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  1. avalinelegato

    I'm failing chemistry!!

    If you haven't already heard of Msj Chem and Richard Thornley, these are two YouTube accounts that upload useful chemistry videos which helped me understand the underlying concepts of each chemistry chapter. I know some people disagree with me because merely watching those videos might not be enough to get you a 6 or a 7, but I personally found them useful in understanding the gist of the chapter before attempting to try out textbook questions or past year IB questions. (This is especially when I learned little in class and I just couldn't understand how the information in the textbook could be applied to questions at times) Also, perhaps you can try out a few textbook questions and try to mark them yourself- if there are any solutions you don't understand, approach your teacher for guidance. This way, if you do this regularly, your teacher may see your dedication in trying to boost your grade, and hopefully this gives a good impression on your teacher when giving out your predicted grades.
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    WT I help - Blandinavia

    Hi there! Whichever method you choose to write your WT, you should always remember that the WT must answer at least one of the learning outcomes of the syllabus. For example, if you are writing based on Part 1 of the course, the three learning outcomes are: Analyze how audience and purpose affect the structure and context of texts Analyze the impact of language changes Demonstrate an awareness of how language and meaning are shaped by culture and context I'm not sure which part of the course you're planning on using in your WT, so I'm not able to help in terms of how you can relate your WT back to the learning outcomes. Writing a diary entry is perfectly acceptable, as long as you link it back to at least one of the learning outcomes. It might also help to familiarise yourself with the mark rubric for the WT if you haven't already done so, to make sure you have all the criteria covered to get the score you want Let me know if you need any other additional help!
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    IB subjects

    Hi there! I took English Lang & Lit HL, Maths SL and Biology (but at HL), so hopefully I'll be able to give something of help for a couple of your questions. 1. If you are fluent in writing and oral communication, I don't think it'd be much of an issue. There are two papers for this subject: Paper 1, where you will need to analyse by comparing and contrasting a pair of texts; and Paper 2, where you will need to answer a question pertaining to at least 2 literary texts, while relating your answers back to the context of production. (If this sounds daunting, don't worry, as your teacher will teach you the stuff before the exams). Essentially, I feel that the most important bit of this subject is to be able to analyse the texts to answer the questions- the same goes for all the FOAs, IOCs and Written Tasks. Of course, you'll still need to have a good command of English (i.e. grammar), but if you're fluent in writing and oral communication then it should be fine- after all, you still have two years to brush up on such skills if need be. For the FOAs and IOCs, you'll need to be able to present orally, but if you're confident in that, then it should be fine 2. I didn't take Physics, so I'm not really sure about how rigorous the maths is in Physics. However, if I recall correctly, there was an IBS user here who did her examinations a few years ago, and she took Physics HL with Maths Studies. 3. Bio is a subject of mixed reactions (at least from my circle of friends). Those who love Biology would love the subject, and memorising all the content wouldn't feel as difficult. This is especially the case for a friend of mine who wants to pursue a medical career, and she loved the human physiology bit in Bio. On the other hand, those who didn't really enjoy Bio as much but took it only because Bio was stereotyped to be the "easiest" science between chem, bio and physics had a bit more trouble. Bio is a subject of memorising- lots of it. If you're doing SL, then the content is significantly less than that of Bio HL; nevertheless, if you're not a fan of memorising, then I'll say be careful of Bio. General overview from my personal experience: I loved English Lang&Lit- I found the topics covered really interesting, especially when you learn about stereotypes, sex in advertising, use of power in language, the techniques companies use to advertise etc. The literature bit was okay, and I guess choosing a literary text you're interested in helps. Of course, I guess I enjoyed the subject as well because I had an amazing teacher who knew what he was doing, so he wasn't making us do unnecessary stuff. Maths SL was fine for me; I was never extraordinarily good in Maths, so I decided against taking Maths HL despite taking Additional Mathematics in iGCSE (in my school, those who take Add maths usually take HL Maths). The content of Maths SL is similar to that of Add Maths in iGCSE, so if you took that exam, it might give you some indication of how Maths SL is like (Note: iGCSE under the CIE board, I heard the other examination boards are different in terms of difficulty). However, always practice for maths! I made a mistake of being overconfident about maths since I took Add maths, so I assumed that it would be an easy 7, and I was so, so wrong. It's fine if you feel that you need to prioritise other subjects, but I think it's really important to practice maths- perhaps at least once a week, for at least an hour or two. I remember being in my final year of IB realising that getting a 7 was no easy feat, especially when the exam papers seemed to get harder from 2015 onwards. Biology- As I said earlier, Bio has loads of stuff to memorise. It'd definitely help if you have interest in the topics, but if you don't, be prepared for lots of rote learning. (Note: Since I took Bio HL, I'm not entirely sure how much content is covered in Bio SL- as such, maybe there isn't that much of memorising involved, so don't get put off by what I'm saying! ) If you can, make notes at the end of every chapter for bio- there's so much content to cover, and the textbook sometimes has information all over the place. What I did was make notes after every chapter and used them for revision during my mocks/final exam, so I have most of the information contained within a stack of paper. Sorry for the lengthy post, and hope I managed to help! If you need any other information regarding English Lang&Lit, Maths SL and Bio, just ask!
  4. avalinelegato

