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20 Problems Only IB students Understand

1. You always know where the closest bathroom is.

2. Because being stuck somewhere without a bathroom is actually your worst nightmare.

3. But then again, so are port-a-potties.

4. You carry Pepto-Bismol around with you at all times.

5. You’ve been to see a gastroenterologist more times than you’d like to admit.

6. Your stomach has its own tribal mating call.

7. You know the struggle of wanting to eat something, but knowing if you do your insides will explode.

8. And part of you feels like crying when you see a long waiting line for the bathroom.

9. You had to get a colonoscopy/endoscopy before you were 40.

10. Anything fried or spicy is your enemy.

11. You can only drink coffee if you know there’s a bathroom within 5 feet of you.

12. And you have to be really careful what you eat on dates.

13. You get a lot of work done on the toilet.

14. You’re often bloated to the point of looking pregnant.

You're often bloated to the point of looking pregnant.
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And it’s cool because you didn’t wanna wear jeans anyway!! JK.

15. And you know the dilemma of eating one meal, not getting sick, then eating it again and instantly dying.

16. When you try to explain it, people will ask, “Oh, so you poop a lot?”

How to Write a TOK Essay

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Theory of Knowledge essay is a 1200–1600 word 

essay on one of the prescribed topics set by the IB. As the name suggests, your Theory of Knowledge (TOK) essay should focus on knowledge issues (what is knowledge? why and how do we know things?) and link to other areas of knowledge as well. About 2/3 of your final TOK grade is determined by the grade you get for your TOK Essay.


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    Ask your teacher to give you the prescribed essay titles. There is a separate set of topics for May and November candidates. Make sure you get the right topics.
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    Choose the title that you know most about. Evaluate the suitability of the title by thinking how you could link it to what you have studied. For example, if your TOK essay title is mostly about history, but history is not your strong subject, you may want to consider choosing another title.
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    Note the assumptions of the essay title. All questions contain some assumptions. For example, a past question was "Discuss the claim that some areas of knowledge are discovered and others are invented". You should note that the title assumes that areas of knowledge are either discovered or invented. Why could they not be both? Challenging the assumptions of the essay title enables you to write an essay that focuses more on knowledge issues.
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    Brainstorm and research. Come up with your initial argument (i.e. what is your answer to the question and why), note down relevant personal experiences you could use to support your argument. Do research in the library and online to find out more examples to support your argument. Note that many IB textbooks contain sections about Theory of Knowledge. These sections may contain useful ideas for your essay.
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    Consider using an essay template. Essay templates can provide you with ideas and guidance about the structure and formatting of your TOK essay. You candownload TOK essay templates or your teacher may have a template for you.
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    Write the first draft with referencing. Stay focused on the topic and add in-text referencing or footnotes as you go along. This final edit will be much easier if you proceed like this. Provide detailed examples to support your argument. Avoid generalisations and vagueness. Remember to explore some counter arguments and stay focused on questions and issues of knowledge.
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    Read your draft essay. Evaluate it against the assessment criteria and note which areas you could improve. Your teacher may also provide you with feedback about your essay. Remember that feedback should always be based on the IB TOK essay assessment criteria.
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    Write the final copy. Improve your essay so that it meets the assessment criteria better. Make sure your referencing is correct and your essay is not below 1200 words or over 1600 words.
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    Hand in your essay to your teacher. You should give an electronic copy of your essay to your teacher. Ask your teacher or the IB coordinator to tell you what specific file format you should use.

Deal With Post IB Intellectual Angst

This article gives an overview of how to effectively deal with intellectual dissatisfaction after going through the IB program.


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    Realize first that if you completed the IB program, did well on your exams, scored well on college placement exams etc., then you are probably just as intelligent as the people who got into your top choice schools. Quite simply, admissions committees don't quite know what to do with all the applicants they receive and don't judge decisions based on who was the best student and end up floating into the real of strange subjective things. You may hear differently from them though, but rest assured this is probably post-facto justification that helps them sleep at night. Additionally, no one really knows what goes on exactly in admissions rooms, especially for very "selective" universities, however much like a measurement of an undetermined quantum particle, the statistics allow us to know that there are some disturbing trends as of late, including but not limited to the rationing of admissions for minorities... Anyways, you're ok regardless, plus with the out of control grade inflation at most of those schools, your friends are in for quite an existential shock of their own once they graduate.
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    You might feel some sort of angst at the educational system or the state of your country of origin, so rather than ignoring these feelings, consider putting your IB training to good use and become a political dissident. The 1970s was famous for social unrest, civil rights progress, and cultural change. Maybe there's a cause you want to advocate for now, political or otherwise? Maybe come up with a new political theory on how social structures or political misconduct have led to current economic disparities. Angry disenchanted intellectuals have helped spur a lot of social progress throughout history.
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    If you're absolutely fed up with where you are now, consider leaving. If your next college is a boring intellectual wasteland, transfer to another one. If the patriarchy has got you down, join a lesbian commune. If entrenched social structures in your country of residence have spoiled your personal, spiritual or intellectual goals, become an expatriate and laugh at your countrymen across the border. Not fitting in with the mainstream can be the beginning of great personal growth and change.
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    Continue learning, including on your own. Seriously, nowadays any driven person with a computer can become a modern good will hunting. A lot of web developer types are self-taught, sometimes lectures in college are so terrible you have to teach yourself the material, or maybe the stuff you always wanted to learn about astronomy is posted online. Sidestep the ridiculousness that is getting into a decent college and just teach yourself. Also consider whether college is your thing. If you find your college is completely intellectually shallow (and it often is for us IB folks), consider transferring but also realize that dropping out is an option. Perhaps you could become a self made entrepreneur or forestall returning to college until you've given writing a novel a go. In this economy, many intelligent people are finding it hard to justify getting a degree in the first place.
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    Set goals and continue making progress. Being an independent thinker can be difficult but your continued constructive efforts should pay off. If you're in your view "unsuccessful" at the moment, you won't necessarily be in the future. Plus the economy sucks now regardless.

