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  1. I actually see no problem with the commute. My school is about an hour away from where I live by train, and I manage to have free time. If you believe the school would provide you a better education the you should make this sacrifice. There are different ways to spend the ride, I personally like to read through my notes before tests etc.
  2. I'd say stick to biology. Whilst your passion to Russia might be there now, you can't be sure it will be there in a month or in a year. You will be half a year behind in terms of content, which whilst not tragic in languages, is still a lot. Not to mention the time you'd "waste" studying biology for the 6 months! Biology is quite easy to get good grades in, especially at SL. In fact, it is the easiest science to score a 7 in according to the 2014 statistics. (http://www.dpcdsb.org/NR/rdonlyres/257D5ECC-B156-4400-B0C7-D765BB3D4855/140115/201405_Grade_Boundaries.pdf) For studying, try websites such as BioNinja, and Cambridge revision guides. Both are really good and will help you improve. Ps. You didn't mention whether you would have a teacher or not. If not, I'd be even stronger against dropping biology in favour of russian.
  3. I'd say it would count as a project. The preprararion and "background work" that is put into even a single show is definitely part of the activity as well. I, for example, helped out with a threaten piece organised by my school and got over 10 hours despite the thing lasting about an hour.
  4. Don't be shy to talk to your teacher. They're there to give you constructive criticism and feedback you need to succeed. The ones who ask are not lost
  5. I think you should do it in a subject you're invested and interested in. I chose chemistry, and whilst coming up with a topic is tricky (*sigh*), I think I'll only be able to do it because I actually enjoy the subject. For me, there was also a possibility to do the EE in English A or German B, which would have been 'easier' to complete, but because the amount of effort I'd put in would be sub-bar, there would be no point in me doing so. Remember your EE should be something that further expands your knowledge in your area of interest. Sure, I could do an EE in history so there would be no experiment involved, but the amount of effort I'd have to put into reading etc. would make me absolutely hate the whole process - especially since you should spend good 15-20 hours or so doing your EE.
  6. What is your 7th subject?? Your signature lists only 6. Usually that would be the one which does not fit into the regular IB diploma. For example, it could be a 3rd science or a 4th language. In the regular diploma you have to take one of each group (except for 6, which can be replaced with any other group). Your signature seems to me like a regular diploma. The 7th subject (the certificate one) could possibly therefore be the one not listed in there. If it's a 3rd science, like physics for example, you can choose which one you want to have as your diploma subject (for example you'd choose physics instead of biology as your diploma science). I am not sure how it would work with an irregular diploma, since no-one at my school takes it (or a 7th subject, for that matter).
  7. Please don't revive old topics! If it's 6 years old, feel free to make a new one.
  8. No problem, glad I could help!
  9. I had exactly the same issue! There are two ways of tacking it, for me 2) was way more effective - though you might not like it. 1) Write whatever is on your mind before you study. (Possibly better when studying at home) I truly mean everything. It can be this random thought you had about the youtube video your friend showed you, or the existential question that keeps you awake at night. Key point here is to make your mind as clear as possible - get rid of those thoughts to make some space for focus. Then, make some breathing exercises (inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth) for a minute or two. This should help you get rid of the associated stress that you have with background noise and should help you focus on the task. 2) Train yourself. This one might sound borderline ridiculous and inefficient, but hear me out. When you're doing some work, turn on some music that you dislike a lot. It can be a genre of music you are not into, or a particular singer - whatever floats your boat. Since you're not going to be enjoying the music, you will make an effort to ignore it. This might take a while & totally mess up your Spotify "recently listened" playlist, but it should work very well. Then, as you see that you able to focus more with the music on, try lowering the volume or switching to something else, like classical music. I am not saying this is a guaranteed guide on how to start focusing, this is really something I have used in the past to help me with studying. And I have to say it worked out well for me, I am now able to study in loud environments without getting distracted (PUT THAT PHONE AWAAAY).
  10. Well, for me re-reading the notes is studying for the most part... I'd say for every unit you should make Flashcards too. This is a tricky one, since I don't seem to be following the rule - I find chemistry easier & a bit more interesting than bio. More applying of concepts rather than pure memorisation like it often is with biology. I have friends who have a different opinion and think biology is way easier, so it's really up to the individual.
  11. Definitely going to affect European universities. You might be forced to take a foundation year if you apply. In Germany they don't recognise maths studies, and in England you can't apply for undergraduate medicine with it either (unless you do the foundation year). i cannot speak for all universities in Europe, but a common requirement is maths SL. You could always do an undergrad in a science and apply for graduate medicine - this would work in England!
  12. Hi there! I started ib a few months ago with bio&chem HL. The courses are demanding but definitely manageable with good work ethic - revise what you've done over a week during the weekend and you should be good. I never regret choosing my subjects, though biology can get a bit boring sometimes - but that's always up to the individual. I don't know you so I'm not sure how much effort you're willing to put into the subjects, but I still think it's better to start off with a harder subject combination and drop later on as you actually start to struggle. Whilst prevention is better than cure, this does not apply here
  13. Thought I'd talk a bit more about this issue. Germany is quite strict when it comes to recognising the IBDP - much more strict than other German-speaking countries such as Austria. For the group 3 subject, you have to take history, geography, or economics as otherwise your diploma won't be considered. This is soon going to change and more subjects are going to be recognised (including psychology, anthropology, world religions and more) - you can read about it in the document I'll link below. Additionally, you have to take at least one science or maths and a language at HL (A or B, doesn't matter) in order to have your diploma recognised. Maths studies is not a recognised level either - you have to take SL or HL (or further HL). Here's the source I'm using, it's from Bayern so it might differ a bit in other areas: Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern There are some requirements when it comes to German, but it is more complicated and often depends on the individual case. This information might be invalid in the future, so please make sure you contact the university you wish to apply to anyway, as these people are going to have far more information than I do.
  14. I'd personally start with HL maths and then drop to SL if you struggle with it. For me HL maths is a good test of whether I can live up to the pressure of being a doctor - this HL is not necessary for medicine but it increases your knowledge which is something you'll have to do as a dentist. It's hard for most people, sure. Deep down it's probably tricky to those who say it's easy as well. But don't let that scare you - 25% of all candidates takes it every year so it is more than doable. Staying on top of your work is the key! There's a high chance your grades will drop in the beginning, but allow for 2 months to pass by and see how things are doing. My friends improved from 3s and 4s to 5s and 6s, and there's still so much time left to improve! If you, however, feel as if maths HL affects your performance in chemistry and biology then drop it. You don't want to end up with 544 in your HLs or something when you could've gotten 666 or even 766 without HL maths. Good luck!
  15. Hardest: Maths HL (duh ) Easiest: German B HL