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  1. Basically TOK *is* the TOK diagram ie Ways of Knowing and Areas of Knowledge. The goal of the presentation is kind of to describe the relationship between areas of knowledge and different ways of knowing. Ethics is usually an area in which people score badly because a lot of people confuse TOK for ethics/nebulousness, when in fact it's about exploring the diagram. Ethics is difficult to apply the ways of knowing in any kind of active way and hence people tend to score poorly because I think you'd need to have a very acute sense of what you were doing to score well. I suggest picking *any* topic and then applying the ways of knowing. Even stuff in the news would be fine. Really any topic where you can dissect it and say we use way of knowing X and then way of knowing Y and then way of knowing Z in order to understand this topic, which is most stuff. Some ethical topics would fit this bill completely, but they're also usually done to death.
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    The UCAS Thread

    No there are definitely things you should write to 'hit' the right ideas with the people reading. It would helpful if you tell us which subject you are applying for as that dictates a lot about what you should be putting in.
  3. Why don't you suggest some ideas or thoughts of your own to start and maybe explain where you're getting stuck in coming up with ideas yourself. This site is for advice and help, but not for people to do your work for you!
  4. Presumably you expected a correlation and that logic underpinned your explanation of the thinking behind your experiment. You shouldn't fabricate the data. If there is a massive flaw in your experiment design that led the failure it won't reflect hugely well, although it would have to be pretty massive. These things happen and actually a lot of things we set out to prove in science come back with negative results, and those results are just as valuable because they tell us information that goes against what we expected and challenge our thinking. You're marked on evaluating your experiment and analysing your data, so you just need to address whether there are any flaws in the experiment or tweaks you could have made to explain the results you got and why the data didn't fit what you expected. In other words, what's the biological explanation (and/or contribution of human error) that gave you the results you got.
  5. I would think quite hard about doing 4 HL subjects. Is it really necessary for you? Depends what you're thinking of doing at University but that combination doesn't seem super coherent so I imagine you could drop down one (?Art). There's nothing to be gained from doing an extra HL unless you really need it as a strict requirement for a Uni course or are doing it just for yourself as a person (and then I guess you'd need to be quite passionate to justify the work, because an extra HL will detract time from your other subjects). I would suggest doing 3 HL / 3 SL. You can do the 1st year of IB with 4 HLs and then drop one after a year if you're struggling or once you're clearer on what you'd like to do, I suppose, if your school will let you.
  6. I strongly recommend getting copies of the syllabus for all your subjects (you can probably just google them if you can't find them on here) because often that can bump you up a grade just having a really clear view of what they want from you. Spanish is a good one to be doing badly in because it's also very easy to improve your skills in a language. Really sit down with the grammar and then practice as much as you can. Practising speaking in the language is probably the quickest way to improve if you can find anybody (or even one of your teachers) willing to spend half an hour a week just talking with you and correcting you. It forces you to learn how to conjugate the verbs and find the vocabulary to express yourself. The other thing to remember is that there are 3 points available for TOK/your EE and make sure you put the effort into those to try and get all three because they can make a reasonable difference to your final point score.
  7. I mean it keeps the door open on science in general (except Physics), psychology, maths and engineering as well - in the sense it would be a good subject combination for all those things. With HL Maths you could even go down an Economics/Business route. So I wouldn't worry it's going to restrict you! It's a fairly open subject combination but I guess you're veering away a bit from humanities and languages.
  8. Ideally your real life situation should be the spark for your knowledge question. What is it that you find compelling about the story you've picked? I know nothing more than your summary but it seems to me that the incredible thing is that this person hoodwinked everyone into thinking something which turned out not to be true. Perhaps look at the ways of knowing, and the flaws in people's acquisition of knowledge about this person, which led everyone to believe something false. There's definitely a good question in there. I think the ethics of the situation are fairly uninteresting. How science is restricted by ethics = not really relevant to your scenario. Same with religion. I don't think scientists have any reason to have inherently different ethics as a group, and not in this example. I don't really see why you'd pursue that and if you did want to talk about ethics and how it restricts science there are many better examples you can pick to explore.
  9. My understanding of the american Uni system is that it's so variable what people have access to in 'high school' that you wouldn't be penalised for not having done relevant subjects - you could just say they weren't available to you, and because of the variability they spend some time covering the knowledge which you could have learnt at school in your first year or so of Uni. I guess it's a disadvantage in that you're going to be behind people who have had that opportunity, but it shouldn't stop you studying a STEM related subject in the end. That's a problem with the IB in countries where the Uni requirements are less restrictive, I think, because for instance HL English and HL History might not be strong subjects for certain people so you're artificially worsening the scores of those who for instance are great at Maths, but terrible at writing essays. And so on. In an ideal world you'd be at a school where you could do the subjects you wanted in the combination which felt best and achieve the highest IB score possible for you as an individual on the back of that. Anyway!
  10. What a shame! They're such core subjects it's crazy your school doesn't offer HL. I guess you're lucky you're in the US where it's not such a big deal what subjects you've studied at school when it comes to University applications because you get the chance to catch up at Uni. What I meant with the option topics is that no matter what your teacher chooses to cover in the classroom, in the exam you get given all of the option topics to answer and then you pick which one you want to do on the day. So you can ignore what your teacher picks and do the option which interests you the most if you're willing to learn it in your own time, which is totally do-able from the textbooks.
  11. Whichever one of those approaches that allows you to do a more thorough analysis and bring out the best points is probably the answer to your question.
  12. If your EE was "Is Slaughterhouse Five an anti-war novel" then the content of your EE should essentially be arguments for and against whether it is an anti-war novel using evidence and analysis from the text plus or minus other resources, and then you should come to a conclusion. I've never read that book but googling it, the Wiki entry says it's a famous anti-war novel which makes me wonder if this is such a great topic. I don't know what you were planning to say in terms of it maybe *not* being an anti-war novel but that makes it sound like there may not be much. You shouldn't really pick an EE topic without already having ideas of what kinds of things you would discuss in your essay and what kinds of points you'd be able to make. In a way I think your ideas of the content should precede settling on a final title.
  13. If you're interested in Biomedical engineering I would think you should be aiming to do at least one of those subjects or probably both at HL rather than SL! I guess Chemistry would probably be more useful for Biomed but you could make a case for either. The medicinal chemistry versus ecology thing sounds like it's just referring to the options you take - the long and short of it is that if you find a different option more interesting, you can just teach it to yourself from the textbook, so if you're not interested in ecology you can pick a different one. Is there a reason you're not thinking of taking them as HL subjects?
  14. Visual Arts HL is a difficult one to get a 7 in, it requires a lot of work in terms of man hours. Psychology on the other hand is an easier 7. Either would be good as background for marketing, so I would go with whichever you are interested in, and if that's an even tie between the two, then Psychology would probably be a better selection.
  15. I believe so, yes, although it would seem harsh to mark down more than a small amount for lack of fluency if it's simply using 'um'. It's always useful to look at the mark schemes and see exactly what you're being marked on before doing any of the IB assessments or examinations. EDIT: I've merged your two topics as they are essentially on the same subject. If you're not happy with the grade you've got, ask your teacher if they'll let you do another presentation and also make sure you ask them for plenty of feedback on why they marked you down in places so you can specifically demonstrate improvement. If there's the opportunity to do so, that seems like a no brainer.
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