Advice for the ibWatch
So I'm starting the IB next year and I was wondering if there was any advice people could give me about what I should prepare for during my summer but also what things I should really focus on and just general advice. The classes I plan to take are Psychology, Spanish, Math Studies, Theatre, English Language & Literature, and Biology. Every bit of advice I can get about literally anything, including CAS, TOK AND EE.
I would advise that for CAS, make sure you do as many activities as possible and keep up with the reflections. Don't leave it until the deadline last minute like I did lol.
When you start the EE make sure you have as much research as possible (depending on what subject you choose) and ask your teachers for help too. Also, always reference your sources!! This is the same for your TOK essay too.
And lastly, it does get intense, but it's worth it in the end! Enjoy the next few years!
There are two different types of knowing in TOK:
Ways of Knowing. the ways of knowing help us to understand where our knowledge could derive from. Some of the ways include: Language, Imagination, Intuition, Faith and Emotion (there are more!)
Areas of Knowing: how knowledge is applied to the real world, for example, in the Natural Sciences, Art, Religion and Ethics (there are more for this too)
In TOK you use these forms of knowing to question whether our knowledge is reliable, how we posess it and how to improve it. It does has a very philosophical way of learning, so there are no right or wrong answers in this course!!
With the essay, the exam board give 5-6 general statements, where you have to pick one statement and write a 1600 word essay on it. It can be on anything that you have to use the ways and the areas of knowing in order to get the marks. So for example, for my essay, the statement I picked was about whether we are confident when we know something really well or not. For my essay, the ways of knowing I used were Language and Imagination and the areas of knowing I used were the Human Sciences and The Arts. With that I added my own examples from my personal knowledge as well as getting references online. You then have to complete a form where you reflect upon the process of creating your essay.
Your TOK presentation is just like the essay, but you don't get given statements to choose from. You can present about anything as long as it's not cliche and you use the ways and areas of knowing. You should do the presentation in at least 10 minutes to get the top marks.
I hope this helped, if not you should check out some example TOK presentations online, but there is definitely information on what TOK is. By the end, you'll forget that you even did TOK!
Your anwser has made it so clear for me! Thank you!! Just as a general q . What HL and SL did you take?
HL English Literature
SL Environmental Systems and Societies
SL French ab initio
SL Maths studies
Finally, try and finish most of your CAS in the first year DP!
Hope this helps, and be prepared for an intensive two years.