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  1. Does anyone have any tips for the interactive/group oral (oral intéractif) in French B HL? I couldn't really find anything online for it.
  2. Is finding the derivative of trigonometric/circular functions, like the sine and cosine functions, part of the Math SL syllabus? Is this the level of Math SL or is it more advanced? I'm thinking of doing this in my calculations for my IA. Would it work?
  3. If I submit my first reflection after the deadline, will I lose points in the Extended Essay?
  4. I'm currently writing my Extended Essay and have a few questions about citations and footnotes. Note: my school uses MLA 7. When I use a source for the first time in an essay, must I write down the whole citation? If I then use it again later on, should I use an abbreviated version of the citation? If I have several sentences from the same source, should I put the footnote at the end of the last sentence or multiple footnotes after every sentence? Should I place my footnotes before or after a comma or full stop? Can I put more than one footnote in a sentence? Additionally, if I have multiple footnotes in a sentence, should I put them before or after punctuation? How should I reference websites in footnotes and abbreviated footnotes? If I use information that I find in a book, but it comes from a different book that the author has cited, should I write in the footnote “[A diff source] , as quoted in [my source/the book]”? In summary: what are the rules when creating footnotes and citations?
  5. For my History Extended Essay, I use a few websites that have old constitutions of the People's Republic of China. But I have no idea how to cite them! For example: http://en.pkulaw.cn/display.aspx?cgid=52993&lib=law https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/1949-ccp-program.asp Is there a proper way on how to cite them? Or should I simply cite them as websites?
  6. Does anyone know the creators and origins of these two cartoons about Mao's 'Hundred Flowers' Campaign? I can't find any websites that have them but that also mention the name of the cartoonists and when they were created.
  7. This isn't a question, but rather the launching of a discussion about Google Chrome. Now, at my school, practically everyone has it. Some teachers use softwares in class which work better on Chrome and people usually say they like Chrome better. I hardly see anyone using Safari, even though the vast majority of the school has Apple laptops... And at one point, I also became one of these people. But a few months ago, I went back to Safari. Here's why. Okay, so I have a relatively new MacBook Pro, yet every time I use Google Chrome, my computer will heat up. So much that sometimes when I type, I can feel the heat. And then, my laptop begins to sound like an airplane that's about to take off. After a while, it stops. But the heat remains and surprise, the fans start working overtime again. No matter how many tabs or programmes I have open, this will always happen whenever I open up Google Chrome. And once I'm done using it? Lo and behold, all my problems immediately go away!! Now, you'd think that switching back to Safari would be the end of it. But then some websites and softwares require you to use Google Chrome!! For example, Prezi...🙄 The same thing also happened on my old MacBook Pro. Summary: Google Chrome and MacBook Pros are incompatible. Another thing that I used to adore was extensions. But one big problem is that if the extension is iffy, then that can really mess up your computer. For example, I used to have an extension called Toby. Basically, it let you make lists of websites which you could open up more quickly or to open later. I kind of started using it as an alternative to bookmarks. One thing: I always save everything to bookmarks. So the number of websites on Toby quickly went up into the hundreds. Then on one day, my computer decides to freeze the caps, so no matter how many times I turn off the cap lock, I still type in all caps. Then I accidentally press the keyboard and drag, resulting in a square thing, like usual. But the selecting area box thing was still there, even though I had stopped pressing and was moving my mouse normally. I restart my computer and everything seems fine. Until I realise that whenever I move the mouse or do anything more than moving the mouse, the screen terrifyingly flickers in boxes and lines. Of course I panic, thinking that my computer was going to die and I was about to lose everything (I have been the victim of one random computer death for no apparent reason, one annoying virus, which just meant I had to move all my data and reset the computer, and now another dead computer, at first stuck on black screen and now stuck on the reset password page). I go to IT, the guy turns off all the extensions, restarts the computer and then everything is fine again. And that is when I decided to move back to Safari. Now, Google Chrome does have its advantages and I used to like it a lot. I even had it as my main browser! But it also has its faults. I just want to see if the same thing is happening to others and to initiate a discussion. Also, if anyone knows how to get a MacBook Pro to unstuck from the reset password page, please let me know. I pressed back, since I knew the password, but know it's just stuck there.
