These are some tips to tackle Biology questions with respect the action verbs. (BTW, this is taken from the Oxford Biology Study Guide pp.178).
Before we start with this, you need to know that there are three types of examination questions;
- Multiple Choice Questions (Paper 1): You choose the answer from four possible choices. Read them all, eliminate any unwanted answers to narrow them down. Always give answers and never leave questions empty. Leave the hard ones till the end and focus on the straightforward ones.
- Structured Questions (Paper 2 + 3): Each question is broken down to sectio…
I keep getting the same question, about how to do well in HL Biology, so thought I should just put it out in a topic. Remember that this is what I am predicted, not sure what the real one is. From what I have seen these are the important points. 1) TRY to like it..and find interest in it. It really helps. If you do like Biology then that’s a bonus! 2) NEVER EVER go to a lesson before you are certain you understand the things covered in the previous one. A main factor of doing bad is keeping things to just gather up on you, and before an exam you struggle to unerstand soo many things when you should be doing past papers. Do whatever it takes to understand something, trust …
Since no one seemed to be offering help in biology, I am. If anyone needs help with any topic in Biology, that is Higher and Standard Level. Including the following options: Cells and Energy (for SL, which is aHL topic) Microbes and Biotechnology Further Human Physiology I'm here to help. I enjoy Biology *bio-freak yes* This doesnt take much of my time and I'm doing it willingly. Before you ask a question about a certain topic, make sure it's not listed below. *TOPIC 2 (2.1.9-10)---*Stem cells and therapeutic use* (Second part of the post-scroll down) *TOPIC 2 (2.4.8) -- *Endocytosis and Exocytosis* *TOPIC 2 (2.5) -- *Cell Division (Interphase and Mitosis)* *TOPIC 2 …
Okay, so I found a bunch of notes I took when my teachers were giving us IA tips and format..etc. Some of the below I had to copy of the board, so you may find these in the books. So, Biology IAs should follow this general format: DESIGN 1)Research Question 2)Hypothesis/Predictions 3)Variables 4)Apparatus 5)Method/procedure DCP 1)Collected data 2)Data processing 3)Data presentation CE 1)Conclusion 2)Evaluation Design Research question: This should be a clear focused question that says exactly what you are investigating. It shouldn't be too long and it must include the dependent and independent variables. Eg. What is the effect of pH on the activity rate of salivary am…
I want to do a Biology Extended Essay on Bacteriophages, something about the use of bacteriophage therapy as an alternative to antibiotics due to most antibiotics being made redundant by the rapid mutation of most pathogens. Would such a topic be feasible? And if I did pick such a topic, what kind of experiment could I do to showcase it?
Looking ahead to next year, I'll be taking Bio HL and Comp Sci HL and will therefore be doing IAs for both classes. I have a couple of ideas that would include both comp sci and bio elements, and was wondering if I could produce one IA for both classes. Like an interdisciplinary IA or something?
Hi guys, I've been trying to come up with an ia topic (biology hl) for the past few weeks and I honestly have no idea of what to do. I know that I want to do something related to "pollution" in general, but I can't seem to develop this into a specific research question. Do you guys have any ideas or tips? :(( Thank you!
Hi so I am looking at doing a bio IA on stomatal openings and different wave lengths of light on broad beans
Research Question: The effect of different wavelengths of light on the opening of stomata
please let me know ASAP if this is a decent topic and a method I could possibly look at, I'm stressing!!
I was investigating the effect of varying carbohidrate concentrations on the Co2 production during yeast fermentation. Each flour represented a carbohydrate concentration, but each flour also has a number of other variables I can control (like pH, damaged starch content, etc) which is why my data does not fit my hypothesis. Can I still perform any sort of correlation (or any other) test for the analysis? Can I sitll get a good mark If my results are terrible?
I've been working on my bio IA lately and I need two ways in which I can grow two different species of mold. For the first one I thought about the typical experiment you do as a child to grow mold in a peace of bread you leave somewhere moist and after some days it starts getting greener and greener. But I cannot think of, neither find, any other species of mold that I could grow easily.
