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  1. I thought you chose SL from the beginning? Is there a reason why you want to drop to SL? Unless you or your school state that you did maths HL and covered the relevant topics for an engineering degree, the universities will only see your exam scores which will have maths SL on them (then again, some ask for Year 1 report cards which might show HL maths was there). If you did HL maths and dropped, think about a justification for the unis you want to apply to - it might raise some concerns since an engineering degree involved a lot of mathematics.
  2. 1. Applied to my school in year 9, got in, did IGCSEs and transitioned into IB. That was about it. 2. I attend a private school. 3. Well there are the school fees and the fees for the exams themselves as far as I know, so the two years will be ~25,000€.
  3. Officially you would pass the IB with the grades you have right now - your total score in HL adds up to 12, which is the bare minimum required to pass. Overall you seem to have 27 points including core, which is 3 points above the passing grade. If you want to pursue a medical/science career I definitely would advise putting a lot more effort in ASAP.
  4. This really depends on where you want to study, and what quality you want from the university you attend. In the UK all unis will require maths HL, and many of the top-tier universities elsewhere in the world are probably going to ask for maths HL for most types of engineering (you haven't specified exactly what type of engineering you want to pursue - I know that electrical engineering uses a lot of complex numbers which is HL only).
  5. According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway because bees don't care what humans think is impossible. Yellow, black. Yellow, black. Yellow, black. Yellow, black. Ooh, black and yellow! Let's shake it up a little. Barry! Breakfast is ready! Ooming! Hang on a second. Hello? - Barry? - Adam? - Oan you believe this is happening? - I can't. I'll pick you up. Looking sharp. Use the stairs. Your father paid good money for those. Sorry. I'm excited. It was sent as a joke to a friend of mine. Pls no hate.
  6. I agree with @kw0573. I am not entirely sure what you are trying to achieve with the function. In order to get constructive feedback you should really make your point a bit clearer, as I did not understand what kind of message you're trying to convey from what I had read here.
  7. This is quite a simple question which asks you to apply the laws of logarithms and the change of base rule. I've written it down here: Hope this helps.
  8. Quite an interesting survey! I am intrigued as to what the possible correlation might be.
  9. I'm quite surprised you're expected to do something almost completely new - I've actually been told almost the opposite. My supervisor said it's more about the development and the thought process behind the experiment (why you're doing it, what's the possible significance of the results, how you would change it now that you've completed the trials etc) is more important that the experiment itself - and let's face it, at a high-school level it's hard to do something revolutionary... Of course, the idea should probably be something innovative (as in, the approach to an issue), but not something overly complicated. I agree that it shouldn't be like an IA - you have to show your personal interest and how you developed the idea. An IA is kind of "I like this so I did it because it's fun" - this won't cut it for an EE. Im sure you will find more examples of good EEs online (50 Excellent Extended Essays) to see how they have been structured. Your results *don't* have to be conclusive. It's more about how you analyse your results that matters (I'm talking about the 2018 EE reform, but I'm assuming it's the same for the previous years as well. If not, sorry!).
  10. I quite enjoyed Chronicle of a Death Foretold which we read in LangLit. Ironically I'm the only one who actually likes it from my grade! From other authors I'd say Atul Gawande is one of my favourites; his books The Checklist Manifesto, Being Mortal, and Complications have inspired me greatly and gave me an insight on a different part of the medical profession that cannot really be read in an ordinary book. Whether you're interested in medicine or not, I highly highly highly suggest reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi - it's an amazing book written from the point of view of someone who saved hundreds of lives and becomes then becomes deadly sick. Absolutely wonderful and heartbreaking (I've actually shed a tear at the end, which rarely ever happens). Other than that I quite enjoyed George Orwell's 1984, though I have not read any other of his books.
  11. I am not quite sure what subject would till fall into. World studies? History? I heard something about not being able to do an EE on something that is younger than 10 years old for history, but then again I do not take this subject so this might not be correct. Your question seems also quite broad for an EE, so you should probably refine your question and focus on a certain aspect/aim and how they try to execute it maybe. Try reading the 2018 EE guide (the EE rubric changed from 2018 on and is much different from the previous years!) and it should help you
  12. Hey and welcome to IBS! Taking essay-based HLs will definitely be quite a lot of work regardless of how skilled you are at writing, so keep that in mind. Passion and love for the subjects will get you through though, and will help you stay motivated when times get rough. I'd personally advise against 4HLs in your case (unless you want college credit for the US; I'm not an expert in this department so I cannot tell you whether biology HL would be beneficial or not). Biology HL is almost double the content compared to SL, and it might take up unnecessary time that you could put into some extracurriculars that would look good on your college application. In terms of your overall combination I'd say it's quite balanced and definitely manageable - as long as you chose (mainly) your strengths/ subjects you love. I cannot tell you how the economics course is going to be like, as I have neither taken the class nor done any IB class online. From what I've heard and read Pamoja Education provides rather solid courses, so I think it's really up to personal motivation to study as some see it as an 'extra' class due to the lack of physical teacher present in a classroom in front of you. Good luck with your IB journey
  13. The answer is B. The transition state is where the reactants have the highest amount of potential energy. This causes them to also be unstable.
  14. Unis in Europe do not even know what you did in your IAs unless you mention it Heck, most won't know what your EE is about!
  15. There is your issue. You pointed it out yourself. Most of us have to take subjects, SL or HL, because either a) our school makes us do it, b) IB makes us do it, or c) the university course requires it. We all find some aspects of a subject absolutely boring and can't seem to find anything exciting about it, but the difference between those who score a 7 and those who score a 4 is quite often how the individual deals with such a situation. In Biology we did ecology recently (which you're probably familiar with, as it's SL) and I absolutely hated it! Sure, it was quite simple, but the thought of memorising all these things just made me frown and yawn - it was something I didn't want to spend my time on. But I sat down, and simply did it. Turned my phone off, plugged my PC off so I wouldn't be tempted, and went through my notes and the book to learn the content. Just because I might be 95% certain I won't use it in the future wasn't a good enough excuse not to study - and it shouldn't be for you either. Sometimes you have to do things for your overall good, in this case it's a good grade on your diploma. There isn't a secret way not to study things and get a 7 or a 6. Everyone who scores these grades works their butt off no matter how interested they might be in certain aspects of the syllabus, or the entire subject. I am a very scientific person and my interest in geography is close to 0 - if it wasn't part of the IBDP I'd never take it again after Year 11. Yet here I am, after 4 hours of making notes for the option and core units for this subject, writing this post. If it's not the interest that motivates you, let it be the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment once you finish your diploma and score a 6 or a 7 in biology. tl;dr Your mentality needs to change if you want your grade to improve. Just because you don't like something shouldn't be a reason not to study. In the future you'll face similar issues and there might not be a way around them.