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  1. Let's say I scored 30/90 points on P1 Some 25/90 on P2 And my IA was incredibly bad (mainly because my teacher couldn't care less if we fail or not, so he just accepted anything we handed him in and didn't even give us feedback). Points ranging from 1/20 to 5/20. Would my final percentage be calculated like this: 5/20*20 + 30/90*40 + 25/90*40 That'd be 5 + 13,3 + 11,1 = 29,4 ? Thanks!
  2. I really messed up my math exam and today I feel emotionally unable to produce any work of good quality so I predict my paper 2 will suck just as much as paper 1, if not worse. I solved 3 questions that were worth 6 points, answered some points from other questions and did questio. 1 in section 2. Not fully though. Would that be enough to get a 2? My internal assessment was bad so it won't raise my grade. I'm afraid I'll get a 1. I heard it was hardly ever given but I'm panicking so much right now you have no idea...
  3. Hi, I'm applying to Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. In the online application form they require a so-called motivational letter to upload along with a resume or CV (both are accepted). My question is: what is meant by "motivational letter"? Are they requesting a sort of personal statement or a cover letter? How long should a letter of this type be? Should I refer to my life experiences, making it a little more personal, or should I stick with a formal, professional style? Thanks in advance to whoever is going to answer
  4. Thank you for your feedback, this made me feel a little less horrible. I'm going to finish my extended essay and print it. On monday I'll beg my supervisor to accept it, maybe *hopefully* he'll be sympathetic enough to do so.
  5. The title sums it up pretty much... Two days ago was the internal deadline for the EE submission at my school. I refused to present my extended essay (the presentation, according to my school, was an obligatory part of the internal assessment for the EE) and handed in a very BAD copy of my extended essay. I had previously missed all the internal deadlines and the school is now threatening to unregister me from the examination session. To be honest, the only reason why I missed the deadlines was that I was terribly busy preparing for my SATs and with my off-school commitments (job, tutoring).
  6. As much as I believe in gender equality, I find it hard to accept the term 'feminism' because of the connotation many women have given to it throughout the years. Don't get me wrong, but nowadays there are many women who use feminism as an excuse for a special treatment. Even in my limited experience of things, I've come across many women who were not too scrupulous when insulting the other gender. Why is this acceptable? Does an empowered woman really have the right to pigeonhole all males as "stupid pigs"? Maybe if we started calling it "equality", some individuals would not use it as a jus
  7. Hi! So I'm about to start my EE in English B, and I've chosen to go for the literary option. My idea is to compare the two female main characters from Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" and Chopin's "The Awakening", respectively Scarlett O' Hara and Edna Pontellier, and explore their development throughout the books, how this differs from the stereotypical XIX century Southern woman... To be honest, I don't know whether I should just limit my research to the comparison or if I should broaden my area of exploration to the society surrounding them. In other words, should I include a socio-historica
  8. I'm a long-time fan of Spain, and it's hard to admit but their tiki taka seems to be grown outdated! Other teams have developed techniques and strategies which are just as good as Spain's. I was pained to see how badly the Spanish players did in their match against the Dutch on Friday, the scene of Casillas trudging after the ball was just... sad. Of course this isn't over, Spain still has a lot of potential and will probably be back in the "biggies" group, but I have my doubts they'll manage to win this year... So my favourites for this year are: Italy AND Brazil Força força! All in all
  9. ... but I've been such a pain in the neck to all the teachers in my school, I wouldn't be much surprised if they refused to be my supervisors! After having changed my subjects various times (in October from French to Chemistry as my 6th group subject, only to go back to french in December-January; then from English A: Lit to Italian A: lit self-taught, and, consequently changing from French B to English B - my other language is Spanish Ab Initio). Now, I've always kept my word about writing my EE in Maths, ever since I came to this school in September 2013, and I've always played my role as a
  10. I'm currently looking for someone who'd like to read my essays and give me some feedback. Being self-taught, I don't really get that much help... And even something as little as this would mean a lot to me
  11. Italian is my native language, close-to-fluency in Spanish (I understand everything with few exceptions, correct spoken spanish is my weakness... But that's only because I've been formally learning it for less than a year now), B1-B2 in French... Would it be just an additional pain in the neck to try and learn Portuguese now? Should I wait until the IB's over? Lol I wouldn't want to mess up my finals, since I'm taking Spanish Ab Initio and Italian... What if my Italian essays resented from the Portuguese influence? haha Seriously though, do you have a similar background or related stories tha
  12. Extracts taken from the Language Ab Initio syllabus (2013 onwards): You can find all this and more details concerning the written assignment for every Ab Initio target language in the Ab Initio Language guide (easy to find and downloadable, look it up on Google!)
  13. From personal experience... I'd suggest you choose the language you're most fluent in. I know A: Lit courses are all about analysis and their outlook seems to be pretty analytical at first glance; however, you must bear in mind that in the end you'll be graded among native speakers who've been writing in Norwegian for a lifetime, compared to which your 10-month experience is, if not valueless, very scarce. Not having any first-hand experience with Norwegian myself, I don't really know whether Norwegian is an objectively simple language but even the objectively simplest language has its difficu
  14. Hey there, I'm an Italian A: Lit self-taught student and I'm having some problems constructing my course of study. I don't really know what authors and titles to choose as my Part 4 works, which, as I understand, can only be Prose non-fiction for self-taught students. My Italian syllabus encompasses a selection of essayists only (although the authors have obviously written things other than essays, the section of my syllabus is called "Essays" so I guess I'm only allowed to choose from their selection of essays) but I don't really know what sort of presentation will I carve out of essays... I
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