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  1. You have just started the IB, it is waaaaay too early to judge your abilities when it comes to the HL course. The jump to HL from MYP/IGCSE is massive, and you shouldn't worry purely because you feel like you don't understand everything straight away. Trust me, many others feel the same way, but probably are too afraid to show it! In my class, almost everyone dipped at the start of year 1. By going from 90%+ each time in grade 10 to less than 50% in grade 11 was shocking at first, but it was due to the pace and difficulty of the course. Wait at least six months before you decide to drop out of HL maths. You will always have time to drop, but dropping and then trying to go back to HL would be much, much more difficult. Plus there's a bonus point - when you drop later on, SL maths will seem much easier 😛
  2. I think being part of the Commonwealth allows you to apply for some really good scholarships in the UK. Something perhaps worth looking into.
  3. To add to what kw said, I think TOK can vary GREATLY depending on your teacher. I had two teachers, and the one from second year made us basically redo everything we had done in year 1 because they felt like it was "incorrect". Some teachers are very engaging, and use a lot of powerpoints. Some prefer class discussions and debates. Some will barely put any effort in, and you spend two years snoozing... Sadly (?) TOK is one of the things in IB where the teacher can make or break the course.
  4. You can ask your teacher or find them online by googling eg "IB chemistry syllabus". Just make sure it is for the correct examination period, most of the 2009/2011 ones are outdated by now!
  5. Hi there! I've graduated this May and did Chem HL as well . I figured I'd give you some general tips I was given and a few things I did/learned which helped me get a good score in my final exams. 1. The IA - This was (miraculously) neglected by my class, and few put actual effort into it. It is worth a good chunk of your grade. Read the IA guides and the examples that are present on the IBO website. See the marker's comments and use them to score high marks. It is much easier to go into exams knowing you did well in your IA and can have it as a backup rather than worry you need to actually make up for your IA with exams. 2. Richard Thornley and MSJ Chem - They are my favourite IB chemistry teachers on YouTube. MSJ Chem is more of a summarised revision before exams, and Thornley is more in-depth. 3. Flashcards - Do them as you go along with each chapter. My teacher did SL and then taught the HL class the extensions on top of the SL content (where SL kids just had time for revision). When exam season came around, all I had to do was read though my flashcards! I basically used online resources, my notes, the book, and my teacher's power-points alongside the syllabus in order to make concise notes without trying to miss out on any key information. Flashcards are time-consuming but can save your butt, trust me! 4. Practice, practice, practice - Chemistry, unlike biology, is more about applying what you know onto new situations and understanding the concepts. You can't simply memorise something (except for some areas such as the biochemistry option). Ask your teachers for past paper questions, and they should be able to give you some. You could google some similar questions too, I believe A-level chemistry questions are of similar difficulty as well. I wouldn't revise anything in particular now if I were you. Unless you are finding quantitative chemistry difficult, in which case maybe going over moles etc. could be helpful - but don't worry too much. In first few months you'll probably do chapters 1-3 or maybe 1-4, depending on the speed of your teachers and the pace at which your class studies/understands the concepts. I think some of the HL unit 4 stuff can be confusing and time-consuming, but there is no need to worry about it since you will have loads of time during the IB in order to understand it. Remember, your exams are in two years' time!
  6. For chemistry, I really liked the Oxford book when I took my exams. It's really good for the core, but it lacks a bit in the options department. For this I recommend Hodder books, and the options for chemistry are actually free to access on their website, so it's the best of both worlds! For Maths HL, I recommend the Cambridge book (however it has some mistakes in it, and therefore isn't idea for self-studying). Additionally, the Cambridge book has an additional "worked solutions" textbook for each chapter, which is really helpful when you're stuck. Can't comment on the other subjects as I didn't take them.
  7. Personally, I would advise against a remark in your case, unless the IA has been severely moderated down (in which case an appeal would require all the IAs to be remarked). 5 marks is a stretch in any subject, but especially in the sciences. It will most likely end up a 4, and you will lose money. Of course, you can always try, especially if you really need it to meet a university offer.
  8. I agree with everyone above. You should try to Get a remark in one of your HLs (whichever one is the closest to the next boundary). Good luck!
  9. 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.
  10. They are indeed. But you learn to be independent which is great for university life Good luck!
  11. 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!).
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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)

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