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We are the world’s most used online resource for the IB theory of knowledge course. Find free course content, guidance on the TOK essay and presentation, and strategies for delivering the course. Our teaching and learning resources and online support have been purchased by clients in over 500 towns and cities in more than 80 countries across the globe.

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  • Our hugely popular TOK ESSAY GUIDE provides step-by-step advice on the essay, such as how to handle knowledge questions. It also includes a consideration of the six May 2015 prescribed titles. $9.99. Teacher version also available.
  • The PREMIUM TOK NEWSLETTER is our 'supercharged version' of the free newsletter, and is the most up-to-date and engaging resource currently available for TOK. Receive it every month, from just over $2.00 per issue.
  • Our TOK PRESENTATION GUIDE will help you select a strong real life situation, identify and explore knowledge questions, and consider different perspectives and significance. $7.99. Teacher version also available.
  • The legendary TOK SESSIONS PACK has been updated for the new curriculum, and has 85 perfectly pitched lesson plans, student handouts, PowerPoints, and follow-up activities. Click to find out more and purchase.
  • For both the essay and presentation, our personalized ONLINE SUPPORT offers help with choosing the right title, dealing with KQs, and linking the different elements of TOK. We'll also read through your draft, and advise on final improvements.
  • The TED COMPANION PACK presents questions on 60 different TED talks, enabling students to learn about key thinkers and ideas, and involve them in the most important contemporary knowledge issues. $39.99.
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    Our PRESENTATION KICKSTARTERS will help you to get your presentation started. Each one includes a real life situation, related KIs, and tips on structuring a presentation. Also available are Kickstarter packs for teachers. $1.99; 2-page electronic publication.
  • Our FREE TOK NEWSLETTER provides a selection of real life situations and related knowledge questions, and enables students to build up an invaluable library of engaging examples that they can incorporate into TOK essays and presentations.
  • Our ONLINE SUPPORT FOR TOK EDUCATORS offers instant peace of mind to anyone teaching the course. Whatever your question about TOK, we can provide you with expert advice and guidance, whenever and wherever you need it.

  • About our TOK essay support service: As you know IB diploma's results were announced yesterday and I'm just here to inform that I got an A for TOK! Want to thank you for the help in structuring my essay, and giving me all the beneficial inputs I needed to get the A. Exceeded my expectations. Thank you so much!

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    IB student, Malaysia
  • About our TOK essay & presentation support service: I would like to thank you for your valuable tips and comments during my process of ToK-essay writing and ToK-presentation planning. I could not have received 18/20 and a preliminary B on my essay without your help! Your comments are critical, helpful, concrete and easy to understand.

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  • About our TOK essay support service: Thank you a lot for your comments, they are simply great! I found them very useful.

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  • About our TOK essay support service: Many thanks for helping our daughter reach her potential on the TOK essay. Your timely and constructive comments helped her think through what she needed to do, and how she needed to do it. Sometimes students just need the right guidance to get to where they want to go. Your assistance provided that guidance.

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  • About our TOK essay support service: Thank you so much for the good and thorough feedback you have given me! I find it difficult to fully understand what to add in a ToK essay. However, I feel that the feedback you have given me has helped a lot.

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  • About our TOK presentation support service: I got a 20/20 on my Tok Presentation and my teacher wants to use it as an example to show other people that this is how it is done. When I first attempted to do something about the presentation, I had no idea what to do. I was almost sure that I was going to get a bad grade. Without your help, I couldn't have done this. The fact that my presentation is going to be showed as an example to hundreds of IB students in our school really makes me appreciate your help more. I would like to thank you for your amazing support. If every Tok student had the chance to work with you, I am sure that everybody would get the highest grade and enjoy Theory of Knowledge. I am very happy and lucky that I had the opportunity to work with you.

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  • About our TOK Essay Guide: Thank you for responding really quickly. The guide is really helpful in unpacking the KIs and looking at what is required for a TOK essay.

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  • About our TOK Essay Guide: Very, very useful. Received very good comments from my teacher!

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  • About our TOK essay support service:Thank you so much for your efforts and for the time you took to assist me with the essay and creating the TOK website, it truly is a great resource for all IB students and it certainly has helped me achieve a top band grade A in my TOK essay.  

