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Everything posted by dniviE

  1. The best tip I can give anyone asking for how to practice for IB Economics SL/HL is to do practice exams. It is the most applicable way to practice for the exams, as it is what you will be doing on the exam. Find past papers, practice them and do as many as you can. It helped me tremendously in my revision for Economics HL for May 2013 exams. For content, your textbook is probably enough, but you could supplement it with other textbooks. I personally used the Pearson IB Economics book, which was very helpful both content-wise and for practice exam questions.
  2. Do not choose an article from a magazine like The Economist; such magazines/websites always analyse the news for you. The point of the Economics IA/Commentary is meant to be an opportunity for you to explain a newsarticle, it's economic concepts and possible impacts. Your article should generally not contain any form of analysis, rather it should be a plain newsarticle about a policy change (i.e. for example a change from tariffs on solar panels from China in the US or agricultural tariffs changing in the EU). Please take a look at posts in the Economics-subforum for more help/information regarding the Economics Commentary: http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/9088-sources-for-economics-portfolio/http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/22435-economics-internal-assessment-evaluation-part/http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/11573-tips-for-economics-portfolio-commentary/http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/24276-economics-ia-graph/#entry188278
  3. Firstly, it seems that you are very confused about what an IB Economics commentary is supposed to be. There is no need for any research question, as the commentary is short (maximum 750 words). Secondly, the point of the commentary is not to present a particular problem it is to analyse a news article that has a clear economic concept embedded in it (for example externalities, taxation and the like). For example, if an article talks about pollution from cars, negative externalities is the economic concept to explain and analyse in your commentary. In such cases it is also appropriate to propose a solution (for example a tax on pollution) and considerations on what a possible solution can lead to. The article you have linked is not appropriate for a short IB Economics commentary of 750 words because it does not have any clear economic concept in it. You should find articles for which you can clearly identify what economic concept is being discussed, not an article about a hotel launching a new kind of suite. Please take a look on these resources and please check the IB Economics Subject Guide: http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/11573-tips-for-economics-portfolio-commentary/http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/9088-sources-for-economics-portfolio/http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/22435-economics-internal-assessment-evaluation-part/Also take a look in the files and notes archive for IB Economics (requires VIP-status to download) for sample assignments and guides: http://www.ibsurvival.com/files/category/27-sample-internal-assessments/
  4. There is also an obvious, but potentially dangerous, way to solve this: lie about the word count! One of my friends actually ended up with a word count in the range 4100-4300 and he wrote on the cover page and official documents that it was 4000 words. Nothing happened to him and he actually received an A for his EE as well!
  5. Anyone who is not a student from the country which the university resides in is considered an international student. So, a person from England studying in the United States would still be considered an international student despite that person having English as their mother tongue. Proficiency and command of the English language has nothing to do with being an international student or not. TOEFLs and SATs are required for some universities but not for some other ones. I study in the Netherlands and I could waive TOEFLs by showing that I had studied the IB Diploma in English. It varies though, because in the US they require SATs for most universities.
  6. I would advise you to work out your research question by yourself as posting it online could possibly get you in trouble regarding plagiarism. As for direct advise on how to form a research question, try to figure out what groups of consumers you wish to investigate and how price discrimination of these groups change the revenue of the cinema firm. I'd assume cinemas have lower prices for different groups such as children, students, adults and the elderly (pensioneers), so try and look into those groups. Try to work out theoretically, or just in your head, how different price segments affect the revenue of cinemas!
  7. This should be absolutely fine. I remember citing some resources in one of my Economics HL IAs and I included it in a bibliography. Remember to use a correct and consistent citing style (ie. APA or Chicago style).
  8. @Calculus: contact them directly and ask about it. In my experience it is far more effective than checking their webpages. Good luck!
  9. I am a current student in the Netherlands, more specifically Universit College Maastricht. For that program I only needed to pass the IB Diploma to get accepted. However, they asked for predicted grades above 34 to make sure that the students they accept can handle the workload (which is, IMO, quite heavy). I also agree with @XeoKnight: it always helps to contact them directly.
  10. I went to a boarding school and the time that I had there was definitely the best that I have had so far in my life! Check out www.uwc.org! If you want to know more about it, feel free to contact me in a PM, it is just too much to write here!
  11. What citation style you use in the IB does not matter, as long as you are consistent in your individual assignments (ie. do not switch your citation style in the middle of your written assignment). I always used the Chicago Style, but that was mostly because I love footnotes. APA is most commonly used for social sciences. Wikipedia has a great article-section on what citation styles are used for what subjects, maybe that could serve as a guideline for you?
