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  1. What I would suggest is draw a line of best fit for points without the two outliers, and then add them two onto the graph so that it does not affect the gradient of the line. I'd mark them with a different colour, and use the legend to distinguish between the points and outliers.
  2. This is ridiculous, and you should discuss it with the coordinator or the principal if he still insists. Improving your abilities should be your teacher's aim. By knocking you down with accusations he does the exact opposite - he demotivates you because you don't get any kind of result from it. This shouldn't ever be the case, and this person shouldn't be a teacher if he doesn't know how to motivate students and encourage them how do to their very best. If the principal won't cooperate, ask to change a teacher. You can't study well in such an environment, instead of being pushed to your limits you're being put back into the 'box' he made for you in the beginning.
  3. We are not going to (or supposed to, for that matter) give you ideas for your IA. You have to be the one giving us the ideas, and all we can do is give you feedback or help you refine the question - not come up with it from the very beginning.
  4. Mine aren't that bad or juicy, sadly During our igcse mock exams my friends and I were sitting the add maths paper. Most of the questions involved asked about radians, so we switched our calculators to that mode. Later the next day we sat another (regular) maths paper where radians had not been used. My friend forgot to switch back to degrees and ended up with a worse grade in regular maths than add maths One time a friend of mine wanted to copy my answers for multiple choice in a chemistry test, but forgot we take different levels of chemistry, causing him to get 3/10 on that section... In a recent test we had a question asking for the Lewis structure of a certain polyatomic anion. Since I couldn't figure out at that point in time how it looked like I thought I'd skip the question. Too bad the question based around this anion was worth 23 marks (mind you the whole test was out of like 45), so without the structure there was no way to answers over half of the upcoming questions... Thankfully I figured it out in the end, but the stress and panic definitely kicked in.
  5. I do LangLit SL and chemistry HL, so the opposite of what you take but I hope I can still give you some helpful advice. English LangLit is all about understanding the texts and being able to thoroughly analyse the poems and literary works you're doing in class. There is also the essay structure you have to work on, as you need to write darn good essays in a short amount of time, especially at HL. Chemistry is my favourite subject so I'm biased, but SL should definitely be managble with appropriate notes and maybe a study guide (OCR I believe is the company my teacher recommended for the chemists). People who don't like chemistry in my class take it and still do ok despite the lack of interest for the subject.
  6. I did both igcse maths and add maths and am currently doing maths HL in IB. Despite having done both courses there was a jump I needed to adapt to - you'll feel a greater one without additional maths. That does not mean you're not legible for it. As @kw0573 already mentioned, it's up to your abilities and motivation. There's a girl in my class who didn't do igcses and the level of maths she did in her old school was more or less comparable to igcse, and she's doing fine. I also agree with the part where you need to take your time to do exercises on a weekly if not daily basis. I find myself doing exercises instead of actual homework in order to maintain my level of understanding in the class. Of course I end up doing both, but if I know I'm not struggling in let's say chemistry I'll do the homework after I practise maths. Try learning some of the content! I learned parts of the syllabus myself as I did the 2 year course for add maths in 7 months with the teacher, so I had less time with him and more time spent on my own studying the content. I hiiiiighllyyyy recommend the Haese Mathematics book for additional maths. You can only get it through their website and takes a while to ship but oh my is it a good book! Good luck!
  7. Everyone complains about maths HL, even at times where it isn't so bad. It's a running 'gag' where the students complain for the sake of it and the laughs. Sure, it's hard, but if over 20% of candidates take it each session I think that says something If you like maths and would have others to rely on at least a bit I'd say go for it! Definitely worth taking something you like and thing you would enjoy. Don't always listen to the internet talk, they don't know you and your abilities. And remember - maths HL is where numbers are imaginary but the tears are real
  8. Sharing such question banks is illegal and therefore not allowed on this forum. You are free to purchase these questionbanks on the official IBO store. Hope that helps.
  9. To what extent is this due to the lack of TOK that day? How I felt when I signed up for Maths HL..
  10. "We just have so much to do! It's about an hour of homework everyd-" Shut up...
  11. I did the IGCSE with the CIE board, and I have to say I felt very well prepared for the IBDP. The transition was mostly smooth, with some ups and downs but no real breakdowns. Since the amount of subjects I took was quite high (9 subjects which I took exams in + PE) it definitely made me manage my work more wisely. Looking back at my IGCSEs I wish I did German B instead of German A to boost my grades, but I don't mind the extra push First Language German gave me. It was definitely an experience worth while - I wouldn't have chosen Pre-IB over it.
  12. They're usually based on your progress in year 12 and the finals you take at the end of the year. They are usually not released by the school, but it really depends on the individual school and its policy. Same goes for predicted grades - if a teacher thinks you will do better than you did in your finals, they might predict you higher. They're out of 45, too. If you wish to apply for university in, for example, England, you will have your teacher put their predicted grades for you through UCAS. The deadline varies - it's 15. October for Oxbridge and medicine, and 11(?) January for all the other courses. Key point here is not to go and beg teachers to give you better predicted grades, as that's not the point. Unless you find a teacher to be unfair and worry they might not give you adequate grades, talk to your DP coordinator.
  13. I actually see no problem with the commute. My school is about an hour away from where I live by train, and I manage to have free time. If you believe the school would provide you a better education the you should make this sacrifice. There are different ways to spend the ride, I personally like to read through my notes before tests etc.
