Popular Content

Showing most liked content since 02/23/2018 in all areas

  1. 59 likes
    For the last few months I've been volunteering at my daughter's high school to help the 12th graders review for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Maths Standard Level Exam in May 2015. In the process I produced these review notes that I thought could be useful to other students preparing for the exam as well. Review Notes for IB Maths Standard Level I'd be grateful if you email me with any mistakes you find so I can correct them. Best of luck on the upcoming exams.
  2. 38 likes
    Skip to these useful links: 1. ToK Presentation Guide by Keel 2. How to pick your TOK presentation title by Sandwich 3. Past TOK Presentations - what people chose ToK Presentation Guide Knowledge Issues 'Knowledge issue' i.e. issues about knowledge. It would be appropriate here to consider what ToK is all about. Many naturally assume that anything philosophically based is ToK. Understandable, but wrong. ToK is based around three main questions: What is knowledge? How is knowledge acquired? How do we know what we know? In layman’s terms, a knowledge issue is a very general question which aims to explore the problems of knowledge and evaluate it. Thus, knowledge issues are usually formatted in the form of ‘How do we know…?’ (this deals with question 3) However, there are other forms such as ‘What is the role of [a way of knowing] in [an area of knowledge]?’ (this deals with question 2). The knowledge issue must be stated in the introduction of your presentation as it is what your presentation is all about. For example, ‘To what extend is euthanasia ethical?’ is not a knowledge issue as it does not attempt to answer any of the three basic questions. ‘What ways of knowing can aid us in determining whether euthanasia is ethical?’ is not a well formed main knowledge issue because it is too specific, but at least it is a knowledge issue which deals with question 2. ‘Derived / Sub-’ Knowledge Issues These are knowledge issues in themselves but are connected to the main theme or main knowledge issue of the presentation and are possibly more focused in nature. For example, if your main knowledge issue is ‘What is the role of reason in History?’ a linking knowledge issue you could explore would be ‘How can we use Historical knowledge and inductive reasoning to predict future events?’ Your entire presentation should be based around the main knowledge issue and your main theme, but this sub-knowledge issue will allow you to explore one small aspect of 'the role of reason in History'. Claims and Counter-claims These are statements which are answers to your knowledge issue or sub-knowledge issues. They are then proceeded with evidence that supports such a point. In a way you can treat this as a paragraph in an essay, its structure is similar to the Point Evidence Explaination (PEE) or Statement Evidence eXplaination (SEX) which you may be familiar with. For example, for the knowledge issue ‘How do we know whether homosexuality is ‘natural’?’ A claim would be ‘deductive reasoning can tell us that it is not natural. the natural goal of all living things on earth is to reproduce; homosexuality does not allow the possibility of biological reproduction; therefore homosexuality is not 'natural'. A counter-claim would be that ‘deductive reasoning has its limitations in aiding us to determine whether homosexuality is natural.’ A discussion on the flaws of premises and reliability of deductive reasoning would then take place. Real Life Situation A real life situation is a realistic event, object or scenario that allows you to extract knowledge issues from it or supports your claim, a possible answer to your knowledge issue, by providing evidence. Real life situations can be drawn form anywhere ranging from the news to a book your read to an event that happened on the school playground. The possibilities are endless. Always try to make your real life situation related to you in some way; an incident which happened to you would be perfect. For example, for the knowledge issue ‘How reliable are our sense perceptions in determining what is true.’ For the claim/counter-claim: ‘Sense perceptions have their limitations in determining what is true,’ a real life situation would be, ‘The time when I was small and saw a ghost’s face appear in the curtain, upon further inspection, it was the folds of the curtain that had shaped into something similar to a man’s face. With the combination of flawed inductive reasoning, sense perception had hindered my knowledge of truth.’ Getting Started There are two main ways to get yourself started. is to find a real life situation which really interests you. You will extract one knowledge issue from it and simplify it to make it into your main knowledge issue your presentation will be based on. From there you find sub-knowledge issues and more real life scenarios to support your claims and counter claims. is to think of a broad knowledge issue, derive sub-knowledge issues which you wish to explore and find real life situations from there. There are many ways to do your presentation. It can be a simple lecture, a power point presentation, (if your are in pairs) a dialogue, a role play ect. The entire presentation should be like a verbal essay, with a focused introduction introducing the main issues, your methodology and how the presentation is structured. A claim should be given first, evidence to support the claim, then the limitations of the claim or a counter claim. The conclusion should sum up the main points in the presentation, it is an opportunity to give your opinion (great for scoring marks on the Knower’s Perspective criteria). Presenting As with any presentation, practice makes perfect. Make sure you can be heard clearly and that you articulate yourself well. The nice thing about the presentation is that since it is verbal it allows you to create a lot of links. E.g. ‘referring back to the first slide of the presentation’, ‘this scenario is very similar to the tax the government is enacting next month isn’t it?’ Create a set of notes to aid you so that you know what you will be discussing next. With power points do not cram everything onto the slide, each slide should only have a max of 5 points, they should not be sentences. When showing pictures, make sure it covers the entire slide, what’s the point of having a picture when it's of minute size shoved in the corner? Most people are scared of the questions at the end, don’t be. The questions asked by your teacher are there to help you. If you’ve missed something in your presentation that is key to answering the knowledge issue, this is the opportunity to gain back marks. If you can’t answer the question simply make a statement or give an opinion. A classic way of avoiding questions is to make your own question, ‘That’s a very good question, but I think the main issue here is….’ But try to answer them because they are very likely to be beneficial. Secondly, the audience can ask questions too. Do not plant a question in the audience; it is obvious and creates a bad impression. © Keel, http://www.ibsurvival.com
  3. 22 likes
    I keep getting the same question, about how to do well in HL Biology, so thought I should just put it out in a topic. Remember that this is what I am predicted, not sure what the real one is. From what I have seen these are the important points. 1) TRY to like it..and find interest in it. It really helps. If you do like Biology then that’s a bonus! 2) NEVER EVER go to a lesson before you are certain you understand the things covered in the previous one. A main factor of doing bad is keeping things to just gather up on you, and before an exam you struggle to unerstand soo many things when you should be doing past papers. Do whatever it takes to understand something, trust me, it may sound like a pain in the ass but its very important, take a word from me. Having said this, it happens sometimes that you understand something only after you learn another, as it completes each other. However, what I mean is, don’t leave the MAIN CONCEPT not understood! 3) Make good notes that you can go back to anytime. I used to rewrite notes if they are bad and unclear. Having clear good complete notes is an important factor. 4) Read over your notes every now and then. It is really nice to find out that you remember the things when you’re doing the revision, it gives you confidence. On the other hand, if you only touch your notes before an exam, you come to revise and you find that you have forgotten many things, it crushed me in other subjects…so don’t want it happening to you. 5) Ask your teacher anything, I used to ware out my teacher with my questions (yeah I know Aboo ), but it all came out good, so yeah. A good teacher wouldn’t mind any of your questions!  6)You can try reading the topic before you start it, thats is what I used to do. 7) I recommend the OXFORD Study Guide, I found it really useful and very very helpful. So you may want to get that. AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING EVER: 8) FOLLOW YOUR SYLABUS POINT BY POINT. You can never go wrong with the syllabus. ANYTHING that’s ever going to be asked in the exam is in the syllabus, except for Data Analysis in the SECTION A of PAPER 2. Know the syllabus point by point, it’s vital and you will do good trust me. If you have any question about anything in Biology, SL & HL, you can always ask around here and I promise to answer once I see it. Biology Help thread For last minute people: Why oh why did you leave yourself till the last minute? You have to go through the syllabus even if you have 3 days left. Go through it and at least get a clear idea about them rather than going blank to the exam. For Paper 1, I would only revise 'obj 1 and 2' points, 'obj 3' wont really come up a lot. For Paper 2, you should still be remembering the 'obj 1 and 2' from Paper 1, so concentrate on 'obj 3' points, they are the 6-8 mark questions you get in some questions in section B. Go through past papers even on the night of the exam, it still helps trust me. Some questions are repeated every year (or almost), so you may get lucky and do a question that you'll find in the exam the next day. Once again, if you don't understand something, please ask. I may have missed some of the things, so I will put them down when I remember more. Goodluck to you all!
