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  1. A_Happy_Monkey

    Pls help me come up with a narrower topic

    Identifying Rate Limiting Steps of Glycolysis?
  2. A_Happy_Monkey

    The Last Thing You Copied Game!

    About five years ago I lived downtown in a major city in the US. I’ve always been a night person, so I would often find myself bored after my roommate, who was decidedly not a night person, went to sleep. To pass the time, I used to go for long walks and spend the time thinking. I spent four years like that, walking alone at night, and never once had a reason to feel afraid. I always used to joke with my roommate that even the drug dealers in the city were polite. But all of that changed in just a few minutes of one evening. It was a Wednesday, somewhere between one and two in the morning, and I was walking near a police patrolled park quite a ways from my apartment. It was a quiet night, even for a week night, with very little traffic and almost no one on foot. The park, as it was most nights, was completely empty. I turned down a short side street in order to loop back to my apartment when I first noticed him. At the far end of the street, on my side, was the silhouette of a man, dancing. It was a strange dance, similar to a waltz, but he finished each “box” with an odd forward stride. I guess you could say he was dance-walking, headed straight for me. Deciding he was probably drunk, I stepped as close as I could to the road to give him the majority of the sidewalk to pass me by. The closer he got, the more I realized how gracefully he was moving. He was very tall and lanky, and wearing an old suit. He danced closer still, until I could make out his face. His eyes were open wide and wild, head tilted back slightly, looking off at the sky. His mouth was formed in a painfully wide cartoon of a smile. Between the eyes and the smile, I decided to cross the street before he danced any closer. I took my eyes off of him to cross the empty street. As I reached the other side, I glanced back… and then stopped dead in my tracks. He had stopped dancing and was standing with one foot in the street, perfectly parallel to me. He was facing me but still looking skyward. Smile still wide on his lips. ?I was completely and utterly unnerved by this. I started walking again, but kept my eyes on the man. He didn’t move. Once I had put about half a block between us, I turned away from him for a moment to watch the sidewalk in front of me. The street and sidewalk ahead of me were completely empty. Still unnerved, I looked back to where he had been standing to find him gone. For the briefest of moments I felt relieved, until I noticed him. He had crossed the street, and was now slightly crouched down. I couldn’t tell for sure due to the distance and the shadows, but I was certain he was facing me. I had looked away from him for no more than 10 seconds, so it was clear that he had moved fast. I was so shocked that I stood there for some time, staring at him. And then he started moving toward me again. He took giant, exaggerated tip toed steps, as if he were a cartoon character sneaking up on someone. Except he was moving very, very quickly. I’d like to say at this point I ran away or pulled out my pepper spray or my cellphone or anything at all, but I didn’t. I just stood there, completely frozen as the smiling man crept toward me. And then he stopped again, about a car length away from me. Still smiling his smile, still looking to the sky. When I finally found my voice, I blurted out the first thing that came to mind. What I meant to ask was, “What the **** do you want?!” in an angry, commanding tone. What came out was a whimper, “What the fuu…?” Regardless of whether or not humans can smell fear, they can certainly hear it. I heard it in my own voice, and that only made me more afraid. But he didn’t react to it at all. He just stood there, smiling. And then, after what felt like forever, he turned around, very slowly, and started dance-walking away. Just like that. Not wanting to turn my back to him again, I just watched him go, until he was far enough away to almost be out of sight. And then I realized something. He wasn’t moving away anymore, nor was he dancing. I watched in horror as the distant shape of him grew larger and larger. He was coming back my way. And this time he was running. I ran too. I ran until I was off of the side road and back onto a better lit road with sparse traffic. Looking behind me then, he was nowhere to be found. The rest of the way home, I kept glancing over my shoulder, always expecting to see his stupid smile, but he was never there. I lived in that city for six months after that night, and I never went out for another walk. There was something about his face that always haunted me. He didn’t look drunk, he didn’t look high. He looked completely and utterly insane. And that’s a very, very scary thing to see. Um... how do I explain this?
  3. Hello fellow students, As my signature states, I have begun my Math and Biology SL courses this semester. I started the year off with a solid 100% average- but that is quickly fading! I keep making the stupidest of mistakes, e.g., forgetting to submit papers, forgetting homework and making calculation errors; it is also strange how I keep spraining muscles and catching infections much more frequently. Because of this, I have an 88% average in my IB classes now and a 96% in my electives. Have you guys ever experienced this kind of situation? What can I do to restore my grades at this point? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  4. I'm currently doing IB Math (SL/HL qualificatory course) and I cannot cope! I did reasonably alright in the pre requisite, with a 94 average- and today I completely failed the first exam with 10%!!! IB Mathematics is hell to me... anyone else feel the same way? For those who don't, how did you achieve success in this subject area? Any advice would be appreciated!!
  5. I am quite sure Unis do not look at your year 11 grades unless you're trying to receive an early entrance. I could be very wrong- yet if you took Math HL/ Chem HL/ Bio HL during gr11, and World History HL, French SL and English SL in Grade 12, would it not make more sense for universities to focus on gr11 marks if you applied for a neuroscience program?
  6. A_Happy_Monkey

    what benefits does ib give you?

