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  1. Hi, I think the RQ is a bit too broad; try to expand 'explore the pursuit' and also 'different time periods': both are vague and open-ended. I can't stress enough how important it is to be as hyper-specific as possible in your RQ. It will lead to a higher score. As for which aspects to discuss, choose 2-3 main themes you like, and use examples from the novels to illustrate them across the time periods you mention. Do not choose so many examples that you spread yourself thin. Dig down, not out. By way of introduction, I am a former DP English Lit and ToK teacher, university counselor, MYP/DP Coordinator and principal of IB schools. I now work full time to support students such as yourself, with the DP, essay writing and university counseling. Reach out any time if you want my help! Cheers, Rob
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    World Studies EE

    Hi, Perhaps engage in the topic from a different perspective: how will the issue you are looking into be written about, years from now? How will it be categorized, historically? How might it be compared to another event from a different era? Also, be aware how 'contemporary' is defined. Reach out if I can be of any help! Cheers, Rob
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    Summer before IB Year 1

    Hi, Can I clarify, you are looking for the official IB guides per subject, yes? Not study guides, but the actual guides teachers use themselves? Thanks!
  4. Hi, First, please be aware 'memorization' is a poor way to condense and synthesize information; however in many IB DP subjects it is necessary! I suggest the tried and true 'review when it's new' method: every day, highlight and review the days' notes; review those notes 3-5 days later, weekly, and again every week to 2 weeks, making notes, more highlights, connecting previous notes and finally condensing it all in your own words monthly. It takes time, but it will pay off when you are sitting in a hall with a pen and sheets of blank paper only! By way of introduction, I am a former DP English Lit and ToK teacher, university counselor, MYP/DP Coordinator and principal of IB schools. I now work full time to support students such as yourself, with the DP, essay writing and university counseling. Let me know if I can be of any help! Cheers, Rob
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    I need to teach myself a years worth of material :/

    Hi, Have you received any help yet? I would start by looking over the guide and see what topics are unfamiliar, and work backwards from the IAs and EAs to see what you do and don't know; create a timeline to review each topic in enough time to prepare for and turn in the IAs and time to prep for exams. By way of introduction, I am a former DP English Lit and ToK teacher, university counselor, MYP/DP Coordinator and principal of IB schools. I now work full time to support students such as yourself, with the DP, essay writing and university counseling. Let me know if I can be of any help! Cheers, Rob
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    Help Needed for Psychology EE

    Hi, I would first recommend doing some initial research, which will allow you to better focus your RQ and narrow the scope of your search as well. Try reading some articles on the topic, and see what inspires you! You'll find the answers to your questions are easier once you start by doing a preliminary search. One doesn't have to start with the full RQ before spending time surfing the net! By way of introduction, I am a former DP English Lit and ToK teacher, university counselor, MYP/DP Coordinator and principal of IB schools. I now work full time to support students such as yourself, with the DP, essay writing and university counseling. Let me know if I can be of any help! Cheers, Rob
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    Extended Essay

    Hi, I suggest you first review the guide for doing an English Lit EE: it will provide sample RQs, areas of exploration and the parameters you can work within. I can not stress enough the importance of a focused RQ: the tighter the focus, the easier the EE is the organize and write. In my experience, a well-focused RQ leads to a higher score more often than not. By way of introduction, I am a former DP English Lit and ToK teacher, university counselor, MYP/DP Coordinator and principal of IB schools. I now work full time to support students such as yourself, with the DP, essay writing and university counseling. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help! Cheers, Rob
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    Summer before IB Year 1

    Hi there, To add, I would suggest you focus on creating and organizing your systems: Google docs folders, calendars with deadlines and timelines and perhaps most importantly the soft skills I believe are crucial to success: time management, organization, and step-by-step processes. You can search online for the guides (search for guide, not syllabus) to all your subjects; let me know if you have any trouble, and I can shoot them over to you. By way of introduction, I am a former DP English Lit and ToK teacher, university counselor, MYP/DP Coordinator and principal of IB schools. I now work full time to support students such as yourself, with the DP, essay writing and university counseling. Let me know if I can be of any more help! Cheers, Rob
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    Failing

    Hi Lulu, First of all, take a deep breath. The IB is really, really hard! A 3 is likely not a failing grade, depending on your other scores There are many universities that will take you, though obviously we would all like the 3 to be a 5! Work with your teacher on what topics you need to review this summer, as well as any foreseeable problem areas for next's year syllabus. Work through past papers to self-identify areas that you need to shore up. Lastly, if you and your teacher feel there are too many topics that you will struggle with, look into dropping to Math Studies. Nothing in life is worth being so down on. I say this as a former DP English Lit and ToK teacher, university counselor, MYP/DP Coordinator and principal of IB schools. I now work full time to support students such as yourself, with the DP, essay writing and university counseling. Cheers, Rob
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    World Religions EE Help

    Hi, I'm sure you have been told this countless times, but a hyper-specific and focused RQ will make your life so much easier. "Flourishing of knowledge": clarify what that means/drill down. "Be attributed": this can be reworded to offer more of an explanation on what direction you will go and also help to focus your research. By way of introduction, I am a former DP Lit and ToK teacher, university counselor, MYP/DP Coordinator and principal of IB schools. Please feel free to reach out if you want some help! Cheers, Rob
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    Should I take English lang/lit or lit?

    Hi Megan, I taught DP Lit for 9 years, and know well the differences between Lit and Lang/Lit. Most of the issues you outline Lit presents are spot on. May I say, however, Lit offers so many opportunities to grow as a writer, reader, and conversationalist. The ability to analyze texts, write commentaries on unseen passages and dialogue with your classmates on author's intent, especially in poetry, are skills that will carry you forward in any university, regardless of the major. This is not to say Lang/Lit is less important; only that I have a preference, knowing both well, for how Lit prepares students. The number game is obviously important; however, a 5 or possible 6 in Lit will offer more of a reward than a hard 6 in Lang/Lit. While the IB has worked hard to make sure Lang/Lit gets university recognition, I can tell you universities still prefer Lit. Besides teaching, I am a former university counselor, MYP/DP Coordinator and principal of IB schools. If you want more information, or perhaps some help moving forward, please don't hesitate to reach out. Good luck! Cheers, Rob
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    Film EE

    Hi, I would strongly suggest you do not undertake Film Studies for your EE. As a former English and ToK teacher, MYP and DP Coordinator, university counselor and principal of IB schools, students I worked with did their EE in their HL subjects only, unless there were special circumstances. For example, if a student wanted to do a Psychology EE, but weren't taking Psych, they needed to show a genuine and sustained interest in the subject and had read widely: essentially, had a base already built. EEs score well when written in a subject you are passionate about. Is that Film? If so, I can offer more support including materials to get you started. Reach out if you want to know more. Cheers, Rob
  13. Hi, it's dangerous to only use one text, though it can be done. I would suggest an analysis of MacBeth but use several texts to gain insight/context. I'm happy to provide more support, just ask.
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    Comparative Literature Extended Essay

    Hi Louis! Any chance you used to live in HK? I'd be happy to help you. Can we start by giving me more information on your research? Perhaps send me your notes? I can give you better feedback that way rather than tell you what to do. Cheers, Rob
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    Failing 1st year of IB

    Hi there, the first year is tough, but you have another year to raise the scores. Some possibilities: change your HLs? Drop to courses? Switch to Bus Man? Do you have an Econ tutor? I can support you holistically (working through the whole DP, not specific subjects other than English Lit). Send me a PM if you want! Cheers, Rob
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