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  1. Gym counts, and everything else looks fine. CAS is mostly about how you sell your activities. I'd just be careful including things you did for your actual subjects as CAS, as CAS is meant to be extracurricular.
  2. This might be a bit late, but I'd strongly recommend against B&M HL, or B&M in general. It's seen as a 'soft subject' and might lower your chances of getting into a good uni (definitely in the UK). Take History, start at HL and drop to SL after a year, or something like that, as long as you're interested in History -- your SL exam will be loads easier after a year of HL, too, because you'll get a lot of context. Martijn.S is very right about how sciences work in the IB -- bio is memorisation, physics is exercises and chem is inbetween. If you're not good at sciences but remember facts well, bio is a better choice. Good luck!!
  3. hot because you posted on my birthday!
  4. In this case, look into getting a tutor for sure!
  5. I found out what Standard Error was when I submitted my IA first draft. What the hell. The meanest are always the loudest, I bet it wasn't the whole class!
  6. If they laugh, they're bitches. Ask someone else, someone who's nicer. Can't believe someone would be so rude.
  7. Hot because who doesn't love a genius.
  8. Hi! I hope it gets better for you soon. Some people need more time settling in, maybe in a few weeks you'll be back on track. Until then: find out what you're doing in the next lesson and go over the topic before you do it in class. Some people actually study this way: they learn the topic beforehand, and in class, they just listen and mark down new information from the teacher (what wasn't in the book). I couldn't imagine doing this for all classes, but give it a try for your next bio lesson (best if you study the new topic during the weekend, since you have more time). Biology was hell for me from start to finish and I was relieved to end up with a 5 at SL in the end, but I dropped from HL after the first year because it was way too much for me. Perhaps you should try the same, but switch now? No matter what your school says, until you're registered for the exams (which is next year), you can still change your courses, especially between HL and SL (but you'd need a new HL). Just explain to your councelor/equivalent that you are confident you'll get a much better score in SL; the school doesn't want their students to fail, so they might be able to help. However, if you want to carry on with HL, then what really helped me and would've helped more if I'd started earlier: Hank Green's Crash Course (on YouTube) and sciencemusicvideos.com -- the latter seemed really dumb to me at first, but the repetitive exercises after videos helped me more than anything when I was revising. So maybe give these a try? Good luck, soldier, we have complete faith in you!
  9. ellie

    History HL

    Okay, that's great, I had the same ones! Russia: Richard Pipes (A Concise History of the Russian Revolution is a masterpiece, it's all you need to know and the revolutions are often referenced, but Three "whys" of the Russian Revolution is really short and detailed, I recommend reading it shortly before the exam) Robert Service (A History of Modern Russia has chapters that are identical with syllabus points, also biographies of Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky) Orlando Figes (A People's Tragedy is another one on the revolution, but Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991 is a bit broader, also pretty short) and Sheila Fitzpatrick are famous for Russia, but I haven't read them World War I: Read up on the Fischer controversy (WWI was taught as having been Germany's fault without a doubt, but as you know, that's gross oversimplification) Niall Ferguson, British historian who blames Britain for WWI. Super interesting, he talks about most of his points here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT81WwCix4M&nohtml5=False (it's a great video, you can see how sassy he is) Henry Kissinger (I recommend the relevant chapters from Diplomacy, another very good read; the Doomsday Machine chapters are about WWI) Christopher Clark (Sleepwalkers) and Margaret MacMillan (lots of books) both have excellent lectures on YouTube Primary sources: look up some WWI poets, I also really loved All Quiet on the Western Front (Remarque), it helps you understand the era much better Nazi Germany: I actually really recommend the IB textbooks here, it discusses historians quite well (I used Cambridge and Pearson), get it at the library if you can, no point in buying these. Richard Overy (The Road to War) Richard Evans (The Coming of the Third Reich) I don't have anything for the others, but Kissinger's Diplomacy covers LoN and the interwar years very well. Hope that helped! If you need help with finding anything, PM me.
  10. ellie

    History HL

    What topics are you doing?
  11. Lowered my expectations. Was around 10-20% up until end of March, beginning of April. Then solved about 20 past papers before the exams and eventually, ended up with a 4 and it was fine because that was all I needed for university. Never truly got the hang of it, just powered through. Past papers are the key, though, as is solving lots of exercises (question bank is the best!) Good luck!
  12. Don't worry, you still have a good chance! Your score is beyond impressive, you're in the top 3% or so of all IB students and you got 776 in your HLs. Just write a killer Personal Statement and from what I've heard, Oxford understands that not all schools are equal and you're asked if your school held you back in any way (not 100% sure, but in any case you could have your referee mention it). You are academically exceptional, I think that's what the top unis are looking for. Good luck!!
  13. Your SLs don't matter that much in the UK, so I suggest sticking with whatever brings the best grades.
  14. ellie

    History HL

    Hi! Sorry for being late to the party, but this topic speaks to me. Only 2% of HL History students achieve 7s and before me, nobody in our school had ever gotten that, not even the best and brightest, so I was feeling pretty unsure of myself, crossed my fingers for a 6, which frankly also seemed unattainable. Some advice that I can give you: you have to dive in to what you're studying. IB History guides are little use to you if you want to stand out (i.e. get over a 5). You'll need real, solid history books. My teacher was a gift from god who gave us specific pages or chapters to read, but it's not that hard to find yourself later on either (find a good book about your topic and look for your topic, history books are usually chaptered well. Now, reading real books has two large advantages: first, you get a more thorough picture of the events (make sure to skim the topic from your textbook or wikipedia first, can be overwhelming otherwise); secondly, you pick up on the writing style, and my teacher assured me that my style was one of my main assets. Enthusiasm and interest are vital. Without these, you won't remember as much and studying will be hard (for me, it was really REALLY fun, most of the time). I also really liked watching lectures, discussions and presentations. I just searched youtube for a good historian that my teacher had mentioned and watched whatever seemed most on-topic. I remembered historians' POVs really really well because of this! Videos and audio work best for me because I'm an auditive learner, so if reading doesn't quite cut it for you, maybe try that? Oh, and I was in Russia for two weeks half a year before the exams and spent 8 hours in a history museum, even used stuff I saw there in my exams. You'll need to surround yourself with a lot of History, read books on the bus, on the toilet, use up moments you usually do nothing with. Watch documentaries instead of your favourite TV show every once in a while, more and more as the exams approach. And you need to write A LOT. Like, as much as in a HL English essay, but you have 45 minutes instead of 2 hours. My teacher really put emphasis on this. It's one of the most time-consuming subjects, though, and don't expect a 6 or a 7 if you don't prioritise History. You'll need to practice a lot and be dedicated. I, for example, chose to get as good as I could in History instead of pushing my Math average from a 4 to a 5, since it was a lot more important for me. If you have any other questions (more specific), I'll gladly try to help, just ask! Good luck!! Disclaimer: not saying this is the only, or the fireproof way to a HL History 7. It worked for me, it might help you.
  15. You should definitely use some articles, better yet if you can dig up some news' segments and stuff from that time -- primary sources are always good. Perhaps divide it into two parts -- first, media portrayal; second, reasons for withdrawal, that way it'll be clearer. Good luck!
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