Your college application admission letter or essay is one of the most important documents you will ever write. I want to show you how to write yourself to the head of the pack. To do that I need to first explain to you the concept of Stump Speeches, which are often used by politicians. Regardless of the question a politician is asked they will try to answer it in a way that lets them talk about a few areas where they are strong. One guy will always come back to talk about cutting taxes. Another will always come back to talking about economic growth because they know, from their research, that when they talk about these specific things, people like them more.
I’m going to tell you what to say in your college admission letter (or college admission essay) so that the readers at Stanford or Yale will want to choose you over everyone else. The people who are going to be reading your letter want to see that you tick certain boxes. So you need to think about these people as your...
Starting your Extended Essay is a big challenge.
The best advice I can give you is start early and choose your research question carefully. Starting early is a time-management aspect you'll have to figure out on your own. But I can help you a lot on the second part.
Coming up with an appropriate question is about 25% of the whole battle. Your supervisor can help you with this, but often they'll leave it to you.
And you’ll want to be very careful here. With the right question almost anything is possible. With the wrong question, you're setting yourself up to fail. Most students brainstorm possible ideas, ask for suggestions and read successful EE samples (which are often available in your high school library). But I want to help you to do better than the average student. The following 4 tests will help you make sure your RQ is top notch.
A good research question (RQ) passes the following 4 tests:
Of course the question...
Here is a list of all the Facebook groups for the different IB subjects, for students. There are also a number some groups listed for parents, teachers and current MYP students.
The next 3 posts will provide you with a bullet-proof system for scoring full marks on your Economics Internal Assessments, following the new syllabus.
The IA is a brilliant opportunity to put some marks in the bank and make that 6 or 7 in the course much easier to achieve. This first article will focus on choosing an appropriate article. Why does this matter? If you choose a bad article you’ll find it like competing in the Olympic 100 meter dash wearing your granny’s high heels. It doesn’t matter how good you are. Your name might be Usain Bolt. You’re working with the wrong equipment, so you’re gonna get beat. Here, just like in your Extended Essay and so much else in life, you’ve got to make good decisions at the start of the thing to end up where you want to go. Actually, you need to decide on the concept you want to explore BEFORE you go looking for your article. You should normally focus on one of the really major concepts like...
Evaluation is a very important concept in economics. It is what you to when you have finished analysing. By analysing we mean giving your Definitions, Explanations, Examples and Diagrams (DEED). Show how the theories relate to the question and explain the theories. Basically analysing is drawing out the theory and then evaluation is drawing your conclusions and also challenging the analysis.
The hard part about all of this is making sure that you say enough in your analysis and in your evaluation. So you don't forget, remember to "Do the DEED" when you analyze and then "CLASPP it all together" when you're evaluating. On your essay questions and data response questions (on your exams) you'll need to evaluate. But you don't need to evaluate in your short-answer questions.
(d.) - A clasp is something that holds things together. But (spelled with 2 P’s) it’s also an acronym for the 6 types of evaluation in IB Economics.
Use at least 3 of these in your Part B...
This post will go through what you should write in your Economics IA, with step-by-step instructions and with word counts for each section. What you need to know before you write:
A while ago I wrote an article called The Straight A Students Time Management Secret. The answer seemed simple: get your work done during your school day. High achievers do report having this habit. When they’re working, they just work. They don’t spend much time inefficiently --half-doing work and half-socialising at the same time. The benefits are pretty obvious. More completely-free time in the evenings, they can get more sleep and they can socialise guilt-free and stress-free. But, actually implementing this advice can seem hard. At work/school, all of our friends are there. It’s distracting. And then suddenly the entire day has passed and we’ve made no progress. Here are a few techniques that work:
First of all I'd like to thank those of you who have already given me some names of great IB teachers. If you'd like to add a nomination, please do that here.
I'm on the lookout for some of the really great IB teachers in the world. I want to connect with them, talk with them and help them spread their best insights.
Maybe you have a really good IB Biology teacher at your school. Students just love this woman. I could talk with her and then write about one of her exam tips or an insight about how she approaches the course.
I want to learn from great people, so I can make hard things easier for other great people. That's my mission.
I'm hoping a bi-product of this is that I can bring a lot of recognition to a lot of teachers who work really hard, but maybe haven't gotten a lot of positive attention before. Teaching can be a solitary job sometimes, so it couldn't hurt to make your favourite teacher internet-famous.
This is your lucky day. You are finally going to find out the secret time-management weapon which has only been known to a few wildly successful students. Until now.
(WARNING: Do not read this unless you are prepared for incredible academic success! However, if ready to have your life completely changed, read on.)
I have had the pleasure of teaching students who have ended up going to Cambridge, to Oxford, to LSE, to Harvard and to a range of other Ivy League universities. They were not completely alike, but they did have one behavior in common. After working closely with these students I am convinced that it was this single secret-behavior that set them apart from the crowd. It actually made it easier for them to learn more efficiently, to understand concepts in a deeper way than their peers. In a way, these students had an unfair advantage. And that’s why I feel you should have it too.
But before I share it with you, let me explain how hard-working students commonly behave....
The following structure is a very good, step-by-step method you can use on any ToK essay to get very high marks.
Here are the main things to keep in mind when you're using this method:
(I have a full a lot of helpful advice, tutorials, evidence videos in my online ToK course, which you're welcome to join if you like.)
And I've also created a lot of resources (videos, notes, etc) to help with with the TOK presentation, here.
The structure on this page will give you a strong foundation for your essay and then we're going to make your essay as insightful as possible.
Before you can begin your real/final essay, you’ll want to...