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  1. I did both at HL, and got 7's in both. I found psychology more interesting than history, so I found studying it interesting and engaging, whereas I pretty much had to nail myself to a desk to study history. I found that to get a 7 in History HL I had to put in around 3-4 times the amount of work as I did in Psychology. Both subjects have a paper you can get by in without studying much (P1 for hist and P3 for Psych). I found that for both subjects it is better to not study the whole syllabus but rather to cut it down to things you want to focus on. Also, questions in the exams for both are usually fairly predictable. I found that the Psych P1 and 2 are overall easier than Hist P2 and 3 because you have more time to write each essay (e.g. 1 hour for each essay in Psych P2 compared with 50 minutes for each essay in P3 and 45 minutes in P2). The HI is easier and more enjoyable than the Psych IA I would say. History is seen as a more traditional subject but honestly I would say do what you enjoy and what you can score better in. I would choose Psych over History any day.
  2. Australian uni's don't have subject specific requirements, you used to have to do Chem to get into med but I think they changed that.
  3. I think that you need to differentiate between Europe and Australia for medical admissions, because unlike Europe, in Aus the norm is to do medicine post-grad rather than undergrad. Undergrad medicine is extremely competitive and if entry to UQ is anything like UNSW in NSW then you will probably need at least 42 or 43 in the IB, alongside a strong UMAT and interview to have any chance, so it could be the case that it is in fact more simple to enter at post-grad. UQ is still a really good uni so I wouldn't really worry about prestige, of course i'm biased towards USyd because I go there but I personally think that post-grad medicine is a much better option than undergraduate medicine plus the medicine building at USyd is soooo nice (think oxbridge-style building)
  4. I can only speak from personal experience, but the only things on that list of yours I did was remembering themes and quotes (probably the only way to study for P2) and reading books, although I read 'easy' reads to offset the stress of IB I just find that unlike other subjects in the IB, being really technical about English, getting the course companion/study guide etc. doesn't help at all. Firstly, as you've said, there is little distinction between 6 and 7, I mean if I had gotten one less mark on any part of the course I would have gotten a 6. Secondly, as will all IB subjects, to get a 7 you need to be strategic rather than smart. This means targeting areas of the course. For me; I was always good at analysis, thinking on the spot, more unseen things etc. So I targetted that parts of the course I was good at, P1 and the IOC. The IOP is actually probably one of the easier IB IA's IMO because you have so much control over it and it isn't directly moderated. So I worked hard at doing well at these and ended up with 7's in both, compensating for the 6's I got in P2 and WL's. Identify your strengths, capitalise on them, and do practice commentaries and P2 essays. Look at the marking schemes for them. Know the texts well, and prioritise. Good luck
  5. laryxle

    History SL/HL Help

    Just a word of warning, don't expect to find the questions you want on your exam because they have been in past exams a lot, prepare with the mindset that they won't so you aren't stuck if they aren't on the exam. A good example of this is the November 2010 exam, I expected there to be a question on German unification, because every past paper I had seen had a question on it, yet there wasn't. Similarly, there were no questions on WW1, the peace treaties etc. If I hadn't done a lot of study I on the less frequently asked points of the syllabus I would have been screwed. However, for the May 2011 exam, i'd expect the P3 to be not so bad, although I think your P2 will be quite hard.
  6. What about Pan-Slavism? I know that was involved in the causes. I totally agree with the people recommending you use MAIN, that's how we were taught, and it is a good way to thematically organise your ideas. MAIN gives the four main (no pun intended) causes, pan-slavism is a sub-category of nationalism .
  7. History and Group 1 subjects, Group 2 if you are fluent in that language.
  8. I used the same sources because that's what I thought the task asked you to do; section B is the description of the research you found and section D is the analysis of it, so they are quite linked, and hence you need to use the same sources.
  9. To be honest, just make sure you have a clear desk at home, folders to put notes in for every subject, notebooks to write in for each subject, textbooks and stationary. Anything else is fairly superfluous imo. Just work solidly. You don't even need to make study notes for subjects until the end of IB1 really (when looking at the crappy notes I made at the start of IB1 as I was studying for my exams, I nearly chucked them in the bin, they were basically useless ).
