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  1. Yeah, that's good. Just maybe change "why" depending on your research and experiment. Are you going to be looking for answers to "why" or focusing more on the difference? If you are focusing on "why" then it's good
  2. No problem! I did a similar lab before. In your RQ, add what type of habitat you'll be comparing. My teacher gave me one tip about RQs, "make it as specific as you possibly can!" Every time you edit it, try to see if there is anything else you can specify. Other than that, your experiment makes sense as long as you have the proper equipment to measure everything. Just make sure that you are NOT researching the soil pH (this is your independent variable aka the one you change). And decide if you want to research the specific nutrients in soil, presence of certain plants, or the population of certain plants. These are 3 different dependent variables. Did that make sense? ^ Sorry I am not the best at explaining!
  3. Going from this RQ, your independent variable is the soil pH and dependent is nutrients in soil available to plants? Hmm.. you might want to make it more detailed. What nutrients? What kind of plant (this also specifies soil)? If you tell me more about the lab, maybe I can help! Good luck
  4. Oh yes it's working now! Just one question: Do you want me to add both arm lengths?
  5. Definitely work on your time management skills! Try out different techniques and figure out what works for you- lists, calendars, or something else? I felt just how you feel right now at the beginning of IB, but I'm in grade 12 and it's not as bad as you might imagine (or I have just gotten better at managing my time). I didn't get any spares last year or this year, so I guess that's a drawback..but I guess I'm used to it now. Good luck
  6. Volunteer at the hospital (which is actually fun), workout, Tumblr, Netflix, and cook once in a while!
  7. Something to do with culture and values? Maybe incorporate WOKs such as emotion and reason (depending on your research)? Good luck!
  8. At my school, I have to work towards the IB Diploma and the general provincial diploma. So I have to write double the diploma exams. We have the same classes for the subjects though. So, for example, I have Physics. In Physics, we learn the general curriculum and the extra IB stuff. Most teachers, usually, star/highlight the IB stuff. So when I get an assignment or a test in class, it goes towards my general mark. And when I get an IB assignment or essay, it goes towards my IB mark. For example, a general lab write-up vs. an IB lab write-up. Some of the stuff is fairly different, but I'm learning to get used to it. It's decent right now, but it's going to be tough during exam time.
  9. Thank you to all of you! I truly appreciate it. And err, I'm still confused about HL and SL. My coordinator has organized everything :/ I do extremely well in French, I'm just nervous about English, haha. *However, I'm guessing English is HL and French is SL.
  10. Hey! So I'm going to be starting IB DP very soon, and I still have some questions that I have forgotten to ask the coordinator before vacation (honestly though, I annoy him with 100s of questions). My first, very cliche question: Is IB as tough as people make it out to be? I know it depends on the individual, but I've heard way too many rumours. For example, you can expect your marks to go down 15% (compared to regular classes). I can't find myself to believe that. If I'm willing to put in the effort and manage my time wisely, will I see a definite decrease in my marks? I know the IB marking guide is very different, but if you were to hypothetically convert it to percent grades? Also, I've heard about completely loosing your social life and sleep. I mean, if you're required to do CAS hours, doesn't that actually enable you to have a life outside of studying? And will I be losing hours of sleep even if I bring myself to not procratinate? Second last, I'm most afriad for English. I feel as if no matter how much one tries, it comes down to natural ability. I have honours in English, but I feel as if it's due to my easy-going teacher. Is this just my conscious fooling around with me, or will I actually face a tough time? What is/was the most challenging subject for you? My most important question, though, is about HL and SL courses. I attended an IB meeting with my coordinatar. During that meeting, he explained the entire process, and I understood it fairly well. However, after doing research on the internet, I realized HL and SL courses work much differently. Is that just dependent on the school? I was told what courses I will be doing as HL or SL. While researching, I found students picked between HL and SL. I went on the IB website, and I'm still having difficulties understanding the concept. After school starts back up, I will definitely meet with my coordinator, and ask him to clear the confusion. Although, it would be much appreciated if I knew what I'm doing before I start. Here is some information about me (if it can help you answer my questions): I have completed PYP and MYP, and I'm starting my first year of DP. I'm an honours student, and learning to strive for more. At times I do procrastinate, but never fail to hand in assignments on time. I know that if I try, I can completely stop procratinating, and that is my goal for this year! If I put my mind into anything, I usually experience success. Feel free to answer as many questions as you can (I know I ask a lot). Thank you in advance!
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