Friday, December 24, 2010
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...)
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
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
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.
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...)
City Honours School EE guide
IB Survival EE for Dummies
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.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Frankly, some of my marks for some of my subjects have fell after being in the IB program. I know the same has happened to more than a few of my cohorts. The MLIIB posts on My life Is IB is further evidence.
However, this does not mean you should either a) not to IB or b) drop out of IB or c) become a robot and have no fun by working your metallic but off 24/7. Its life, you succeed at some things and can suck (or fail) at others. So the best thing to do is to suck it up and fix up your mistakes.
Here's a very general how-to
- Get the correct answers for questions you have answered incorrectly. Do this as soon as you receive your test back.
- If you don’t understand your teacher’s method/wording, find a classmate to get the correct answer from.
- Redo the question without looking at the correct answer.
- If possible, redo the test (at least the incorrect questions) at home, either mentally or writing by it all down.
- Read the assessment criteria and see where you have lost marks
- Get feedback from your teacher, even if they have given written feedback.
- When doing the next assignment, read the assessment criteria and know where your weakness is, so you can avoid it.
- If a new assignment is similar to your low marks/failed assignment (i.e: commentary for English, lab practical write-up for Biology), refer back to your low marks/failed task to check you're not repeating the same mistakes (e.g: having a poor intro for a commentary, not providing limitations in discussion for Biology write-up)
- Most likely failed or received a just passing grade due to tests and assignments which have been failed or have received low marks. So do the above do avoid failing them.
- Talk to your teacher about your weaknesses and how to overcome them (either on report collection day or even at recess/lunchtime)
Note: Confidence in yourself is quite important, as well as actually putting in effort. Stressing and being nervous can also be good, since some people work better under these conditions.
Monday, October 25, 2010
You can view her CAS blog here.
My name's Ally and I'm a junior at an IB school in the U.S.!
I'll be posting helpful/random things now and then...
Visual Arts HL
Math Studies SL
English A1 HL
Spanish B SL
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Many of the link I've provided also have Maths studies and HL notes available. I'm only providing the links of the subjects which I've undertaken (in this case Maths SL).
Mathimatikos revision/reference notes for SL(?) topics in pdf format
IB Maths powerpoints for SL topics
IB Maths worksheets, notes and practice papers (GDC/GDC free)
MM II (IB Calculus) Mrs. Shim's IB Calculus notes and worksheets
IB Maths SL Wikibook notes and formulae for SL topics
Haese and Harris IB SL textbook pdf document, useful for extra practice questions
Maths SL syllabus excellent to use as a guide of learnt concepts and for exam/test preparation
IB Maths IA guide hints, tips and general information for writing Maths IA
Friday, September 24, 2010
Out of six subjects, three must be SL. SL subjects require less hours and assessments than HL subjects. The course doesn't have as much depth as a HL subject and there are two exam papers to be done. Mark boundaries are higher than its HL counterpart.
Generally a 3500-4000 word essay (for science subject this varies) on a very specific topic of the student's choice. The student completes this essay over the time period of their diploma.
Successful completion of the EE component adds one point to the maximum of 45 points. Failure to do so results in failing to receive the full IB diploma.
A philosophical class, similar to epistemology. How do we know? Can we trust the things we know? The roles of perception, language, reason and emotion effecting what we know and how we know. Know, know, know...
A maximum of 2000 word essay on a question (provided by the IBO) is to be completed by the second year of IB in order to gain one point out of the total of 45.
150 hours must be divided equally between creative, physical and service activities. Journal entries/logs must be made for each activity and outcomes must be achieved. Completing the CAS requirement gives one point out of the maximum of 45 possible points.
Some see this as a forceful way of going out into the community to learn about others and yourself. Others see this as a great opportunity to do schoolwork but having fun too.
Assignments and pieces of work which contribute to the final subject grade. These are marked by the teacher who teaches you that subject. A random sample of selected students work (names chosen by the IBO) are then sent to the IBO for moderation (to ensure teachers are marking fairly).
A hideous requirement of IB English. It is a time-suck and requires the student to analyse literary devices and techniques and provide their own response to an excerpt or poem. Most students like to practise BS skills whilst completing a commentary.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Warning: procrastination begins at the click of the link.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Quia French All sorts of quiz type activities. The link I've listed is the search page.
Beginners French Listening Exercises page with links for improving listening and comprehension skills.
