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  1. Could you explain how your school works? Because this really doesn't sound like the IB I know. How are you taking so many IB courses? And over the summer?
  2. In my opinion, a good essay outline is very detailed. My EE is in English Lit, so that's where my experience comes from, but the outline method I used came from here: Thesis Whisperer. It's a blog for students writing their thesis. The outlining method explained in that link was very useful for me, and I followed the instructions as best as I could and wrote around 2000 words of planning text and ideas. It's a good method because it allows you to structure your essay very rigidly which makes for easier first draft writing, and it offers some guiding questions which could lead into a good introduction which allows you to discuss the significance of your research. Hope this helped!
  3. Hey! I'm in the middle of my EE too and I had a huge problem with figuring out how to write it. I found this website called Thesis Whisperer, which is a blog designed to help students write their thesis. Okay, so the EE isn't anywhere close to a thesis, but that specific post I linked had a very useful method for outlining your essay. I followed the instructions as closely as possible and ended up with about 2000 words of planning, which was so detailed that I was able to start wherever I wanted without going off track! My biggest problem is the stress of starting an essay, but when I am in 'planning mode' so to speak, I don't feel as stressed about writing perfectly, and I can generate a lot of ideas and good text. Basically, a very detailed outline is the way to get past a roadblock in starting, in my opinion.
  4. My school started EE prep about five months before summer holidays. Doing the whole thing over summer is probably your best choice. I completed all my CAS hours in the first year, which I recommend, because the supervisor forms and the reflections are a massive pain. Definitely keep doing extra curricular activities in your second year though! Don't drop those because you think you won't have enough time otherwise, you'll manage a few hours a week of activities. It's important to take your mind off things. The only thing to do to prep for TOK is buy the book early and do some extra studying. Could help with understanding the concepts. Hope this helped!
  5. Hi! It sounds great that you want to help us out! Sorry, I don't know anything about online jobs, but maybe a language blog? I hear from friends who get their language resources online that those can be quite helpful. And you might make some money from advertisements?
  6. Comus

    Schedule Help

    Everything depends on what you want to do/study later in life. Are you more science oriented, or humanities? Without knowing you any better I can only give you my brief opinions on you prospective choices, which are that HL Bio and History are both VERY content heavy. HL English honestly isn't any harder than SL, you have to read a few more books, and write two more essays (at least you do for Lang Lit, which is what I take) than SL. Don't stress English. Sorry that I can't offer anything more substantial!
  7. Comus

    Starting IAs

    Definitely, it's never too early to start. But I take a few of your subjects too, so I'll tell you how mine worked out. BTW, I am a northern hemisphere student, so I start my year in August and end in early June. English is four written task and a few more oral things... (FOA, IOC) Our teacher started us quite early on the written tasks, a few months into our first year. That was a good move, because you have to complete quite a few things, not just one big thing. I don't think English written tasks take too much effort since you don't have to research for them. FOAs are a pain but with a teacher who isn't insanely strict you can get by without having done much. I take Bio SL but even that was a serious pain. Our teacher only gave us a month to complete the entire first draft, experiment and all, and it took me forever to come up with a viable topic/RQ. Definitely start thinking about the RQ early! Go through all possible limitations before starting your experiment, I rushed mine and the experiment sucked. Take your time with working out the kinks. I did this a month before my summer holidays started I think. Can't really say anything about Chemistry or Maths... I do take French but our teacher is letting us do the whole thing in class time, so I can't help with that either. Doesn't look too difficult yet though. I'm a History HL student and I can't remember how different the IA requirements were, but start this early. You don't have to complete it early, but I feel as if the research for this should take you a good long while. Space it out like a mini EE honestly. Our teacher gave us a period of about five months in spring to complete the first and final submissions. Hope this helped and good luck!
  8. This sounds like a really interesting topic to me! Sorry I can't help you out much though, I haven't started my maths IA yet. I suppose you should browse the topics in your book, or ask the teacher?
  9. I suppose if you consider yourself good at mathematics, BM and Econ should be about the same difficulty. I only took a short intro course to Econ so I really couldn't tell you, but right now I am a HL BM student. The main difference between HL and SL BM in my opinion is that in HL, the IA must be done using primary research, which means you have to talk to the company in person. SL students are not required to do this, and I think their IA is a little shorter too. Otherwise, HL people just have more content, which isn't necessarily more difficult. Hope this was written on time to help!
  10. Seems like you haven't gotten much help here yet... But if you're still looking for an answer to your question: I'm a BM HL student myself and almost everyone uses the BM book by Paul Hoang, I have the 3rd edition. I'd recommend it. I can't recommend any revision guides though, sorry... I don't self-study, but I'd say reading the book, taking notes/condensing the information and doing all the exercises as well as you can is your best bet. I think that the vocabulary in BM is maybe the most important thing, you should try flash cards and quizlet. For my last test, all I did to revise was a huge BM vocab quizlet and I managed a 7. In addition to the vocabulary, knowing the correct way to answer specific questions in the test is really important. There's a section in the book about exam technique, but there are some more helpful websites you could check out. Here's a link I just found that might start you off: https://www.ibmastery.com/blog/how-to-answer-ib-business-management-questions Apart from vocabulary and knowing the exam technique, you should know the CUEGIS concepts inside and out! I hope you knew this already, but you're going to have to write a mini essay about a real life business using the CUEGIS concepts in the finals. You should definitely start collecting pertinent information about that business now, so you won't have trouble writing about it when the time comes. My teacher made us do a slideshow about our business, and just fill it in throughout the year. The headings we have in our (still unfinished) presentation are: Basic information, competitors/market share, CSR practices and policies, stakeholders, brand, target market, four P's of marketing, ATL and BTL promotion, HR practices and policies, recent news, and the CUEGIS concepts. I hope this at least got you started!
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