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  1. 3 points
    Hi and welcome You can get 42 core points and 3 bonus points. The 42 points comprises of the scores you get in your 6 subjects. You can get a maximum of 7 points and a minimum of 1 point in each subject (7 x 6 = 42). The three bonus points are awarded if you get an A/A, A/B combination for ToK and your EE. You can get 0-3 bonus points depending on how well you do in ToK/EE. Getting the maximum 45 points is definitely no easy feat, only around 0.4% of all IB diploma students globally achieve it. Good luck!
  2. 2 points
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rymHYhlbBmw I think Emma has a great point here - how are we to achieve equality when often half the world isn't invited to the conversation? I will talk a bit about first world feminism here. It is time we stopped the "us versus them" mentality. When fighting for rights, we unknowingly develop this attitude, and it is simply not helpful for the cause. This mentality causes many actually egalitarian men to develop a disdain for the feminist cause. Men - I will be the first (apart from Emma) to say that there are prejudices against you too. It is not fair for me to constantly talk about inequality against me, when there are many against you too. I can appreciate those of you who feel caged by the ideas of masculinity, by men and also by women who judge you for your deviation from it. I wholeheartedly empathise with you, because many women go through the same thing. I understand what it feels like when girls drool over pictures of adonises on magazines, and then you look at your own body. I know what it is like, I have the same problem with impossibly proportioned girls. I know that for each time I'm judged as "bossy", one of you is being called a pussy. We face similar problems, you and I. Please don't think that most feminists are just trying to "win". We are not. I agree that you have not been listened to, and this is causing many of you to distance yourself from the cause. But it is a necessary cause, this feminism. I hope that you understand, empathise and will join us in trying to eradicate inequality. From now on, I will be as mindful of inequality against men as I am of that against women. I hope that all genders are able to identify prejudices against each other, and one by one, remove them. It will take conscious effort, but we can do it. I'd like to leave you with a quote from the video. "If not me, who? If not now, when?" - Emma Watson, at the UN's HeForShe campaign
  3. 2 points
    Personally, I believe taking Math Studies is a complete waste. Math SL is the minimum you would need to get in to a good medical program. Math HL, although certainly NOT required, would help you quite a bit during admissions, but let's not even talk about that, considering the amount of effort required to even get a decent score. I've taken Math SL, and it certainly isn't difficult. Sure, you need to practice a lot, do all the past papers you can, but isn't that the same for every subject? I believe a 7 in Math SL is not difficult at all for anyone who is willing to put in the effort, and the fact that you are showing concern so early in the course, means that you are in fact willing to do whatever it takes. So, to put it simply, Take Math SL, and forget about Math Studies, because it basically tells universities that you looked for an easy way out by picking the easiest math course, which will put you at a disadvantage right from the get-go, especially for a competitive program like Medicine. I wish you the best of luck, my friend.
  4. 1 point
    These are a few recommendations for how to prevent and manage stress. You can skip to the sections you want below. Introduction Techniques Meditation Schedule time off Have regular breaks Plan your work Clean yourself Manage expectations Eat properly Exercise Have fun with friends Summary Introduction These are some brief thoughts about how to manage stress throughout the IB exam period and in general. I welcome anyone and everyone to share the techniques they use to manage stress. Firstly, if you want to effectively reduce the amount of stress you feel with your workload, managing your time properly will help cut down on the level of stress you feel when working. So read this and this. Then come back here. But the chances are you'll just continue reading this anyway so I'll pretend you haven't read them. I'm not going to put any of these techniques in order because some people prefer different things. I should also mention that these techniques will only work if you actually use them. Don't just read them, ignore them, then come back after the exams and exclaim that your hair is turning grey because of stress. It seems like when students think of studying they think of it as an extremely painful process which requires a lot of stress in order to be useful. 'You need to live in the library to get good results' 'studying is just student and dying put together' that sort of thing. None of that is true. You don't need to strain yourself while working in order to do well. You learn much better when you're relaxed. Techniques MeditationThis is a great way to relax. I'd link you to a bunch of scientific studies about it but it's much better for you to try it and experience its usefulness first hand. How do you get started? Sit down (or lie down if you have back problems), and spend 5 to 10 minutes just focusing on your breathing. Don't try to alter your breath patterns. You'll probably find that it's quite difficult to just focus on your breath because thoughts will pop into your head but that's normal. Just gently return your focus to your breath. I'd recommend meditating at the start of the day then again at the end of the day if you want to. Schedule time offDon't cram your schedule with work and actually let yourself have a prolonged break. If you feel up to it, schedule a whole day off every week and do whatever you want absolutely guilt free. It'll help you approach the next week with a bit more energy and you won't be at a continuous battle with your work if you completely separate yourself from it for a while. Have regular breaksWhile trying to complete a huge task, it can be easy to lose track of where the time is going. Then you end up working for years without having a break. This can make you feel extremely frustrated when you're not making progress on something. However, you should wait until you feel like punching something to have a break from work. The point is to work with as little stress as possible. I'd recommend breaks as frequent as one every 25 to 30 minutes. Plan your workIf you don't have any clear idea about what you're