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    Failed IB experiment

    Long story short, I did a bio extended essay, messed up the experiment, instead of isolated colonies I got a single weird blob. No data collected. Failed the experiment. Am I allowed to use external data to support my arguments?
  2. If I did laboratory work for a project outside school, does that count as action? It lasted 10 hours each weekend for 6 weeks, though I know that CAS is about learning outcomes and not hours anymore. For context, some other people in my school have gotten away with things like food donation drives as action
  3. Noticed many people have blogs like "how to apply to university X" or "how to apply to university in X (country)". Did not notice a "share helpful information here" thread. Thus, I decided to create a post so those whom might have helpful information to share (guide, blog, YouTube video etc.) can do so here. Edit: For instance; have you written a detailed guide on the ibsurvival website you'd like to share here (university guides for applying to a certain country, study guides, tips, etc.)? Maybe you have a blog which has good information on something IB / school-related (i.e a resources and guide website for IB subjects and the syllabus). Or perhaps you have a YouTube channel which might have informational videos you'd like to share here. Cheers.
  4. I have to start my IA this week, and I cannot decide on what aspect of business I should base it on? Should I focus on work force motivation? Production? or finance? please help, I'm really confused and my teacher didn't give us much support before the break.
  5. Hey my teacher just told me that you should never ever stay up at night and that it's crazy. Do you guys agree? Because sometimes I stay up all night but I don't really think I'm crazy. Also if you do believe staying up all night is crazy are here any situations which justify staying up all night? Thanks, BongSoldier OUT.
  6. I would love to share on IBS the two playlists I use to brighten up my environment when doing work or sometimes studying (I usually don't for studying since I need to retain information obviously). I found these on the internet while trying to combat procrastination a while back and these playlists are so useful Its also part of my trigger to do homework These playlists are called "The Ultimate Study Playlist I" and "The Ultimate Study Playlist II," on 8tracks. These are pure gems. These playlists each contain 6-7 hours of instrumental scores that range from films, video games, etc. also they have no lyrics so its not entirely distracting. Whether or not this distracts you is entirely on you, I don't get distracted unless its a song I love however that's only for a few seconds when hearing of it start. Is there any of yours you would like to share? (hell it doesn't have to come from a 3rd party site if you made one up out of your library)
  7. Hello, I would like to ask how many pages have you already filled in your Journal (1st year of IB). I'm curious if are there any requirements about the amount of work which I should already cover. The same questions I have connected with Studio Works Do you practice Comparative Study in your Journal? Thanks for response
  8. Hi all, im currently taking Design Technology and currently being the leading student in our school for the Major Projects / IA's. I tend to collaborate with my teachers about issues with the guidelines and many of the problems that tend to arise. If you have recently heard about the new exemplar that has been released with a grade of 47/54 you may have many questions of which may be similar to mine, and that the issue you may also be talking with other students is the lack of attention that this subject is getting. I wanted to discuss the formats of the MP and all issues involving it as I need to hear other persectives. as well as other issues you are having so we can all come to a consensus and work this out together. Format: I looked at the exemplar format and it was not to MLA, where as I thought we would need MLA to an extent. we all know the format but we are restricted In page numbers not words, therefore I assume that double spacing, and all but font size and style are discounted for as if I double space, I halve the content I can write. Furthermore I evaluated the format of the exemplar and noticed the margins were not to the MLA's inch standard, more like 1cm or a half. After doing some calculations I found it was 180 extra words per page, that being used as words or pictures. while its not a lot for one page, do remember we have 44 pages, so it equates to around an extra 8000 words. That's the difference between 6's and 7's in the major project. I don't want to be at a disadvantage for not using as much of the page as I can when im restricted to the amount I have. therefore i may stretch my margins so i can access the full potential of my pages. otherwise its wasted space. other issues: i speak for my class on this one, ive done GCSE's in the past and did DT, so i have around 7 years of DT practice in my pocket by now, and i do it out side of school as a hobby. I am personally finding this project a stretch to meet everything they ask in the mere 60 hours we have. Many people don't have the technical skill to pull of what needs to be done unless they do it as a hobby. My issue here is, i wanted to know what others had on this perspective as my fellow classmates only have about half to a quarter of my experience and i can see that its no so straightforward for some. does help but were kind of in a country where it takes 5 months or a year to get anything shipped to so =P, or it wont arrive. any thoughts by others. On another note, there haven't been any specimen papers and on the OSC there is no DT revision section, any one have sources, i just feel as though this subject is getting neglected, we don't even have a text book for the new course, where as i take physics and there's tones of stuff to use, DT isn't as strait forward, its a huge field as is heavily based on perspective due to it being somewhat of an art.