  8. I'm having trouble with citing a source. How would you format the citation correctly in MLA7? https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP79R00890A000900010002-5.pdf The source is a briefing: Created on the 11th of September 1957 by the NSC (National Security Council?? Is this correct?) Approved for release by the CIA in 2001 (so I guess published online in that year as well) Found on an online database (Central Intelligence Agency's Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room) Accessed on the 1st of May, 2018. Basically, the source was created in 1957, but was only declassified in 2001 (published to the public) and then published online. So when was it published?? Additionally, I researched online and apparently briefings like these were created each day for the President of the U.S. and could only be accessed by the most high-up officials. Is this true? Am I correct in guessing that the source I mentioned here is one of such briefings to the American President?
  9. How many sources should you have for a History Extended Essay? How many different factors or reasons should you cover?
  10. Are there any History books that focus solely on Mao's Hundred Flowers campaign? Most of the books that I have concentrate on a huge period of China's history, but I only really need to read about this one event.
  11. English-wise, is a campaign launched/introduced/established/etc?
  12. My teacher said that basically anything that has been written could come up in an exam. But we've focused on many different text types: opinion pieces, letters to the editor, speeches, advertisements, propaganda posters, satirical cartoons, comics... The list is basically endless. It might not sound that interesting, which was the main reason why I did not choose lang lit at first, but once you actually see some examples, then you really understand what the subject is about. In lang lit, you have to do a Paper One where you get two questions, with one question covering two unseen texts. You pick one of the questions and then you compare and contrast the two texts. The two texts always have a common theme. In my end-of-year exam, the first question was about a diary entry from the First World War (poems and excerpts from books also come up though!) and a 1967 film poster for "The Incredible Shrinking Man", while the second one was this Lifehacker web blog post (https://lifehacker.com/what-kind-of-stuff-do-employers-search-for-when-i-apply-609209318) and a song called "Watching Me" by Jill Scott (https://genius.com/Jill-scott-watching-me-lyrics). About creative writing: in lang lit, you have to do at least two FOAs and some written tasks. I'll explain what these are. An FOA is a further oral activity where you do a presentation and analyse some texts. Think of it as an oral essay or analysis, if you like. It doesn't necessarily have to be presentation, but that's what my class mates generally did. One pair who analysed a song/poem (I'm not really sure what it was tbh) actually created their own song/poem thing, similar to what they were analysing, so it's not all that dull. A written task is much more creative. It can be anything BUT an essay. You find a text or event to respond to and then you respond to it by writing, e.g., an opinion piece or letters to the editor. So far, I've only done one which responded to an event by writing an opinion piece in the voice/style of a specific columnist. I did hear something about there being one written task which is slightly different from this type, so I would recommend you to google the specifics since I'm not sure!
  13. 1) So, I realised that I've trapped myself in an endless cycle where I often have to frantically write or revise until two in the morning. How do I break out? Personal deadlines don't always work. No matter how hard I try, I can't keep personal deadlines because, number one, the tasks usually take wayyy longer than expected, and number two, if I plan to do something that is due in a few months on a certain day but I have a deadline or a test that same week, I will usually focus on the more urgent task and forget about my plan. But you can only do that so often until it's the week before the deadline of that oh-so-important assignment. 2) Is it worth the time to make notes? Or is it better to just use my time memorising and revising the content? 3) I just had my end-of-year exams for the first year of IB and I know I have plenty of things to do before the beginning of the holidays, yet I still can't manage to force myself to work. How can I stay motivated?
  14. Hi @RainDodger ! Will you be choosing this to be your HL or SL subject? I also had the same problem when I was choosing my subjects last year. Eventually, I switched from Lit to Lang Lit for two main reasons: 1) More students get 7s in Lang Lit than in Lit. Of course, it's difficult to get a 7 in both subjects, but it's just more possible. You can find online 2) There's much less to memorise. In HL Lang Lit, my current subject, we have to do six books. In Lit, you have to do twelve. To remember quotes and other things for that many books was way too much for me. Hope this helps!

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