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  1. Thanks for the reply but I do mean kingdom. For the US version: domain archaea --> kingdom archaea domain bacteria --> kingdom bacteria domain eukaryota --> kingdom animalia domain eukaryota--> kingdom plantae donain eukaryota --> kingdom fungi domain eukaryota--> kingdom Protista
  2. Reviewing taxonomy is a nightmare since I didn't really pay attention this chapter... does IB use Archaea, Bacteria, Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Protista (American) or Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Protista, Monera (UK)? Which one is most common in the world?
  3. If you don't have the course you shouldn't be able to do it. Where are you going to get the exam? If you must, try for a Pearson/Cambridge/Oxford IB Biology textbook published 2014
  4. U.S. schools depend heavily on SATs and essays as well
  5. Pick up a Pearson or Oxford book for 2016 exam (published in 2014). I assume you're still in classes by the sounds of it; have your teacher point out what is NEW in the curriculum. All the teachers at my school are consistently telling us when "this was added to the curriculum, so there's a high chance this will be tested" whenever it applies. Ask them to do that for you, and if not, use this: Chemistry Course Changes: http://www.jon.hk/2014/05/ib-chem-2016-topic/ None for biology, sorry By this point I guess the best way to study is to do the slightly boring but efficient "study exactly what the test is" kind of studying. This will be in a book that you buy but if you don't buy: Biology: https://ibpublishing.ibo.org/server2/rest/app/tsm.xql?doc=d_4_biolo_gui_1402_1_e&part=3&chapter=1 Chemistry: https://ibpublishing.ibo.org/server2/rest/app/tsm.xql?doc=d_4_chemi_gui_1402_1_e&part=3&chapter=1 If you can do everything it says, you should be decently prepared for the exam. As for study technique, use Spaced Repetition for things that require rote memory: write something down on a flashcard or use SR software. On 6-hour, 24-hour, 3-day, 7-day intervals (or longer if u need it), try drawing/writing/whatever the item is on a piece of paper and check with your card. I do this for molecules and formulas and they STAY in my memory. For difficult concepts, try creating 3, or at least 2 sets of notes. First level should be like you copying what the teacher says, or extracting from the book. Just put everything in your own words, but add as many side notes, annotation, etc. as you need to understand it. Look back on it in a few days and hopefully you haven't completely forgotten it. If you missed a few parts, whatever. Make 'level two' notes now. Take away the arrows, annotations, and clutter and write in sentences or bullets. No notes to self or excessive colour/highlighting. If you can, make level three. Use very few sentences, and take out any diagrams that aren't absolutely necessary. These should be single sentence prompts that upon reading, you can recall and quickly explain what it's referring to. If not, see level 2. If you're stumped, look for it in level 1. BIOLOGY: physiology Center your notes around an organ or tissue or region. The books sometimes have info on say, the liver at the beginning, middle, and end of a chapter. Don't write your notes chronologically and have to hunt down your liver notes later. Read the ENTIRE chapter, and then plan out your notes, then go. BIOLOGY: Immunity and a few other chapters In certain chapters the book uses extremely ambiguous language. Immunity in particular, but there are parts of other chapters too. For that, take a quick crash course and learn BEYOND the curriculum; I think it's worth knowing B cells & T cells in detail to make sense of the text (unless that was in old curriculum and they took it out...) CHEMISTRY: calculations After finally solving a calculation based question you struggled with, make a copy of every single step, even the steps that you think "oh pfft I know this for next time", and keep it for reference. Next time you're stuck with a similar question see the notes instead of asking someone. Hopefully this was not too late...10 days later
  6. Has anyone gotten accepted to McGill based on IB grades after their percentage grade didn't make the cut? How long did it take? I feel like they are taking all the percentage-based admissions first and leaving the rest to check later...
  7. ^^look at prerequisites for your choice of program and in addition... -Not trying to say "you can't do it" but whatever you end up choosing, hopefully it's not the option that depends on you getting a bunch of 7s because while of course it's possible, it's really hard and it's hard to realize just how hard it is in the beginning. (see sig). Just prepare well in the summer between year 1 and 2 and be prepared to work hard. It's just risky because for example I have friends who are losing out on a few acceptances because we differ by 1-2 courses (like math HL/SL). -I see you're aiming for American schools (which I know nothing about) but be aware that many high-ranking Canadian school's only accept 3 SL, 3 HL combinations. (in case you apply to a few as secondary choices, best keep these options open)
  8. I also heard that while admission might not consider it, it is often a factor when applying for residency (even farther away from where we are but still important because...well you need a job after all that work).
  9. unfortunately admissions are based on your predicted grades. By the time July rolls around, you should be already packing and have eyes on a specific school that has accepted you. However, generally you can always call or otherwise request and opportunity to update your marks (before school ends) so even if you go up by 1 point or 2% or whatever you can update your marks. But realistically, if you are unsatisfied with your marks at this point, it's unfortunately going be very hard to change anything. Some suggestions, disregarding application deadlines 'cause I can't remember all of them: For engineering, try Waterloo, McMaster, Toronto, or Queen's. For Business, all those except waterloo would be pretty decent. Toronto will be hard for business but easier for engineering. Some "weaker" ones include Simon Fraser University, University of Alberta, but those would be more for if you really just want to get into Canada because they have no outstanding reputation for engineering or business.
  10. Wups forgot to check back on this forum: my deadline is April 1st (non-Ontario student) soo yea..for me it's not early haha. Ok thanks, I just needed to make sure it's not breaking some sort of rules or contract or anything...it feels like such a scumbag move lol
  11. What are the repercussions of accepting an offer of admission to a university in Ontario while waiting for a letter from a different province? Is that like...illegal or something lol. I really can't decide; still waiting on another, more difficult school but I don't want to pass this one's deadline on April 1st.
  12. Is is true that if I go to somewhere like Quebec or BC for undergrad studies, I will have trouble applying to other provinces' medical schools later? The main issue is Ontario; I've done some research and it seems to me that it's the only province without the in-province resident quotas. I know it's still early but I really want to keep doors open; I BC and Quebec sounds nice for undergrad, and I'd probably want to stay there, but I don't want to blow my chances of Ontario schools since there are so many medical schools there VS only the one in BC/QC... I looked at some admissions statistics and students coming from outside the province are generaelly low in number, but I can't tell if that's due to admissions rules/bias or because nobody really crosses provinces because they just don't want to. For example, McMaster only took 9 non-Ontario med students one year...
  13. Our class got printouts of questions from the Cambridge book but no answers...can anyone link me to them so I can check my answers?
  14. If I want to fit a curve to plotted data points, do I just take a general equation such as y=mx+b or y=a(x-h)2+k and plug in x/y values and calculated the difference between the actual point and the curve and just keep trying different equations until I've minimized the distance? I need to make a parabola for IA....
  15. Ok thanks. In order to save space, a quick question: is it only nulceophiles that can attck electrophiles or can one attack the other? I remember being told to always from the arrow stemming from the nucleophile pointing to the electrophile so it feels weird saying the electrophile is attacking the nucleophile
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