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  1. Julia B.

    What to do now?

    This is what I did when I wrote my EE in History (which is pretty much a longer historical investigation): as you read the books, write stuff down. Like, big chunks and paragraphs and anything that you can quote or re-word later as you write your investigation. I wrote my EE by hand because I felt it was easier to hold the book and handwrite at the same time than to hold the book and type. But do whatever is easier for you. After you have everything written down, you can start formulating your own ideas and putting everything together. Footnote AFTER you're done your entire rough draft, or else it's too confusing. About the books, just keep them in a bookshelf until you have to write your final copy. I mean, it's unlikely you'll have time to work on them after you hand your draft in, so I suggest re-reading them for you final copy and adding/editing your draft when you get it back. Good luck!
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    Courses you wish to take in University

    Aww, i was interested in journalism once but it sounds hard and you need to be good at writing. is there a specific university you want to do this course in? Yes! Somewhere in the UK, most likely Scotland. St Andrews is my first choice at the moment, but I might just end up going to a tiny countryside university like Aberystwyth.
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    Do UK universities accept Partial IB students?

    It just makes me wonder why UK universities would accept regular Canadian high school diplomas at such a low mark, while demanding pretty solid IB points. Besides, if it says on their website that I only need to "study subjects which are relevant" to History (since I want to major in it), Math or Bio shouldn't matter. I don't want to drop to partial without being absolutely sure first, though.
  4. Jus to clarify, I'm a full IB student (Diploma), but I've been debating lately whether I would benefit from dropping to partial IB (Certificate) or not. I'm currently in my last year, and I take Geography, History and English HLs and Math and Biology SLs. I hate hate hate Bio, and while Math is okay it does take up a lot of my time. I would rather concentrate more on my HLs instead of working my ass off to get a good mark in a Math test or sitting through two hours of tedious Bio class. I thought about dropping Bio and Math and only sticking with my HLs (plus Portuguese SL, which is self-taught and quite enjoyable). I talked to some people who had dropped from full to partial IB, and they all got into universities here in Canada. I want to go to the UK, though, so I'm not sure how that would work. We aren't required to take Math in grade 12 here in BC, and I honestly believe I could improve my GPA if I didn't have to know matrices. Does anyone know if it's possible to get accepted into UK universities without taking Math 12? That's my main concern, really, because I plan to major in Medieval History and would certainly not need Math for that. Or Bio, for that matter. My first choice of university is St Andrews in Scotland, and their website says students should "take subjects which are relevant to the course of their choice", and should take 5 subjects in grade 12 (History, English and Geography HLs, Portuguese SL and some other random, easy course I can take just to bring my marks up), achieving an 85% average or higher. Compared to the required 36 IB points, this is very, very easy. I actually emailed the university a while ago asking why the big difference in requirements, and they said they don't know and that what matters is that the student achieves the grades asked. Besides, if I dropped I wouldn't have to finish CAS (which I'm almost done with, but still). Anyway, sorry for the long looong question, but I would appreciate any help! I emailed St Andrews again but haven't heard back yet, and my IB coordinator just had surgery and isn't at school at the moment. Thanks!
  5. Julia B.

    Courses you wish to take in University

    I'm planning to double major in Medieval History and Journalism because I've always loved to write and I've always loved history. I'd like to write historical fiction novels and possibly work for National Geographic Magazine!
  6. I just need some opinions. My EE is on Robin Hood, and I'm analyzing men who might have possibly been him. I have four, but I'm not sure if I should list each under his own subheading or just group everything into a big paragraph under my main heading about possible Robin Hoods. What do you think? I feel that subheadings would make my essay cleaner, but I'm afraid it will all sound kind of broken and not connected enough. Thanks.
  7. I wrote my introduction in first person, since IB asks us to say why our topic interests us, but I'm not too sure if that's okay. Am I not supposed to use "I" in my EE? Or am I allowed to use it in the introduction and conclusion? I don't see how I'd be able to write a conclusion without blatantly expressing my own opinion on my topic, really. My question is "To what extent was Robin Hood real?" and I'm writing my EE in History. Any help would be appreciated - my due date is looming. Thank you!
  8. Julia B.

    relationships during the IB?