Cool French Want to start an argument? Want to say colloquial expressions? A fun interactive site for all levels of French (and to use on others)
BBC French A site by the BBC containing a wealth of learning exercises, videos, fun activities and audio for those who are learning or already know French. Suitable for all levels.
TV5 Monde Apprendre le Francais A French television channel's educational site, with activities in French for those learning the language. Suitable for SL students. Ab initio students advised to use site with a teacher's help (there are no English prompts or guides on the site).
Intense Cogitation French SL/HL notes on grammar and assessments in French (oral and written expression).
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Fear not. I shall tell thee how one doth write a commentary (for homework purposes only- where there's no time limit).
1.Read the given piece. What's the pace? What is the piece about overall? What's the format of the piece?
2.Annotate baby! Whatever ideas you have, let them spew out of your mind. Even if it sounds a bit weird, just list keywords and short sentences. What connotations do certain words carry (positive or negative?). Is the author's tone changing?
3.Hunt down those literary devices. Identify what's their point in the written piece. Does it add rhyme or give a continuous flow in reading? Is it to provide greater detail (identify the form of imagery)?
4.Note down the punctuation (more important in poetry than plain ole' text from a novel/play).
5. Start writing!
This is how I usually set out my commentaries:
- Introduction (author's name, the given piece's title, the overall context of the piece, list some literary devices used, the tone of the piece)
- Body (if it's poetry, then I usually do one paragraph for each verse. If it's prose, then each point with it's evidence [a quote from the piece] and affect on reader in a paragraph on its own)
- Conclusion (state the tone at the ends of the piece, the reader's reactions, summarise what happened in the piece, i.e: someone died, a man cried, etc...)
There is no 'perfect formula' for writing a commentary. There are many ways to go about. You can write it sequentially (start from the beginning of the piece til the end). Or you can write it in themed paragraphs (i.e: paragraph one discusses literary devices, paragraph two is about the author's perspective, tone and mood, paragraph three details certain examples of imagery and its affect on the reader, etc...). However, you must remember to be clear and eloquent in your writing, and must remember to explain the affect on the reader. A commentary is not a rewrite, it's an explanation and discussion of the thoughts and language in the written piece.
Here is a much lengthier Wikibook guide on writing a commentary (an excellent resource, no doubt).
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
CAS holds a great deal of importance in the IB Diploma. It is necessary for obtaining the diploma, and can turn 'IBers' into selfsih souls who'd do an activity "just to get the CAS points." However, since we are forced to do CAS, we are pushed out of our comfort zones. We might learn a new skill (which can be used on a resume), get healthier, make new friends and just on a whole... be a much more 'globally minded' (yes, a favourite of the IBO). I know this sounds really cheesy, but so far I guess it's kinda working for me.
Anyhoo, if you're short of ideas, here are some.
- Inquire about art workshops in your council/shire/local area or a community centre (in Australia it's usually a Neighbourhood house).
- Take a few art classes (yeah, there's a good chance money is involved)
- Create a 'history of the school' book.
- Organise an activity (the planning/design process is counted as creativity)
- Join a bookclub (the activities you do there are usually counted as creativity.
- Write a story(or use one wirtten already, shhhh) enter it in a competiton (give your CAS supervisor the competiton's deets)
- Participate in school sports competitons (inter/intra school sports).
- Get a gym membership (don't forget to take photos of your sweaty self)
- If going to a gym isn't an option, inquire about yoga/pilates/walking groups at your community centre.
- Organise an activity at school. Or even outside of school if you want to get really picky. It could be a bookclub/artclub (+creativity), ex/incursion, an afterschool event for your class or year level.
- Contribute in school publications (+creativity)
- Represent your school at forums or meetings (let the teachers who usually organise these kinds of activities you're eager and interested).
- Volunteering at an event, such as ushering at a lecture, festival or even at a community theatre.
This should continue over a genereally three month period and has to cover two CAS disciplines (i.e Service and Action). You must be part of a team, however the people don't need to be IB students nor anyones from school. It also has to tick off the eight outcomes.
- Organise an initiative, such as encouraging recycling/composting at school.
- Organise a sports tournament.
- Organise a community project (planting trees, vegetable patch, clay/mosiac workshop)
- Start a new publication (a newsletter targeted for Cooking Mama's/Gamers/Bookworms/etc...).
The word 'organise' is the key word here. It's all about getting the motivation to do something.
- Remember to always be on the lookout for activities for CAS. Be proactive.
- The best strategy is to complete CAS by the end of your first year.
