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  1. I'm linking to a novel that I think you might really like. It's one of my all time favourites. https://www.amazon.com/Light-What-We-Know-Novel/dp/1250062373
  2. Hi, I'm not familiar with the MYP program or its rules, but I'm going to try to answer your question because I don't think too many people are familiar with it here. This may seen annoyingly practical, but a major factor whether your supervisor is grading you or not. However, I'm actually inclined to believe with your supervisor here. He/she probably has your best interests at heart. If you are not interested in doing what he/she suggested, but your current project is not viable, then tell your supervisor. Communication is key. Be completely honest. If you don't like something, say it. If you disagree with something, voice your opinion. You can be honest and nice at the same time and that is pretty much always the best strategy. He/she may help to brainstorm a new idea that you like if that is the case, and can clarify why the current iteration wouldn't work.
  3. Practice talking and reading advanced texts. Hopefully your teacher does enough practice with you on writing. If you need someone to talk with, I'd recommend downloading HelloTalk. Another key thing is knowing how to use a formal and informal register. If you're writing a blog post, go crazy with informality, if you have a more formal text type, than keep it rigid.
  4. Yes, you should have a very specific situation/event from which you derive a KQ for your TOQ presentation. But beauty/technology seems fascinating, so I'd recommend looking at news/events regarding this.
  5. Welcome to IB Survival. Don't worry. I know that might not seem helpful, but it's honestly the best advice I can give you in terms of your whole EE. You've got loads of time, no matter the arbitrary deadline that your school is imposing on you. I–and thousands of other kids in the past and countless more in the future–panicked a ton at the start of my EE process. It was an extremely stressful event in my life. For many, it's our first time dealing with stress to this degree in an academic/professional setting. I felt pretty stressed academically the last part of Grade 11, over the summer, and then the first week of Grade 12 because of it. What helped was talking to a close friend who had done it the year before. What he told me was a revelation: 75% (and that's a very conservative estimate) of kids leave to the last week anyway, so don't feel so guilty for not getting everything done over summer. That doesn't mean I don't urge you to start early; I started early (particularly important is securing an interview and for history doing readings; also it goes without saying but it's vital to take notes and use a system of classification for quotations or passages that could be used in your paper). But it took me a long time to get an interview (extremely difficult), and I read quite a bit and to sift through a lot of information to actually write the essay that I did. If you don't have to spend much time researching, more power to you. I'm getting away from my point though, and that's to take everything in stride. I see that you have the American flag so I'm guessing you attend high school. If you apply to an American university your EE score is pretty much guaranteed to be irrelevant. The most important thing the EE will teach you is how to manage stress. The emphasis is on manage. Stress never goes away. As I write to you, I have an assignment that is due in 24 hours for university that is difficult and that has required and will require a significant amount of time. It is stressful. A little. But I've done some work. I've finished for tonight. I'm going to go to bed soon. But I'm not going to let if engulf me. And one we get jobs there will be more stressful things. But you do what you can, and you accept it. In regards to your actual question of whether your question is good or not, personally my experience would tell me to rework it. But my experience also tells me EE grading is a crapshoot. It's really good that you have realized that it'll be tough to defend a standpoint. In my experience, IB doesn't like much analysis of art in history essays (this is something they are very clear about) and they also don't historical surveys (something they're not as specific about but generally they like essays about specific events, movements, etc. That's not to say you can't do really well with this essay. It all depends on your marker. If you put a minimum amount of effort in and follow your mentor's advice you should have no trouble not failing, so don't worry about that.
  6. I don't remember the exact question but was something along the lines of what was the principal concern of the British intelligentsia (a word I've never said out loud despite reading it and writing it loads of times) between WWI and WWII? IB didn't like how anthropological and social-sciency my essay was, not to mention my analysis of books. Stick to history kids.
  7. But whatever your teacher says reigns supreme. It's an IA, unless he gets moderated; he'll be grading it (Ironically I'm pretty sure I got moderated down on mine but that's just anecdotal. The vast majority of kids don't have such bad luck as mine.) 😁
  8. I personally don't like three because of its phrasing (hypothesizing about the motives of historical figures can be a valid essay topic, but it seems a bit too likely to lead to conjecture in this particular case. I'd recommend shying away from it and instead focus on something more analyzable like the effects of something). Four is okay. Two is is a bad version of one. One is okay.
  9. Don't worry too much. Obviously, you do need to be proficient, but IB is not grading you on how many weird words you know or whatnot. In fact there are many people around the world who take IB English A and who didn't speak it as a native language. I'm not going to lie; it's an advantage to speak it natively. Sometimes you'll want to comment on the usage of diction (word choice) and native speakers have statically seen words a lot more times than others and thus grasp meaning and connotations. But diction is a small, small aspect of lit. devices and you'll be fine. I'm sure you can analyze diction without knowing the meaning of "tawny", for example (I didn't either haha, had to look it up). The same goes for your actual essay writing. Almost all of the marks are in your commentary and organization—NOT your style of writing. Like I said, there are many kids who do this every year who do not speak English as a first language. If you are actually not used to using the names for literary devices in English, then I'd recommend just studying that as a list of vocabulary (like you did when you are first learning things in English. You should be comfortable with those names and know them by heart). You should know what enjambment is, etc. Check the pinned posts for advice. But the first order of business (the most important thing) is to keep up with your readings. If you do that, you're winning more than half the battle. https://www.ibsurvival.com/forum/10-languages-a1a-literature/
  10. I'm not sure how Aussie universities do it, but UK and Canadian universities are very forthright in terms of required scores and subjects to gain entrance. Your best bet it to check that. For U.S. schools, it's harder to tell but I don't think it's as big of a deal. In Europe kids typically take a gap year and the expectation is that they know what they want to study, in the U.S. even students in uni sometimes don't know what they want to do. English HL may earn you credit towards your uni degree (but so might other subjects). Who cares if business is a slightly less difficult course? You're already taking 4 HL's, two of which are guaranteed to be a huge amount of work. I really don't think universities look at candidates and say this one took Business and Management, better not admit her. No, they might do that if you haven't taken a specific course that they want, but otherwise no. And your school doesn't offer comp. sci. so don't worry, that's not your fault and something that you can't control.
  11. Yeah, just continue through with meetings, emails, etc. It'll be fine. Good luck.
  12. Welcome to IB Survival. I think it's a fine question. Go for it. It's an IA though, so heed the advice of your teacher. 🙂
  13. First, approaches that split up the text into paragraph 1 being book A with a1, a2, and a3 and paragraph 2 being book B with b1, b2, and b3 rarely work. You should aim to write an essay that take a1 and b1 and analyses them, a2 and b2, so on an so forth. Next, you should deliberately align these so that you can compare or contrast them. Also, you should progressively be working toward your thesis. When you plan the essay, decide on your thesis. Don't go into to your essay not knowing what it will be.
  14. If you want a ton of info, look here. If you just want some quick/basic (bit still important) advice, then I'll say this: Don't rush into the essay, at least approximately 1/5 of your time should go into planning it. Think about some possible prompts and how you would answer them, and think of moments in the book that either resonated with you or that you thought were important to the novel (that doesn't mean it has to be the climax, it can be something small and not obvious; it just has to be important).
  15. Welcome to IB Survival. Your period is massive 1917-2018, and there's no way you could cover that. Even if you wrote a book though, you'd be breaking IB's rule of not covering anything in the last ten years. If your analyzing something, you want to analyze what effects it had then (unless you do a historiography analysis). So you'll have to scrap the modern comparison angle.

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