Precepts to use in everyday life

1. Think for yourself, 2. Be yourself, 3. Speak up, 4. Feel free to agree and disagree, 5. Be honest with yourself and others, 6. Be open-minded, 7. Avoid being judgmental and 8. Question everything - even your own thinking.

TOK Essay Titles Nov 2020

Sunday, July 8, 2012

ToK Essay: Prescribed Titles Nov 2012/May 2013

So now the Prescribed Titles for Southern and Northern hemisphere students have been split - it's SIX questions for each set of essays.  The deadlines will remain as usual - November for Southern henisphere schools and May for Norther hemisphere schools - but we don't know yet whether the questions will be the SAME.

It doesn't matter.  What matters is what you do and. most especially, HOW you approach your essay preparation and writing.

Below you'll find some handy hints courtesy of to help you get your head around some of the problems that face students when writing their TOK Essays.

Some problems to avoid in your TOK essays 2012-2013

A series of snippets of advice on how to improve your TOK essays

Clich├ęd examples

These are examples that are over-used and well worn and usually don’t help to advance your argument.

They end up being over-described and largely stated as if understood without any real support for an argument or exploration of knowledge issues.

Examples to avoid by Areas Of Knowledge:

History: the holocaust (and World War 2 in general); Adolf Hitler; Stalin

N Science: flat earth theory; heliocentric theory; model of the atom

Maths: 2 + 2 = 4 (or other alternatives)

Arts: Picasso’s Guernica; Mona Lisa

Ethics: trolley problem (or its variations)

H Science: Piraha tribe’s lack of number vocab; Sapir-Whorf

Try to draw your examples from relevant personal experiences/reading and from REAL LIFE CURRENT AFFAIRS in different fields of knowledge.

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