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  1. Yes... I totally agree... in fact the same pattern was followed in the May 2014 session. Some of us ended up having three different subject papers in a span of 7-8 hours !!! Indeed, the English/Economics combo over the 2 days (or in my case, English/Latin combo) is pretty tough. It could be worse though. I had a friend who had English/Latin/Economics over the 2 days. So, on the Tuesday, that was 2 Economics papers, 1 Latin paper, and to top it all off an English paper (nearly 6 hours worth of exams over around 8 hours, though I think it took longer)! In the end, whilst examination combinations can be inconvenient and have a marginal effect on how you perform, hopefully you can compensate for it - however annoying it might be. Bear in mind that the IB does allow for people to reschedule exams if you have too many papers on one day, but it tends to happen only in exceptional circumstances - which I think is 6+ hours of exam papers in one day. Oh wow that would be horrible having 3 different subject exams on the same day. : I suppose IB makes up for it when I get 4 days of no exams before my first chem exam (and chem is my last exam). I dont have too many exams on the same day and won't reschedule them but I can see why some people would! It's just scary thinking that after all these 2 years all my exams will be over soon as if in the blink of an eye. I'm sorry this is probably the 2 months till exam nerves! I'll survive Yeah ... terrible!! Some in my class were hyperventilating so bad they didn't sleep the night before, they didn't eat food or drink any water because such was their anxiety and nervousness. I think the key to handle such a situation is being calm and assuring yourself that the day eventually gets over and you have to face it bravely. Ah... exam nerves! Been there! All the best! Just keep calm! Practice many papers in timed conditions as though your actually IB exam schedule is running. Cheers.. :)
  2. Yes... I totally agree... in fact the same pattern was followed in the May 2014 session. Some of us ended up having three different subject papers in a span of 7-8 hours !!! Indeed, the English/Economics combo over the 2 days (or in my case, English/Latin combo) is pretty tough. It could be worse though. I had a friend who had English/Latin/Economics over the 2 days. So, on the Tuesday, that was 2 Economics papers, 1 Latin paper, and to top it all off an English paper (nearly 6 hours worth of exams over around 8 hours, though I think it took longer)! In the end, whilst examination combinations can be inconvenient and have a marginal effect on how you perform, hopefully you can compensate for it - however annoying it might be. Bear in mind that the IB does allow for people to reschedule exams if you have too many papers on one day, but it tends to happen only in exceptional circumstances - which I think is 6+ hours of exam papers in one day. Geee..... english/latin/eco .... that's terrible! Well, the effect of the examination combination on the performance of the student really depends on the student. For those who are extremely nervous and panicky, they tend to get tired easily right after the first paper. They have no strength to perform for the remaining exams. For those who are calm, they can handle it all and it doesn't affect their performance at all. But personally I feel that allowing 6 hours of exams each day is a little too much. It should be reduced to 4 hours. The adrenalin rush would probably be too much for some people! Luckily I didn't have an inconvenient schedule, but I do know of some classmates who almost broke down while writing three papers as the pressure was too much to handle.
  3. Yes... I totally agree... in fact the same pattern was followed in the May 2014 session. Some of us ended up having three different subject papers in a span of 7-8 hours !!!
  4. Amen

    IB Diploma reappeal

    Well, I had wanted to get my English World Lit Paper 2 (no longer part of the syllabus) remoderated back in 2010 because our whole class's marks were brought down by about 8 marks and because of that I missed my 7 in English HL by 1 mark. My IB Coordinator told me that that wasn't an option, so I let it go. But he may have just said that because he didn't want to do more paperwork after I already sent my EE and ToK for remarking. I suggest asking your IB Coordinator about this to be sure. You have graudated and gotten your diploma, a feat it seems that majority of your peers were unable to accomplish. If you've gotten into the university course of your choice and your life is ahead of you, the only thing holding you back is yourself. You need to let it go...let it go...can't hold it back anymore...(sorry, couldn't resist ) Perpetuating your misery is only achieveing one thing --> Making you more miserable. Carpe diem, mate. Seize the day. Seize your happiness. You are the holder of your own power. Make this your a-ha moment. (...and now I'm talking in 'Oprah motivational quotes'...) Best of luck, mate. Hmmm...yeah I guess I shall check out if there is an option for remoderating IAs with my IBC......... As for TOK/EE I don't think I can do much about them. ... .. no grade change ... Thank you very much... :)
  5. Amen

    Remarks - How long do they take?

