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    May 2015
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  1. Sloman Economics is what saved my life. In the search bar on the left you can search for whatever you want to write your IA about (ex.// "exchange rates" or "fiscal policy") and you'll be given different current news topics that relate to that subject, with links to many different news sources. It's also really useful because my friend and I could say write on the same topic (ex.// price wars in british supermarkets), but we can use different articles from different news sources.
  2. As the last replier said it really does depend on what subjects you are better at. You should definitely play to your strengths. SL and HL bio are very similar in just about every sense except for HL having a considerable amount more material. HL Bio is relatively in depth so it's probably better to be interested in Biology to take it at an HL level. I can tell you a little about SL Theatre since I took that. It is a time-intensive class, a lot like how people who take HL Art claim to spend all their time doing art. Theatre will involve quite a bit of extracurricular time given you have to be involved in production, school plays, performances, rehearsals, etc. It is also important to realize, though, that theatre doesn't have an exam but it does have quite a few IA's (I think they're shifting to a new curriculum so I'm not sure, but I had 5 theatre IA's). The lack of an exam means come May/November you only take 5 exams which, trust me, is a blessing you will be grateful for. Buuuut be warned, it is a time commitment. What I can say about Chem is that everyone who I know who took it, curses it out every day. It's not easy. HL math is for people who are really good at math... The biggest difference between HL and SL English is the standard of grading. It is much harder to get a 7 in HL. And of all the social sciences, geography is notorious for being the easiest and history the most painful. Good luck with whatever you choose!!
  3. I think those are fine, I just finished my diploma and I had two of your HLs and they go very well together. I can't say anything about your SLs other than I hear ab initio Spanish is really easy. Overall looks good, good luck
  4. May15

    That is so scary... I did exactly the same questions for every paper...
  5. i was thrown off by the keynesian multiplyer - so did the other macro question. but i also did the common access resources questions - what sort of thing did you write about? i went along with increases in property rights, quotas, indirect taxes, increased law and legislation etc I talked about property rights, but I talked more about permit schemes to prevent the overuse of the resources. I mentioned examples of fishing and hunting and discussed the overall inability of producers to agree on an equitable method of restricting their use of the common access resource. So I made it a point to say that government intervention is necessary to solve the problem.
  6. I answered the question on common access resources (1 I think) for Micro and the question on Keynesian multiplier (3?) for Macro, and I thought the exam was a total blessing... At first I freaked out when I opened the exam because none of the questions that we might have expected were on there. Even the market structure question was phrased really weirdly, but after breathing haha I started to feel really good about it. The Keynesian multiplier was an especially nice question.
  7. May15

    I was confused about the snakes as well!! Although I didnt really talk about nature as an enemy I know lots of people who didn't talk about nature as an enemy, there are so many ways that you could have approached the text. I personally wasn't in love with either of the two options on this exam but everyone I know thought the prose was so rich. I hate that we can never tell with English exams...
  8. May15

    I also did the prose by Tan Twan Eng for TZ2. I read the poem and the prose both so many times struggling to pick between them. I just didn't understand the snakes in The Pigeon so I went for the prose. I talked about the building of suspense through war imagery, lack of dialogue and the use of nature as an enemy.