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  1. maerad

    November 11 Results

    HL Biology: 7 HL English: 6 HL History Asia & Oceania: 6 SL Chemistry: 7 SL French B: 7 SL Maths: 7 ToK: B EE in History: B Overall: 42
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    November 11 Results

    Brianna May, try a different browser. Firefox works best, it seems.
  3. maerad

    HIstory paper

    It's better to study all of them, really. First of all, a probability is just a probability. You can't really tell what will happen. Secondly, if you end up with a really nasty question, then you simply don't have as much choice. I'd say to keep your options open. Study all of them. Maybe study a couple more deeply, but do make sure that you have a working knowledge of all of your topics.
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    Anyone into Shakespeare as Much as Me!

    I love his plot concepts, and how there are so many recurring themes in his works, and so they all intertwine in an odd way. My favourite is Twelfth Night. It's just hilarious.
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    French Textbook

    In IB1, we've been using Tapis Volant for a textbook, and it also has an accompanying grammar booklet, but that's not particularly in-depth, so we're also using Essential Reprise for grammar. Tapis Volant covers a lot of the same topics as the IB course, and the vocabulary that's included with them, so I've found it to be really relevant. Essential Reprise is a really comprehensive grammar book. It has evrything you'd need to know about grammar, from the basic present tense to the more advanced concepts. It is a little dry in its presentation of the information, but I;ve found it really handy for making my own study notes. It is a great reference. We also have the opportunity to use Au Point and Bien lire bien écrire, whic I haven't really looked at, but which I have been told are also really useful.
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    Math Lottery IA survey

    All finished. I'm also interested, what are you going to do with the data?
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    Language orals

    All of the languages at my school do both of the orals in the second year. As long as you keep on top of everything in year two, you have nothing to worry about.
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    Textbook for SL

    I'm using it, and I find it really useful. The topics are set out in a really logical way, and the explanations and examples are easy to understand. I agree that it doesn't have the same format in some of its questions as IB exams do, in that it prefers to spread out the material over several questions rather than to cram it all into one really in-depth one, but it still covers all of the same things. It's heavy, like most IB Maths textbooks, but the CD does provide a really nice way to circumvent that. It's serving me well.
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    'Z' in place of 'S'

    Don't bother. As long as it's either correct American spelling or correct British spelling, you'll be fine. The examiners and moderators for IB come from all over the world, most probably aren't even from the US, and I'd hope that all of them would be able to recognise both spellings. Just be consistent. If you decide to go for the British spellings, do that, and then stick to it. Don't switch from organise to organize halfway through an essay. Really, just do what you do already, as long as it's properly spelt by British standards.
  10. maerad

    IB Subject Choices Help?

    First of all, do investigate any universities you're thinking of attending, and any requirements they have for courses. Generally, if you're not planning on taking a science-based course later on, then you should be just fine taking Design, but it really does pay to check things out. As far as Chinese goes, if you can avoid taking it as a B, then do. Even though you'll easily get good grades, you'll probably find taking it at B SL horrendously boring, and it would be quite unnerving for the rest of the class. If your school offers, then you should look at taking it as an A2, which would give the benefit of a bilingual diploma. Also, if you can talk to anybody at the school about your choices, do. There's really nothing more valuable than talking to somebody who knows exactly how these things work at your school, and who can make accurate recommendations. Good luck!
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    IB School

    From what I've heard, AIC is a pretty good school, but I wouldn't rule out the NZ schools that offer both NCEA and IB. I'm at a split-pathway school, and it is nice to be around people who aren't all stressed out by IB, and there's also the opportunity to enter for the NZ Scholarship exams. I also appreciate IB more because of my experiences with NZQA in Level 1. The downside, of course, is that with most of these schools you would have to take Level One before going into IB. L1 Itself isn't a terrible course as far as preparation for IB goes, but if you are really against the idea of spending any more time than you have to in the NZ curriculum, then yeah, go for AIC.
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    International Exchanges

    I've been thinking for a while about doing an exchange overseas this summer between IB1 and IB2, probably to France, seeing as how I'm taking French this year. My parents and I have looked at a few organisations, and it seems like it would be a really great experience, but I have some worries. Firstly, I've heard some of the second years at my school talking about the amount of schoolwork they had during that summer, especially with the EE. Hopefully, if I did end up taking an exchange, I'd be able to get up to date with that before the holidays, but I realise that that may not happen. Do you think that an exchange then could be seriously detrimental to my grades, would I be able to fit in homework and assignments while on exchange? How feasible do you think this is to fit in with schoolwork? Also, have any of you been on an exchange before? If so, where did you go, and which organisation did you go with? We've looked at most of the mainstream options, but I'm aware that there are plenty of smaller organisations out there that could be great. What did you think of the organisation, the experience in general? Did it actually help with language? Any tips? Thanks!
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    History EE

    Isn't that what most history essays are about? With any topic, you'd be taking other peoples' viewpoints and twisting them into your final position, and since everybody has access to pretty much the same sources, you'd be bound to end up with a similar stance to somebody else anyway. As long as you justify your statements, and how you came to that conclusion, the fact that your position may be similar to somebody else's won't matter. I think the only way to avoid having the same stance as somebody else would be to do a really obscure topic, and then you may not be able to find enough information - it's a double-edged sword, really. Also, if your username refers to what I think it refers to, then I approve.
  14. There could be an exception, like here in New Zealand and in some other places where they let hardcore medical people do three sciences and skip the humanity.
  15. maerad

    The Last Thing You Copied Game!

    http://bit.ly/altBuK Mmm, OK Go..

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