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  1. Hi guys for my cas project I’m making a small book with a bunch of creative writing pieces and photography so if any of you have anything you’d like be willing to share/send pls send it to this email: [email protected] it can be anything from poetry to a story you write for class... or a photography project or just pictures you enjoyed taking... it can really be anything! Thanks :)
  2. A question that has seriously bothered me is the subjectivity of grading IB essays. The rubrics are at best very vague. I mean according to whose opinion is my essay's organization going to be judged as "well-structured" or "effective?" (mind you these terms refer to two different bands). Clearly, an examiner who's a bibliophile will props have a higher par for what an effective structure means. What do you think?
  3. Hei, people. I'm in need of a lot of advice about HL English essays. My mark in English is okay (low 5), but its been like that for the past 2 years of IB for me. I've gone to extra help with my teacher and asked her many times how can I improve on my skills. She explains it well, and I understand, but then when I go and write my essay, I just get a low 5 again. I've read sample essays to get an idea, those weren't much help. I've read the Course Companion book a few times and it just wasn't helpful. I even tried expanding my vocabulary to see if that would help any, but I don't think that got me anywhere. For my English midterm, I had to write an essay on a poem. I used the Point, Evidence, Explanation method and I believe I had a well focussed thesis and main idea, but if I get a solid low 5 on this, I might explode. What could I possibly be going wrong. She does mention that I don't present my ideas clearly, but I try to present them clear enough, how clearer can they get? Are there any other suggestions that I should look in to?
  4. Hey guys, help me!! HOW DO YOU STOP PROCRASTINATION?? I'm a really, really serious procrastinator and it's extremely harmful. Anyone is/was a procrastinator and have any tips to stop being soo lazy?
  5. Hi everyone. I've written two short guides on IBS: Time managementPreventing and managing stressThe following is about how to create realistic plans. It's adapted from my blog. I hope it helps. There are two easy ways to create feasible plans: Pretend you have 30% the energy you usually have Copy a plan you’ve completed successfully beforeNote that I’ve left out the most obvious way – looking at a calendar and the things you have to do then filling up the hours. Why don’t we stick to plans? It’s simply too difficult For some reason, if we imagine a free day we imagine a lot of time. But we also assume our energy levels will match that. It often doesn’t. Cramming the day with loads of activities is only going to make you tired quickly and far more likely to stop doing them even in the middle of the day. If it’s a long term plan it’s even less likely to continue. We get distracted Distractions are a huge problem. As research shows, after a distraction, it takes about 25 minutes to get back into work. It makes our work far less efficient and moves everything in the plan forward. Therefore we work longer, become more tired and start putting things off. We don’t give ourselves enough time We might assume that we can get an essay done in 3 hours but sometimes we might get stuck which means we have to take a longer break. Or we can’t find the book we want. Same with side projects you might want to do after work/studying. If we expect to do all of them in a minimal time then we’re either going to drop them completely or reduce them drastically and feel guilty about it. We procrastinate Looking at a large plan for the day can be intimidating and cause us to procrastinate. Therefore we don’t do anything we aim to. Here’s one simple way to stop it. Making plans work Assume less energy than normalThis point relies on assuming you have less energy than your plan assumes. If we try being superhuman then get intimidated or worn out by our plan, it’s not a useful. On the other hand, if we’re more modest, we have a much easier starting point, procrastination is less likely and we will complete things. Let’s take one of the plans I’ve had in the past (and I’ve had many): This is actually a simplified version of a plan I had at one point in my first year of university. Looking back on it, it’s surprising to think that I considered it then even more surprising is that I was annoyed when I couldn’t complete it! Nearly 9 hours of difficult (and unnecessary!) work I had planned. That’s on top of being social, dealing with chronic pain and you know, trying to not hate books after my first week. The plan didn’t work for a variety of reasons: I didn’t have the energy to complete themI ignored other factors (like having friends and going outside)It was boringIt wasn’t flexibleCreating the plan with the mind that you’ll have less energy means you plan to do fewer things, increase flexibility and still complete things. So the plan above might turn into this (assuming there’s a 9am start): And that’d be it. The first plan has nearly 9 hours of mentally tasking work while the second has 4 hours with large breaks in between. It’s much easier to start and I found I got more work done with the second plan overall. Copy a previous plan.The second condition is easier to implement. If you’ve successfully created and completed a plan before, copy it and use it again. However, it’s important to take into account new factors when doing this because your past plan might