  4. 9 likes
    ...when your parents don't remember learning that in High School (I'm looking at you, Physics) ...when your mom offers to take you out for the weekend and you laugh-cry your way to your room because you know you can't ...when you spend three consecutive weekends working at your dad's office because that's how much work you've actually got ...when you're so stressed that you stress out your parents ...when you get to the end of this list and realize your only friends are your parents...
  5. 7 likes
    I am posting this here because I feel that it will get more attention. I am basically writing this to get your views on what you would like to see here at IB Survival. Although I feel like the forum is great as it is, I feel like there are ways in which we could improve. The question is, if you were in control of this site, and you could do anything, what would you do? How would you structure the site? What would you add? Just curious to hear some opinions. I'm all ears.
  6. 7 likes
    When your friends give you blank stares after having told a joke...
  7. 3 likes
    Yes, you choose two of the sources that are used in your paper. Generally, it's best if the ones you pick are ones that you reference frequently. They should be some of the more important ones to your investigation.
  8. 3 likes
    I personally believe in pro-choice, and that's simply because I believe that women should be allowed to make their own choice as to whether or not to keep a baby. While pro-life makes sense, I believe that if a woman is in any kind of danger, or simply does not want a child, she should be allowed to make the choice to abort. Often, in places where abortion is illegal, women will often take things into their own hands, and that is usually much worse for both the mother and the fetus. I've noticed that a majority of arguments that I've heard (in my experience, anyway) usually involve the fact that the woman is committing what is essentially murder, or infanticide, but as the Criminal Code of Canada dictates: Of course, there are some areas where I draw the line, but for the most part, I consider myself pro-choice. Just my thoughts
  9. 3 likes
    IOPs were crazy fun when my class did them. One of my friends did a 'roast' of 3 characters and critically analysed them. I had a dialogue with one of the main characters, as well as a skype session with another one. I even made a match.com profile for the 2 characters I was focusing on to show their differing personalities and the way they would pursue their relationships. Another person in my class had a marriage counselling session with 2 conflicting characters, yet another made diary entries to continue where the story left off. Another good idea was a talk show with two characters from different stories; another was a dead character's ghost appearing (on the projector screen) and telling everyone how he felt about being murdered in cold blood. There are so many really good ideas out there, you just have to expand your mind! Best of luck!
  10. 3 likes
    Disclaimer: My teacher thinks I'm insane. We did some pretty weird stuff for our presentations last year, I remember doing the following for various IOP style presentations: Reenact a death scene by making fake guts and blood and stabbing my partner with red expo markers(no weapons policy) Perform parodies of Anaconda, Circle of Life and Let it Go to match a plot Interpretive dance to show changes in character Cross dressing as a character and lying on a table to talk to a psychiatrist about life Holding a group Séance to summon various characters from the dead to get multiple perspectives I remember other people in the class doing: A magic show where characters kept dying after every "trick" Antigone: The Musical Puppet shows Making paintings of spirits Building physical models of imagery and explaining it Not all of these may work for an IOP, nor are they a good idea depending on who is watching and what you want to express. Think of "what" you want to express before the "how" is my suggestion. Don't try to stretch it too much and turn one thing into something else just because it's entertaining. For some topics powerpoint presentations might get the point across the best. Good Luck!
