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  1. I need some urgent guidance regarding my IB subject choices for next year!!! This is what I've entered; English Lit A HL Economics HL History HL Maths SL Environmental systems and societies SL Mandarin ab initio SL However, I still have the opportunity to make changes so I thought I'd ask for some thoughts on them before I finalise. First of all - do they seem optimal for law at Russel Group/Ivy Leauge unis? English Lit, Economics, Maths and Mandarin are more or less definite so I am left with two concerns; I am considering swapping out History HL to Global Politics HL. Mainly because Global Politics appeared very interesting but also as I reckon History will be much harder to get a good score in. I came to UK boarding school this year which is year 11/5th form so I am doing an accelerated GCSE course - meaning my subject choices for GCSE were limited and I couldn't do the full GCSE for History (I have history lessons for experience but am not sitting exams). On the other hand, though, I know History is well respected by unis and sure would benefit me if I'll study law. Help!!! History HL or Global Politics HL? Second concern - At first I didn't doubt choosing ESS for a second because I just wanted to get rid of the sciences but I have heard a lot recently, even from the teacher of ESS, that it is a soft subject. I got A*s in all my triple science mocks and am predicted A*s as well - so it is not that I would struggle with for example Biology; I just chose ESS purely because I don't find bio/chem/physics interesting. Is it really such a "soft subject" and does it even matter if I want to do law/international relations etc. at uni? if so should I consider biology instead?
  2. Hi everyone! Ok so, my original Extended Essay research question was "How are the common themes of betrayal and love portrayed differently in the Shakespearean comedy “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” when compared to the tragedy “King Lear.” However, my adviser said that it was too narrow for an EE and I should compare two different playwrights instead. I'm not really interested in going outside of Shakespeare, so I have decided to completely change my topic. I'm still sticking to English Literature, but I think I'm leaning towards novels instead. This is where I need help. I really want to do something with "A Thousand Splendid Suns" since it's a beautiful book, relates to me personally, and I haven't seen it used in any Extended Essays so far. Besides that, I don't really know which direction I should go in. A little guidance or some suggestions would be helpful and much appreciated. Also, if my original topic could be somehow be salvaged, I'd be incredibly grateful for that. Thank you so much! Update: I did some research and I'm considering maybe comparing "A Thousand Splendid Suns" with "The Bastard of Istanbul." Lemme know what you think! Thanks!
  3. Hi, I really need some help analyzing my poem for my essay. I am doing the poem 'The Onion' By Wislawa Szymborska and I lost my book with all the analysis and I really need it asap! Can someone please help me? Thank You I have attached the poem below:It's really something, the onionIt doesn't have entrails.It is itself, through and through,all of it just onion.Onionlike on the outside,oniony to the core,the onion could look into itselfwithout any fear.In us lurks the strange and the wildbarely covered by the skin.In us, an inferno of guts,violent anatomy.In the onion, nothing but the onion,no twisted intestines,Undressed many times, it repeats itselfto its depths.A consistent creature, the onion,a well-made thing.Inside one, simply another,in a larger, a smaller,and in the next, the next.Centrifugal fugue.Echo in unison.The onion, I do appreciate it:the prettiest belly in the world.It wears halosfor its own glory.In us, fat, nerves, veins,valves, and secrets.For us it's unattainable,the idiotism of perfection.Thanks again ))
  4. Hi, all. With September drawing near, I am scrambling to mentally prepare myself as much as possible for the full diploma program. Truth be told, I am not accustomed to constantly revising my subjects throughout the school year. For some time, I've studied passively rather than actively. I let upcoming tests and exams dictate when I would study. It's a nasty habit and I am aware that this will have to change since I am going into the IB program. I was wondering if any of you have developed daily study schedules that work for you? If so, would you be willing to share? Additionally, I would appreciate some advice as to how to approach my courses in terms of studying. My subjects are as follows: English Literature HL Biology HL Chemistry HL Psychology HL German Ab Initio SL Math SL Thank you.
