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  1. Depends on how much that career option appeals to you, really. I myself take bio chem maths HL and find it rather manageable. Maths is my hardest HL for sure, followed by biology. Chemistry is the easiest for me, though this is not the case with many of my classmates who take both at HL. Doing only bio and chemistry HL will definitely take a large chunk of workload away, but together with it many career options. I take maths and want to study medicine, which isn't maths-oriented at all, though it still is helpful during admissions. Weigh out your options, or start with 4 HLs and drop maths to SL if you struggle too much at the end of year 1. If you have any further questions, just hit me up.
  2. Hi there fellow future medic! As someone who is about to finish IB 1 and has both chemistry and biology at HL,I feel like I can give some tips! Biology: Now, I like this class less than I do chemistry. It is a LOT of memorisation, but it is not as tedious as it seems once you start to link different units/concepts together. I highly recommend the Oxford textbook and Revision Guide - they're marvellous and great for revision! Most importantly, however, you should make flashcards of each unit as you go along. Don't leave it all till final exams, as that will NOT work and only make the entire thing seem "pointless". Condense the information as much as you can. For this there are two options - light flashcards with key concepts where you fill the rest of the info with the book, or (my favourite) you combine all the books, handouts, powerpoint, etc. into the flashcards, making them more lengthy but at the same time the only resource you'll need during revision sessions. Since I commute a lot, this has been a life saver! Chemistry: Oh boy, did I hear a lot of negative things about this class! "You need to be a genius to get a 5." "There's no way you'll pass the unit test with moles - it's a killer." "Taking it together with bio just shows you're suicidal." IT'S ALL RUBBISH. Chemistry, in my opinion, is the most interesting class IB offers. It's not that in-depth, but the broad range of topics you cover (together with the history of certain concepts) is really, really interesting. In chemistry you won't have to memorise as much - certain structures, angles, reactions... but the rest is application of concepts and calculations (a bit like maths or physics). What's beautiful is that once you grasp the concept you will do well in the class. For this class I do a few unit tests I can find online (which you can do with a quick Google search to be fair) and then flashcards, just like for bio. But the key is the understanding of the concepts. Unlike bio, you can't just memorise them and hope for the best, because it involves a lot more logical thinking. Well, I guess you could memorise it without understanding it, but then you wouldn't be pushing towards the 6/7 boundary. I am far from a genius, yet with hard work and the methods I mentioned above I managed to get good grades in both classes. Persistence is very important, remember that! All in all, both classes are rather interesting, and whilst they will prove to be a challenge at times, you will definitely enjoy them. With any further questions, feel free to PM me!
  3. I'll tag @Gaby here... In my opinion you are starting your PS a bit too early! You have a long time before your application deadline (even if you apply to Oxbridge which requires an application before October 15), therefore a LOT will change before then. What you should do is write down points which you'd like to include, and see which ones are the most important roughly a month before the deadline.
  4. Can't advise you much on the topic of psychology, but I want to warn you about doing an "easy" subject for your extended essay. This might be one of the worst ideas you could have - doing something because "it's easy" won't get you far with the EE, unless you're passionate about your subject and are willing to spend roughly 40 hours doing it. If that's not the case, I would try a subject that's considered "harder" but actually motivates you to keep going. I was advised against a chemistry EE, yet I still chose to do it because it was something I would always want to work on, therefore making it a rather interesting journey and experience - even if I faced many, many difficulties and had to adjust my methodology countless times. Hope you keep these words in mind. Good luck.
  5. Depends on your budget and current "ecosystem". If you use mostly apple products, it might be wise to get a Mac. I personally am using a MacBook Pro, and so are most of my classmates. It's quite portable and powerful, and whilst it is expensive I think it's quite future-proof and I'll be taking it to uni for sure. If you have a lower budget or dislike Macs in general, I suggest Dell XPS 13 (or 15). Great windows laptops, and have a great built quality.
  6. Currently procrastinating on my EE draft, TOK, and a maths test on calculus I have later on this week. Won't even mention the fact I also have an IA due soon, and entry exams to study for...
  7. Two in depth is usually what everyone should be aiming for. Some go for 3 less in-depth, though it is something we have been advised against by out IB teacher.
