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  1. cambridge interview done ! now just need to wait for the decisions letter coming in jan!
  2. OK i need help! I've changed my KI and it's How much of our understanding of the past and the future is based around predictions, laws and trends? Basically I plan to present the different approaches to knowledge - Truth, Context, Evidence, Methodology; how we approach it when we're looking at the past and future - what problems are present in it And then I'll somehow conclude that past and future's similarity is they're both Provisional, and the difference would be the methodology. i think my WoK will be reason/emotion and perception? I can't exactly think of any good examples to present my argument... neither do i know how to incooprerate my WoK into the essay... HELP MEEEE
  3. rubii


    WOW you actually evaluated all of your sources! i did it along the way too i evaluated lengthy for two of my sources (lengthy = 100 ish words) and then i just added a sentence or two upon mention of the other sources you really don't have the words to evalutae everything btw, are you planning to put headings (!) like the history IA? like 'summary of evidence', 'evalutaion of sources', 'analysis', 'conclusion'? please don't do that, a history EE is supposed to be a flowing essay, the IA is of slightly different format and NATURE to the history EE EE is more like a realistic thesis where students in university write, while IA is just one (at least in my opinion) 2000 word document which kind of puts the segments (forcefully) together because it doesn't exactly 'flow'. if you have any questions, just message me!
  4. Hey guys! I have chosen to do question 6 but honestly, I just can't do it. My KI is "How does our approach to the past and future affect our understanding of the present?" My brain is just like blank and i just CANNOT relate myself to any 'contemporary situations' or those 'principal examples'. Our school is making us fill in a plan, needing to state the KNOWLEDGE ISSUE INHERENT IN THE TITLE, CONTEMPORARY SITUATIONS, AOKS, WOKS, PRINCIPAL EXAMPLES TO SUPPORT AND PRINCIPAL EXAMPLES TO COUNTER CLAIMS... HELP PLEASE T^T i have no idea how to approach it... my AoK is History and Human sciences (Psychology and Econ) and WoK is Emotion and Reason... some 'examples' i have think of ...'david irving', 'Bradly effect', 'Marxist theory'... I DON'T KNOW T^T
  5. OK you've asked the right question. i JUST did my english commentary a week ago. PREP: -- Try to study the books/poems (at least read it through once) thoroughly the week before the exam -- Pick out the significant extracts which you think could come up (trust me, my friends and I were pretty much right on about the extracts) -- List possible themes, symbols, motifs from the book and LEARN them, make sure you're able to talk about each one well -- If you have time, DO use it to do some actual 20mins prep 15mins talk practice -- Derive a structure which you feel comfortable with (eg go chronogically or by themes), but of course themes is better -- Find the time to also find a way which you feel comfortable with to analyse your extract efficiently in 20mins (I used colours to highlight the different themes - super colourful, whilst my friend used OHD (those transparency paper) papers to annotate with markers, so each sheet focused on one theme) I personally rushed my revision and didn't start properly until the day before the exam(don't be like me), well I read through my books before that What I did was list the themes and learnt it, then picked out two or three significant extracts to practice. ON THE DAY: -- DO NOT go in-depth and practice extracts anymore, just go through the general themes again, the sections of the books - at least know the order of events -- RELAX and calm down AT THE EXAM (ANALYSE EXTRACT - 20MINS): -- When you open your extract, read it carefully but quickly of course, and identify the themes -- Analyse well, try your best, duh there won't be enough time, but try your best -- Analyse the MOST significant themes FIRST -- AS you're analysing, think how your extract LINKS to the whole book, please don't just focus on your extract, expand! I personally got the WORST extract ever, the one i dreaded having. I felt like crying when I saw my extract, but well, i still have to do it. I still managed to get some good themes and pick out good points. DURING THE 15 MINS: -- I hope you get to sit down. Just relax, have your extract in front of you, I found that holding a pen in my hand or doing hand gestures helped ease my nervousness. -- Talk slowly, if you need to think, PAUSE. pausing 5 or 10 seconds to say the right word is better than making up some crap. -- DO HAVE A CLOCK OR STOPWATCH IN FRONT OF YOU, i ran out of time and couldn't even conclude...because i had no stopwatch or whatever -- Use more "I Think", either criterion B/C was personal response -- Be emotional, don't be monotone (like me T^T) You won't realise how fast the time passes, 15 mins went by in a flash for most of us - i don't think any of us managed to say everything we analysed...need not worry about running out of things to say . I thought I wouldn't survive 12 mins with SUCH A CRAP EXTRACT - but i lived through it. I was so surprised... edit: i just received my score today! i got 26/30! that's a level 7!!!! i was SO SURPRISED i got such a high score, considering i barely mentioned any literary device Well, if you have any more questions, message me! Hope I helped you in some ways! Good luck with it! BTW. There's a course such as "ASIAN HISTORY"? Sounds awesome Is it an actual course or is it a pilot course? I thought only if you do higher level you can have "History of Asia" at paper 3 Which countries do you study???
