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Acid & Bases

The aim of this blog post is to give you some introductory notes to the acids and bases unit. I have just been covering this online with my IB2 class so I thought it was worth sharing what we have been looking at. You could copy and paste these into a word document and have […] Find out more

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Electron arrangements (electronic configuration) and ionisation energies

This blog post is aimed at those of you who are at the very start of your IB course, and may not have even started your Diploma yet. It also serves as some useful revision for those of you who have completed your first year’s IB studies. If you are yet to start your Diploma […] Find out more

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Hydrogen Power

The unprecedented situation that we have found ourselves in with the Corona virus outbreak has had some positives. One of these positives has been a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. This has been due to the effect of the lock down that has been occurring throughout the world. The lockdown has resulted in fewer people […] Find out more

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Ethene, C2H4

Ethene, C2H4 is a colorless and odorless gas. It doesn’t sound that interesting does it? However, do not be fooled by appearances. It is a much more interesting molecule than you may realise. In addition, what helps to make it so interesting? It is the double bond. If we were looking at its alkane counterpart, […] Find out more

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Antivirals – Medicinal Chemistry – D5

The topic of antivirals is taught specifically in the medicinal chemistry option, section D5.  Given the current global situation with COVID-19, this is a perfect opportunity for a blog post on the subject. I will try to keep to the syllabus but I think, it is inevitable that I may wander off topic a bit. […] Find out more

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Life under lockdown and the IA

Currently, around a third of the world’s population is under lockdown, so if you are reading this blog, there is a good chance that this applies to you. If it does, I hope things are going as well as they can. Have a look at my previous blog post on working from home if your […] Find out more

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VISUAL ARTS UPLOAD QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS (April 2020)

It’s April and, given the strange times we are living through, many slightly confused 2nd year students are asking me questions about the visual arts upload process. Here are some of their questions and my answers:   1 What if I am only able to submit one or two of the three course visual arts course […] Find out more

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Working from home? Six Quick Tips

If your school is closed but you still have to learn stuff and complete assignments, there are some basics that I urge you to consider and hopefully implement. Here are 6 tips to help you stay on track. Find out more

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Working from home if your school is closed

The aim of this blog post is to give you some ideas of what you can do to stay fresh for when you return to school because, and this is very important, we will get over this and life will return to normal, even as if that seems a long way away at the moment. Find out more

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Who are the key Theatre Theorists? – The Solo Theatre Piece

This blog will look at what sources you can go to that will help you see who the key theorists are. Links to resources will then help you start to research your theorist referring to primary and secondary sources. Find out more

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Understanding equilibrium – the advanced stuff!

Last month’s blog post focused on introducing you to the basics of equilibrium. This month it is my intention to introduce you to the more advanced stuff. Find out more

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How should I choose my artworks for my Comparative Study?

How should I choose my artworks for my Comparative Study in IB Visual Arts? - Is this a question that you have asked your teacher, your friends and/or your parents? It’s important that you make the right choice, particularly if you are a Higher-Level student with the criterion F implications (connections to own art-making). Find out more

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Still-Life and Artistic Collaboration

If five students collaborate to make an exciting final outcome, the final result might be a success but how do examiners allocate marks? Looking at a final artwork created by a group of people, how will the examiner know who did what, in order to fairly assess it? Find out more

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Stuck at home because your school has closed?

Is your school closed because of COVID-19? Why not spend the time learning about art from these recommended online resources? Find out more

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Getting ready for the IA Chemistry

Last month's blog post gave you an overview of what the IA in IB Chemistry is all about. This month I will start explaining to you what the different criteria are and how they are assessed. Find out more

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Forms of reflection – for all assessment tasks

This blog will address some ways you can reflect on your own work, or how you can use the same ideas to help your mentor reflect on your work. Some of the ideas you may also want to use with your audiences, to help them reflect on what you have shown, to gauge how close you are to achieving your intentions and impact. Find out more

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The Comparative Study – answers to questions

I have received some Comparative Study questions from teachers who participated in a previous category 1 IB Visual Arts workshop and am sharing my responses now with others through this blog. In some cases, I have also referred to things written by the online facilitators from My IB. Find out more

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The Collaborative Project – the processes involved

In IB Theatre, the Collaborative Project is the only task that you do in the course where you are working with others over a period of time to create a piece of original theatre. Find out more

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Understanding equilibrium – the basics

IB Chemistry - Understanding equilibrium, the basics. A good example of a reversible reaction is that of blue hydrated copper sulfate that can be heated to form white anhydrous copper sulfate. The heating process drives off the water. This reaction can easily be reversed by adding water to the white anhydrous copper sulfate. Find out more

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Are you IA ready?

The Chemistry internal assessment (or IA) is worth 20% of your final grade. It is assessed by your teacher and then your teachers marking is looked at by a moderator. The aim of this blog post is to introduce you to the IA criteria and to give you some tips and suggestions as to how you can achieve your best possible grade. Find out more

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