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The Theory of Knowledge Exhibition Prompts

The TOK Exhibition (also sometimes called the TOK IA) counts for one-third of your marks in the course. As you know, you need to choose one of the 35 IA prompts to base your exhibition on. 

This is a challenging task and I’ve created a blog post explaining how you to get all of the marks on these here). But, first you’ll need to choose ONE prompt from this list.

(A video course, to help you complete your exhibition and commentary is available to IBMastery subscribers. You can access the whole thing by taking a free trial here).

The TOK Exhibition Prompts

1. What counts as knowledge? 

2. Are some types of knowledge more useful than others?

3. What features of knowledge have an impact on its reliability? 

4. On what grounds might we doubt a claim? 

5. What counts as good evidence for a claim? 

6. How does the way that we organize or classify knowledge affect what we know? 

7. What are the implications of having, or not having,...

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The Theory of Knowledge Exhibition

The exhibition is an individual project worth 33% of your final grade in Theory of Knowledge. Basically you choose from one of 35 prescribed questions and answer it, using 3 real objects as your evidence. This page will show you how to get full marks. 

The exhibition has two parts. First is the presentation or display aspect. Each school will do this part differently. The second part is the 950 word written commentary and this is what counts toward your final IB grade. 

There is a lot you need to know about the exhibition, so I've created a 7-video course you can use to do a full-mark exhibition. It (along with brand new notes for every TOK theme) are already available to IBMastery subscribers. You can access them by taking a free trial here). 

Okay, here is the structure you can follow to get full marks in your exhibition on commentary. This structure isn't mandatory, but it works well. We’ll use Prompt 1, “What counts as knowledge?” for...

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The May 2021 TOK Essay Titles

Here are the TOK Essay prescribed titles (for the May 2021 session). 

I've created an in-depth May 2021 TOK Essay Titles Analysis, which you can watch inside IBMastery. It will help you understand how to approach each of the titles (i.e. things to avoid, things to consider and some tips for each title).

I know you'll really benefit from the video.

It is already available here (that's a Member's Link). If you're not yet a member, you can watch it by signing up here

The May 2021 TOK Essay Prescribed Titles

1. “Accepting knowledge claims always involves an element of trust.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

2. Within areas of knowledge, how can we differentiate between change and progress? Answer with reference to two areas of knowledge.

3. “Labels are a necessity in the organization of knowledge, but they also constrain our understanding.” Discuss this statement with reference to...

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The November 2020 TOK Essay Titles

Here are the Theory of Knowledge Essay prescribed titles (for the November 2020 session). You'll have 1600 words to answer your title.

We have already uploaded the full November 2020 TOK Essay Prescribed Titles Video Analysis inside IBMastery, to help you understand how to approach each of the titles (i.e. things to watch out for and things to consider with each title). I know you'll really benefit from the talk. It's ready for you when you're ready to start your essay.

If you're already subscribed to IBMastery, you can access the video right here.

If you're not yet a member, you'll need to subscribe (or at least do a free trial) to access them. To start your trial click here. And then, once you've joined you can click here to access the video and other resources. 

The TOK Prescribed Titles

  1. "If a disagreement about knowledge claims needs to be resolved, then it is essential to give equal attention to both sides.” Under what circumstances is...

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The IB Business Management Case for May 2020 - Paper 1 (P&S Trawlers)

Hi Business Management students!

Our full video course on the P&S Trawlers case (May 2020 - Paper 1) is already published on IBMastery. You'll need to subscribe, or at least start a free trial of IBMastery resources to access it. (If you don't know, IBMastery subscribers get resources and private online study groups for every IB course).  

We've gone through the May 2020 Paper 1 case and created an extremely exhaustive video analysis (around 2 hours in total) explaining everything we think you'll need to know to master the paper 1 exam.

I promise this is the best analysis you'll find anywhere, so these will save you time and stress. (You've got enough stress right now). The finance aspect is especially helpful.

To subscribe: Click here

If you already are a subscriber: Click here to be taken directly to the videos. 