trying to accomplish then you'll always be fighting uphill. Take some time to make a detailed plan about what you want to do and when. Also, assume you've underestimated the amount of time you'll need to complete something. If you've set aside 2 hours to think about an essay or make notes on a topic, give yourself 3 or 4. It'll stop you getting stressed about not being on schedule (that wasn't realistic in the first place) and give you spare time at the end of the day This is also related to managing your time effectively. So read this and this. Clean yourselfOk, admittedly that sounds like a dumb statement to make. But I have a point. I promise. There's very little point in being in an environment that either makes you feel like you're boiling or freezing or generally uncomfortable. So if your room feels stuffy, open your window a bit (and the curtains. Jheez I don't know why some people enjoy darkness so much. It makes no sense to me). Groom yourself in the morning instead of groggily getting out of your bed in the morning and working away in pyjamas. Be comfortable but shower or something. If not for yourself, do it for everyone that'll come into your presence that day. Please. You'll hopefully feel a bit more energised before you start your day. Manage expectationsIt's important to manage the expectations you have of yourself and the expectations other people have of you. We're often extremely self critical because we either just want the best for ourselves or there are visible pressures from other people. This isn't an admirable trait. Yes, we should try to find ways to improve our work but not at the expense of harmful negative talk and self-hatred. It isn't useful and won't help you progress at all. If you don't complete all the tasks you wanted to complete that day, check if you've been too unrealistic, make the appropriate changes then forgive yourself. It won't change much in the long run especially if you've made changes which could improve how the next day goes. If you find yourself talking to yourself negatively, ask yourself whether you'd talk to a close friend the same way. If you wouldn't, you're probably being too harsh. Trust me, you do not deserve the negative self-talk you might put yourself through. Eat properlyAh, food. Food is good. So eat something. Don't stuff your face with crap all the time. Be reasonably healthy and save all the beautiful fried chicken for the weekend. Eating properly has a great effect on your energy levels. Don't starve yourself either. Working on an empty rumbling stomach is like listening to a baby cry. They can both be stopped with some warm milk and cookies. I don't think a new born would eat cookies though so you can have them for yourself. If anyone has a baby, you can let me know if they eat cookies. Or not. I don't mind. It's your baby after all. ExerciseExercise has been scientifically proven to be healthy. So you should do it. Preferably everyday if you can. It's a great way to release stress and make you feel good. You work much better if you're more healthy over all. You don't need a gym membership to ride a bike or go out running. Have fun with friendsIt might be odd to be reminded to talk to your friends but you should. You don't need to be in complete seclusion in order to be efficient. You can study alone but you don't need to be alone for the whole week. And enjoy time with them without feeling guilty! If you always feel guilty, you won't enjoy the company or get any work done. You'll just be in a weird purgatory that doesn't let you do anything. Summary To prevent you from getting too bored, I'll end the techniques here. There are loads more but I hope others will contribute with what works for them. Exam preparation doesn't need to be painful. Going into it with that mindset will make it much more likely to be a bad process. Try out some of the techniques and let other people know whether they worked for you. Best of luck with your revision and I hope your hair doesn't turn grey.
  5. 1 point
    The gap between standard level maths and IGCSE maths is huge (as you probably know) and therefore you may struggle to do well if you feel that you are weaker at maths. I personally don't find the jump too difficult but then again I've done IGCSE additional maths - covers majority of the standard level maths. A lot of the IB2 students in my year group that have only done IGCSE Maths say that it's difficult but with hard work a 7 is attainable. The fact that no-one in your school has gotten a 7 in the subject shouldn't deter you from taking the subject as constant practice in maths is the key to doing well. Don't rely heavily on your teacher, study efficiently and constantly practice past paper questions and you'll do well. I personally think your better off taking maths standard level to eliminate the chance of facing difficulties getting into the university course of your choice. I'm sure you're a capable student and that you can manage to do v. well in maths. Good Luck!
  6. 1 point
    Evaluating ideas and theories is important everywhere but Section A of Paper 1. It shows depth of understanding and thought which the IB loves. There is a great psych ee road rage essay by the founder of this site (got an A). There are excellent extended essays on my blog you can see as well that all got As.
  7. 1 point
    I don't think the questions restricts you to a certain formula for your essay. With comparison essays there are pretty much 2 ways to do it. The way you mentioned and also breaking it down into features they are similar/dissimilar on and analyze each in turn. Whatever you do add loads of evaluation
  8. 1 point
    I prefer your second wording. You could also drop the to what extent part. How do single sex and coeducation educational environments affect academic performance? If you will plan on having a lot of citations you might want to look at Endnote or another citation manager software.
  9. 1 point
    I'm not really familiar with the area though it is an interesting question. Your best bet is to search around or even email the researchers and ask them if they have any working papers if you want something more recent.
  10. 1 point
    What did you find in Google and Google Scholar so far? https://www.google.dk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHWA_enDK607DK607&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=single%20sex%20co%20ed%20schools%20papers http://ife.ens-lyon.fr/publications/edition-electronique/revue-francaise-de-pedagogie/RF171-5.pdf http://www.singlesexschools.org/research-singlesexvscoed.htm P.S: I think you should remove elite unless you are trying to only look at private schools or something like that.