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  • About our TOK presentation support service: Michael helped my son prepare for his TOK presentation. In addition to providing some really valuable substantive and practical knowledge, Michael instilled confidence in my son.

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  • About the site: On behalf of my students and colleagues, congratulations on your ToK website... it's been superb having access to what is an outstanding online resource.

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  • About the site and the TOK Sessions Pack: Your website has always been an invaluable resource for my TOK classes, and now your TOK Sessions Pack - which is comprehensive, varied, and authoritative - has further enriched TOK sessions. Thanks a lot.

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  • About the TOK Sessions Pack: Key concepts are perceptively and succinctly articulated, yet explorative, illuminating and insightful. Stimulating and accessible.

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Key areas of theory of knowledge

 
TOK is divided up into ways of knowing and areas of knowledge. Within each of these 16 sections, you’re expected to identify and explore knowledge questions. Finally, at the end of your two years, you’ll write an essay, and deliver a presentation on what you’ve learnt. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
 

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The eight ways of knowing are how we acquire knowledge about the world and ourselves

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The eight areas of knowledge are the categories into which we place the information we acquire

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Essential to your success in TOK is how well you can identify and develop knowledge questions


 
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Our section on the TOK essay provides essential tips and strategies for success

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The TOK presentation is all about applying TOK concepts to the real world

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We provide an extensive TOK glossary for you to use on your two year journey through knowledge







Are you relating TOK to the real world?

 
The new syllabus demands that you link TOK concepts to real life situations, and explore them in a discerning and insightful way. But finding good real life situations can be very time-consuming.
 
Our unique premium newsletter does the hard work for you, delivering 15 compelling news stories each month, linking them to knowledge questions, viewing them via different perspectives, and considering their implications. An essential TOK resource for every IB Diploma school!

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Our friends at Cambridge University Press have one of the largest ranges of resources for the IB Diploma in the world. To find out more about how they can help you, visit their page on our website.

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Helping you to identify and explore real life situations

 
It’s vital to draw on up-to-date and engaging real life situations in your TOK essay and TOK presentation to properly explore knowledge questions. For a more extensive selection of RLSs and KQs, go to our new real life situation page, or view the RLS page for each WOK and AOK. Build your own personal library of RLSs by subscribing to our free monthly newsletter.

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From Kathmandu to Quito, from Tallin to Tucson, our online education support, teaching resources, and subject guides, are used by students and educators in 528 towns and cities in 86 countries across the globe. To find out where we’re most popular, hover your mouse over the countries in blue.

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The Day is a brilliant website for schools that believe that current affairs should be an integral element of education. We’re working with them on a variety of projects, and have just written a guest blog explaining how TOK provides key skills for students in this world of information overload.


 
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Teacherhorizons is a free website where teachers can explore opportunities overseas and connect with schools around the world. If you would like to develop your skills and experience overseas and join a rapidly growing community of 25,000 teachers, check out their site, or watch their video.


 

How to use TOK to get into university

 
University and college application requirements are now more demanding than ever. But as a TOK student, the skills and knowledge that you have built up during the course are a huge asset in selling yourself.
 
We provide a few thoughts on how you can make the most your TOK training as you apply to universities, including ways to impress college admissions officers with your critical thinking, familiarity with autonomous learning, and awareness that your perspective is just one of many out there in the world.

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Guest articles and posts

 

Why is TOK so special?

The Day is a brilliant website that is used by hundreds of schools throughout the world to bring current affairs into the classroom. They asked us to write them a guest post on how TOK equips students with such vital skills in today’s world of information overload. Read our thoughts here.

The new TOK curriculum

Alongside Richard van de Lagemaat and other noted TOK writers and specialists, we provided Larry Ferlazzo with some of our thoughts on the new TOK curriculum. Do you agree the changes are positive ones?

On reality and sugar cubes

The paradigm-busting science guru Andy Fletcher has written an exclusive guest page for us, on the way in which your perception of reality is far from matching up to the actual reality. Find out how illusions form the basis of how we view the universe, and the way to fit every human being on earth into a sugar cube.

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