  12. AFAIK the Erasmus Programme and their scholarships are only available to European (EU, EEA and EFTA) students/residents. Doing a quick search on Erasmus' webpages gave no universities in Switzerland, so it seems you are out of luck @Guinievre. Their webpage is this one: http://erasmusprogramme.com/erasmus_scholarships.php There is a program for Masters and PhD levels as @veregudmen points out, but this is a separate program called Erasmus Mundus: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/funding/scholarships_students_academics_en.php
  13. The best way to study for IB Economics, or any subject for that matter, is past papers. Past papers prepare you for exactly what you are going to face on the exam: little time, quick writing and thinking. It also prepares you very well to be able to define and explain economic concepts, draw diagrams and logically structure an answer. As I have outlined in several other threads: past papers are the most superior way to go about doing well on the exams: Picked from: http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/28556-how-to-study-for-the-econ-sl-exam/
  14. For Paper 1, you should put your diagrams in between your text where it fits. For example, after you have used one paragraph explaining an indirect tax draw the diagram below that paragraph. In that way you make the answer easier for the examiner to mark as there aren't any reference diagrams that the examiner has to look up in an extra graph paper booklet.
  15. @Negotiation is correct. If you really want to study in Norway though, you could do a Norwegian course for a year (I know that they have this at NTNU since my Portuguese girlfriend considered applying to NTNU). There is also a good webpage with lots of information and links about stuydying in Norway -> http://studyinnorway.no/ Good luck and please do contact any of the Norwegians on IBS if you want more information (I can answer questions, but do not expect me to reply within less than 48 hours)!
  16. I would choose the second one, but that is only because of personal preference. Either of the two are fine.
  17. The research question and topic is sufficiently narrow yet covers enough content for a lenghty and interesting analysis. Just to be clear, I have not read the book you are analysing so I am only commenting on the form of the research question. If you want to remain focused on both of the mentioned characters you can reformulate your research question to include both of them. Your research question could for example be: What is the importance of glory, as a thematic value, with regards to the two main characters in Mishima's The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea? Or you could just shorten it down and focus on glory as a whole as a thematic value as you call it: What is the importance of glory as a thematic value in [book title]?If you choose 2. you can simply state in your introduction that you would like to focus upon the two main characters (Ryuji/Noboru), which will sufficiently narrow your scope.
  18. http://www.econclassroom.com/ also have some great videos for understanding Theory of the Firm as well as sample answers for past exam questions! Good luck!
  19. @IBwanting2survive: I do not know any one that has been marked down because I do not know anyone who actually did IB Psychology. It is also not easy to know why someone got marked down on an exam as there might be many other reasons for losing marks. I study psychology at university and from what I know the case of Phineas Cage can be used as an example, but it is such an old case that do not have any clear records or clear findings to it. That is why I believe you would be better off using HM as a case study as this case is 1) recent, and 2) is widely studied and known.
  20. Use HM instead of Phineas Cage. While as Phineas Cage is widely known, the records on him are not verified nor reliable. In contrast, the case study of HM and his amnesia is very valid, verified and very widely known within the field of psychology.
  21. The Prezi you have made is certainly impressive as is the written material (without me having read the literature). Is the design your own work or is it a modification of a Prezi-template?
  22. Well, for one you could cite Satoshi Nakamoto's paper outlining the features of the Bitcoin-protocl (https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf). Bitcoin have many novel and interesting features, for example the utilisation of a decentralised system of representing ownership or the inherent deflationary nature (ie. there is a limited amount of bitcoin that will ever be obtained). Analysation of deflation could be interesting, but it is unclear if it fits in the IB requirements. It might be too conceptual and suffer from a lack data collection. As far as I remember, the students that I know of in my previous school that did EEs in Economics all had to do some sort of primary data collection, so you would have to do that too. That might prove difficult with bitcoin-related data unless you are for example attempting to correlate media-attention (via Google Trends/News) with the price spikes of bitcoin. If you have not discussed the topic with your EE advisor yet, you should do so. Find out exactly what the criteria are, and what you need to do for primary/secondary data-collection and the like!
  23. Past papers, past papers, past papers...and I did I already mention it, past papers. Past papers is your best friend when preparing for any IB-exam. They prepare you for exactly what you have to do on the exam and you find out what content you are lacking knowledge of. I experienced great improvements in my grade from my predicted by practicising Paper 1s and 2s the month before the exam (outlined below; from another thread):
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