  11. 1 point
    It depends a lot on what you enjoy, and how you like to learn. Biology is a lot of content that you just have to know, whereas Psych is more essay-writing and that sort of thing. Do what you feel you would find more interesting, because you're more likely to be willing to study harder at it. I loved Bio, so I was willing to spend a fair chunk of time on it, whereas if I had done Psych at HL I think I wouldn't have wanted to spend as much time on it.
  12. 1 point
    There's no magic formula to studying a language, just expose yourself to it ! Read (since you're ad initio I recommend childrens books) Childrens games online (you may feel silly at first but it'll help with vocab trust me) Watching the news in French, you may feel overwhelmed at first but thats good ! Take you time, watch it over and over, familiarize yourself with pronunciation and common lingo. Practise practise practice your grammar; verb tenses, all that. That's all I can think of atm but you get the idea haha
  13. 1 point
    I would say a 4 at HL is easier than a 7 in SL. Some people might disagree with me, but in my opinion a 7 at anything will require quite a bit of work. I also think that the differences between HL and SL physics aren't too significant, in that there are many harder concepts at HL, but you don't need to know them all very well as in section B of paper 2 you can chose which questions to answer (although I'm not sure that's still the case for you). Also digital technology as an HL addition really makes HL a bit more manageable. Furthermore the difference between HL and SL options is pretty insignificant, I think.
  14. 1 point
    I totally agree with your opinion yii yann! I hold a very strong feminist view, but I really don’t like the fact that there are quite a few feminists out there who misunderstand the good spirit of feminism. Feminism is really just about equality between men and women. It’s not about women treating men the same way as men used to treat women in the past. It is also not about women having the rights to judge a man based on their prejudices against men. I recently have a little discussion with my friend about this matter. She thinks that when going for a date in a café or a cinema, the man should always be the one who pays for his girlfriend, and never the other way around. This would be her ideal boyfriend, because it shows that he is a ‘gentleman’. But the funny fact is that she claims herself to be a feminist. How ironic! How does she expect to get the same rights as men, when she wants men to pay for her? I really don’t understand that mentality at all. I realized that there are a lot of norms in society that disallows equality to happen, while sharpening the distinction between men and women. And the only way to change and improve this is for everyone to change their mind and their selfish thoughts! Emma made an excellent speech and I hope this video will circle the world so that people can make a contribution to change the world! Make a difference by clicking here http://www.heforshe.org/#take-action
  15. 1 point
    This is not so much a score requirement, but also keep in mind that some of the more competitive universities will demand Maths HL for economics (and sometimes business) - and sometimes a 7 in that! But as to specific universities, it really does depend.
  16. 1 point
    I heard from an ex-IB student (who was fantastic, by the way - 44/45 and only lost a point because of TOK, so I'd expect he did a lot of past papers and has some personal experience on this) that it is only in certain subjects that is harder in Nov or May testings. He said that the sciences and maths tend to be more difficult in the November paper, because the local curriculums prior to the IB in the countries that take the Nov testings tend to be more equipped to handle more difficult questions in those subject areas, and hence the 'bell curve' is shifted slightly and the boundaries apparently more difficult. However, this also applies to English in the May testings; because many countries in the May testing period teach in English, the boundaries are more difficult in the May session. I would take this with a grain of salt, however, and I'm just quoting this from someone I know. To be honest I'm just happier that there are 2 testing sessions, because that means more practice papers. Do you go to ACS(I)? I'm pretty sure that many of the people who go to ACS(I) are well equipped to handle the IB, from what I hear about all the 45 points that people receive there. Just try your best, and don't compare the two testing sessions. You'll save a lot of time by not worrying.
  17. 1 point
    I wanted to say something about this before, but I didn't really have the time, and good thing I caught this thread sitting at the bottom of the GIBD page before it went to the second page. Don't you think that the idea of November exams being more difficult than May exams being said is typical of a student body of teenagers, who are in fact November (201_) candidates? I'm confident there are other schools/opinions that feel the complete opposite about May exams being easier than November's. I feel so compelled to force one of you to take a look at and see the how many of the candidates who scored higher than 40 so far, and a handful that apparently even scored 45. Even some of my peers (not mentioning any NAMES) have talked (probably jokingly) about "de-registering" their May exams and writing them in November. All this to rebut that the May exams are just as difficult- if not more than November's. But I really shouldn't, because that is a horrible argument. I wouldn't be so quick to blame the exams for being harder given other variables including but not limited to: the limited number of subjects you're taking (and the number of past papers you've seen) on which you're basing assumptions the availability of IBO resources transparency of information and resources to the students how hard well a student studies based on the above two As you've said, if the grade boundaries do shift accordingly is applied to a more "difficult" group of exams, what is there to be worried about? To think that May exams are significantly easier than November exams- that isn't even realistic. There haven't been any major appeals to the IBO in this respect at all. There are noticeably more active May candidates than November candidates on this website, and you shouldn't get the idea that there are major discrepancies between their respective lifestyles when they talk about themselves in the forum; chances are they are facing some similar troubles as you.

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