How to come up with a Math IA topic for IB

Our students at For You Education have been asking how to tackle this daunting task; our mission is to assist students and relieve their stress in the IB environment. We have collected and summarized 5 tips from our professional tutors on how to come up with a mathematics IA topic.



1. Talk to your teacher


Your teacher is likely the best person to give you advice on what kind of topic would be suitable for your Math IA. Your teachers have a clear understanding of your individual strengths and weaknesses; and also have a clear understanding of what the IB Program wants from you.


2. Do some research


Before settling on a topic, it's important to do some research to make sure that it's something you're interested in and that there is enough material available for you to write a comprehensive essay. Try searching online or in the library for books and articles on your chosen topic. You can also look at past Math IA to see what other students have done, not only this would inspire you but also give you an understanding of what is required for you.


3. Choose a topic that you're passionate about


Your Math IA is an opportunity to explore a mathematical concept that you find fascinating. Pick a topic that you're passionate about, as you will have more of an understanding on how to apply mathematical concepts towards your chosen topic. For example, if you're interested in Statistics, we can recommend topics such as 'An investigation into the relationship between height and weight' or 'A study of the effects of different types of music on memory recall'. Alternatively, if you're interested in Geometry, we can recommend topics such as 'The relationship between the angle of incidence and the angle of refraction', or 'A study of the shapes formed by intersecting lines'.


4. Make sure your topic is feasible


When choosing a topic, it's important to make sure that it's something you can actually write about. There's no use picking a subject that's too difficult or that you don't have enough information on. Do some research to make sure your topic is feasible, this will make your IA less stressful for you.


5. Get help from a professional tutor


If you're struggling to come up with a good topic for your Math IA, or if you need help with any other part of the assignment, consider getting in touch with a professional tutor. At For You Education, our tutors are experienced in helping students with their IB Mathematics Internal Assessments and can provide valuable guidance and support. Not only that, our tutors who have 9 years of professional experience can give you more efficient ways of data analysis, collection and also better resources that will assist on your math AI journey.


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