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  1. Read up on the exam formats from each class you take ahead of time. It's important to know the key words and command words (the type of question they ask you). One of the challenges I had to overcome was learning how to answer an IB question correctly. So learn the structure of the exam and also go through the mark schemes. One important thing is if you don't understand something, ASK! Many people are intimidated when it comes to asking teachers questions they think are stupid. But its important. The MOST important thing I can ever tell you: Time Management. This is so important in IB! Some advice: - Finish your EE over the summer in between IB Year 1 and Year 2. - Start your IAs no less, or at least the research no less than 2 months before your last summer holidays. Though this varies as some teachers may make you start earlier and thats good. - For each subject, create a book in which you only have the key words and their definitions for that subject. - Don't leave your essays to do the night before it is due. - Complete an essay at least a week before it is due, and consult with the teacher, and then during that week keep fixing it while asking your teacher. - Take your TOK presentation seriously! Make sure you keep checking with your TOK teacher. - Make sure your EE is on something you are REALLY passionate about, and choose a supervisor that is equally passionate about that topic. - Try to complete your full CAS requirements during your first year and over the summer. You will still have to do CAS in your final year to show consistency, but at least it won't be troubling you all throughout your final year and you can take it slow as even 1 hour per week will be enough then. - Choose subjects you like, and before you finalize your subjects, talk to older students that are currently doing those subjects. Ask your teachers if they think you are capable to get a 7 in that subject. - If you want good grades and your university doesn't require math SL or HL, do Math studies. - Record all your homework due dates on a calendar so that you can always stay ahead of time. Good luck!
  2. Hi! While I think that what everyone else has said on this topic so far is important since it's true that you can take English B and that from what I've read from you, you seem more than proficient in the language, I'm just going to answer your question straight out. So here are some pointers: Since you're not in IB yet, I highly suggest that from now on and over the summer, read some books. I suggest you read the books that are highly popular and critically acclaimed ("Jane Eyre", "To Kill A Mockingbird", "1984", etc...) this way, if you get stuck with anything in the book, you'll find plenty of material about them online. This includes different perspectives from different readers, which is important in English Lang/Lit. When reading, if you do not understand a word, make sure you highlight it, and write it down in a separate note pad while also writing down the definition of the word next to it. This is an excellent thing to do if you want to increase your vocabulary. Go over the note pad every now and then until you're sure that the word has been embedded in your mind, and learn how to use the word as well by creating your own sentences using the word. You can even go to the extent of asking the IB teachers at your school which books you may be reading next year, that way you can read ahead over the summer. Practice a method called 'PQE' (Point, Quote, Explanation), do this with every book you read. Do not only limit yourself to novels, read scripts, one I suggest is "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams, a lot of IB schools use this. Since you're taking Lang/Lit, you won't only be reading novels, you'll be reading plays and poems as well. So venture into those too. The thing is, if you do this over the summer, it will take away some of the boredom and you'll also have time. So save all the reading that I've talked about above for over the summer. Here's what you can do now: Practice embedding quotes, which I'm sure you've already starting learning about in school. This is important as it creates fluidity. E.g. Instead of using "this quote "xyz" proves that", use, "the author states "xyz", which proves that..." Use transition words: Firstly, secondly, Additionally, furthermore, moreover, In conclusion, etc... Like I mentioned above, practice the 'PQE' method. I suggest you look this up on the internet if you haven't learnt about it yet, but basically, its extremely important because thats what gives your essays and analysis some substance. I can give you more pointers, but in the end of the day, all i can tell you is that reading more will really (really, really, really) help, although I know that you've probably been told that before. I hope I helped at least a little!
  3. Wow! It's so weird to read what you've written because it sounds exactly like something I would have written a year ago! It's so relatable to me because I could empathise word for word with what you said. Now that I've graduated, I am so happy to tell you that it really doesn't matter! Being closer to a teacher will help you more rather than being closer to any student. This is the time to get closer to your family and your friends outside school, and when you know you have people who care about you outside of school, it helps! Like for me, I got really close to my sister and it just gives you a sense of security knowing that you have at least one person to talk to when you get home, be it one of your siblings, or your parents or a friend. I don't know about you, but I was quite introverted which is why I preferred to roam around the hallways rather than sit in a noisy lunch room with my classmates, may be you're the same. When I look back at high school, I realise that it wasn't that nobody wanted to talk to me but rather that I was too reserved and kept unconsciously pushing people away, like if they shared something personal with me, I would listen, but I never reciprocated with my own stories. That in time makes people think that YOU are the one who doesn't want to talk to them which is why they stop asking. So my suggestion is that open up to a few people! Go up to a group of people you know relatively well, and tell them about your weekend! Ask them about their's. In the beginning it will be hard, but once those people realise that you WANT to get to know them better, they'll start talking to you more. I learned this late (half way through my senior year) and when I did do that, I realised that all those years I spent roaming around the halls could have been spent with this awesome group of new friends I had started talking to only 3 months before school ended! The saddest part? I had known them for years and never talked to them, and when I did, I realised that I had missed out on an opportunity to have amazing friends while I kept pushing people away. 3 months later all of them moved away to different colleges and so did I! You still have over a year left of school, your future best friend may be sitting next to you in a class and you never noticed!
