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  1. Hi! At my school everyone has to take the IB diploma.. everyone. This must mean (I assume) that even the not-so-good-in-school people get by (as our school (of 100 people per grade) usually has a pass rate of like 97%). Nevertheless, if she is not ready to work at home, she will definitely struggle. If you really want her to go to the IB school, I'd ask the school if it's possible that she takes a "IB certificate / IB courses". It is basically the same as the IB diploma except for that you don't have to do Theory of Knowledge, C.A.S. and the Extended Essay (which all are a great deal of work). I think that it definitely suits students who aren't so good in school very well. (Btw, in the IB people with dyslexia get extra time on their exams (the amount depends on how severe it is)) Good luck.
  2. Hi! Well, if you want to do Economics at university I'd highly recommend that you do HL Econ at IB. Not only because (at least if you're applying in europe idk about the americas etc) you will need HL Econ to get in, but it will give you the opportunity to see what it's really like (and if you don't like it you will still have time to change what you're applying for at uni level). Good luck!
  3. Hi everyone! So, in about half-a-year I am planning on applying to a handful of universities in the UK for the course Maths & Physics. As you can see below, I've right now got physics, maths, english and chemistry at HL. One of the courses I am interested in applying for is Mathematics (with Physics) at Cambridge Uni. I also want to apply to UCL, Edinburgh etc. I definitely want to drop one of my HLs and right now it's between English and Chemistry. I wanted to ask if having Chemistry at HL is a great advantage for applying to the course I am interested in or if I might as well keep English (which I find so, so much more fun) (plus I've got an absolutely rubbish Chem teacher although I am naturally much better at chemistry) Thank you!! Alex
  4. Hi! I take virtually the same subjects as you (or at least maths, physics and chem) and I personally think it's going really well. You really, really do have to consider what grades you are getting right now though. If you find these subjects easy peasy you should be fine but otherwise it probably will be quite a bit of work. Btw it's a really good idea to take 4 HLs in the beginning because then if you find out that you can't manage/don't like on of your HLs you can drop it (I don't recommend keeping 4HLs for the actual exams though (though this is incredibly hypocritical as I'm thinking about doing it 'cause I don't wanna upset my english teacher through switching to SL hahaha)). Anyways, good luck! I think your combination sounds fab (provided that you're fairly good at these subjects that is).
  5. Hello! At my school, they want us to begin to conjure ideas for our EE. Today I wen't to the library to check out my school's previous EEs and I was rather surprised by it. Although I had already heard that the science and maths EEs achieve much lower grades than the language and humanities ones, I was surprised to see almost all of the physics and maths EEs (these are my two strongest subjects) only getting Cs, Ds with the occasional B and E. This year, I happen to have an english teacher I absolutely love (although I'm not sure he's quite as good as my biased self sometimes makes him out to be). Regardless, I think he's great. I truly love poetry and so I have been thinking about doing my EE about two poems. The two poems I have in mind are two poems by William Blake. The problem is that so, so many people have compared these two poems and it's not a very original idea. I don't quite know if this matters as the librarian once said that 'you don't need to come up with anything yourself in your EE, just research other people's ideas and put them together'. I'm not really sure if this is true so I figured that I ought to ask you guys, the people of IB survival. Thank you xx
  6. Hey! For computer science you definitely need HL maths but depending on where you want to study I think that physics would be a better choice than History. I don't take history myself but all of my friends who take it/took it say that it's fairly pointless taking SL history (as it's basically as hard as HL but apparently more difficult to get a 7 in (logic?)). On the other hand, if history is something that you are very passionate about I don't want to discourage you from taking that either
  7. 1. Is choosing relevant IB subjects important towards what I would like to study at university? Or is IB scores more important? This depends on two factors: what and where you want to study. For example, I know that the U.K. definitely cares a lot about which subjects you choose. It is highly likely that you will not get into a Engineering course without HL Maths and Physics, and it is also highly likely that you will not get into a Economics course without HL Economics etc. etc. On the other hand, and please do keep in mind that I am no expert, I believe that they are quite a bit more lenient in the U.S. My absolute nr.1 advice for anyone choosing their IB courses is to TAKE 4 HLs!! No but seriously, take 4 HLs (if your school allows you that is). Then, if you find out that you dislike one of your HLs you can always switch it down to SL. I, for example, started off with: HL Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Geography. Now I've found out that I absolutely DESPISE geography (btw, I see that you're interested in taking Geo. Don't get discouraged by me, most people in my class like it/find it fairly easy so don't worry) and that I LOVE english (which is a subject I hated last year). So I switched down Geo to SL and English up to HL. I am still keeping 4 HLs throughout this entire school year as I am yet unsure of which one to drop. 2. Do you think it's reasonable for a student to choose a subject that they have never studied before for IB? For example, do you think choosing Geography HL for IB is wise when the student have never studied Geography during IGCSE I don't quite know what you mean by "no exposure". For example, at my school, we didn't do any IGCSEs in any of the social studies. We did one trimester Econ, one trimester History and one trimester Geo throughout 9th and 10th grade. If you mean no exposure as to this level I think you should go for it but I do not think that you should take a subject you have absolutely no idea what it is about. 3. What subjects for IB should I choose in order to increase my chances of studying business/finance in University? I'm still unsure about my abilities currently as I have increased my effort levels for this year substantially, as a result, I am getting score 2 grade boundaries than last year in most subjects. I'm not too well-informed regarding the humanities and their undergraduate courses but looking at the subjects you already have, I'd recommend choosing another humanities subject. Hope this all helped!! Good luck in the IB!
