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  1. Past papers are your best friend. Go over everything in your notes (unit by unit helps) and then do timed practices of ALL exams that you can. I did this starting in early April and knowing exam technique almost helped more than all of the facts (in some, not all cases).
  2. How did everyone find the papers? I thought paper 1 was pretty good, and paper 2 was tricky but not impossible. Which essay questions did you do?
  3. I did question 6 (about 'home') and used the Great Gatsby and the Reluctant Fundamentalist
  4. I'm not sure... I think it was ok, but a bit rushed! Which of the texts did you choose?
  5. I'm mostly worried about ESS and math. Let's pray that there aren't too many functions questions!
  6. Good luck! I hope that everyone's exams went well today!
  7. In my class, we have read two novels and one graphic novel for paper 2. I think that it's completely fine to compare two different text types, I would just make sure to distinguish between their different structures. As for comparing three texts, our teacher warned us not to do this as you would not have enough time to properly analyse each text. I'd stick to the two works that you know the most/work best for the question.
  8. I usually split up note-taking into sections. So if I do three sections, then I get a 5-10 minute break etc. If I am doing a past paper, then I like to either do half of it before I take a break, or, if I am doing it under exam conditions, then I do the entire paper and then take a break before I correct it. If you have a method that works for you, then stick with that. Using flashcards might work for some people, but they won't work for everyone. I also find it really useful to work in the public library because I am less able to procrastinate!
  9. You know you are in IB when you squeal from excitement when your mother buys you an OSC revision book and you think 'Great! This will be really useful for my revision!'
  10. English Lit & Lang HL is probably my easiest subject. My hardest subject is definitely math studies. I can do math, and can even do some topics very well, but I struggle with long math exams. The rest of my subjects take turns being the hardest.
  11. I don't think that there is a word count. At least, we were never told that there was one. As long as you don't hand in something with like 10,000 words, you should be ok.
  12. I would be careful about underestimating the difficulty of ESS. And this is coming from someone who found biology in the MYP easy. The content is simple, there is just a lot to learn. The really tricky part is deciphering exam questions and learning how to approach them. The mark schemes are very specific. Your wording has to be precise, if not, you will lose a point. ESS has a reputation for being a very easy class, and a lot of people who do not want to take a 'hard' science will take ESS. For that reason, there will be a lot of people that slack off and find that they get worse grades than they expected. However, that is not to say that you shouldn't take the class. Some of what we learn is quite interesting, but (at least in my opinion) the content is more similar to that of geography than biology. Also, consider how many years your school has been teaching it. My year was the first one to take the course, and our first teacher was very inexperienced and didn't really care about the ESS class. Because of that, our IAs were a disaster at the start of the year. In order to do well, you need to focus on exam technique. Learn to read and analyse the questions carefully. And don't expect to get 7s straight away. It will take time to adjust to the course. Good luck! Getting a good grade in ESS is not impossible, it just takes a lot more work than you would initially think. Although, this is just my experience. It is possible that my year has found ESS so hard because we were taught very badly, but I do think the subject can be very challenging.
  13. Close! I'm actually writing this in a free period, but I should really be revising... so... Confession: I'm starting to slack off in English and haven't done the reading for my next class. The next person will confess that they know exactly how many days are left until they finish their last exam.
  14. I think that your idea is good. I would change the wording in your title slightly. Instead of using the word 'restrict', try replacing it with one of the words from the prescribed question. Ex. Silence or exclude. You need to really define which social group you are focusing on. This is something that my teacher has said to our class many times. You can't really say that 'women' are a social class. However, you can say that upper-class women are a social class. This is especially prevalent in 'A Doll's House' because we see how Nora is controlled by the expectations of society and her own domestic responsibilities. 'To what extent does society _______ upper-class women from their individual freedom in “A Doll’s House�' I love your main points. I would just suggest to try to form an essay plan with two or three 'umbrella' themes that you can fit your main points under. This will help organise your essay a bit and make your argument coherent. Also, try to find other examples of upper-class women and how they are excluded/silenced/marginalised. It's been a while since I read the book, but I think that one of Nora's friends visits her? You could maybe use her friend as an example to support your argument. Overall, I really like your plan. If you clearly define a social group and include varied examples you should do just fine. Good luck!
  15. You made me laugh after a traumatic test. Thank you
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