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  1. Granted, but something always happens to force you to travel together with people that you hate. My wish is to be able to time travel
  2. What my EE supervisor told us: You'll only fail the extended essay if you don't cite your sources/quotes. She further explained that % similarity doesn't matter, it's just used as a tool to help you check for uncited sources. Turnitin highlights any "similarity" that it finds, even when it's a cited source, so that usually bumps up the % similarity even if there is zero plagiarism - and the plagiarism part is what IB sees as problematic. tl;dr: Just cite everything you use in your essay that isn't original, and there won't be a problem.
  3. Granted, but your job takes so much of your time that you can't even catch a second to spend all that money! My wish is to be able to master anything within 12 hours.
  4. Unfortunately, this forum is not the place to ask other people for easy answers to your assignments. Remember that each assignment is supposed to be done individually! That said, I am familiar with the feeling of being stuck, so here are some ways that I've used in the past to get the ball rolling: Go over your notes again If your teacher lectured on the work, read over your notes again. You might find some interesting ideas that you haven't thought of before or forgot about. This is also really good for finding important quotes. If your teacher said something about it, it's probably an important quote that would hold up to some deep analysis. If you don't have notes, look for some online. Chances are, someone will have posted something about it that you can look through for inspiration. Don't rip off the notes! They are a resource, but you shouldn't copy anything from them. If you get any ideas from them, make sure to expand on them enough to make them your own. Brainstorm! Take a pen & a scrap piece of paper and write down all the ideas that come into your head. It doesn't matter if it's good or not - this is just a brainstorm, you can polish the ideas later. You don't even have to use all of the ideas you come up with if you don't think they're good. You don't have to write complete sentences, but make sure whatever you write has more substance than a two-word bullet point. I find that writing bulleted words makes me be lazy, so I don't flesh out my ideas well enough to write an essay -- I end up feeling stuck when I try to actually write the essay with the brainstormed points if I don't expand on them enough If you work better with visual brainstorms, you could try drawing lines/arrows between ideas that connect together. Make sure to explain it in words too, though - sometimes you don't fully understand the connection until you explain it fully. I like whiteboards for brainstorms because they offer a lot of flexibility on how you want to visually arrange your ideas. Sticky notes work well for this too, if you don't have a whiteboard. Find someone to talk at I say "talk at" because although talking to people is a great resource, it's best if your ideas are still your own. Other people can help you troubleshoot your thought process, but they shouldn't be doing all the thinking for you. This is probably my favorite method to get un-stuck from my assignments because it forces me to explain my ideas in a way that is understandable to other people. If your ideas are too abstract, it can cause your brain to get jammed. Explaining it to other people will force you to sort out your own ideas. Take breaks! Go on walks outside. It's scientifically proven to lower your stress hormone (cortisol) levels. Too much stress can stop you from thinking properly (because our dumb brains were made for survival, not philosophy). Whenever I feel like I am not getting anywhere, I pick myself up and do some exercise. If you download a pedometer on your phone you could track it for CAS hours too Good luck!
  5. I think it could count for CAS, but global engagement & creativity can be incorporated in easier CAS experiences too. For example, if you make a piece of art with garbage materials, you could log it as global engagement through the topic of pollution. If you write a short story that has feminism as one of its themes, that can be counted too. I think creativity tends to be associated with artistic things rather than research papers, but it should still be able to work, as long as your CAS coordinator thinks so too.
  6. I'm just wondering if the IA topic I picked is too broad: To what extent were economic factors the main cause of the First Opium War in 1839? I'm thinking of arguing that economic factors motivated the war, but the cultural miscommunications were an even greater cause in that they prevented the economic motivators from being resolved peacefully. Thanks in advance for your help!
  7. This is just an idea so you'll want to check with your teacher to see if it's possible, but maybe you could try doing a setup like in this video: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxYH41vV-DI) and test the velocity of the water coming out by floating a ping pong ball down it and using video analysis software to analyse the velocity of the ball. Then confirm the relationship between the height and the velocity. Good luck!
