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  1. What IB subject(s) do you find most difficult and easy? For me I find English Literature the hardest. I'm more of a maths/science person so I commonly struggle to interpret literature. My easiest subject is probably Economics, being the subject I spend the least time on, because the concepts are quite simple and require minimal studying
  2. Hi It's my second semester in the DP and I have already started wondering what subject to choose for my EE. (I want to make preparations as early as possible to avoid procrastination). The problem is like this: I have lots of different academic interests and I don't want to focus on single interests. I initially thought about doing a history EE about French revolution (focus on Marie Antoinette) or fashion in the victorian times because I like European classical culture (like history, classical music and art) a lot. I watch BBC history documentaries, costume dramas, and I subscribe to accounts introducing classical culture. I had a talk with my teacher and he is very supportive of my topic choice. However, my history writing skills isn't so good and I don't want to get a bad grade on my EE which could potentially lower my IB score. I am also not sure whether I should avoid writing about my higher level subjects for the EE to keep me balanced. I have chem, design and math as my highers, and I am going for dual degree in chem and graphic design in university. The reason I don't want to write chemistry is that I spend lots of time doing EC's about chemistry. I write a blog, work with chemists internationally on science writing projects, and now, collaborate with Beijing University of Chemical Technology (probably once a week) and Tsinghua Univ. to run STEAM (STEM+art), science illustration and chem outreach programs. I also subscribe to various chem magazines and shows. (Similar reason with design tech.) I have always loved being multidisciplinary and learning about different topics. I don't want to restrict myself. Another reason is that I want to write a really good paper if I choose to do chem EE (which is probably, to use the labs in BUCT and get formal instructions). However, my teacher told me that he needs to supervise me when I am doing my EE, and he once had a student who worked on the EE in a good lab and got a B. I don't want to do it at school--the school has much less facilities and good chemicals. It will make my EE a 'crappy' school lab paper. So guys, what can I do?
  3. Hello everyone, So, I'm enrolled in the IB since this year. However, even though I was pretty sure about my subjects in the beginning I'm a little bit struggling now and I need help. I wasn't sure what I want to study but during winter break I've decided that I like biochemistry. That means I need to switch Chemistry SL to HL (uni requirements).For now, I have the following subjects: ENGLISH LANG AND LIT HL FRENCH B SL GLOBAL POLITICS HL (going to switch to SL) BIOLOGY HL CHEMISTRY SL MATH SL All of my subjects are fine for now, but I have some problems with Global Politics. I'm not so good at it. I don't know if I should switch to Econ SL or just try harder and do my best in Global Politics. Can someone tell me how hard is it to get a 7 in Global Politics or Econ on the exams? Keep in mind that I've already finished first term so I have to work on everything I've missed during that time.
  4. Hi guys! Do you think doing maths studies will hurt my chances of getting into top universities, for an art & design degree? And is it better to get a 7 in maths studies or a 5/6 in maths SL? I think id be able to get 5/6 in SL if I work hard, but I'm wondering if I should take studies to be able to focus more on my Art HL... I was in IB MYP extended before, but wasn't one of the strongest ones in my class... subjects: Art HL English HL ITGS HL Physics SL French AB initio Maths SL (thinking about studies) let me know what you think? thanks!
  5. If I'm not wrong, for the majority of US universities, you can't do medicine straight out of high school. Of course, your principal will know better about that, and if there are any universities that allow undergraduate courses. If you're going to apply to some school in the US that doesn't allow you to do medicine straight out of high school, I very much doubt your subjects will impact your ability to get into medicine - you'll just want the highest score possible and to impress universities, so in that case go with what you feel you can do. It really depends on whether or not you have a degree of certainty as to whether you can make it to an American university. With either of the subject choices you've put down, you're closing doors to India. Technically, if you want to remain on the safe side, you can do an irregular diploma and all three sciences at HL, but that would be a pain in itself, and as you said, you don't think you'd be comfortable with it. It is, however, something to consider. Are you applying to any other country or just the US? In terms of if Physics is better than Biology, I wouldn't say so. I haven't started medicine yet, but I would say that Biology is more important but that doesn't mean Physics isn't important too, particularly for areas of medicine such as radiology. While you've specified you'd prefer psychiatry, remember, you still have a bunch of time to try all the areas. In the case of the second science, go with what you think will work better for you. What you like, what you're better at, etc. However, I would keep in mind where you're planning to apply, and if you want to apply to any other country what their requirements may be.
