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  1. I don't have the numbers memorized but I think for the majors you mentioned they need minimum 31-32 out of 45. Engineering is often higher because school needs to make sure students know basic science, and good at math. Overall points matter more in UK, where competitive schools may ask for 40+. US and Canadian schools also look at your extracurriculars (including CAS). Basically you cannot take weak subject choices like Math Studies AND get poor grades and expect to get into these majors (as an international student). I think you should take this summer to catch up in some subjects (like physics and math) because once you find the way to study you can improve pretty quickly.
  2. You may possibly study law (or pre-law) with Studies, but you need higher overall grades.
  3. Most universities do not accept Math studies for finance and accounting. I am neutral with dropping to Studies. You have to improve on your physics grade anyways. 9 SL points is the minimum to get the diploma.
  4. Grades like 234 could be easily improved if you work more efficiently. Math and Physics are about studying regularly, asking questions when confused, and doing a variety of problems. The best way to ensure that you get into a university is by working smarter and getting better grades. Otherwise as year 2 gets harder than year 1, lower grades are not looking promising with risk of even not getting diploma (you need 9 points in SL). If you just get to 31 ish (with ToK/EE) you should get multiple offers.
  5. In the HL Math guide, there is a list of prior knowledge topics. This include rationalizing denominators, sets (union, intersection), set notation of interval, solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, solving system of 2 linear equations, intersection/perpendicular lines, distance between point and line, to name a few. You should become very familiar with such topics and be able to solve them without hesitation (in 20-30s or less). I suggest practicing on KhanAcademy. When you feel comfortable, you may want to read ahead.
  6. I thought you liked this topic? Basically you should brainstorm several good topics, do some basic research and pick your favorite topic there. I think this is a good topic but I cannot/am not allowed to tell you in detail how to approach it. Fourier transform is way beyond SL and it might not be necessary to fully explore it using such a method. A modelling approach could be enough and add FT only if you understand what you are adding.
  7. It's nice that you have done Physics. I am not sure if Pamoja allows transfer from SL to HL before Year 2 so just double check if it's ok. Also self-learning will be more difficult than learning in a classroom. I don't want to get your hopes up too soon. It will take a lot of self-motivation and self-discipline. Wish you best of luck!
  8. I feel like 5 to 6 in Math HL is easier to overcome than 6 to 7 in HL and with some consistent practice you should be able push for a 6. Generally HL should prepare you very well for comp sci and engineering. Even if you get admitted with SL, you will not be nearly as prepared and therefore might get a lower undergrad GPA than with HL. So if you are at 33-34, aim for a grade higher on each of the prerequisite courses and (at the minimum) maintain the grade on ones less relevant to your major.
  9. For MIT and Stanford, it's vital that you have an outstanding essay in addition to good grades. Yeah your current course combination is not competitive because SL is often lower than your provincial standards. Basically if you get a 7 in Math HL and have good scores (mostly 6s and 7s) in other subjects, your chances into MIT becomes marginally better but much better for other universities. HL goes about twice as fast as SL so you should spend most of the summer to learn and master all of HL year 1 content not covered in SL. Obviously HL is not impossible when a quarter of all IB students worldwide take it. My graduating class had 70 students and about 60 of us took Math at HL. To apply for engineering, you may want to take either a summer school physics and/or SAP Physics Subject test (all multiple choice). With a provincial physics credit and a 6 or 7 in Math HL you should be able to get into at least one of Canada's top engineering program and maybe a couple in the United States. US and Canada engineering schools do not really place an emphasis to overall scores as long as it's over 34-35 (out of 45) ish, unlike the UK. As far as I know, it is very difficult to get into any engineering school without physics. History and Math HL are two of the most difficult HL so you may want to preview a lot of your Year 2 material this summer, as well.
  10. Have you had a teacher or math class that you grasped a lot of material? If so , try to replicate the teaching methods. KhanAcademy is a free and highly praised website to improve math. You may have to (briefly) review material from way back in grade 7 or 8 to just build a strong foundation. To study math, you have to study regularly, such as daily. Start by practicing easy problems , in which you just plug in numbers or use a very systemized method to solve. Only attempt IB problems when you grasped the basics. You need to be patient and focused during study sessions. A good study habit is better than tremendous efforts spent at the wrong things (which include becoming distracted while studying, studying too many topics at once, starting from the hardest problems, moving on before not completely understanding solution)
  11. Personal engagement doesn't evaluate how the topic relates to you. It is rather to what extent you are able to modify or even improve upon an existing procedure. That is, you are engaging with the investigation. However, your teacher will be grading the IA primarily, so a downside of the system is that you have to abide by her standards first. She appears to suggest researching importance of this reaction: this may increase PE as well if you modify your procedures to test a specific application.
  12. Yeah thats sounds like a good topic. It can be made very simple or use a lot of complex math such as fourier transform.
  13. The math appears to be way below SL. Which topic in math class are you most comfortable with? I cant suggest/prescribe topics but you should try to work along your strengths.
  14. Could you explain to me how it works? It doesnt sound very mathematical. Although I dont always recommend modelling, it is by far the most popular topic I have seen; in which a shape is modelled using various functions; or using regression or statistical methods to determine correlation (line-fitting).
  15. IA uses math at or above SL to demonstrate mathematical analysis and/or appreciation for math. For example it is unlikely that a discussion on abacus uses SL content. Basically just pick your strengths in math. It is 6-12 pages on a single topic, so you can imagine the depth expected. Therefore, it is often better to first see what math you are really comfortable with applying and explaining, then choose your topic. In other words it's not general discussion instead the discussion revolves around equations, diagrams, and/or other math tools. Proof is acceptable, but could be hard to show personal engagement. P.E. is just if you able to turn some textbook explanation or approach to solving a problem into your own, such as by giving personal insights. You should decide on your own topic from what math you are comfortable with, but abacus, optical illusion, anime or a novel are unlikely to meet the rigor that IB expects. Popular topics include modelling/regression, proof, solving a real-life problem, discussion and usage of HL or more advanced content, relationships between topics (eg vectors and trig). Many successful IAs may have multiple of the above, eg prove an advanced concept/equation, discuss relationships with SL. then applies it to solve a problem.

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