Hey all, I'm investigating the effect of substance x in varying concentrations on either of these:
ONLY the seed germination in plant y OR the seed germination AND subsequent growth of plant y.
I've received conflicting feedback with people saying one DV will give sufficient data whereas the official IB exemplars investigate both germination and growth. I would much rather investigate both DVs than 1 DV as I would find the entire experiment much more interesting and I'd have more fun writing the report, I also believe I can comfortably fit all the data I need from 2 DVs within the page limit.
What do you think?
hello! i'm planning to do a biology ia on effect of pH on enzyme activity. the enzyme is bromelain, which i'll obtain from literally juicing a pineapple. i'm going to test out the enzyme activity by rate of hydrolysis of a gelatin cube. i was planning on altering the solution's pH by adding different amounts of vinegar to the pineapple juice, but my teacher advised that that'll react with the glucose causing fermentation which it will make it hard to measure this bromelain.
how else am i supposed to change the pH of pure pineapple juice?
I'm in the process of choosing an EE topic, but I'm not sure if basing it off a political premise will have a potential negative effect on how it is graded. I know IB examiners are made to be quite impartial, but I wouldn't want to catch one on a bad day where they let their personal beliefs inhibit that quality. Does anyone have any anecdotes about this sort of thing that could tell me whether this is an OK idea?
The two prompts I'm currently thinking of would be in Philosophy and ESS:
The Confused Ethics of Modern Capitalism; the Promised Fantasy of Prosperity
Astronomical Cost; a Plunge Into the Environmental (and/or Biological) Impacts of…
Hello. I am currently doing my IA in Biology and my research question is "What is the correlation between the use of snuff and the incidence of oral cavity cancer?".
I have found the relevant sources and I have the raw data necessary to conduct my investigation. The only problem is that my teacher does not really know how to do statistical analysis and therefore have been unable to help me in my investigation. My own knowledge of statistical analysis is quite bad and I have not found out how to do a proper statistical analysis in relation to this question. Do you guys have any tips?
So I'm in the later stages of writing my IA for SL Bio and had heard a variety of things regarding the allowed fonts. My teacher had said that only Arial and Helvetica were allowed, but most other sources say that either Arial, Helvetica, or Times New Roman are okay. I prefer to use Times New Roman, but if that font is not allowed that would've been nice to know beforehand. Anyway, I'm writing my IA on Google Docs, so in terms of Helvetica fonts, I only have access to Helvetica Neue, instead of the standard Helvetica. Would this be okay to use?
TL;DR What fonts are okay to use on an IB Bio SL IA? Is Helvetica Neue okay to use instead of Helvetica?
My IB coordinator just informed me that there were a few biology IAs with human participants in our school in the past, and all of them got really bad marks, he said that whilst checking it was good but when it was given back it was bad marks, that's what he observed.. but my biology ia isn't hardcore testing on humans or making them do something they will just sit down comfortably and I'll do some tests to check their sympathetic and parasympathetic reactions, and the test itself isn't anything discomforting at all? So will I lose marks for having human participants and should I change my biology ia? I really don't want to because I like this biology ia
as ib students, you all know how painful it is to do both ias and ee in such little time. so help out a fellow student. and fill out this survey for my ess ia
i need responses from people between the age group 30-35 and 45-55, so if your parents or family members fall under this category please request them to fill it out as i need it urgently. or maybe just fill it yourself but choose the older age group option cuz i have no other choice. below is the link to the survey.
i need all the help i can get, so any help is appreciated and it would mean a lot. pls thank u sm:)
I'm doing my Biology IA over the summer, and i was wondering if there is a standard uncertainty value for absorbance (when using a colorimeter)? Absorbance doesn't really have units (only 'absorbance units') so i'm unsure. Our colorimeter didn't specify if there was an uncertainty, and all the info online about it (Vernier) doesn't say anything. I can't message my teacher about it because she left and we're getting a new one next year :/ So, if anyone did a colorimetry IA or prac, is there an uncertainty for absorbance?
