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1. How change the change of habitat affect an X


organism?
2. How does climate affect the growth of X plant?
3. Can photosynthesis take place without sunlight? Categories
4. What is the effect of age and gender on the
photoreceptor cells in the human retina?  Applying for
5. How is climate change impacting the appearance of university
coral reefs?
6. An evaluation of how antioxidants work in our  Ef ciency
bodies?
7. Does hand sanitizer, hand soap or antibacterial  Exam Tips
wipes have the greatest ability to inhibit the growth
of E. Coli?  GCSE
8. To what extent do live cultures in
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9. What is the relationship between population  IB CAS
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10. What is the relationship between indoleacetic acid,
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a growth hormone, and the growth of X (a crop)?
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2. How can one organize a pollution check along a X
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3. What is the effect of the  increased ecological
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4. What are the forest and woodland restoration in
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5. How does human interference cause ecological
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6. What is the impact of urban development on the
bee population in X city?  Student Self
7. What are the differences in the conversation efforts Care
in Yosemite National Park (California, USA) and the
Lake District National Park (UK)?
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8. To what extent have healthcare policies in X
country in uenced their human population curve?
9. How have changes in internal and external factors
in uenced the environmental value system of X
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10. How has X land ll site affected the surrounding  5 Tips to Smash
terrestrial ecosystem? GCSE Chemistry

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1. What is the pro tability of airline companies?
2. How does unemployment affect the market?  Breaking Down
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3. Why did X recession occur?
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4. How did the nancial Policy affect the economy in
X?
5. How effective are government policies in reducing  Using your
overconsumption of alcohol (speci cally hard (I)GCSE learning
liquor)? to succeed in
6. To what extent are public buses and subways your MYP
substitute goods in a country? personal project!
7. How did the tax reform in country x affect its
growth and development? (many countries to  50 IB Maths IA
choose from) Topic Ideas
8. To what extent was weak government policy
responsible for the Latin American nancial crisis of
1997?
9. How effective is the Big Mac Index in measuring Archives
purchasing power parity?
10. To what extent will the UK suffer from leaving the Select Month
European Customs Union?

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Psychology
1. Is there an association between viewing violence on television and the  5 Tips to Smash
display of violent acts? GCSE Chemistry
2. What motivational climate should a coach employ in order to achieve
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3. How does X hormone affect human behavior? TOK Essay Titles
4. Compare theories explaining altruism in human behaviour 2020 | Part 2
5. Discuss short-term and long-term consequences of exposure to violence
6. Why do relationships change or end?  Breaking Down
7. Discuss how social variables (poverty, parenting, educational environment) TOK Essay Titles
may affect cognitive environment 2020 | Part 1
8. To what extent do mirror neurons play a role in empathy? (2014)
9. To what extent does Mindfulness help people cope with General Anxiety
Disorder (GAD)?
10. To what extent is drug therapy effective in the treatment of bipolar
disorder?

History

1. Does the British Parliamentary reforms act of 1832


deserve it’s title as the great reform act
2. To what extent are there similarities in Hitler and
Mussolini’s Rise to Power?
3. To what extent did Mao’s tackle the problems which
he faced
4. Was Tsar Alexander II of Russia reforms a success or
failure?
5. To what extent was the bombing of Dresden in
1945 justi able?
6. To what extent can Sweden be considered neutral
during WWII?
7. Impact of structural economic weakness on the
collapse of the Soviet Union
8. How were women treated differently in 1920s and
1950s Great Britain?
9. Why did Israel win the Six Day War of 1967?
10. What role did economics play in the uni cation of
Germany from 1834 to 1871?

English Literature

1. What are the  Compare and Contrast Jane Austen Books


2. How does Joseph Conrad’s portray Racism in A Heart of Darkness?
3. How does Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman critique today’s capitalist
society? The American Dream?
4. To what extent does Chris McCandless in Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild
escape familial in uence?
5. What are the similarities and differences between J.K. Rowling’s
characterization of Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Philosophers
Stone and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?
6. How does Yaa Gyasi use structure in her novel Homegoing to portray the
evolution of time?
7. What is the impact of the social context on Holden Cau eld and
Huckleberry Finn?
8. How does Sylvia Path’s use of Inanimate objects in Bell Jar?
9. How is the empowerment of Feminine portrayed in the Lord of the Rings?
10. Compare the political rhetoric as used in the inaugural addresses of
George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump

Physics

1. The design, construction and calibration of an


apparatus for measuring lipid concentration in milk
2. What is the effect of a change in optimal lift on the
horizontal gliding distance of an aircraft?
3. How does the sugar concentration affect the
refractive index of water?
4. How does temperature affect the viscosity of X
juice/soda?
5. Is the relationship between temperature and
conductivity and insulators and conductors?
6. What is the Oberth Effect?
7. What is the temperature dependence of work
performed on an AA battery?
8. How can the rotational frequency of a fan driven by
a ame measure distance?
9. Do wine bottles of different shapes behave as
Helmholtz resonators?
10. How does the diameter of a wheel affect stability in
different weather conditions?

Geography

1. What factors in uence the location of industries in country/city X?


2. An investigation into the signi cance of preserving the quality of water in
a continent/country/city?
3. An investigation into the degree to which City x can be considered a
Sustainable City/community
4. To what extent is Biodiversity being managed successfully in city x ?
5. To what extent does the education and employment of women affect
Country x’s fertility rate
6. To what extent do gender, educational attainment, and working
parameters in uence obesity risk?
7. To what extent has urban development affected human thermal comfort
levels in Country/city x (a country/city that has developed in a rapid rate
over the past decades)?
8. To what extent is the Company x corporate waste management program
effective, demonstrating environmental sustainability?
9. To what extent is biodiversity being managed successfully at National Park
X?
10. What types of urban design encourage high rates of vandalism of X
neighborhoods?

Chemistry

1. Kinetics of Enzymatic Reactions


2. How does Iron Intake Diets differ in X country?
3. What are the different factors that affect the iodine
values in cooking oils?
4. What is the effect of standing time and temperate
on the acid content in X juice or soda?
5. Can caffeine in tea or coffee be reduced?
6. What is the effect of temperature on the souring of
milk?
7. What are the sources of error in calorimetry?
8. Does brushing your teeth affect the pH in your
mouth after eating?
9. How does changing the concentration of the
reagents affect the formation and spacing between
Liesehang rings in the reaction between X chloride
and X when conducted in a test tube?
10. What effect does the coating of aspirin tablets have
on the hydrolysis of aspirin?

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