  11. 2 likes
    Attending lectures cannot ensure that you will be ready for exams, but it will take much longer than a lecture to make up for what was covered. Instructors will sometime give clue about midterms or homework during lecture, and so the opportunity cost of intentionally skipping lecture is too high. If you don't find lectures beneficial at all, you can just do something related to the subject (such as reading over textbook chapter that the lecturer is going over). Shoot me a private message about your major and year of study (I assume second year) and I may be provide a better answer. But it's also worth talking to a mental health adviser of some kind, as well as a family member who may give much more advice specific to you.
  12. 2 likes
    One thing that everyone likes to say is to start early. This is true but to an extent. We started our EE process in around March, but by then I was pretty sure what I wanted to do, I finalised my topic after my first meeting with my supervisor. Then I researched regarding my topic and methods that were already there, and I started pre-trials before Easter. I finished my experiments before we left for the summer holidays, but this was because the experiment itself was pretty long as I had to leave the apparatus running overnight. Depending on your experiment, I would suggest planning and staying back at school for as long as possible to finish your experiments and collecting data. My planning and organization really helped and meant that I wasn't stressed after I came back from the holidays. That being said, I did no work on my EE during the holidays because I was busy with uni stuff, but all in all, I would say I had my first draft done around September. I did book a lot of meetings with my supervisor regarding the wording of certain things in my report and how exactly to go about the formatting, so don't be afraid to book meetings with your supervisor! You have to be able to chase them down because usually, they won't remind you about meetings and things like that. Make sure you're organized and on top of your work, and finish collecting data as soon as possible! Hope this helped!
  13. 2 likes
    Oh my god I have the same problem as you right now! At the beginning of the year I was getting 3s and 4s even though I thought I understood the topics. What I've started to do is writing revision notes (try shortening down all the information in the textbook into a notebook) and then look through it during revision. After this, I would print out a ton of past paper questions and do ALL of them and then correct the questions I got wrong. This process can take a while, but I find myself understanding the questions more and know how to answer them to get me the marks. Now, my grades are increasing (can't wait to get a 7 soon!) so it should work for you. Try not to stress too much, just remember you have it in you!!
  14. 2 likes
    There are still 2 months till final decision dates. Before then you can spend 6 days a week following a study schedule and on the 7th you can spend doing more research on universities. Definitely if you work diligently, getting 6s in those subjects is very doable. For chemistry if you have questions you can try posting them in the forums. In general it's just a matter of asking your teacher questions when you are unclear on the topic, as well as to not "memorize" answers but instead really try to understand them.
  15. 2 likes
    First, IB asks that all students obey internal deadlines set by each school. IB will not resolve any conflicts between school and students regarding deadlines. These following deadlines are for May examinations that IB receives digital copies from your school. 1) Externally assessed components in group 6: Arts April 30 2) Other external assessments that are not papers, including EE, ToK, written tasks and written assignments, March 15. 3) graded IA ready for moderation, April 20 For November examinations just add six months.
  16. 2 likes
    Hey there, Well, I totally get how you are feeling mate. Nothing sucks more than working like crazy and then it goes to waste. Thing is, you definitely worked right. So I would say it sounds like you had a bad day at the exams. First thing I would do is re-examine what happened at the exam. Did you panic, or something similar. If you can identify that, you can take a step towards improving. It's possible you need to practice breathing exercises or something to calm down. Also, I would highly recommend going over the exam and seeing where you went wrong. Maybe do some extra practice or talk to your teacher about it. It's possible you don't understand some concepts, even tho you think you do. Finally, let it go. It's hard, but you're only human. Mistakes happen; learn, and dust yourself and carry on. Think of it this way, yes you bombed your mocks. But at least it wasn't the real IB exam and you have some time to prep. Hope this helped. Cheers King
  17. 2 likes
    I doubt it would have changed from when I was in IB, but the bibliography did not count towards the page limit.