have been completed under much different conditions. For example, if you’ve caught a cold, your energy is going to be lower than it would be normally so you’ll complete less work or it’ll take longer to complete the same amount. But remember to be reasonable. If you’ve planned an overnight stay at your library or a general rush till exams, you won’t be able to sustain it for a long period. To combat that, refer to point one. An impromptu Q&A session “But you’re doing so little work – this doesn’t apply to me!” Fortunately, it still does. If you’ve ever planned anything and never completed it (although you feel you should have) then it applies. Creating unrealistic plans is normal and unless you actually have unlimited energy, it’s fine to plan less and complete more. Dealing with chronic pain means I’ve had to change how I view plans and making my time more efficient. This is one way I’ve managed to stay with the crowd despite being in pain all the time. “But what if I can’t plan less! I have so much more work to do than you” That’s where the second condition comes into place. Not every plan can work on such little energy. Deadlines and loads of work exist. If you’ve actually completed a plan that meets the demands of your current situation, mould it around that. If not, continue to assume you’ll have less energy when creating it. And stop procrastinating. Yet, don't use this excuse to return to an unrealistic plan crammed with work from the time you wake up to the time you sleep. “What if I have scheduled commitments?” If you have a variety of things you want to do (clubs, learning new things, blogging etc), reducing the amount of energy you’ll have to complete it seems ridiculous. It isn’t. In this scenario, you have to exercise prioritising and say no to some commitments. If you don’t, there’s a good chance you won’t do them, get frustrated at the ‘little free time’ you have or burn out very quickly and blame yourself. Admittedly, it is difficult saying no to things especially when you seem to have a lot of time for trying new things. Those things won’t disappear straight away and there’s no point in planning them if you’re too tired to complete them. It’s alright to say no. This is a big thing for IB students. Especially if you feel that extracurriculars are extremely important. However, there are a few more things important than extracurriculars and even grades. Your health. Running on low energy and being on the verge of burn out for two years is damaging. It can have adverse affects like putting you at risk of depression and other health problems that happen as a result of stress. Take the time to assess your priorities throughout the school year and decide what you want and need to do. While the IB is a difficult time for many, you do not need to assume it'll be difficult and aim to fulfil that prophecy. "I'll try to do that but which would you pick, sleep, study or social life?" This is genuinely one of the biggest lies about the IB ever. It's sometimes funny to joke about how little sleep you get but there's nothing to be proud about when it comes to getting little sleep. You can have all three. I recommend you have all three. Studying is important for getting good grades. Sleep is important for every activity you do. Sleep debt is a thing. If you consistently go without sleep, it's not much different from not sleeping at all. For example, if you consistently shave 2 hours off your sleep for a week then at the end of the week, your attentiveness is the same had you not slept for an entire day. Socialising with other people can be fun and a welcome break from reading books all the time (which is inefficient since concentration levels drop throughout the day). Plan less and give yourself more time to enjoy your day. Your grades will thank you for it. “Am I allowed to continue working past my smaller plan?” Yes. A minimal plan makes it easier to start working. It doesn’t necessarily put a limit on how much you should continue working. Though, it should make you more efficient with the hours planned – reducing the need to continue working much more. The next day, return to the minimal plan. A good plan is sustainable. “I’m rubbish with times. What if I oversleep?” Ignore times and focus on activities. Instead of planning the hours, aim to work on a project for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. If that is too difficult, aim to do an hour of the project during the course of the day. The earlier the better of course as you don’t want tiredness to excuse you from working. “Did you write these questions yourself?” Some things are best kept secret. Action Steps The take away from this is to reduce the amount of energy you’ll need to finish a plan so it’s easier to start and easier to complete. What can you do now? Create a plan for your ideal day Assume you’ll have less energy than normal Create a new plan.A small amount of completed work is better than a large amount left wished to be completed. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to add them
  6. I'm applying to the Gates Millennium Scholarship, and I'm still going over my essays. The prompt for Essay 2 is as follows: "Discuss the subjects in which you had difficulty. What factors do you believe contributed to your difficulties? How have you dealt with them so they will not cause problems for you again? In what areas have you experienced the greatest improvement? What problem areas remain?" In my essay, I've only brought up mathematics, but the prompt as for subjects, plural. Should I bring up another course I've had trouble in?
  7. Hi! So I'm taking Psychology HL and I'm in my first year. This december, I'll be given a mock paper 1 exam. To prepare for this, my teacher gave us a 8 mark question to write in class. Despite thinking I did quite well, my score wasn't really good. So as of now, I'm quite confused on how to write an essay correctly to get good marks. Is there anything specific I have to include or are there any tips to help me? Do I have to go indepth into the studies that I'm relating the question to? etc. THANKS!
  8. Hello! Is there anyone who can help me write an essay for TOK? I don't have any idea for doing it. If anyone know, a web page where i can read examples. Another question .... the TOK presentation could be by three people? Thanks.
  9. Hey Everyone, This thread might be off topic, but, IB requires you to write a lot in every subject, and that's exactly what my weakness is. I struggle a lot when writing essays; writing anything more than 250 words become a pain. I know that is horrible, so I really want to improve. I still have 2-6 months left before I begin my IB year 1 (depending on which school I go to) and I really want to use this time to become better at writing. How do you guys/gals write the essays in IB? Any tips? Please help me out, Aniruddh
  10. Hi everyone, So this is my first topic here. I am sorry if someone already asked the same question, but I couldn't find it anywere on this forum. Alright, I am writing my History IA now and I am working on an introduction in the analysis part (D). Is it alright if I include the title in the introduction? (My title is: To what extent was the Second Balkan War of 1913 a disaster for Austria?) Thanks!
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  12. I'm a bit confused about the standards for the World Lits. It has to be directly literary, but what does that mean, exactly? Also, how directly does your WL have to be related to a supervised essay that you did in class on that same work? Mine is on "The Outsider", by Camus. My supervised essay was on the topic, "What does Camus mean when he says that Meursault represents the only Christ we deserve?" The topic I chose for WL was Meursault's mental state and its representation in the novel. How do I tie these two in together to the standards? Help! Thanks!
  13. Hi, i'm currently doing my EE on film and I have no idea what its supposed to look like! ive read the guide and criterias but i just dont know what it should look like.. anyone know any sites or have an EE they dont mind uploading? Thanks so much!!
  14. Well, right now I'm trying to be the good daughter. I'm doing the Maths HL/Physics HL thing, or as my friends have dubbed it - "mental crazy suicide" (I get that quite often). The problem is that I don't really like Maths that much. Honestly. I know that I'm quite capable of the HL course (and I like to think that my maths teacher thinks that too) But it does my head in, driving me slightly paranoid and/or passive-agressive. And I don't see too much point to it. Physics is something I like a lot, but I'm afraid I'm not that great at it. I look at things, I break things - not a good start. Engineering sounds cool, but I don't think I could do it in Uni, so there's not much point keeping Physics/Maths HL just to fulfil Uni requirements. So ideally I would drop Maths. But I think I have a better chance to get a good mark in Maths HL than in Physics HL because of the teacher and classroom dynamics. Right now, I'm just hanging on in with the 2 HL's, and will probably drop mid-way next year. But I still don't know what to drop! I could drop both Maths and Physics HL and go up to Geography HL. Leaving me with 3 essay-writing subjects. I like essays, I think I'm alright at writing them, but 3 subjects with essays! I shudder to think of the exam week. And History HL already feels a bit like a drag. 1. Do I drop Maths HL, Physics HL or both? 2. Is English HL, History HL, Geography HL a good idea if I get cramps when handwriting?
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