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  1. A very basic example is provided here http://ibhelp.blogspot.com/2008/05/ib-math-studies-ia-project-example.html . Chi-squared tests do only work with certain data. Namely "When performing a chi-square test, your data must satisfy important assumptions. Although these assumptions may be stated differently in different textbooks, they generally assert that: 1) The sample must be randomly selected from the population. 2) The sample size, n, must be large enough so that the expected count in each cell is greater than or equal to 5. There are also assumptions about the independence of the test which are important. Read here: http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat/B155670.html
  2. You can only change your choices up to 14 days after you send your application. Do like the person above suggested, and call Exeter. Clearing spots will go really quickly, especially since this year there are even more applicants than last year. Try your hardest to get top grades in your exams, as this will help in Clearing. If you're that uncertain about universities you like though, consider taking a year out and visiting several of them in that time. They have laods of open days, don't decide on Exeter on a whim. Loads of students I know have dropped out because they came to uni for the wrong reasons/picked thie uni randomly without researching. You can wait till next year to find something you really like.
  3. I've been to Manchester, although I don't attend the uni myself, and it's a great city. If I'd known that the city was that good I would've applied there myself. I'd say Sheffield and Manchester are the best academically out of the choices you have, but Glasgow is a good chocie as well. I've also visited Glasgow Uni and East Anglia as I have friends there. Glasgow's a beautiful uni, the Scots are really friendly and the city seemed good as well, although some English people warned me about crime statistics (personally I didn't think it was that bad). East Anglia university is nowhere near the centre of the city, although Norwich has a lot of clubs and shops because the biggest city around for miles. The buses were expensive, and it takes about 20mins to get to the centre. The uni is campus based, all the accommodation is on campus, the rooms were nice but it didn't seem that great to be honest. Student satisfaction at Manchester...don't really know this even about my own uni. Every uni has problems, ours is with the quality of feedback we get on essays and exams. But if you have a good feeling about the university then go for it, don't realy on bad accounts of people to change your mind. Fallowfield is definitely a cool place, but it's not far from the university and there are buses every few minutes there. Don't worry that you'll miss out on the area, if you really do like it you can find a house there in second year. I live in a similar area myself, and although everyone says the social life in my area is better, it's not that much better than anywhere else. I have pubs a few minutes walk, takeaways and shops, but after the first few months you won't go to the pub non-stop and its probably better if they're further away as you wont spend your money so quickly. Thankfully I'm off the main road because otherwise the noise would be difficult to deal with, I can see that as also being a problem in Fallowfield. It really is a bonus to be close to/on campus as well, I live 30 mins walk and have to walk to university every day because the bus pass for the year is expensive. Good exercise, but when I mvoe into different halls next year I'm definitely going to be on campus/closer.
  4. 1st Lebanon war? The 2nd one is too recent to cover. Lebanon is a better option than Israel/Palestine because everyone does the second one. 3 people in my class did IA's on that, and it's "original" in the same way that doing an IA on Hitler/Mao is "original". You could do something on Lebanese/Syrian relations, or just Lebanon internally. Analyze whether or not religion was a more important factor in a certain conflict, or whether ____ was more significant?
  5. I spent a month in Paris with Alliance Francaise, their website is www.alliancefr.org . I didn't stay with a French family because that wasn't an option for people under 18, and found my own accommodation in a student "foyer". The age limit is a problem with quite a lot of French programs. I suggest Googleing, my sister did that and found a program run in Bordeaux and she then stayed with a French family that also hosted several other students. She was only 17 at the time.
