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    Jump to Frequently Asked Question About the International Baccalaureate General IB Downloads Here are some useful files for IB students. Download is available to all members. If you want to donate and contribute files to our archive, please see this announcement or this FAQ section. Syllabi Diploma Statistics Other IBO documents Useful links to get you through IB Some advice to new IB students Note: Please don't take this starter pack for your bible. It's a guide. The extent that this can apply to individuals will vary, because different schools run IB differently. Enjoy your IB! You'll only get stressed if you leave things too late. The more you hate it, the more it becomes a chore and then it just gets into a mess. Don’t hate it (or try, anyway). Starting off organised is the best advice.. A lot of students start off the IB very lazily and didn't really spend as much time organising work etc. as they could. This simply means more long nights later, mainly from doing homework the night before its due etc… If you can start motivated and maintain it throughout then you will find the work more manageable. It's important that if you're one of those people that like to perfect their work and score full marks on everything, that with the IB, you really have to draw yourself a line. At a certain point, you've got to tell yourself that you're okay with some relatively bad grades once in a while, and not fret over grades. Another tip is to not play any video/online games or get involved in those stupid little blog things on the Internet… From seeing what some people have been addicted to in past experience, it does seriously sidetrack you from the main task of getting the work done. Don’t give up (too much) sleep. Seriously, you need to get a decent amount of sleep each night - aim for between 7-8 hours. If you don't get enough sleep, in the long run it messes up your body system and you will feel tired all the time, and won't be able to concentrate on your studies as much. An all-nighter (curse procrastination) is acceptable in extremely small doses, but don't make late nights and early mornings a habit. Relax once in a while and go have some fun. Don’t give up your social life. Go out while you can, have fun, enjoy your time. Keep your sense of humour. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Remember, IB is a learning experience. If you have confusions about the formatting or structure of any IA or anything to do with the programme at all, ASK and seek confirmation before you do the wrong thing and get into a mess or have to do it all over again. There are plenty of people you can ask: your IB Coordinator, your subject teachers (if your school is experienced and organised enough with the IB programme that they know what they're doing), your friends who have gone through IB before, or us, here at the forum. This is what we're here for, after all. Learn how to appreciate your breaks. To most students, IB isn't harder than what they were used to before but rather, it is just more intense in terms of workload.Your marks may fluctuate at the beginning due to the heavier workload, higher expectations and simply your getting used to the programme but they shouldn't drastically change in the long run. Also, depending on your work ethic, the hours of sleep you get will be in decline the more you procrastinate. Don't worry about not 'getting' TOK. Just when it comes to your essay, question your own points. It'll snap into place eventually. Stay on your coordinator’s good side. Pay attention to internal deadlines. Don’t miss them. Your school might even be really nasty and not take your work if you miss the deadline. There goes the diploma then. Do well on your first year final exams, as for UK universities, this is what your predicted grades are based on. Don't think that they don't really count much. Many people in my school did this, and it ruined their chances to get into some universities even though they were really good students. Revise properly for mocks. They show you your weak spots, let you try an IB paper under exam conditions and show you just how long it takes to revise a subject inside out. But don't forget that your mocks won't be based on the full syllabus as you won't have done it yet so add extra time to it. Choose the easiest subject if you haven't done so. Don’t do hard subjects unless you need them for university or they are your passion. Make things easier for yourself. Get free 7s where you can. Aim to get coursework finished at least a week before your deadlines so you and your tutors have more time for tweaking and editing. Do your extended essay in the summer. Don't leave it until you get back in the second year and don’t end up working on it after Christmas. It is not impossible to get an A this way, but really, it's not worth the stress, the hassle, the tears and the lack of sleep. Make sure as far as you can that you finish all your coursework before January of the final year (for May exams). As many deadlines fall in the space of a week, and will be too much to handle at one time. This gives you loads of free time to revise for the mocks/midterms, as well as preventing clashes of deadlines. Schools spread IA deadlines as sparsely as from