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  1. If you do a good job of it, no you should be fine. There are no marks for originality. I guess the more well known and written about something is, the more likely the examiner to be familiar with the topic/book, and if you miss something or fail to explore features that they are aware of, I suppose they're more likely to notice. However if you consider the topic thoroughly and can back up your 'unique spins' appropriately, I can't see that you'd have any problems.
  2. Depending on which University you go to (some mandate intercalated degrees), it takes 5 - 6 years. And yes all will look at GCSEs. How much they factor your GCSEs into their decision depends on the individual University.
  3. You'll have to ask your school what their internal policy is, but basically the IBO only requires coursework to be sent to them towards the end of IB2. So if your school is happy for you to re-do things, there's no reason you can't come up with other versions of the coursework at any time right up until the deadline when it needs to be sent off. Ask your teachers. They will also be the ones who know the deadlines for coursework submission. You should have to do a new one from scratch, rather than improve on what has already been submitted, because you'll presumably have some kind of feedback on what's already been submitted from your teacher, and they're not allowed to help coach you through these assessments. I cannot account for what your school's policy on this will be, but that is technically how it should go.
  4. They do all sound quite broad to me - BUT - I confess I am not at all an expert on this topic. I can give you some advice about an exercise in how to narrow it down though. For each question, go through and bullet point the main facts of discussion for each of the titles you've picked. As in all of the points you'd want to cover for each of them, bearing in mind 'to what extent' means each point would have to be weighed. Then imagine cramming all of that into an essay and adequately addressing each point. Doing this, you should be able to see for yourself if the topic is way too large for an IA length essay or not. It'll also be useful to draw together all these points, because not only will it help you pick, but you can also look at them and see what you *could* put together instead which would be an appropriately sized topic for the essay. Ideally you want a topic which is just big enough to be explored in an essay, so that when you go through it, you do so absolutely thoroughly and score all the points available, having completely answered your own question - without leaving things out, or skimming over them. For instance you might find that even though Q number 1 might turn out to be too big a topic, when you go through it, there's a particular aspect of British Authority that actually would lend itself nicely to being explored within the bounds of an IA essay and you can do a more narrowed down & comprehensive version of the same title.
  5. Hi Dana, This is the point where you have to do a bit of research yourself. That is a big part of the EE, coming up with your own research question. If you're interested in 20th century american literature, then you've already got a starting point. I would suggest the next step be going to the library and picking out some works of 20th century american literature that you might be interested in writing about, reading them and see if any of them grab you. Why are you specifically interested in 20th century american literature? If you can answer what it is in particular that interests you about that, it might also help you narrow down what books to pick.
  6. It is basically just a regular World Lit essay but on a grander 4,000 word scale. Google '50 Excellent Extended Essays' to see the IB's exemplar EEs and have a look at the English ones. It'll give you a feel for what they want.
  7. You're better off going with something simple, solid and analysable within 4000 words, where you've covered all the relevant bits of research and come to a good conclusion. The fertiliser topic is potentially a bit boring, but I can see no reason you couldn't get a good score if you do it well and thoroughly. The impact of socioeconomics on the spread of disease is something that could probably span several volumes of textbooks, it's a very complicated issue with myriad socioeconomic factors to address and account for. Unless you want to drill it down into something a lot more specific that you could deal with comprehensively (and even then it would be a bit of a statistics nightmare, trying to account for external factors), I think you'd be mad to try and cover that in 4000 words. The second one sounds interesting, but it's not appropriate for an EE really. If you're interested in a good mark, you need to do something which can be addressed, explored and then wrapped up within the scope of an EE.
  8. This is sort-of the point at which you read a small amount about this in order to see if you can find something which could form a research question or not. It's your potential essay, and you're only helping yourself by reading up on the topic. People here can advise you on the formulation of an eventual topic you've chosen, but nobody's going to do a load of research on your behalf to see if something is feasible or not. You should try and investigate this yourself. It won't take you long to see if there's something which strikes you as a good RQ or not. And remember, for Biology EEs it is advisable to perform an experiment as a core part of your essay.
  9. I totally understand, it's a difficult (and unprecedented!) situation. However my advice still stands that you're less likely to score well if you're not doing an experiment, because the criteria against which they mark are geared towards rewarding experiments and not review essays - even if it's not your fault at all that you can't do one! All the examples in the 50 Excellent Extended Essays series for Biology include experiments. I would either delay until you're able to perform an experiment (schools will eventually re-open) - or if you want to use this time wisely and crack on with an EE now, perhaps a subject other than Biology would be better?
  10. For what it's worth (and I have no idea how the OP did in his essay), for the sciences, to score maximum marks you ideally need to organise your own experiment and do something practical. It's extremely unlikely you will get a good mark if you have not done your own experiment because of the criteria. If your topic is outside the range of what you can experiment on, I would suggest it is not a good topic. If you're just a school student without access to specialised equipment etc for the purposes you require, I strongly advise not pursing this further and either switching topic to something you CAN experiment on, or switching away from Biology.
  11. What is 'the correlation' in this case? If you want to look at how emotion can influence our decisions then that's a) a solid choice for a presentation and b) an area in which there are almost infinite examples. Basically any human decision is going to be affected by emotion in some way or another. So really you can choose whatever interests you as a real life scenario. Turn on the news and pick pretty much anything! I can't think of anything topical at the moment that isn't being strongly influenced by our emotions. The world's topic of 2020 is a strong contender.
  12. Under strict licenced conditions I think it should be fine for some civilian people to keep low powered recreational guns, for instance farmers and hunters. There should be well enforced legislation regarding how they must be kept (locked away unless in use) and so on. Nobody beyond that needs a gun for anything, and certainly nobody needs to own a high powered gun or an automatic weapon. It is safer for all of society if access to guns is strictly limited.
  13. Yes in the UK Maths is not required for Medicine (that I am aware of, obviously check the most up to date admissions information for whichever course you are applying to), so there's consequently nothing saying that they want SL Maths Methods over Maths Studies or indeed Maths of any sort. To be honest I think the nuances of which is which between the different options is probably beyond their remit.
  14. 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.
  15. Sandwich

    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.
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