Choosing IB Math Internal Assessment Topic

29 Apr 2021

IB Math Internal Assessment Tips 

Are you struggling to write for the IB math internal assessment? Many students are at a loss when it comes to writing their IB Math Internal Assessment. The most challenging part is selecting a suitable topic. In this article, I will share with you 4 simple tips find a Math IA topic quickly.

Here are some pointers to help you select the most suitable topic.

  1. Brainstorm on topics you are interested in.

Create a mind map of the topics that interest you. List out areas that you can relate to and are close to your heart. A good way to start is to identify topics that are sparked off by things in your own life.

  1. Research on the topics that you have listed.

One of the most common reasons why students get stuck writing their Math IA is because the topic does not work out.  There are several reasons why that happens.

The topic may be too complicated and beyond what an IB student can handle.
-The topic is too simple and the solution can be obtained with just half a page of calculations.
-The topic is too theoretical and lacks real life applications.

To avoid getting into such a situation, make sure you do some research and planning on the topics you have mapped out. Quote by Benjamin Franklin: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Read Math journals on all the topics which interest you, you will have a better idea on the appropriate math formulas you can apply in your IAGoogle Scholar is a great place to search for free Math journals. 

  1. Check the IB Math guide

Make sure the topic you have chosen makes use of Math that is at least of the same level as found in the IB Math guide. It is perfectly fine to use Math that is beyond your IB syllabus. Do make sure you are able to demonstrate real understanding of the Mathematics used. A common mistake made by students is applying complicated Math without good knowledge of the Math involved.

  1. Avoid Common Topics

According to the IB Math subject guide, common topics such as the Fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio, the Monty Hall problem, the SIR model for epidemics, casino games, cryptography, graphing musical tones, and projectile motion are often chosen for the Internal Assessment. These topics are often poorly done and do not score a good grade. Try to avoid these topics.

I have also created a video with more IB Math IA tips on how to write a Math IA in one day.

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