  6. I'm currently enrolled for the IBDP and will be starting school this July. We had to submit our subjects and I was pretty satisfied with my selection until the moment where we had to discuss everything with the headmaster and the coordinator. I wish to pursue Medicine, preferably in the US. (For several reasons) The principal recommended I take HL: Chemistry, Physics, English SL: Psychology, French, Maths when we were discussing my interests, ambitions, etc. But I'm not sure if I want to take Physics anymore because Physics HL does look exceptionally difficult and though I am sure I can do it if I try hard enough, I don't want to take it if I can do better in another subject. This is what I think I might finally take HL: Chemistry, Biology (I like Bio better than Physics), English SL: Psychology, French, Maths I personally find Biology to be more favourable as it interests me more, and is more relevant to what I want to pursue in Medicine. (Currently focused on Psychiatry, not sure) I am an Indian, and my principal is American, so he isn't too familiar with how Indian universities work, so that's why the coordinator puts in her opinions as well. However, Indian universities require THREE sciences. So basically I will be "closing my doors to Indian universities" if I go with my selection. There's the whole thing where I can give out a student proposal to take up three sciences but honestly, I don't think I can perform my best with all of my HLs being sciences. And is Physics somehow better than Biology? Just curious. No complications with Chemistry, though. I'm new here and I apologise if I've made any mistakes like posting to the wrong forum, etc. Anyway, I am really hoping that I'll be able to go to an American university (again, for several reasons), but I want to be safe here IF that is possible. If not, I honestly don't know what I should do...I've got some time before I have to give in my decision. I hope that's enough information, if not, I'll try my best to add more if I can. If anyone would be kind enough to guide me here, I'd be REALLY grateful. Thanks. x
  7. Hello! I'm doing my O Levels next year, and it was suggested to me that instead of taking A Levels, I should opt for taking IBs. I've done some reading and it seems that the IBDP program is quite challenging and highly valued, which seems perfect for me as I'm sort of a natural hard worker. However, there's kind of a downside - in IBs, you have to take a language, right, but unfortunately in Maldives, where I'm from, the public education curriculum does not have any additional foreign languages being taught - we only learn English and our mothertongue. So, could anyone tell me whether the IB subjects that I've picked out are compatible with my IGCSE subjects? Please and thank you IGCSEs: English as a Second Language, Maths(extended), Economics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry [Note: My predicted grades are As/A*s] IB subjects that I would like to take: HL English, History, Economics and SL Maths, Physics,and Chinese. I'm not entirely sure about doing Maths SL, because it's one of my strong subjects, so I may swap that with Econ. I'm not really sure yet, and it's not like I'm in a rush or anything aha. I'm most worried about the Chinese - I don't know Chinese at ALL, or any other language, so please tell me whether doing IB would be possible. Thank!
  8. I am wondering if this would be a good subject combo: HL Economics HL Biology HL English (not sure yet if I want lang & lit or lit) SL Math SL Finnish SL Chemistry Unfortunately I have no idea where I want to study after the IB, or what I want to study. I am wondering if these seem like subject choices that wouldn't close too many doors for me. The thing that troubles me the most is if it is "useless" to take HL bio without taking HL chemistry with it. I don't enjoy chemistry that much, but then again I've always had horrible teachers which has drawn me away from the subject itself. Though in the IB I would have a new teacher. I really don't know if I should take chemistry at all or if it is important. Thank you for any replies in advance
  9. Hey guys! So I have a an issue because I started IB this year and I want to change courses I started doing psychology HL and I liked it but I ended up changing to history HL. I'm not sure if I made the right choice, because maybe I would have liked psychology better. I was indecisive at the moment so I ended up changing... but now I don't know if I regret it! Should I change back to psych? The history teacher is better but I don't know if I should go back to psych! Do you guys like HL psych or HL history better? Or do you take both? I don't know what to do and I don't know if they'll let me change after taking the semester exams! Thank you!!!
  10. Hello people, So I started the IB this September and I chose Physics SL as a science. I want to go into social science, so I just chose the experimental one that I disliked the least. I'm actually a good physics student, but I hate my teacher and I don't think I can handle his classes for much longer. So, I've been thinking about moving to Bio SL/ ESS because the teachers are amazing and they might make me like the subjects (that happened with math - in the 9th grade I hated it, but then I got a good teacher and am now doing HL ) What do I do? Is SL Bio easy? Is ESS too easy (I heard it was kind of made fun of and frowned upon by universities)? Thank you, fellow martyrs!