  5. I am in summer holidays approaching Year 13 now and I really want to grab the time to prepare for next year. I am at a 37 now and I really want to get a 40 or above. Does any one have tips on how to get a 7 in the following subjects that I take? Especially Film and Global Politics! I literally have no idea how in the world I am supposed to revise or get good grades in those!! - Chinese Language and Literature HL - English Literature SL - Maths SL - Design Technology SL - Global Politics HL - Film Studies HL Thanks a million!
  6. I have to start doing my IOP and I get to choose from "Hamlet" by Shakespeare, "1984" by George Orwell and "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelly. I chose "Hamlet" and I was thinking about doing my topic on Horatio. The topic would be about what I think the sequel to "Hamlet" would be and what would happen in it. I want to make my presentation really interesting so any suggestions? Also, is my topic a valid one for the IOP?
  7. I have to start doing my IOP and I get to choose from "Hamlet" by Shakespeare, "1984" by George Orwell and "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelly. I chose "Hamlet" and I was thinking about doing my topic on Horatio. The topic would be about what I think the sequel to "Hamlet" would be and what would happen in it. I want to make my presentation really interesting so any suggestions? Also, is my topic a valid one for the IOP?
  8. Hello all, I am new to this forum and am unsure whether this is the formal way of posing a question. I have been thinking about doing my extended essay in English Literature, but I'm not sure whether the topic I have chosen is suitable. I would like to either look at the use of scripts to allow for creative freedom in cinematography and plot has changed over film history, or morals and humanity as a metaphysical theme of the film "Blade Runner" (I can link this to the book the film is based on - "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep"). However, it feels as though this is possibly straying from what is acceptable to write about for English Lit (I am aware IB has a film course). Does anybody know if this is ok to write about or whether I need to take a new approach? Thanks in advance.
  9. Im a year 11 student and I would like to know whether my combination is good or whether I should expect any obscure workload and what to watch out for. I take the following subjects- HL Computer Science HL Economics HL Business Management SL English Literature SL French B SL Math (not studies) SL Physics Is this a good combination for any field? If so can you please mention because I am not sure of what to do in the future. Thank you!! >o<
  10. i take: HL global politics HL film HL chinese language & literature SL english literature SL maths SL design technology i have both HL & SL papers for some of them. i am contemplating whether to keep SL papers when I do HL; & if I should keep my HL papers when I do SL... i know for some subjects the assessments are very similar or even same in HL & SL. sooo plz provide me your valuable opinions! thx
  11. I'll jump right in to the absolute mess of my situation - I changed from World Studies to English at a reasonably late date (but not the latest!) and have since found a muse for my essay writing. The beautifully gothic Edgar Allan Poe - I've chosen 'The Pit and the Pendulum', 'The Black Cat', 'The Tell-Tale Heart', and 'The Fall of the House of Usher' as my four short stories to study. Of course, I have an English supervisor, but there is one problem - she's suggested I jump right in and write, without a question. Okay, so I know I need to write about the gothic horror element within his writing. But that's too broad, surely? I've thought about the theme of inflicted and innate madness, and their different portrayals within the stories, but I am unsure. Has anyone else done Edgar Allan Poe in the past, and if so, what topic did you decide on? I simply need inspiration. My first draft is due in two weeks. Thank you! mala-prop-ism
  12. Hi all, Last year, I'd been getting fairly good grades on my essays, and this year, well, it's suddenly dropped which has been quite disappointing (though not a surprise considering how unresponsive my brain is being towards analysis in essays). There isn't really one big issue, but a lot of big ones, which is more than a little troubling, specifically: writing a coherent and concise introduction determining the subject/theme of the passage the actual analysis and knowing if it is enough/makes logical sense I'm aware the middle is only done through practice, and whilst I've looked at plenty of examples of essays, none appear to be the type that my teacher is looking for. It would be great if anyone could offer some advice as to how I could improve with these and/or look over an essay plan I've made for IOC preparation. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  13. I am a student of Grade 11 and I have my final IOP due in about a month or so. I was browsing through a few previous forums on how to go on about doing your IOP but many of them seem to focus on books. As I'm still quire new to IB could someone please help me understand how one should do an IOP on english poetry? The poems we've done in class are that of Robert Frost Thanks in advance!
