One more year to go…

I’m in my last year now and we all know what that means: only one more year to go. I’m in the middle of my Extended Essay at the moment and I still have to write a lot of CAS reflections. 

In this school year I’ll have to do my Maths Exploration, a few French Essays and my TOK Essay and Presentation. Not to mention the studying I’ll have to do for the IB Exams in May. But anyway I’d like to give the new IB students some advice:

First of all: don’t take it too easy. If you start now, you will be able to complete all your tasks without becoming too stressed. But don’t start to stress yourself either, because in that case it will only get worse. 

To get together your CAS hours, try to organise a project with your whole class or at least with some friends. First of all it will be more fun and secondly you’ll have someone to discuss your reflection with. 

If you have to write your IAs, don’t choose a hard research question but rather take an obvious one. I can promise you that you will have some difficulties with your experiment and it will be a lot easier to solve them if your experiment is comprehensible. 

To all of you: have a great start, whether it is your first or your second year!

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Um… CAS?


Remember that funny thing called CAS reports? Our CAS coordinator just reminded us of them. Well, that is a thing a have not though of for a very long time. I did quite a few of my CAS hours and I also registered them, but I kind of lag behind with my reports.

Anyway, for those of you having troubles getting together the CAS hours, here are some things you could do (so there’s at least something useful in my post):


  • Try working for the red cross; it is very useful and usually there are other people your age you can have fun with
  • Get a few people together to collect money; sell cakes, organise a concert or do a sponsored run
  • Help an underprivileged kid by tutoring him or her


  • Write for your school magazine
  • Take part in a concert (This can be combined with Service)
  • Take part in a drawing or creative writing contest
  • Become a part of the drama club


  • Take part in a contest; dancing, swimming, running – so many possibilities!
  • Take part in a run (This can be combined with Service)

In general: write down your interests and you’ll find a CAS-version for nearly everything. There are contests for so many things. And: Take your friends with you, it is much more fun with them. They have to do it anyway.

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How I write my exams

...But I'm too lazy

Ok, I got this. I studied all night for this. Now is my time to shine! Can I start?

Let’s get an overview first… What the hell is this? Oh crap, I didn’t know that was going to be on the test. But hey, I’ve seen this before. Maybe, if I try hard enough, I’ll be able to remember… That was two weeks ago, I totally got this! Well, let’s see, this exercise was on page 258 on the top of the page. I even highlighted this! Come on brain, I know you can do this!

I’m so hungry… I wonder what I’ll get for lunch. Oh, maybe it’s meatballs. I love meatballs. Man, I’m so hungry right now, I could give up on the exam and just go and eat lunch. Right, the exam! Stay focused! You got this!

Wait, did I stare at my neighbour’s exam the whole time? Great, now the teacher’s gonna think that I’m cheating. So, eyes on my own paper. Let’s face it: I have no idea what I’m doing. I should have studied more, but no, I watched this stupid series all night. Next time I’m gonna study, I swear. 

Am I the only one this desperate? Anyone? Heelloooo?! You! Across the room! Communicate with me! Maybe I should just write anything down that comes into my mind… but if I do this, she’s gonna think that I’m an idiot while correcting this. Ok, one more try…

Nope, there is absolutely nothing useful in my brain. So, random stuff it is.

Finished. If I count the points together like this, I might even pass. I still have time, maybe if I keep thinking about it… Nope, nevermind. I’m hungry. Lunch, here I come!


…And this is how I write my exams!

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One more IA…

One more lab report


I hate Internal Assessments. I’m complaining about a lot of things, but this is by far the worst thing for me. I don’t know, maybe I’m just not capable of doing experiments and then writing in a scientific way about them, but all of my experiments failed until now. Every. Single. One.

It is not like I try to cure cancer or anything. Most of my experiments are quite obvious. I don’t know why, I don’t know how, but somehow the laws of biochemistry keep changing when I try to use them. My results are totally random, they would be more plausible if I would just fake them.

