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  1. Kat_K

    Degree or radian?

    I'm having a slight blank-out moment and I just wanted to confirm when exactly do we need to use radian and when do we need to use degrees – and when doesn't it matter? Thanks!
  2. At our school we have to do CAS outside of school and we get to choose whatever we want to do so long as it fits under one of the categories. So when our CAS hours are complete we get to "drop out" of that activity if we wish, I guess. But I mean I started squash, and just because I now have well over my 50 hours doesn't mean I'm going to stop playing – it's really fun (I was going to start playing at some point anyway, but I guess needing the CAS hours motivated me enough to actually get started ) For service, I don't know exactly what you do, but I going to guess that you're helping out somewhere those three times a week. I think in a way it's nice that CAS 'makes' us help people in ways which we might not otherwise have done. I think one of the aims of CAS is to find a variety of new activities that you enjoy doing and to continue doing them even when we're not obliged to do so, after the IB and such. However, I mean there is a lot of work with the IB and if you're getting home late on many nights of the week, I don't think it's that fair that you're essentially being "forced" to continue. Maybe you can try and negotiate with your CAS-coordinator to only go once a week as opposed to three – just explain that you would like to dedicate more time to your studies and, since you have all of your service hours, you thought you could find some more time through this. I'm sure he'll be able to respect and understand your decision if you give a thorough explanation.
  3. I would advise you to think of a topic in which you'd be able to perform your own experiment – it is much easier to gain points in certain aspects of the criterion than if you write a research based one.
  4. I'm mostly a visual learner when I study so generally I will re-write my notes (or make mindmaps), include annotated diagrams and pictures, and use looots of colours to make it look more interesting. I make flashcards for definitions and any vocab that I need to learn and I try to look at them in those random 5 minute slots on the bus or if I'm just waiting doing nothing. If there's something that I really need to get to stick in my head, I'll write it on a piece of paper and blue-tack it to my door/next to my bed/anywhere I'll look at randomly so that I absorb it without even realising that I am
  5. The subjects sound good, although I'm not sure I would recommend 4 HLs... However if you've already done most of the Computer Science in IG it might not end up being so bad since you'll be recapping stuff most of the time As for IB in general – definitely avoid procrastination. Just try to do your homework as soon as possible to get it out of the way. Of course everyone procrastinates a little, since it's human nature and we can't help it, but try to keep on top of your work for the most part. If at the end of the first year you realise that you didn't understand a topic you should definitely go back and look over it during the summer because you're going to need it for finals at the end of IB2 so you'll have to go over it at some point anyway. Ergo, might as well do it when you have some free time I would recommend looking at some university entrance requirements for Engineering and see what sort of subjects you need as well as the number of points you need to be aiming for. Best of luck with everything!
  6. This leaves me speechless. It's sick. There is no way that this can be considered justifiable. I think the only way this could possibly be explained is (as someone already mentioned above) that they somehow thought that they were in a video game, or in a virtual world of some sort. Or that there actions wouldn't be accounted for later on. It's horrific that they didn't think what they were doing through and just performed an immoral act that would have severe consequences. How did the value of this man's life, his family and friends not cross the teenagers' minds?? I am astounded at their ignorance and lack of morality.
  7. I have to say I agree with the above post. Even though you've already studied French for three years, you've had a gap in which I'm presuming you haven't spoken/studied much French. Although it is true to say that Italian and French are similar in many aspects, it may still be a bit of a challenge. However, that will also depend on multiple factors, such as how good your teacher is and how much time you're able to spend on it – since you have 4 HLs, (two of which are maths and physics, famously known to be rather time consuming with demanding syllabi) you should consider how you are going to divide your time between your subjects. One option that you could consider would be to take French B HL at first and then if you find that you have too much on your plate, you could drop down to SL later on in the course. I know that there is a big difference between the HL and SL syllabus, so I would maybe recommend looking them up on the internet and comparing them. Good luck!
