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  • 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.

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!

2. READ THE BOOKS

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.

7. DO YOUR HOMEWORK

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.

Advise for Extended Essay

Yesterday all IB2 students at our school handed in their final drafts of Extended Essay. 

I am very satisfied with mine and the work I put into it, but I know that some students are not. I have some easy and general tips for you when it comes to the extended essay:

Put effort into your First Draft

The first draft is very important, because that is the only draft you will actually get feedback on. I wrote 3200 words for my first draft, because then I would have space for writing more, but I was still pretty much done with it.

Read the criteria

This will help you SO MUCH! Reading the criteria and fully understand what you are to do makes it easier to break the essay down into smaller, manageable parts. It is difficult sitting down to write an essay of 4000 words just like that, without guidelines.

Talk to your supervisor

If you have any questions - ASK! Don’t feel like you are being annoying. Your supervisor is there to help and guide you. If you have any questions regarding referencing, what to include, something you are unsure of - ask your supervisor.

Write your final draft as soon as you have gotten feedback on the first one

It’s so easy to forget what you were supposed to change or add, even though you have notes. I would really recommend writing the final draft as soon as possible so you don’t forget.

Read it over and over again

It may seem boring, but it does help you a lot. When reading it through, you will find sentences that may be changed or words that could be replaced. Print your essay out, read it and underline everything that you may want to change, or possible misspellings etc.

Ask someone else to read it and give feedback

This helped me A LOT. I asked my parents to read it, and underline everything that seemed unclear or didn’t make sense. This helped me to see mistakes I had not noticed myself. It also gives you another point of view, since you yourself may be able to understand the essay but others has to be too.

5 Tips to Staying Focused While Studying

1. Turn your phone off

Phones can be EXTREMELY distracting and completely shutting it off and putting it away will help alleviate this distraction a bit. Your future is more important than how many likes you got on that post ;)

2. Reward yourself

After you finish a certain amount reward yourself with a mini break or with some food.

3. COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE

Caffeine can help you stay alert and focused on whatever your doing. It will hopefully help you stay awake when your feeling a bit sleepy and need to study, but don’t drink too much!

4. Find a quiet place

Family and friends can hinder your focus so find a place where you can hide from these distractions. Lock your bedroom door or go to a library, whatever place you know that you will stay focused.

5. Stay motivated

Remember why you are working so hard and the goals you want to achieve. Think of all the benefits you will receive through your hard work and devotion :)

10 Tips for a Good TOK Presentation

Our student bloggers are invited to write in their own words and to hold nothing back –we promise we won’t edit them. Read Farah Walter’s blog on 10 tips for a good TOK presentation on our From Students to Students blog:


Dear Readers,

I held my very first TOK presentation in class today. To be honest, I was overwhelmed by the work, and ravaged my brain to find “philosophical” and TOK related arguments. Nevertheless, I was inspired to create 10 tips and tricks for a good TOK presentation in hopes that these will help all of you:

  • Choose a good Real Life Situation. Helpful are classroom discussions, debates, and ultimately encounters that you have experienced.
  • Create a reasonable knowledge question that is not too easy but not too hard. Remember your knowledge question should be extracted from your RLS and should aim to draw linkages.
  • Use TOK terminology throughout the entire presentation. Specifically, the ways of knowing, areas of knowledge and TOK concepts. These will make your presentation more TOK based and accordingly boost your grade.
  • DO NOT TALK ABOUT YOUR REAL LIFE EXAMPLE TOO MUCH. This is key! Your aim is not to analyse your real life situation as you would in an FOA, but to establish TOK links and to reflect on how this produces knowledge.
  • Include multiple perspectives. These can either be yours, those of an expert or based on gender, race, culture, or the upbringing of an individual. Make sure to evaluate why different people might have different perspectives.
  • Structure your presentation coherently and establish a “flow”. There is nothing worse than an unorganized PowerPoint and no transitions between points. Structure your presentation the same way as you would structure your arguments.
  • When evaluating the implications focus on the long and short term effect as well as the global impact.
  • Do not use too many RLSs. Of course every group will vary in how many RLSs are used, however using too many may cause you to lose track and therefore create weak arguments.
  • Do not read off of your flash cards! Apart from the fact that the presentation will be very boring and monotone, IB examiners might believe you do not know your material and therefore deduct points.
  • Do not stress. Probably the hardest tip to follow, however the best advice I can give you. This is because your stress is transferred to your peers, the teacher and the examiners. By the time you present you know what you are going to talk about and therefore have no need to worry!

Best of luck,
Your Farah

The essentials for the Extended Essay

As the DP1′s are starting their extended essay I would like to say some things that I think will help you during the process.

1. Always keep deadlines

This is not for the teacher’s sake, but for your own. If you don’t keep deadlines or book meetings with your teachers, it’s so easy to think “I’ll do it later”. But the truth is, you need those meetings to make sure that you are on track with everything. 

2. Start early

You are not supposed to write your extended essay in a month. Not the first month after choosing a topic and not the last month before the deadline. This is supposed to be a process spread out over several months, but make sure you have started and know what to do.

3. Write when you want to 

If you choose a topic you really like (which you should) you will feel the urge to write on your extended essay. This is when you are supposed to write! Write when you feel motivated and inspired, and not when you feel forced to. By writing when you feel inspired and motivated you will keep the the process of writing the extended essay seem fun and positive.

4. Leave it for a while

If you follow the above tips, you will have time to leave the extended essay for a couple of days (or maybe even weeks) just so you can later on go back and look at it again from a different perspective. This is crucial, so that you see what your strengths are but also your weaknesses.


I hope this helped a little at least. Good luck!

/Clara