This leads me to the whole writing process. Conclusion? Evaluation? I have no idea. I don’t even know what just happened. How should I know why it happened? Yeah, that’s why the top comment on my Conclusion and Evaluation is “rather short”. I can’t write a whole page out of what I’ve got, because what I’ve got is nothing. My results make absolutely no sense, so there is no logical explanation for them. This ends up with me writing more of a creative essay than a scientific report.

Well, already two IAs messed up, one more to go. Wish me luck!

How was your experience with your IAs? Did you already finish all of them?


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25 things IB teachers always say…

I Fucking love the IB










1. Since I gave you nearly no homework the last time…

2. I’m sorry, but the IB says that…

3. Nobody ever failed the IB at this school!

4. The IB is going to help you in your future.

5. The good thing is, you’re so much better prepared than all the other students.

6. Since we already learned this, I don’t have to explain it again.

7. You can easily do this tonight!

8. Don’t procrastinate!

9. Don’t even try to fake your lab work. I will notice it for sure.

10. Your essay can be crap, but if you hand in nothing at all, you’re fucked up.

11. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

12. *Grading tests* WTF is this?! What was she thinking?! I’m gonna kill myself. My life is useless.

13. Why are you doing this to me?? I already taught you that three months ago!

14. I don’t care about your excuses!

15. Since you will be busy in the next semester, we will be doing all of your essays this semester!

16. I’m sorry for the ‘not so good news’…

17. You’ve got plenty of time now, so PLEASE don’t procrastinate as you always do.

18. If you’re always tired then why don’t you sleep more?

19. Oh, come on! The IB is not so bad after all!

20. Don’t forget about your CAS reflections.

21. NO, you can NOT count offering your seat to an old lady at the bus as a CAS hour!

22. This is really a great opportunity for you, so is anyone interested? *silence*…*sight* And it counts for CAS.

23. If you’re well prepared, this will be no problem for you.

24. Oh stop complaining. All the other IB classes love it!

25. I give up, just… whatever.


Feel free to complete my list!


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Witchcraft in Salem


One week ago I had to hand in the first draft of my historical investigation. Our teacher gave us about ten weeks at school to work on it, but the lazy person I am, I did it in the last four days before the deadline. Luckily it was only the first draft, because it came out quite bad. He wrote ‘Sorry for the not so good news.’ in the comment he sent me back.

And now’s the time to correct my historical investigation. I have six days left and I’m procrastinating for the second time. History is not exactly my favourite subject, but I had no choice.

But it could be worse. The subject I’m writing about is very interesting. I’m writing about the two communities Salem town and Salem village in Massachusetts during the great witch-hunt in 1692. The worst thing about it is the research. Even if the subject is an intersting one, there are sooooo many books to read to find exactly the information one is looking for. So here are some advices for your historical investigation:

  • Choose a topic as mainstream as possible. It will be easier to find good sources afterwards.
  • Don’t procrastinate with the research! You can procrastinate with writing the actual paper, but it is very likely for you to have some troubles with the research, like not finding what you’re looking for or having the wrong sources. So do that first and after the research you can procrastinate as much as you want to 😉
  • Ask your teacher for sources. He’ll probably have some good ones and it will leave a good impression.
  • Don’t read the whole books. Trust me, you’ll be bored as hell after the preface. Pick out the chapters that sound useful and crossread them.
  • And if you’re absolutely in panick: Read the wikipedia article and use the books you know the information is written in as a source. It is not as particular as the actual book, but better than nothing.
  • If you’re looking for sources: go to the wikipedia article and try to find the sources there at the library.

Sooo, good luck and don’t do the same mistakes I did!

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O..Oral A..a…activity….



Sooo, tomorrow is my oral activity about the book 1984. We had to pick a newspaper article and now we have to talk about it. In front of a recorder and the teacher. For ten minutes.

