Using a normal calculator to do Algebraic Expansion

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By Owen Cheong (Math, Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) When you are asked to expand an expression like (3z+5)(2z+7), we usually apply the FOIL method: (Source) Now, I would like to introduce another way to expand brackets, all you need is a normal calculator. To expand the algebraic expression, we just need to substitute x […]

7 Tips for Your TOK Essay

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By Jaris Cole (English Literature Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Just thinking about the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) essay can be overwhelming. However, since it’s an IB Diploma requirement, the TOK essay is unavoidable. Here’s the good news: Although the essay itself represents a small portion of the 45 Diploma points, it can significantly boost […]

Test yourself: IB Math SL and HL – Which one suit you better?

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According to the IB Programme, students are required to take at least one course in mathematics and computer science as an elective. For all the pre-IB students, have you decided to take IB Math Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL)? If you aren’t confident in whether you should take the SL or the HL, […]

IB History Essay Body Paragraph, a Model

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By Adam Stengel (AP/IB History, English Literature, English Language, History tutor at The Edge Learning Center) As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog, many of my students claim they have trouble writing history essays. Because the IB History assessment is essay-based—particularly the Paper 2 and Paper 3 (HL only)—learning how to compose historical arguments in well-developed prose paragraphs […]

Translation Tips for IB Latin Paper 1

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 By James Rodkey (ACT, SAT, SSAT, English Builder, ESOL, and Latin tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The IB Latin Paper 1 examination for both HL and SL is a translation exercise from selected texts with the permitted use of a dictionary. (The only difference between SL and HL for Paper 1 is the length of the selection.) […]

All About Alliteration!

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By Sonali Khemka (English Literature, English Language, LNAT, Psychology tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Alliteration is a literary device that repeats the same sound, usually a consonant, at the start of a series of words or sentences. Though it is frequently used in poetry, it can also be found in prose such as novels or plays. Depending on […]

Winning a Nobel Prize by Solving ‘1+1’

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By Owen Cheong (Math, Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Hello! This is Owen from The Edge. I am going to tell you that you can probably win a Nobel prize by ‘simply’ solving ‘1+1’. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it was extremely meaningful for Jingrun Chen, who made significant contributions to number theory. In […]

IB Business vs. IB Economics

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From the point of view of an IB alumnus who took both Business and Economics at Higher Level By Chris Li (Economics & Business tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Why IB Business? The IB Business syllabus includes the following units: 1) Business Organisation and Environment; 2) Human Resource Management; 3) Finance and Accounts; 4) Marketing; 5) […]

How to Argue: An Introduction to the “Toulmin Method”

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 By Jonathan Wilson (AP/IB History, English Literature and English Language tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Hi everyone. This is Jon again here at The Edge. When I sat down to write my latest blog, I asked myself: “What would be the one topic I could write about that would benefit the most number of students?” It […]

IB Biology and IB Chemistry Options

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By Luke Palmer (Head of Math and Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and ESS tutor at The Edge Learning Center) IB Biology With the start of summer, many students are preparing to study their science option topic. For IB Biology there are four choices, (A) Neurobiology and Behaviour, (B) Biotechnology and Informatics, (C) Ecology and Conservation, and […]