    HL Chem vs HL Bio

    Hey there, A few aspects to consider: a) What do you plan to pursue in the future? Would taking Chem/Bio be favourable over the other? If you're unsure, you can check out the universities' websites to see if they have any information on the prerequisite subjects. b) Which subject do you prefer, or which subject are you better in? Keep in mind that you'll be studying your chosen subject for two years- if you dread the subject, or can't find the motivation to work for the subject, then I suggest that you take the one you prefer at HL. c) Are you a fan of memorising, or are you better at applying concepts? In a very general sense, Biology HL is more of memorising, while Chem HL is more focused on applying your knowledge of the concepts on the questions. Of course, you'll still need to apply your knowledge in Bio, and you'll still need to do some memorising in Chem, but the rule above was what I seemed to gather during my time in Chem and Bio HL. (Note: I only took Chem HL for a year). I know the general consensus seems to be that Chem HL is harder than Bio HL. However, based on my personal experience, I scored higher in Chem HL than Bio HL, and I guess this was possibly due to a greater interest for Chem over Bio? Admittedly, I only took Chem HL in my first year, and that was before Organic Chemistry was covered. (Decided to drop Chem HL to Chem SL in my second year cause I was doing 4HLs and I knew I wasn't going to pursue a science-related career). I had two Chem teachers, one for each year. The first teacher didn't really teach my class a lot due to language barriers, while the second teacher was relatively new to the IB syllabus. Fortunately, I managed to scrap through a 7, since I personally found Chem more bearable (to some extent) than Biology (which I took at HL). This brings me back to point (b), where I mentioned that it is important to choose a subject you're more interested in. If you're willing to put in the effort, then you don't have to worry as much about your teacher (although having a good teacher to guide you would definitely make things a lot better). If you want, perhaps you can try taking both Chem and Bio at HL first (for maybe a few months)? Once you have a better indication of how your Bio and Chem teachers are, you can then choose one of the sciences to drop to SL Hope this helps, and if you have any more questions pertaining to this matter, don't hesitate to ask All the best!
  5. avalinelegato