Hi, just need some clarificarion with my ESS ia. My research question is about relationship between gender and attitudes relate to meat consumption. Should I do like that (correlation) or how gender affect attitudes relate to meat consumption? And also should I change any variables to make it clearer? Thanks very much for the advice.
I would be really grateful if you could take a minute to fill out this survey It’s for my Biology IA where I’m looking at the correlation between blood groups and Covid-19 symptoms.
(All responses are anonymous and no personal information is collected)
Thank you so much!!
Hi I’m supposed to start my Biology IA but I still didn’t choose the topic or form a research question. I want to do something with animal tissue obtained form a safe source (butchers) like muscle tissue, bones or other organs available. I already have an EE topic about the influence of alcohol on the liver but now I can’t find any interesting research that I can conduct on other animal tissue. If u have any ideas I would really appreciate any type of help. 😊
I am doing an ANOVA test for a lab report where I test ethanol on bean sprout growth. Some sprouts with higher concentration of ethanol did not germinate, and their growth was zero. Should I include the data with 0cm growth as part of the mean of that batch when I am doing an ANOVA test? Or should I omit it from the calculations so that I can get stronger statistics
Hi guys! I chose the research question "How does the change in temperature affect the vitamin C level of orange juice?" fro my Biology IA and my teacher said it sounds a bit like chemistry too, but he said it should be fine. Do you think it's more chemistry than biology? will I lose points if I choose this topic?
hello! I am planning on doing an IA on the environmental impact of food delivery in Singapore. Would it be a good and suitable topic? and if anyone has any tips or suggestions on how to get around this, I would appreciate it very much.
Basically I’ve been procrastinating so I’m wondering if it is possible for me to pass bio HL even if I only cram SL?
I’ve done good on my other HL exams and should have at least 12 points in HL already so I only need to pass biology. Also I think my IA will be a 4.
thanks in advance
A student has identified that lots of food is wasted at lunchtime in the cafeteria. She has also noticed that younger students don’t seem to throw away as much as the older students. She thinks she could link this to her ESS IA
What topic would this fall under in the syllabus?
Suggest a question that could be asked about this scenario? Try to make it focused, relevant and coherent.
Outline a short methodology that would allow her to obtain sufficient and relevant data to enable her to answer the question you have proposed
Can anyone help me with this. This can be very vital to help me develop my research question.
I was wondering what are some of the labs that you have completed to turn in as your Biology IA's? Can you also explain some of what the experiment is? It is getting pretty close to deadline time and so far my class has only completed one Biology IA and that was done last year with our old teacher. Our new one has not even discussed IA's in detail. Sometimes she gives suggestions on the little labs we do to turn it into our IA's, but honestly, those labs are really stupid. Some of my classmates were thinking about taking some other IA ideas and do all of our IA's on our own. Any suggestions? Well, the one lab that we completed last year was on measuring the densit…
I have done my IA on E.coli Bacteria, I have investigated and measured the MIC Zone of E.coli with Eucalyptus Globulus. I confirmed with my teacher and everything was fine, i did it. But now I got to know that, MY marks will be deducted because E.coli requires temperature above 30 degree Celsius, and IB does not allow the temperature to go BOVE 30 DEGREE CELCIUS ?
Do you have any advice to suggest?
Hi guys!! I am currently working on my IA for ESS and I need to collect some data. My topic is on how the use of electricity has been affected during these times. I have been trying to collect electricity bills from the month of December as well as the number of people living in the household. I need to collect up to 20 bills for my data. I have been able to collect around 12 bills. I know some of you guys know the struggle I am going through trying to collect this data and I would really appreciate it if you guys are able to fill out the information in my form. Thank you!!! https://forms.gle/8GcBE715vGKwgixw9
Hi everyone! I am currently working on my IA for Environmental Systems and Societies and I made a survey to collect my data. The research question I am researching is : How does a family's income correlate to their carbon footprint? I am focusing on Socal / the Los Angeles area since I live here so if you see this and live in that area I would appreciate it so much if you took my survey. Thank you!! 😊🙏
the survey: https://forms.gle/8WmELXbVKg2QqtH67
I had to switch to a database ia due to corona not allowing me to visit my school lab and i have no clue how to approach it at all- some samples i've seen online only dealt with 10 countries but my teacher says i need 20-30 at least.
