Wide Eyed Wanderer

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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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. I'll be a stripper, Because then it wouldn't matter how good my extended essay is. Yay!
  9. I'm not sure about that. I mean at my school, organizing events would go under creativity as you're 'creating' something new. But you may also be right, I guess. Depends on what kind of part you play in it. If you're running around micromanaging stalls at a show, making sure the caterers are on time and the chairs are in place and everyone else is doing what they're supposed to, I think that counts as action. But depends from school to school really
  10. Action doesn't just have to be sports. Action can also be in the form of 'taking action', like organizing events, etc. Dance is actually a good activity!
  11. From the song from Lion King
  12. Economics

    I have mocks going on right now so I'm a bit pressed for time, but once they're done I'll put up tips for Paper 2. It'll be good to have all the tips in one place. Or maybe we can have a thread for HL and one for SL ( I don't know if the assessment criteria is different for both - Is it? Sorry, no one in my school takes SL econs so..).
  13. I agree with Joez, your ToK presentation should be based around a KI. If you can't find a relevant KI, you should change your topic slightly. Hint: Check these documents - 'ToK Reference in Suject Areas', 'ToK Guide', and the subject guide for economics. You'll find plenty of KIs there. Read the ToK guide in light of your presentation topic, you'll find lots of things there.
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    This is a sample physics lab which received full marks in each criteria. If you follow this format you should be good.
  15. I may take a gap year too, to figure out what really is it that I want to do in future. If I do, I'll probably join a 1 year course on something, or get an internship with a company. Let's see.