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  1. One of the best ways to study, even for tests, is to do past exams. Get acquainted with the style of the questions throughout the year, so you're not cramming in April by trying to do all the past exam papers. Have the fewest regrets possible by studying effectively throughout the year (ie. like the person above me said, don't procrastinate).
  2. I had a friend who was near tears most days (before her acceptances) because her predicted total was the same as yours, but she applied and got into Waterloo and McMaster for engineering. Just remember that most Canadian unis will look more heavily at the top 6 average.
  3. I took the exact same IB1 and IB2 courses as you! hehe From my experience, longest to shortest: Chem HL (for the reasons you stated) > Econ HL (because our teachers were extremely lazy during the year.... lots of last minute cramming from the course companion) > Bio SL (lots to memorize) > English HL (wingable if you understand the texts and concepts)
  4. One which I am familiar with is Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam (http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&channel=s&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-GB%3Aofficial&hs=cKg&q=bloodletting+and+miraculous+cures&btnG=Search&meta=).
  5. I used to watch Arthur and Timothy Goes To School pretty regularly. When I was younger, I loved how the simple, bright colours woke me up in the morning. I still like cartoons, but in a different light and in a different way, of course.
  6. I only log onto MSN if I have a group project. Thus, I have very few contacts and I find it useful and not a tool for distraction. Some people have problems with replying promptly by email, so it is usually much more convenient to use instant messaging.
  7. Safari is nice to use, but Firefox is by far the best to me. It's not only safe in itself, but you also have the option of downloading add-ons that make your web experience even safer (eg. NoScript or Adblock). You can customize its appearance and functionality in a myriad of ways.
  8. I recommend A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking. It's basically a dumbed-down version of the classic A Brief History of Time. (It also talks about wormholes!) Also, try Dawkin's books, like his most famous, The God Delusion. The Blind Watchmaker also seems very interesting.
  9. Two which annoy me a lot: 1) Definitely being spelled definately or definitly. 2) This is "more easier" instead of "easier".
  10. I did mean the HI - sorry about the ambiguity. Thank you for your answers!
  11. Are quotes by historians part of the word count of an HI? Thanks! Hopefully I'm allowed to create a topic like this.
  12. Logically thinking, working late at night makes me less jumpy because I feel like I have a certain number of hours I can work on an assignment, and there are usually 7-8. Working late and then sleeping is less nerve-wracking than sleeping and waking up early because you can sleep soundly when you finish.
  13. I think being a genius in something gives someone more motivation. We all probably know someone who is naturally excellent at math and can get perfects without studying at all. Because of your genes, you have an edge. However hard work is also very important because it can bring you the results of a genius.
  14. I am obsessed with Bruch's Romanze as of now. I can't stop listening to it!
  15. I think it's very interesting that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012 as there should be a profound reason why it was this year, but I doubt that it will be something as drastic as a polar shift or as large as a natural disaster. Maybe a change in humanity?

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