  9. Hey guys, My school is terrible at explaining the way CAS works, and I'll be starting IB this year (in summer at the moment). I have heard that in order to "fulfill" CAS, you basically have to tick off objectives, which are given by the school and vary by institution? Can someone give me a basic explanation on how CAS works, and how not to fail it? Sorry for being a noob, Thanks!
  10. Im going into my junior year of Ib and ive been on the verge of panic attacks thinking of the upcoming year. I recently got a job and i barely have any community service hours(maybe 30). How do you guys balance hw and EEs and IAs and CAS hours and work and normal community service hours with exams and everything. It seems too much for me.Do you have any tips to survive the next two years?
  11. How do you guys stop this procrastination ****?? Feel free to share humorous anecdotes as well
  12. What do you think? What is the easiest combination in terms of both workload and content that you can come up with? Help a lazy IB student over here!
  13. I'm in 11th grade in the United States, and I've just started the IB Diploma Program. It started out well enough, but now I feel as if I'm drowning in school work. I know that my teachers are disappointed in me, but I just am completely choking, and I don't know how to get myself out of this hole into which I've dug myself. Between IAs and my daily homework, as well as swimming on my school's team, and taking piano lessons, I feel like I cannot complete anything. And for my art class I'm supposed to be doing extra work outside of class... I don't know how to get myself back to an acceptable place with the workload that I have on a daily basis. I'm considering dropping, even though I truly enjoy my classes, and I really don't want to drop. I really just don't know what to do. Please help. Any advice is welcome.
  14. Hey IB students and teachers! I am a student from Portugal and completely new to this website. I have come in search for help! I had a pretty easy life throughout school here in Portugal (PYP and MYP were basic!) and suddenly the IB comes, and hits me as hard as a tsunami.... My choices were and are: Biology HLChemistry HLPsychology HLEnglish Lang and LitSpanish Ab initioMaths StandardI am losing myself in these choices. I mean my languages are fine, should get a 6 or a 7 for both, but the rest is too hard. I'm losing track already. Mid term 1, I currently have a 2 for Chem, 3 for Biology and a 2 for Psychology, and a 3 for Maths. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. I believe I have studied enough but when it comes to the test I just feel like I forget everything, all the time!!! I really don't know how I'm supposed to survive the IB if I can't even survive term 1. I could really use all the help possible right now! I have no idea what I'm doing and I desperately need to make 38 points to go to Forensic Science at UCL! Please people! Any advice or suggestions would be amazing! I also answer PM's if anyone prefers to talk to me through there. I hope no one is running into as much trouble as I am!
  15. Helloooo Could someone help me? In each subject I have to do some sort of project or sth that counts as the internal assessment. But are they part of the 45 points? And what do I have to do for each subject ( HL: Spanish, English B, Philosophy; SL: Bio, Chemistry and Maths) I know about the Maths exploration but what else I need? I there's someone who had finished all or can answer, when is recommended to start my EE, the exploration and so.. I want to finish my CAS activities this year but with the EE and the other stuff I have no idea. Muchasssss graciass
  16. I mean, how do you push yourself. I find myself studying on the day before an exam and while this does give me the drive I need; I'm always left wondering how much better I could do if only I'd studied earlier. How do you push yourself to studying and working consistently. Is it maybe a symbolic visualization of something you see yourself do? Elizabeth Murray, a homeless teenager to Harvard graduate saw herself running on a track and jumping over hurdles as and when they came. That's what motivated her. Is there a deeper purpose behind your actions like maybe developing a cure for cancer or is it that sweet ride you'd like to see yourself have? What is it that drives you to working even when you don't feel like it.
  17. How difficult is it to achieve a 7 within a class? Specifics and examples would be most appreciated. Most interested in replies in relation to: HL English HL Mathematics HL Biology HL Pyschology SL Chemistry Ab Initio Spanish Thanks.
  18. I have a big math assignment due tomorrow first thing in the morning! Problem is I can't concentrate at all because I feel so damn down and tired, I haven't even started yet... WHAT DO I DO>?
