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Naa Adjeley
Nov 20, 2020
In General Discussions
TOK? Low-key Philosophy? Epistemology? However you choose to define TOK, I realise that it is not popular among IB students. Yes, it is interesting but it is really necessary?. I mean, when you have a huge workload, hOw dO yOU kNoW WhAt YoU kNOw? seems irrelevant. Surprisingly, IBDP core ideals include TOK. So why would an "acclaimed" academic institution see it fit to include such a topic into their core syllabus? Is IB trying to monetise us for money? Is TOK a scam? Actually..yes, wait..I mean no. TOK is important, TOK is relevant, TOK is necessary and TOK is the key to a future (IB totally did not pay me to say this). I love TOK as a subject, not because it makes me feel special or anything but I have recognised the benefits of having such a subject included in the Diploma Program. In a nutshell, here are some reasons why you should take TOK seriously; TOK, is an important subject in an age riddled with fake news, misinformation, preconceived biases and an opinion-based political, social and cultural institution. It really helps us recognise that truly, seeing is not believing..yes, I said it. I am not saying that TOK immediately helps individuals stop the pandemic in age of "them versus us" but I am saying, to put things into perspective, it does help confront our biases and judgments. It opens a way for us to explore our own knowledge and understand the opinion of others. Open-mindedness is important. This fosters community, understanding and maybe, it is what we need to realise that truth can be manipulated. "The point of modern propaganda isn't only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth." ~ Garry Kasparov. So simply put, with TOK you become less of an ignorant person and the world becomes an "okay" place. 2. TOK is a means of self-reflection. Guys, I cannot tell you of all the people who believe ideals just because a majority of their friends or family believe it. TOK lets you really self-develop, it asks the questions, why do I believe what I believe. We should never be afraid to question ourselves. No one is asking you to go mad trying to answer all of life's questions, but you become less of shadow of someone belief. 3. TOK helps you pass your IB. Seriously, like, TOK makes you more of a critical thinker, you are not just content with consuming knowledge, you want to know the how's, why's and what's if of every mathematical concept, chemical equation or conspiracy theory. It makes you a better learner and a critical thinker. So yh, TOK is not a waste of time. Hear me out, if I didn't convince you, that's okay but truly ask yourself, Am I going to let the opportunity to be a less ignorant person pass me by? Am I going to be just content with following the majority? This quote is actually by an IB student for her TOK essay( She's my friend), basically she says it all.
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Naa Adjeley
Nov 20, 2020
In Advice, Tips, and Questions
Sooo, I am Naa Adjeley, a former MYP student (thank God), and I made it. Lets be real, one of the most difficult aspects of MYP is the lack of information, not having past papers, details from previous students about E-assessments or PP or IDU( after 2 years, I still do not understand what exactly it is..lol), so if you are struggling, I get it, I really do. Reddit or Youtube doesn't offer much help but let me tell you, MYP is not a joke. If you have the mindset it wouldn't help you, you would hate it and if you hate it, it would hate you back. I don't know if I am in the best position to give advice, butttt, here are some takes from MYP. Actually enjoy what you are doing, like seriously, even if you hate half of your subjects or the topic, find a way to make it creative and intellectual for you. It really makes learning seem less of a burden and its easier to understand the topics. Enjoy your personal project and if you are behind, catch up, cause a rushed PP is equivalent to a 4. The MYP textbook doesn't help anybody unless its Math Manage your time properly Reach out to your teachers, I was the girl who followed teachers around crying about their grade. But it helped, they always encouraged me to do better and be better Don't waste your free periods I can not stress this enough, practice and really put yourself in real-life situations. Learn to type Lang Lit assignments without spelling check or one of those fancy software thingys that correct everything, on the day of the E-assessment, you would slack. For chemistry, work on that Criterion B and C, also, read a lot of science related topics ranging from climate change, green energy to the COVID-19 pandemic. For language acquisition, don't leave it until last minute, actually practice your vocabulary. This is a bit of a cliche, but focus less on the grades and look at the comments, cry if you fail but try to improve and move on. Your worth is not defined by your grades but that is not excuse to have the I-dont-care attitude or the-world-is-ending-because-i failed attitude. I wish you all the best in your MYP endeavours. It somewhat prepares you for IB. So yh, be chill. Do more and study hard. All the best!!
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