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  1. matbla

    Application help ASAP

    Thank you Gaby. Basically, my thinking is that the only reason to replace oxford would be to pick up a university that is easier to get into than qmul or bristol, and then, I am not sure if it makes sense at all. Do they all ask about gcse-equivalents, or is it only qmul?
  2. matbla

    Application help ASAP

    Oh, ok; It's law that i am applying for. There is no specific requirement as for a minimum grade in any of the universities. And the 4 is in Biology so not really that relatable to law, tbh. The PS is quite solid I believe. I did not take GCSEs.
  3. matbla

    Application help ASAP

    I got 7,7,6,7,6,4+3 (=40) for predicted grades. Should I apply for oxford (38 points required)? Other choices out of five are kcl, lse, qmul, bristol
  4. matbla

    Law application enhancements?

    If it would not be too much of a problem, I thought that I should ask the last question ever on the forum. As far as university choices are considered, I will definitely apply to Kcl, Lse and Oxford, but i am not sure about the last two choices. I was thinking about Warwick and Durham, but I found out that Queen Marry, Ucl, and even Newcastle or Durham are higher in the rankings. I think that it does not make any sense to have a safe choice, since I actually need to be interested in studying at such a uni. So, which one would you pick?
  5. matbla

    Law application enhancements?

  6. matbla

    Law application enhancements?

    I just finished IB1 with quite solid grades, and the October predicts will be relatively high (41 with the 3 points added), but I feel that I have not done enough of the 'extracurricular activities' to actually amaze those guys at the oxford admission office. I am planning to study law and have not done any mooting/debates, I will however be in the ICJ at the September MUN. I have done some translations of articles for a thinktank's website, have conducted an interview with a philosopher of law, and have done some serious readings, but is it enough to impress them? Can I do something over summer to actually improve my personal statement? Btw., everyone in my family are lawyers, so I guess i feel the spirit of the metier, have understanding of legal issues and so on. Edit: I was thinking of doing a coursera ( /www.coursera.org) course related to law, but I don't know if it is worth it. Any opinions?
  7. matbla

    Advice for Law Students

    Hi, I got two more questions, and would appreciate an answer : ) I am thinking of King's college standard Law degree (not the one mentioned in my previous post) and the entry requirement is 35 points with 7,6,6 at HL. But is it really enough to be offered a place? From what I've found out, some 'worse' universities have higher requirements.... The other question (tell me if there has already been posted a similar one) is, how to prepare for the lnat exams? I know that it is extremely hard and wanted to know, how to achieve success ; ) Btw; "The biggest thing for you to decide is if you can commit to a three-year law degree, especially in the UK at undergraduate level. It is not an easy degree and is very challenging and demanding, speaking from experience, you have to want to do it to be able to get through it." You know, it is hard to say a priori if you want something or not Maybe it is just me but those existential questions has always been too hard to answer, thus, i thought of law as the degree which opens and does not close doors.
  8. matbla

    Advice for Law Students

    Hi, I got a few questions and would appreciate an answer. 1. I am not sure what branch of law i would like to do. Even though everybody in my family do law, i am not that attracted to any of the specific branches. Since i am interested in political philosophy, and have spotted that there are some seductive ; ) degrees combining law with political philosophy or economics (the one in KCL: called PoliticsPhilosophyLaw) and award a llb diploma, they seem tempting but simultaneously im kind of afraid to apply there. What I am trying to say is, i am not sure what law firms, companies etc. think of them- are the graduates of PPL in a way underprivileged, less attractive to the companies? 2. I am not an excellent student- i predict having about 38 points (im in the middle of the first grade ),what universities would you recommend? Ive been thinking of these, but now, i dont really know what to choose, since i want to be honest with myself about the possible grades: KCL, LSE, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Bristol. All seem to be decent, and relatively possible to get into but y'know ... 3. Is there any other country but the UK (and Ireland) in which i can study law in english? I mean, study from the very beginning, not like in the US (where it is only a postgraduate degree)? 4. Is it possible to to the undergraduate degree in the UK and then study law in America? I know that KCL, LSE and UCL have this amazing dual degree but itll be enormously hard to do it 5. Another question, and probably the most important of all of these: I do have problems with Polish HL but if i change it to polish sl, i will not do English A SL (english b hl instead ). I dont know if it is better to really know english or, to have a better grade from polish... What would you recommend? P.s. sorry for any errors, i will correct it later, now i need do study for the mocks
  9. Hi, I'm having a huge biology test on Thursday on the two topics mentioned in the title. It's my first biology test and since I don't have normal lessons (my school didn't fit the lessons to my plan; I face two hours with the class, one done 'individually' one on one with another teacher) I'm not that good. Do you guys have any tips? I got the textbook and those topics (Cell and Molecular Biology) are 140 pages long and i don't know if it is manageable to learn it all. I will very much appreciate help
  10. matbla