  14. I was struck down with tonsillitis the day before HL English Lit Paper 1, but I still did both Paper 1 and 2. I had the form submitted to the IB and was wondering if anyone had any experience with this process. Would the IB consider my circumstances 'adverse'? If so, how close does your mark have to be to the upper grade boundary to be moved up a grade?
  15. Hi! So I really need help with choosing what HL and SL courses to take. I'm definitely taking HL English Literature, HL History, HL Spanish Language and Literature, SL Biology, and Math Studies (SL). I think I'm quite good at French, so I was thinking of taking French B HL too, but I'm afraid 4 HL courses will be too much to handle. I've been getting 6's and 7's in all of my courses, and would really like to get into my dream school (which happens to be an Ivy League school). I intend to focus on the Humanities. I chose Math Studies because I'm not very good at math and taking SL Math would have taken away time from studying for my other demanding courses, but I'm afraid that universities will think I was being lazy when I chose Math Studies instead of SL Math. I was thinking that taking 4 HLs could help me compensate, in a way, for that. What do you think?
  16. Hello, I'm starting English Literature HL first semester in 2 days. I heard its one of the hardest subjects and its very hard to get a 7 in it. I got an 88 in Grade 10 English and I don't know how I'll be able to manage at least a 6 this year since that's like 93-96%, which is especially hard for an HL subject. Will I be able to survive English HL? Is it as terrifying as people say it is? One of my main issues is that I always saw English as an opinionated subject where you hand an assignment, essay, or whatever in and you pray that you got impressed the teacher, so I have no idea what to do to improve. Sometimes when my teachers add in annotations on mistakes on assignments, I think to myself, "how was I supposed to know that?", and its never a recurring error, so it always seems like I'm writing something out of the blue that I think is good but never seems to be excellent. How can I improve in English? I really want to start doing well in it, and I've started by having purchased a study guide called "How to Study English Literature", so hopefully that will help a lot and give me ideas on what exactly to write. Will I be able to get a 7 if I put in enough effort and hard work, or is it something that only happens to people who like to write stories, novels, that type of thing? Thanks =)
  17. Hello everyone, I am writing my Extended Essay in English lit A, and could really use some feedback on my choice of topic! The book which I have selected is "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut, and some of the topics I have in mind are: 1) Survivor's guilt in Slaughterhouse Five 2) How the portrayal of the characters in the novel contribute to it being anti-war in nature 3) The theme of fate and free will in Slaughterhouse Five I am a little inclined towards the 2nd option, but I really do not know whether any of these would qualify. Kindly give your honest opinions, on whether any of these are worth doing, or if you have any other topic in mind. Also, if you do not think the choice of novel would produce a good essay, kindly give me suggestions and let me know if you have any other novel or topic in mind. Thanks in advance.
  18. Gather here literature lovers! Are you doing Higher level English literature or SL? What are your opinions on the book if you are reading it?
  19. So, for those of you who do the exams now in two weeks, how do you prepare for the novels you will be using for Paper 2? And also which novels do you have?
  20. I am currently doing MYP/ Pre IB. In the subject English we have been asked to do a FOA. In the FOA we have to compare two texts (SHort Stoirs) that have a similar message but vary in format/audience/purpose. This is the first time I am doing a FOA could anyone please give me some tips and techniques to score better. And if anyone one has done some similar type of work could you please E-Mail it to me. Thanks ALot (ALso Please Note that my FOA is in TWO DAYS TIME so could please provide me with some help ASAP. Email: [email protected] or could they attach a file.
  21. I'm not super secure in my abilities in literary analysis. IB really demands a lot. I'm trying to get an idea of the passages (both prose and poetry) they use so I'll feel a little more prepared and know what to expect for Paper 1. Does anybody know where I can find a list of all the texts used in past Paper 1 exams for English literature? I have no idea if they use different texts for SL and HL, but I am taking HL. Thanks!