    UK Visa Documents

    If you refer to the Tier 4 Policy Guidance (issued by the UK Home Office if I'm not mistaken), the last page of the guide (Annex 5) states that a print out from the UCAS or International Baccalaureate Office online checking service which confirms your result would do. Your university should also confirm that they've checked your results online in your CAS. This special arrangement is only applicable from 5th July 2016 to 13th September 2016- I'm assuming because we/our schools should have received the transcripts by September. Hope this helps, if you need the guide, do lemme know! (Would love to attach the file here but I'm not sure if that'll break the rules)
  6. A move is possible, but that may also depend on the school you're planning on transferring to. I have a couple of friends who were children of diplomats/expatriates, so sometimes they had to move on a short notice to other countries. They were allowed to continue their IB programme, although the new school may not offer the same subjects available in the previous school. Hope this helps
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    If you are planning to study in the UK, taking B&M SL will not affect your plan to take psychology, as far as I'm concerned. To be really sure, check out the university requirements- they should list out any prerequisite or preferred subjects for psychology. Whether it is easier or not will depend on which subject you prefer- if you prefer the B&M course over biology, then perhaps you might enjoy the course a lot better.
  8. If you're referring to how you can format your written task, here are a few examples: - Opinion column (e.g. your opinion of how pop cultures are a danger to society) - Newspaper article (e.g. a report on an advertisement that portrays stereotypes negatively) - Writing a political speech, or even an opinion article in response to the political speech - Blog post (e.g. a rant on your blog about your anger towards a product that stereotypes a particular society in a negative light) - Interview (e.g. your interview with a professor about political campaigns) - Eulogy (I've never seen anything like this, but possibly an eulogy on how pop culture or a stereotype is "dead") - An email conversation (e.g. you can show an email conversation between two people holding different sides of an argument) - etc. Be creative with your ideas! My teacher used to suggest that we try to follow closely the format of our written task by "decorating" it- so for example, if we are writing a newspaper article, we can try to incorporate the template into our written task as well (so have the title of the newspaper, the font, the layout, etc.) You don't get points for how nicely you "decorate" your written task, but apparently it can give a good impression for the examiner. Of course, don't spend too much time "decorating" it- the main focus should still always be the written content. If you are referring to what you can write in your written task, then I suggest you choose which topic you would like to write on- so choose whether you want to write about textual bias, stereotypes, popular cultures or language and campaigns. From there, you can choose which aspect you wish to explore within the chosen topic. You can refer to this thread here, which focuses on the English A Language and Literature course, for more information about the Written Task 1: Hope this helps, and all the best with your written task!
  9. avalinelegato

    please give me an advice on my subject selection!

    I'm not too sure about the uni requirements needed for the sciences or engineering, but I think some engineering courses need physics? (Not too sure though, you might want to check the university websites for more accurate information haha) If you are more of a bio person, then I think you're fine with HL Bio! I'm not sure how physics is overall, though I heard that this year's exams were extremely difficult, but the grade boundaries are apparently lower than that of chemistry's. However, if you can't change your subject choices, then saying these won't really matter much anyway, so don't worry! The gap between SL and HL Maths is pretty big from what I've heard, but hey, that doesn't mean you won't do well in HL Maths! Besides, if you're planning on doing engineering in the future, I think you might need HL Maths Regarding your original question on whether you will suffer from your subject choices, my advice would be to work hard and be updated with your studies from the beginning of your IB course. If you have particular subject(s) that you feel weaker in, make sure to spend more time on those subjects, even at the beginning of IB. Btw, that doesn't mean you spend time studying 24/7 though! (Easier said than done, I know) I think another user has stated this, but try to focus more on your HL subjects (unless you're struggling with your SL ones). Based on my experience with HL Bio, sometimes I wished that I spent more time going through the concepts before the exams (preferably after every lesson, at the end of the day). What I usually did was wait until a topical test, then memorised the information for the test, and once another new topic comes up, I tend to forget huge chunks of the previous topic. For HL Psychology, I make notes after every learning outcome, since that's what you'll be tested on in the exams anyway! So one learning outcome, one google doc/word document. I can't speak much for HL Maths, but I think my friends who did this subject will say that you need a lot of practice! All the best!
  10. avalinelegato

    please give me an advice on my subject selection!