You see, the book or the article is not really the problem, but I already get nervous when I have to present something in front of my relatives or my best friends. And I know, there’s just my teacher in the room with me, but that’s enough of a problem to scare the fuck out of me.

Normally when I present something, I get so nervous, my face becomes red, I speak to fast and begin to stutter and my teachers feel so sorry for me, that they give me a better grade than I deserve. You know, I’m one of the socially awkward persons who feel their heart racing when they say something in class and feel like this was a big achievement.

Sooo, I’ll tell you if I fainted and when you never hear of me again… I probably died. Wish me luck!


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Merry Christmas!


You’re probably already sick and tired of all the christmas posts on the internet, but I wanted to say something. I’m quite sure that all of you have worked really hard in 2013. If this was in the IB program or elsewhere doesn’t matter. So take at least a few days off, before you continue writing your essay, worrying about that exam and always being in a hurry. And if you’re not celebrating christmas, that doesn’t matter either. You don’t have to be Christian to slow down and take a deep breath.

So I wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year! Enjoy your gifts, after all that stress you had buying the ones for the others. Also, don’t forget to spend some time with the people you love.

And if you’re already thinking abour your new years resolution, just think about one goal and then divide it into many little goals, so you don’t have to achieve too much too quickly.

See you next year!

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25 things, IB students never say


  1. Hey, do you wanna come over tonight? I’m so bored, I’ve got nothing to do.
  2. Thanks to the IB I became a better person.
  3. Sparknotes? Never heard of it.
  4. Of course I’m finished. I already did this two weeks ago.
  5. I’m so glad I finished all my work, so now I can relax during christmas break.
  6. Do they think I’m stupid? This stuff is so easy!
  7. Mr. X is preparing us so well for the finals with all the homework he’s giving us.
  8. OMG, check this out: Our favorite band is coming to town the day before the essay is due. Wanna go?
  9. You know, I feel really motivated right now to do something intellectual.
  10. Yesterday I had nothing to do, so I played Call Of Duty for like five hours!
  11. I slept for like 8 hours last night.
  12. I feel like TOK is teaching us really important stuff for our future life.
  13. Of course you should do the IB! I’m sure you will be fine! It’s not even time consuming or anything.
  14. I know that I’m a SL student, but these HL extensions just seemed so interesting to me!
  15. Today I’m not going to do anything, I don’t really feel like it.
  16. I did all of my CAS hour during the first few months.
  17. I also already wrote all of the Reflective Statements.
  18. Omg, it is so cool that we can take HL subjects! That way we can learn more!
  19. ME?! I NEVER complained about the IB. I’m happy the way it is.
  20. Uhm, no?! Of course I’m not using Wikipedia as a reference. That would be stupid!
  21. You have WHAT?! No of course all of MY lab results are real ones!
  22. All of the arguments in my TOK essay are logical and comprehensible thoughts.
  23. Of course all of these things make perfect sense.
  24. What’s your problem? My bag isn’t heavy at all!
  25. No, the final exams are NOT scaring the shit our of me!


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2014 World Student Conferences


Some of you might have already heard about the World Student Conferences 2014 for IB students. If not, you can find all the informations here.

Since this is one of the cool IB-things, I’ll be attending the conference in Bath, UK at the University of Bath. So if you want to meet me (Or get some CAS hours), you can find me there from 27th July  to 2nd August. But of course you will all come because of me, and not only because of the CAS hours 😉

Anyway, I think this is a pretty great thing, where you can learn a lot about communicating and (of course…) TOK. It’s also quite awsome to meet people your age from all over the world and to make new friends. There’s also a conference in Australia and in Canada, but I chose the UK, simply because it’s the nearest place from Switzerland. For the ones who haven’t got 850 USD (which are the participating fees) on their bank account, there’s also a scholarship available for this journey. And if you registrate yourself until 31st January, you can also save something (I’m not sure how much exactly).

So, this should be a short post, but anyway, I hope to see you there 🙂

P.S. You also get a T-Shirt! Yaaaay! 😀

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