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  1. KhanAcademy and patrickjmt have really great videos that help simplify concepts for me. Otherwise I'd say that using as many resources as possible is the strategy I've found works best for me. For example, I try to skim over my math notes in the about 7 minutes of time I have in between classes, read over them again at home (maybe copy them down again if they're messy or I'm having trouble with the concept), power through some of the homework/book examples, look up khanacademy/patrickjmt if I'm still struggling, get out my exam prep (AP, IB, SAT, whichever has something relating to the current topic!) books and look through those. When the test approaches I look up past papers and test myself that way. One piece of advice for tests: if you don't immediately know how to solve a problem, solve it anyway. You need to at the very least *try* something, and who knows, maybe you'll figure it out midway through your working. I've had that happen to me so many times during tests and it's amazing what can happen if you just try!! So never just write off a problem-try different methods too. Maybe if algebra isn't working then graphing will. Or maybe instead of systematically listing you can find a pattern. Whatever works hope this helps and good luck on exams!
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    I went through all the markschemes for the official IB-sponsored responses to the questions asking to define terms in the current (2009) syllabus. Good luck to everyone on their exams!
  3. I don't know what the November 2013 ones are, but I have overall May 2012 TZ1 ones here: 7: 67-100% 6: 55-66% 5: 43-54% 4: 31-42% 3: 21-30% I'm not sure about TZ2 either, sorry :/ but hope this helps!! Good luck on your exams!
  4. Part I: Works in Translation (things like Fathers and Children, Sound of Waves, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold-all taken from IB's prescribed list) - things not originally written in your lang A that have been translated into your language Part II: Detailed Study (examining plot, literary devices, etc. of the 3 novels from this part) - you have to do the IOC (Individual Oral Commentary) on this. Part III: Literary Genres - do a comparative essay and examine how the genre influences certain aspects of each book (Paper 2 tests this) Part IV: Options - whatever your teacher wants. You do the IOP (Individual Oral Presentation) on these! Hope this helps good luck on your exams!
  5. ^ctrls is right. You're graded on such criteria as interpersonal skills, self-reflective abilities, etc. it should NOT be an individual project at ALL. The main purpose of Group IV project is to make IB students work collaboratively on an issue. And...2 weeks? What on earth? Is your bio teacher sure she isn't asking for an IA (lab report/experiment)? Because my school gave us like two *months* to work on it, not two *weeks*. I would talk to your IB coordinator about this, because honestly it sounds like your bio teacher's more than a little confused about how IB works. As for your topic...you're supposed to be able to discuss the social, environmental, ethical etc. implications. So maybe focus on major diseases that are still affecting humanity today? You could probably do an entire 30 minute spiel on cancer alone, but there's still a lot of things like HIV/AIDS, malaria, diabetes, etc. you could focus on/give a brief overview on. If your entire bio class's focus is on virology, maybe choose one disease and stick to it (explaining why, of course, because this is IB; maybe one of your relatives was diagnosed with it?). If not, then you could probably give a broader, more general overview of the diseases that are most interesting/relevant to you. Hope this helps and best of luck!
  6. Medicine/Drugs and Food Chemistry! They're mostly pretty straightforward, actually, which I like. not so much our options in bio, though...
  7. Lab Report

    I always show an example of percent error in my sample calculations just to be safe. Better safe than sorry when it comes to IB. My teacher says you don't *have* to calculate percent error but it helps to have a measure of just how accurate your data is when you're going over limitations in the CE portion of the lab. You definitely need to have uncertainties in your data tables and in the form of error bars on your graph(s). It's mentioned in at least one of the criterion for DCP. I have a question as well-how many limitations/improvements are needed to score a 2 in those areas for CE? Because most of my teachers say they want 5, which I think is a bit ridiculous when I always find myself grasping at straws for the last 1-2; I tend to focus more on providing three extremely relevant limitations with several sentences of explanation each. Is that ok? Because it's getting really irritating, being marked down every single lab for that.
  8. We have almost 80 in my grade and almost 50 seniors for 130 total...out of about 750 kids total in the two grades.
  9. Yeah TOK doesn't take up much time at all haha it's my easiest IB class! As for AP Physics B...isn't that changing to AP Physics 1 and 2 from the 2014-2015 school year onward? Either way, it'll be easier than before because CollegeBoard is dividing the curriculum in half, so you only have to learn half the stuff that the classes before you did! Unless you want to take both exams your junior year, which is doable. The problem with Physics B is that there are so many topics. But you don't need a whole lot of depth in understanding them. AP Physics C is the opposite. You only focus on mechanics and electricity/magnetism. And since you study those two topics for an entire year, you have to know them really freaking well. If you have a good teacher, you'll be fine; otherwise, plan on this class being both one of the most time-consuming and GPA-killer for the first month or so. After that, you'll probably be used to it and - don't worry - your grades will go up too! But literally, some of the topics I had to read the textbook sections more than 5 times before I "got" the concepts down. And Physics C is almost all about concepts. In my experience so far, Bio HL is more a busy-work/memorization class than anything else. I hate the course but love the people in it. Chem HL...well...I'll get back to you on that if we survive o-chem but the SL topics (which you'll probably focus on the first year) are mostly pretty easy to grasp. And since you're good at science, you'll probably be fine. Doesn't mean don't study, though. English HL seems to be different for every school, but most of my friends agree that it sucks. We never get down time in that class. Literally while some people still had to finish their internal oral presentations, they dumped us with the interactive oral presentations and we were all "say what??" And the book choices almost always suck. *sigh* But the people in that class are awesome! (and I can't deny that my writing has improved, so...) I'm not in history or German. SL Math you'll be fine in, especially because you have it over two years. I find that the best way to prepare is to just sit down and work on honest-to-god math problems. Plus they got rid of matrices, a topic many students struggled with (but they're so important for more advanced math like linear algebra and everything! gah...). Hope this helps and best of luck in IB!