September through to March but get whatever you can done early. You will be patting yourself on the back when all your friends are stressing about the late nights they have to put in, to finish three coursework in the space of a week. If possible, get all your coursework given to you before the summer, and do as much as you can during the summer. Yes, yes we know. It’s easy to talk about time-management being the most important thing, and diss procrastination, but it's something that really is difficult to avoid. So you might as well put effort into working AROUND all the procrastination you do rather than try avoiding it altogether and doing it anyway...This means procrastinate but in moderation. You can wait a while to start the assignment but don't leave it so late that you end up with no sleep. Don’t give yourself the expectation in exam time that you will get a certain grade. Remember, in class you're being marked against your class. In the real exam you're marked against the whole world. Your predicted grade can vary very much from your real grade that you will get. Don’t get into the frame of mind that you're capable of a 7 in class and end up not working as much as you should in exam time. Once you've finished your syllabi for your (subjects, but) Sciences in particular, start doing past papers - there a specific style of questions the IB almost always use - by the exam you should understand them all. Speaking of past papers, do them!! Get to know the styles of questions, get familiar with what the exams ask for. Doing past papers get you familiar with the exam format, and also what you have to do in the exams. This goes for every single subject. Do past papers!! Acknowledge the Syllabus' existence for your subject. Don't go, "Sylla-what?"... The IB only asks things which are in the syllabi, nothing else. The objectives for each topic will also guide you in your studying to know whether you must only define, describe, explain or perhaps analyze/justify. This really helps you to stop wasting time in things that may only require a definition and focus on those which will need some sort of extended response. Sometimes with syllabus revisions, you can get unexpected questions. Even with unrevised syllabi, they might suddenly feel like they want to try a new style of question. Don't get totally stumped (try anyway) by an expected question in the exam. They sometimes throw in this weird question that’s never been in any past paper before, that's supposed to make you think. The difference might just be the wording or slightly different way of presenting the problem but essentially they are still asking all the same things – things that are in the syllabus! So know the syllabus. If you do get a little shock by an unexpectedly weird question, calm down and think rationally about what it might be asking. If you’ve studied well and know your stuff, you should be able to answer. If you know you're well rounded, and are pretty much certain to get around sixes/sevens for your IB subjects, concentrate on your EE/TOK. Even though 3 points doesn't seem like much, it will when it makes a difference between a 42 and a 45... The IB isn't just about concentrating on your academic subjects, but it's also about concentrating on the whole. Don’t spend more than 150 hours on CAS. For each additional activity you do you got to do an evaluation form for it. They're just nasty. Of course, if you're committed to something, you always end up with loads of hours, but if you've got enough hours, slow down on the CAS and concentrate on the work. Try to get all your hours done in the first year (really its not that hard) so you wont have to worry about them in your exam year. When doing your labs for science subjects, don’t stress too much about your actual results. Don’t go crazy if you don’t get the results your hypothesis says you’re supposed to get. Examiners look at your method, conclusive and evaluative skills. They do not care about the data you receive as they pretty much know about the experiment already and what the results would be like. You can get the wrong results but if you mention that in your evaluation telling what you did wrong and throw in terminologies such as random and systematic errors you can still get full marks. Just make sure the nitty gritty things like graphs and significant figures are right. If you are doing two sciences, do not give more importance to one than the other, try to get your lab reports done on time to avoid work accumulating later on, do try to get work done the first year, it really helps. Use your time wisely and importantly, don't let IB run most of your life. Of course you're going to invest more time into schoolwork but remember, these are your last years of high school. If you spend most of your time just studying and doing homework, you're obviously missing out on something. Yes, there's university but there may be friends you're going to miss ... family that you're going to move away from. Make the most of your time, and balance between work and play. If you want to get far in the IB, the best advice is to study. It’s the only thing that will help. Relying on your genius intellect and leaving things to luck and miracle is not going to help. Be persistent and devoted. Collected from various sources.
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    I like Solow-Swan better than HDI vs GDP. Be sure to concisely explain what the symbols mean without going to deep into economic theory. However you must go beyond a proof of the model. For example you can discuss in some depth of the limitations of the model and its assumptions. In contrast, polynomial regression is interesting but somewhat lacking for a top-notch HL IA.
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    Hey, I myself take higher level physics. The math is not the part you need to be worried about. Well, in higher level we work with trig, quadratics and the math can get a little tough at times, but that is higher level. Right now I have an average of 5/6 in physics and I myself think the math is not that difficult. When it comes to standard level, I know people who struggle a lot with math but are doing fine in SL physics. The reason for this is because physics is not really a math based course. The SL part of the course is very strait forward, the HL part really tests your insight. It's a lot of thinking and applying of rules with a bit of basic algebra here and there. Overall, what I am trying to get at is that as long as you know basic mathematics like algebra, you will be fine for sure in SL Physics... because you would also be fine in HL :). Good luck with picking your courses and here is one quick tip from my brother (who has finished IB with a 40/45) and myself, organization is key. Keep all your papers nicely organized and one thing that helped him and is helping me right now is to have a binder with loose A4 paper in it and dividers to split up the binder into 6 parts, one for each of your classes. After every day when you come home, rewrite the notes you took that day neatly and organize it in there, this helps so much, mainly because you are relooking at your day to see if you understood everything but also that way when your tests and exams come you have very nicely made and well written notes to look at. -Jarz
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    You should tell your school IB coordinator and adviser (if any) about the schools you will be applying to, and the deadlines of submitting supporting materials. Your school will care of the predicted grades and submit them to the universities.
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    You need to have a good physics teacher otherwise physics is pretty brutal even if you are ok at math. The math honestly isn't advanced but a large portion requires some algebra (calculators less so). If your school teacher is very awesome and good then physics should be quite doable with a high C in IGCSE. For example in my SL class 90+% get 6s or 7s so and the teacher made things very straightforward.
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    i thought IB was too hard, but changed my mind ....just work hard and you will succeed. if you are lazy and expect godo grades, then suck it up. Im ashamed of myself for procrastinating, but you get what you work for...if you dont work hard, then you dont get a pass. its life. ib teaches you to work hard and get good ethic.
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    To explain the whole IB would take way too long. As the comment above says, your teachers will explain better, and you will get a better understanding of the IB as the two years progress. But there's also several blogs and articles online to help you understand, just search your query online. If you can't find what you look for, feel free to message me and ask me any questions.
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    IB is a two-year course. You are not expected to know everything by first week. Just communicate your concerns with your teachers and they should be happy to help you adjust. I don't know what exams you are talking about because I don't think May 2020 exam dates are released yet. The whole point of IB is to prepare you, not asking you to do everything right now (and DEFINITELY not after week 1).
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    Hiii, I need your help: please fill in my survey. It's short, fun and hopefully you'll enjoy it. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOv6uf9cjBDiy6vxnXcqw6qJyYuFh0MZwD0dK4CJxtLmaSww/viewform?usp=sf_link#responses You can link your surveys in the comments, I can fill them in in return:)
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    For the Math Studies IA the student is to pick 2 variables they believe are related to each other in some way and test this using statistical analysis calculations. You can literally pick any two variables. I for example chose how many hours people play video games on average per week and the amount of words they could remember in a 1 minute interval. You want this to flow like a story, no one wants to grade something where you just throw numbers at them. Explain what they mean. Explain why you did this (I don't care if it's simply saying you simplified a fraction, do it). I'm not saying the graders suck at math, I'm saying that you don't know who's getting it so assume your grader is an idiot. Here are the criterion and for each one I'm only going to post the most points possible because you want a 7... Criterion A: Introduction 2 The student produces a title, a clear statement of the task and a clear description of the plan. - Don't make a dumb title. Make it relate to your investigation. I should be able to read your title and know 3 things. Both of your variables and your guess on if they are related or not (gives drama to a math IA sort of...on a nerdy level). - Your statement. It should be explicit. It should be clear. It should outline what you are going to do with the 200 numbers you a likely to collect. I should now know 4 things. Both of your variables, a small prediction, and the math you plan to do to it. - Now to make the grader happy (happy grader=happier grading, yes it's bias but you might as well use it for your advantage ). Make an introduction. Make it like a story. Maybe there is a reason you chose these variables? Are you interested in something about them? If they are related to sports for example, did you pick them because you love that sport? Explain these things. Also you can give a brief explanation of WHY you think they should be related. You're testing this after all, always fun to start with a guess and be proved wrong Criterion B: Information/measurement 3 The relevant information collected, or set of measurements generated by the student, is organized in a form appropriate for analysis and is sufficient in both quality and quantity. - Alright, quantity. It's vague I know. Let me say this. Chi Squared test=100 data points. Just go get 100 sets of data and you're set. - Put it in a chart for the love of god. A nice columned chart (if you are doing Pearson's/Linear Line of Regression you may also include the xy, x2, y2 and the averages/totals you will need later) - Relevant information...if you stated your variable was flight distance, don't collect how far the car traveled... Criterion C: Mathematical Processes 5 The student accurately carries out a number of relevant sophisticated processes. - Simple and EASY 5 points. Do at least 2 calculations, do 3 even! Chi-Squared, Pearson's, Linear Regression Line. If you know how to do those 3 and do them correctly, perfectly, you just got yourself a free 5 points! DO IT Criterion Interpretation of results 3 The student produces a comprehensive discussion of interpretations and conclusions that are consistent with the mathematical processes used. - Don't be dumb. If your Chi-Squared value was way under your critical value, don't say your original hypothesis was right...because it wasn't. - Draw conclusions using ALL the calculations you did. Maybe your chi-squared value says they have no relationship but just barely (just slightly below your critical value, very slightly) but your Pearson's value says there is absolutely no correlation between the points (this is a value between -0.3 and 0.3) - Explain your interpretation. Some people may think that a correlation coefficient of 0.6 is pretty good but other's might think it's terrible. Relate the value to what you collected (this is why it says discuss), are there reasons that your value could be lower than what it should be? You can discuss (if this happens, I don't know if it's even possible) why your correlation coefficient suggests a decent relationship but your chi-squared test says there is none. Which one do you trust more? Etc... - This is where math meets practicality. Be practical. Take the conclusion out of the number world and into the real world. Criterion E: Validity 2 The student has made a serious attempt to comment on both the mathematical processes used and the interpretations/conclusions made. - Why you used the math you did. How valid are the results from the math? did you do it by hand? Did you do it by a calculator? Did you do both to double check your work? Explain what you did to ensure that your math is perfect. Criterion F: Structure and Communication 3 The student has produced a project that is well structured and communicated in a coherent manner. - STORY. This needs to flow. I know it sounds weird, stories in a math class, but you can make a coherent IA. You did it for your group4 IA after all - This is grading you on how you connected the math to the real world and how you communicated the numbers but as words and sentences. Criterion G: Commitment 2 The student showed full commitment. - How do you get these 2 points? Make an IA that LOOKS like it took more than 2 hours to make (you could BS data and do this in 2 hours, but you didn't, did you?). Things that show this are the collecting of 100 data points. Taking the time to make the story flow. Adding in background information in the introduction. Spell/grammar check the dang thing. If there are errors you obviously weren't committed enough to proofread... If you have more questions or still don't understand something related to the IA itself feel free to ask. Any specific math questions (questions regarding Criterion C and involve numbers) should be asked in the Math Help Thread Edit: I've continued to get messages regarding personal cases and, as much as I'd like to help, I do not check back here often. That being said - Send me a message with the understanding that you can't rely on my reply. Apologies.
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    From a previous post of mine:
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    I am very interested in the topic of cancer and am wanting to write my EE over it. I was thinking maybe a biochemistry essay of sorts, but I am having problems coming up with a good RQ. I've read on other sites that cancer is too broad of a topic for an EE, but I have access to a cancer researcher and a research center and am very passionate about this topic so I do want to write it over this if possible. Any ideas or feedback?
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    https://ibpublishing.ibo.org/ess/apps/dpapp/assessment.html?doc=d_4_ecoso_gui_1505_1_e
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    Agree! You know you're IB when you find yourself analyzing all your childhood movies for symbolism, hidden jokes, allusions, etc...
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    thank you so much :) can you give me some points i have to keep in my mind while writing my IA ?? Hmmmm... I think, it is important to keep in mind that you should not overburden your IA with a lot of analytical tools. Better to use 3 or 4. Also, you should really concentrate on your analysis and discussion part in which the arguments towards a particular decision should be chosen really carefully. And look at all possibilities, what are their advantages and disadvantages... what are short-term, what are long-term effects? Here more or less of a general advice: You may need to convince the business of the confidentiality of your research.Your decision has to be current. In other words, you cannot take a decision that has already been made by the company.Your decision has to be answered by you – not by the company you are writing about. Your decision must not be descriptive. Avoid questions beginning with ‘how’ instead aim for ‘should’?As for useful links... Check this one for the structure of your IA: http://www.riverwoodinternationalcharterschool.org/schoolsite-legacy/images/stories/Summer2012CareerTech.pdf Or this one for detailed explanation of what you have to do: http://business-tes.wikispaces.com/file/view/IA+Guide+for+HL+students.pdf Hope this helps!
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    I definitely stand for gender equality. Do I want to classify myself as a feminist it depends on the definition of feminism. If its a person who is for gender equality then yes. But for example in Finland there is a mandatory military service for all men but not women, that's not equality either. I think that how far a person makes it should depend on his or her abilities, not the gender.
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    First things first, don't feel like you need to do prior prep in order to do well with HL maths. While the course can be pretty overwhelming at the start, it is designed so that you as a two year course, so you will have plenty of time during the two years to improve and prepare for the final exam. That being said of course, doing early preparations never hurt. In terms of what is and isn't relevant, here's a quick list of what is and isn't on the course for each topic. I'm including more information that you probably need, but hopefully it'll be useful for future reference. I'll be making references to to the syllabus, which you can view here. Algebra 1 seems to be mostly topics under the 'prior knowledge' section, so you would be expected to know them from the startAlgebra 2 will be covered in the course, though I suppose many would have some experience with a lot these topics already. The last two topics (conic sections and matrices) however are not on the syllabus.Everything on the trig section seems to be on syllabus, so it would be relevant if you're interested.With probability, independent/dependent events, descriptive stats and random variables+distributions are on the syllabus. Probability and combinatorics is mostly relevant, though I don't think it's covered is quite as much depth. The other topics will only be covered on the option chapter on stats.Not everything in precalc is on the syllabus. Vectors, complex numbers, probability, descriptive stats and sequences, series, induction are relevant, the rest are not.With differential calc, 'taking derivatives' and the first half of 'derivative applications' are on the core syllabus, while most of the rest is on the option chapter on calc.With integral calculus, only indefinite and definite integrals is on the core syllabus. The sequence/series/function approx covers a lot of topics on the calc option chapter. Though I'm not too sure how useful it is to cover a bunch of topics before you start. On one hand, the harder part of HL maths is the exam-style questions, which requires more than just knowing all the relations and instead tests problem solving skills. On the other hand, knowing a bunch of topics beforehand may be useful as your teacher will probably move through the topics pretty quickly. Being comfortable with the basics would allow you to jump straight to tackling the harder problems. While you will be expected to be very comfortable with the manipulation/application of more basic ideas by the end of the two years (eg: spotting a difference of two squares or a disguised quadratic in the middle of, say, a vectors problem), you will develop that skill over the duration of the course so it's not necessary to 'master' those topics either.
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    Hey there! We can unfortunately not just tell you what you should do, as that is an integral part of the assessment of your work. If we were to tell you what to do, it would have been our ideas that would be assessed, not yours. This would be classified as cheating by the IBO, and could result in the withdrawal of your diploma. In addition, it is clearly stated in the forum rules that you cannot 'ask people on here to do your work for you' (direct quote from the rules, which can be accessed here). In the maths studies IA, you will need to use both simple and sophisticated mathematical processes. Simple mathematical processes can be: Standard deviationMeanMedianPercentageMost probabilityadditiondivision... whilst examples of sophisticated mathematical processes are: Chi-squaredRegression linePearson's correlation coefficientI have also heard that you learn to use the t-test in the new syllabus. If this is the case, then this too should count as a sophisticated mathematical process. Keep in mind that there are also mathematical processes relating to geometry and calculus (and other topics), but I suppose those are not useful for your IA. You can use all of the statistical processes I listed in various ways, but make sure that all of the processes you use are used for something, whether that leads to another process or something you can form a conclusion on. As the conclusions must be relevant with regards to the research questions, it is also important to make sure the processes make sense in that context. Of course, the processes need to be accurate too if you want to get a good mark! Good luck!
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    It's a requirement for the ab initio course according to the syllabus - where you compare something from your culture with the one that you are studying. You have to write it in the language you are studying at the ab initio level - so in your case, it would be spanish It's 200-300 words. Take a look at the ab initio guide for more information - found here
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    I'm not sure if my reply is too late, but we just did our 2nd written task in school. For the first one, I wrote about Valentine's Day and for the second one I wrote about immigration. If you still need more topics/lack inspiration, I have a list of possible ones
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    Since people were saying someone should post this in the SB and it appears that IB results are starting to come through... So post your results and reactions English A2 HL - 7 Finnish A1 HL - 6 History HL - 7 EE (History ) - A Economics SL - 6 Biology SL - 6 Mathematics SL - 7 ToK - B Reaction: Missed my predicted grades by two points and might go for remarks in Finnish or Econ... BUT it's all good, got my diploma, met my uni offer and I can finally call myself an IB alumnus and not think about IB ever again :D (Saying that... I might apply to tutor IB courses so......)
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    Hahahaha, all these high scores... Figured I'd edit with the real stuff for fun... 2011 MAY ENGLISH A1 HL 4 2011 MAY FRENCH B SL 3 2010 MAY HISTORY SL in ENGLISH 4 2011 MAY BIOLOGY HL in ENGLISH 6 2011 MAY CHEMISTRY HL in ENGLISH 5 2011 MAY COMPUTER SC. EE in ENGLISH C 2011 MAY MATH.STUDIES SL in ENGLISH 6 2011 MAY THEORY KNOWL. TK in ENGLISH D Additional/Extra subjects 2011 MAY PHYSICS SL in ENGLISH (Extra) 5 EE/TOK points: 0 Total points: 28 Results: Diploma awarded
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    I got... English HL 7 Chemistry HL 7 Biology HL 7 French SL 7 Psychology SL 7 Maths SL 6 EE B TOK C Overall 42 I was so happy with all my subject grades, I was genuinely not expecting that! @Slovakov - I was confused about my TOK too! I don't really feel like I have the right to complain about my results, but the thing is I got full marks for my TOK presentation, so I don't really know how I got a C! Maybe we should ask for a remark!
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    Wow. I am surprised and humbled. Math HL - 6 A2 English HL - 7 Economics HL - 7 History (Europe & Middle East) HL - 7 A1 Czech SL - 7 Physics SL - 7 EE in Economics - B TOK - A Overall - 44 pts. I honestly did not expect this, jetlagged as I was prior to the exams; my predicted grades have been spot-on. I am contemplating a Math HL retake to tackle the mythical 45, but probably won't go through with it. Wow.
