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  1. Ms.Blackford

    Will Math Studies Qualify For US College?

    The Universities in the U.S accept math studies. Although, if you're going to study something heavily math-required like math or advanced physics, then standard would be a recommendation. Sometimes even HL is a requirement, but that's rare and doesn't apply to any of the social sciences.
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    Difficulty of HL English?

    I felt that English lit HL was too hard for me, so I dropped it to SL. It was a lot harder then the English in pre-IB (more lang&lit), which I did not really think about. Even SL is hard and you have to read a lot books/texts, especially if you are not a native speaker in English. So I would generally say: Yes, HL is difficult and you need a general interest in novels and discussion (about novels). The book list we got for HL English was: Persepolis To live A Doll's house Emily Dickinson -20 poems The Bluest Eye Othello Oranges are not the only fruit (reading right now) The Great Gatsby 1984 The God of small things Master Harold and the Boys Disgrace and You Can't get lost in cape town.
  3. The worst novels I have ever read were in pre-DP. "Svinalängorna" by Susanna Alakoski (in Swedish) - A disgusting book about a poor, finnish, white trash family moving to Sweden. Now, Ugh, LOW CULTURE BOOK! and "Paddy Clarke, HA HA HA"by Roddy Doyle. That book was just Irish. And boring.
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    BACKPACK!

    I would definitely say green, looks more polished than the blue one. The blue fabric has a strange tone and it clashes with the brown leather(?) thing. The green one is fab :-)
  5. Well, killing people "just because of boredom" does not feel like a valid argument for killing somebody. (yet, what is?) but still. If they "were bored" they could have gone skydiving or whatever. They must have been super high and aldready mentally instable.
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    philosophy EE

    I would stay away from the Abortion/gay/whatever-upsets-people-the-most -topics. And I honestly think that it will be REALLY hard to get a good grade of an abortion EE. Saying it's immoral/moral to do an abortion will upset people, because it has a lot to do with religion. And saying something in their religious aspects are immoral or moral is highly disrespecful, because we all come from different backgrounds, ie. those things start wars
  7. I would like an IB "meet&greet" section in the forum. Like where IB students can actually meet in real life and discuss homeworks and so on :-)
  8. Ms.Blackford

    Is Sparknotes helpful?

    I feel that sparknotes can be helpful, that depends on what you're reading. It can destroy your own thinking but also help you start thinking.
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    English B extended essay

    Well first of all, I agree with Blackcurrant (delicious name btw,). But I feel that this topic would be more appropriate in the field of psychology and not for English B. A more suitable topic for English B would be how Stephenie Meyer's language makes it seem that Edward is less dangerous - Which of course is not a very good example but I hope you see my point? Although, I would personally stay away from writing and EE based on Twilight or The Hungergames.
  10. Ms.Blackford

    What School supplies do I need for my subjects?

    - Personally, I prefer taking most of my notes by hand, so a good quality pen and pencil are required. As well as some paper to write on (a book for each subject). Also, colored pens are fun :-) -> If you use computer to take notes on, I still recomened getting some paper and pen. - I would say a calculator for maths, (our school lend us our calculators) but If you are unsure about which model to get I suggest you ask your teacher about that. And maybe a ruler. You don't really need one, but it will keep your math notes(and tests) looking neater. - A good calendar to keep track of your homework and assignments. - For TOK get a "thinking book" where you can write down thoughts and so on.
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    Are you Excited or Scared for Next year (Class of 2015)

    I start on the 21st of August! Finally, after two years of pre-IB (had to re-do the year due to sickness and poor math grades, gah!) What about you? I Start on the 9th of September it's my first time that I have lessons only in English cause I'm German but I hope it will be good and I won't die under the amount of work was pre Ib hard ? Oh, we had an exchange student from Germany before, She learned both English and Swedish, So I think you will be fine! It just takes like a month or so to adjust I would say. I've been having lessons in English since 7th grade.No, I don't really think pre-IB was hard. (except math and physics, hehe) It's more that you get used to the workload and how to actually study, since many in my class never really had to study to get good grades before, including myself, but in pre-IB we quickly learned that we needed to study continiously to be able to keep up and remember things for exams. That's so cool where are you starting ? I mean in which country ? And does any of you guys also goes to a boarding school ??? I'm starting in Sweden I meant to go to a boarding school, but changed my mind since I did not want to share room and I wanted more freedom. So I live alone with my boyfriend and dog. My parents live 500km away I love Sweden I've been to Stockholm Götheburg and Upsala The cities are so nice:) i also started to learn some swedish but i'm not good at it I go to a boarding school. Can understand why you didn't wanted to go there Do you know Zara Larsson ? The singer ? I love her songs but nobody in Germany knows her. And she's swedish... so do you know her songs ? I live in Uppsala!! I chose not to go boarding since I wanted to play sports and engage in activities outside the boarding school, and that wasn't possible. plus that I had a boyfriend in another city (which I now live with) and I couldn't take my dog with me So that's why I live alone in Uppsala instead, It's not much different really. Also, boarding schools in Sweden has not got the best reputation since they practise "Kamratuppfostran" if you've read "The Evil by Jan Guilliou", It's about Swedish boardingschools, so my mum was strictly against boarding, but my dad was heavily pro-boarding since he went boarding at SSHL himself. Otherwise, they have great teachers there! Why did you choose boarding? Or did your parents choose? Yes I know her! She is quite big here :-)
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    Books worth reading?

    I'm probably a bit messed up bacause of the IB literature, but I do find The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wild really, really good. I've read it three times, It's somewhat deep and twisted, but I love it!
  13. Ms.Blackford

    Are you Excited or Scared for Next year (Class of 2015)

    I start on the 21st of August! Finally, after two years of pre-IB (had to re-do the year due to sickness and poor math grades, gah!) What about you? I Start on the 9th of September it's my first time that I have lessons only in English cause I'm German but I hope it will be good and I won't die under the amount of work was pre Ib hard ? Oh, we had an exchange student from Germany before, She learned both English and Swedish, So I think you will be fine! It just takes like a month or so to adjust I would say. I've been having lessons in English since 7th grade. No, I don't really think pre-IB was hard. (except math and physics, hehe) It's more that you get used to the workload and how to actually study, since many in my class never really had to study to get good grades before, including myself, but in pre-IB we quickly learned that we needed to study continiously to be able to keep up and remember things for exams. That's so cool where are you starting ? I mean in which country ? And does any of you guys also goes to a boarding school ??? I'm starting in Sweden I meant to go to a boarding school, but changed my mind since I did not want to share room and I wanted more freedom. So I live alone with my boyfriend and dog. My parents live 500km away
  14. Ms.Blackford

    What will you wish if you are given 7 wishes?

    1. 7's in all subjects, with minimal effort. 2. Being two dress sizes thinner. 3. That I could get all fruit in the world for FREE. 4. That my dog stops being so annoying 5. A bit more money. 6. photographic memory 7. Happiness for others.
  15. Ms.Blackford

    Avocado Appreciation Thread

    Spicy guacamole! YUM!! avocados are also good for making chocolate mousse. Avocado, dates and cacao. yumyumyum in the tum
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