    No.... the deadline for applying for remarks is 15th September.....
  6. Amen

    IB Diploma reappeal

    Yes, they are allowed to down moderate the IAs despite not having seen the sample themselves. In a class of lets say 10 people, only 3-4 people's work actually go to the IB examiner/moderator. When the teacher uploads the marks, the IB information system randomly selects 3-4 people - usually the highest, the middle and lowest scores are selected - but that need not always be the case. If say, you are the highest, you need not be selected. Sometimes even the second highest is selected and the highest scoring student's work doesn't go. That is what happened to me. Basically, it depends on how lucky you get. And now, if the moderator finds that your teacher has been too lenient in marking then the IA scores of all candidates go down irrespective of whether they have been seen by the examiner or not. It does seem very unfair. Yes... I did meet my offer and get admission into a uni. I am just doing this for personal satisfaction. I have just worked my ass of for all my IAs and whenever I see that they have been downgraded unfairly without even being seen by examiners, it really hurts. I don't see why this would be unfair. If anything, I think you need to point a finger at your school for incorrectly and inaccurately marking your IAs. The IB is moderating down your scores because they saw a sample of 3-4 students from your class - the highest-scoring, the middle and the lowest - and what they found was work being marked much higher than it should be by IB standards. If your teacher/school has marked this random sample of students so highly, it is perfectly reasonable to presume a pattern in your teacher's marking. Your school failed you because your school knew from the very beginning (or should have known) that this is how the IB moderates IAs to ensure a certain quality of work and to ensure that schools aren't inflating students' IA marks to ensure they get a higher overall score. Don't get me wrong, it still sucks for you because you seemingly have done your work and you don't deserve such a result! But what the IB has done is not unfair by any means. Your school has failed you with their substandard practices, your teacher has failed you and your entire class with his/her leniency, the IB has simply done its job exactly as described. Hmmm....well yeah... no doubt the school did mess with us a lot so much so that out of 12 people, only 4 of us got a diploma (we were all registered as diploma candidates in the beginning). I can't forgive my teachers and IBC... .... I am just really, really mad at the way things turned out to be for me and my friends.... Yeah... this whole thing isn't exactly the IB's fault but my friends and I do sometimes wonder how much better things would be if the samples of all students could be externally moderated.... although that can only happen in an ideal world... I don't know I've just been venting out at everything and everyone and going insane over the past one month.... I mean, at this time of the year I thought all of us would be graduating with grades proportional to the effort we've put in and now all of this happens .... But hey... I have only had my ee and tok rechecked. But I haven't had my IAs remoderated. I could do that right? Does it cost much? I am a little worried about the expenses now....
  7. Hmm... well if you talk really fast even when you are not nervous... then your speaking fast can probably be considered a habit and not a sign of nervousness. Maybe you have trained yourself since childhood to talk very fast. I guess the only way out then is to break this habit. You need to make a conscious effort to talk slowly and pronounce every single syllable correctly with your friends and parents. Also, you could listen to the journalists on CNN or BBC as they read out the news. How do they speak? Slowly and clearly, keeping in mind the intonation. Repeat and practice after them. Although you have been trying to fix it on your own, I think you should try fixing it by listening to someone who talks clearly talk and by copying their way of talking.
