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  1. I recently received my IB marks a few days ago and I'm not really happy with it at all ( like at all ). My total score is 25 & I missed the upper boundary grade by 1 point in 3 different subjects & both the EE & TOK, meaning that I could have achieved a higher mark. I failed to get into my course by 3 points & am thinking of two options: 1. apply to a different course for now and then transferring to my original course throughout the semester 2. remark some of the subjects where I'm off by 1 point from the upper boundary grade At this point, I don't really know what to do but go with option 1, but I'm afraid my offer for my original course would still be rejected (due to my atar being lower than the selection rank, etc). Do you guys have any recommendations? I'm really worried I won't get into the course I want to because I've been wanting to do it for years now & I really don't feel like I want to do any other course. Thanks in advance!
  2. ohkay


    Okay, so for the knowledge question, I had some trouble coming up with a question. At one point, the ToK teacher wanted an update on my presentation and she wasn't satisfied with my knowledge question, so she basically helped me come up with one. After a few days, I realised the KQ that my teacher had given me is from the prescribed title for the ToK Essay of the same year and so I got worried and approached her. When I told her about the issue, she said she'll check and make sure for me. So after another few days, I went up to ask her if it was fine using that question and she said it was. I forgot all about it up until now and I'm so paranoid that I'll lose my diploma because of it. I overthink a lot of scenarios in my head and it's been bugging me a lot recently and it isn't helpful as I'm having my final exams next week. I know that everything I've used from others is cited but I still get scared from plagiarism for some reason (??). Is it likely that the IB will eliminate my diploma because of this? I'm really scared and worried because I'm actually trying really hard with my studying and I don't want it to go down by the drain just like that.
  3. Hi, I was just wondering if anyone has good structures of writing paragraphs for both HL English papers?
  4. Hey, I know this was posted a few years ago but I have a question regarding the CAS journals. Do the journals require targeting IB Learner and ATLs? Also, I don't have evidences for some of my journals, would that be an issue?
  5. As much as time and organisation skills play a role in developing better grades, another significant factor is that you study productively. You could be studying for an hour a day and still obtain more knowledge than someone who studies five hours a day. I had someone tell me a story of their friend who literally isolated themselves from their social life for his final year in the HSC. He cancelled his soccer, broke up with his girlfriend, literally put a timer on for 30 mins whenever his best friends would have a birthday party and leave once the alarm goes off (mind you, those would be the only times he would hang out with his friends) and studied more than two hours a day. Oh, he didn't do the IB but did the HSC instead. Anyways, he scored pretty good but some of his friends received higher grades than him, even though they had their soccer practice, girlfriends, hung out with friends on the weekend and whatnot. My point is, it's not about how much you study but how well you study. As for your subjects, I take the complete opposite so I can't really assure you on that but best of luck!
  6. So my TOK teacher informed us that we're not permitted to submit the TOK presentation in a form of a video, only a PowerPoint presentation is accepted by the IB. I was a bit conflicted by this new information so I asked the librarian and he said that we're allowed, as long as we present ourselves throughout the video occasionally. And then for a confirmation, I inquired the IB Coordinator and she said we're not allowed to use a video as our final presentation. So should I follow what my IB Coordinator said or should I just do what's easier for me and make a video?
  7. Yeah, I have a Maths teacher who just can't teach. She's really smart and knowledgeable, don't get me wrong, but she struggles with explaining the formulas. Not only that, but she moves on too fast and expects us to learn it in one go. There are times where she would so often make mistakes without even realizing and it just completely confuses the entire class. My Language teacher, all she does is talk about her past life, barely teaching us; and then on top of that, she gives us a whole pile of homework, work, exams etc to ace. Essentially, a minimum amount of work is completed during her classes or sometimes even none. So now I have to use up my spare time and give it into these two subjects.
  8. ohkay


    Hello, I'm half way through my first year in the DP and I'm still struggling to find an interesting topic for EE on English. I wanted to take a look at The Great Gatsby, The Yellow Wallpaper or The Lord of the Flies but my sister recommended me not to do so because these texts are studied throughout the years of IB and the markers would expect an exceptional outcome towards the essay; essentially making it a little difficult for me to ace. I'm currently reading about Burmese Days by George Orwell, it talks a lot about gender, race, culture, imperialism and etc. but I'm not too sure if I'll be sticking to this one. My only option now is to take a look at other novels that perhaps incorporate politics or feminism (I feel like they'll be easier to deal with???). So, I was hoping if you guys could give me some advice on the EE and some novels I could take a look at
  9. Hello, To answer your question, yes, it is compulsory to cite anything that you took off the internet, including images into your TOK presentation. Best of luck!
  10. So, my class was told that our EE's are due next year in May and our first draft is due in a few weeks. I heard History is a great subject to look into for the EE but our teacher advised us not to focus on it since our class doesn't take that subject anymore ( ☹️ ). Anyway, I plan on finishing my TOK, CAS and EE before the year so I can focus on my studies next year. Unfortunately, I still haven't come up with a satisfactory topic yet for EE. I thought of doing it on the Western influence on Japanese art but I doubt I'd find any articles or information that could potentially build a 4,000 word essay. So I was hoping if anyone could please give me some interesting topics for EE I could perhaps look into, preferably English or History (my supervisor is a major in both these subjects, so it won't matter). Please help me, I'm actually really stressed out and worried about this.
  11. So for CAS, it's really easy coming up with idea's, but for me, it's kinda hard to keep a record of what we did and reflect upon it online (apparently, we were told that it's supposed to be on an average of 500 words ????). Basically, my friends and I formed our own mini foundation to represent our school. We partnered up with many charities and organisations to spread awareness of poverty and etc to our communities. We raised thousands of dollars through school fundraisers, helping out in festivals, nursing homes and more. We did a lot, so now we're taking a break and finishing off with our reflections and hopefully we might get a chance to do more next year.
  12. So the teacher gave us a past paper where we had to analyse and compare and contrast between two texts. I kind of struggle with writing that because I had no idea how to build up on the analysis. I scored pretty poorly on that and I asked the teacher for some feedback and she told me that my text wasn't organised and that it was all over the place. So I was wondering if anyone could please tell me how to structure the text for analyzing and comparing and contrasting between two texts?
  13. Hello, I'm new to this whole website so I'm not really sure how it works here. But anyways, I've got a question: What's the best way to practice analysing, comparing and contrasting two texts? Recently I realised that I have this issue with me where I'm not able to think quickly or make sense when I write on paper (my sentences are always jumbled up, disorganised). I perform great with assessment tasks but writing is a bit of difficulty. Conventionally, I use my laptop to write the answers to the questions then transfer it to my paper, however I won't be allowed to do this during the actual exams, thus I'm quite nervous about my ability to perform an excellent result. So my only option is to start practicing from now, I want to be able to get used to it and hopefully improve by the end of next year, I just need some tips on improvement (maybe some past papers I can download to practice on them), so I was hoping if you guys could help me thanks!
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