Biology IA

Timothy Hoffmann

Tips on IB Biology IA

If you have always dreamt of being a scientist, here’s your chance to shine.

If you’ve never been interested in becoming a scientist, here’s an opportunity to try it out. Science may not be for everyone – but investigations can be, if you just find something interesting to explore.

The first step is finding a topic. I’m sure you have lots of interests, so try to think like a scientist and one that can be approached with biology. In fact, biology, like most sciences, is literally everywhere, so it won’t be too difficult.

The only thing you want to be cautious about is finding a topic explored by too many students or a topic that leads to a way too simple investigation that it hardly amounts to an IB internal assessment. Try to avoid these issues and find something you genuinely want to investigate scientifically. Be original and creative; try to find something unique that no one has explored before.

Then plan your investigation like a scientist too. Think of equipments you will need and how you will get them if you don’t have them at home. Your school may be willing to lend you some or you might have to spend extra time at school to finish your investigation.

An important thing to remember is how we’re not actually scientists, despite our efforts to think and plan like them. Accept that you will make mistakes, and that even scientist make mistakes. Plan out enough time for your investigation so you can afford to give several tries. Calculate your error and think what factors may have caused even greater errors.

Don’t try to cover up your mistakes but reflect on them. Think about what the results actually mean and try to explain them scientifically. Focus more on your discoveries rather than mere descriptions of what happened. Use the scientific knowledge you already have or even go through further research. Try to engage scientific terms – write like a scientist too. Don’t get too caught up with descriptive language and merely serve the purpose of describing what happened.

Your biology internal assessment will be very scientific and professional, but there’s no need to be scared. It simply means you will view things and describe them from a scientific perspective. It can be a fun opportunity to explore your interests in a new way. Have fun and explore the world of biology like you never have before.

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