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Welcome to the world’s most used online resource for the IB theory of knowledge course. Find guidance on the TOK essay & presentation, free course content, and brilliant teaching and learning resources for TOK. We also offer expert online support for both theory of knowledge students and educators.

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    Our hugely popular TOK ESSAY GUIDE provides step-by-step advice on the essay. It also includes a 14-page consideration of the six November 2014 prescribed titles. $8.99 (single-user version); 47 pages; electronic publication. Click to find out more and purchase.
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    Our TOK PRESENTATION GUIDE will help you select a strong real life situation, identify and explore knowledge issues, consider perspectives and implications, and demonstrate your involvement. $6.99 (single user version); 24 pages; electronic publication.
  • For both the essay and presentation, our personalized ONLINE SUPPORT offers help with choosing the right title, identifying and developing KIs, and linking all the different elements of TOK. We'll also read through your draft, and advise on final improvements.
  • 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.
  • 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. $34.99; 66 pages; electronic publication.
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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; 24 options.
  • 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.
  • The PREMIUM TOK NEWSLETTER provides loads of RLSs and KIs, thoughts on perspectives and implications, tips on essay and presentation writing, a consideration of a different AOK/WOK every month, and many other additional features. From just $2.00 per issue.
  • Our EMAIL AND SKYPE CONSULTATION SUPPORT offers instant peace of mind to teachers who are new to the course. Whatever your question about the course, we can provide you with expert advice and guidance, whenever and wherever you need it.

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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 showing your own involvement in knowledge development

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







The CUP poetry competition

 
Cambridge University Press has asked us to help them tell the world about an exciting poetry competition this summer. If you’re a student outside the UK, and you’d like to win an iPad Mini or £100 worth of Amazon vouchers, then send them a poem beginning with the two words I remember…
 
Find out more information about the competition here, as well as news about how CUP is helping IB Diploma students and educators in other subject areas.

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Helping you to identify and explore knowledge questions

 
Understanding how to identify and develop knowledge questions is the most important part of theory of knowledge, so we’ve included hundreds of examples on the site for all the areas of knowledge and ways of knowing. Some of the most important are listed below: click on the image to take you there
 

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Does a faith-based outlook enrich our knowledge of the world?

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To what extent can we rely on memory to provide us with knowledge?

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Do our biases prevent us from accessing the truth about the past?

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Should there be a limit on the freedom of speech and self-expression?

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To what extent do we use reason when making our decisions?


 
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Should the traditions of a culture be respected if they break the laws of the nation?

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Can we reduce everything in the world into a formula or equation?

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To what extent can we trust the knowledge provided by our senses?

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Do scientists have extra responsibilities due to the knowledge they deal with?

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Do our perspectives change if we communicate in more than one language?


Latest 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.
 


 

Where in the world are our services and products used?

 
Our online education support, teaching resources, and subject guides, are used by students and educators in 368 towns and cities in 73 countries throughout the world. To find out which country is our biggest fan, hover your mouse over the countries in blue. For more detail, click to visit our regional client maps.

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We provide highly effective one-to-one support for students writing TOK essays and presentations


 
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CUP is the oldest publishing house in the world. Check out their website for a wide range of free IB Diploma resources for both teachers and students, and find out more about their poetry competition, which gives you the chance to win an iPad Mini.


 
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The Day

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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Mobiloud is one of London’s most exciting app development companies, providing the means for publishers, bloggers or anyone with a WordPress site to design beautiful native iOS and Android apps in a few minutes, without coding. They are working with us to develop the world’s first app for theory of knowledge, which will be available very soon.


 
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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.