    Hi there! I took HL Psychology, HL Biology and SL Chemistry, so perhaps I could give some insight regarding your subject choices: HL Biology and HL Psychology involve a lot of memorizing, so your personal interests in those subjects may play a huge role in determining whether you would be motivated enough to spend the time on memorizing the information needed. I suggest that you take a look through the syllabus guide (especially for Psychology), if you haven't already done so- a couple of people seem to misunderstand what the Psychology course was about and only realise later that what they expected wasn't what was being taught at all. I don't know your current progress in Chemistry, but SL Chemistry was okay for me, just remember to do lots of practice Richard Thornley and MSJChem have useful videos on their YouTube channels, so you can always check their videos out if you are stuck on a particular topic. HL Maths is definitely hard. I was informed that the difficulty of SL Maths is similar to Additional Mathematics at IGCSE; I have friends who did Additional Mathematics and then HL Maths, and still found the jump really difficult, especially in the second year of IB. Apparently (this is based on what I heard, I took SL Maths so I'm not 100% sure) HL Maths requires a lot of time put aside for practice, so if you are unable to do put aside an ample amount of time for practice, HL Maths is not recommended unless you need it for university. Regarding your choices for SL English A and SL Mandarin ab initio, I can't comment much since I don't know your current progress/level in these two languages, sorry about that Hope this is of help to you! Out of curiosity, what do you plan to study in university?
  11. My plan is to study Law, hopefully at the UK if Visa applications go well! What factors played a role in your decision to study X in post-secondary? This might sound really cliche, but bear with me- I've always been interested in the legal affairs since primary school. I guess it started with a game, but my parents were always brushing it off, telling me that "the real world isn't like the game". So when I saw any legal proceedings in the newspaper, I'll read it just because I wanted to know what "law in the real world" was about. Over time, I started to read more articles about the court cases, and this slowly built up my interest to study law in university! Did parents play a great role in your decision? Lol if anything, they were trying to persuade me to not study law- they really wanted me to study a science-based subject instead. When I made it pretty clear to them that I had no intentions on doing a science subject in university, they were pretty cool with me doing law though! Was it something that you decided on just before applying or had you already decided on it from a young age? I think I was pretty set on studying law since Year 11 (so 16-17 years old), though I won't deny that the thought emerged perhaps when I was 13 or 14? Didn't like admitting that to others though, cause I didn't want people to assume that I only wanted to do law since I was quite an active debater during that time. (Don't know why, it just makes me feel a bit uncomfortable whenever people assume that I "only want to do law because I take part in debate, and lawyers love to debate")
  12. My teacher said that using bullet points would be acceptable, however, you might not get the extra 2 points given for communication. However, if you feel that using bullet points would be easier in providing more points, then it might be better to use bullet points- after all, for example, if you use an "essay" style approach but fail to get all the points, while if you use bullet points and get all the points, then the 2 marks for communication wouldn't make a difference
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    Requirements for IA experiment

    As per the rules, we cannot provide you with a specific RQ; nevertheless, I did find a website which I hope can help you https://sites.google.com/a/isp.cz/ms-maczuzak-s-ib-biology-site2014-2015/independent-assessments/example-topics-for-ia-s Credits go to the owner of the site and the contained PDF. From what I am aware of, you'd need to show some personal engagement in your IA (Why is this experiment significant to you). Usually, this means applying the experiment to a real life situation, although this might not necessarily be the case at all times. One important matter you should take note is that any conducted experiments should not include living animals. If you do choose to have living animals in your sample, there should be a very, very, very good reason as to why you have chosen to do so, and tbh I wouldn't recommend it. Hope I managed to help
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    How do you document a self-taught Creativity?

    The rules for each school may vary, but I think you'll need to have a supervisor who is not a family member. Maybe you can ask one of your teachers, e.g. a music teacher or any other teacher that has some sort of knowledge on music? Perhaps you can update your supervisor/teacher on the pieces you'll be practicing on, and have a recording each week to show your supervisor as proof that you are practicing at home. You can also have a Soundcloud account (or something similar) so that you can upload your recordings. This way, you can compare how you've done/progressed throughout the period of this CAS activity, which might be helpful during reflections. Also, ask your CAS coordinator to make sure that this is allowed, as the rules for CAS in each school may vary. Best of luck!
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    Germinating seeds help! Urgent for Bio IA

    To add on to isaiguana's post, doing the "test" experiment (preliminary experiment) would not only help you to gauge the proper light intensity needed, but also to fix any noticeable drawbacks- which would be great if you included that in your actual write-up

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