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  1. 3 points
    I think there are two things you can do immediately: setting goals for short-term and removing distractions. 28/45 is a point on the map, but you need to identify the route. Focus on the task at hand. Confused in math class? A reasonable goal would be to ask teacher after class/school/during lunch on what you were confused about that day. Paper due in 5 days? In the next 2 hours ,find/read through all the research you will need. Think of work as water corroding a rock: it takes persistence and time. Most importantly, it is about turning hard, general goals into easy, specific tasks. Work without use of technology, or restrict use of technology. As weird as it might sound, it is physically possible to write an essay without using the computer. It is physically possible to do homework using just your notes, the textbook, and a calculator. Turn off your phone and computer when doing work. I would recommend starting with 20 minutes of no-distraction work period, following by a 5-minute break. Best of luck!
  2. 2 points
    It is of course possible to get a high mark in a science essay although I would agree it's probably harder than other subjects. In all honesty if I were you, I would pick a subject you know you're going to score a high mark in and do that for your EE. The University doesn't actually care if you do an EE based on medicine or not - but they will care if you have a low IB score. Of course if you do an EE based on medicine you can use it in your application, where I guess it's helpful as something to show interest, but honestly unlikely to make a massive difference. Especially in the UK if you are considering applying here, most people do A Levels and there is no EE equivalent, so not only may they not fully understand what the EE is, they won't be looking for it. You can do a subject you know you'll score well in AND also try to desperately get medicine in there. I did that myself, I did a Philosophy EE and purposely chose a topic within medical ethics. I don't know if it made any difference as nobody ever asked me about it at my interviews or any other time. You could equally do an essay in History relating to History of Medicine, in English using novels that relate to Medicine... I mean you can get creative with it. But like I said, I have no idea if it counts for anything much. TL;DR do your essay in whatever will get you the best marks as that matters most. If you got an offer for medical school predicated on 40 IB points (or whatever) and you had forced yourself to do an EE in Chemistry but scored low marks for it and so that lost you the point which would have made it 40 instead of 39 and you missed your offer, how would you feel.... think of it that way!
  3. 1 point
    Glad to help. Yes I was lucky and got into medical school. To be honest (in the UK at least) I think it's tough in a sense, but also somewhat random as to whether people get in or not. Most people who apply will have good grades, have done the relevant work experience, have extra-curricular activities and so on, but there's still a proportion of people who have all that stuff and are just unlucky. I know plenty of people who didn't get in the first time round but did easily on the second (annoying as it is to have to wait a year). There's a certain amount you can control - grades and so on, as I mentioned above - but a lot of it feels quite arbitrary. Also if from your response you meant you are planning on doing an EE in Philosophy, I would be a little cautious unless you actually take IB Philosophy (which I did) as without that you may not get the approach they are looking for. My EE is actually somewhere deep in the files on this website if you want to see what kind of thing they are after. Not saying it was a perfect example but should show the approach. If you don't do Philosophy but are determined to strong-arm medicine into your EE I suggest thinking about the subjects you *are* taking. Anyway, good luck!
  4. 1 point
    Hey glad to hear it's working out. I think the subject fee can be refunded. I am not sure. I thought Jan 15 is deadline for NEW STUDENTS not retake students. Again, my info is outdated by a few years but that's the info i have. EDIT: I say this because Jan 29 is deadline for RETAKE students to register but Jan 15 is for new students only.
  5. 1 point
    I did a history EE myself so I can give you some advice. An EE question is supposed to be specific so you can specify on the following: - timeframe: this is always recommended as long as it is longer than 10 years ago - historical figures or historians: this would include analyzing different perspectives from the time itself or in reflection - specific events: how factors contributed or led to a certain consequence/ story point These are just a few ideas that are applicable to all topics so I hope this was helpful Good luck!
  6. 1 point
    K&U is short for "Knowledge and Understanding (Criterion A)
  7. 1 point
    Hi, This doesn’t sound too good, but here is what you can do: I suggest that for revision you go through the questions of the official IB Economics Guide as there is nothing else they can ask you about in the exams. Have a look at this short video that shows what to look for. As for the IAs, try and go through this website, it includes all you need to know about the commentaries. Also, as for the cover page (see attached): the rules have changed in the past couple of years, and you only need to hand in one portfolio cover page and that’s all (so no need for a cover page for each IA). I’m here to help if you have any questions. Take care, EconDaddy IB Economics teacher, examiner and tutor www.econdaddy.com 3cse_e.pdf
  8. 1 point
    Just elaborating: Pre-IB is not an "IB-official" program like MYP, instead it is modelled after the Ontario curriculum. So essentially you're signed up for Academic-level classes. There is very little difference between Pre-IB and Academic, maybe an extra unit added to a course, or an extra assignment that Academic students would not usually do. All the extra stuff that you do in Pre-IB, while it does prepare you for IB in the long run, really makes no difference. In grade 9, there were actually some non-IB students placed in my Pre-IB classes and they fared well. I also found my non-IB classes to be very easy (the open-level electives as well as Academic Geography). I know you're proud of your 87 average right now (which is an awesome grade to start Pre-IB with 👏✌️), but trust me when I say this: you really don't have to worry about your grades now. Canadian universities will only look at grade 12 marks - the exception being if you don't have a certain grade 12 course completed, in which case they will consider the corresponding grade 11 mark. But that's way down the road. Enjoy grades 9 and 10, they're really great. The freedom of being in high school without the concept of university looming over you. Also, don't skip class.
  9. 1 point
    There is no longer any HL Further Math, or even HL Math. The new courses are HL/SL Applications and Interpretations and HL/SL Analysis and Approaches. A/I is stats focused and A/A is functions/calculus focused. There is significant modelling in both, and both courses share about 25% of the same content. If you are thinking of going into engineering, sciences, economics, computer science, then you probably need A/A; otherwise you can take either one. Unless after high school you plan to do something that does not require advanced math at all, eg literature, it's best to take the 1DE so you have options to take either math courses. 1DE keeps more options available. If you apply within Ontario for university, they need at least one of the 4U courses (advanced functions, prob/stats, vector/calculus). While 1D certainly still progresses towards these classes, taking an accelerated 1DE will make a smoother transition to the harder math classes in future years. It has typically been the case that SL is easier than 3U/4U courses and HL is much harder.
  10. 1 point
    No offence to the teacher, but for the argument, it's absolutely ridiculous. It's like saying if someone finishes an exam early, she must have messed up or missed something really significant. Turnitin is programmed to recognize proper citations, which should not show up on plagiarism. Similarity is a poor indication of how much or little evidence you have.
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