  6. when i seriously stay up - i DO work because I procrastinated during the day but ive never been up for an all-nighter, i HAVE to sleep... my latest stay up was prolly my EE first draft...slept at 4:30, i literally wrote 3000 words in 8 hours pretty much i think it was the most concentrated moment of my life
  7. History of History!? that is way too vague as everyone has said... You need to choose a topic with a purpose and one which you can answer and come to some conclusion. Ou school literally just told us ALL to have "TO WHAT EXTENT...." questions. or at the very least, "WHY..." or "WHICH..." Remember, history is not simply about narrating whatever happened to the latin americans regarding the south florida politics, economics, and education. always keep this in mind, you are trying to ANALYSE in an EE, not narrate. 'Latin americans' alone is already too vague, and also 'politics, economics AND education' altogether? too board...doing your EE on one of these aspects will be enough (most likely you will still find it difficult to keep to the word limit with one area!) But most importantly, you NEED a TIME FRAME! For my EE, I started off with just the topic of "The cultural revolution", and went to "Impacts of cultural revolution on China" - but then i realised it is literally impossible to investigate into impacts to the ENTIRE china on all aspects of society. So in the end, my title became "To what extent did the Chinese Cultural Revolution impact upon the Youth of China?" And even with this narrow focus on Youth alone, on my first draft (re-editting now) I went way over the word limit because there was simply too much to talk about... I think a good way would be to ask yourself, 1. Which time period do I want to write about? 2. Which area - political, economical or education am I MOST interested in writing a 4000 word essay about? 3. What am I most interested to investigate about that area? Is it its impacts? Its caues? etc...
  8. Ok I know I'm going to be biased since I'm going to study history at uni but nevertheless, I feel history is not a difficult subject, as long as you're passionate about it and is genuinely interested in all the topics you study the history IA isn't hard at all as long as you follow the structure:) we also have awesome handouts from our teachers both history classes in my school have two different teachers, which is excellent as they give different views and opinions on the issues
  9. Predicted grades SL: 7-7-6 (English A1 SL, Physics SL, Mathematics SL) HL: 7-6-6 (History (of Europe) HL, Spanish B HL, Visual Arts HL) EE/TOK: A-A, 3 bonus points. Total: 42/45 points. UK {UCAS Sent!} University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall) - V100 History [interviewed and rejected] Bristol University - V100 History Conditional - 37 points - 6 at all HL subjects University of Warwick - V100 History Conditional - 36 points - 6 at History HL University of York - V100 History Conditional - 37 points - 6 at History HL UEA - V100 History Conditional - 33 points - 6 at History HL Other countries: University of Hong Kong Bachelor of Arts - major in History Comments
  10. our school picked relatively depressing books too! im doing SL A1 and HMSChocolate i hav almost the same Part I books as yours!! Part I: (WL coursework) Sophocles: Oedipus Rex - freaky text. Camus: The Outsider - i didn't like it, lol. Suskind: Perfume - it's scary, but one of the most fascinating books ive ever read . loved it Part II: (IOC) Morrison: The Bluest Eye - racism, quite a good book though Shakespeare: Othello - kill me man, im like PRAYING desperately I get a bluest eye extract, NOT OTHELLOOO PLEASEEEEE T^T Part III: we're doing poems haven't started yet Carol Ann Duffy Pablo Neruda Emily ****inson Part IV: (IOP) Carter - The bloody chamber and other short stories Williams - A streecar named Desire Dai Sijie - Balzac and the little chinese seamstree
  11. we did our IOP in the first term of 1st year IB...i got 27/30 and that was a level 7 (im doing SL A1) my IOC is coming in four weeks (AHHHHHH) but i believe each of the IOP and IOC are worth 15% each as the final grade
  12. my theme is simple FORM im focusing on mainly water and later the human form
  13. depends on the subject but i usually cram, i work best under pressure but for subjects like maths/physics i re-summarise the entire set of notes over and over again to get it drilled in my head for history i only do that during big exams, but i naturally have a very good memory of history-related things so...
  14. it really depends on what you're best at, if you find conceptual ideas easier to understand then of course you'll end up finding physics easier... our school's the first year of IB and everyone claims their subject is hard I only do SL physics, and I hav to say it's not really difficult for me... i do know for a fact that HL bio and chem students (many take both in my school) seem to have been coping quite well with their course and acheiving well in test results; whereas the HL physics students hav so far often failed their tests... our only SL class did the exact end of year test as the HL physics class and a handful of us actually did much better than the HL students... maybe that's just because there's like one HL bio and one HL chem class whilst there're three HL phy class
  15. oh my... my EE's title is To what extent did the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution impact upon the youth of China? ...am I like in deep trouble??????? does anyone know any historians who specifically talk about Youth's sufferings in the cultural revolution???