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Hi, I'm a grade 9 student and I'm thinking about going into Pre Ib, I have most courses selected of pre ib but math, last term my math mark was close to an eighty, but unfortunately this term it sort of dropped because of one test. I want to know if I should go in pre ib math and do the whole course, I want to get an Ib diploma but I'm afraid it could be the wrong choice. I want to go into medical, and become a doctor so if i take math studies maybe is that acceptable? And would be ok if a person with a seventies mark go into math pre ib SL? I'm really stressing out about this and the course selection is final next week. Also I have selected courses if i don't take Ib in 11 & 12. Thanks.

P.S If I take the Ib program, I heard that there are a number of courses you need to take a Hl and Sl. And do I have to take Cheminstry and Bio at HL to go into medicine?

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Math was always my worst subject from childhood. I struggled with math in pre-IB more than with anything else...

I got a 6 in math SL but I worked really, really hard for it. Honestly it was probably the subject which I worked the hardest in the whole year. I had terrible grades on a few of my tests and felt like crap but I'm so happy I finished it. Basically I got through it by forcing myself to do my homework every day otherwise I'd have no clue what was going on. I did past paper questions over and over again to help me understand stuff.

I found what really helped me was to actively participate in the lessons. When a teacher does an example on the board and asks you to solve one that's a lot like it, actually try to solve it yourself instead of sitting there and waiting for the answer! You'll be using your brain and the new concepts you learned which will help you retain what you learn better. Get into the habit of doing all the homework that your teacher gives you and do it the same day you had the lesson, not the night before the test. Even do some extra if you don't get it.

Most importantly, ask for help if you don't get it! Don't worry about looking stupid in front of other people. You will appear smart when you do the test and know how to do the problem =D Ask your friends, you teacher, etc.

So don't give up! Work hard and it will pay off :yes:

I recommend you stay away from math studies if you want to study medicine. Not all unis will accept math studies (example: U of T) Take math SL, some of it is review from grade 10.

I don't know which province you're from but you'll benefit from mark inflation! So even if you don't do so well it won't look as bad on your report card ^_^

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The subjects of greatest relevance to an undergraduate medical programme are normally Chemistry and Biology, which must be at HL. Maths studies is not given much weight by most universities, but Maths SL would be perfectly acceptable if your 3rd HL subject is Physics or English.
I don't know about Canada but the competition for admission to the best medical schools in the UK is very high (typically ten applications per place), so a strong diploma is a must!

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Math was always my worst subject from childhood. I struggled with math in pre-IB more than with anything else...

I got a 6 in math SL but I worked really, really hard for it. Honestly it was probably the subject which I worked the hardest in the whole year. I had terrible grades on a few of my tests and felt like crap but I'm so happy I finished it. Basically I got through it by forcing myself to do my homework every day otherwise I'd have no clue what was going on. I did past paper questions over and over again to help me understand stuff.

I found what really helped me was to actively participate in the lessons. When a teacher does an example on the board and asks you to solve one that's a lot like it, actually try to solve it yourself instead of sitting there and waiting for the answer! You'll be using your brain and the new concepts you learned which will help you retain what you learn better. Get into the habit of doing all the homework that your teacher gives you and do it the same day you had the lesson, not the night before the test. Even do some extra if you don't get it.

Most importantly, ask for help if you don't get it! Don't worry about looking stupid in front of other people. You will appear smart when you do the test and know how to do the problem =D Ask your friends, you teacher, etc.

So don't give up! Work hard and it will pay off :yes:

I recommend you stay away from math studies if you want to study medicine. Not all unis will accept math studies (example: U of T) Take math SL, some of it is review from grade 10.

I don't know which province you're from but you'll benefit from mark inflation! So even if you don't do so well it won't look as bad on your report card ^_^


Thanks a lot thats really helpful! I'll give it a shot!

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P.S If I take the Ib program, I heard that there are a number of courses you need to take a Hl and Sl. And do I have to take Cheminstry and Bio at HL to go into medicine?


You must take at least 6 courses, three at HL and three at SL. You don't have to take bio and chem HL for medicine, except for the UK where they usually require chem HL. Even if it's not required, it will help you if you take both at HL. XD.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='XD' />