TOK Real Life Situations
So by now, you know you need some pretty badass real-life situations for your TOK essay. This article will give some examples relevant to specific titles, general examples, and some pointers on RLS best practices.
Before you start writing your TOK assignment, it is important that you first select your real-life situation.
It can be the focal point of your entire assignment, so before starting it, ensure that you handle it first.
Once you have selected good RLS, it will be easy to have a good paper.
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It can be anything you have experienced that has had a deep impact on your life that is relevant to your TOK assignment.
You can select an experience in class or a subject you have a wide knowledge of, or it can be from an internal concern or something experienced in the community.
Ensure that it is not vague or hypothetical; make it clear to the marker that something really impacted you.
Use this opportunity to demonstrate your perception of the TOK principles using a good real-life situation.
First, you need to identify the area of knowledge where this particular situation will be relevant and ensure that it fits your selected ways of knowing.
It needs to be Compelling.
When selecting your RLS, there are three things that you should consider
- Your audience
- The examiner
Choose something that communicates to all these entities, giving you more chances of success.
Make it Controversial
Having contentious RLS can be handy as it makes it memorable and easy to remember.
It should elicit some reaction from the examiner. The advantage of this is that it will allow you to develop a variety of points, thus not limiting the word count.
Moreover, you get to apply different elements of the TOK concepts creatively.
Ensure that it is relevant
If your RLS helps you analyze a specific topic better, then you should use it. If it provides context, elaborates your points, and makes it easy for the reader to understand them, then you should use it.
Just ensure that you are not off-topic with it.
Keep it simple
Only choose something that requires a little explanation because otherwise it will eat up your word count. Be precise and choose one that is straightforward to understand.
It should be easy to explain, and the examiner should easily see the connection with your topic.
Remember that you can use personal examples but ensure they are not too informal.
It can be about your experiences in class, such as having different opinions with your fellow students or use the challenges you experienced when handling assignments, such as writing your extended essay.
Avoid examples related to parties, romances, or stories from when you were a small kid. Also, provide details of the place and the date these experiences occurred to create some context.
Also, do not use examples where you assume other people’s feelings and hypothetical situations, as that may lead to generalization.
Choose something in the NEWS that you find interesting and then read more about the topic.
Focus on a particular interest that troubles or intrigues you. Then identify the knowledge questions and the issues that arise from that particular example.
Your knowledge questions should act as a compass that determines the real-life situation you will use.
You can use Google news, which allows you to refine your search and look for what you want.
Try to use examples from your personal experiences but not related to education, such as why you decided to be a vegan or not.
Another great method is to take inspiration from what you learned in the IB program. You can state something like ‘we did an experiment in physics, and I discovered that…’
Further, you can use outside examples, such as referring to something like documentaries based on something you learned from National Geographic.
Also, remember to mix up your sources to incorporate both your personal and shared knowledge to create a balance in your work.
As you know, you will be required to discuss different claims and counterclaims in your essay. Remember to use real-life situations that contradict your theories to have more developed counterclaims.
- Websites focusing on issues pertinent to your knowledge question
- News coverage
- The IB curriculum
- Personal experiences
All you need to do is to ensure that the real-life situations are relevant to your title and knowledge questions.
Ensure that you are concise and that it is memorable.
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