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  1. Some of my tips for analysing poetry/prose: 1. Identify the message/purpose. Usually it will have a theme/topic like love/violence, pain/happiness, peace/death, etc. Look them up online if you like. 2. Now find obvious sentences/phrases/words that relate to the theme. Shakespeare says "Thous eternal summer shall not fade" summer is associated with a sense of calm and beauty. That's a positive message, the rest of the poem tells you it's topic is love. 3. Also look for imagery and actually imagine them in your head to see how it make you feel, and what you think of. A poem about depression could describe the depth of something/ sinking into the oblivion, etc. 3. Next, look for sounds. Violent topics use sharp and hard sounding words such as kick, shock, pinch, etc, etc. 4. You can follow some mnemonics like FLIRT (form, language, imagery, rhythm and rhyme, theme and tone). To develop your point, describe the impact created by what you have analysed. For example, after establishing how an image shows hatred, say how it links to the rest of the text and what the reader feels. These are some of the things I do. Hope it helped!
  2. Hey there chemists! I am doing an esterification reaction for my IA, and in order to determine Kc, I need to find out how much unreacted acid was left over. I would like to avoid the lengthy process of washing and purifying the ester (Christmas soon, little time!) and using that as a determinant. The carboxylic acid and alcohol are the ones left over then. Do you know how I could isolate the acid or the alcohol, to find out its concentration? Thanks a billion!
  3. Ahh... but books you physically keep. A movie's on disk. So shouldn't the emotions stay with you? Whenever you touch the page, smell the book, read a word, the emotions and memories seep through. *To be seen through a lyrical point of view.*
  4. Hey guys, I recently found out my old IA's method wouldn't work.... So I thought of a few ideas, one of which was perhaps using Biochemical Oxygen Demand as a Bio IA. The worry is that there will be too much chemical analysis rather than dealing with organic material. Another idea was to study yeast activity with altering amounts of salt. I know yeast is studied a lot, and also that it is too simplistic: I will just be varying salt and measuring CO2 released. I need some suggestions. Thankss
  5. Reading The Handmaid's Tale and especially The Road, I must admit, I was overpowered by the despair and hopelessness depicted in them. It kind of got to me as well. Has a book ever gotten to you so much that you feel hopeless? So, is literature, and its power, a harm to society if it will inflict/drive you to take detrimental actions (like, depression or suicide for example?) What do you think?
  6. Hey guys, So for my IA, I'd like to determine the effect of boiling on iron content in spinach. I'm faced with two problems. Namely, it's a very experimental investigation, and I doubt I can get literature values. I was told comparing with lit values should be done, is this a problem for me? (I WILL, however, be using the Beer-Lambert law....) The other thing is, if I choose to analyse the leaves themselves, and not the resultant water after boiling, I will need ethanol* to break the cell walls. Will this interfere with hydroxylamine hydrochloride and ortho-phenanthroline? *Check: I could just blender the leaves right? Thanks so much!!!
  7. That's strange! My teacher specifically wanted us to use in-class texts Shows you how open the IB is in terms of assessment
  8. Hey, The FOA is an activity which is based off work you do in class. Normally, your teacher will have given you texts during the topic that you study and brainstorm upon. These are the texts you use for the FOA's base. However, some people have also added other material like posters/images alongside the above texts. So, to answer your question, you can definitely use adverts. Make sure it was done in class if it is the central text. Then, you are free to reference and allude to any other media item.
  9. I received 8A* at iGCSE and have applied to Oxford. The fact that most applicants for ug med did upto 15 GCSEs and got 10A* on average is plaguing me. My school fixed 7 subjects per students so I couldn't take more GCSEs. I'm an international applicant so my chances are already pretty low for an offer. Unsure if the 9 GCSEs in total compared to 14 will be a downer?
  10. Just wanted to know who's doing the BMAT this November and how they're managing and preparing. Any resources you found useful, or preparation tips?
  11. But place things into the appendix with care. Usually information that is largely inessential to the EE goes there. If you will talk on about the specific image in detail, it's better to place it into the body. My English LangLit EE had quite a few images in the body. Most important of all, make them big and clear to see if you'll use them in the body!
  12. Hi guys, So I know so far UCL needs 766, and it definitely has to be in Chem - am I right? While Oxford needs 766 as well. So my question is, does Oxford need it to be in Chem as well? Or show preference for it to be in Chem/Bio? All help is tremendously appreciated!
  13. Selling my soul for a 7 in Chem and Geo
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  15. Ahh, ok. So I'll have to pay the multiple course fee if I choose another kind right? Does that mean I should tweak my personal statement to include something like biochemistry? Because I really just want to focus on medicine and not give them the idea I'm not completely determined to do medicine...