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  1. I would say if you've finished studying the textbook and understanding/learning/memorising all the concepts, it would probably be most useful to now do practice questions and past papers - especially in exam conditions, so you can practice managing your time to cover everything. For long questions, my view is that it's best to write a paragraph or two about the advantages/support what's being proposed/what you propose, then another paragraph or two about the disadvantages/arguments against it, and finally a concluding paragraph summing up where you should also express which side you think is s
  2. It's not about the number of business theories/tools you use, but rather, how well you use the tool, and how relevant it is for the topic you're analysing. SWOT and the BCG matrix could be enough if you're using them properly and they really help with your topic. However, if you're just using them for the sake of using them, and the analysis doesn't actually help answer your research question, then it's not enough. Be especially careful of the SWOT analysis - past IA marker comments always reflect that many students don't use it properly or include it for no real reason. Having said all th
  3. Late response but hopefully it will help you/someone else in the future. I don't think it's necessary to say the decision is a good one, as long as you show analysis and good reasonining/explain why. In my IA, I recommended against implementing the change. Good luck!
  4. This is pretty late, so not sure if you're still looking for feedback, but here's what I thought anyway! 3 seems way too broad, as marketing mix is such a wide topic covering so many aspects of a company, but 1 and 2 sound like they could potentially work. 2 sounds a bit simplistic, and you may perhaps find it easier to really apply theory for 1? E.g. for 2 you might end up saying something like the very hierarchical structure decreases morale as employees don't have much responsibility or power - which, whilst you're technically applying it to your business, it still sounds a bit like regu
  5. It's too broad. Samsung sells so many different products all around the world, so I really think you should narrow it down to a specific product (e.g. Galaxy S4) and/or pick a specific country/region. The way you've phrased the question is also too.. generic, perhaps? You've started it off with "How", which can work with RQ questions, but i think in this case, we already vaguely know how sales have been affected - they've either increased or decreased - what might be better is look at to what extent sales have been affected. Just my view, but I hope this helps!
  6. Firstly, read the EE syllabus so you know what is required of you and because it'll give you an idea of which subjects appeal more to you, to write an EE in (see each subject's example research questions). On your subjects - Maths and Physics EEs are extremely difficult unless you have a strong passion for them, and seeing that you do Studies and SL, it does not appear that you do. Hence, probably not in either of those 2 subjects. A language B EE would also be pretty difficult - again, I wouldn't advise this unless you are pretty competent with German and have a sincere interest for it. Dis
  7. Note: I did B&M under the old syllabus, and I believe you're starting out with the new syllabus. So what I say may/may not still be relevant. First things first, read the syllabus if you haven't already, because it basically tells you what the IA is and what you need to do very clearly. Feel free to google past IA examples, but be wary that you've got a new syllabus - I've quickly skimmed through the new syllabus and your IA seems mostly the same, but do take care. A good IA question might typically start with.. To what extent should company X.. do something (e.g. open a new product li
  8. *merger **Myer You might need to reword your RQ as well. "would the merger" sounds like it's something that's going to happen, however, from my understanding of the situation right now, the merger is probably not going to happen (as Myer withdrew their offer or something?). So you might need to say like "would a merger.." Also, not sure about "economic growth strategy" as it's quite broad perhaps? Not too sure, but maybe be more specific, such as "would a merger.. be effective to increase their sales/market share/etc" Economies of scale would definitely be something occurring after a merger.
  9. You posted your question quite awhile ago, but maybe this'll help anyway? If not, maybe someone else might find this useful. Well from what you've described, the question I'd want to be answered if I was the head of Movistar in Guatemala is "How can Movistar become the leader in Guatemala?" or something like that (definitely reword it in your own words and make it sound more focused/a bit less broad - so maybe try and pick one aspect to work on, such as increasing Movistar's sales, its market share or lowering its costs, as compared to its rivals). Statistics sound like they will be your fri
  10. This is a bit of a late response, but maybe this will help anyway. First off, it would help to reword your RQ to an actual question. Right now it's like a tentative statement.. i.e. your RQ should be "How can workplace-based disease prevention and health promotion, as a means of improving health, lower costs?" I also think "as a means of improving health" is a bit redundant, because that's already kind of suggested by "health promotion". But up to you. As always, primary research is fantastic, but if your EE is only secondary research it should be fine. A combination of both is probably the
  11. Well, it depends on a number of factors. Firstly, why was your actual IB grades so much lower than your predicted grades? Did your IAs get moderated down a lot, did you not prepare well for the exams, was it one subject that dropped a lot, or all of your subjects that dropped a grade or two? Have you taken a look at your breakdowns to see if there's any subject where you could possibly get a remark? Secondly, what are your future plans? What course/degree do you want to study? How much do you want to go to the unis where you got conditional offers from? Did you apply to any other universit
  12. So just to let you know, I don't do psychology. However, what I can tell you is that your chosen 'question' is not really a question. Ignoring the question mark at the end, your 'question' is actually a statement about your essay. It doesn't actually inform me what exactly you're investigating. Rather, it does seem too broad, and it sounds like you're simply going to be summarising the causes, effects and treatments of self-harm, which is not the goal of the EE. My understanding is that you should have an analytical element to the EE, so I would suggest reading the EE guide if you haven't
  13. I personally think that Eng Lang&Lit is decent, although it's difficult to answer that properly for you, given that everyone interprets the meaning of the word 'decent' differently. To answer your second query regarding whether universities respect it, it all depends on which university you want to go to/the countries you're interested in going to, as well as what courses/degrees you're thinking of studying after the IB. Every university is different and has different criteria for entrance. For example, most Australian universities really don't care what subjects you do, and are only int
  14. Hopefully my story will somewhat inspire you.. ? I'd definitely say I improved my grade by 1 or 2 from the start to the end of IB, but I did spend a lot of time (towards the end) revising and doing past papers, because Maths was one of my priorities I wanted to improve in. In my very first HL Maths 2 hour paper exams in the middle of year 1 of IB (IB1 I think some call it), I got 60/120 for both papers. I think that's around a Grade 4 level when comparing with past Grade Boundaries. The first Paper 3 I did.. I got 15/60 (Grade 3 I think). I simply didn't understand some of the concepts well
  15. For the B&M IA, I highly recommend you pick a local business because it's a lot easier to gather data for, and you can develop a better knowledge of the whole business. A lot of people in my class used their parents' business. But if your parents don't have a business, then think about other relatives - aunts, uncles, cousins, and also whether any friends, basically any person you know owns a business, then try asking them if you could use their business for your coursework. If the answer is still no, don't worry! I knew nobody who had a business either. What I did then was basically app
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