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  1. Hey, I just wanted to clarify that USYD doesn't require UMAT. They require 45 in the IB to qualify for an interview, after which offers are made. Regarding subjects, there are no pre-requisites, but many med courses (not USYD) recommend that applicants have studied Chemistry. This is different to a prerequisite though - you won't be disadvantaged in your application process from not having done Chem (but this obviously won't be an issue based on your subjects sjhingran). Also, if you're aiming for 45, it's not advisable to do four HL subjects. The subject you drop from HL to SL should be the
  2. You should ask your teacher for certainty, but there shouldn't be any major issues with you fixing your Design section (even if you're handing in the Data Collection Processing and Conclusion/Evaluation for the same experiment). If you know what needs to be fixed to maximise your Design section mark, you shouldn't be forced to hand in a poor quality of work simply because your DCP and CE are on the same topic. It may, however, be necessary to advise the markers that this is what you've done. As I said though, it's best to double check with your teacher.
  3. You could measure CO2 gas production, but this is assuming the microbes are conducting aerobic respiration. There may be microbes living there by anaerobic respiration. That said, however, you can still use CO2 as your measure, then if you get some weird results, this may provide a partial explanation. In fact, even if you don't seem to get weird results, you may include this in your discussion anyway and say that an improvement would be to conduct the experiment under more aerated conditions.
  4. No, it's not necessary for your topic to be super original. In fact, it's possible to get full marks on, for instance, a World Literature Essay using an overused topic (and the same goes for EE). However, what's key, is that you have a unique approach to the topic, such as focusing on the textual use of women in your case. So, yes, if you write a quality essay on an overdone topic, you still have the potential to get full marks. Regarding sources for your English EE, you don't really need any other than Catcher in the Rye. That said, you may like to include some literary critics' perspectives
  5. While in many ways it's good to have experimental values which do not exactly coincide with the literature values, I wouldn't go so far as to say that the IB will suspect you've fiddled with your data if your % error was less than 40%. You can achieve full marks with errors of 10% or less, and in the same way you can achieve full marks with errors of 50%. The IB want to see that you have thought out your experiment logically in the Design and have tried to control as many variables that may REASONABLY be foreseen to be sources of error. Of course we're not expected to have foreseen every singl
  6. The best way to get a 7 is to firstly learn the syllabus. All questions asked in the exam are drawn from the syllabus. Some exam questions seem like they're not covered, but that's only because you have to be meticulous and learn every syllabus point inside out. It's no easy feat, but it's not meant to be easy, otherwise everyone would get a 7. Then I'd do a few past papers, but you really don't need to do that many. There are two useful functions of completing past papers: 1. To practise exam technique (i.e. timing and how you answer long-answer questions) 2. To check that you're learning the
  7. I agree with almost everything Arrowhead said above. The only point I want to add is that the IB does collect a sample of students' CAS journals to check that the school isn't doing any dodgy stuff by ticking people off who haven't done anything, in the same way that they collect a sample of IAs to moderate. Importantly though, there's no mark associated with the journals; it's just a way to make sure you're completing the general CAS requirements in an appropriate manner.
  8. Yes, that should be fine for creativity. In fact, it could even double as your project since it sounds like it will take a prolonged period of time to complete, and it incorporates both creativity and service.
  9. It depends on how you approach it. It definitely has the potential to be too broad. However, if you phrase your question such that you're focusing on the extent to which the Gouzenko Affair increased Cold War tensions, irrespective of other factors, then it shouldn't be too much. i.e. don't set yourself the burden of trying to show the effects of the affair in relation to other events. That was just one idea though.
  10. Possibly look into the effects of Gouzenko's defection on Soviet-Canadian political relations at the time. You could also look at the controversy regarding the extent to which the Gouzenko Affair was a contributing factor to the subsequent Cold War. This, I think, would be particularly interesting and can make a very good historical investigation. Firstly, based on what you've read, you will have to decide whether you believe the Gouzenko Affair was a trigger factor of the Cold War. Then examine what the historiographical consensus is and go from there.
  11. Regarding th real life situation, it's meant to be something recent - preferably in the last 2 years.
  12. Maths Studies should be abolished. The lowest Maths allowed should be standard Maths SL, and Maths HL should not be so difficult.
  13. Try Gapminder. It's a good data source. As long as you're not introducing new variables (and you can justify why you aren't) then there shouldn't be a big issue with combining countries. However, it might be better to stick with only one country.
  14. I wouldn't worry too much - we often tend to overplay our downfalls. I'm sure you didn't score as badly as you think. Regarding percentage distribution for the A1 languages: 15% IOP 15% IOC (this is a spoken commentary) 25% Works in Translation (this is a take-home essay) 20% Exam Commentary 25% Exam comparative essay
  15. So perhaps something more like "To what extent did espionage strain Cold War relations?" Of course I could make it more specific by talking about a specific case of espionage. Yes, something along those lines could work. But, as you said, you will need to make it more specific by zoning in on a specific case. E.g. "To what extent did X strain Cold War relations", where X is a specific espionage example. You would then evaluate the impact of this espionage incidcent in the context of other comparable events which strained Cold War relations. Regarding the issue of it being an obvious topic, t
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