  18. 2 likes
    Not literacy. Literary work. Anime a literary work or not ... Nothing, technically, is "literary" until you treat it so and it allows itself to be read in this way. And no, I am not one of those relativists or deniers of factual truth, but I do hold that you can read (as many readers did, at the time) Robinson Crusoe as a record of events that really took place, as information on how to survive and remain sane on an island, or as entertainment or as literature (or a conbination of some of these). Literature does not precede the reader, except as a general category. Anime is "literary" if you are able to treat it as a work of art, as you would in the Paper 2, for example. So the genre *anime* is not be your problem, really. Portrayal of a society may be if you treat that portrayal as a window on reality, but your use of the term "portrayal" seems to recognize that problem and avoid it - or at first blush, at any rate. But your topic is so vague and seems to omit any mention of the literary that I wonder if you may be treating these works as a pipeline to reality. That would be bad. The real issue, ultimately, I think, is whether your choice of such different genres will work for a comparative literary EE. A lot will depend on what you choose to focus on and how you word your thesis. The different genres, I think, is the real issue. Are they really comparable literary works?
  19. 2 likes
    You need to talk to your school. Orals are internal, not external exams, so it's up to your school to schedule them. You might be able to get it rescheduled. Also, talk to your parents and ask them to reschedule the surgery until after your oral.
  20. 2 likes
    No. You just have to upload all your required documents and such by the date IB has set out.
  21. 2 likes
    Most likely, you won't get college credit for SL in the states. AP will probably cover your gen. ed. requirement for math. But, there's always a 'rocks for jocks' version of math in college (I highly endorse it if you have no need for advanced math). If you aren't pursuing math in college, I don't see a huge benefit for AP if you don't want to do it. You will probably get more out of IB due to the holistic approach, particularly if you like this method.
  22. 2 likes
    There is actually no revision order for Chemistry SL or HL, it really depends on yourself. For me, I start from the beginning to the end. However, if sometimes I feel really bored, I will add some Organic Chemistry or option into my revision timetable to revise. It is true that Chemistry contains a lot of inter-topic knowledge, I will highly recommend you to make a timetable to revise, such as listing out which are the topics you struggle most, which are the topics you are confident in. So you can adjust the time you will be spending there. Feel free to use this link: https://blog.prepscholar.com/ib-chemistry-syllabus-hl-sl to look at the whole syllabus and each topic's details. If you have any question, feel free to ask anyone here or reply here! Last but not least, 加油 chem is not as difficult as you think!
  23. 2 likes
    When you don't have time to not have time
  24. 2 likes
    Some of my tips for analysing poetry/prose: 1. Identify the message/purpose. Usually it will have a theme/topic like love/violence, pain/happiness, peace/death, etc. Look them up online if you like. 2. Now find obvious sentences/phrases/words that relate to the theme. Shakespeare says "Thous eternal summer shall not fade" summer is associated with a sense of calm and beauty. That's a positive message, the rest of the poem tells you it's topic is love. 3. Also look for imagery and actually imagine them in your head to see how it make you feel, and what you think of. A poem about depression could describe the depth of something/ sinking into the oblivion, etc. 3. Next, look for sounds. Violent topics use sharp and hard sounding words such as kick, shock, pinch, etc, etc. 4. You can follow some mnemonics like FLIRT (form, language, imagery, rhythm and rhyme, theme and tone). To develop your point, describe the impact created by what you have analysed. For example, after establishing how an image shows hatred, say how it links to the rest of the text and what the reader feels. These are some of the things I do. Hope it helped!
  25. 2 likes


    My Biology IA on allelopathy and plant science. Marked in May 2017 session; grade breakdown are as follows: Personal Engagement: 2/2 Exploration: 5/6 Analysis: 6/6 Evaluation: 6/6 Communication: 3/4
  26. 2 likes
    First, you would need to understand that individual notes of music exist as waves, and those waves can be simply represented using the sine function, f(x) = sin(bx), where b is the freq. of the note in Hz. You could go many ways with this. Musical harmony has a lot to do with the relationship between the sine functions of the individual pitches that make up an interval or a chord. It'll be interesting to try to explain why certain combinations of pitches sound good together by looking at their graphs. As for what IB looks for in a math IA, you could try looking at this thread. And here's a rubric. But probably the best thing if you don't know where to start is to ask your teacher for help. Hope this helps, even if just a little !
