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  1. I totally agree with you about leaning towards the lighter curriculum, but if you want to study engineering, it is a much better idea to stick to Physics. Then again, if you can get away with doing French B HL instead of Physics HL for engineering, take the chance. But I agree with Sofia - email the people with your doubts, they'd know a lot better than us; and they'll clear your doubts a lot more satisfactorily.
  2. I use the same method as pointed out above: Point, Evidence, Explanation. [PEE.] As far as poetry goes, our teacher gave us some really good advice for handing unseen poetry, but I suppose you could adapt it to your use: Aspects of poetry you should explore: content, technique, style, structure, theme, language ... etc. Look at: The human impulse behind the poem Is it recapturing a personal experience? Is it expressing a point of view? Is it an attempt to open up a reader's mind to an idea? Logic of development Look at the sequence of the images or scenes; the description of the experience...
  3. Since you're doing Language B, I would recommend steering clear of a book like Les Mis, unless you seriously think you're up to the challenge. It's a pretty bulky one, and from what I've heard even first language students struggle with it. But if you're up for a challenge, why not? Maybe you could look at feminism in French cinema as an alternative? Good luck!
  4. I studying Economics in 9-10th grade, so I may not be that much help. Feel free to (DO!) take my idea with a grain of salt. Have you thought about narrowing down the RQ to a specific part of the internet's effect on music? Like just YouTube? Or Spotify. Or whatever. Then again, I speak with Business and Management experience, not Economics. Think about an RQ that can be explored and a conclusion reached in 4000 words. That might give you a clue maybe?
  5. Have you considered resitting for the November GCSEs this year? You could request the school let you begin and wait for the exam results.
  6. If your work is a draft for your supervisor, I think it'd be okay to use it as a source and then consult your ib coordinator or your supervisor. If you're giving in your final, don't take any chances. Normally, since you're crediting it to its author and source, it shouldn't be a problem. But with ib, I wouldn't risk it.
  7. I see what you mean, but I don't see how I can work out an entire portfolio with a different perspective when it's due in a couple of days. What baffles me is that this is my own work - I bothered a lot of people, googled things like mad, but ultimately did it almost entirely on my own. I don't see why I should be sanctioned because someone else decided to put their work on the internet, and our works are rather similar. I seem to be risking penalties just because my work is submitted later.
  8. I appreciate your help, but at this point I want to know how the examiners will deal with the problem, not what I can change.
  9. I'm just in the process of finishing up my final draft for my IA type II portfolio for November, and I'm facing a bit of an issue. The other day, I googled the portfolio just to find out how others had gone about it to get a second perspective, and I found one that started the process very similar to the way I've done mine. Of course, it moved on to like writing up a program for verification and things, which I didn't. But the first three, "simple steps" and the general formula are rather similar. Now I'm worried that because this work is already on the internet, the examiners may think I plag
  10. Done! Good luck! I'm really curious though - what do you plan to investigate?
  11. Hi there! So, I'm meant to do my ToK presentation soon, and I decided to do my presentation on "Animals and Us"... I should probably look for a slightly better title. Anyway, I plan to talk about vegetarianism, using animal products in cosmetics and things, and animal testing. I've got my KIs, AoK and WoK planned out. Now, what I need to know is, do I need to formulate a personal opinion on this? And secondly, do you think I'm looking at way too many things for a 10 minute presentation? Do you think I should cut down on one of the three and focus on formulating a more detailed argument on tw
  12. I love your idea for the creativity project! Maybe you could ask the computer sciences teacher in your school to supervise you? I keep all my reflections and things in a clear pocket folder - it works for me. Though I'll probably have it binded into a sort of booklet before submitting it all.
  13. Ah, well that rather complicates things a bit. But thanks very much!!
  14. I did the same. I wrote out the whole speech, but made sure that I knew the material well enough that I didn't entirely depend on my notes. But it was rather reassuring to know that I had it all in my hand in case my brain decided to blank out and lose track of what I was planning to talk about. Another thing that happened to me was that I'd make a point, and then explain it to the class using quotes, and then sort of forget what I had planned to talk about next. So the first sentence from my next point helped me immensely in getting back on track. I was told my presentation was pretty good, s
  15. Hello! So, I've got a topic picked out for my presentation, and I've made a list of all my KIs, AoKs, WoKs and real life situations. My problem is: do I introduce the knowledge issue and then analyse using my AoKs and WoKs, or vice versa?
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