  14. I'd say stick to biology. Whilst your passion to Russia might be there now, you can't be sure it will be there in a month or in a year. You will be half a year behind in terms of content, which whilst not tragic in languages, is still a lot. Not to mention the time you'd "waste" studying biology for the 6 months! Biology is quite easy to get good grades in, especially at SL. In fact, it is the easiest science to score a 7 in according to the 2014 statistics. (http://www.dpcdsb.org/NR/rdonlyres/257D5ECC-B156-4400-B0C7-D765BB3D4855/140115/201405_Grade_Boundaries.pdf) For studying, try websites such as BioNinja, and Cambridge revision guides. Both are really good and will help you improve. Ps. You didn't mention whether you would have a teacher or not. If not, I'd be even stronger against dropping biology in favour of russian.
  15. I'd say it would count as a project. The preprararion and "background work" that is put into even a single show is definitely part of the activity as well. I, for example, helped out with a threaten piece organised by my school and got over 10 hours despite the thing lasting about an hour.
  16. Don't be shy to talk to your teacher. They're there to give you constructive criticism and feedback you need to succeed. The ones who ask are not lost
  17. I think you should do it in a subject you're invested and interested in. I chose chemistry, and whilst coming up with a topic is tricky (*sigh*), I think I'll only be able to do it because I actually enjoy the subject. For me, there was also a possibility to do the EE in English A or German B, which would have been 'easier' to complete, but because the amount of effort I'd put in would be sub-bar, there would be no point in me doing so. Remember your EE should be something that further expands your knowledge in your area of interest. Sure, I could do an EE in history so there would be no experiment involved, but the amount of effort I'd have to put into reading etc. would make me absolutely hate the whole process - especially since you should spend good 15-20 hours or so doing your EE.
  18. What is your 7th subject?? Your signature lists only 6. Usually that would be the one which does not fit into the regular IB diploma. For example, it could be a 3rd science or a 4th language. In the regular diploma you have to take one of each group (except for 6, which can be replaced with any other group). Your signature seems to me like a regular diploma. The 7th subject (the certificate one) could possibly therefore be the one not listed in there. If it's a 3rd science, like physics for example, you can choose which one you want to have as your diploma subject (for example you'd choose physics instead of biology as your diploma science). I am not sure how it would work with an irregular diploma, since no-one at my school takes it (or a 7th subject, for that matter).
  19. Please don't revive old topics! If it's 6 years old, feel free to make a new one.
  20. No problem, glad I could help!
  21. I had exactly the same issue! There are two ways of tacking it, for me 2) was way more effective - though you might not like it. 1) Write whatever is on your mind before you study. (Possibly better when studying at home) I truly mean everything. It can be this random thought you had about the youtube video your friend showed you, or the existential question that keeps you awake at night. Key point here is to make your mind as clear as possible - get rid of those thoughts to make some space for focus. Then, make some breathing exercises (inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth) for a minute or two. This should help you get rid of the associated stress that you have with background noise and should help you focus on the task. 2) Train yourself. This one might sound borderline ridiculous and inefficient, but hear me out. When you're doing some work, turn on some music that you dislike a lot. It can be a genre of music you are not into, or a particular singer - whatever floats your boat. Since you're not going to be enjoying the music, you will make an effort to ignore it. This might take a while & totally mess up your Spotify "recently listened" playlist, but it should work very well. Then, as you see that you able to focus more with the music on, try lowering the volume or switching to something else, like classical music. I am not saying this is a guaranteed guide on how to start focusing, this is really something I have used in the past to help me with studying. And I have to say it worked out well for me, I am now able to study in loud environments without getting distracted (PUT THAT PHONE AWAAAY).
  22. Well, for me re-reading the notes is studying for the most part... I'd say for every unit you should make Flashcards too. This is a tricky one, since I don't seem to be following the rule - I find chemistry easier & a bit more interesting than bio. More applying of concepts rather than pure memorisation like it often is with biology. I have friends who have a different opinion and think biology is way easier, so it's really up to the individual.
  23. Definitely going to affect European universities. You might be forced to take a foundation year if you apply. In Germany they don't recognise maths studies, and in England you can't apply for undergraduate medicine with it either (unless you do the foundation year). i cannot speak for all universities in Europe, but a common requirement is maths SL. You could always do an undergrad in a science and apply for graduate medicine - this would work in England!
  24. Hi there! I started ib a few months ago with bio&chem HL. The courses are demanding but definitely manageable with good work ethic - revise what you've done over a week during the weekend and you should be good. I never regret choosing my subjects, though biology can get a bit boring sometimes - but that's always up to the individual. I don't know you so I'm not sure how much effort you're willing to put into the subjects, but I still think it's better to start off with a harder subject combination and drop later on as you actually start to struggle. Whilst prevention is better than cure, this does not apply here
  25. Hello everyone So, this part of the forum kind of died out, therefore I decided to make a topic about the thing that has been bothering me for the past few months. We all go to school, or went at one point in our lives. We were graded on our tests, and those tests gave us an idea on our knowledge about the subject… But can they really tell us whether we are/were intelligent? Nowadays the pressure on recieving good grades is so high every 5th high-school student confessed that (s)he has experienced school-related anxiety. I know people who get really good results and I know people who barely pass. Both of those groups act in a similar way, and their non-academic skills seem to be around the same level. I know there is a positive corelation between good grades and intelligence, but the argument that they separate the "good students" from the "bad students" seems wrong to me. Einstein failed school when he was younger, and even the teachers told him he would never archieve something in his life. Yet his IQ has been determined to be around 160 and he turned out to be one of the most known scientist in the world. Grades are important to get into good university, and to test our knowledge, but can they really define us and our level of intelligence? Isn't intelligence something much more complex than just a number on a piece of paper? I have arguments for both sides and I can't wait to read your responses. Mac117