See you inside!

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How to Structure an SL Business Management Internal Assessment

The SL Business IA is worth 25% of your final mark in SL Business Management class. Conveniently, it’s also out of 25 marks, so every point you score on your IA gives you an extra 1% in the course. Here is how to get all of those points. 

Your job is to choose an interesting business question and then use 3 to 5 documents (for data) and 3 or 4 course tools (for analysis) to answer it. Your IA can have a maximum of 1500 words. 

You’ll focus on a single business and then also a certain aspect of that business. You wouldn’t, for example, write an IA about the shipping industry (too broad and not a specific business). But you could write about about how Amazon has begun to compete within this market and how this has affected the company.  

How the SL IA is different than the HL IA

Let’s first make sure you’re clear on the differences between the SL and HL Business Management IAs. This will help to keep you from accidentally doing things...

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The May 2020 TOK Essay Titles

Here are the TOK Essay prescribed titles (for the May 2020 session). 

I'm just getting ready to upload a full May 2020 TOK Essay Titles Webinar inside IBMastery, to help you understand how to approach each of the titles (i.e. things to watch out for and things to consider with each title). I know you'll really benefit from the talk. It's ready for you when you're ready to start your essay.

It will be available online here (Members Link). If you're not yet a member, you can also watch it by signing up for a free trial of TOK Mastery.

The TOK Prescribed Titles

1. "Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not" (Pablo Picasso). Explore this distinction with reference to two areas of knowledge.

2. "There is a sharp line between describing something and offering an explanation of it." To what extent do you agree with this claim?

3. Does it matter that your personal circumstances influence how seriously your...

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The November 2019 TOK Essay Titles

Here are the TOK Essay prescribed titles (for the November 2019 session). You'll have 1600 words to answer your title.

I have already uploaded the full November 2019 TOK Essay Titles Webinar webinar inside IBMastery, to help you understand how to approach each of the titles (i.e. things to watch out for and things to consider with each title). I know you'll really benefit from the talk. It's ready for you when you're ready to start your essay.

In the end we had over 2000 people watch my talk about the last titles, so I expect it will be popular again. It will be available online here (Members). If you're not yet a member, you can still watch it if you sign up for a free trial of TOK Mastery)

The TOK Prescribed Titles

1. “In the acquisition of knowledge, the responsibility for accuracy lies with the user not the producer.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

2. “Each human being is unique,...

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The Global Politics Engagement Activity Structure

The following is a structure you can follow for your (2000 word) Engagement Activity (EA) in IB Global Politics. It will help you tick all the boxes, doing what will be rewarded, so you’ll get a better mark.

Having a clear structure like this will also save you time and help you write more clearly.

Before we start

A common mistake is thinking that your EA marks will basically come mostly from showing off your understanding of course theories. But, the EA is not so focused on theories.  Theories are just a part of where you're getting your marks.

The main purpose of the EA is to get you out in the world, involved with a real political challenge, so you can learn how to actually effect change. It’s about taking potentially-influential actions (i.e. interviewing someone, organizing an event) and then seeing how it goes and learning from your experience -- using research, course theories (and the other 6 areas of the course). But you will also get...

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The 7 Areas of Global Politics

In most other IB Group 3 courses (i.e. Business, Economics) students get marks mostly for learning the course theories and knowing how to apply them to do analysis (and draw conclusions based on that analysis). Most Group 3 courses are theory courses. Global Politics is not.

In your Global Politics Paper 2 essays, your HL presentations, your Engagement Activities reports and your course conversations you do get some marks for using the theories. But there are 6 other areas you should be able to draw insights from as well and these other areas are extremely powerful sources of good insights.

Use this list of the 7 areas of the course to explore, to really dig into how things work in the world of Global Politics and why. Draw on all 7 areas (if you can) to build insightful, meaningful explanations.

You can use these to answer a question or simply to better understand a particular case.

The 7 Areas of IB Global Politics

The following is a list of the ways we make sense of things in...

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