is important to ensure that hypotheses are well constructed, testable, have a basis in geographical theory and involve appropriate investigative channels...It is equally acceptable for the research question to examine a geographical issue, conflict or problem, which may be formulated as a proposition or statement for discussion. The research question must be clearly stated in the abstract and in the introduction. It must be framed in a way that discourages a descriptive or narrative approach, and that encourages argument and discussion." (source) I've heard people recommend to do a Geography EE with a testable hypothesis, so that they can go out and collect primary research, which IB really likes. I do think that IB prefers EEs with lots of primary research, compared to EEs that only use secondary sources to form a discussion (this applies for other EE subjects like Biology as well). You can always look at past Geography EEs online to see what IB expects - they'll help you to get an idea of how suitable your current EE topic is. And of course, you can always ask for help from your EE mentor/supervisor person, as they've (hopefully!) got lots of experience with EEs. Best of luck!
  15. You said that you think you will get more marks if you do the History EE, so I'd go with that. More marks on your EE means more points overall out of 45. Universities and colleges will not read your EE or even know what subject you wrote it on in most cases. (However, if you really are much more passionate about Biology than History, you might find it easier and more fun to do your EE on Bio instead. You'll generally do much better on an EE on a topic you are interested and invested in compared to an EE on a topic you are not!)