  27. 2 likes
    I think a lot of people can empathise Alas it's something we all have to deal with, even if it does seem a lot like dressing common sense in mysterious wishy-washy terminology... okay, maybe it is. However it's very important you concentrate on it. I know plenty of people who actually missed out on their bonus points thanks to TOK -- even if they had amazing grades otherwise and an awesome EE! There's nothing more gutting than falling down where you don't have to, so hateful as TOK is, it's important that you put a decent amount of effort into BSing your way through it. If it helps to think of it as pointless BS, please do so. However I personally found that wallowing in my own misery just made the lessons drag on longer!
  28. 1 like
    It would be a category 1 because you are not looking at language.
  29. 1 like
    I can't say I can corroborate that anecdotal experience with mine. My friend that had predicted grades of 7 and a final of 6 for Physics HL got a very low 600 for their real SAT Physics test.
  30. 1 like
    Despite averaging 7s in Biology & Chemistry HL, on practice tests I typically made 650s~/800 on the corresponding subject tests. I felt SAT Subject tests were more in line with AP content and I actually studied off of my Biology teacher's old AP Biology slides back when he taught it in previous schools. As for Chemistry, I had to get familiar with more physical chemistry aspects and crappy units like Torr and mm Hg. I ended up getting 750s for my real tests on both, but it was a lot of extra effort beyond what was covered in the IB and I was pretty annoyed at that. My friends who were top students at my school's Math and Physics HL classes were also only getting 600s on their Physics & Maths SAT Subject tests initially and had to go through a lot of extra work just to hit the 700 benchmark. I don't think anyone got above a 690/800 on the SAT Math II from my school at the time.
  31. 1 like
    Oh, okay, I see. Yeah, I'll just see if I can sign up for the June dates for the Bio E/M and Maths 2 SATs. I've already taken the main SAT a few times and I've settled with a score I'm happy with, so I'm just working on getting these subject test scores.
  32. 1 like
    Well, I was unsure of my exact topic but I had a basic idea of what topic I wanted to do - these were things I found interesting in the course. I felt more comfortable talking to my biology teacher first so I asked him what were the possible topics I could do, and from those, I narrowed down and did some research on my own, then I went to my supervisor. After proposing my ideas, my supervisor helped me narrow down to one topic, which I again went away to research on - our school had a form type of thing that had to be filled out pretty early on, so this kind of forced me to consider everything. The form had things like why I wanted to do the topic, how it was related to biology, a research question, an estimation of the graph of data, independent and dependent variables, a hypothesis, supporting research - things like that. So I was pretty secure in my topic and my supervisor assured me that my topic was okay. I guess if you're feeling unsure, I would recommend talking to your supervisor. I was open with my supervisor and honest, so whenever I had problems I would just tell him and ask him a bunch of questions. Don't be afraid to ask questions - that's what your supervisor is for! Don't feel afraid of sounding dumb or anything like that to your supervisor, everyone is bound to have trouble coming up with an idea for your topic for EE - this is pretty much the first time you have to write up your own paper. But don't go asking for help when you haven't done any work yourself: make sure you've done a bunch of research. Go on forums, look at examples of what people have done, look at the course and pick a couple of topics you're interested in. Search for experiments related to those topics - I literally just searched for "high school experiments" on Google. This got a bit long but I hope it helped
  33. 1 like
    Do the topic in which you can speak a lot about because the EE is 4000 words! Don't scrap your topic...but perhaps incorporate Calvin Klein into the 'gender stereotypes in advertisements'. So that way you are doing a safer topic of which you speak allot about but using the brand CK as proof in your paper. of course what I'm saying is quite subjective, and perhaps you have quite a lot to say about Calvin Klein! My baseline advice, do either of the topics you can speak comfortably and a lot about.
