Author Archives: Mr Cartlidge

About Mr Cartlidge

Mr Cartlidge teaches Science to the wonderful students at the Australian International School, Viet Nam. He is also the Head of Senior School and IBDP Coordinator.

How Science works

How does Science work? The Scientific Method from Mr Andersen:

Here Mr Pauller discusses key parts of the scientific method by introducing an experiment that students can conduct to determine the best survival strategy to delay hypothermia:

You’re Probably Using ‘Theory,’ ‘Hypothesis‘ and ‘Law‘ all wrong: a video from It’s Okay to be Smart:

The new Extended Essay (EE)

Extended essay intro from Jennifer Gaither

Great Extended Essay tips from Wikibooks and here is Extended Essay Central for exemplars, essays by previous students, examiner reports, subject guides and information for supervisors and students. Also general EE advice from iBiology and Bioknowledgy (this one is more specific to the Sciences).

Here is the IB guide to Extended Essays – read the advice and the subject specific details. Want to explain what the Extended Essay is to your parents? – then go here.

Science subject specific_guidelines (1) from Jennifer Gaither


Referencing advice from UWSEA here.

How to create a bibliography and cite in word – here is a link to instructions or downloadable instructions: how-to-create-bibliographies-citations-in-word or instructions in a 5m YouTube video.

Citation Machine will automatically generate citations in MLA, APA, Chigaco, Turabian, and Harvard. We tend to use Modern Language Association (MLA) style and here is how you do that:

Citing Sources from jskotnicki

How to recognise plagiarism: an excellent tutorial. Can you pass the test?

Academic honesty in ib from cartlidge


Looking for research papers? Here are two great sites, which you have to pay to join:  Questia and Ebsco.

Applying to University

Student guides for applying to Universities:

ib-student-guide-to Australian Universities

ib-student-guide-to Canadian Universities

ib-student-guide-to UK Universities

ib-student-guide-to USA Universities

Applying to the UK

Here are some presentations to help you with the UCAS application process:

UCAS Parents’ Information Evening 2016 from stmarysmediastudies

Uk application night 2016 final from hsguidance

UCAS Personal Statement Workshop 2016 from hsguidance

Top 10 Myths: The UK University Application Process

Applying to Australia or New Zealand

Here is some helpful information:

JUKO 2015 – Australian Universities from hsguidance

Applying to the USA

Here is some advice:

Studying in the USA Created by CoverMore. What You Need To Do Before Applying Take the SAT or ACT test (University entrance exam basically) – They both.

Creating a College Application that’s Out of This World from asim09

Getting To Know You: The Purpose of Each College Application Essay from Rebecca Joseph

What Did You Do Last Summer? 2015 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars College Application Essays Workshop from Rebecca Joseph

How to make your IB credentials stand out in the university application process

IB versus A levels – a research summary from the IB: IB vs A level

Preparing for the IELTS Academic. Here is a free online course, Inside IELTS: Preparing for the Test with the Experts.

Internal Assessment (IA)

Great advice about the new Internal Assessment (IA) from OSC.

How to write an excellent IB Practical Report (a 3m 31s video).

Two great powerpoints from Mr Exham:

Mr Exham’s Guide to writing up a Biology Practical Investigation from mrexham

IB Biology Guide to the IA Coursework from mrexham

BioKnowledgy – Understanding The IA Criteria And The Marking Rubric from Chris Paine

BioKnowledgy DP Bio IA Criteria Rubric v1-4 from Chris Paine

IBDP Biology IA Recommended Headings and Guidance from stgaynor

Uncertainty and equipment error from Chris Paine

Calculating Uncertainties from mrjdfield

Precision in processed data from Chris Paine

More to come as this year (2016 – 2017) progresses.

Spurious correlations

IGCSE Chem Topic 14 – Organic Chemistry

Here are some key terms for this topic: Key Terms C14

IGCSE Chemistry: Topic 14 Organic Chemistry, a series of 11 lessons from Sal Sciab.

IGCSE Chemistry: Organic Chemistry – part 1, a 14m lesson from ChemistryKlipz.

GCSE Bitesize has revision pages (that take you through the topic), a test and an activity – just scroll down to ‘Crude oil & fuels’ and ‘Useful substances from crude oil’. GCSE s-cool – Products from Crude Oil includes polymerisation – revision notes & animations, practise exam questions & a revision summary. Skoool Chemistry – click on ‘2. Oil Products’ for excellent lessons that take you through the topic (including alkanes & alkenes); also a glossary of key terms. Chemactive worksheets & answers just click on Oil questions. For Doc Brown’s Chemistry quizzes, word-fills, crosswords and study notes go here and just scroll down.

14.1 Names of Compounds & 14.3 Homologous Series

The functional group concept explained – intro to organic cmpds (The Virtual School):

Formula of organic compounds (The Virtual School):

Infographic from Compound Interest – just click on it to enlarge.





14.2 Fuels

Fractional Distillation – The Virtual School (4m 6s):

Crude Oil Fractions & their Uses – The Virtual School (4m 6s):

Oil Distillation – a great 3 minute video or watch Science Bank 1 (Raw Materials): you only need part 1, Crude Oil & Fractional Distillation (up to 5m 20s).

Here is an animation to show the formation of coal and oil.

Fuels revision flash cards from Quizlet: