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  1. 2 points
    Hey, ...You want to hear from an IB alumnus... ...and I just got my diploma (May 2018)... ...I think that we can do simbiosis and be friends! Contact me and we can communicate the way you want (phone, video chat, text messages...) I want to practice my English (advanced), mon Français (upper intermediate) und mein Deutsch (pre-intermediate) speaking skills... I already speak fluently (not so fluently in German) and won't confuse you. I WON'T ASK FOR MONEY OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, I PROMISE. A bit about IB and me: -I did the IB as a little complement to the Spanish homologue studies (and a lot of more things). Hence, my marks are not at the top; but my academic achievement was really good and I spent LONG HOURS rumbling through IB's bureaucracy. -My HL's: Spanish A Literature, Business Management and History. (Hey, got a 6 in all of them, I can help you!) -My SL's: English B (got almost a 7, can help you with this one too); Math, Environmental Systems and Societies. -I did the EE on Spanish Literature. Got an A!! (32/34) -Got a B in TOK, but our presentation was great. I can broaden your mind. -My CAS diary was the best of my year according to teachers!! I can give you lots of CAS ideas!! Hope to get a response from you! Send me a private message! 😄
  2. 2 points
    You should double check requirements on their admission pages for CS. Physics may very well not be "essential" and your Biology + Chemistry background could be all the STEM proficiency you need. Everyone has had similar problems with standardized testing and internal school deadlines -- I'm not saying you should force yourself to still take SAT Physics, but you need to do the research and confirm whether or not you do need it for the schools you want to apply to.
  3. 2 points
    Hey there! Well, if I'm honest with you, it's tricky deciding what you want to do! First up, before anything else, I highly urge you to reconsider your HLs as Math, Physics, Chem HL is a lot of work. Also, just so you know, your career choices are more influenced by Uni (which is affected to some extent by high school), so I wouldn't sweat it too much. However, for now, let's assume you stay with this choice. You have a lot of options of what you can do/study. Certainly teaching mathematics is an option. Here, it would depend on whether you want to teach High School students or university students. Generally (and there are exceptions), high school teachers do not have PhDs; and arguably most don't have masters (depending on the country, state etc etc). For university, you certainly need a PhD. So you can consider that. In terms of other options, you're quite free honestly. At university, you could study (and this isn't a comprehensive list): Economics, finance, engineering (such as aerospace, chemical or electrical to name a few). And then career paths are strange depending on the major you choose. A few paths that I can think off the top of my head are: Engineering, Consulting, Finance (investment banking, hedge funds etc), Weapons development, automobile design. Tl;DR: There are plenty of options for you to choose from. Hope this helps
  4. 2 points
    Hello Everyone, I am a graduate of the IB on MAY 2018, and I had always been a student who was pretty good at math. I did MYP, and slid through it with 7s all along in Math. I then was told by my teacher that Math HL would be suitable for me and that it would be a good challenge. At that time I thought, yeahh but I will just go in and prove that its easy. My first Sequence and series test, I got a 3, and was in terrible shock, I had never seen below a 7 in years in Math, and the MATH HL IB CLASS had a first test given to me that was a 3. I continued and it seemed like after I had a talk with the IB DP coordinator who feared that maybe HL Maths was the wrong choice for me, I was improving. The next tests I continued to improve and it looked like I could even get a 6 in my IB YEAR 1 school finals. I did the YEAR 1 finals and scored a low 4...something like 39% and I was really feeling bad for myself. I also had physics HL and Econ HL, and I wanted to move to Chem HL, which I later did. BUT MATH HL had turned me to a humble student and I knew I had to work so hard but I couldn't find enough time in a summer that I began applying to the US unis. My grade made me the worst in the class, and also the only student from MYP, so I wanted to blame the easy MYP system but that was not going to help me pass IB...and I knew that! YEAR 2 started and HL MATHS got even more fast paced and harder, and I was literally scoring 2s on Integral Calculus papers, and this was tearing down my confidence. When YEAR 2 MOCKS came, I scored a 30% in P1 and a 38% in Paper 2....THAT WAS A 3 in January whilst my exams were on May. From then on, I got my final predicted grades and it was written on my report I will get a 3 in my finals, and if I work really hard, then a 4. I really wanted to prove that I could get a 6 in HL MATH. So, I began working and revising in February. Going through the IB Study guide for HL maths, IB questionbanks, and an online website that helped with questions. I even got onto whatsapp math groups that I thought could help. When march came around I did a few past papers like worth maybe 2-3 years and sat the exam. I ended up with a 60% in the IB math HL Finals, which is a 5 (StatsOption). Even though I was aiming to show I can get a 6, I will be fine with the 5, because I know I put as much as I could in the time that I had to prepare. From failure, I managed to regain my self-confidence. It was quite a journey of challenges as my teacher who advised me to take the subject had once said.
  5. 2 points
    I was in your same position about a year ago (I am just finishing my finals now!) I do Physics HL and Maths SL, and although I obviously don't know what my final marks are, my predicted marks for both of the subjects are a 7. However, when I first took Physics HL I was barely passing, and also got a 3 at one point. Similarly for SL maths, there was a a term or 2 where I got a 5, and couldn't manage to pull my marks up. Here are a few tips I used to change my marks around: Firstly for Physics, the main thing is understanding the concepts really well -- for this to happen, you need to study from a good book or resource which explains all the concepts in a student-friendly way. As a bit of background information, I completely hated Physics HL until about a few months ago when I started using these books -- I was not naturally talented in this subject like a few of my other peers, and really struggled to enjoy or understand it. However, a few months in the lead up to my final exams, I used the Oxford 2014 Physics Study Guide and the Cambridge 2016 2nd edition Physics book (written by Tsokos) simultaneously to form my notes. Although some people may tell you that these books are a bit funny, I personally found them very easy to learn from; furthermore, as you may have heard, the May 2016 exams were unbelievably hard. I used these above two books to study, and managed to push my way through the May exams for my mocks (got a 7) and found the November exams a few days ago quite easy. In terms of study, what I did was firstly look at Chapter 1 in the Tsokos book and made my notes; then, I went back to the Oxford study guide, and added to my notes accordingly. This way, you get to see 2 different viewpoints from 2 different books. Secondly, for physics, the best thing you can do is to try practice papers. Whilst you may have heard this from everyone, there is no point in just completing past paper after past paper, and then expecting to do well. Firstly, you need to complete the physics paper under timed conditions; if the HL Paper 2 exam runs for 2 hrs 15 mins, then push yourself to finish it by 2 hrs. This way, when you're in a stressful place like the exam room, you're not pushed until the last minute. However, the most important thing about completing practice papers is once you've finished it, mark it and really look over the questions you got wrong. If the question you got wrong was a polarization question, then go back to Question Bank, and try all the polarization questions you can find. Maybe go and watch a few physics videos online about this topic -- this way, you target your weaknesses well. If you spend 2 hrs doing the exam, I would recommend at least spending 1 hr on looking back over the exam. Also, highlight the questions you got wrong on the exam, and try them again about 2-3 weeks later. This allows you to see if you have learnt something from when you first did the exam. For maths, the best thing to do is Question Bank. Maths is something that requires daily practice even for the smartest students. Personally, I would recommend doing 1 hour of maths every 2 days regularly in order to keep your mind refreshed. However, in this 1 hour, this doesn't mean you simply rote-learn things from your maths textbook. I used to try 10 random questions from Questionbank every 2 days, and this really ensured that I didn't forget the maths I learnt over time. Furthermore, although trying questions from the textbook is good, Question Bank pushes you to complete difficult questions. In terms of the maths paper, I think there's 10 questions throughout the paper (7 in Section A and 3 in Section B). You need to give the most amount of time for Section B because they make up a lot of marks. If you don't complete a question from Section A, the maximum you can lost is 7-8 marks but for Section B, you can easily lose 15-17 marks. Everyone has different ways to approach the maths exams, however for me, I generally push myself to complete the first 5-6 questions in Section A within 25 minutes. This sounds very short, but the first few questions in the exam become easier and easier as you start to do more practice from places like Questionbank. Usually question 7 in Section A takes about 10 minutes roughly. So, for Section A, you should spend approximately 35-40 minutes and NO MORE. If you're in the exam and you get to the 40-minute limit and still haven't finished all of Section A, just move on regardless. You can lose 5-6 marks there, rather than waste time and realise you're going to miss 15 marks in a section B question you didn't have time for. For section B, if you follow the time I've mentioned, you will have almost 50 minutes, which is plenty of time for you to stay calm and think the questions through. Looking at the format of Section B questions across the years, 1 question from Section B is always about vectors, or probability (i.e. binomial distribution, normal distribution etc). Therefore, know these two topics very well because you're guaranteeing yourself approximately 15 marks when they come up. However, regardless of all the advice I've mentioned, the most important thing you need to do is stay calm and confident. I know how it feels to have everyone surrounding you do much better than you regardless of how well you study -- however, with the correct tips, you can improve beyond what you think. As cliched as it sounds, it's not about how much you do, but how well and efficiently you study. This is coming from someone who went from the same marks you mentioned to getting a predicted score of 44. Stay calm, don't worry about what everyone else is getting because believe me, things will change over time in unexpected ways. You still have a long time before your exams so there is plenty of time to change things around.
  6. 1 point
    There is very little memorization in Physics HL. Most equations are provided on the exams. If you know the content well enough whether algebra- or calculus-based will not make a difference. That being said, students who do not take integral calculus (such as SL math studies students) will be at a slight disadvantage.
  7. 1 point
    For us, we started with the very basics first that honestly was covered in previous years in Grade 9 and 10. We started with Unit 2: Atomic Structure, Unit 3: Periodicity, Unit 4: Bonding, then afterwards we covered Unit 1: Stoichiometry. It started out really easy, because it was all basics we learned before, so it was no problem for me. It did start to become troublesome however when we got to Stoich. The calculations were a hassle for me and it was hard for me to grasp the process and exactly how to do it. I'm not sure if your school will be the same, but I definitely had the most trouble with Stoich. ^^" What's most important is that you write down constant notes during class and lots and lots of practice worksheets and questions until it's ingrained in your brain lol. Oh just realized this was a really late reply. Oh, well best of luck! As for textbooks, the one our teacher provided and expected us to read was Pearson's Chemistry HL. ^^
  8. 1 point
    I think your best option is to email a couple of California colleges and ask them directly. They might give you different answers, or the same one. Either way, since its the college who decides which fees you will pay, you should just contact the admissions team and find out. They will be the most helpful source of information you can get.
  9. 1 point
    There are some Chemistry IA topics which can be done. These are the topics which can be done: you can find the calcium content between different products: different milk samples You can create your own soap using different Oils and also calculate the TFM value of the soaps you can find the sodium sulfate or sodium flouride in different toothpastes and you compare them. You can use these topics for your IA if you want to.
  10. 1 point
    Although your real life situation is the starting point of your presentation, you don't have to dwell much on it. It's more important to bring out three insightful perspectives on your knowledge question. Your KQ seems interesting yet straightforward, which can make your life easier as it will be easier for you to understand what you're trying to say. The presentation is not about sounding fancy, but about showing your understanding of TOK. if you can give three solid perspectives on your KQ with lots of TOK terminology and a clear understanding of your topic, you will score high. If you need more help, this article about the TOK presentation will hopefully help you out: http://resources.eibconsulting.co/?post_type=post&p=348
  11. 1 point
    The first thing you should do is ask for your adviser's feedback, as he will probably give you better guidance. Your question seems to be focused and not too broad, so it's a good starting point. It's definitely less broad than the Khrushchev question. As you start writing your EE, you might find that you don't have enough resources, or that your question is still broad and you won't have time to cover all your arguments. In that case, don't worry about it; just tweak your question and adapt it to suit your needs (e.g. just do social impacts), and if this isn't possible don't be scared of changing your question completely if you have time. But for now, start with that question if you feel comfortable with it and feel like it's something you want to write about.
  12. 1 point
    If you are better at Chemistry than English, you might as well choose Chemistry HL. Having two HL sciences is a lot of work, but if you are good at sciences then you should perform better than if you do more social science subjects. Also, if you want to take a veterinary course after IB, two HL sciences are likely to prepare you better than doing English HL instead, so it will benefit you in the future.
  13. 1 point
    I want to say that it is very impressive that you are doing all this. It could be a strategy to use different combination of ECs for different schools. If the school emphasizes teamwork, you can talk about TESOL, programming clubs, maybe student council. If you want to present yourself as innovative, TESOL, probably the advanced programming club, and the app. For personal growth, you can probably use all of them. It's hard to extensively write about the Youtube and speedcubing in any essay, but just list them if the school give a place to list ECs. In essays just focus on how you worked with others, solved problems, . I assume for next semester, you will still be doing TESOL, student council, and the advanced programming club. Perhaps obvious, but for TESOL and programming you should probably focus on training new leaders: let them do some of co-president's tasks, even if they might make a lot of mistakes early on. This is the only way you can manage your course load and do research. I think your research should be a highlight and so work on that instead. Finally, there are many ways to med school. Even without physics, you can still consider biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biomolecuar engineering (maybe), life science, health science, or even physiology. Good luck! Wish you the best
  14. 1 point
    OK, so it seems you can either continue with what you have started with (the Ich Bin Ein Berliner) or swap it for something else. I had a similar issue as you with speeches (what's to analyse??) but then got really good advice and samples. I cannot remember too many details now (there were a lot of things I covered with the one helping me), but it earned me "7" in the end. It was based on a Mandela speech. What I DO recall is "rhetorical aspects" (e.g. pathos-audience, ethos -speaker) are extremely important to account for in your FOA. You must also describe in detail what the context is (Germany - US, Cold War, Berlin Wall) and how it has shaped and formed the speech given. You must also account for the purpose and motive of the speech. There are a ton of other things (the stylistics) but these I cannot remember in great detail right now (it's been half a year now, since I did my first FOA) and they apply directly to my own speech. I was also told that involving your classmates is important too, so you should make your FOA as "interactive" as possible. There are different ways of doing this, and much depends on your class dynamics and your own preferences. The advice I got from my helper was really GOOD and meant I did not waste time waiting for classmates to answer (our class dynamics is pretty pathetic right now) but the teacher was impressed. It was a "true-false" type questionnaire that classmates filled in as they listened. It was phrased very carefully and was the basis for an interesting 5 minute discussion at the end. Does this help at all? I'll see if I can think of anything else, in the meanwhile, and I'll try to find my notes in the next hour or two with the good advice I got. It should help you a lot. Check again in an hour or two.
  15. 1 point
    Here is the official IB subject brief for ITGS: https://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/3_itgshl.pdf You can see the outline of what topics you would cover. I think it would be more useful for you to take ITGS than Geography, but it's your choice. Have a look at the subject briefs and make you own decision. Hope it helps
  16. 1 point
    I'm not really sure about the specifics of how to write a bio EE but for mine (chem) I found that looking at exemplars I found online (some even have the marksheet in the pdf) really helped as it gave me a sense of how to set things out and what I should be aiming for by the end. If you're doing an experiment - based one, start out by writing it up IA-style and then you can expand to weave in your lit research and make it sound a bit more like an 'academic essay' overall. In terms of topic, simple is good! The IB are looking for something in which your personal input and understanding really shine through, and something relatively simple is a good way of doing this (if it helps, mine is literally based on a SL chem practical that I've expanded and adapted in a couple of different ways). Also, science EEs tend to be hard to score well on, so make sure you don't throw away any 'easy' marks (e.g. make sure presentation + formatting are good and your reflections are 'ib style': every mark counts!) Sorry if that was a bit too general but hope it was at least somewhat helpful aha
  17. 1 point
    I'm not full I.B, but I.B English is killing me. The ever heightening mountain of work makes me feel like I'm suffocating. Plus my personal life makes things rough, too. My mom has cancer, my childhood friend died the summer before my junior year, and I feel like I'm falling apart. Most of my friends have either had to leave I.B because of the horrible strain it has caused them, or are just as stressed as me. This program makes me miserable but I can't quit. Sometimes I wish I could just die in my sleep so I won't have to deal with the stress anymore. I can't even get a job to try and save up for college because of the workload and Theatre. I just want a little less on my plate without having to let my grade suffer in order to have any free time. I work so hard for this class and nothing comes from it except for crying myself sick. I'm not suicidal but I don't care about dying anymore because of the stress.
  18. 1 point
    It is a hard combination of HL subjects, but if you want to do aerospace engineering, you should definitely do Maths and Physics HL. If you had to change HLs, it would be "better" to drop Chemistry and do Economics instead... But that would be pointless. You want to prepare yourself for engineering, so you would benefit from doing Maths, Physics and Chemistry at HL. Economics will not give you any benefits. Yes, it will be tough with those HLs, but if you like the subjects and are good at them, you should be fine if you put in the work. If you hate economics, maybe you shouldn't do it at all; otherwise, keep it at SL so you enjoy your IB more.
