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  1. There are definitely more than two schools offering the IB program in Stockholm. I went to Åva Gymnasium in Täby, and it was pretty good. Then there's Kungsholmen, which has no tuition fees since it's a Swedish school. I don't know about Stockholm International School; it might be different since it's primarily aimed toward international students. Sigtuna Humanistiska Läroverket is a bording school which offers IB. It has no tuition fees, I think, provided that you live at home while you're studying there (which is possible). You might wanna look into that if you're into hanging around with more ambitious students.
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    IA Help on part D.

    What you should do is to look for a PDF document called "History Teacher Support Material." It usually includes 5 IAs of differing quality and thorough explanations of their goods and bads. Just look at the example which received poor grades and then compare it to the one that received the maximum grade in Analysis. Then you'll notice what distinguishes an analysis from a summary.
  3. Well, you probably can but it would be really easy to get a 7. I did Spanish Ab Initio completely by myself and I received a 7. Then again, I think languages overall are easy to learn. But yeah, you can expect a 7.
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    LSE Government

    I took... HL History of the Americas (6) HL Swedish A1 (6) HL English B (7) Yes, English B is a pretty weak subject but at least I got a 7 in it.
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    LSE Government

    Hi. I am interested in studying Government at LSE. I graduated from IB in May 2010 and I received a total of 38 points with 766 at HL (LSE requires 37 points with 666 at HL). However, I had a few "easy" subjects like Math Studies (got a 6 in it), but I hope this won't be a problem since I've heard about other people being accepted to LSE with Math Studies (obviously then to the non-math related courses). I am applying for courses starting in September 2011. What are my chances of getting in? I am planning to study two courses in political science at Stockholm University before this. Could that be a good merit? Then I will have an IB diploma of 38 points with 766 at HL, as well as the Political Science I and II courses from Stockholm University. Also, I wonder about tuition fees at this school? They're pretty high, aren't they?
  6. I got a 6 in History HL even though I had a 4 throughout most of IB. I slowly improved my analysis by learning some simple techniques like PEE (Point, Evidence, Explanation) which basically says that you should first make a point (e.g. The Depression radicalized the German people and led to the rise of extremist parties like the NSDAP), then give evidence for it (e.g. Mass unemployment made people open to radical solutions and membership in the NSDAP rose between 1930 and 1932), and finally explain how the evidence supports your point (e.g. This shows that the Depression was a crucial factor in the rise of the NSDAP). Then continue with another point and so on. Eventually you won't be thinking about it that much and your analysis will just flow naturally. I also think it's important to write clearly when you analyze. I studied Obama's speeches to improve the clarity of my writing because his speeches are usually written in a very clear way, even though they deal with complex problems, and I think that definitely contributed to the improvement of my essay-writing skills.
  7. History HL is NOT as tough as it seems. I realized this when preparing for my exams. The syllabus says that you have to know a million things but the good thing with history is that you can get away with knowing only 10% of the material that is assigned to you. For Paper 1 you don't necessarily have to study at all to get a 7, although I would recommend reading about the events just to get an overview since that will help you interpret the sources. This exam is all about showing the examiner that you understand the sources and then you also have to compose an essay based on the sources. I had problems with paper 1 in the beginning but I gradually improved. For Paper 2 you can really save a lot of time if you know what questions are typically asked. For example, my class did Topic 3 (The Rise and Rule of Single-Party States) and Topic 5 (The Cold War). On topic 3 you can be sure that there will always be a question about the rise to power of one or two dictators. Of course the IBO can phrase the question in different ways, e.g. To what extent was Hitler's rise to power due to personal appeal and ability?, but if you know the causes behind the rise to power of the dictators you will be cool. I only studied the rise to power of Hitler and Castro for topic 3, learned a whole bunch of historical interpretations for them and I managed really well. On topic 5, you can always be certain that there will be a question about the origins of the Cold War, i.e. the events that took place between 1945 and 1949, and so you only have to study those really. Typical questions are usually whether the Cold War was inevitable, who should take the blame for it, etc. For Paper 3 my class took the History of the Americas. I would say paper 3 is the toughest of the history exams in terms of the workload but it doesn't have to be that tough if you know what to study. For example, you can be certain that there will always be one question about the Great Depression (either the causes, the impact or the solutions), one question about the foreign policies of U.S. presidents from Truman to Bush, and one question about the domestic policies of U.S. presidents from Truman to Bush. Really, if you focus on that you will be able to get a good grade on paper 3 without putting in that much work. So, if you are smart you can narrow down the workload connected to history a looot.
  8. Yeah. The Americans had been pissed at the Japanese since long before the December 7 1941. Japanese advances seemed to be threatening US interests in Asia in terms of trade and natural resources etc. So the US had been thinking of stopping Japan since long before the Pearl Harbor attack which only provided the US with the direct excuse they needed to rightfully go against the Japs. Some historians claim that Roosevelt had information about the incoming attack on Pearl Harbor and that he refrained from saying anything as the attack would justify American entry into the war. And surely the Americans had a desire to spread American influence throughout the world to secure trade which would be beneficial to the US economy. Then again, the Americans wanted to remain politically isolated from the outside world, but yes, they were certainly keen on playing a major economic role in the world.
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    Paper 3 revision

    That sounds like quite a bit of work, flsweetheart422. In class we have only studied 3 topics in-depth. I thought those were the topics you should focus on.
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    Paper 3 revision

    The amount of material that one has to revise for the Paper 3 exams is just crazy, especially if you're aiming for a grade above 5. My teacher chose the History of the Americas for Paper 3, and there is so much stuff one has to learn, everything from the domestic policies of Canada to populist leaders in South America, etc. This has made me unsure of how I should revise for the exams. Any advice?
  11. Nope. This is not true for the 2010 syllabus which has widened the markbands from 0 to 25.
  12. I am looking for a book that discusses different historical interpretations of the origins of the Cold War. Does anyone know a book that does this?
  13. After looking through some past history papers I realized that there is always one question relating in some way to the rise of either one or two dictators. Therefore, shouldn't you be able to say whatever to all the foreign and domestic policies of dictators and only focus on their rise to power instead? Shouldn't it be possible to only study the rise to power of say Hitler and Castro for Single-Party States since there will, as far as I know, always be a question on the rise of one or two dictators?
  14. I suppose History is one of those courses that are easy to pass but hard to get a 7 in.
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