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  1. I take Mandarin B and honestly, as a non-native speaker, it's very challenging for me. I don't think our MYP course did a good job in preparing us for Chinese B SL, as our assessments were easy and the classes were such that as long as you paid attention in class, you would do fine. However, in DP it's much harder, so it really depends on how well you can navigate around the language. Reading comprehensions are a joke compared to Paper 1 and it's come to the point where I can vaguely understand the passage, but the questions are so ridiculous that I can't score. I used to find Chinese pretty okay prior to DP, but now I have a different opinion:/ Honestly, it really depends on your language ability so I can't really tell you how it's like, but based on my opinion it's a pretty challenging course. Like Gaby, I would suggest trying some past papers and see how you fare on them to really gauge your ability. Hope this helps!
  2. EE

    I'm not sure what you mean by "from lectures". From what I've seen/heard, the psychology EE is different to the IA because you need to use second-hand research rather than conducting experiments yourself. As far as I know, you can write about anything (in psychology) but stray away from nature vs. nurture and investigating psychopaths/serial killers. But this is just from what I've seen friends doing, so it'd be best to speak to your teacher about it.
  3. I'm not really sure, but I think these topics are a little too simple for HL chem? If you develop the topic more, making it a little more complicated it might be okay. The first topic is something that has been extensively done before, so if you'd like to do it you'd have to put a new spin on it, and I'm not too sure about the 2nd one, it sounds a lot like a bio IA. This is just in my opinion though, I'd recommend talking it over with a teacher after doing some more research. Hope this helped!
  4. Unless you literally copy the IA on the IBO website, no, I don't think it's considered plagiarism, but the examiners/your teacher may find it fishy if you do not justify why exactly you chose this topic. I guess if your personal engagement + significance is clear then it should be okay, again only if you do not copy from the actual IA itself.
  5. Hi, I've never really seen Jojo, just a couple of eps, so I may not be the best person to offer advice on this, but I think that you have to consider what it is exactly you want to write about. I'm not too sure about visual arts EEs but generally, you need to find some sort of theme or issue you want to tackle/ write about, for example how araki manipulates art style etc. to portray parody or something, this is just off the top of my head, but I think it might be hard to just talk about it in terms of a visual arts EE. unless you have a lot to talk about that's perfectly okay! But it has to focus on a central theme, which perhaps could be parody or exaggeration. hope this helped somehow !!
  6. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you'd say something like if you have varying masses of the vegetables this could result in varying iron contents, therefore directly affecting your research/data. For the sulphuric acid, if you have varying volumes/ different types of acid this will again affect the titration values and how the vegetables are dissolved??
  7. in my school, all the kids are IB, so there aren't really any stereotypes it's nice though, pretty much all the teachers sympathise with us and understand the hellish program we're going through
  8. Hi, Just wondering whether random/systematic errors are required for a bio ia? my teacher simply said "compare" them but I'm not sure how I would do this. Would this be similar to a chem IA (which I've done), so I'd have all my calculations listed out?? Also, I don't really think I can find a literature experiment for my IA...
  9. most of the time it depends on the question type. For paper 1, (the short answer, right?), what I usually tend to do is just have a basic intro, which is pretty general and states the aim of the essay. Then I move on to whatever the question is specifying, eg. explaining flashbulb memory or something like that. Start with the theory, then add in studies. For the studies, introduce the aim (if you can remember it), participants, procedure, results, conclusion and evaluation. Add in other studies if you want, and finally conclude, again being a bit general and re-stating the points you make in your essay. For paper 2 (long answer), this is again something that really depends on the question type. The format for a compare and contrast question as opposed to evaluating is very different, so I'd suggest speaking to your teacher about the formats that are accepted, perhaps writing an essay in advance and getting them to check it. Btw, I just realised that your exams are in 2019, which means you have the new syllabus from what I know, the essays are a lot more structured. I think it's similar to a ToK essay, with claims and counterclaims, and research to back your statements. Sorry, I hope whatever I've said is useful in some way!
  10. I'm not entirely sure, but IMO I wouldn't do that, I'd just have the KQs as topic sentences for each of the paragraphs..
  11. I think one of the criteria of the CAS project itself is to collaborate with people I don't think learning choreographies is sufficient because you need to demonstrate some sort of planning process, however, it could be a regular CAS activity. Some examples of CAS projects I've done are: Writing + filming a math cover of a song (collaborated with some friends) Service project involving the planning + management of a stall collecting donations for a charity foundation (this was done in one of our service clubs) Setting up a website that has healthy nutritional food recipes to promote healthy eating (did this with 2 other friends of mine) Hope this helps
  12. Er, I'm not entirely sure what Pamoja is, but if you are concerned about how your teacher is handling the class, if it's possible, perhaps try and speak to him about it, or an administrator or something? But if you're worried about your progress, I guess it would have to depend on whether or not you think you could first handle the course and achieve well in it, with the additional 11 weeks of catch-up work you have to do. Perhaps speak to a teacher about this and see if it's possible to still switch because in my school we weren't allowed to switch our subjects after 2 months. Hope this helped somehow :\
  13. I would say for the main points of your opinion column, have a look at examples of opinion columns and see how they format it. Then just apply it to the issue you're looking at. Try and figure out what exactly it is you want to say. There's really no set way of writing this or a specific point you need to include. I think that as long as you understand the issue and the various viewpoints/perspectives involved in the issue, and have an opinion on the issue, just...write it out hope this helped somehow!
  14. Er, SL English here, but I guess I would say is instead of doing a full paper 1 practice, focus on getting your analysis right? Maybe ask your teacher if she has any examples of paper 1 texts or just texts to analyse in general and try and make a plan for that text, making sure to try and understand the main ideas. For now, I would say read the text carefully, perhaps try and figure out if there's anything special about the time period of the publication and see if that would shine some light on the analysis. But I have to say, poems aren't the only types of texts that come up so.....don't be too worried? Hope this helped haha
  15. I'm not too sure, but I don't think the examiners want students inventing their own principles. I think the ones mentioned are the only principles in the BLOA. Maybe ask your psychology teacher