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  1. 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).
  2. Please don't revive old topics! If it's 6 years old, feel free to make a new one.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. Hello everyone So, this part of the forum kind of died out, therefore I decided to make a topic about the thing that has been bothering me for the past few months. We all go to school, or went at one point in our lives. We were graded on our tests, and those tests gave us an idea on our knowledge about the subject… But can they really tell us whether we are/were intelligent? Nowadays the pressure on recieving good grades is so high every 5th high-school student confessed that (s)he has experienced school-related anxiety. I know people who get really good results and I know people who barely pass. Both of those groups act in a similar way, and their non-academic skills seem to be around the same level. I know there is a positive corelation between good grades and intelligence, but the argument that they separate the "good students" from the "bad students" seems wrong to me. Einstein failed school when he was younger, and even the teachers told him he would never archieve something in his life. Yet his IQ has been determined to be around 160 and he turned out to be one of the most known scientist in the world. Grades are important to get into good university, and to test our knowledge, but can they really define us and our level of intelligence? Isn't intelligence something much more complex than just a number on a piece of paper? I have arguments for both sides and I can't wait to read your responses. Mac117
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. Hardest: Maths HL (duh ) Easiest: German B HL
  11. MM -> Master's in Memology Jk, medicine for ever
  12. It's not suicide if you like the subjects. I do your HLs + a language B and I'm on a 40/42 after semester 1. Sure it's hard and a lot of work (I can't work now since I'm travelling and couldn't take my notes so it's making me a bit anxious haha) but worth it. For me maths is the hardest, I'm on a 7 but it required a lot of work and effort. I did add maths igcse and got a B so you might have it even easier with an A. Biology unit 1 was an absolute bore for me, but other than that I quite enjoy it. Chemistry is by far my favourite class out of all, might have to do with my teacher too. If you like it, do it. I was told I'm signing up for sleepless nights and stress, and I shouldn't do 4hls etc. I like it and it's manageable with good work ethic
  13. I agree with @kw0573. History is definitely not an easy subject at all to write an EE in. The amount of research needed can easily exceed Group 4 and Group 5 EE's. In order to do well, you should choose a subject you're interested in (the) most. Doing something "easy" will not give you an A straight away - hard work, dedication (and luck, to an extent ) will. If you like sciences and maths, do your EE in one of those. kw0573 has a point with maths being more controllable, but if you like doing experiments then go ahead with group 4. I personally chose chemistry and find the research and work much easier since I have genuine interest in the subject!
  14. I don't see a problem with this for a lab report. In IB you are going to write quite a few of them in order to prepare you for your IA. When it comes to the IA, I would advise against it if possible. My teacher said that usually the simulation-based ones do not do as well as the practical ones. That's just my school though!
  15. The only ones I found were $1000... Here's the book's ISBN to help you research: 9781876659608.
  16. Don't think about others here, but think about yourself. How will getting a prediction of straight 7s in every subject help you in any way? It can only make your life more difficult if your uni offers end up being very, very high. Be honest to yourself and study the material. These exams are supposed to highlight the weaknesses you might still have and help you improve. By memorising the mark schemes you essentially set yourself up to failure. It's not the marks that count, but the learning and understanding of what 'the mark scheme asks for'. Good luck.
  17. Here's a quick breakdown: chromatin: DNA+ histones (coiled) chromosome: packed DNA and RNA Chromatid: you refer to 2 sister chromatids during cell division. Once they're pulled apart in Anaphase you refer to them as chromosomes. There are 46 chromosomes but 96 chromatids during the S phase. Essentially, one chromosome is made out of 2 chromatids. Hooe it helps!
  18. Also halfway through year 1, and I have about 35 hours. Aiming to get 70-80% done in year 1, so that in year 2 I can focus on other things. My schools favours this over the 50:50 split, as uni admissions and final official deadlines are going to be accumulating in Y2 and they want us to focus on these more. Sure, we need to do CAS continuously in Y2, but less project etc.
  19. I personally take Bio HL and whilst the content isn't super-duper hard, there is quite a lot of it that you need to know. Sure, the exam might not be as thorough in some cases (i.e. knowing all the different steps of the Krebs cycle is not necessary), though it is still quite particular about certain words you need to memorise to get the marks. As long as you enjoy your subjects you should be more than fine. I personally would switch one of them for English just to ease up my workload, but that's just me. Do what you love the most - I take 2 sciences and maths HL and because the interest I have for these subject is so huge I do not struggle as much as those who take subjects they're less interested in!
  20. My favourite is Richard Thornley on YouTube, this guy is seriously amazing at what he's doing. Be aware that his videos are quite concise, so for full marks you should still read the textbook! Theres also who is amazing as well, and a very good source (with a bit more detail). Optionally there's KhanAcademy though it does not strictly follow the IB curriculum like the two websites/channels mentioned above. Good luck!
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  23. I'm SL, but this applies for HL as well. The jump from IGCSE to IB was smaller than in my other IB classes, though I definitely felt it despite doing quite well on the IGCSE. When you write essays and get them back, read through the feedback thoroughly and carefully. If you don't understand some of it, talk to the teacher and explain what they mean. In my personal opinion English is like maths where you can only improve by actually doing exercises etc. I will make a bit of a stretch here and say that reading books will help you improve on your grammar, vocabulary, as well as the sentence structure. For FOAs remember to structure your arguments in an order that makes sense. This one seems obvious but it happened before that my classmates and I said things that made less sense in the order we told them in. Also, if you're shy and don't like talking in front of others, practice your talk in front of your friends or family. Talk slowly and clearly, but don't overdo it as you might get marks deducted for this as well. Your sentences should be complex though not too hard to follow for someone who doesn't have your notes/doesn't know your topic. Basically, be understandable Good luck. Since I have not completed any written tasks yet, I can't comment on those!
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