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  1. Hey there, What exactly do you want us to help you with? We cannot exactly hand you a new topic, since that would be both against our and IB's regulations... What you should do is to read the syllabus and the Extended Essay guide's section on film thoroguhly, so that you know what would be on- or off-topic. Then, with that knowledge, you should come up with a topic either independently or with help from your teacher. I understand you are a bit pressed for time, but don't settle for the first topic you can think of, but try to research it a bit beforehand. I suggest you read my reply here to get a general idea of what the normal process for creating an research question is. Good luck!
  2. Hi there, First of all, as you might appreciate, I have moved your thread to the Maths HL sub-forum. Please post new threads in the right sub-forum in the future, that makes the job easier for everyone and will give you better responses quicker! Second, we at IBSurvival have a rule that we will not do anyone's job for them, simply because that would be in violation of IB's rules and regulations. If we actively undermine the IB, we might face some serious trouble, and no one wants that. Right now, you're asking us to suggest topics you can work on, which would fall under this rule. You can ask us to evaluate your ideas and suggest improvements, but we cannot start the process for you. For that reason, why don't you start by identifying why you want to do your IA on integration or differentiation? From there, think about what possible topics you can work on, come back to us and we can take it from there? If you really cannot figure out any topics whatsoever, then you should at least give us something to work with, for instance why the topics you've thought of would be impossible. Good luck!
  3. This topic has been moved to the Mathematics sub-forum. Please make sure to post in the appropriate sub-forums later on
  4. Hey there, You've found a relatively niche topic, which is great! I started reading about it a little, and it seems like a relatively interesting topic as well, so you've done a good job. To answer your question, your RQ is appropriate as such; you discuss a topic with a historical theme and you look at cause/effects dynamics, so the topic therefore lends itself to a good analysis. I would like to remind you that you have effectively only approximately 1300 words to develop your arguments fully though. How many clean air acts are we talking about? What about global environmental policies? Are we talking the Paris Accord, Montreal Protocol, Doha Declaration, UNFCCC, etc., or something else? Why are you only discussing policies from the domestic and global spheres, but not from regional arrangements? Are you discussing all policies that have been suggested and implemented from 1948 to today, or are you only looking only at a limited time frame? What I am trying to get at here is that you could with benefit try to narrow down your topic a bit more. Your cause (Donora Smog) is fine, it's the possible consequences that needs to be limited. If you could identify one particular act or policy or at least a few, rather than all policies that exist or have existed, you would be much better off. As it is presented now, you have no room at all to discuss this well within 1300 words. Remember that these words should explore the relevant facets of your overarching analysis or argument without skipping corners. You have a good framework going, just work on the details a bit more and you're good to go! Good luck!
  5. Hey there, As for that particular question, it is true that Stalin would be a bit of a strange person to choose, simply because he did not establish any single-party states. As you should know, Stalin got to power after a power struggle with Leon Trotsky, and he formalised his power in the end of the 1920s, but the Soviet Union, and the single-party state that he took control of, was established with Vladimir Lenin in the forefront as a result of the 1917 October revolution, some ten years prior. Stalin can be used as an example of a dictator, as a leader of a one-party state, as a lot of things, but not as someone who established a single-party state. Hope that cleared things a bit, and good luck with your exams! Lykke til!
  6. This thread is locked, as it has been hijacked and gone off-topic.
  7. This thread is locked, same exact thread exists here.
  8. This thread is locked, same exact thread exists here.
  9. Hey there, Teachers cannot base the predicted grades on your ambition to work harder from now, they need to base it on what is the actual case - ie how you have performed till now. For you, unfortunately that seems to be around 32 points at the moment. You can try to convince your teachers to be a bit more lenient, but if they're not willing, then there's only so much you can do.
  10. Hey there, You've probably learnt a valuable lesson, then, in that it's smart verifying the topic before you start substantial work on it That question is unfortunately not really a question valid for history coursework in my opinion. The reason is that it sounds much more like a literary analysis rather than the study of history, which is probably why your teacher didn't accept your question. Right now you're basing your essay on literary work, you need to base it on history. A very easy way of doing this is to study causes and effects of particular events, policies or something like that, or look at why something happened the way it did - something along these lines. Also, another point here is the fact that you're asking a 'what' question. What-questions are not conducive to proper analysis, as you can answer that very easily. Consider the following examples: Question: What was the causes of the Korean War? Answer: The Korean War was caused by X, Y and Z. Question: To what extent was the Korean War primarily caused by X? Answer: The Korean War was not primarily caused by X, but a combination of X and Y. This is because A, B, C. My research shows that Z was not that significant a factor because D, E, F. You see the difference? Make your research question analytical. That way, your essay will be analytical by nature. Good luck!
