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  1. I was looking for exemplars on the IB website for HL maths explorations, and the best one I found was the one about Florence Nightingale - only 17/20! I really want to do well but our teacher hasn't given us much information about layout or what we need to include - I've done all the maths for mine, but I'd really like to look at some good exemplars to get a feel for what/how much to write! Does anyone have any old exemplars that did well, or know where to find any online? 'Twould be much appreciated
  2. Creativity is anything creative, Service is anything that's helping other people, and Action is anything that involves physical effort. It would be Service because you're helping your school, and helping the people who get to have the yearbook, however it wouldn't really be Action unless you were doing something physical, like doing a run to raise money!
  3. There's some good podcasts free on iTunes - these are good to have a look at, just type in IB physics! It's definitely not the hardest IB course - at my school it's the subject with the highest scores every year (although we're lucky to have a very good teacher). The entire course basically comes down to three things: definitions, explanations, calculations. Top tips: Learn your definitions. Some things are difficult to explain, and you can define things by the formula that derives them, which is easy because you're given the formulas, and you just have to know to use them! Get to know you
  4. Try to find an application of something within the HL syllabus. For example, I'm doing the birthday problem (quite simple, but good to write about), looking at the probability of people having the same birthdays in different situations, and I'm using the probability aspects from the HL syllabus. I think Boolean algebra could definitely work, although you would have to pick an aspect of it to look at, not the whole thing! Once you find something you're interested in, have a look at the work you've been doing in maths and see if you can find something within what you've been doing that relates t
  5. I personally really like the Oxford one - I find it's the most concise and has the most easy to understand explanations
  6. That's a good Creativity activity, and can most likely also be used as a project if you reflect on the Service aspects as well! You need to have multiple activities for each section, including some long term activities, so you'll need more Creativity activities, but this could definitely be a good one
  7. I'm doing my EE on a very talented and award-winning poet, Sharon Olds. Her poetry is highly autobiographical and I'm thinking of looking at the paradoxical way her mother is portrayed in her poetry, there is just one slight problem... Her poetry is EXTREMELY graphically sexual. I know a lot of the things we've studied in English have had highly sexual themes, and sometimes graphic detail, but it's something we tend to gloss over when analysing! I had been planning to do the same sort of thing here, but I'm starting to feel that talking about the sexuality in her poetry is unavoidable. I'm not
  8. 4 hours is crazy!! I'm just going into my year 2 of IB, and I realised that if I want to do well, I need to start getting a lot more sleep! Last year, I was getting about 6 hours a night, and I felt crap pretty much everyday, and had no motivation to do my schoolwork. Over the summer, when i had a chance to sleep in, I started getting about 9 hours a night, and it didn't just make me feel better, but I noticed when I was studying and doing schoolwork that my mind just worked much faster, and I remembered things better too! I think even if you have to spend less time studying as a result, the e
  9. The only thing I could foresee being slightly problematic for you, is the fact that unless you either have the misfortune of being caught in a flood, or are somehow able to recreate one, it could be slightly difficult for you to do any actual experiments! If you want to look at momentum you could take a film of a flood happening and time it, estimating the amount of water etc... I would still be quite wary of this topic though, because one of the main things you're marked on is teamwork - to get good marks you have to plan together, do the experiments together, and reflect on your work togeth
  10. Could you give a description of what exactly you're looking at/testing with this? That would make it easier to give advice
  11. I think the Lance Armstrong story could be a great one, are you looking at it from an ethical perspective? My ToK teacher (also an international marker) recommended that we use ethics for our talk, i.e. "is it ever ethically justifiable to..." My ToK speech asked whether it was ever ethically justifiable to restrict freedom of speech in a Democracy and got 20/20, so I think I was on the right track... with your topic, I would recommend restricting it to something more specific, e.g. "in international competitions", or "in the Olympics"... And that's your knowledge issue right there, you just n
  12. If you can find a supervisor, this would be a great activity for action (or even service, making it a CAS project, if you were to get people to sponsor you). As to finding a supervisor, are you the only one doing the run? If you're doing the run with friends, you get one of your friends' parents to be your supervisor. Even if you're doing it by yourself, this could still be an option if you explain what you're doing to someone and ask them to be your supervisor. It's not a huge ask, they simply have to verify that you did it and answer a few simple questions Pretty much any (responsible) adul
  13. I have seen many gifs saying that doing IB is basically about learning to procrastinate... but the truth is that if you want to do well (e.g. that well-deserved 45 points) you have to learn to eliminate procrastination from your study zone. Despite some common misconceptions, the reality is, it IS possible to do really well (yes, even 45 points) whilst still getting enough sleep, having a social life, and taking part in various other activities. I’m not lying, I’ve seen it done! Instead of worrying about making time to do more, what matters is making the most of the time you have, which basica
  14. Biology is great in that it's not so much skills based as just plain ol' knowledge. You need to know the syllabus inside and out! Memorise key terms, practise drawing diagrams... there are a lot of processes you need to know, so flow diagrams can be a really good way to help learn stuff The website mentioned above http://www.ib.bioninja.com.au/ib-home/ is really good, another one I would recommend is http://click4biology.info Both of them are great as they go into detail about each aspect of the syllabus... what I would recommend that you do is get a syllabus/list of all the points, as a chec
  15. If you are B2 level French, you will be fine!! I've been taking French B SL this year, and my level is about B1 but my predicted IB grade is a 7, so I think that goes to show that you will have no trouble with French. If you're already at B2 level, then you won't need to spend as much time studying, so it may actually be better for you
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