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  1. difiCa

    Help me understand worked example

    With what I remember from reaction equations, how it works is: 3 H2=6 hydrogen atoms 1 N2=2 nitrogen atoms Thus, as it will be turned into NH3, two must be created when there are six hydrogens and two nitrogens around. The masses used, if I remember correctly, are irrelevant to the reaction equation, at least in this case.
  2. Do take maths HL. Most physics-related areas of study require it, and even if they don't, you will have a head start on your maths courses, provided that you stay on top of it. Chemistry may remain SL and I'd stick with four HLs if you're taking maths HL, just to have a back-up plan in case maths (or some other subject) falls apart.
  3. difiCa

    Summer - What plans do you have?

    Until July, work, work, work and finish up applications for an F-1 US Visa. In and after July, celebrating results (hopefully) and getting ready to first move out of my apartment, stash most of my belongings somewhere and then move to Philadelphia, all of which might just require some planning.
  4. Any and all, pretty much. IB subjects are quite unhindering (with the plausible exception of Maths studies), but straight out of the IB you would be solely limited by SL Maths, which in some cases does not allow you to do mathematics, physics, economics or potentially computer science at university without extra certificates or other proof of mathematical ability. Otherwise, all paths are wide open given good grades - thus, do whatever you find yourself developing an interest in. Career choices are somewhat fluctuating at least in my experience, when entering the IB I was sure I wanted to become an investment banker in the quantitative side, now pretty much any other business-related profession or even law seem more attractive. For history and English, probably the most common occupation for either degree is either teacher or researcher, given the level of academia you're interested in joining. But there are plenty of other options around, especially for English (journalism, other writing-related occupations, public speaking...)
  5. 4 HLs is completely doable, I used to do 7 subjects with 4 HLs and then dropped Finnish Lit SL after one year as it was boring as hell. Afterwards, I was left with 4 HLs and 6 subjects, which was not too bad to be honest, except maths and physics were at times quite braincracking, but nothing one could not handle. I've had predicteds ranging from 43 to 39. But, as a word of advice, I'd say mark the drop deadlines for finals onto your calendar well in advance, so you can then drop a subject at the last minute for your exams. Especially chem is quite handy as IAs will stick no matter the level so there's no need to redo them, so if you find it hard, you can downgrade quite late in your IB career. However, I'd say it comes down to your plans for the future whether doing 4 HLs is worth it, as it obviously will be "unnecessary work" for the most part. If you're applying to the UK, I guess you should rather not do it since they will focus more on your grades than the holistic appearance of your application, but for the US and most other more holistic systems, challenging yourself will look good on your application. Finally, as with all things academic, keeping in pace should ensure you do well do matter how many subjects or HLs you have, but the more extra work you have, the more catching up you will have to do if you goof off at some point.
  6. It's always worth a shot unless it's impossible
  7. Nah, it does not really matter. The EE is the sort of thing which can boost your application (say, if you do it in the subject you're applying for), but I believe that unless you tell them, they will not even know your EE subject, just the predicted grade. Correct me if you know I'm wrong regarding the UK, but at least for the US it went so.
  8. Unless the application explicitly states that the reference must be written by a given school staff member, it should be okay for it to be written by anyone, especially if this "anyone" happens to be an alumnus of the school you are applying to.
  9. difiCa

    Volunteering in a children's nursery

    Also, creativity can be learning new things - you probably are learning new things or at least can easily write it up as such, so go for it
  10. difiCa

    procrastination and study tips

    Try swapping what you study as to not get bored with doing one thing constantly. Also, I'd suggest trying to work in small bits at a time. I'm one of those people myself who are able to pull off almost anything by working insanely long periods in one go, but I know for a fact that it does not work if you can't concentrate and working small but often is certainly more comfortable. Also, according to psychological studies, doing less but over a long period will improve recall compared to trying to get through a textbook in 16 hours straight. As for doing work, the same applies, do it over time and allow yourself to enjoy life despite a lab report/essay/whatever going on, but make sure you first work and then play. One practical tip is to simply not allow yourself to fool around with anything else until a specific amount of work (not time working but actual progress) is done. Also, if you measure the progress, you're liable to plan better in order to have a yardstick against which to measure the progress.
  11. I reckon you are sort of going off path by thinking you have to pick a career path given your choice of subjects. I mean, if you wish to do psychology, go for it. Very few things are set in stone due to IB subjects - if you pick a country with entrance exams, you could very well end up studying maths having done Studies in the IB, if that would ineed be what you wanted to do. So, all the advice I wish to give is for you to make a decision on university and subsequent career with only one thing in mind, that being what you want to do. IB will be over in 2 years, uni in 2-10, but a career lasts for decades, so it's best to try and constantly do what you want to do. And as most truly successful people say, if you're looking at the clock constantly while at work, take the next intersection and find a new path. On that note, good luck for getting into a good uni for psychology. That is certainly a path that should be in no way restricted by your choice of subjects!
  12. difiCa

    Lack of Extracurriculars!

    Penn will fulfill your demonstrated need. As someone suggested, the funds for international student financial aid are limited and competitive. Here is a bit of a fact sheet regarding this: http://www.sfs.upenn.edu/pdf/2013-14/QA-International-2013-2014.pdf However, standing here as one of those approximately 45 students to be receiving an aid award, large enough to make Penn cheaper than the UK, as an admitted freshman, I can say with full conviction that it is possible. Your extracurriculars seem just fine to me, so just keep at it and try to concentrate on things that are relevant to what you wish to do. I had fewer extracurriculars than you, but with plenty of work (I've worked throughout summers since around fifteen with only one exception and sometimes during school too) and concentrating on leadership (which for a business school applicant is somewhat important, especially as I wish to concentrate on management) in the national IB student organisation and other projects, I think what made the difference for me is demonstrating commitment and interest in the particular field I'm interested in. So, keep racking up things that allow you to demonstrate this. Also, make sure you highlight your interest in making a difference in your application essays and try to score well on your SATs to complete what should be a very well-rounded application. Good luck applying next year!
  13. difiCa

    Funny Class Moments?

    We were studying some text in English class and someone asked what "XXXII" is (roman numeral of 32). I very quickly yelled "negative x cubed". About half a second later I realised that no, she probably was not trying to do complex algebra, but I had already managed to raise quite a bit of amusement
  14. difiCa

    German B SL P1 & P2

    How did you find German papers this time around? I was positively surprised by P1, which was in my view way easier than any mock papers collected together from past years' questions.
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    Minimum SAT score for top Ivy Leagues

    There is no clear minimum, and it's not exact science given that there really are quite a few things that are taken into consideration by universities. Here is a table listing some score percentiles: http://collegeapps.about.com/od/sat/a/sat_side_x_side.htm

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