  8. I believe 1 minute per mark is no longer accurate for 2017 exams onwards, as the number of marks in paper 2 has decreased from 120 to 100, whilst the time for the exam stayed the same. EDIT: Worth mentioning is the fact that many teachers choose to give less than a minute on the exam to add extra pressure and help you increase your ablility to work under timed conditions. My teacher gives us roughly 45 seconds for 1 mark on unit tests and gave us a minute for each mark on the final.
  9. I personally have 3 free periods whereas some of my friends who take 3HLs / don't take maths hl have up to five frees a week...
  10. I am not sure whether it'd benefit uni application as they don't see which option you studied. In terms of basic knowledge it would definitely be helpful to some extent, though uni will definitely go much more in depth
  11. Contrary to the popular opinion I'd say biology won't be that hard if you put your mind into it. It is (sadly) mostly memorisation and reading graphs/charts etc. which doesn't require *that* much critical thinking if you're used to such question from igcse etc. It's going to be a hassle, as it is just a lot to basically remember and be able to recite for the exam (and the essay questions in sections B are really specific on terminiology), but it'll be easier than redoing everything in physics as it relies much more on application of concepts... and if you don't get the concepts you're kinda in a dead end. Good luck. ps. If you switch, check out bioninja and Oxford revision guide for biology. They'll help you out a lot!
  12. I'm going into the medical field as well, and we are doing Biochemistry as our option (though we *might* switch to medicinal chemistry). In my humble opinion it is the easiest for someone who does Biology HL, as many aspects of it are going to be review sessions due to the fact that a lot has been covered in depth in biology (maybe not as much the chemical side, but the different types of protein structure etc... all been done!). Option D would be a logical option too, though it depends whether your classmates are willing to do it as well. In my school we split the options between those doing biology and physics, as those doing physics prefer doing Energy for their option, whereas biology students prefer biochemistry/medicinal chemistry. My teacher believes Energy is the least interesting option overall, though...
  13. I personally think it all depends on your definition of success - for every person thing differs quite considerably. For someone getting a 35 would be an absolute disaster, whereas for someone else it'd be a dream come true. As each person has different standards and expectations of themselves it would be hard to quantify success and very specific characteristics that attribute it. I don't think grades themselves can really determine it. Though I do have to agree with the things you've written down. Most of the successful people are know tend to be very determined. In almost every case hard work beats talent, hard. There was a girl I knew who was constantly getting 3s and 4s in maths HL, whereas my other friend got 6s without much work. At the end of the year, this girl ended up with a 5 and my friend with a 4 simply because she worked hard for her grade, unlike my friend who thought League of Legends was a better way of spending time Motivation is a large factor, too. Personally, I have struggled to stay motivated every since my final exams finished over a week ago. I put so much effort into the week of exams that afterwards I was unable to sit anywhere near my biology book. It might have been over-motivation on my side, as I wanted to get the best grade possible everywhere, which was quite silly. The following week I was super sluggish, and found it difficult to concentrate on the content of the lesson as I was really tired and only really wanted to sleep. It's important to find balance between work and leisure, which is something I realised way too late. Successful people definitely are very good at balancing stress/workload. This topic is kind of like a river in my opinion; one could go on and on and never really finish and do it justice. Creativity, willingness to help others (being a leader rather than a boss), and, to some extent, the ability to prioritise definitely help in achieving success. Edit: Ah, almost forgot! Successful people definitely don't dwell on small failures, but much rather on the big picture and the final product. Getting a 4 isn't the end of the world in IB, and one rejection from university doesn't mean much in the big picture that is life
  14. Since it's your IA we cannot really do the work here for you. All we can do is help you develop on the ideas and suggestions you give us in order to push you into the right direction rather than just give you the answer What ideas do you have on your mind?
  15. Still in IB, but... Change geography to psychology. Not that geography is bad, I just find psychology more interesting... Put less pressure on myself and try to find balance between school and leisure. Think a bit more about my EE. Realise that just because others find a class hard/scary should not dictate whether it will be the same case for you. This list will be longer by the time I graduate, that's for sure. Let's hope any of my HLs won't become a regret.