  10. Introduction: -Statement relating to the topic (e.g. okinawa has the highest number of centenarians in the world) -Introduce what you will be talking about (why is this? two reasons; lifestyle and diet) Point 1; Lifestyle -Things about their lifestyle Point 2; Diet -Things about their diet -using visual stimulus (e.g. look at this picture, it is a -insert thing here-. It is eaten in -insert dish here- dish which is made by... Conclusion: -Something IB-ish about the world and culture (e.g. the influence of the American presence on Okinawa means that the diet of young people their is starting to change) This is pretty much a runthrough of how I structured mine, very simple, but that's all it needs to be for SL. I got 25/30 (mid-high 6) for it. Remember though that the presentation is essentially just a stimulus for the questions, and that you are not marked on the presentation in anyway. if anything, structure the speech in such a way that prompts questions relating to things you understand well and are prepared for.
  11. Just an update, my chemistry remark came through and I went from 75 to 76, enough to get a 7 and go up to 44 So ecstatic. I can't even believe that it went up, my P1 didn't change, P3 actually went down two marks but P2 went up 3 marks. Thank god for paper 2 lol!!!
  12. I really wouldn't do this topic if I were you, the IB really like for language A1 to be strictly literary, your essay would most likely not score highly. Additionally, it isn't really plausible to cover that topic in 4,000 words. Not all is lost however, why don't you just shorten your question to "How does Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World warn us of the dangers of a society governed by happiness", eliminating the society part of the question.
  13. ‘How does T.S. Eliot use the motifs of abnormality and dysfunction to illustrate the loneliness and inadequacies of his characters in selected poems?’ Received an A (34/36)
  14. I have them for some subjects: English HL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 13 2 14 29 3 30 41 4 42 54 5 55 67 6 68 79 7 80 100 SL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 13 2 14 28 3 29 38 4 39 51 5 52 64 6 65 77 7 78 100 French B SL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 15 2 16 32 3 33 45 4 46 59 5 60 71 6 72 85 7 86 100 Japanese B SL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 12 2 13 25 3 26 39 4 40 55 5 56 69 6 70 86 7 87 100 Spanish ab initio: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 12 2 13 27 3 28 42 4 43 55 5 56 69 6 70 84 7 85 100 History Europe Peacekeeping HL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 10 2 11 23 3 24 33 4 34 44 5 45 55 6 56 66 7 67 100 Psych HL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 10 2 11 21 3 22 30 4 31 41 5 42 56 6 57 67 7 68 100 Bio HL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 17 2 18 32 3 33 43 4 44 55 5 56 67 6 68 78 7 79 100 SL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 15 2 16 29 3 30 41 4 42 54 5 55 67 6 68 80 7 81 100 Chem HL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 18 2 19 34 3 35 46 4 47 57 5 58 67 6 68 78 7 79 100 Chem SL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 16 2 17 31 3 32 44 4 45 55 5 56 64 6 65 75 7 76 100 Physics HL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 15 2 16 28 3 29 39 4 40 49 5 50 59 6 60 69 7 70 100 Studies SL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 16 2 17 29 3 30 43 4 44 56 5 57 69 6 70 82 7 83 100 Maths SL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 15 2 16 31 3 32 45 4 46 57 5 58 69 6 70 82 7 83 100 HL Series: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 12 2 13 25 3 26 37 4 38 50 5 51 62 6 63 74 7 75 100 HL Sets: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 12 2 13 25 3 26 38 4 39 50 5 51 63 6 64 75 7 76 100 Theatre HL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 11 2 12 22 3 23 36 4 37 50 5 51 62 6 63 75 7 76 100 Art Option A HL: FINAL SUBJECT % Grade From To 1 0 13 2 14 28 3 29 43 4 44 58 5 59 70 6 71 85 7 86 100
  15. Just getting back to this thread, I did this title and ended up with 30/40 in the essay (A). I did use a lot of AoK's (4), and i'm not sure that that is the best way of approaching the essay, but I found it helped me write my essay. Good AoK's are definitely maths and ethics, for this topic sciences are actually quite a difficult AoK to use, at least if you take the approach I did, but useful because they help you to make distinctions in the essay.
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