  10. When the demotivation sets in really hard, I stand up while doing my homework. It works for me; it's the fastest I've ever finished a lab report, at any rate, lol. Yes, I love the tips in this thread! So awesome and helpful! What also helps me is challenging myself to complete as much work as possible in a short amount of time. Isn't the human attention span only about 20 minutes or something like that? So I'll set a timer for 20 minutes and tell myself to get as much of a certain subject's work done as possible. It doesn't work as well for math/physics, seeing as the problems in those subjects are more involved, but when I'm annotating, writing an essay, reading a book, typing up a report? It's extremely helpful. Another thing: it helps me to have a set time pretty much every day to work on something. For example, I normally work on math during the hour before dinner, and on chemistry or physics after dinner. See how that works for you. Not everyone finds rigid structure helpful. And sometimes I need to mix things up a bit as well. Different things will work for different people, so I imagine a mixing and mashing of all the tips in this thread will help immensely. I'm also striving for a 45, but it's very difficult! Best of luck in your future endeavors! Let us know when you've achieved your goal!
  11. I tend to like angsty or hurt/comfort fics as long as there's not too much graphic/adult subject matter...some of the things people come up with for any fandom, really...
  12. I love reading fanfiction! It's one of my guilty pleasures, since the vast majority of the time I'll be procrastinating on several important assignments while I read lol. I usually read Star Trek Reboot (ST2009) fanfictions, particularly the angsty ones that focus on Jim. I love me some hurt!Jim. In fact, it's probably unhealthy how much I enjoy reading hurt!Jim fics haha. I agree with what Wicquor posted above about OC's/OOC fics. They are really irritating unless I need something to brighten my day and the author warns readers that the fic is a crack one with lots of OOC-ness. I don't ship very often, particularly not with Jim. I've always felt like Jim is more of a "married to the job" kind of guy, especially because 1) in The Original Series his relationships with women never work out, and 2) he loves his ship. He truly loves it, as people who've seen Into Darkness can testify. However, I get really irritated when people put him in a relationship with Spock, because it's canon that Spock's with Uhura. I also get irritated when people make Jim be part of any homosexual relationship, because the reboot movies clearly show that he is heterosexual, meaning that it's canon. That brings me to another topic - I strongly dislike fics that ruin canon. Unless the author warns the readers that it's an AU (of an AU...lol) and the writing is actually of excellent quality. Otherwise, I probably won't read past halfway through the first chapter. I visited the HP fandom a couple times and got scared so I've stuck with Star Trek 2009 fics.
  13. IOP

    Taking opportunities while they are still available (not waiting until it's too late)-"When You Are Old" by Yeats
  14. ^I'm sorry to hear that you had such a negative experience with the DP program and particularly in math, but that appears to be a more school- or region-specific problem rather than an issue with the overarching DP curriculum. (Also, please don't call people out by name!! This is the internet!) I will say, though, that Studies is such a blowoff class that I'm not surprised universities don't look very highly on it. My friends who aren't very math-inclined say that it's their easiest IB class, and I've skimmed through some of their past papers. It's ridiculous how easy some of the questions are. SL, on the other hand, is a step up from that. If you haven't built up a strong foundation in math, be prepared to work for your grade. And given the really annoying nature of some of their questions, I wouldn't downgrade its difficulty all the way down to pre-calc, more like a mix of the harder topics of pre-calc and the easier topics of Calculus I. Sure, some of the topics are really basic (factoring, functions, polynomials, etc.), but others can get nasty if you don't sit down and work at them (trig in particular seems to be a problem for most people; vectors; sequences and series; etc.). If it's not too late, have the teacher give you a past SL exam to judge your level. If you get a high 3 or above, I'd say HL quite possibly is a better fit. Below that, it depends on how much work you're willing to put in, as well as how strong of a mathematical background you have. The gap between SL and HL is very noticeable. I'd say take this path if you're planning on majoring in mathematics or engineering or something of the sort at uni. At my school, the people who do best not only spend a lot of time practicing (doing different problems, working out homework/examples, going back over our lecture notes, etc.), but also love math. And honestly, to survive the workload, they kind of have to love math. A lot of people tend to burn out and drop back down to SL, but if you start just with SL it's very difficult to jump into the HL class later, so if it's not late, sign up for the HL class and try it out for several weeks. If you feel it's at the right level of challenge, and it fits with your career goals, then go for it and good luck! If not, there's no shame in dropping down to SL - people do it all the time. Either way, best of luck in your future IB endeavors!
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    The Case Study (titled The Imperial) that will be used for paper 1 exams, both SL and HL, in May and November of 2014.