  8. Well, a couple of tips....: 1. I cannot comment about the word length, it really depends on the person. I wrote 7-8 sides for English lit examination. But really, the length of the answer doesn't matter. It's the quality of your analysis that matters. Yes, on average people are expected to write 900-1000 words. As for the analysis method, it is up to you. But having researched on the same, I find that you are at a disadvantage if you use the line by line method. It could mess up your organisation a little because in a number of poems you find that a certain literary device is repeated more than once throughout the poem. And so you start off talking about it in the beginning, then you again spot it later in the poem and you mention it again. No, it creates a sort of disorganized impression. You could start of with a thesis and the general impression of the poem. The next entire paragraph could talk only about theme. How it is developed throughout the poem. Then your third paragraph talks about mood, how it changes throughout the poem. Now that you have discussed the main and general aspects about the poem - move on to other nitty-gritties that are left over. Like literary devices, poetic structure etc.etc.etc... Then as you near your conclusion, you again look at the poem as a whole and you can mention inner/allegorical, deeper meaning that the poet is trying to convey (IB really loves that!)... And wrap up with the effect the poem had on you. So you go from general to specific to general..... 2. As far as your vocabulary is concerned... I do find that your reading habits and the effort that you are putting in to at least familiarize yourself with new words is remarkable. But, it is natural for your mind to forget these words over time. Don't just rely on a software to make flashcards... write down those words... find a dictionary and thesaurus, to understand the meaning. Rewrite those words again and again. Write down dozens of sentences using them. You could daily spend one hour writing ... just write on anything ... it need not be any paper 1 essay... it need not be any IB related thing. But just write on anything, you could practice those general essays (argumentative/discursive/narrative tasks) that you did in Paper 2 for IGCSE EFL. Then, once those words are very much part of your mind, start using them for P1 commentaries.... I know sometimes one does get tempted to use software and technology to help us do some of the work... but unfortunately to get words and vocabulary into your mind, you need to go old school.... pick up a pen and write down words, write down sentences out of them and then write down essays out of them. Just keep writing everyday.Show your work to your teachers, they will greatly appreciate the initiative that you take. You will see your vocab improve in a few weeks and you can write your commentaries confidently and score full marks for the language criterion. Also if you are applying to US/Canadian unis, you will probably have to write the SAT Reasoning Test for which you will be learning new words and enriching your vocabulary, the prepping for SAT-I itself greatly improves your vocabulary as you will come across a list of new words to learn for the Writing Section. 3. Even I used to have the problem of speaking too fast. It really isn't any disorder, it just comes from nervousness. You need to practice your IOPs in front of some good friends (who don't laugh at you but can give positive criticism). Or if you have a pet, you can recite your IOP in front of it! It really helps. You need to find ways to boost confidence. Maybe when you talk you presume that you might end up messing up and thus you talk too fast to finish off and wrap up the presentation and escape. At the beginning of grade 11 I used to do that for my first few practice IOPs and TOK presentations and it greatly affected my grades. The unfriendly, hostile stares of my classmates further demotivated me and it would result in me performing worse and worse in successive presentations. But then I found that I was nervous because I wasn't really sure of my material and my analysis, I wasn't confident about the content I was delivering. I also thought I was boring the audience out. This made me work very hard and produce a thorough, detailed, organised presentation for my final IOP. I was so sure of what I was saying that even if anybody made any rude faces or guffawed while I was talking, it didn't affect me. Because I knew what I was saying was correct and made sense. I also used multimedia like powerpoint presentations, movie maker etc. When you use these, the audience starts to focus on the screen and they stop observing you and your nervousness. Their focus is diverted to what is on those slides. All you do is support the content on the screens with your talking. Using these strategies, I ended up getting the highest score for my final IOP ... 24/30 and the entire class applauded. And my scores for oral presentations greatly increased. I could talk without speeding up, I could maintain eye contact with the audience and I was extremely confident. Hope this helps. All the best!
  9. Amen

