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  1. Not as difficult as I was expecting! But then again, I did TZ2....so I'm not sure if we can properly compare...anyone else??
  2. I depends on what you did manage to have time for. Look at the rubric and, no matter how scary it is (at least for me) try to grade your achievements taking the lack of ending and conclusion into account. I think that might give you a better understanding of the examiner's position as well, and might relieve some anxiety. I mentioned enjambment, in the sense that the continuation from each line to the next represents the lack of beginning and end to the phases of his life, and provides the reader with an understanding that only in retrospect does the reader know what the significant memories a
  3. Geo as in....? I'm not sure how it is for other subjects, but for History I know you're not supposed to choose any topics within the last 10 years, and for an EE on Syria, the risk is that the war is still going on, so information is constantly developing. In my opinion, anything regarding Syria is too recent, unless you're talking about something other than the Syrian civil war...
  4. My econ teacher recommended to us, and I agree, that any article on smoking/tobacco tax increases are the best. They allow you to analyze Market Failure, demerit goods, inelastic goods, and the effects of a higher tax on stakeholders.
  5. A little late but I'm in the same boat - My physics teacher is a joke, so my class has had to teach themselves ... I've had a bunch of tutors (my current one is awesome) but the main thing that has helped me is going through the official IB syllabus by topic and making notes according to the sections. I use the Kirk Oxford Study Guide, which is a lot more helpful for me because the information is pretty clear, and I don't have to go searching through paragraphs of text and deciphering when I'm making my notes. Along with the notes, I've made notecards for each topic based on the syllabus, and
  6. I'd recommend a few things: Remember to acknowledge the fact that it says true in these areas of knowledge. So you've been finding KIs in History and the Human Sciences (I would recommend a KI on an instance in which historians are still trying to understand a past event, and why the understanding is relevant for future events. Then a KI in which human scientists use events from the past to predict the future. The topic has been given by identifying exactly which knowledge issues you should choose, so take advantage of this by comparing and contrasting them. Also examine whether historians are
  7. 'To what extent is knowledge in the natural sciences more credible than knowledge in the human sciences?' or to what extent can it be proven more credible...
  8. Well, considering I'm planning on IR w/ Russian and Arabic, and aiming for St. Andrews, I think I'm pretty qualified to answer this (even though the advice in previous posts has been great as well) - Study what YOU want to study, because if you're passionate about it, you can find a well-paying job in it. IR can get you tons of jobs, and getting a law degree in a specialization will make you even that more qualified in the future. I'm the biggest advocate that parents can give advice, but are not allowed to determine what you should study. Its your future, its up to you. Oh, and you should me
  9. MAUS (A comic about the Holocaust, I recommend it to everyone!) and The Kite Runner. The Fire Next Time I've recently started to appreciate.
  10. I'm in Lit HL, so from what I've heard, SL reads a lot of books as well, and does a good percentage of the ridiculous amount of work we do. Choosing Lit means you need to have an appreciation of literature. The skills that you need for the exams can be learned, but the appreciation is crucial. From what I've heard, Germans in my school that are non-native tend to like LangLit because they see it as easier for a non-native speaker, but I personally think Lit SL is something that can anyone with an appreciation can be successful in with a good amount of effort. Hope that helps!
  11. It honestly depends on your level of German. I'm native German, and they put me in German B HL and I find it humorously easy, but there are a lot of people in the class that aren't native German that are doing really well. They work hard to improve their German, and its paid off. Econ SL is harder to improve in if you don't have the kind of brain thats passionate about Economics. Its a subject that you have to study a lot for, and know a lot for, so I guess it all depends on which suits you best. Neither are 'soft' subjects, so universities won't have much preference I don't think. Hope that h
  12. This may be a long shot, but couldn't you combine them? Like 'To what extent does emotion influence our visual perception?' That way you can bring multiple knowledge issues in as examples, and while you'd have to focus on emotion as a way of knowing, you can also bring in the conflict between emotion, reason, and sense perception. So to what extent we observe what we see (sense perception), versus judging what we see (emotion).
  13. Most universities don't really care about your MYP grades, and if you improve significantly it might just help you further...but in general, they don't really matter too much. However, if you're thinking about applying to the states, I'm pretty sure they do take your 9th and 10th grade grades into consideration...My advice would be to talk to your councilor, or the one in charge for 11th and 12th grade, and ask them how important they may be.
  14. I like the KI you've chosen. Its definitely unique from my point of view, and because its a bit broader there are a lot of ways you can develop this. My advice would be to make sure you don't focus just on language as a way of knowing...maybe incorporate a few other ways of knowing into there (i.e. emotion, reason, memory, etc.). I don't think its too broad of a topic. Also make sure you talk about the significance and implications of certain circumstances, such as languages/dialects dying out over time, the evolvement of language (i.e. the word "groovy" is no longer used as it was in the '70s
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