  34. 1 like
    This is a very challenging time for you, but trust me, don't take a hasty decision. First and foremost, focus on IB now. Medicine is great, but comes with lots of responsibilities and pressures - cliché but true. I don't know if you really want to do medicine yourself, but definitely don't push yourself into something you're doing out of a need to please others. But if you're having serious second thoughts about medicine, careers in genetics are especially intriguing as you say so yourself The biological field is vast, and there are definitely cross-overs. You wouldn't have to 'work under' someone. If I'm wrong there, and medicine is your own desire; good job! And as @kw0573said, there's lots of time to improve your grade. Use websites like msjchem, the study guide, talk to your teacher and friends, explain your situation to your teacher, ask for after-school help, join amazing forums and whatsapp groups. You can definitely improve.
  35. 1 like
    I suggest that you do HL: Physics Chemistry Math (the rest SL) Personally, I would not do 4 HLs because it is way too much work for me to handle since I already have positions in many clubs and I volunteer every month. However, if you can do it, put your mind to it and also manage your time well (VERY IMPORTANT) then go ahead and try it out. My friend is planning on doing astrophysics and he is perfectly fine with those 3 HLs.
  36. 1 like
    Not sure if this is a habit that will work for others, but I write my first draft of an essay in the most informal tone I possibly can in order to avoid perfectionism. I treat it like a text convo with a friend at 2am and then the rough draft I finish absolutely needs polishing, but I've found I can edit the content much better and make significant changes since I'm not invested in the presentation of my ideas yet. Plus I find it really satisfying to edit and change it all into formal writing
  37. 1 like
    Hello, I'm in History of the Americas y1 HL, and it's my most challenging class. This originally irritated me, since it was required that I take it and I couldn't choose SL, but throughout the year I've learned a lot. I don't know what your teacher would be like, but I'd advise you to take the class seriously. I have a lot of notes and it really does help to do a little every day and review the notes from the previous day. For me, HOA is the first class in which I've been allowed to and expected to go into depth about how we know historical things and how reliable that is! Good luck with the course.
  38. 1 like
    Thank you so much! This really gave me a lot of insight into the rest of the course. Personally I'm not very good at experiments (hopeless at them, which is bad considering I'm taking chemistry HL) so I'm kind of dreading the IA!
  39. 1 like
    My two cents here as a recent alumnus. HL Visual Art is categorically not an easy subject. You are setting up yourself to fail if you are doing it because you think it is easy. If you genuinely enjoy Art because you are creative and have artistic experience... then there's a good reason. One of my best friends did HL Art and it was his favourite subject but also one of the most stressful for him due to the fact all the assessments are due before the exam session (there are no written exams for Art). He ended up with a low 7, despite the fact that his art portfolio was good enough to get him entrance into the best fashion schools in France. Additionally, you are not allowed to take Visual Art HL with your roster of subjects as you have not selected a Group 3 (Humanity/Social Science), which is compulsory. In contrast, Business and Economics are allowed as they are in Group 3. At my school the two subjects were often taken in tandem at HL and regarded as the easiest way to fulfill the HL requirements and get a 7. I know people who selected them for these reasons and ended up with 40 or more points but a 5 or 6 in these subjects. I would caution against selecting either Business and Economics because they are easy: they are easier relative to say History or Psychology, but that does not mean you will have a good time. My recommendation would be to take the one of these subjects that interests you the most at SL and move English A up to HL (as another person has said). There really is not a big difference between HL and SL English Lit/LangLit, so the workload would be fairly similar but you are fulfillling the HL requirements.
