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  1. apoello


    Hey, haven't started studying yet but I got accepted into Imperial for deferred entry with a 43-44 predicted, 39 (666) final (urgh don't look at me) .Holy crap maybe 666 666 is a sign from the Devil.
  2. apoello

    History HL

    Also: get used to explaining things thoroughly for the higher grade boundaries (which I was terrible at). Yeah, it was a cause, but why? How did x lead to y? Same with consequences. make timelines - they're super helpful! get used to writing a lot in a short amount of time - leading up to exams, I'd give myself ten minutes to plan the entire essay so that I know what I'd want to write and I could do it succinctly, get my thoughts in order, but also have all the info I need make a list of historians and historiography, and write down how it links to potential arguments - then memorise them
  3. Letters of recommendation and extra-curriculars do tend to be important for your hall applications, and extra-curriculars anywhere where you need an interview when it is relevant for answering a question - leadership, teamwork, etc. Other than that, it's as ToThinkIsToLove said - basically just your grades and any other specific requirements for the course.
  4. Hey, I applied to Imperial as an international student and have a deferred entry position. Your predicted grades are looking good, and if your BMAT goes well that should be good! I believe UCL tends to be a bit tougher to get into (either that or they really didn't like the drop in my grades since I heard literally nothing from them after IB grades came out and were like nope, not good enough ). Anyway, I wish you luck! Edit: I read the above posts and apparently I needed that 7 in Chem. Damn it, make sure you don't freak out in your exams and you'll be good for it.
  5. It depends on where you want to go to university and whether Chemistry is required at all. I believe most places in the UK are no longer an option given that Chemistry HL is usually needed. In the USA, it shouldn't make much of a difference because Medicine is mostly a postgraduate degree. In Australia it varies but Chemistry is usually recommended for medical degrees if it is not required. So, as SC2Player said, see what your unis say! Personally, I believe it's because Biology is largely a matter of memorisation and you will learn it whenever. Chemistry is more like in Maths (relatively speaking) in that you need to layer knowledge and it's much harder to jump into more difficult concepts without that precursor knowledge. Of course, that's just my take on it. On the other hand, I did enjoy Biology HL a lot more than Chem HL even if there was more content. This will also depend on your other subjects and if you'd rather have three other subjects at HL instead of Bio HL!
  6. 100% the second year, though less so if you do most of your CAS in first year.
  7. Not going to personally get into the politics of this because I don't feel qualified to talk about U.S. attitudes and just generally the left-wing/right-wing divide but your point about fertility rates and an ageing population is super interesting for me because we just had a lecture on this about a week back! So, you've pointed out that, in general, Europe (and most developed countries) are ageing as they have a low fertility rate, which is 100% true. The average is generally around 1.5 to 2.0 children per family. However, this is basically just part of a natural trend that societies have been undergoing since we've had our technological outburst, and this is a trend that will occur with more 'deprived' countries as our lecturers have put it, though it may take more time. The graph above of the demographic transition is basically self-explanatory, but if we quickly go through the details we can see that: stage 1: high death rate, high birthrate, the total population is low because everyone's dying so hey let's have more children, but oh crap our children our dying because disease stage 2: technology is introduced! well, more accurately actually, we're getting a) improved sanitation and b) clean drinking water, but of course there are multiple factors involved. anyway, a major cause of death is solved, celebration, and the death rate goes down stage 3: death rate's gone down but birth rate's still up but now our kids aren't dying and crap we can't actually afford to have all these kids, birth rate goes down and death rate continues to go down stage 4: both death rate and birth rate are low, the population stabilises, the change in population is likely only due to immigration/emigration Now, most European countries took a while to get through this stage, giving them time to adapt, which is excellent! However, that means that they are already at stage 4, whilst other countries who have only really been getting this technology in the past few decades are still in their stages 2/3, which means that birth rate is falling (and you can look at the statistics and see that - here's a site that has compiled current birth rates, and if you click through the countries and go to birth rate, birth rate by year you can see the changing trends!). Apart from Algeria. Algeria, you're screwing up my damn point. Anyway, you get my point. Birth rates are going down. Furthermore, in one of the very sources you mentioned, it stated that it is predicted that Muslim birth rates in Europe will decrease (though granted, it will remain slightly higher than non-Muslim Europeans). It's 2am here and I have early morning lectures, so I'll check out your sources about population predictions later, but the thing is, every society thus far that has reached what we define as "developed" or "non-deprived" status has gone through the same pattern. It's literally the same thing, and it makes sense when you think about it logically. Of course, there are multiple factors that contribute to population growth, but