    Partial IB, I'm sorry, is not worth the hassle. Universities give far more recognition to students who have undertaken the full programme (and completed it with success), and some even allow them to skip to second year. You will struggle in Partial IB- IB courses are designed to challenge you. If you don't receive much recognition for such a commitment, what is the point of undergoing it? "I'm doing it for the learning experience" isn't much of an excuse when you consider the fact that post- secondary presents very similar opportunities... and there is definitely something wrong if you are academically inclined enough to pursue IB yet cut a maaaajor corner. This also presents itself on your uni application. I know many of my friends who achieved high 90s in middle school, thought they were competent enough to take a partial IB programme primarily for bragging rights, and downgraded after two days of taking three regular courses! So consider your intention before applying- you can be in for one hell of a journey if your school keeps you glued to IB. If none of this makes sense, I've spent my 9th hour working and I am unable think without severe dizziness so please bear with me.
  7. Most certainly yes! You cover entire IB subjects in that year and they may be related to the program you are applying for. And this goes without question with early admission.
  8. The deadline's already over ((((( Edit: actually never mind, I got an extension!... for 4 hours.
  9. A_Happy_Monkey

    What should I do? Is it worth continuing?

    This is a really late reply but you do have hope at making it to a basic college. If you screw up in high school, you have a chance to redeem yourself once again before applying for uni. Once you're done two or four semesters just reapply. For your inability to take Physics, you should consider summer break to go through textbooks. Trust me, I've been on a very similar boat in middle school but self- studied my way to the top- once I got into my preIB chemistry class, I had a knowledge set far wider than everyone else. Take my advice and it will pay off in college/ uni. Not being able to take Physics at high school level isn't going to kill your chances of going into a related field. Just take a Phys course or two in college and you've laid the stones on your pathway! Meanwhile, you can work on expanding your knowledge towards other scientific fields beforehand. Good luck.
  10. Domain: Range of x-values. If your graph depicts a line not breaking at any parts, it will look something like this: { (x value of left-most point) < x < (x value of right- most point) }. If your graph has "holes through it"you need to report the domain of each segment of line individually. Think about it as the range of input values if that makes more sense to you. What I did to prepare for my PreIB math final was go to Khan Academy to look this up; I suggest you do the same. Range: Range of y values. Again, the range of a line when there are no "holes" through it would look like this: { (y value of topmost point) > y > (y value of bottom- most point) }. PLEASE NOTE: The > and < signs can be replaced with greater/ less than or equal signs if the situation is appropriate.
  11. Hello IB Survival, Before you start questioning the legitimacy of this post based upon my signature, French 17C (the course I'm taking, the prerequisite for French SL) is offered at my school as the French ab initio syllabus minus IAs and stuff (IB extensions). In other words, I am learning the same content as the ab initio students with dilution here and there. Is it possible that someone with knowledge of the French language help me edit this horrendous paper I've scrapped together? It's due tomorrow and I know I'll fail if it remains unedited... I was sick the day the teacher was supposed to edit it and now he is refusing to help me! By the way, I was shuffled all the way from basic 9th grade French (where we learned no grammar, didn't write a single word down, etc.) into this monstrosity of a course so yeah- I'm struggling. Please don't judge my grammar! Oh yeah I also had to go through this checklist while writing this so nothing flows together; it's supposed to be a Powerpoint presentation script. Email me at: [email protected]
  12. Well... it's official. My parents think I'm downright stupid and are forcing me out of IB. My question is, is there still any hope for me to have credentials similar to you guys with 40+ IB scores? I've come this far, and I'm not ready to lose it all just yet. I understand that the way to go from here would be to overload myself with extracurriculars and sit in my basement writing journal articles instead of sleeping (pretty much my plan from here), but is there a more straight- forward way? Can anyone suggest something? I can only take 4 APs by the way
  13. I'm just curious. Examples include: (a) GATE (b) Accelerated Learning © IB MYP (d) pre- IB before gr10 (e) Weekend/ summer school I had none of these in the past myself, and since we were learning like single digit addition in gr8 and basic two term algebra solving in gr9, I have officially failed at my transition between middle school and pre- IB. It turns out, however, that many students in my classes have enrolled in these and are getting 10% higher averages than me! What pre- high school advanced courses/ programs did you guys take?
  14. Hey guys, I have waited long and hard for this very moment- the day I finally apply to the IB Diploma Programme. Unfortunately, my parents decided to withdraw me from it at the very last second and place me into a "partial" course program instead. Now I only get to take 3 IB subjects, only one of them at higher level My average took a huge hit at the beginning of pre- IB (83% from 100%), and they expect that it will not change by too much throughout the course of the IB Programme. Apparently I need to meet a specific threshold to get into the post- secondary programs I want... and my 83 just won`t cut half of them In addition, apparently students in my exact place (pre- pre- IB, same school) have achieved 98% averages in the courses I am enrolled in right now and have gone on to the IBDP to score marks below 90 and thus never got accepted to med school or engineering. Thoughts?
  15. It's exactly what it sounds like. I left middle school with a 100% average and I didn't expect any significant changes to that in high school. Now I'm literally failing! I'm still going strong with Math and Science, with an 80%ish average, but still cannot reach my former scores. English is also alright. My second language is a whole other story. I maintained perfect scores throughout the ENTIRE year in middle school- with NO deviation whatsoever- and today I received a 62% mark!! What shall I do to cope with this transition? I'm spending all of my after school hours doing homework and this is becoming unbearable! And please don't urge me to drop out- I'm not going down without a fight. I want advice.

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