Originally my independent variable was real GDP growth rate and my dependent variable was CO2 emissions. My teacher said I was at risk of turning it into an geographical/ESS based ia and recommended i look at a certain plant/animal species for my dependent variable instead.
I researched all weekend and can't find a suitable dependent variable that has a strong correlation to real GDP growth rate (in 20-30 countries as well holy ****…
I have to do a IA on the germination of seeds. I have my independent variable which is salinity. I am looking at it effect on the time it takes for a seed to germinate. I have a few questions,
What is a good range of concentrations? How much of the concentration should I add? What is the best way to get my concentration? Should I add the concentration to the soil and add the salinity of the soil on top, or change the salinity of the soil to a fixed point? E.g. add 1% to soil or make the soil have 1% salinity.
All help would be great! Thanks!
I need to collect data for my ESS IA.
Anyone related with this class or not can take the survey, please do!
Thank you so much in advance! I really appreciate it!
Result will stay anonymous. Also any tips on anything is appreciated as well.
Hi everybody! I need a topic for my ESS IA. But since I’m in quarantine, I need one that doesn’t involve an experiment. Also it has to be easy cause I don’t have much time. Any ideas??
and if possible can you give me 2 ideas?
Hi guys. For my biology IA topic, I decided to focus on genetics and the subtopic would be inheritance. I have a few ideas on what to focus on but I need to narrow it down.
So here are some of my ideas:
Investigate on genetic diseases.
Find the correlation between the variables that led to a specific genetic disease.
Investigate a specific gene that led to a genetic disease.
Focus on dominant/recessive alleles and how they affect generations of families
I was thinking to choose between with family genes or plant genes. What should I focus on?
Hope you guys can help me
Hello everyone, I am currently writing my final draft for my Biology IA but I noticed that there is a roadblock ahead in my progress.
From what I have found online the independent variable needs to be quantitative but for my IA my independent variables are using different chemicals and seeing how much E. coli can be killed. May I ask if this is still acceptable?
Many thanks for your assistance!
I lose many marks on db questions of bio and paper 2 questions of chem. I usually think that my answers are right and complete but they turn out to either be wrong or incomplete. I also feel like some db questions need external knowledge to be answered which are not provided in that chapter. Can you please give me tips on how to answer bio db questions and paper 2 chem question? Also, am I right about needing to know external information in order to answer db questions?
I recently started on my Biology IA and yesterday finished my experiment. The topic for my IA is what is Best Way to Retain Protein within Vegetables in relation to the Amount Needed for Human. I was going to measure protein by looking for the pH (which I did tons of research on). I used pH strips and sadly I don't think they worked. My question is what should I do? I have numbers I can put into a data chart but they well DEFINITELY be off and not accurate. I know that we have too talk about human error and things that affected our experiment so should I just put that information in that section of my paper? It took me about over 7 hours to the experiment and I had to buy…
Its High time I start with my ESS IA and I have still not finalized my IA topic.
First It was how does concentration of different pollutants in water affect the growth of lemna plant?. this was supposed to be my IA but My ESS mentor told that its already there in the OSC guide.
I am interested in soil and aquatic systems. Could you please suggest me some good areas of research!!
An I had one more question
Is more marks awarded to lab experiments than secondary data collection
PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE SOON
Hey guys. I have two IA ideas for ESS and I was hoping someone could help me choose which will be better:
1) What is the demographic breakdown of Environmental Value System preferences/adherents regarding trends in age, gender, and nationality?
2) Why are bees so crucial to our survival, and how long would we survive following their potential extinction?
Literally any advice would be appreciated :)