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  1. Hi, I've just handed in my EE, World Lit and am about to upload TOK - but I used the wrong candidate number (one from a previous session). I have the new number, and am printing new hard copies of my assignments, but I notice there are many ways of writing the candidate number. To keep things consistent, what is the best to write it on my cover pages and headers? 00XXXX-0YYY or XXXX-0YYY or XXXX-YYY or perhaps some other format? 00XXXX-0YYY is how it's written on my registration summary.
  2. You posted a copy of this topic that I already replied to, but just to reiterate: IB DOES NOT WANT explicit OPVL analysis (but IbTrojan's overview is great for IAs and for the IB exam!). Here's a quote straight from the History EE report:
  3. Believe it or not, you're at a slight advantage: the biggest problem with History EEs is that students tend to do what they learn in the IB History class (OPVL evaluation, for example), when the EE is a separate task entirely. In a History EE, you should avoid explicitly evaluating sources - instead, you use sources to enhance your argument. IB emphasizes using primary sources and, again, your analysis should highlight why the source supports your claims (also, address counter-claims as they arise). Check criterion F on the EE Report for History.
  4. Hey everyone, is there an official IB deadline anywhere for uploading the TOK Essay to candidates.ibo.org? Our IB coordinator hasn't given us many specifics. Are there any logistics (like, do we need to have our essays approved by the centre before they're uploaded, have the IB coordinator upload it, and so on) or are students simply able to upload the essay on their own? Thanks.
  5. Thanks for your insightful response. Unfortunately since the original posting of this thread I've run short on time. I decided to approach the Treaty by looking at the (generally successful) revolt by the Turks. It's not the cleanest way to go but I read the most on Turkey. At least my school gives us two shots on the HI and only the best one counts for our grade!
  6. I'm going to say probably. It depends on your school. I have May 2015 exams but I took the French SL exam this May, so it's definitely possible to do only one subject's exams. Check out the IBO website.
  7. Hi guys, so I've been researching for the historical investigation, and I've been having trouble narrowing the scope of the investigation. My original research question was 'To what extent did the imperial ambitions of Britain and France shape the Treaty of Sèvres?' but I quickly realized that the Treaty is pretty convoluted--in dissolving the Ottoman Empire a ton of new countries were created, each with their own responses to the harsh nature of the treaty (Arabs, Zionists, Turks, etc.). My teacher suggested assessing either the responses of one of these new nations or looking at the peace
  8. Haha I guess you're right... Our pre-IBs attend a yearly camp (this year I'm a counselor) and we have the alumni talk to the kids about their experiences in uni and the general consensus is that IB has a heavier workload than most undergrad programs. We also pass around stats on how IB kids from our school fare in uni later on. The propaganda is powerful...
  9. I'm working on a practice TOK essay this week and one thing my teacher always makes clear is that personal engagement is necessary in your essay (the math exploration requires this too). The TOK essay should reflect your personality, experiences and journey through the IB programme. Since TOK is interdisciplinary, you could talk about experiences/lectures from other IB classes you've taken. You could talk about stereotypes as an issue within historiography (if that is even a thing lol). You could talk about stereotypes in your visual arts course--since art is one of the most subjective sub
  10. IB has definitely trained me for university. The longer research papers we have to write (especially in history!) have helped me get a feel for the rigour of post-secondary education. TOK has helped me think more abstractly. At our school, IB students work towards the OSSD diploma (high school diploma in Ontario) and the IB diploma (or certificate if you didn't complete all the necessary requirements). We also have a semester system. HL subjects are divided into 3 courses, SL subjects are divided into 2, and TOK is just one class. Each "part" of the course has a specific code that corresp
  11. Nice! The last thing I would suggest is just looking over your paper to fix any grammatical or spelling errors. Try to make your essay flow and avoid listing. Right off the bat, I notice stuff like: Which is a bit of a confusing sentence. Did you mean "Another example was the concentration of the most elaborate technology with the development of radars and submarines at the battle of the Atlantic" ? But don't worry, these are only small fixes, and I would say the overall structure of the essay is good. Best of luck!
  12. The Historical Investigation is marked internally, so it really depends on your teacher. I would say if the book is one of the two main sources you evaluate, it's more likely that your teacher will look it up. Sources and word limit (Criterion F) are worth 3 marks of the total 25. If you remember the title of the book, why not google it to find the correct information for sourcing?
  13. I find, personally, that the easiest types of articles to analyze for the econ portfolio are the ones dealing with market failure. I would definitely go with the article on fracking wells, because it allows you not only to list advantages/disadvantages but also to suggest possible solutions/ways to internalize the externality. I haven't finished my portfolio yet but I have finished the micro IA and I did it on pollution (this article). You could also look at a specific commodity and the factors causing price change... (like the supermarket article you picked) The Wall Street Journal is also
  14. You use a lot examples but you should remember to analyze the significance of these examples. You've done this in the first paragraph, with 'no alliance system -> failure of military operations' but try do this for each piece of evidence you introduce. I think you need to clarify (probably in your introduction) what you (or others) define as a total war. This should pave the way for the rest of your essay. Then, analyze each aspect of your criteria in the body paragraphs. Finally, conclude with a statement that answers the 'to what extent...' question. Hope this helps!
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