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  1. For context - SL student Hi guys, my school just started the chem IA process. I have a few (rather weak) topic ideas for experimental investigations, but would prefer to do a database ia because I'm lowkey terrible at lab work. My teacher also hasn't really told us how to go about developing methodology and approach so I'm a little clueless. Any examples of database IAs I can view? Also, how do you go from the initial topic idea to developing a methodology and approach? Do you look for existing experiments and modify their procedures? Finally, is there anywhere I can look for topic STIMULUS? (not topics, I'm not that lazy, but interesting chem things that could spark some ideas) Any advice is much appreciated
  2. I think you would find it helpful to right an essay outline too, giving your key claims, sub claims and bullet-point brief explanations of how you plan to develop your analysis. Seeing it laid out like that will help you check your essay flow and if you're answering your RQ
  3. Hello! Apologies for the question phrasing, I couldn't think of another way to word it. I'm from Singapore and being a very academically driven country we hold ourselves to high standards - most of my cohort are aiming for 36 points and above, good students for the 42-45 range. We always hear stories about IB-ers in other countries, particularly Western ones, being satisfied with point ranges in the 30+ range and loving it if they get a 4 or 5, is that true for you guys? Would love to find out what kind of standards are 'normal' within your cultures, and the degree of exaggeration we're getting haha. State your country and share below!
  4. The 'war as a whole' bit could be a little vague and lead to issues in approaching the question. What about the war as a whole? Was it a turning point? Did it give one side a significant advantage? etc. because you cannot evaluate the significance/impact of the middle east campaign without something to evaluate. Also do state the start/end of the middle east campaign in your rq.
  5. You are right in that your topic is a little vague. Is your EE in English Lit or Lang&Lit? I would advise you to check the different categories of EEs and the no./kind of texts they require. As of now your EE topic is far too broad and not focused on any specific texts.
  6. Not sure about your topic but as a History student it might be a little narrow. Consider tackling the Soviet side of things too? Definitely talk to your supervisor as he/she will know more about the topic and can help you scope it. Consider other command terms and being more specific in the phrasing of your RQ as it will define your essay approach.
  7. Hi all, My school just started the EE process a month or so ago, and I'm doing a Lit Category 1 EE. I have done a proposal and finalised a working RQ and text which has been approved by my supervisor, but am slightly at a loss as to how to timeline my EE process so I don't end up doing everything last minute (that's NOT the way to an A lol) For context, my final EE DRAFT (not final EE) submission to my school is roughly in end Jan 2018. After discussions with my supervisor, I have to get a working DETAILED outline out by the end of the June holidays (not a US student so we have a June & Nov/Dec holiday system here), and I'm aiming for a first draft to be finished sometime around mid Aug 2017. I generally consider myself a decently planned/organised student but I'm somewhat at a loss on how to plan this project since it's literally the longest thing I've ever written. So far I only have a mindmap of ideas but it's far from detailed and nowhere close to a conclusively flowing argument I'm also not exactly sure how to go about exhuming the text (Ursula Le Guin's 'The Left Hand of Darkness' - I'm examining gender) during the coming 1-month period. Should I try and formulate 3-5 claims and use that to focus my analysis? Should I do a character-based approach for the two main characters and an additional map for the societies Le Guin presents (which are also a way she explores gender); and use that to formulate claims? How does one even self-analyse an entire book (even if it's a decently short one)? All the book-based literary analysis I've done so far has been guided and I'm honestly not quite sure how to go about this. So my two questions are as follows: (1) How do I go about planning a detailed timeline for this? (2) How can I approach analysis so I can plan my outline? Thank you in advance for any advice + sorry for the long read!
  8. Hi Befuddled, my advice would be to do an outline of your argument/discussion, then look at the points and assign a ballpark wordcount estimate to each section. this should help keep you on track and scope your EE
  9. Hi lim00544, I am also a Film student. To my knowledge, especially if you're working off the new EE syllabus, you can do an EE on just one film. However, from the sound of it your supervisor might be concerned there's not enough material within 1 film to hit 4000words, especially if you aren't particularly strong in filmic analysis. Possibly you might do a mind map or sample outline of your ideas, particularly the criteria you plan to use to measure the efficacy, to see if there's enough material. Other things to consider are how you're going to acquire the primary sources you've mentioned. If you find that your topic is not broad enough, you could expand it to refer to more of tykwers films or other films on smell. I don't know about this film, but from my experience film EEs tend to be an analysis of theme across works, director/cinematographer's work, a comparison of two films, a study of a movement etc.
  10. Hi all, found a webpage with links to TSMs, in particular some that are missing here such as HL Math and Film (Film syllabus is slated to change for 2018 exams - be aware). There are some SUBJECT GUIDES here too. https://sites.google.com/a/dcsdk12.org/ib-programme/home/ib-teacher-resources the updated literature TSM can be found at https://ibpublishing.ibo.org/server2/rest/app/tsm.xql?doc=d_1_a1lan_tsm_1402_2_e&part=3&chapter=11&mode=moderator
  11. I might be a bit late, but have you considered a World Studies EE? Go find the official EE guide (fairly easy to find on the internet) - World Studies EEs bridge 2 subjects and there may be a possibility of covering something about science in literature. I also want to reassure you about doing a language ee even if you're applying to an engineering course - doing something in the languages will display that you have varied talents, which is quite important in the changing landscape of uni applications - more and more unis are looking for people with passion, drive and a good spread of talents. lit EEs also imply strength in communication and analysis, which are good soft skills to have.

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