I hope every one is doing well with their studies. To those who finished in November 2011, congratulations! Regardless if you got the diploma or not, two years of such a programme is something. To those who are about to sit their exams in May 2012, good luck! Finally, for those who have just started the IB and/or have some time to finish it: don't procrastinate guys, LOL.
Since I've finished the IB, most likely I will not be adding new content to this blog. However, this is not a hard and fast rule, so if something specific is requested or if links and such are submitted to me (either via email or in the comments), then I'll post them onto this blog. Also, if I come across something that'd be useful for IB, I'll post that up as well.
I'm still willing to help anyone out with any questions they have. Please do note that any information I do give out will be based on the syllabus I completed during 2010/2011.
On another note, Jocelyn, another Aussie IB graduate, has her own IB blog full of advice, tips, notes, inspiration and even quotes! Visit her blog HERE and see her notes HERE.
I've been MLIA for a long time. It's your fault IB, not me. Anyways, here is a nice little sneakity-sneaky trick for some IB diploma students who might not be aware of its existence: IB QUESTIONBANKS.
/zomg/ lolwut/ Hurr, wossat?/ Oh that old thang?/
As far as I'm aware, there are QBs available for Maths and group four sciences. Only a few are available for the humanities and group two languages. They're extremely useful as you can select questions by paper (eg. 1, 2 or 3), topic and level (SL or HL). Marking schemes (answers!) are included and some times an examiner's report (not useful, but interesting). Only downside is that the one's I've come across are for the old syllabus. But they're still pretty awesome.
You can get your candidate-y hands on these through your teachers (which is unlikely since many use them to compile tests) or download them as torrents.
If anyone actually has the latest questionbanks or knows where they are (hi there fellow IB candidate), me want, please&thankyou. We all want, please&thankyou :)
(leave the torrent link in a comment so that others can also download)
ALSO... For help in internal assessments, it's a good idea to search for teacher IB *insert subject*teacher support material. A result isn't always guaranteed but I know a chemistry, biology and physics one is available. You can view moderator assessed IAs with comments, which can help give a sense of what you're required to do if you're still unsure.
beeteedoubleyou (btw. ha!) for those who can't find a certain paper or marking scheme, search it as a torrent if you already haven't. Or leave a comment with your email. I can't promise to answer ASAP or have the paper you're looking for (especially anything May 2010 onwards) but something's better than nothing, riiiiiight?
No, the blogger of this blog hasn't disappeared, nor has she run out of things to say. I know there's been a lack of posts, but hey, staying on top of coursework is more important, right? I've started IB2 and the homework is a hell load of tasks to complete every single night.
BTW, congratulations to all the November 2010 graduates! And to those currently in IB: hang on, the effort is worth it (as I hear from previous students)!
Well, I don't know how many people actually do read (not glance, but reeeeeaaaad) the stuff that's on this blog, but CSN stores have given me the chance to hold a giveaway on this blog. CSN stores sell all kinds of things (in over 200 online stores), such as cookie trays, tall lamps and leather briefcases (random things, I know!).
WHAT: a $35 CSN stores gift certificate HOW: leave your name, email address and whether or not you're/have been an IB student (I have no bias)as a comment to this post only. WHEN: until 1st January FINEPRINT: international shipping (anywhere outside of US & Canada) of whatever you buy from the CSN store is not covered. One entry per person+email. If you're under 13 years old let a parent know you're entering. If not enough entries are received then the competition period may be extended.
A winner will be chosen at random , notified by email and have their victory proclaimed on this blog.
So, yeah, even if you're just visiting by, enter the competition (by commenting on this post only), because everyone loves to win (well, that is the general idea...)
Some see this extra (yes necessary) requirement as a time-suck. Laborious research, planning, drafting, writing and rewriting. The endless joy of frying your eyes in front of a computer screen!
Here, I'm going to post a brief guide, since there are several extremely detailed guides available in The Land of the Interwebz.
Decide from which subject your EE will be on. It is most advisable that its from one of the subjects you're studying.
Which area in the subject you've chosen are you interested in?
E.g: History: Cold War
E.g: English: Pride and Prejudice
E.g: Chemistry: Acids and Bases
C) Research Tres important mes aimies! It's through research you will find out what you do like, and what you don't like.
E.g: I rather like World War Two, but I do not like the involvement of the US. This means I will not focus on US involvement in WWII.
Gather as many resources which are relevant, even if it's just a sentence. You never know when your EE focus point might change.
The focus point of your essay. In most cases, it continues to change slightly, until a pinpoint focus in a topic is found and liked by both the supervisor and student.
Decide on the relevant subtopics.
Are diagrams needed?
A basic dot-pointed list of what will be included in the essay for each sub-topic
Place butt on suitable surface and type/write. There are two ways to go about this:
i) Set a goal and write an x amount of words every 'session'.
ii) Type/write until you can no more!
At this point it is the introduction, background information abour the topic and the body of the essay which is being written.
G) The First Complete Draft
4000+ words have been put to paper. This is an Accomplishment. Reread it and edit. Then show your supervisor, who will provide you with feedback. Do not ignore the feedback (unless your supervisor is clueless and has no hell of an idea what you're doing- which is very bad). It is not necessary that a conclusion and an abstract are written, since they come at the end.
H) Continual drafting
Edit and rewrite and improve your essay as much as you can. Keep track of ALL sources used. The correct presentation of the essay (formatting, font, etc...) can be implemented at this point.
I) The Final Draft
A viva voce (oh, the IBO and its fancy Latin!) is conducted. This is an interview with your supervisor regarding any more changes which can be made. Your supervisor actually records points they've noticed about your essay and other notes about the interview. The essay is checked for plagiarism.
Your EE component is done and dusted. The IB warlocks will give you a mark. This mark, along with your TOK essay will contribute your final IB diploma mark, with a maximum of three. Links
Here are a few much more thorough guides regarding the Extended Essay (in order of usefulness) IBO official Extended Essay Guide (click on the other pages listed on the right hand side of the page to view criteria, regulations, presentation guidelines, etc...)
i) To track your process, every time you make changes to your essay, either print it out (but don't bother too much if it's only 150 words or less) or save it as another file (i.e: EE edit 1, EE edit 2). This is to ensure that a Process has occurred. If, in some unfortunate case, you've been found to be the ill-omened Plagiariser, a gradual process of your work will be there to show you are innocent.
ii) My supervisor continually advised his students that one of the best topics should be from the syllabus of a subject you're studying. Why? Because it'll be like revision when writing parts of it and it'll also give in depth knowledge in a certain area of the topic.
Useful and helpful links for the subjects I am taking are available as posts, categorised under respective subjects (i.e: Chemistry, English A, etc...). These posts will be updated whenever I find a new helpful link (or whenever time permits!)
If any readers of this blog out there (or even anyone visiting) knows any useful links please share them with me via the comments section.
If you'd like to contribute or do a guest post on this blog relating to the IB programme, I'd love to know. You can contact me via email or leave your own email address in the comment section.
Note: CAS points/hours can be redeemed depending on CAS co-ordinator.
I'm a graduate of the International Baccalaureate diploma program.
On my blog I will mostly post things relating to current IB students.
Also, you can find posts here on school related topics (eg: how to write an essay) and random bits and pieces of my life.