  6. Uk university experience: I do very little work in uni. I realize this is because I'm in first year and am doing a BA in the UK, and first year grades don't count for your final degree grade (doesn't mean I don't try my hardest) but there honestly isn't very much work to do. I had one exam last semester for a module, and wrote 3 essays that were submitted 2 months apart. This semester I have slightly more work, but have 4 months to do it in. After writing an EE, having 3 essays all 3000 words long is nothing, especially since you have a lot more resources available to use for research thanks to the massive library and online databases. What exactly do I do then? I have seminars each week which I read one chapter of a journal/book on the assigned reading list we have for each week. I make notes on this, which essentially means I can participate in discussions on that topic the next day in uni. I have lectures, which I go for depending on if I think they're redundant or not (having 300 French students in a lecture theatre listening to a woman tell us how to conjugate the present subjunctive is pointless). I have the luxury of technically not having to attend any lectures because there is no registration in any of mine (unlike in departments like medicine/other languages). The rest of the time (i.e. most of it) is spent at home in my hall with friends, socializing, or going out. I only have 9 hours of classes a week, so obviously I have loads of free time. If you're a 2nd or 3rd year, or do a BSc then you have far less time to watch Skins than I do, because BA courses have a lot less contact hours and more individual work like essay-writing and presentations. My friend does Medical Sciences and has 2 lectures a week for each module, whereas I only have one and she also has 2 lab practicals a week. Then again, she pays about 5 times the fees I do, so she probably should have more time in university. We have exams twice a year, this differs from Scotland I think where it's once a year. I haven't received my exam marks yet but I'm quite sure I didn't fail my modules and won't be doing resits in August. N.B. I don't attend a **** university where no one ever does any work, nor do I attend an academia-obsessed place. I'm in a well-ranked university that's about 30th or so in the UK league table, and I would say my uni experience is average seeing as my ex-classmates from high school all have the same stories as me about how little work we have to do. 1st year is about finding your way around, getting used to uni expectations. We have it easy.
  7. Vvi

    Unis in France

    My university has language exchange programmes with Rennes, Strasbourg, Lyon and Bruxelles. I'm planning on going to either Rennes or Strasbourg because I know too many people in Lyon to begin with that all speak English. Bruxelles is my last choice because if you want to learn in French, the Belgians speak French but France is much better for learning the language properly. I would say the Grandes Ecoles are much better than the universities, I think I originally read this off Wikipedia. However, it's still true that anyone who passes their French Bac (i.e. gets higher than 10 out of 20) can attend uni, which is the equivalent of having people's with 3 E's at A-level in the same uni. Some universities have 1st year exams, and they only take the best students on to 2nd year so you'll lose all the people that aren't academic/don't care. The Grandes Ecoles are far better than universities as they are selective, but I don't know if they exist for modern languages (generally they do enginerring or related subjects). They're the equivalent of universities, and not schools as you might think. You don't say what foeign languages you want to study, but an option is to study in England and do a year abroad in France/Belgium in 3rd year. I take French at university and we have very good lectrices teaching us, all of whom are French themselves. Some of the French I've heard 2nd year students speak is crap though, and some aspects are lacking in at leats our French department.
  8. International Relations has nothing to do with languages. It's more like Politics, with theories of conflict and how countries interact. If you're interested in languages, you should study Linguistics and a language. Generally, medicine can't be combined with languages unless you take a year off in the middle of studying and go work abroad in a foreign country. But as said above, linguistic skills are always needed in medicine, so you could do well to study medicine and live abroad.
  9. Vvi

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    If you are a 2010 student, be aware that there will be even more students applying for university places this year because there are more 18-year olds than in previous years, and over 100,000 students that applied for 2009 didn't get places. So there's a lot more competition, which means universities are very unlikely to offer places to students that don't meet minimum requirements. You could try applying for one or two courses where you don't meet the minimum requirements, but don't be a fool and do that for all 5. Pick at least 3 universities where you DO meet the requirements, because most people get rejected from at least one or two universities even if they do meet requirements.
  10. I was Student Council President in IB1 for 2 reasons: a) The school has a policy that only juniors (so IB1 students) can be in the senior student council positions because IB2 students have too much work, and b) No one else wanted to be president. There wasn't a run-off for any of the positions, but they still made me get up and give a speech about what I was going to do. I said I'd do stuff for the middle school, because they always got neglected. The year before there was a run-off for the position of vice-president between 2 people, and the guy that made the emotive speech ("This has been my dream since childhood, I love this school and have been here for 13 years, blah blah") won. His speech was quite cheesy though. You should try inject some humour in your speech though (remark on something that everyone knows and finds funny, like a memorable incident (e.g. when an inspector came to school and tried to put something in the trash, only to find there were no trash cans) and use that to highlight an issue that needs to be improved, and what you will do about it). People won't vote you in if you're seen as taking yourself too seriously. But don't make the whole thing out to be a joke either. Show them that you're fun, easy-going, but serious about putting some issues right in yoru school. Make posters with catchy slogans and funny pictures. Most people just out "Vote for me!" and leave it at that. Not very original. And don't be the person that gives out free candy in halls to those who will vote for them. Your school may have a policy against this, and you may be accused of cheating by the person/people you're running against.