  22. Hey, it's my first year doing the IB prep year and I'm really struggling with English text analysis and essays(paper 1 and 2) since I have no prior experience to composing essays. I was wondering if anyone had any structure/tips they would be kind enough to share? Thanks in advance:)
  23. Hi, so I've decided to do my Lit in translation essay on Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen and I've come up with this question: "How and to what effect does Ibsen use the character of Pastor Manders to comment on Norwegian society and its values in Ghosts?" I'm not sure if I'm overcomplicating the task.. Is the question suitable or should I just simplify it to something like "What is the significance of Pastor Manders in Ghosts?" For the essay I know I mainly want to focus on the character of Pastor Manders and how he represents society - and what aspects of society he represents (e.g. the hypocrisy of Norwegian society) and my general outline is to focus on: - the duality of pastor manders' personality - his repressed personality - his corruption etc. But I'm not sure if it becomes too much about a character study rather than looking at literary techniques/being a critical literary essay. Sorry for the long message & thank you in advance!
  24. My school wants us to choose a subject and a research question (even if it's just an idea) after Christmas break so they can assign our supervisors specific to the subject that we chose. My HL subjects are Economics, Chemistry and Biology but I want to do an English A EE because that's what I find most interesting. As for my HL subjects, I know I don't have the heart to write an essay in Economics because I find it boring. I don't feel like writing a Chemistry or Biology EE either because it is very experiment-based (I find experiments boring too *facepalm*). I know that our EE can be from any subject the IBO offers, so I really want to do mine on English A. I have a lot of ideas but they're all very vague. My initial idea was about dystopian literature like Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World but I'm also aware that these two books are compared a lot so it's probably best not to do this since this topic is too widely used (a lot of ideas could've been repeatedly used) and would only lower my grade. I also remembered someone in my school did an EE on the theme of madness in Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Shakespeare's Hamlet so I thought madness or mental illness could be an interesting point to explore. Another idea is writing about antiwar/war-related books like Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-five, Spiegelman's Maus, and Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front. Or maybe the portrayal of (something) from works by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Zusak's The Book Thief/Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 (books and stuff - don't ask). As for my research question, I'm looking for a theme to explore since I can go on and analyse language, character, techniques etc. as well. Basically - there are a lot of ideas that are not developed and a lot of books I have not read. I'm going to Japan for nine days during the Christmas break so hopefully I can read a few books during that time. If anybody can tell me what you think of my ideas that would be great - I'm also open to reading suggestions for any of the ideas I mentioned above!
  25. In my English Lit. Class, our teacher assigned us a "baby IOP" five minutes long to help prep us for our real IOP next year. I'm doing mine on "The Great Gatsby". Since I'm a really theatrical person I wanted to do something that would involve more performance than presentation. I was thinking of doing a monologue as one of the characters from the novel and then analyzing it but I feel our time limit is much too short to allow for that. What I have chosen to do is to perform a colour poem that analyzes each use of the word "gold" in "The Great Gatsby", which was actually pretty prevalent. So, I would give a state of intent first, describing what the poem I'll be reciting next is describing and the whole point of it being in a poem (which is to provide direct emphasis on the ways "gold" had been used in the novel). Then, I would begin with my poem which will be about 3 minutes. Each line would begin with "Gold is" and it would get into what Fitzgerald meant in that quote and I'd be displaying the exact line the word "gold" has been used in the novel on a projector. Example 1: What I would say: "Gold is... a classical lavishness that entails with it beauty, success, and exuberance which is what Jordan is composed of to Nick." What would be presented on the projector: “With Jordan’s slender golden arm resting in mine, we descended the steps and sauntered about the garden.†(page 59) I was also considering doing a comparison of the uses "Yellow" and "Gold" which would follow the same aforementioned structure but the beginning would alternate between "Gold is" and "Yellow is". Example 2: (example 1) What I would say:"Yellow is... an aspirant gold, a more veneer version that revolves around coating and appearance than merit and quality. Yellow is to gold as plastic is to glass. " What would be presented:“She held my hand impersonally, as a promise that she’d take care of me in a minute, and gave ear to two girls in twin yellow dresses, who stopped at the foot of the steps†(page 58) I would love to have opinions on which one to do or if I should even bother continuing with either one of them. Suggestions and criticism are also profoundly welcome; thank you!

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