• Looks like a cinnamon roll but could actually kill you:Theory of Knowledge
  • Looks like they could kill you but is actually a cinnamon roll:Extended Essay
  • Looks like a cinnamon roll and is actually a cinnamon roll:Caffeine
  • Looks like they could kill you and could actually kill you:CAS
  • The Sinammon roll:your IB coordinator
How to write a good TOK essay

·      Max 1600 words

·      Use knowledge from all subjects you take

·      Use knowledge from your life outside of school

·      Use knowledge from CAS experiences (could, but doesn’t necessarily, give a good example for your essay)

·      General and true questions (titles)

·      Get different perspectives in your essays (for example use parents, family, do research etc.) Religion, gender, age etc.

·      News and newspapers could be used to give different views

·      All claims should be connected or supported by examples, and all examples should be effective and varied

·      Don’t spend too many words explaining the example. Use 1-3 sentences to describe the example.

·      Link knowledge issues to areas of knowledge and ways of knowing

·      Step away from your essay to get a perspective on yourself

·      The title should be exactly as given (no number needed)

·      The title is the heading

·      Well presented

·      References are important

·      Bibliography is needed as well

·      Use personal example that other people will not be able to use

·      The word count does not include: title, bibliography, pictures, maps, charts, diagrams, tables, illustrations, references

·      Put word count in the end of the essay

·      Do not hand in a first draft with more than 1600 words

Structure of the essay:

Paragraph 1: 150-200

Paragraph 2 and 3: 400

Paragraph 4 and 5: 400

Paragraph 6 and 7: 400

Paragraph 8-9: 150-200

Paragraph 1:

·      Bring up knowledge question. Don’t state directly “my knowledge question is” or “KW =”. State it indirectly.

·      State your thesis (basically short answer to the knowledge question) i.e. your main claim

·      Present what you will bring up in the essay (to make it easier for readers to understand what you will talk about). Use one sentence do describe this. Basically bring up your main claims of each paragraph/perspective/view

·      Make the introduction interesting, something that makes them want to continue reading

Paragraph 2:

·      Start with a claim, which is connected to your knowledge question

·      Explain and elaborate, clarify your claim

·      Use an example to support your claim. Bring up persona examples that could perfectly support your claim. No fake examples.

Paragraph 3:

·      Bring up a counter claim to the claim in the second paragraph.

·      Explain and elaborate, clarify your counter claim

·      Use an example to support your counterclaim

·      Link this counter claim to your knowledge question. Sum up the insights quickly.

General tip:

Make sure your examples are open for people to understand. Don’t use complicated math, because the examiner might not understand it.

Paragraph 4:

·      Claim

·      Explain

·      Example


Paragraph 5:

·      Counterclaim

·      Example

·      Link to knowledge question

Paragraph 6 and 7 could look the same as 4 and 5.

Make it easy for the examiner to follow your ideas and understand what you are talking about.

Paragraph 8:

·      Implications and significance. Why is this important? So what?

·      Bring in perspectives. Explain a perspective that someone else would have. Only do this if you didn’t bring up perspectives in the pervious paragraphs.

·      Bring back the previous perspectives and discuss

Paragraph 9:

·      Sum up your arguments and conclude. State the thesis again, in short.


13:08 18.06.15

//I need to stop buying things… Almost died in paperchase and in Blackwells in Oxford. I bought a couple of cute moleskine journals for next year, some Washi stickers, see through coloured postits (they’re my fave) along with a bunch of books… Some of which I’ve already started to a note!.//

10 Tips to Surviving IB

1. Skype!

You don’t have to go to Starbucks or a classmate’s house to study. Skype is an easy and free way to get connected with friends to study or do group assignments while in the comfort of your own home!


The main issue people have in language arts is their inability to actually read the books due to laziness. Not reading the books prevents you from participating in class discussions and you will not be prepared for the essays. 

3. Eat Healthy 

What you put into your body is extremely important and being in IB will put you in stressful situations that may cause you to stress-eat. If you stress-eat, try to eat fruit or something healthy instead of junk food. Your body reflects what you eat!

4. Sleep

It may seem like you don’t have the time for a good nights sleep but it is extremely important. Sleeping will help your mind and body operate better and sleep is probably the best feeling in the world.

5. Don’t Fall Asleep During Class

This might seem like a given however so many people do it without realizing the consequences. When you fall asleep in class you will fall behind in class and what your teacher is saying is probably important so it is best to stay focused and awake in class because what you learn in class, you won’t have to learn by yourself later on at home.

6. Stay Organized

Keep your notes together. Keep your homework together. Keep your classwork together. Organize your binder by class periods. It will make it so much easier when your studying later on or if you are looking for something. Also, do not throw anything away until you are 100% positive that you don’t need it anymore.


It will be very tempting to just kick back and relax when you get home but doing your homework is very important because that one assignment could be the difference between an A or a B. In some classes, just by doing your homework you are guaranteed an A, so just do it (on time!) and get it over with.

8. Read the Textbook

Sometimes teachers suck and you have to rely upon yourself to learn the information needed. Reading the textbook can also be good for reviewing information as well.

9.  Plan Out Your Week

Taking time to plan your week out on Sunday will help you stay organized and on task throughout the week.

10. Enjoy Life!

Sometimes we forget to take a break from all the studying and realize that there is more to life than getting an A. If you spend all of four years of high school buried in your schoolwork, you won’t be able to create the memories that will stay with you or make lifelong friends. So, take a break and go enjoy yourself.