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  1. I've heard that most British universities are quite lenient with IB points, especially if it's only one point as that's worth much less than a grade in the A level system. I should wait to hear from them first; I understand that their systems are down until Tuesday but then you should probably hear from them soon! However, you may have to wait until the A level results come out in the second week of August before you get proper confirmation. If I were you, I'd wait until Friday and if you've not heard anything before then chase them up.
  2. The worst part for me was the first term of second year (the part in which, if any, I would describe as my 'IB Breakdown' period), when all the IAs were beginning to be due and I had three or four BIG deadlines per week for four weeks. We were also doing our EE and ToK essays/presentations on top and I found that really difficult. However, most of my friends found that term the easiest out of second year as they liked coursework (and I don't!) and they were more worried in second term when the exams were getting increasingly close. Trick is to be organised and know your strengths and weaknesses- I prefer exams to coursework so I knew that the end of year 2 was going to be much easier than the beginning so I allowed myself to have more time for my IAs and less time for revision for finals. Many of my friends did their IAs faster so that they could focus on the exams at the end. Knowing what we were good at made things (slightly) less stressful through second year. Hope this helps!
  3. Hi I'd take the subject you feel most comfortable with- I took SL physics and a lot of my friends said HL was not easy at all! With the pyschology course it starts at the very beginning as very few people have studied it prior to IB, so I guess that's a plus. I can't talk for Indian universities, but in the UK there are no courses which require all three sciences in IB- most ask for HL in Chemistry and Biology, but they very rarely ask for physics unless you want to study something really physics related. Hope this helps!
  4. A 4 is the lowest pass, so a 3 is a fail I think.
  5. Our co-ordinator said that some people prefer to do their EE in a subject which is their SL, or even one that they don't take at all as it shows all round ability There are a lot of students at our school who did EEs with their standard subjects as it highlighted how they could do a variety of subjects as well as specialising. If you're confident, then go for it Equally, if you don't feel comfortable with it, talk to your co-ordinator- they must be able to sort something out if you really want to do biology
  6. Hi, I take Spanish HL but really struggled at the beginning as I'm not a native speaker and I didn't have much confidence for the first year of IB, especially in my speaking assessments. However, I went abroad last Summer to a country that didn't speak English and it really helped- the natives of the country didn't speak Spanish, but it allowed me to gain a bit of confidence in speaking a language I wasn't confident in and now I feel much better about speaking and writing. Don't worry about being left behind, everyone develops at different rates- at the beginning of my first year I was the only non-native Spanish speaker in my HL class and it was quite intimidating, but it wasn't really until the second year that I got a proper footing and started to 'understand' Spanish as such. I wouldn't begin worrying yet, there's still lots of time to gain confidence and improve- it will click eventually Good luck!
  7. The context of different pieces can only really be learnt by listening for different key features in pieces of music. For example, the types of instruments used, different uses of tonality (e.g. Chinese music's use of pentatonic scales) or texture. Once identified, you have to provide context for the culture (for example, if the piece was an African piece, you could talk about how African music is used in celebration, but also in teaching children. You could also talk about how drums are taught to 'speak', and how it is an oral tradition carried on from generation to generation). Your whole analysis of elements and structural features is the reason why a piece is placed in a certain era- for example, you could state that a piece was in the Baroque era and talk about all the context that surrounds it, and then go on to support your point by saying that the piece uses extensive polyphony and ornamentation (as these are key features of baroque music). Our teacher told us to lay our essay out like this: WHERE or WHEN the piece was written and a little bit about the time period/culture (Criterion D) STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS (Criterion B&C) OTHER FEATURES (Criterion A&C) CONCLUSION (Linking back to the question and proving that the piece is from the era/culture that you said it was from at the beginning). I hope that makes sense and helps a little bit!
  8. Really does depend on what you want to do afterwards and which you enjoy more! I've found Higher History much more enjoyable because you learn about a lot more and in my case our extra bit for higher filled in the gaps and gives you more context to the Standard stuff which makes you understand it more. Also, in our History class of 8, 7 Higher and 1 Standard, the Standard student got pretty much no lessons off in the whole 2 year period as much of what we were learning for Paper 3 she needed as context for her Paper 2 questions, so there was no benefits to her taking standard instead of higher (apart from the extra paper at the end of the course!). It's different with Higher English, as more texts are involved and (I feel) a greater difference between higher and standard, although I guess that varies from school to school. It's an interesting course (although again, that will vary depending on the books you study etc.), but I've found it a lot harder than my history course. Of course, it depends on your other subjects and what you want to do later on, but if I were you I'd look at what options you would be studying if you were to take Higher History and what books you would read in Higher English and then make an informed decision Good luck!
  9. Our teachers have our breakdowns the Monday after we get our results on the Sunday
  10. I found the gradient was 2/3 I found the gradient as 2/3 too, as gradient is change in y over change in x Yeah it was 3 seconds for Jack and Ryan's aeroplanes I don't know about the last question, I've had 3 exams since this paper and haven't really dwelled on it much! YES!!! I Wasn't sure about that question. I found the time that it took each plane to reach a height of 20, and I subtracted 7 and 4!!! I equated them both to the collision point, found s and t and then found the difference
  11. I found the gradient was 2/3 I found the gradient as 2/3 too, as gradient is change in y over change in x Yeah it was 3 seconds for Jack and Ryan's aeroplanes I don't know about the last question, I've had 3 exams since this paper and haven't really dwelled on it much!
  12. Hi I've been doing past papers for months like everyone else I guess, but only looked up the specimen paper as a result of reading your post- my teachers hadn't told me about it! The main change to the SL paper for this year is the taking out of matrices, and replacement with PMCC and regression in the calculator paper. However, my teachers also told me we're much more likely to get binomial and normal distributions than in previous years as they're easier to work out now that it is compulsory to have a graphical calculator. What's often strook me about previous specimen papers is that they focus on the new stuff in the course and less on the things which have been on previous papers. Therefore the paper probably seems odd as it's very focused around PMCC and using the graphical calculator in comparison to the old papers. As I said, I haven't done the paper (but have now found it online) but my teachers have said that the specimen papers are always a little odd after the syllabus has changed so as to accommodate the new stuff. Hope this helps! Koura
  13. Koura

    IB Music MLI

    I did my MI on Ragtime and Classical, which are really similar, but I'd read an exemplar essay which got 20/20 which had done Romantic and Jazz so I figured that mine weren't too closely linked either. I'm sure it'll be ok, all the styles are influenced by each other after all!
  14. For all of our coursework (I study physics, and I'm guessing this is chemistry, but the markschemes are the same I expect), we rounded our data to a number of significant figures, not decimal points. That way you can include smaller data I don't know if this is the same as with chemistry though! Good luck
  15. I don't know, I guess so! They overlap into Paper 3 as well though (we've not done so much specifically for paper 3 as our teachers told us a lot of it overlaps anyway?). My teachers are both A Level teachers who just teach IB on the side though, so I guess we've just done a slightly warped version of the A level course. Hopefully we've done enough of everything else to cover everything in the final exams though
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