  19. 1 point
    I feel that the historical introduction may be useful. I suggest that you leave it as is and look to revise when you have a draft. It could be fruitful to write 5000 ish words then cut to 4000. You may need to space out the definitions, if applicable and rearrange some of the intro into the main body. If your subject is biology, then you can assume that the reader has at least HL competency and that may save you from overexplaining some definitions.
  20. 1 point
    No. I'm not sure about what you meant by not studying and personal insecurities but my advice is this: There's no point in trying to study the material up ahead if you're still not sure about the math you learned this year or in previous. When you feel a bit more motivated, go through what you've learned throughout MYP and note which concepts gave you trouble. Practice them really well until you're 100% confident in your ability. There are many great tutorials on Youtube/KhanAcademy, and of course, you can ask questions here, if you feel like you need a refresher.
  21. 1 point
    For psychology, most universities require one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology(I looked at Southampton and KCL), so you will probably be fine with Psychlogy HL. You should still check for the universities you want to go to. As for political science and international relations(which I want to do myself!) it mostly doesn't matter. At best an essay based subject may be required which Psychology should satisfy .
  22. 1 point
    Einstein didn't fail school - that is a widely held misconception originating from Ripley's Believe it or Not. He was, in fact, brilliant right from his early years. http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1936731_1936743_1936758,00.html The misconception allegedly originates from a change of the grading system at his school - in the years prior, it had been akin to a ranking, with 1 being the best possible score. In his final year, it was changed to a system more like IB's grading, where 6 was the highest - thus it was quite easy for those unfamiliar with the situation to incorrectly analyse his schooling history.
  23. 1 point
    For your body Paragraphs JAM - Justify, analyse, mini conclusion for each tool/theory/technique
  24. 1 point
    Hello, my name is Jasmine Gomez, and I live in Alabama and go to an IB high school, obviously... Anyway, I want to become a vet and because of this, I chose HL Bio and SL Chem., instead of the other way around. In addition, I want to do a Bio. EE, which I know is a touch more difficult than, say, a history or english EE. Now, I am a vegan, and am interested by the fact that animal proteins supply a thriving environment for cancer and other diseases to flourish in the body, versus plant proteins. Therefore, I would like to do something concerning (vaguely/in general) this subject matter; however, I realize some would consider this more college level research. This is why I am posting this question... : if you feel you are able to help me simplify something having to do with this subject matter specifically, that isn't so advanced, I would greatly appreciate it. Here I'm going to list a few general ideas myself and a couple friends have chatted about, in addition to the foreseen problems with the said topics: - The effects of animal protein vs. plant proteins on the body; investigating the proteins, effects, and differences between the two (Problem: how would I test this really?) - Difference in chicken and fish proteins/casein levels/carcinogen levels, as most people consider fish and white meats to be better for you than red (cow) meat, and multiple studies prove the risks involved with red meat---this would cover the risks in white and fish meats (Problem: again, how would I test this? Could I just test local places or stores meats? I live in a small town in the south on the gulf coast, so the fish area shouldn't be too difficult, and there are many farms here; however, going out of my way to take a life would go against my morals, so would the store be better?) - Blood analysis test on an array of popularly consumed animals, both organic and non-organicly raised; the difference in their hormone levels, as well as casein/carcinogen levels, if that can even be tested through blood, in addition to anything else related to dietary effects that I could test in the blood (Problem: how would I obtain said blood, since Im not allowed to harm animals according to IBO? Does drawing blood count as harm?) I appreciate any time anyone puts in to replying to this, and I would love some feedback and help! -Thanks, Jasmine
  25. 1 point
    Narathiel: For Cambridge your personal statement and references do not matter that much, but I still recommend making them very good. They themselves have stated that since there is no way of being sure that the personal statement is the candidate's own work they do not rely on it very much. On the other hand they do ask questions in the interviews based on your personal statement. Depends on the subject, but mostly the standard offers at Cambridge are a bit higher than those at Oxford. For example my classmate got an offer of 40 points for history at Oxford, while I got 42 and 777 at HL for Cambridge. About the extracurriculars and stuff: I believe they don't play that significant a role in getting accepted to Oxbridge. As said, everything you mention in your personal statement should somehow relate to the subject you're applying for, or why you would be a great student (therefore showing dedication, commitment, capability for hard work, etc. is important). And finally, you do apply for a subject (at least in Cambridge) that doesn't require much language skills, but still I'd work hard on those 5's. Especially your 5 in English might be problematic, since HLs is what they care about most, and normally want at least 6's in those.

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