How to Organize for the IB Program

Are you falling back in class, or have a messy backpack,Or just want to organize.Then this is for YOU i will explain how us IB students can organize our time effectively.


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    To start off you should make a schedule or use a calendar.
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    Write down some times and activities.
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    Also write down when you have days off of school(if you are using a calendar.
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    Write down tips to help you study/get organized.
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    Every week during the weekends organize your notebooks for class.
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    Give yourself rewards when you do well on tests.
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    Also try to have someone else in IB help you if you are falling back.
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    Last but not least follow your schedule.

Write IB Psychology HL Internal Assessment (IA)

IB Psychology is a subject from the Group 3: Individuals and Societies group of subjects in International Baccalaureate curriculum. One of the requirements from this subject is an internally assessed report of a simple experimental study conducted by the student. This is internally marked by teachers and then moderated by IB examiners.Generally, the paper consists of several sections and it looks much like the journal or research paper in psychology. In order to write a good report, one should follow these steps.


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    Find a study. The best thing would be to find a simple experiment that is easy to replicate and report. A good thing is to consult with you teacher and your course companion. One of the commonly replicated studies is Stroop effect.
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    Do some research. Once you choose your topic, you should find the original study you will replicate and at least two supporting studies. Remember where you got them from since you'll have to reference them.
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    Outline your study, prepare all the necessary materials including, but not limited to: informed consent form, debriefing letter, experiment equipment, etc.
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    Conduct the experiment and collect the data. Once you're done with data collection, you sit and write a report.

Method 1 of 5: Introduction

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    Start your introduction by writing a general info about the topic and area you investigated.
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    Afterwards, give a brief insight in the background theories and supporting researches. Ideally would be to introduce 2 or 3 relevant studies.
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    Then give your reasons for conducting such investigation.
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    Present in a precise and straight-forward aim, null and research hypothesis.
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    In the last sentence state whether the hypothesis is one- or two-tailed.


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    In the Method section, there are four subsections. The first one is Design. Here you have to emphasize what type of design you used: independent samples or repeated measures design. Give reasons for using such design: mention positive and negative sides of it. Don't forget to state independent and dependent variable. Also mention ethical guidelines: consent, briefing and debriefing.
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    The second sub-section is Participants. Here you should discuss your participants characteristics: what was the target population, what was their level of fluency in English, what are their cultural and social background (homogeneous or diverse), what was the sample, how was the sample chosen and why was it chosen in that manner.
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    The third sub-section is Materials. Here you simply give a list of the materials used, example:
    • Consent form (Appendix 1)
    • Set of instructions (Appendix 3)
    • Other material (Appendix *number where of the appendix under which the material is shown*)
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    The last one is Procedure. Here you have to be accurate, precise careful and most of all straight forward. Describe the room in which the experiment was conducted and its setting. And then explain procedure of experiment, step-by-step. Mention everything, from singing the consent form to instructions reading to debriefing to saying final words and letting them go.

Method 2 of 5: Results

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    In the Results section, show a table and graph of descriptive statistics calculations. After that, state the level of measurement, and then introduce inferential statistics. State which test you had used, and present the results of that test in APA style (e.g. for Mann-Whitney U test, the APA style results look like this: U(0,5, n=15), p

Method 3 of 5: Discussion

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    The Discussion is a very important part. Here you discuss your findings, advantages and limitations of your experiment, and suggestions for further research. Here you have to discuss connections between your results and results of supporting studies, the use of specific design, participants, biases, analysis and data collection. Also discuss ethics and suggest improvements in further research.
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    In the last paragraph make a small conclusion where you should sum up everything you have written and give your final stand on the results: whether the hypothesis was demonstrated as correct or wrong. Then you should do references.

Method 4 of 5: References

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    Person, A., & Person, B. (year). The title of journal entry. The name of Journal , volume-number, page-range.
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    Person, C. (year). Name of the book . Place: publisher.ices
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    In this section you present informed consent form, briefing and debriefing notes, any other additional material such as questions or lists used in research, raw data table and statistics