- During your vacations, go out and do some CAS. It's even better with friends because you're motivated (and get to have some fun together).
- School is the best place to start looking for activities. Walking to the destination where the activity would be is the only transport involved. Afterschool activites are great, especally if you're supervising/leading (Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, art/science club, 'Let's Get Fit and Activated' Health Awareness and Encouragement Circle' -made it up, sounds realistic enough, hmmmm).
EDIT: here is an example of a CAS diary with CAS activities (inspiration perhaps?)
Sunday, July 18, 2010
CHERUB by Robert Muchamore
Henderson's Boys again, by Robert Muchamore
Kiki Strike series by Kirsten Miller
Click by Linda Sue Park
Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine
Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling (mega-duh!)
Missing Persons by M.E Rabb
Thieves Like Us by Stephen Cole
Little Brother by Corey Doctorow
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Borderland by Rosanne Hawke
Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
Spy Girl series by Carol Hedges
Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
Bad Kitty series by Michelle Jaffe
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Biology for Life Skyline HS IB Biology site. Full of extremely useful links, syllabus notes and questions.
Biology IA Explanation of each criterion (D, DCP, CE, MS, PS) and what you should do to obtain the best marks possible. Note: when on page scroll to the middle to find the links.
Click4Biology: IB Biology 2009-10 Syllabus answers for all topics and most options (B, C, D, F and G aren't availabe).
ITS Biology Student Resources A resource page with even more links!
OSC IB Revision Guides-IB Biology Sample pages (pdf) to use as revision
Online Biology Textbook not the best resource but worth referring to for extra reading or understanding concepts
Biology Animations extremely fascinating animations, with many small notes during each animation. Covers the main topics studied in Biology (regardless of IB or not)
Intense Cogitation a variety of notes categorised by syllabus points.
One study guide which I use and would highly recommend is Biology for the IB Diploma. With simplified text and organised pages, it's a great reference to use either for revison, reinforce understanding or just to read up on some material before starting a new unit of study.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Ms. Wiseman's IB Chemistry links to topics which have more links to notes and quizzes
Dr. Vernon (Skyline HS) Chemistry links to classwork and homework questions and notes (note: things here are very specific to what Dr. Vernon has taught in their class. Links may or may not help).
Data booklet MS Word document, useful for general chemistry work
IB Chemistry Wikibook summaries and notes on each topic and option in the syllabus
IB Chem a site for SL and HL Chemistry with syllabus, practical/lab design notes, chemistry EE and Group IV project help.
Intense Cogitation revision notes and practicals
Soon, I will hopefully provide helpful links and maybe even past papers and marking schemes for IB students (for the subjects which I am taking only).
And of course, chronicle my IB journey (haha, sounds weird to me).
Friday, March 26, 2010
My marks were pretty good (and very surprising).
Going to work (retail assisstant or whatever the people are called who work on the registers). The money is good. Otherwise, work is pretty dull.
I'm now officially a Yellow belt at Freestyle Martial Arts.
I went to a Cobra Starship concert. Very awesome.
...and received my first ever C on a school report...for TOK (though the teacher did tell me that he wished that I'd handed in my journal earlier- because I hadn't- since my TOK journal was pretty good).
Friday, March 5, 2010
Usually the introductory/topic sentence of the paragraph explaining to the reader what the paragraph will discuss. Avoid making it too lengthy and detailed.
Discuss your ideas/reasons/argument regarding the topic sentence (whatever you had mentioned in your 'title').
Give support and proof for your ideas/reasons/argument. If this is an essay for a novel study, give quotes and refer to the novel. If it is for a history essay, again, you can use references to back up your explanation. If it's an argumentative essay, give statistics (if applicable).
A sentence or two which refers back to your essay topic or title.
A good paragraph following TEEL will have an explanation and evidence throughout the paragraph. By this I mean a paragraph will not strictly have the explanation and then the evidence in order. You can have an explanation and evidence and then another explanation or the evidence first and then an explanation. However, a good essay will include the TEEL points.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I really hope that I can somehow begin to make sense of TOK or else I'm doomed!
Friday, February 12, 2010
-French (ab initio)
I haven't decided which ones are higher level (HL) or standard level (SL) yet.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Random off topic posts may appear time to time (or quite frequently, depending on my mood).
I wonder what will I think of this first post two years from now...
Clickety Click Click
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.
Note: CAS points/hours can be redeemed depending on CAS co-ordinator.
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- 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.