    My girlfriend and I were together for a while last year, during IB1, and it was probably the time when my marks were at their lowest. I'd think about her all the time and not concentrate in class. I would even doodle hearts on tests, haha. I guess it depends on the person, but relationships are just too time consuming for me, so I don't bother anymore. I mean, I'll have the time in university, and right now I feel like I should focus on getting there instead of thinking of what to wear for our date on Saturday. I don't know, it's just my opinion, but I'm also a skeptic who doesn't believe in everlasting love, so I wouldn't listen to me if I were you.
  9. My English teacher advised my class NOT to write on "the role of women" because that's soft sociology and IB usually doesn't like that. So I wouldn't advise you to write on that topic either. I wrote one of my WLs on "Miss Julie" and "Hedda Gabler" (another play by Ibsen with a female main character), comparing the neurotic nature of both women and how it affected the secondary characters. My other WL was on "A Doll's House" and "House of Bernarda Alba", and I compared family love and romantic love and how they influenced characters' decisions. I think as long as your scope is narrow, but not narrow enough that you won't have enough words, you should be fine. Try concentrating on the characters and their actions, though, instead of soft sociology topics such as "the role of women", which are more about society and not so much about the characters themselves.
  10. Julia B.

    EE in English A2, Lady Chatterley's Lover

    I'm just wondering if the book would be considered appropriate. It has pretty graphic sex scenes, and to discuss any of the topics you're considering you'd probably have to mention the sex. I don't know if IB would have a problem with it, but I remember my English teacher didn't allow me to do my oral on the rape scene in "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (and it was pretty mild when compared to "Lady Chatterley's Lover"). Just make sure your teacher is aware of the contents of the novel, I guess. My friends who wrote their EE in English said they found it easier to compare two works (like in the WL) than to analyze only one. I'm writing mine in History, though, so I don't know much about English EEs. But if you can pull off a well-written, coherent essay on this novel, it'll definitely be great. Good luck!
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    I regret not doing my best in IB1, procrastinating and pulling all-nighters to finish my World Lit and TOK Essay, and going out with friends when I should have been studying for Math. I got the worst grades possible and made an awful impression on my teachers, and now that IB2 has started it's going to be harder for me to do well in school. Oh well. You live, you learn, right?
  12. Julia B.

    Medieval History in University!

    I've loved history since I was very, very young. Medieval History, particularly, and that's why I decided to major in that specific historical period. I plan to apply to universities in the UK (most likely Scotland) and although few offer Medieval History as a major I've managed to find the few that do. I know it's not a career-oriented course like Medicine or Law, but it's something I'm passionate about. Also, I plan to double major in Medieval History and Journalism, and one day to publish my own historical fiction books (: Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone knows what UK universities are looking for in the personal statements of people applying for Medieval History? The unis I want to go to don't hold interviews, so my personal statement would be even more important than usual. And if you guys had any tips or comments on what you think of such a course, I'd be glad to hear it! Thanks.
  13. Julia B.

    Sources for History EE - how many?

    Oh, I see. Thanks or the advice, everyone! I'll make a trip to the bookstore today and, if I can't find anything, order more books online.
  14. Hi there! My EE is about Robin Hood ("To what extent was Robin Hood real?"), and while I didn't have trouble finding sources, they were all too expensive and I only bought 3. My library had NO books about him, so I had to order mine online. They're great, very detailed, with insight, facts, timelines and whatnot. One of them even has a poem from the 1400s, the first written account of Robin. Besides the 3 books, I have about 5 reliable websites I'm drawing information from. My question is, how many book sources and internet sources do we usually need? I emailed my supervisor, but he didn't answer my question, only said I was "on the right track". Thank you!
  15. Julia B.

    History EE - opinions on topic, please!

    I already have my sources - a few books and some reliable websites - so I'll be fine

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