  8. Hello everyone! So I'm one trimester into the IB diploma and am in the midst of figuring out what I want to study at university. I am quite unsure as I, for a very long time, wanted to study Physics/Engineering, though I realised that all of the career paths following those undergraduate courses are rather unappealing to me. Now, I have been researching different courses and I find Mathematics & Philosophy to sound incredibly interesting. Right now I am taking HL Maths, Physics, English and Chemistry. I realise that I need to take Maths. I am also planning to keep Physics as this is a subject I fairly easily get good grades in. Now, here is the issue: I don't quite know whether I should keep HL Chem or English. Chemistry has always been a subject I have found very easy and have always gotten good grades in, but I don't like it too much at all (am not very motivated) plus I happen to have an absolutely terrible teacher. I have only gone to school in english for 3 years now and am not as good at it as I am in Chemistry. The thing is that I have an amazing teacher and I feel really motivated to do well in the course. (So far my grades are Chem HL: 7, English HL: 6) I hear that it is really difficult receiving a 7 for english but on the other hand I also hear the same for chemistry. Essentially, I suppose my question for you guys is whether universities like that you have HL English if you want to study Philosophy and just your general input in light of my situation. I truly appreciate it! Thanks!
  9. Hardest: Geography (I feel like giving up on life in class) Easiest: Chemistry (easy money)
  10. Hey guys! I thought it would be fun to start a post where people get to write what they want to study at uni (plus I rly need some inspiration).. go for it!!
  11. I don't really know how your school works but I have all of my subjects all year around so you should probably be fine. If you're bad at science I guess you shouldn't expect as good grades as you get the other semesters this semester
  12. Hello guys! So I'm low-key stressing out right now because they want us to have a couple of ideas for our extended essay after the holidays. I've been thinking a bit about doing it on English. The problem is that the books I would want to do it on (Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass) are REALLY famous. Hence, I suspect that I wouldn't be able to come up with anything new and unique about them. Personally, I wouldn't mind, but I wanted to ask you guys if this is a bad idea. Would I get marked down if the entire essay consisted exploring different interpretations of the books (which aren't my own) but citing them etc. etc. (I.e. would my EE be viewed negatively if I didn't explicitly come up with anything in it). Cheers for any responses! xx Alex
  13. I'd say English (even though that's the weakest one of my HLs) just because I have such an amazing teacher
  14. Hello guys! At our school, they want us to begin to come up with Extended Essay ideas now. I really have no idea what I want to write about (I don't even know what subject I want to do it on tbh). Either way, as of right now, english is my favourite subject. I'm absolutely in love with Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and I would love to explore it in my Extended Essay (of course I would have to find a topic question first). Something I read that made me a bit worried was that "all of the things to say about Alice in Wonderland have already been said". I was just wondering if this would be an issue? Contrary, I've also heard people say that you really don't need to come up with anything yourself in your Extended essay but perhaps it is different for english? Anyways, I thought I'd best ask on here. Thoughts? Thank you very much for any answers! Alex
  15. Y-axis: reaction time X-axis: Temperature (as you said) Now do different coloured lines for each participant. Does that make sense? Good luck!