they also often have common ties, such as education, access to healthcare, country's wealth, and so forth, and these are all driven by technological advances that not only help that particular population that's being discussed, but all of us. So, yeah, essentially this entire spiel is basically me saying that the only reason why less developed counties have higher birth rates is basically because that's how transitions work, and it'll get to about the same as developed countries' levels eventually. ~on a vaguely political note~ Perhaps this is because I'm an immigrant who was entirely raised in a Western country but I honestly don't see the downsides to multiculturalism. As a teenager (okay, still a teenager but a younger teenager) I went very in-between either being entirely into my birth country and entirely rejecting it. Now, I'm more balanced (in terms of its basic culture, at least. Still not politics and general social attitudes. Just can't accept any of that after living here my whole life). Anyway, yeah, I just... don't see the problem. Oh no, less people of x amount of melanin. Clearly they can no longer represent their culture and/or ethnicity, because it's not you can be of multiple ethnicities and celebrate all of them because they're part of your ancestry and chances are your own history too. It's a clear disaster. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  8. Yeah, I couldn't find it on the IB website but it was on many schools' websites so I very much doubt they're giving their students inaccurate information! However, yes, do take it with a grain of salt until IB officially releases it!
  9. I swear that in IB's quest to eliminate rote-learning they're just making life more stressful for everyone involved. Looking through the guide, there's literally no mention of the abstract in anyway shape or form. On page 81, there's a table that indicates what is and isn't on the word count, and the abstract is not mentioned there either - it's just been eliminated from the criteria. However, I'd probably say not to take the risk and not write an abstract, because they might throw it in with an introduction (though that would be a jerk move entirely) - from their criteria, it feels like they're saying you should be focusing your essay in the introduction and in your research question itself, but I'm really unsure. Have you asked your supervisor or IB Co-ordinator about this? I feel like they're going to give you more accurate information than we can drudge up from the IB document.
  10. I believe that most Indian universities require all three sciences for Medicine. However, it's best to check with the universities that you're planning to apply to. The website will hopefully have the information you need. In regards to the entrance exam, the biggest question is whether of not it is feasible. Here is your exam timetable. From what I can see, the only time you have to fly there and get back is from the afternoon of May 8th to (at latest) the morning of May 10th. Now, I know the flight time isn't incredibly long and you can always revise during the flight time, but honestly, flights are tiring, especially if you're going to take in a couple of days. I mean, it really depends on if you think you can handle taking a flight, sitting an exam, taking another flight, sitting more exams... after almost continuous exams. Personally, it was tough enough for me to do BMAT at school alongside IB exams, but having a flight thrown in there at the same time? Ouch, idk if I'd do it. I would recommend against it, but if it's something you truly want to do and think you can do, it's entirely up to you. Just make sure you don't jeopardise your exams because of it. Of course, this depends on when the test will be - since it's in May, you have a chance it may be after IB exams too!
  11. Watched less Youtube videos. Not doubted myself as much when answering questions. Not stressed about the small things and, instead, thought about the end exams more. Focused more on the assessment rubric and had friends check it according to that Not talked to anyone or studied in the hour leading up to the exam
  12. Also, every school does things differently. Ours was just the usual presentation skills, but your teacher might have other ideas (though I very much doubt it - as Jasyun said, it depends from presentation to presentation). While they might not necessarily tell you for certai, there's no harm in asking your teacher what they would be looking for, for a bit of certainty!
  13. Also, don't forget, you only have 4000 words. It may seem like a lot but they cut down fast. Between my introduction and conclusion alone I had ~800 words, and I struggled with only four main points. Don't overreach!
  14. apoello

    Help Please!

    'Easy' subjects depend on the individual. What are your strengths? What does your school offer that you feel comfortable with taking at HL? These are really things that you have to ask yourself. Apparently Geography HL is a pretty decent subject, even for beginners? It's the only one I can think of off the top of my head.
  15. I had the same thing with my exams (I think I had mine after Biology?). If your school is where you will take your exams, then hopefully they will arrange it so it is on the second day. BMAT allows you to take the exam ~12 (or 24, I can't exactly remember sorry) hours before and after the date in UK time due to the fact that they know there are international exam takers. So, since it says November 2nd in the UK, you'll probably take it on November 2nd or 3rd depending on your examination centre. If it's your school, talk to them before hand - they'll want you to do the best you can do and will accommodate it! If you know where the examination centre is and it's not your school, tell them! BMAT may be able to be rearranged - IB exams cannot. Good luck!
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