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  1. I also believe you should be more than fine with the quote. Since it is literature, there should be no reason as to why you shouldn't be able to use the direct quote. After all, the author found it important in order to use it in the first place
  2. Have you considered doing maths HL through Pamoja Education? They offer an online maths HL course, which I think would solve the issue. You could take an HL certificate outside your diploma if you wished to as well.
  3. Hi there! Welcome to IBS I am not quite sure what the question you're asking is. Since you have already received the diploma, and your IAs have been (possibly) moderated, you are free to do what you want afterwards. It is your own work and IB cannot stop you from even publishing it online after your session has completed. Of course, this may be different when it comes to remarks etc.
  4. Quite often it's about the clash with certain holidays, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Teachers might simply be against the idea of staying for exams during holidays, which is a valid point to be fair.
  5. I'll disagree with you on that one. By studying business you have to be ready to work in international companies which might have locations in other countries such as Germany, France, or Russia. Being able to speak more languages makes you a stronger applicant in the future. Business isn't only abou the mathematical side - communication is key in this field.
  6. This really depends on how you feel about taking a course which will not teach you much during the two years and feel like a waste of time. By speaking the language for 13 years I am confident you speak it fluently and exceed the level of HL Spanish B by a lot. Then again, many native speaks take the course causing the boundaries to be inflated (90-ish for a 7 usually), so it's up to you really. Personally, I take German B which is a language I've spoken for almost 6 years now. Despite spending only 2.5 years in a German education system with no prior knowledge of the language I still don't feel very challenged by the HL German course despite my less-than-perfect grammar and expression. Without being more obvious... you will be bored throughout the course. Massively. You might even see your language skills deteriorate to some extent, as you won't be using the more complex language in your studies. In the end, it's up to you. Taking HL Spanish B would be an easy 7 on your side. It is debatable whether taking language B a person is fluent in is something one should do, as those who truly take the language because they want to learn it struggle to reflect that on their diploma due to the sheer amount of natives taking such classes to boost their score.
  7. To add to what @inriya said, biology HL is going to be quite a lot of memorising. In order to stay sane I suggest you keep tract of all the notes, powerpoints and lectures/classes. As you go through with the unit, start making flashcards where you condense all the information from the book and the notes/handouts. It will take some time to complete, but when exam season rolls in you will just have to study from your handy-dandy flashcards. They were my lifesaver. Good luck.
  8. I definitely suggest you get economics and geography remarked. These can be quite subjective and thus allow you to boost your grade up to 25. The rest I would advise against, as it's pricey and won't probably increase the other gtades.
  9. Yes. If you do not receive your diploma, you will still receive a certificate for each individual subject that you've taken.
  10. Dear IB Survivors, The day has come. After two years of hard work, you will finally get to see your IB results. Whatever the outcome, remember the endless hours you put into your IAs, EEs, IOCs... It's your time to celebrate. You're finally free! Feel free to share your scores with others, so that together we can embrace your achievements. And while you're here, you can share where you're off to for uni! Good luck!
  11. I would advise you to take maths HL and avoid 2 Lang Bs in HL unless you would like to study linguistics. As @kw0573 has already mentioned, this will seriously limit your chances of getting into the STEM field (and certain specific degrees in parts of Europe and the US). Personally, I want to study medicine in the future so mathematics is not a necessity for me. Due to the competititve nature of the course, however, maths HL gives me a certain "edge" in my application. There are various other positive aspects of maths HL too - you become a critical thinker, and your problem-solving abilities improve greatly even over the course of a single year. The course itself is tough, I will admit that. Constant practice is a must, as work will pile up otherwise and therefore prevent you from doing well.
  12. Preach! Teachers sometimes have no idea what they're talking about. If you put the effort in you will do well, don't worry! You can always ask here when you're stuck!
  13. Hi there! I'm from Central Europe, but currently live in Western Europe, so I guess my mentality is a mix of both. In my school, most people are indeed satisfied with 32+ points. This isn't because they aren't capable of more, but this is usually the minimum cutoff for most majors in European universities. Of course, this isn't a rule of thumb here. Some need to be motivated to work harder, and some have to be reminded that it isn't all about getting the perfect grades. Personally, I am aiming for 42+ points, with 7776 in my HLs. It is roughly the condition for my dream university, and I would probably be disappointed if I were to receive an offer and then miss is due to an inadequate number of points. As someone who has a few friends in Asia (who either are Asian or moved there from Europe) I have to say some of what is told about Europeans doing the IB is exaggerated. Surely, our scores aren't nearly as perfect as the ones there, but we still strive for the best grades possible. Naturally, one's abilities and expectations might shift the definition of what such grades might be.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!