  8. Learn some vocab (and use it as much as you can so you don't forget it ) Go over grammar points, and use it when you practice writing letters to your long lost cousin who only speaks French.. Or get a French pen pal…Do past papers! Cannot stress this enough. This will give you an idea of what you actually need to know on the day of the final.Read French books/articles. Doesn't have to be anything fancy – start with children's books, and build upon the basics. Listen to the 5 minute news in French. Yes, the language in this is more complicated, but this is something you can easily do everyday, twice even if you have time. It will also keep you updated on current affairs which is a bonus. Watch French movies in French, with French subtitles! You learn about the general culture, and get a gist of the spoken language. You'll also probably start reading French a lot faster which will also be hugely beneficial.Alors, bonne chance à toi!
  9. I don't know if anybody has done it, although I'm sure someone has. I think with dedication, hard work and focus it could be done. It would also depend on your ability to do maths too – I'm struggling with what we need to do over the two years but that's because maths and I fell out when I went into high school xP I think if you're willing to give it a shot (and find a teacher willing to explain some concepts) it might work. It's a lot to do though, my teacher says it's already difficult to fit the syllabus into the two years! You also need to keep in mind that your other subjects are also going to be demanding and that you'll need to spend time on each of them. Best of luck to you!
  10. The B languages at my school are: - English - Finnish - Swedish - French - German (but nobody took it in my grade… or the one above… )
  11. Check out and compare the syllabi and criterion on the internet. Bio SL is looked favourably upon by universities so I would recommend that since it is mostly memorisation, and the syllabus isn't too tough if you have a good teacher and listen in class. I wouldn't say that there is too much writing in Bio SL (the labs can however be rather lengthy if you want to score well). I'm not really that well informed on ESS, so I don't want to say anything incorrect but I've heard it is the "science for the non-scientist". If you have to choose by tomorrow I would definitely recommend that you go and look at the syllabus content and past paper questions – you could also email/ask the teachers what their opinion of the course is, and they could help you choose Good luck!
  12. At my school IB don't have it because it doesn't fit in the timetable but the rest of the school has to get a certain amount of PE credits to graduate.
  13. I don't own a copy by either, but I have planning on ordering the OSC guides since I attended one of their courses and got a look at the guides – they're great! Very informative and have diagrams etc to help explain things For chemistry, I have an Oxford IB Study Guide, which has proven to be quite good. All the information is very condensed (although sometimes I have to refer to the textbook since it skips some things) and it has IB questions and worked examples which are all very useful. This also seems to be quite a useful website: ibguides.com Oh and check out this thread --> http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/20370-has-anybody-bought-the-revision-books-from-wwwosc-ibcom-or-somewhere-else-and-found-them-useful/
  14. Some general advice that you've probably heard before, would be to simply stay on top of your work. When you get an assignment, try to do it that night and if it's a big assignment, plan time to do a little everyday. Sure, you can try (and people do) do some assignments the night before but then you'll end up in the cycle of staying up late/pulling all nighters to complete the work which means you'll be tired and drowsy the next day. Therefore when you get home from school you'll be knackered and probably won't have the energy to start your work until late. Then you'll be up late agaiiin, and I'm sure you can see the start of a cycle. I speak from personal experience when I say this is something you most definitely don't want to get yourself into. As for taking notes, have a separate notebook/folder/binder for each subject - when it's colour coded it's always fun, and it makes everything a lot easier to find when you're trying to grab stuff from your locker and rush off to your next class. Keep tidy notes that you can keep for future reference. If you really want to do well and make sure you understood during the class, after you've done your homework you can rewrite/type out your notes to make sure you have a clean extra copy of them which will be great for tests/finals. Also make sure to keep these in a separate notebook/folder - same colour as the rest of your stationary in that subject Just be organised, it will pay off! If you find that you finish your homework and have a lot of time to spare that evening, instead of messing about on the internet pull out a textbook and review something that you've found particularly difficult. If you've already reviewed all the past chapters on other days, read ahead. It may seem annoying and dull at the time, but it will seriously be worth it, sine when the topic is introduced in class, you'll already have some sort of concept as to what it's about. Good luck!
  15. Thanks! I'll make sure to check out the files section
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