  11. Hey there, To add on what caprialsun was stating, you might want to start researching the topics and find what academics or experts disagree on. Analysis is an intrinsic part of the EE, and you need to demonstrate that by coming with claims and counterclaims - both with reference to the literature. Otherwise, you'll find it very difficult keeping the essay analytical, and it would nonetheless be very one-sided. Because of this, you need to research the topic before you settle on a research question. Good research questions are rooted in good research, not vice versa. Do some research, and find something the literature disagree on. The question for your questions: Is there any contention on whether or not the sectarian split is responsible for the wars? I would presume there are differing opinions on this, but you need to seek these out. Also, another point here, you're referring to 'wars' - what wars? There have been quite a few wars in Iraq over the years, choose one and specify - i.e. include the years. Also, keep in mind that you cannot write on anything within the last 10 years, so if you're speaking about the War in Iraq as a consequence of American interventionism, then you need to be very conscious of this. Now, you might want to use the current research question as a preliminary research question, in that you'll use it to further your research for then to change it to fit the topics. If you aim to refine and improve the research question before you start writing, then all is good, but as it is right now, it's not a question I'd write my EE on. As caprialsun said, it needs to be rephrased, and there are the things I mentioned as well. Good lucK!
  12. Hey there, First of all, you should make sure the RQ makes grammatical sense. That's tip #1. Tip #2: Try to be more specific. What other countries are we speaking about? Focus on one or two. What kind of factors are you going to speak about? Consider focusing on only one - or do a comparative analysis about the significance of a couple of factors. Tip #3: Do more research. The RQ is never a finished product, you should always consider it a work in progress - as something to refine. For that reason, do more research and refine the question as you go. Good research questions are rooted in good research, not vice versa. Tip #4: Make the question analytical, so that you force yourself to satisfy one of the key requirements for the EE. Right now, with a 'what' question, the only required answer is 'X, Y and Z made countries support China in the Second Sino-Japanese War'. If you can answer your question this easily, then you haven't really done a good job on the analytical front. Instead, ask questions such as 'why', 'to what extent', etc. The simplest answer you want to give should be something to the effect of 'County A and B were compelled to support China because of factors X, Y and Z. However, in the case of Country A, X was the most important factor, whereas for Country B, factor Y had a greater significance. This is due to the fact that....' You see where I'm going here? Tip #5: Through the research, figure out and define the core contention within the RQ. What do academics and experts disagree on when it comes to your RQ? Why do their opinions differ? If there's no contention at all, you will not have an analysis, as you will not be able to provide well-grounded counterclaims to your main arguments in the essay. If you struggle with this, do some broad reading from various authors. If you read only one book about the matter, you will only get one perspective. You want to get as many perspectives as possible. Of course, sometimes this means that you need the tweak your research question a bit, but that's good progress if so.The RQ is never a finished product. I think this'll be a good starting point, for now. Good luck!
  13. Hey, Different schools have different requirements on this - it's nothing required by the IB per se, but something schools enforce to ensure that their students are where they should be with their essays. It's not uncommon, but different schools have slightly different requirements, depending on their needs and experiences. At my school, we had a lot of different things to hand in at different phases. First, we had to submit the subject in which we'd write our EE in, then our general topic, then a plan for research and research question, then an outline of the essay, before we had to hand in half of the essay (2000 words), and then, of course, the final deadline.
  14. Hey there, I see you've changed your topic a bit around since last time Now, as IB_taking_over said, it's probably a bit of a broad one. However, another thing to consider is the fact that this exact question is discussed in your history class (at least if you're doing the Europe and Middle East path), and is also something that you'd have as a question on the exams. For those reasons, it's not the ideal question at all, as you will not be able to demonstrate any kind of originality. Of course, you are not expected to write revolutionary research papers proving something that has never been proved before, but you need in the very least a unique approach to the topic. This question doesn't have that. You could use this query to spesialise your research, in order to find a more interesting question. As I have been telling another fellow recently, all good research questions are rooted in research, not vice versa. In other words, in order to find a good research question, you need to do some research first. You have a topic you're interested in, which is good, then do more reading on that topic and find something that is not necessarily discussed that much, or something that is quite controversial or contentious (or, ideally, both!). Read my response in this thread for a general approach to choosing an EE research question. If you're set on writing on this particular topic, then I suggest you use this as a preliminary research question, and do more research with this one in mind. From there on out, refine your question, research more, refine your question, research, etc. etc. Good luck!
  15. To be honest, I doubt it will affect you at all. I see you post this in the Northern America university sub-category, so I guess you intend to go study in the US / Canada? In that case, I cannot say anything for sure, but people take gap years and they're fine. People retake exams and that's fine. I don't see how 'I was forced to take the year again due to admission restrictions at the school' would prevent you in any way or form, as long as they know that's why. In addition, in the US, they value the SATs and extracurriculars quite a lot, so just make sure to have those under control and you should be fine.