Hi!

I do HL-Maths and considering that I'm doing terribly in it (mostly because of my general unwillingness to work which will change in the near future and my intense dislike for maths, which also might change in the near future) I might not be the best person for advice, but hopefully my experience means soemthing to you x3.

1) Do you know of standard level students who have done well in HL maths?

- From year 10 standard maths to year 11 HL maths? I did standard maths and I'm not doing very well (by not doing very well, I mean 65% - 70%), but I do know students who do very well (85% - 90%). The vast majority of standard maths students are not doing as well as people who did advanced (year 11) maths in year 10, but that doesn't mean we don't have room for improvement. ;P

If you mean students from SL maths moving to HL maths, then I don't know, sorry. That isn't allowed in my school. But I assume you don't mean this seeing as your exams are in May 2015, meaning you haven't even started the IB yet xP.

2) How much time might I have to commit to doing maths each day/week?

- Well, practice is the best way to excel in HL Maths. And the homework can be rather intense as well, so ... expect at least 2 hours a day, I suppose? If you're as slow as I am. You'll probably spend more time on maths during the weekend, so about 12-15 hours a week, which is really not a lot for your education.

3) How can I better prepare for this course on my own during the summer? Any websites, revision textbooks, or other resources which would be helpful?

- DON'T. Please don't. The Pre-IB should have prepared you enough and the IB's not intent on screwing your brains out, really. Brush up on the maths you learnt, fail the first few tests, learn from your mistakes, prepare for your exams; you'll be fine then.

4) I am working on SAT 2 maths, how difficult is this compared to what's covered in maths hl?

- I'm not American; I don't know anything about SATs, so ... sorry :/.

5) What are some general maths skills or habits which are important for maths hl? Any general tips on how to do well?

- Algebra. Algebra is super, super important; brush up on your factorisation, do your simultaneous equations ... essentially, you need to know your year 10 algebra inside out. Trig. is really important too! A lot of the HL-maths course is trig oriented and thus knowing your trig would b beneficial ... you'll probably have quick revision lessons in class about this, but it won't hurt you to know it.

Also, statistics (~~I mean, absolute hell, ugh, the bane of my existence~~); brush up on your stats. knowledge too. Cumulative frequency tables, histograms, line graphs, etc., etc. Super important stuff.

Would really help you to also learn how to use a graphic calculator, if you don't already know how to; Youtube has tutorials, or Googling tutorials can help too. I would suggest that you wait a bit before you actually buy one, to clarify with your teacher what models are IB approved because they cost a lot and you don't want to buy the wrong kind. o:

Good luck for HL-Maths!

EDIT: Man, those typos. :c

**Edited by Wicquor, Apr 17, 2013 - 14:37.**