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  1. It would be really difficult for the lizard to survive - its just too big and will require more oxygen and food than is available in the mesocosm. It will even be difficult for insects to survive - I've done a couple of terrarium-type things for different school projects in the past and in all of them the bugs died pretty quick.
  2. The oral takes a total of 10 minutes but you have 15 minutes to prepare after you are shown the picture. What I did was I physically described the picture given to me (like what is in the foreground/background, what are the people wearing, what colours there are...) for 2 minutes. Then I related my picture to my topic and talked about that for 2 more minutes - for example, if my picture was of a robot and my topic was science and technology, I'd talk about the benefits and disadvantages about robotics and if they should replace humans in factories and stuff like that. The teacher will just ask you questions for the other 6 minutes based on what you just said. There's not much to prepare for but if you'd like you can make a list of vocabulary relating to your topics. You will be marked well if you use lots of complex verb tenses, connecting words, and idioms so it's good to know those too. You can practice with your friends by using random pictures and making them ask you questions.
  3. Do examiners really count every single word in Paper 2? And do they really take away marks if you're over word count? (I'm in SL so this would be 400 words). Even if I was just 5 words over the word count, would I still lose the same amount of marks as if I was 100 words over?
  4. Here's how I found my sources. Go to and then type in your topic in French, not in English. Then just choose some of the weblinks that come up and skim them first to see if you can use them in your WA. Don't choose multiple sources from the same website though, and make sure the website looks reputable (i.e. it's a French news outlet, a government website, etc).
  5. Well, keep in mind that you actually only have 1300 words for the actual investigation. There's a 500 word source evaluation and a 400 word reflection which are a part of the 2200 word limit! I think your question might be a little broad but still doable. If you are worried though, maybe you can take out the "To what extent" part and change it to "How significant was the Battle of Stalingrad to the Soviets' victory on the Eastern Front?" so you won't be pressured into talking too much about other events. Hope this helps.
  6. You clearly really want to do French HL. I would definitely say to go for it! The jump from SL to HL in French B is not as bad as, say, Math SL to HL. The only difference is that you will have an extra writing component in the final exam and the vocabulary and grammar structures in the reading comprehension will be a bit more challenging - but understandable since you are given more instruction time during an HL course. If I were you I'd definitely rather be in French HL than History HL. There's just so much extra stuff you have to learn in HL history... Dunno about Visual Arts.
  7. Your choice of EE topic won't affect your chances into uni. Maybe it would be slightly relevant if the uni's admissions process had an interview component and you could talk about how your EE shows your interest in economics... But don't sweat it. Universities don't really care - they're not going to read your EE anyway. Better to just pick a topic you like and are confident that you can get the most marks in.
  8. 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.
  9. canada

    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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. "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)?
  14. 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.
  15. 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?