  11. Hello, I have decided that its time to drop HL math. I've figured that if struggle the entire year to get a 3-4 in math HL, its not worth it. I rather get a 7 in SL math. My other HL subjects are physics (going good), ITGS (going good). Both subjects 6 or 7 (mostly 7). Question 1) If I drop HL math I can choose from 3 other HL subjects (i'll be taking math SL): Business management, Chemistry or English. I'm good at English, okay at chemistry and have a small understanding in BM. Question 2) I want to be a software engineer. I know both python and Java and have multiple extra curricular actives logged in (including the silver DOE award, planning on doing gold). I've looked into what requirements one needs to become a software engineer but if someone could streamline the requirements it would really help. Question 3) What GOOD universities are there that will accept me with all of these recommendations. I will answer any questions anyone has
  12. i take: HL global politics HL film HL chinese language & literature SL english literature SL maths SL design technology i have both HL & SL papers for some of them. i am contemplating whether to keep SL papers when I do HL; & if I should keep my HL papers when I do SL... i know for some subjects the assessments are very similar or even same in HL & SL. sooo plz provide me your valuable opinions! thx
  13. Im starting with IB in next year and my schools says that i have to choose 3 HL and 3 SL So far i've made up my mind about Maths SL,Spanish SL,English language SL,Biology HL and Business HL i have to select one more HL subject and ive narrowed it down to econ and psychology if it were up to me i would select either of these at SL but i dont have a choice. Im doing economics in igcse right now and im good at it but i dont necessarily like it thaaaat much but i like that its simple and most of it is common sense and you dont have to memorize much at least in igcse I find psychology interesting but i've heard you do need to memorise alot and i think i would get fed up with it in like 2 months aahahaha since i dont like it much either I dont know what i want career wise in the future but i know definitely its going to involve biology and/or business (its weird i know) it would help sooooo much if you could tell me which one is worth taking at HL and like more interesting and stuff THANKS ALOT
  14. Hey guys so at the moment I have chosen English HL Physics SL Psych HL Bio HL Maths SL Indo AB. I'm thinking of changing physics for business management, purely because it seems easier to get a 7. IN terms of my strengths, I tend to do best in english based subjects but I'm mainly pretty equal throughout all areas. I chose physics because I think I will enjoy it but I usually like all subjects, also I don't need it for university. Also I could swap bio for exercise science, anyone know much a bout that? Any help asap would be great, or just tips/resources to get me through the diploma cheers
  15. Hi guys! I've just entered the IB DP1 programme, and I am taking English Lang & Lit HL. I am actually quite surprised with the amount of literature we'll be doing in the course as I'd though it would only cover like 50%. Anyway, I was wondering wether you guys could share some insight on the subject and give some tips on how to score well in it. PS. I'm not a native speaker - it's my second language but I'd say I am nearly fluent.. I am also doing another language A (langlit), so bearing that in mind, will the two be too hard to juggle? I hardly read that often but I am good at essay writing.. and I am pretty sure I'll find the lang bit very interesting as it's in a way related to sociology - a strong interest of mine.
  16. How much would I approximately need to study to get high marks with the following subject combination? English Lang & Lit HL Physics HL Economics HL Bio SL Math SL Swedish Lang & Lit SL Also, kindly give your thoughts on these subjects.
  17. Hey! I'm might entering the IB curriculum starting this week, so I would appreciate some response regarding my IB subjects; English Lang & Lit HL Economics HL Physics HL Math SL Biology SL Swedish Lang & Lit SL After thorough consideration, I personally figured out that this may be a reasonably challenging combination with a balance of essay writing and problem solving. However, I am concerned about me being prepared for the subjects academically. 1. English is not my first language, however throughout the years I've always attained a good grade in as it's been one of my stronger subjects. Being nearly fluent in writing and oral communication, is it possible to get a good grade in it even though I'm not a native? 2. Is Physics HL mathematically too hard if I take Math SL? From what I understand, physics is more about learning new concepts and applying them to problems using math as "support". Am I wrong/ is it solely based on math at a higher level? 3. Is Bio SL an easy/hard subject? I've decided on Bio SL though elimination of the remaining subjects I don't enjoy. I also believe that it'll maintain the rigour of my combination (as it's respected by colleges), but in a "less challenging" manner. I've also had quite some experience with the subject, hence why I believe parts of it will be more of a repetition. 4. Is it too hard to juggle two language A courses? Swedish is my first language and I've always been pretty good at in school so taking it isn't really a question for me- (But if you guys have had this subject, please share some insight on it's difficulty, content etc). Also, I'm assuming that the two Lang & Lit subjects go in line with each other since they're the same in terms of structure. Won't that make it easier, considering that I can do similar work in both subjects, only in different languages? To sum it up, I would be very thankful if you can answer as many above mentioned questions as possible + give me some general tips and insight on the subjects I'm taking (like how you find the subject etc). Thanks!!
