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  1. I'd recommend you pick a problem from your own life/ a friend's life that can be solved by using a computer programme. I'm really into yearbook/school magazine publishing, so I chose to do one which collects students' contact data and messages for the senior section of the yearbook. Students can also use it to submit articles if they like, and editors can search student details/messages by parameters and articles by genre, themes and tags. The intended user is my coeditor from my previous school. My tip: Pick a problem you face in real life.The calorie counter thing wouldn't work, in my opinion, since there would be too many inaccuracies, although you may be able to fulfill the mastery by incorporating arrays, text files, etc. I think you should ask a teacher/department/shop/library where data is still collected and processed manually and ask them if they'd like help!
  2. Hey, can you post those questions up? Maybe people in the forum could help with them?
  3. My interpretation was almost completely different! Themes: I talked about modern society (it's a post-modern text) and how there was a conflict between cultures ( French and English), and how children growing up in ''melting pot'' societies often felt frustrated (Leo's example). Even though I wish I'd written more about the egg as a symbol of this frustration. Oh and ofcourse probably the sexual freedom present there. Characterization: Austin: (As the point of view is third person limited omniscient, the descriptions kind of show Josephine and Leo from Austin's perspective) I thought that Austin's character was portrayed as a guy who was overly concerned with physical appearances ( he carefully notes what Josephine and Leo are wearing, and is initially a bit put off by J's pants, and soon after wants to kiss her when he realises she looks pretty) and how he wants to make a good impression (He learns French for Leo and gets him a present, and also feels awkward with him around)
  4. I don't really know how it works, but try to keep the word limit between 1400 and 1470, just to be on the safe side.
  5. I think it'd be better if you learn to mark your own papers by looking at the marking scheme and the criteria, since that will help you answer the questions better. But if you still need someone, pm me.
  6. A lot of people get scared by the prospect of doing a commentary on something they have never seen before, but really, paper 1 isn't hard at all, and a 7 is relatively easy to get. What is required of you: You'll be judged on five criteria, each with five markband descriptors. The highest mark you can get is 25. The criteria and the requirements to achieve five marks in each are listed below. Criterion A : Understanding of the Text 5 : Excellent understanding of the text # perceptive understanding of the thought and feeling expressed in the text as well as some of the subtleties of the text # detailed and persuasive references to the text. Criterion B: Interpretation of the Text 5 : Excellent interpretation of the text # the candidates ideas are convincing and include an appropriate and considered personal response # the analysis is consistently detailed and persuasively illustrated by carefully chosen examples. Criterion C : Appreciation of Literary Features 5 : Excellent appreciation of the literary features of the text # detailed and persuasive appreciation of the effects of the literary features of the text # the analysis is detailed and illustrated by carefully chosen examples. Criterion Presentation 5 : A clearly focused, well-developed and persuasive argument # purposeful and effective structure to the commentary # supporting examples are well integrated into the body of the commentary. Criterion E: Formal Use of Language 5 : The language is clear, varied, precise and concise # clear, varied, precise and concise use of language # no significant lapses in grammar, spelling and sentence construction # precise use of wide vocabulary and varied idiom and style # effective choice of register. How to fulfill the criteria. Criterion A There isn't a fixed way in which you can achieve this criteria. If you show that you understand the plot/theme, and make relevant references, you'll get the five marks. I'd recommend you begin your commentary by summarizing in 2-3 sentences what has happened, and what you think the underlying meaning (if any) is. Criterion B This is the personal response bit. Whenever you can ( or you think a particular bit means something but you aren't sure), add the phrase "I think this means..." and ta-DA! You've fulfilled this criterion! Just make sure you don't come up with extremely wacky ideas that you can't back up without examples from the text. Criterion C This is one criterion everyone's been taught to fulfill. Have literary terms scattered all over the essay. Four - five lit terms per paragraph that you write should normally be enough. The good part is that 'novel', 'poem', 'stanza' all count as literary terms too. Just make sure to explain their significance. Criterion D Presentation is important, and it can get you 5 certain points if you learn to do it right, even if you don't understand the poem/prose at all. Always make a plan before you start writing. Follow PEE and dedicate one paragraph to one point. Criterion E This is more or less the same as Criterion C, just make sure not to use slang or swear words ( seems obvious, but you wouldn't know) How to prepare for the exam Make a list of all the literary words that you can, depending on how long before the exam you realize you have to start studying. Memorize it. How to go about the exam coming soon... Helpful tips 1. The prose passage is your friend. Many students make the mistake of ignoring it completely and going for poetry even when it's the harder option. 2. If you can't seem to find anything to comment about in either, don't panic. Remember, the IB will never give you poems or passages with no literary features/character development/pertinent theme. If you have any more tips, post below, and I'll add them.
  7. Bring in the Aristotelian model of the tragedy, and explain how John Proctor fits in each criteria.
  8. Your grammar doesn't seem to be too good. (AN year ?) You should definitely get your essays proofread by someone who has better grammar.
  9. I just had mine on Monday, and let me tell you, it is NOT scary at all! The examiners are really nice!
  10. iBS2012, this method is compulsory from May 2013, and all schools will follow it from then on. However, schools were given an option to incorporate that this year as well, though I can't understand why any school would want to do that, visiting examiners are so much better. I can't help you in any way, since our school hasn't yet switched, but I think you should talk to your DPC about it. Take your id and pw with you, and log in in front of him. He will know what to click on, etc.
  11. Hey, Thanks a lot! My Mock is tommorrow, I'm spazzing. Sigh. Anyone done Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh? Its a beautiful book but also fairly longer and more complicated than the other novels. With that we got Annie John by Jamaica Kincaide and Siddartha by Hermann Hesse and technically Remains of the Day (forgot the author's name...) but we haven't even done it in class and I don't plan on it. Haha, good luck on your mock, mine is tomorrow too (both paper 1 and paper 2). Our school's doing the drama options, so we have The Crucible (Arthur Miller), A Man For All Seasons (Robert Bolt), Galilio (Bertolt Brecht) and A Streetcar Named Desire( Tennessee Williams). But I do plan on reading Shadow Lines, have heard about it from a friend before.
  12. I take IB computer science and we do java. Personally I think it's not really that hard. It takes time to learn it initially, but once you get the hang of it, I think it's pretty simple
  13. War and Peace - The longest book I left halfway Other long books I've read - Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and Fall of Giants (All by Ken Follett)
  14. I think the hardest would be Chemistry HL History HL Comp Science HL I see math HL is perceived to be one of the hardest and so is Art, but I think those are my 2 favourite courses ( I take art SL, but the only real difference is in the quantity of work produced)
  15. The topic seems fine, at first glance. But - 1. It is a very common topic. If you want to score well in a topic such as this, or something like abortion, child marriages, incest, euthanasia, you need to have a new way of approaching the topic, and you need to bring in some personal insight, or a new point of view which isn't stale already. I'd recommend something less cliche, like maybe something you are passionate about, like music, art, dance, whatever. (Unless you conduct research on cures for human diseases after school, then you may actually have an insight into the topic) 2. It isn't as much the way that the question is framed ( the words can be tweaked about a little to make it sound tok-ish) but how you approach that topic. Even if your topic is brilliant, if your analysis isn't good, then you wouldn't get a very high grade.

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