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  1. IMO physics and maths are the key ones, so you should be fine. However, it's important to check the unis you want to apply to and whether they require three sciences or not (some do, some don't). There's no point in stressing over chemistry if you're a) not interested in it, and b) it won't help your application. It'd be a different story with chemical engineering though, and perhaps if you weren't 100% certain you want to do do aerospace engineering.
  2. They are indeed. But you learn to be independent which is great for university life Good luck!
  3. My TOK teacher who has been doing it for a couple of years now says that it's quite good to have the word "knowledge" in the KQ. She says on one of her recent teachings a senior examiner found the presentations with this word to be of much better quality. Take it for whatever you like, but I followed the advice this year (my last year's teacher was quite uninformed about TOK and our presentations were rubbish!).
  4. Depending on when you will take your exams, there might be no more further maths HL available for you. You can read more about it here: http://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2017/05/15/what-does-the-mathematics-community-want-in-the-21st-century/ Overall I think the course selection you have is solid for what you want to study. Physics and maths HL are necessary, and English is a nice contrasting subject showing you're not only STEM and nothing else. Chemistry HL would only be a good idea if you wanted to study something else as well (engineering, for example), and weren't too sure what to choose in the end.
  5. For me it was quite good. I did a rather simple experiment (kinetics and energetics) but with a lot of calculations. Our teacher gave us a 2 week deadline to do the experiments and the first draft, and then an additional week to make corrections and turn in the final draft. I really like that idea as it was all condensed (and usually people postpone writing the IAs anyway). I'd say my chemistry IA is the one I'm most proud of
  6. Hi there! I am yet to take my exams however I have completed the entire HL chemistry syllabus including option B (biochemistry), so I feel like I might be able to give some insight as well. Chemistry is honestly my favourite subject in IB. It's just so diverse and incorporated so many different learning styles and questions that you really have to think how to approach a problem presented to you. In chemistry (especially HL) you will have to be able to not only memorise certain concepts and formulas (acids/bases, different definitions of what an acid/base is etc.) , but also apply them to new situations that you haven't thought of before. Personally, I use flashcards to summarise the entire unit using all the handouts, notes, and the textbook. Personally, the trickiest unit for me was chapter 18 (HL part of acids and bases), and chapter B9 (HL: biological pigments) and B7 (HL: proteins). The first one is part of the core so you'll come across it as well, and the other two are part of the option we have chosen to study. Honestly, I think consistent practice is what kept my average high in chemistry throughout the course. I am in no way shape or form a genius, and it's just the hard work that I put in that yields in good grades. (also, Richard Thornley on YouTube is bae. chemninja is amazing as well <3)
  7. Hi there! I have had two CAS interviews - one at the beginning, and one at the end of my CAS. I am not sure what the amount necessary is, but I do know at least one (final) is needed to make sure you really did all your experiences and have actually learned from them. Many see it as a "tick a box" part of IB, and whilst to some extent it is one, it is there to help you grow as a person and expand your horizons. I got asked a few questions as to why I did the things I did, how they helped me gain more knowledge, and what some of the more memorable aspects of CAS were for me. Honestly, just go with what your supervisor says and you should be good. IB doesn't grade CAS and they aren't overly strict provided you give a decent reflection for all the work you've done (400-ish words minimum I'd say).
  8. The Rubic's cube is a very complex 'system' and puzzle, and is often chose as an EE topic rather than an IA topic. We are unable to tell you exactly what you should do for your IA, but we are able to guide you and give you an opinion regarding the direction you're going in. Is there a particular aspect of the Rubic's cube that interests you? Will you be able to create a satisfactory IA in 12 pages exploring something as complex as this puzzle? Worth noting is that the Rubic's cube is very often used. Whilst it's not a bad thing, it'd be good that you find 2-3 solid ideas you can propose to your teacher so that you can choose the best one
  9. Hi there! It really depends on the kind of person you are. My friend takes exactly these HLs and he really studies half the amount of time that I do (and I do an easier combination of only two sciences HL!). He's much more 'gifted' in physics and maths, so he doesn't struggle much with the content of the syllabus and is able to follow in class easily. Staying organised and having folders where you store your notes is key. If you do that then you're good to go! I'd perhaps advise going for 4HLs at first considering it is harder to foresee how things will go. Personally, I did 4HLs (with maths HL), and I only really dropped maths HL in October of my second year.
  10. I do not take IB psychology myself, but here are a few links that may be helpful! https://www.psychologyib.com/ib-psychology-blog/perfection http://www.frankumstein.com/PDF/Psychology/IB Ethical Guidelines for IA.pdf Hope this helps at least a bit. The situation does seem to be very unfortunate - sorry to hear about that!
  11. Hi! Sorry to hear about your situation, it's really unfortunate. Your teacher should have been informed much quicker about the change. Unless you are willing to sacrifice your grade in the essay, I would advise a change in the way you structure your arguments, and which of the AOK you use for this question. I know this is not an optimal situation, as exams are coming up and you would like to perhaps focus on other things, but you will be moderated down if you decide not to change the arts for a different AOK. If you need an extension, I would talk to your IB coordinator or the principal, and explain the situation. They should be understanding.
  12. I have actually seen an EE on Alzheimer's a while ago, which scored 8 out of 36 marks (or something like that - it was 1 point away from being a grade E). The person had LOADS of research and many interesting points, but they were simply not what IB was looking for. It is easy to go wrong when doing secondary-data science EEs... you are missing out on tons of arguments regrading your scientific approach and all. Your current research question sounds more like a dissertation of a neuroscience undergrad rather than a 4,000 word essay of a Highschool student. The idea you are trying to explore is very, very complex and 4,000 will not allow you to explore it in a sufficient manner. There's also a comment my teacher said and it stuck with me - they don't like "to what extent" questions in science EEs. I am not sure how true that may be, but he's been doing this for years and I trust him. A much better approach is "How does change in X affect Y" or "What is the effect of X on Y when Z", for example. If I were you, I'd reconsider my EE topic. It doesn't have to be anything new or revolutionary. Your approach has to be simply something new, and you have to show your interesting and think outside the box. Edit: I remembered correctly. They got 8/36. Here's said example: http://ibchem.com/IB/pdf/ee13a.pdf
  13. We are unable to give you ideas, since it is your presentation after all. It'd be malpractice and you'd risk your grade if someone were to find out. We are, however, able to give feedback on your thoughts and how you could steer in a different/certain direction

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