  8. I honestly don't know that much about feminism waves and that kind of stuff, but a trick that you could use to narrow down your research question is focusing specifically on one prominent figure of the time and evaluate their contribution/influence on the movement. E.g.: To what extent did (Insert name) influence the feminism movement in the 1960's? (found the date on google, you might want to verify that with more reliable sources) If your final HI isn't due yet, you might just want to ask your history teacher for help and explain that you've been having a lot of trouble (depending on what kind of a teacher you have, obviously). Let them know what you've done, and where you're having trouble. Make sure that you work hard to finish your IA if you decide to do this though! Whoever it is would probably not be very happy if you asked for help and then procrastinated until the final deadline.
  9. I'm not the kind of person to write super concise math notes (my teachers post theirs on their websites so I tend to just refer to those), so I can't really help you there. However, some things that have helped me include watching youtube revision series (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7PQcrqGUVmWuTkPHlfQ8iJoDpTmMzkqD) and MOST OF ALL doing practice exams. If you click around a bit you'll find a lot of them here: https://ibresources.github.io/ Good luck!
  10. Hey guys! I'm planning on writing about the Opium Wars as my HL History IA. I'm wondering if it is permitted to use sources that are in Chinese (i'm Chinese so I can understand them, but not sure if Uncle IB will allow it) as well as whether video sources on Youtube are allowed. Here's the specific video I'm referring to:
  11. Thank you so much for the reply, but I already handed in the Physics IA 😅 The angle was not fixed (it was my control variable), and I was investigating the influence that the angle had on the force of the drag exerted by the magnet. I was confused mostly because I thought I should have been proving some sort of established theory about magnetism, but I ended up basically using Newton's second law for everything haha... I did end up basically plugging the different angles into the cosine. I don't know if I'll get a good mark (i don't think I will ) but at least I tried! Thanks again for the reply
  12. Hey everyone, I hate to be that person but I think I may have completely screwed myself over with the "topic" I chose. I wanted to do something that involved magnetic braking, designed a lab, did all my data collection, and just now I'm realizing I may have gotten completely unworkable data. So my question is: Is there any hope of salvaging this? And quickly? (The IA was meant to be due today but I couldn't come up with anything even after a whole weekend of work,) I based my experiment around the idea that a conductive plane will oppose the motion of a magnetic field, generating drag of some sort (as according to Lenz Law). I basically fixed a neodymium magnet to the bottom of a cart and let it roll down a sheet of steel at different angles, then recorded its time vs. distance/velocity/acceleration data using Vernier cart picket fence & the motion probe. I also have sets of data for the cart rolling down an aluminum ramp, and a wooden ramp as a control. The acceleration does seem slower when rolling down the steel, and even slower down the aluminum (it's thicker than the steel. I know, it's dumb, I didn't think to control the thickness of the metal so I can't use the material of the ramp as the independent.). Problem is, I don't know what I can do to process the data. I've tried calculating the braking force just using a free body diagram and F=ma but I've been getting strange numbers (a cosine function?? Maybe because the x-component of the gravitational acceleration is cos(theta)mg??) Thank you so so much in advance for any kind of help! (Really, any kind of advice would be appreciated at this point T.T )
  13. To be honest, most schools don't require 500 words per reflection. But if your CAS coordinator tells you that you should, then do it. Your CAS coordinator is the one approving your CAS activities and so it's their word that counts. That said, you could still ask them about the length of the required reflection compared to the examples IB provides. When it comes to CAS activities, you should always show initiative, but the activity itself doesn't have to be anything huge. If you decide to plan a dinner, that's great! But smaller things like simply going running every day could still count as CAS. Even just playing soccer or making an art piece for 2 or 3 hours count. Do check again with your CAS coordinator though, because different schools might accept different things as CAS activities (it's up to the supervisor's discretion).
  14. Not necessarily psychology based, but there might be a few free resources from this one: https://www.jstor.org/ It's got a lot of good journal articles, and even lets you read a few for free each month if you register. Also, my public library gives me access to it, so check if you have any public libraries/resources nearby that gives you access to resources like this. Additionally, if there are any universities near you, you might want to call them and ask if their libraries are open to visitors. Some will let you use their libraries as long as you ask for a visitor's pass. Disclaimer: I live in a totally different part of the world, so I'm not really sure what kind of establishments (e.g. libraries, universities, etc.) you have access to in your area. If I talk about some stuff that you don't have over there, please excuse my ignorance 😅
  15. Your school might have access to some academic journals and databases where you can search for sources. You might want to ask your librarian about this.
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