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    Guide for new IB students Unfortunately for me and you, I have to start this saying that the rumours about IB are true. It is horribly difficult and time-consuming and you do have to be good at time management. However, don’t let that just put you off. If you know how to approach IB, it will no longer be difficult and you’ll get a lot more free time. I’m putting together here a list of points and suggestions that make my life easier as an IB student: - Remember to take subjects that interest you, not your parents, not your friends, ones that are important to you. Don’t waste time and energy trying to learn things you’re not interested in and don’t understand. - About your work ethic – I know that all kids leave everything to the last minute (yes, me too, even though I am writing this guide) but after doing that for a while, your work piles up and you spend an entire night working. Eventually, you’ll end up collapsing from all the strain, so instead, from the beginning, try to make a habit of actually starting your work the day you get it (even though you have a week to do it). If you don’t bother, you end up with shabby work and crappy grades. - You won’t have time actually review what you did in class that day every night and so, ensure that your class notes are in order and are complete. Make sure you get any notes you missed. TAKE NOTES IN CLASS. If you’re lucky, your teachers will remind you to, or give you notes and handouts, but often they don’t, so you have to take the initiative. If you don’t understand something, ASK. If you wait till your exams to find out, you’ll be so overwhelmed, you won’t know what to do with yourself. - Make sure folders are in place – you need assignments, notes, tests, hand outs and for science, experiments. Don’t lose these, especially; you’ll need them at the end of your IB. - CAS, TOK, Extended Essay – Now, the centre of that IB hexagon is these, so as much of a pain as they may seen, you have to do them. Accept it. CAS- Try and get your CAS done in IB1 because there’s so much to do your IB2 that you won’t have time for activities. TOK- The classes may seem like a joke at the beginning but they aren’t. Work for your TOK, take notes, and work hard on your TOK presentation in yr 12 and do as well as you possibly can. The extra points you can get for these are important when you finish IB. Extended Essay- I hate to say this, but you’re going to have to cut your summer vacation short. You have to do this in your summer holidays. Start ideas on it with your E.E tutor before the end of IB1 and work on it in the holidays, amass your information and have a draft ready when IB2 starts. If you can, stay in contact with your tutor over the summer so that you know you’re going in the right direction. - Summer Vacations – As I’ve just told you, you’re already going to be working on your extended essay in your summer. If you have any CAS left to finish, try and do it in your summer, so it’s all done before IB2. Use the summer to look at universities and narrow down some choices, because you’ll be starting applications as soon as you get back to school. - Holidays, in general – Honestly, you don’t really get any. You get loads of homework in most of them. Make sure you do your holiday homework in your actual holiday. Spend about half your time chilling with your friends and then spend the rest getting your work done. - Tests – These are tests such as, SATs and TOEFL etc that you need to take for uni. Take them in IB1 and over the summer or the early part of IB2. Don’t take them any later if you can help it, as they’ll mess up your studying in IB2. - Time Management – VERY VERY important. I know teachers keep spouting this but you have to actually listen to them. As you do 6 subjects plus all the extras, though the work may not be especially difficult, the sheer volume of it can be off putting. Therefore, you need to learn to manage your time, so that you can work and go out AND sleep. - Finally, remember to go out once or twice a week. Not that that’s hard to remember… but honestly, you have to take time off or you’ll burn out. I know people who over stress and then do worse. So, make sure you take at least a day every week to just relax, do whatever you want. Since no one is actually a robot and can’t do all of this perfectly all the day. As long as you try and follow this guide to the best of your ability then you should do fine. Try not to waste time. Work as much as you’re able to. Take regular breaks and then get back to it. I know this guide sounds daunting but if you’ve gotten as far as to get into an IB course, you’re likely to do fine. Good Luck!
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