    IB Diploma reappeal

    Yes, they are allowed to down moderate the IAs despite not having seen the sample themselves. In a class of lets say 10 people, only 3-4 people's work actually go to the IB examiner/moderator. When the teacher uploads the marks, the IB information system randomly selects 3-4 people - usually the highest, the middle and lowest scores are selected - but that need not always be the case. If say, you are the highest, you need not be selected. Sometimes even the second highest is selected and the highest scoring student's work doesn't go. That is what happened to me. Basically, it depends on how lucky you get. And now, if the moderator finds that your teacher has been too lenient in marking then the IA scores of all candidates go down irrespective of whether they have been seen by the examiner or not. It does seem very unfair. Yes... I did meet my offer and get admission into a uni. I am just doing this for personal satisfaction. I have just worked my ass of for all my IAs and whenever I see that they have been downgraded unfairly without even being seen by examiners, it really hurts. Hmmm... maybe.... I don't know... I am really confused and sad now...
  10. Amen

    Extended essay topic on batman?

    Which subject? You need to narrow it to one aspect of batman...
  11. Amen

    IB in Germany.

    Well... again I am not 100% sure of an answer to that .... you should probably contact admission officers... But I believe with a grade below 4.0 (or above 24 points) which is the passing grade, you should be eligible for many course. And with a grade of 2.0 (above average) and better, you should generally be eligible for almost all courses because from then on you are seen as an academically decent student... I mean, I got a 1.7 and managed to secure an admission in a course considered to be challenging, I am pretty sure medicine would have pretty much the same standards - inferentially speaking, you should be eligible. But still, I recommend you directly contact the universities as to whether you are above the cut-off grade for admission as I haven't done much research about medicine courses and as far as I know I didn't find on the web that there are specific grade benchmarks for German universities that say only above a Grade of X you get admission into a certain course. In that way its different from the British and American universities.
  12. Amen

    IB Diploma reappeal

    Oh that.... Well, like I said I discussed it with experienced chemistry examiners and teachers and besides although my teacher gave messed up labs to do... I didn't do any of them but went through the prompts from the OCC and chose good ones that include a detailed research question and an elaborate design and data collection process that suits well with the criteria. But honestly, I don't mean to be rude or put anyone down, but the person who got two marks below me - his work was like seriously bad ... His research question was badly framed, his data tables were crude, he had no graph.... I guess you understand what I'm talking about. Several of his criteria weren't fulfilled. And unfortunately, I had no power to argue with my teacher about this. I mean I can't walk up to him and say "Your marking sucks!". And unfortunately, all our IA grades went down by the same amount although some people require their grades to go down less than others. And yes, there is a lot of favoritism with teachers exceptionally favoring that other student as way smarter and more superior although that need not be the case always. All I wanted to know is can I do something about my IAs now? I mean they have been downgraded unfairly... I could get 7 instead of a 6
  13. Amen

    IB Diploma reappeal

    Well alright.... but still I do suppose that an increase of 5 marks on recheck does arouse suspicion. An extended essay does have a fixed set of criteria and sub-criteria - especially as far as the group 4 subjects - are concerned. And I don't think two sets of examiners could possible differ in opinion by 5 marks. That is really suspicious. Earlier it was 23/36 (one mark higher than the C boundary) and now a 28/36 (one mark lower than A boundary). Its like almost jumping from a C to an A (almost). A jump of almost one grade...... I don't mean anything against the IB assessment system but I found that strange....
  14. Amen

    IB in Germany.

    Yes definitely... no harm in adding a few more points in your basket ... Well... about the transfer thing... I am not too sure... I have not much idea about their policies for transfer student. I'd recommend you contact the university admission officers directly.
  15. Amen

    IB Diploma reappeal

    Yes I certainly believe that ideally should be the case, which is why questions such as "Why my essay got a C? Or a B?" arises. Getting a C or a B means you haven't followed nearly half of the assessment criteria. On the contrary, I have tried fulfilling all criteria and sub-criteria in the checklists..... And I am not the only person but there are many people I personally know who have ended up with D's when they fulfilled all criteria and requirements to the fullest and consulted examiners. That clearly shows that there is way too much room for subjectivity in marking which is sad which is the reason behind my dissatisfaction. Of course they did go down and that's exactly what I just said. They probably went down by 13-15 marks and that was the "other devastating news" I talked about and wanted to find a way if something can be done about that too....
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