• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


ABKor752 last won the day on October 5 2017

ABKor752 had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

41 Superior

About ABKor752

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Exams
    May 2018
  • Country
    United States

Recent Profile Visitors

2,766 profile views
  1. Alright, so I am furious and panicking right now. I finished my TOK essay over a month ago, something I slaved over. I did the suspension of disbelief title, and back in September, I asked my teacher if having the arts as one of my two areas of knowledge was okay, and he said that was fine. I turned it in for him to submit. But now, guess what? I just read I'm not allowed to use the arts for that title. I don't know exactly the mechanics behind it, though. I focused on "music" in the arts, which is different from "theater" (which the title specifies), so can I get away with it? Or do I have to rewrite it all together? Is there any hope? If anyone could help, I'd really appreciate that. Thank you.
  2. I know they have past paper questions but I'm not sure if that's it or not.
  3. I want to find past papers without stealing them. On reddit there are various links to specimen papers. Are these free for everyone to use?
  4. Hmm, I think you just gave me editing permissions. Here, I can just post my answers right now: How old are you? 17 How tall are you? 167 cm How many hours do you do physical exercise weekly? 0 (so <1) yeah i gotta get on that Hope that works!
  5. It says that I need permission to open it.
  6. First, I am very sorry about your issue. I wish the best for you in terms of social anxiety. Second, there are ways to achieve CAS despite your fears. As said previously, IB requires 150 hours of CAS total, though my school says at least 40 in each category. That means that (at least, for my school,) you could do 40 hours of creativity, 60 hours of action, and 50 hours of service. Every school varies on the per-category requirements, but typically it is still 150 hours overall. The IB requires one of your projects to be a "self-initiated" project, in which you create the activity yourself and go through with it with some supervision (keep reading to see what that means). Though the IB wants variety, they never specify that most of your projects can't be self-initiated, provided that you follow the self-initiation guidelines. (You do have to do at least one project in a group, but that is just one. For the rest, you can find ways of doing self-initiation.) Basically, an example of a self-initiated project would be writing a short story. Say you never wrote stories before and wanted to try. You spend time researching how to write a short story, take notes, make tables of ideas, write a rough draft, maybe have someone look at it, and make a final draft. All the while, you record your hours at home. To keep academic honesty, you have a teacher at your school "supervise" you by continuously updating him/her on your work to make sure you've been going through with it. This could also work with learning how to make a song, draw, make Youtube videos, even create a Minecraft map (yeah I did that back in MYP). In that activity, you wouldn't have to interact with others as much. You could also do things such as start exercise goals and keep track of exercising and have that same sort of supervision technique for action hours. (Note that lots of people have tried counting exercise as action. It's fine, you just need to make sure you are frequently reflecting and writing down goals for yourself.) For service, are there some small activities you can help out with around your school? I got some service hours just by putting the school laptops away after school (plugging them in, reorganizing, etc.), and that required minimal social interaction. See what your school has to offer. Everybody, and I mean everybody, has one category of CAS that they dread. (For me, it's action.) For the ones you enjoy, find activities you enjoy, and don't overpush yourself. I wish the best for you, and I hope for your success in CAS. You got this.
  7. Here are a few examples: http://www.brentnell.org/home/ib-history/ib-internal-assessment-introduction/2017-ia-history-exemplars You should end up dividing your IA into specific sections. After your title page/title/whatever shows your research question, you start with section 1 and explicitly name it "Section 1: Identification and Evaluation of Sources". Here, you need to introduce your research question (and restate it even though you already state it in the title) and introduce two of your sources which you will evaluate for values and limitations with reference to origin/purpose/content. That takes approximately 500 words. Next, section 2 should be "Section 2: Investigation", which is where you essentially write up your paper like any IB History paper, citing your sources along the way (citations do not go into word count). That's approximately 1300 words. Finally, section 3 is "Section 3: Reflection", where you reflect on how your experience made you recognize the methods historians use to analyze history and what they are limited by. You can find more information on that in the IB History guide. Word count is approximately 400 words. Then, of course, a bibliography (and possibly an appendix if you so choose). The word counts above are recommended; you can technically have a 200-word section 1 and a 1500-word section 2, but no matter what, all three must total to no more than 2200 words (the titles that say "Section _..." don't count for word count). Hope that helps, and I wish you the best of luck on your IA!
  8. Our school is finalizing our written assignments for the IB, and we had written our reflective statements reflecting on one of the interactive orals seen that semester. However, one teacher has just notified us that we messed up, and we were supposed to reflect on TWO IO's in the reflective statement. I had not seen or heard of this anywhere, and there's another teacher at our school who doesn't think that's true. Regardless, the former teacher still holds his view that it's supposed to be reflecting on two. I really don't want to redo mine, since I only reflected on one. I'm at 389 words and can't add much more (400 max). Can anyone help clarify this issue? Thanks in advance!
