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  1. 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.
  2. I have not heard about such a possibility in the future - as far as I know ESS requires some practical labs which are hard to conduct over the Internet. You can always message them and ask about it, as it could be a possibility.
  3. Your subject combination is very much like mine. I was warned it'll be very tough and all that, yet I managed to pull 41/42 in first semester, with the 6 being in my SL subject. It's about the amount of work you're willing to pun in in order to do well - for the sciences you have to do constant revision (read your notes at least once a week even when you don't have tests so you don't forget what happened at the start of the unit). For maths study as often as you can. I didn't take maths seriously the second semester and I dropped from a 7 to a 6 - don't be me. But generally it's a good combo for medicine especially in the uk if you want to make your application more competitive (maths hl). I find chemistry more straightforward than biology as there's less memorising and more application of what you know, but it's up to the individual. Just wanted to say that HL Maths isn't a requirement for Cambridge for medicine. It is recommended in order to have a more competitive application, but according to the statistics 6% of all applicants got in with only 2 sciences HL and no maths HL. I personally know someone who got in with maths SL, though it was on a gap year and they did score a 45
  4. Your workload is going to be quite high, not terrible, but high. I am taking 3 of the subjects you take at HL (and a language B HL, if your english is B) and I have been doing fine this past year. I have one regret, and that is not doing enough maths when I should've, which caused my grade in second semester to go from a 7 to a low 6 - don't make my mistake and REVISE DAILY. I am not joking. The only way to learn maths is by doing maths, as you can't cram all the info the day before. It just won't work. You can study engineering (in some places), business, medicine, (bio)chemistry, neurology... a lot of things with your subject combination. Bio and chem are very manageable in my opinion as long as you make good, concise notes. Good luck.
  5. That's just the truth. There isn't an easier or harder option, they're all hard. Each person will find different options more difficult than others; that's just how it will be. But don't go in the exam and try to look at other options and answer those - you will likely not know the terminology ib is looking for. Do your option and it'll be fine
  6. The one you have studied.
  7. Make it infinity. Though one could argue that's not a number.
  8. More like 2cool4school amirite
  9. make it 10 days before I kill myself #Overachiever #AlwaysBeatsTheOdds
  10. Can't hear you over my 365 days I can chill before IB rips me apart
  11. You don't know me. You don't know my struggles. Now I want to drop out just to prove you wrong.
  12. It doesn't have to be my turn if I drop out beforehand.
  13. And remember: You don't have to write the exam if you run away from home.
  14. soz couldn't help it
  15. 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.
  16. 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€.
  17. 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.
  18. 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).
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Quite an interesting survey! I am intrigued as to what the possible correlation might be.
  23. 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!).
  24. 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.
  25. 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