  11. Yes, your question sounds good. You should pick one or two modern artists that use digital painting as their medium and compare the development of digital painting in relation to that of traditional painting, its importance and relevance today (why is it needed?), how commonly used digital painting is and its advantages/disadvantages over traditional mediums. Examine current trends that are occurring in the art world (what style is in vogue right now?) Then conclude whether or not, based on your own research, traditional mediums have become a thing of the past, and have really been replaced by digital painting. You need to define what exactly you mean by traditional medium in your introduction. Paint/pastels/charcoal and what else? And what qualifies as digital painting? Using Paint, Photoshop?
  12. Is this really something you always wanted to know the answer to? Well, I am pretty sure that they don't wear shorts under shorts, it is shorts/spandex under the skirt, so that is completely fine, huh? I do not understand your concern, its all clear.. Where did you hear about spandex under shorts? What I wrote was in reply to Irene's post here . She said that some girls wear spandex under their shorts because their shorts are too short without the Spandex. And what I said in reply was "Why don't the girls with short shorts buy longer ones, instead of wearing double layers?" Maybe they want to show off their butts? The point of clothes is to cover up.
  13. Your topic sounds fine, and I think you should stick to just one distance. If you're collecting data on world records from 100 years back, there will be enough information for you to make graphs and things. More distances= too broad a question. And the same goes for the progression/frequency thing. Either you try to work out if there's a pattern in the frequency of world records, and try to predict when the next one will occur (this could have soemthing to do with sequences, geometric or arithmetic, or it could be exponential, I'm just guessing here) OR you try to predict the next time that the 100m world will be run in (so you look at how the record has been getting faster and faster, and based on graphs estimate that the next time will be 9.50 second or whatever). Don't do both. It's will be too broad a topic. So what I'm suggesting in a nutshell is that you rephrase your question to be either "Is there a pattern in the frequency of men's 100m world records over the past 100 years?" or "What will be the time that the next men's 100m world record is run in, based on previous world records from the past 100 years and their progression?" Yes, I think you need to do the Chi-Squared Test to check if there is a correlation between 100m world records and progression. For 100m records and time, there obviously is a correlation, so the Chi-Squared test would be useless there but I don't know if the t-test would be applicable since it's used for means. I did the t-test for my IA, but I was told to do it by my teacher because it's not covered in the syllabus and I found it difficult. So check with your teacher if you need it for your topic, but I don't think so (because generally speaking, only one of the two, Chi-Squared or t-test, is applicable to a relationship. If one works, the other won't or isn't necessary).
  14. I've been eating very little the last 2 months (having to buy your own food really means you skimp on everything), so if I had food for a week it probably wouldn't last more than a week even if I rationed it. But let's say if I ate like I used to when I was living with my parents...a month? Hopefully I'd be smart enough to figure out how to get off there in a month. Have you had cavities in your life?
  15. A2 languages are similar to A1, which means that you write literary essays and analyse texts. Don't worry about it, because you're doing B. And in order to score a 1 out 7 in French, you would have to be a complete idiot. The grade boundaries for a 1 would probably be 0-8 marks out of 60 (or soemthing similar), and very few students do that badly (According to IB statsitics). And even if you did get a 1 in French, you could still get your diploma provided you got lots of points in other subjects. I thought about suggesting learning French as an ab initio language as well, or taking some other ab initio language. But you live in Canada, and very few students here on IBS attend schools where they offer any ab initio languages, or where French isn't compulsory. If you do attend a school where this is offered and can change language, it may be easier for you.
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