  18. Hello everyone! I'm just entering the first year of the IB Diploma Programme, after completing Pre-IB. I'm currently taking Mathematics HL, Chemistry HL, Danish HL, English A SL, Physics SL and Psychology SL. Some of the school counselors say that those subjects are not enough to apply for studying Medicine anywhere, while others say that it's all the subjects I need to do it. Anyhow, what subjects do I need to take in order for me to study medicine? Do I need all the sciences HL, or something else? Any help will be appreciated! Thank you for your time
  19. Is this subject combo good enough if I want to study econ at top uni's in the US. Econ hl Bio hl english l&l hl Swedish L&l math sl physics sl I want to keep my options open, hence why Im doing bio and econ hl. will it orherwise suffice for ivy's anyway? Is it too "all over the place" and unclear or does it show that i am well rounded+ "strong" in many areas? Btw, are there degrees which combine econ and bio (or just science and economics) as I am inclined towards both areas. Do you have to declare / mention your major when applying to Us colleges? Is math HL required for ivies econ? thanks a lot!!
  20. I am an IB student in Denmark and I am currently planning on applying to universities in Scotland and Ireland I want to know if Math studies is generally looked down upon, even if you are applying to the humanities/social sciences I am planning to apply to either English lit. or History courses at Edinburgh uni, St. Andrews uni, University of Glasgow, University of Dundee, Aberdeen uni and Trinity college Dublin Will universities prefer Math SL students even if they have a lower grade?? (it's likely that I will achieve a 7 in Math Studies) Thanks
  21. Is this subject combo good enough if I want to study econ at top uni's in the US. Econ hl Bio hl english l&l hl Swedish L&l math sl physics sl I want to keep my options open, hence why Im doing bio and econ hl. will it orherwise suffice for ivy's anyway? thanks
  22. Does this subject combination sound too rigorous? If possble, please share some thoughts based on your experience with the subject(s). English A2 HL Econ HL Math HL Swedish B SL Physics SL Biology SL Also, do top US uni's require math HL for economics?
  23. I want to pursue Computer Science or Management in Information Systems in a US University. What subjects should I take? My current subject choices are: Math HLPhysics HLEconomics HLChemistry SL* English SLHindi SL (Since I live in India) *I am confused between Chemistry and Computer Science or IT Which will better appeal a US University? Chemistry will give me options but CS or IT will give me a good idea of my major and also impress the University.
  24. I was wondering when will May 2016 candidates get complete reports for each of their subjects they've taken in their session. For example, when will the IB release the number of points a candidate scored on each test in a subject (P1 & P2)?
  25. I am about to enroll the IB DP programme by the end of summer. I am a little concerned about my subject combination for being too rigorous. I am up for a challenge, yet a bearable one. In the future, I would like to study at uni in the US. However, I am not sure in what area I may want to study in. But I'm leaning towards Economics/Finance and/or environmental sciences. (Hence why I have both Econ and Bio at HL). Overall, I was wondering if you could share any thoughts on what you think about my subject combination. Is it reasonable considering my future plans? Also, as English is my second language, would you suggest me to do B or A2 at HL. Note that I will be having Swedish A2 SL as well. But please leave some thoughts based on experience regarding English B and A2 at HL. I am not that much into literature, to be honest I hardly ever read. But with the right mindset I could still be willing to learn the "literature" part, I just don't want to struggle too much with it since English (language-wise) has otherwise (so far) been a strong subject of mine. Could it in general make it easier to have 2 subjects in A2, since the structure may be similar, or is it easier to just have one A2 and the other one as B HL as the workload perhaps becomes less (?). Subject combination: English B / A2 HL Economics HL Biology HL Math SL Swedish A2 SL Physics SL Also, what topic did you write your EE on? Simply curious as I have no idea what EE's are all about. Oh and btw, is it possible to write your EE on a combination of two subjects? Thanks a lot!!