  9. My IA topic was enthalpy change of solution, which, although it does not focus on chemical processes between two "chemicals", my teacher said that if I explained it from a molecular perspective then it works. Now, enthalpy change of solution is a byproduct of lattice enthalpy and enthalpy of hydration. I was testing the enthalpy change of solution of transition metals going across the periodic table. The issue is that both lattice enthalpy and enthalpy of hydration generally increase in magnitude across the periodic table, so mathematically, the enthalpy change of solution balances out, resulting in no clear trend. I had not known this before, but I explained in my IA the trends of lattice enthalpy and enthalpy of hydration and I explained how this resulted in no trend. I spent months trying to find literature values but finally find them, and those had no trend, either. By mini-trends, referring to my investigation, the resulting enthalpy change of solution literature values for my five salts (going across the periodic table) were -65, -64, -65, -31, -55, or something like that. I talked about why -31 was so different than the other values (this is a mini-trend because it doesn't encompass all the data into a single regression equation or something like that), and explained why it then jumped back down to -55. I know that the pH of water changes, albeit only very slightly, with temperature, (between something like 6.8 and 7.2), but because its concentration of H+ and OH- are still equivalent, it is still considered neutral. In your titration curves, the center of the vertical line (equivalence point) is the pH, so a change in temperature may only have had a miniscule effect on the amount of NaOH needed to titrate a barely-changed-pH buffer solution. You could discuss how there might technically need to be a small increase/decrease in the amount of NaOH but because of random and systematic errors this is too negligible, thus resulting in a stagnant trend. That's the very basic science behind it and I probably got some facts wrong, but you get the idea. Talk about what should have happened, how that still results in a small trend, why this wasn't exactly seen in the experiment, etc. Hope this helps!
  10. I had the same problem. My data had virtually no trend but my teacher said that if I could explain why this was the case with deep analysis, then I could show my scientific knowledge even without a clear trend. I wouldn't worry. Even if you don't have formal research or literature values, just explain the lack of a trend using what you know about the topic, and possibly explain mini-trends (i.e. an increase from one setting to another, followed by a more dramatic decrease, etc.)
  11. Oh boy, you don't know what it was like reading The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. Honestly, a great book about the Vietnam War. I did my IOP on it and did a performance from the POV of one character who went so insane he broke his own nose. That was a scary experience for me and it felt real while I was doing it. Art can suck you into the imaginary realm and make you see things you couldn't see before, and it's both exciting and terrifying at the same time.
  12. I'm really sorry to hear this. First off, I know firsthand that public speaking anxiety feels horrible, and it's really tough to get past. Know that you are not alone and there are various things you can do to help calm your nerves, including practicing at home, shaking your arms and legs before going up to perform (scientists have found that this removes anxiety quite a bit, like shaking off water) and possibly going out into a hall and doing a "power stance" (yes I know this sounds stupid but it actually boosts your confidence). Give yourself a mantra, not just "I'm going to do great", but "even if I do mess up, in the grand scheme of things, it will not hurt me". Alright, onto your topic. You have a good idea with taking a poem and analyzing it through connection to other pieces related to the topic. If you were to connect it to a song (and for simplicity I recommend just one song), try matching it to the context of the poem, and make sure to focus not too much on "musical" aspects like rhythm or melody, but on the words chosen. In planning out your IOP, I suggest looking through the poem and looking for sound devices and literary devices that emphasize a certain point FIRST. For example, "there is alliteration of the "b" sound. Could this be an emphasis on the loud beating of so-and-so's heart? An idea of fear?" And then connect to how fear arises in the song you have chosen and the purpose in each to bring about an idea of a topic in the poem and song. That's just an example, but I hope that process makes sense: Device in poem, purpose of device, similar device in song, how the two bring about an idea, connection to overall thesis. I hope this helps and I wish you luck on your IOP. Don't let the stress be a burden. Exercise a little (even if it's just jumping up and down for a minute) to shake the anxiety off, and get your mind off of the IOP and do other things every once in a while. If you have any more concerns PLEASE feel free to continue asking about the IB Forums.
  13. I haven't looked at the Oxford books that much but I use Haese. It describes the topics moderately well and has a large focus on example problems and review problems. The "review sets" at the end of each chapter are especially useful because they help you consider freely what methods to use to solve the problem. Granted, no problems ever match up to the IB exams as the IB comes out with a practically new type of question every year (lookin at you stats and calc questions). Regardless, it has been a good starting point for me.
  14. When you laearn so much of a second language that you realize how much of your first language you've been screwing up for years...