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John Hoose

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  1. It is fun if you do activities you enjoy (CAS) and explore topics you have an interest in (TOK). As far as I know, only one Long Term Project is required to fulfil CAS reflections, and you will also only be able to have one TOK Presentation.
  2. why not? I think it is basically a computer - it does a lot of work for you that the IB want you to be able to do by hand. It is just the number of complex functions and stuff that it can easily take care of that makes it such a powerful device, and therefore it has been banned. I bought the nspire cx, so if I'm going into engineering in college, do I need to get the CAS for its programming, or is CX good enough? I'm guessing is good enough, but that is based on 0 years of studying engineering at any level, let alone at college. If you find that you need it at that time, than get it
  3. why not? I think it is basically a computer - it does a lot of work for you that the IB want you to be able to do by hand. It is just the number of complex functions and stuff that it can easily take care of that makes it such a powerful device, and therefore it has been banned.
  4. No.... which subjects are easier at HL than at SL? Economics HL isn't considered a difficult HL, but it is obviously easier than the SL course of the same subject.
  5. ToK isn't difficult, its just different. To do well, do a bit of reading, keep an open mind and be prepared to struggle through essays (approaching the question, answering it and then keeping under the word count is really difficult in ToK because it is quite different). Enjoy it - nobody really understands the grading for ToK essays (some students think they aced it and get C's or worse, and people who think they were terrible get A's.
  6. Mention your interests in both, but don't make specific references to either your subjects or your courses and schools you are applying to. The places you apply to will know that your personal statement may not necessarily be able to specifically state the courses that you want to apply to as your five choices will probably be different in some ways. Since your subjects are similar, discuss your interest on both - ideally you would link them together. I know how you feel writing the PS is incredibly annoying, especially since two of my choices are totally different to the rest. Good luc
  7. I would suggest Math SL, because many international universities require at least SL for many courses. That said, if you know where you are applying and what you want to study, if math isn't needed, you should take Studies instead of SL. Since you anyways don't like Math, it might be a good idea to find out what requirements you need - unless it is necessary, you could take Math Studies and then focus more on your other subjects that are more relevant and enjoyable to you.
  8. SL History - http://www.activehistory.co.uk and try https://rudbeck-ib-history-revision.wikispaces.com, although if you took Islamic History it may not be of much use. It is difficult to find IB specific websites, but I'm sure there are plenty of high school revision websites for your topics.
  9. Per my unofficial criteria (given to me by my teacher), table of contents is necessary for one of the criterion. I don't know if it is in the official criteria, but I strongly recommend having it - (no point losing marks for something that has no effect on the word count, and isn't particularly time consuming)
  10. If you are worried about question banks on mac - just use crossover, it works perfectly. Also, macs don't tend to have the same hardware and software issues (yes i am a mac fan). If cost isn't an issue, get a mac and sleep well knowing your work is secure, and that you can do practically everything you need on it. It does depend on what work you plan to do on it, but personally, I think a mac is perfect for any IB student.
  11. Read the subject guides, look at the different topics, some questions and papers. You should have a feel of what the subject is like and the different papers that you will be tested on (just so you have an idea). It is always better to be prepared - if there is something on the syllabus that really interests you, do your own research on it. Obviously there isn't a need to to do tons of exercises and totally over prepare (unless its Math HL ) but make sure you know what sort of work will be required. Oh and enjoy your sleep. A year of rest before the IB will do you a world of good haha
  12. Portfolios were the old Math HL IA's. They are no longer part of the syllabus. For a solid IA, choose an application of Game Theory - that would be my suggestion.
  13. I thought it was $60-80, and you get refunded if your paper gets a higher mark.
  14. I think that investigating Game Theory would definitely cover you in the criterion for Sophistication in Mathematics --> Investigating something like how probability/game theory is used to explore the best strategies for bluffing in poker might be a good place to start: Be warned though, game theory can get notoriously difficult and you will need to explore it in some depth for a strong IA. This link may be useful and also has lots of other ideas for you to look at and get started: http://ibmathsresources.com/2014/02/08/the-mathematics-of-bluffing/ The IA is structured in a simple wa
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