    Literature Study Guides

    I'm doing english a lang lit sl (or whatever is the proper name of the course). According to the outline i got, this Jane Eyre is a part 4 (critical study) of the course. This is one of two literary texts which we will read. They want me to explore the texts in detail, analyze themes, ethical stances, values, make appropriate use of literary terms. So far my grades hasn't been that good, thus i thought about buying a nice guide to the book we are asked to read.
  11. matbla

    What is your dream IB score?

    Between 37-42 is realistic and simultaneously insanely good so yup, thats my goal
  12. matbla

    Predicted grades importance

    Thanks, now I understand how it all works. :)
  13. matbla

    Literature Study Guides

    Hi, Reading literature is important but often insufficient to do well at the exams and that's what we all want (do well). Therefore when we were asked to buy Jane Eyre i wanted to supply it with a study guide. There is plenty of them on the market and I wanted to ask, form your personal experience, which are the best? I mean which publishing house/ series offers the best study guides, thus i will do well and understand everything. Here are some of the examples (for Jane Eyre). Which of these ould you advise me to buy?: - SparkNotes https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Eyre-SparkNotes-Literature-Guide/dp/1411469674/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479680950&sr=8-1&keywords=jane+eyre+study+guide - Maxnotes (looks somehow pinko like ;) ) https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Eyre-MAXNotes-Literature-Guides/dp/0878910220/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1479680950&sr=8-5&keywords=jane+eyre+study+guide - Creative Study Guides https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Study-Guide-Creative-Guides/dp/1519139799/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1479680950&sr=8-6&keywords=jane+eyre+study+guide - Cliffs Notes https://www.amazon.com/Cliffs-Notes-Brontes-Jane-Eyre/dp/0764585894/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1479680950&sr=8-9&keywords=jane+eyre+study+guide - Advanced Study Guide https://www.amazon.com/Connell-Guide-Charlotte-Brontes-Advanced-ebook/dp/B01D1Z4VVO/ref=sr_1_22?ie=UTF8&qid=1479680983&sr=8-22&keywords=jane+eyre+study+guide -Novels for Students https://www.amazon.com/Study-Charlotte-Brontes-Novels-Students-ebook/dp/B014VH5RXC/ref=sr_1_30?ie=UTF8&qid=1479680983&sr=8-30&keywords=jane+eyre+study+guide -'independent' one https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Study-Guide-Marie-Wilson/dp/1586093681/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1479680950&sr=8-2&keywords=jane+eyre+study+guide BR
  14. matbla


    Hey, I'm doing English Lang/Lit (former a2, I guess) and from the formal point of view, the course is for native speakers. As I'm not one of them (meaning native speakers), I've spotted that sometimes i do have some 'gaps' in vocabulary. Could you recommend me a tv series or a book which uses very sophisticated language + idioms (Californication doesn't make it ) to use both in life and school? Thanks a lot! :))
  15. matbla

    Does God exist?

    This kind of questions asked on a forum devoted to school issues is kind of silly. I mean really, come on, what are you expecting? That I'll wite a philosophical treaty or share my most intimate personal thoughts on THE issue?

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