  40. 1 like
    Hey, it's alright! Thank you for the reply! And of course thank you so much for the rubric, I'll be sure to check it out. I really appreciate it! I had no idea there was something like this. Thanks man
  41. 1 like
    Personally, I think that chemistry is something that really depends on how you learn and what you excel at. I find some concepts in chemistry hard to grasp as they can be quite abstract - I like to think I am a practical learner. Off the top of my head, the most challenging topics would be organic chem, topic 4 and topic 13. This is of course just my view, others might find these topics easier and others harder. The difficulty also will depend on how your teacher teachers. For example, my teacher was very intent on getting the syllabus finished as soon as possible. This meant that at times there wasn't sufficient time spent on explaining and processing information, so I've pretty much forgotten a lot of the earlier topics. This means that I have to spend a lot of time - re-learning, revising, and attempting questions - in order to be at the level I want to be, or at least to be moderately comfortable with a topic. I guess what I'm trying to say here is that if you aren't naturally proficient at chemistry, studying for chem will be very time-consuming and require a lot of effort on your part. I quite liked the IA, because it allowed me to focus on an aspect of chemistry I found interesting. Time-management is very important of course, as you will learn with other science IAs, and there aren't major differences in terms of writing up the papers themselves. But of course, chem IAs, in my experience, tend to be marked and graded quite harshly so if your teacher has experience and a checklist for you to follow, that will be all you can do. I realise that my answer is quite negative in some aspects, but to be honest, the HL topics at times help you to understand SL content better as it is explored more in depth. All in all, HL Chem needs hard work, initiative and time. Hope this helps you, and feel free to ask questions!
  42. 1 like
    I am currently taking HL arts, and it's safe to say that there is a LOT of work you need to do for it and a lot of time needs to be dedicated to it. The portfolio especially requires a lot of time, work, and effort and is not something you want to choose if you would rather focus on your other HL subjects. It's also really hard to get a good grade in art unless your works and portfolio are excellent, which is impossible without a lot of time and effort. But if you have really good time management, an artistic eye and a good work ethic, it is possible.
  43. 1 like
    Most of what you describe seems fine. I did my IOP on a short story from The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, and I acted from the point of view of one of the characters where he's describing his paranoia in war in a series of acted-out diary entries. After about 9 minutes a transitioned into analyzing the performance in relation to the story. Your idea for a creative IOP seems like a great idea as long as you focus on the topic and implications found in the poem. The only thing I would suggest is that the analytical part could just be like a formal speech. This might create a better distinction between when you are performing and when you are seriously analyzing that performance. Making the entire thing creative could make the analysis part not as strong. Regardless, talk to your teacher more about this. Sounds like you're in a great place, and I wish you luck on your IOP!
  44. 1 like
    Hi, I want to switch my subjects but I'm already on the 2nd semester of 11th grade. My courses are; Turkish HL, English HL, Visual Arts HL, History SL, Physics SL and Math SL. I want to switch Turkish HL to either Math HL or Physics HL. The reason why I want to do it is because the teacher is cancer. I don't want to tell the details but just know that she's not a good teacher... Also I don't like literature and stuff. Is it possible to switch? Would it worth? The course I want to study in university is nothing related to Turkish. I'm very regretful about this situation.
  45. 1 like
    Some people in my year finished writing up their CAS reflections AFTER their final exams. Not that I would recommend this approach, but they still passed.
  46. 1 like
    When it's normal to sleep at 4.00 am When your jokes are only IB related...
  47. 1 like
    If you manage your time well, you will most definitely have time to watch Netflix. Just don't leave stuff until the last minute, keep on top of your work, and you will have time to chill out with friends on the weekend and watch Netflix. Unless you expect to spend hours on end binge watching TV shows, then yeah, that might not be feasible, but I think that's true for any high school programme.
  48. 1 like
    Okay so I've decided i'm gonna look at how it affects pronunciation and listening skills because they're the most impacted!! Thanks for your advice!!
  49. 1 like
    1a) HL Math is a very common requirement for engineering courses in not only Germany but also for universities around the rest of the world. 1b) Depends. You have to check on the university website since different universities have different requirements - there is no standardized/ minimum mark that you need. 2a) Similar to 1b - it really depends on the university you are intending to study at. Usually, my teachers (from Singapore) encourage us to get at least 38 points to be safe if we want to attend an engineering course in a local university (not sure about Germany though).
  50. 1 like
    If you want to do them, then sure, they're a good choice.