Q: What advice would you offer for doing TOK?
A: To whoever is reading this, first of all, jiayou! TOK is not easy but the struggle is immensely rewarding.
2. Be clear in your structure – if you’re using slides your presentation, you can use a different colour for the slide background when you move to the next part of your presentation (e.g. for mine I structured it by the WOKs, and each WOK had its own colour theme). For the essay, I had two KIs and set the structure at the outset for my essay (i.e. which KI I’d address first and in relation to which AOKs).
3. Signpost signpost signpost! Always WOK the TOK (haha get it?). Use the TOK terms liberally and avoid synonyms for them (e.g. if you refer to reason as the WOK, just keep using “reason” and don’t try to substitute in other words like “logic”).
4. Get people to proofread, proofread and proofread! This applies not only to the essay but also to the presentation. Get people to help proofread your script and rehearse in front of friends/family. Also remember to return the favour to your friends!
Adapted with permission from ask.fm/moiralow.
Moira Low is from the graduating batch of 2013. She is currently reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.