Insight loops are an powerful way to score points in your IB assessments.
They work especially well in situations like IOs and exam essay questions where you're trying to quickly develop relevant insights (showing course knowledge) and develop as many points as you can.
In short, the idea is that you take a piece of evidence and then link it to a key word (or a concept, model, literary device, framework, diagram, or idea) from the course. You can think of this as just labelling the evidence, showing us what we call this in this IB subject.
Then, you develop the idea further, making it clear how this labelling that you just did helps us answer the question in some way.
In your English IO, the evidence could be words in your excerpt, "It is the east, and Juliet is the sun", which you label: This is a metaphor, but is also a use of dramatic irony. And then, you can further clarify this. Juliet is lighting up the window, the way...
Below are the Theory of Knowledge Essay prescribed titles for the May 2024 session.
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Is subjectivity overly celebrated in the arts but unfairly condemned in history? Discuss with reference to the arts and history.
How can we reconcile the opposing demands for specialization and generalization in the production of knowledge? Discuss with reference to mathematics and one other area of knowledge.
Nothing is more exciting than fresh ideas, so why are areas of knowledge often so slow to adopt them? Discuss with reference to the human sciences and one other area of knowledge.
Do we underestimate...
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I wanted to share a model I've created for my Extended Essay students. And it's been working really well. In fact, all of my EE students got A's this year and they found this framework helped them do that.
Below I'll run-through the model briefly, in a general way. If you want some more help, I would be very happy to talk it through with you.
If you're finding that your EE doesn't seem to be working, this model will help you diagnose the issue.
It's useful to think of the Research Question, the Tools and the Data as the 3 main elements when you develop your question and move toward your writing.
Great research works well when each of these elements align with each other. Every aspect needs to match with the other ones. When they do, once there is alignment between these 3 aspects, the writing and marks are much easier to achieve.
Here you'll find the Theory of Knowledge Essay prescribed titles for the November 2023 session.
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1. Are facts alone enough to prove a claim? Discuss with reference to any two areas of knowledge.
2. If “the mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s and the poet’s, must be beautiful” (G.H. Hardy), how might this impact the production of knowledge? Discuss with reference to mathematics and the arts.
3. In the acquisition of knowledge, is following experts unquestioningly as dangerous as ignoring them completely? Discuss with reference to the...
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Most of the online resources with IB Business Management IA advice are not up to date, but this one is. Here you will find all of the best tips for the Business IA, as well as exactly how to structure your work. This page is up-to-date for students graduating on May 2024 or later. We'll show you step-by-step, exactly what to do
First, we'll go through all of your initial decisions, so you'll have a good question and resources. Then I'll go through the actual structure of your IA and show you what to write in each section. You can always use the 'Jump to' links below to move to the part you need.
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The full IBMastery analysis of the ELE PLC case (November 2022 - Paper 1) is ready for you now in the member's area.
We've gone through the case and created an exhaustive video analysis, to help you prepare for the November Business Management exam. This video will save you time and stress and of course help you do a lot better.
Here is an excerpt for you, the key term definitions. The full analysis for our members contains much more analysis.
Internal sources [of finance] (19) - Internal sources of finance refer to money that comes from within a business. There are several internal sources a business can use, including owners capital, retained profit and selling assets.
Long-term [supply] contracts - (20) - An agreement between the companies wherein the buyer agrees to purchase...
As a teacher and tutor I specialize in helping students write top-scoring essays. I wanted to share with you a helpful way to think about this, which will help you show strong critical thinking --something that often counts for close to 50% of your essay grade, so you can do well, even if you don’t work with me as your tutor.
First, let’s notice that there are 3 very different actvities required to create a great analytical essay. You need to:
If you do those 3 things thoughtfully you can definitely get a 7 (or an A, if it's TOK or your EE).
We can think of those 3 activities as relating to 4 different roles you need to play: You need to