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Nrsander last won the day on December 7 2012

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  1. 1. buy new one 2. use it on test 3. return to store the next day 4. ???????? 5. PROFIT
  2. Thank you so much. These are the two topics we were taught at my school as well. Well written, just as I would have organized them. Thanks again Charlotte
  3. "Communism in Crisis 1976–8" should read "Communism in Crisis 1976–89" but great guide! Thanks!
  4. The way these papers are graded is significantly different from the methods with which, say, English papers are graded. When reviewing the History exams, readers have set items that receive marks. As long as you include these items in your essay, you'll receive credit. That being said, another facet of the criterion is writing your essay with an effective structure and in coherent language. The length of your writing will not help or hurt you (unless you are woefully brief, at the extreme, of course). However, in an effort to put your mind at rest (because I personally hate when a responder doesn't actually answer my question) I would recommend writing 4 pages for HL/SL Paper 2 (2 pages per prompt) and 7-8 pages for HL Paper 3 (2-3 pages for each of the 3 prompts). In the words of my History teacher, the average student writes one page (one side of one sheet) every 20 minutes. That's not a rule, just the average, according to him, but it seems reasonable. You will be fine though! Good luck to you. EDIT: Yep, I agree with the poster above me.
  5. Best thing I've ever read. Thank you for taking the time to make this.
  6. Prescription-only Adderall and its chemical relatives (Vyvanse, Concerta, Dexadrine...) have been the source of widespread debate in colleges everywhere as more and more students are using such medications to treat ADD/ADHD on a daily basis. However, Attention Deficit [Hyperactivity] Disorder is not a communicable disease nor an epidemic, so although legal prescriptions are increasing exponentially every year, it can be reasonably inferred that these are not all legitimate cases of ADD/ADHD. After all, the only way to diagnose the condition is through an easily-faked behavior test with a psychologist. Adderall has been called "steroids for students" and for a good reason, according to those who have tried it. The pill increases focus and is often taken while studying to better retain information. For those without legitimate cases of ADD/ADHD, do you consider this to be cheating? -------------- Personally: I was prescribed Adderall when I was in elementary school. I honestly believe I live with ADD, and at the time when I was diagnosed, I had no idea it was a mental "performance enhancing" drug. I just was tired of walking into the kitchen and forgetting why I was there. Since then, I stopped using it until 17 when I restarted my regimen and upped my dosage from 5mg to 15mg twice per day. They kick in within 15 minutes, and for those who have never tried it, my original experience involved me literally feeling like a different mind occupied my body. It was a hard adjustment period at first; before I was used to it, it made me very hyperactive and acute. My eyes would register everything at once going on around me. I could remember license plates from hours ago without trying. It changed me from hating half of my IB subjects to truly enjoying HL chemistry, my previously most despised subject. I wanted to work and work harder. It even made me stronger physically - My bench press went from 205lbs one day to 225lb the next day with probably another rep to spare. That does not happen. However, I admit readily that it is indeed cheating. It is an artificial catalyst of the brain that hugely modifies how much I learn and retain. I almost have a hard time functioning without it. Last weekend, before the SAT II Math II subject test, I studied for 12 hours straight twice and didn't want to stop or complain. I took practice tests in my SAT Math II subj. test book and got the following scores: No pill: 640 Pill: 710 After two days studying with no pills: 640 After two days studying with pills: 770 I am not advocating for the illegal usage of Adderall; don't go buy it from your classmates and pop them yourselves. They are dangerous to the uninitiated. The pills literally are amphetamine produced legally. You will feel very different. That being said, I firmly believe the pills are cheating because they give an unfair advantage to the student over other students who wish to work equally as hard but are not artificial memory-banks. I don't plan to stop taking it, though, because at much as it pains me to go against my moral code, I could not be getting all A's otherwise, and that is my only motivation. Thoughts?
  7. I did have a life when my grades were subpar and included 2 C's in my two years of Pre-IB. However, when I visited colleges and realized where I REALLY want to be with my life, I stopped playing Halo until 2AM and dicking around aimlessly on the internet for hours. I also had to cut out some time with my friends during the weekdays. But, in doing all of that, I handily got all A's in IB, including HL math/chem/history/english. Not only that, I went from despising chemistry and history, thinking "When will I ever use this?" to enjoying both of them. I actually do enjoy learning now, and that's a huge turnaround from where I used to be. It's where you need to be in life to really understand how the world works and to succeed these days. I feel more fulfilled, and even though I ALWAYS find myself crunched for time and not being able to learn a lot of the stuff I wish I could learn on the side (I want to learn to use pro video editing software and to play lacrosse well) I find that I'm generally a more dedicated person than I used to be. ....... But I still make time to go out on most weekends and get white girl schwasted at least once a month. Oh, and get Adderall. Seriously. I probably couldn't have gotten all A's without it.
  8. Your teacher is absolutely right. Schools like Johns Hopkins University are noticing and catering to this, with the creation of a special mix program between the two majors; it's advertised as giving an engineering mindset to a future financial power player. Around the end of your college career, you could expect to have the upper edge in applying for internships for major financial institutions, such as the bulge bracket investment banks like Goldman Sachs/Morgan Stanley. You'd have an exponentially improved chance for consulting firms like McKinsey, Bain, or BCG. At the investment banks, you're looking at all-in compensation of over $100,000 for your first year out of college (although working long hours). You'll also have room for exponential vertical or horizontal career movement. For consulting firms, think around $80-90k but a more mentally engaging and interesting workload, and you don't necessarily have to live in NYC. If money matters to you. Which, arguably, it should if you're spending the money for college.
  9. Biology because of its memorization component would make it the most unappealing in my opinion, but to each their own. Chemistry isn't that far off from SL, and Maths HL is harder for sure, but I took both Chem HL and M HL and was able to do well on both. It is less about knowing material for math than it is about applying concepts, and you will need to do further work on your own (invest in Math Questionbank from IBO, or just do some clever Googling).
  10. The 8/9 hour sleepers are irregular, to be honest. You have to realize that these are the types of IB superstars that actually know what IBSurvival is
  11. Speak your calculator's language proficiently. Learn the functions of your calculator like it is a part of your textbook. It will get you out of many questions that you can't solve on your own. The TI-Nspire CX, for example, has a function available in test mode nsolve(). It will solve any entire function for x. The specific calculator is also great because it's full keyboard and digital screen allow me to type everything quickly and revise and review quickly as well. It was definitely worth the extra cost over a TI-XX and they are not even expensive anymore if purchased used from eBay, etc. The commands available for graphs are phenomenal too. Patterns are more visible and it's speedier in general, saving precious seconds to minutes on the actual exam. You may be surprised at how many questions can be answered or at least made simple by graphing them and using the calculator's various analysis tools.
  12. Dead God; over $220 USD for a book that should probably be public domain (if the International Baccalaureate Communists wanted to truly help us out). That's insanity. Luckily some generous souls are "offering" it through other means, so I'll consider taking advantage of that. Thank you, Sandwich.
  13. At the risk of sounding ignorant... Where can I find this question bank? I'm always looking for more practice with HL math before tests.
  14. And even then, a screenshot and crop will make your image into a mere copy in less than a minute. In reality, there is no way at all.
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