  19. Hey guys, I was wondering how we show work if we use our gdcs in paper 2... like, if we use binompdf ( x) we go, "used gdc, binompidf ({x}) or smth?? srrry im just really worried about losing marks for not showing work
  20. Hi guys, i was wondering how to use the IB grades on a CV, does each subject count seperatly or together, school says it is all one qualification but surely i cant just write on my CV "IB x amount of points in total" so what do you think you would have to write?
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    Received 18/18 for this IA and a chemistry internal assessment score of 48/48 as moderated by the IB.
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    Received 18/18 for this IA and a moderated mark of 48/48 by the IB.
  23. I'm in my final year of IB and as we all know it's starting to get tougher now. I have a weekend job where I work both Saturday and Sunday, I feel like it is a waste of time because I don't revise for the 11 hours in total that I am there for and I was just curious as to if there is anyone else that has a part time job and what you guys do to revise while at work or anything. I'm not considering leaving my job - I like it. My only issue is that I haven't got enough time to sleep or to just relax.
  24. Turn off your computer, put your phone on silent and eliminate all distractions (this is probably the most difficult bit). And now, the genius. Take out your (insert IB tool of terror here) and your notebook and pledge that you will do 10 minutes of work and 10 minutes only. Start working. By the time you reach 10 minutes, you'll feel like it was barely any time at all, so do 20 minutes more. If it's a long assignment, by this time you'll be so engrossed in it that you won't want to stop because it feel 'almost finished'. If it's a series of short assignments, then every 30 minutes you should stand up stretch. The key here has nothing to do with the time periods or anything complicated, just the act of starting to work. The moment you pick up a pen and start writing, you beat procrastination and it really isn't that hard to do. Notes: If you're doing work on your computer, then use a program called Cold Turkey to block unwanted websites. Unless you're a Computer Science HL student, you shouldn't be able to get around it's failsafes. Don't push yourself too hard. When I did my maths portfolio, I spent 6 hours working on it nonstop and couldn't unclench my fingers from my pen. Exercise discretion. You're not going to become superman in a day; if you're working an hour a day now, you'll be up to an hour and a half or two hours tomorrow. It takes time and patience to become a perfect IB student.
  25. Before I throw it in your face, I believe I should explain how it works. The human brain is an essentially goal-driven machine. Without a clear-cut target, it is difficult to channel one's focus. At the same time, lofty goals or target like "Harvard" or "42+" have little effect on one's brain because it sees little or no instantaneous gain. That is why it is easy to motivate oneself to study when finals are a week away - the brain senses a short-term gain. Thus, the closer the reward for a task is, the more likely one is to complete the task. 1 hour is a good period of time for which to set a goal. Much can be accomplished in an hour and yet an hour of work does not seem like a long period of time. Thus, when goals or work is divided into segments of 1 hour, one finds it easy to be motivated enough to complete each segment while simultaneously accomplishing something each time. Of course, no person can work 24/7 and we all need free time. This is where the beauty comes in. If I were to ask you how much free time you get in a day, you might reply 2 or 3 hours. Then, I'd ask you how much you study in a day and you'd reply, 1 or 2 hours. Does this sound familiar? But if one gets home at 5pm (and my school ends LATE) and sleeps at 11pm (and I sleep early), one has 6 hours of time every day when one comes home. Where does that time go? It is lost, it slips through one fingers while browsing the internet or aimlessly snacking. The worst part, of course, is that one feels guilty when relaxing because one doesn't feel that one has done enough work. This is where this app comes in - Checkpoint Timer. What it does is keeps a running clock of how much time is left before you go to sleep. Then, one adds 1 hour tasks to the list and each task decreases free time and increases productive time. If I reach home at 5pm and then add 4 hours of work to the app, then assuming I sleep at 11, I get 2 hours of free time. Once one adjusts for showering, eating etc, this is one and a half hours with which to do whatever I want. Considering that I usually sleep at 12 or 1, this means that with 4 hours of work a day (and that is a lot of work), I can relax for 3 to 4 hours - all that it takes is a little bit of planning. So go out into the world fellow IB students, use this website and watch, amazed as you not only work more but miraculously, gain more guilt-free spare time. TL;DR Go to Checkpoint Timer Use it ??? Profit
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