  4. Thank you very much for this post it helped me a lot and gave me an idea on how to write my EE now thanks thanks Happy to help
  5. As everyone else has suggested, I just wanna add to them. You have to make your question more focused. You mentioned you wanted to look at the Islamic culture and the Burj Khalifa. Writing about one building won't be easy as you need 5000 words in your essay! So look at more than one. Take the Burj Khalifa as a modernisation of a culture, and then look at more traditional islamic buildings to add some contrast. However, the Burj Khalifa is actually designed through a more environmental lens rather than cultural, as the design when viewed from above forms the shape of a flower, native to the UAE. You can perhaps talk about the effect of globalisation on 21st century architecture, for example, you won't see the intricate designs that existed in Europe and middle east today, instead, you'll see a standard tall glass building. This is just an idea of a better formed and focused question, but always check with your supervisor: "To what extent has 21st century architecture been influenced by the integration of architects from different cultures immersing themselves into new environments?" (Sorry for any grammatical errors as forming an EE question is quite tough ) Edit: I just want to mention that the question I wrote above is just how I would go about the subject and to give you an idea of a better stated question, however it is in no way a perfect EE question. Always check with your school, and use your own words.
  6. Plagiarism really isn't that hard to avoid as long as you're careful with in-text citations. Don't put your work into a Public Domain, there isn't any good reason to, so why put yourself at risk? Also, if you're worried about your essay being plagiarised, I suggest you use a website called 'WriteCheck', which, for a small fee you can upload a few of your essays into. I used it too. The thing about the website is that it is owned by Turnitin, and made especially for students, so if you upload your essay into WriteCheck, it won't show up when your school uploads the same essay into Turnitin. When you actually enter IB, you'll realise why you need footnotes and in-text citations, since they're a really important and useful ingredient in making an excellent IB essay. I remember when I was in Pre-IB, I would worry about the same things, but honestly, you have a year and half to learn proper referencing, so don't stress about it. Practice proper referencing NOW. If you have an essay due, try to reference it to the best of your knowledge and USE in-text citations, believe me when I tell you that they are so important! Then, once your teacher grades your essay, ask her to give you feedback on how to further ensure your essay isn't plagiarised. IB teachers know best.
  7. No, I didn't pay to begin with since it was my school who had initiated the re-evaluation themselves without us asking them as they felt that there was a good chance of it increasing.
  8. I was just remarked for one of my language courses in which I had 66 per cent initially, and was 1 percent away from a 6, but now that it is remarked, it came down to a 57%!!! I just find that so confusing because I did a lot of research before beginning the whole remarking process and a lot of places said that if you are 1 mark away from the next boundary, it is highly unlikely to go down by too much (at most 3 - 5 percent). I'm extremely upset about this as I worked very hard to bring my mark up and was told by my teacher that I had very good chances of going up if I get it re-evaluated. Has anyone else had a similar experience!? It's extremely upsetting to know that I literally re-enrolled myself only to get my mark lowered!
  9. I would usually look through past papers, although I don't like relying on them too much because they kind of make you go into a safe zone in which you're comfortable with certain types of questions that come up a lot in past papers, and then when you get a different question on your test, you are completely thrown off. So thats one warning I'd like to bring up for you, is that past papers aren't always reliable, but you should definitely go through them, just don't base your entire studying on past papers. Other than that, I looked at key terms and memorised their meanings, practiced how and when to use these key terms and looked through mark schemes which teach you how your teacher and the IB expect you to answer your questions, which is one of the biggest challenges IB students face, so REALLY try to grasp on to how IB wants you to answer questions, because there is always a formula on it, (e.g, in business if they ask you for the definition of a sole trader, you would think that they just want you to write what it means to be a sole trader, but no... In order to get full marks, you also have to write advantages and disadvantages of a sole trader, which for a first timer in a test, isn't obvious when looking at the question) so its things like this that you have to know, they're usually called command terms. I can't guide you on which past papers would be relevant for you, as you're only the second year batch to go into the new IB curriculum, which I, as the last batch to study the previous IB curriculum don't have too much info on, but hopefully I answered some of your questions (although not in a numbered sequence) BUT I definitely recommend studying from past papers, if you're saying the syllabus isn't too different, just as I said previously, don't rely on them too much, as IB does change patterns, so for example past papers of 2010-2014 of a subject could be focusing on (just an example) topic 1,3,5 and 7 much more than the others, but you have no guarantee that your exam will focus on those topics too, they could focus on topics 2,4,6 and 8 more instead (I hope that makes sense).
  10. Hi! Firstly, a six point jump in DP2 is VERY doable! And I think you'll be able to do it! Do you know why? Because I jumped up 9 points in year 2, and people around me jumped up even higher. So really, you can do it!
  11. I'm planning to remark my visual arts grade as I got a 5 (1 point away from a 6). What is the likelihood that it would go up? Do any of you know how often the marks go up and how often the marks are graded down? Like is there any statistical info on this?
  12. Thanks! But the problem with my class is that our coordinator actually just finished working for our school (he left after our results came out and discussing them with everyone who failed) and we still havent been introduced to the new coordinator :L Oh well... Do you have any clue when and if they will be available for us to view?
  13. Hey guys, I hope you all met your university offers and that your results went well! I was just wondering when a breakdown of our results is released on IBIS? Like the marks of our IAs, exams and all that stuff.
  14. You could register for the May 2016 session, and take a gap year if it doesn't affect you that much. However, before you can register, you have to contact your IB coordinator and they have to approve your request to register. Sometimes the teacher may advise you against it because resits do not always end successfully as people sometimes tend to lose marks rather than gain marks. This often happens when a student is already reaching their full potential in an exam, so gaining enough marks to make a significant difference can be difficult for them. You pay a fees for re-registration, so perhaps you can request your school to 'create' a november session. I am pretty sure that you can only take the november session at the school you are already registered in.
  15. Hi! Doing retakes is really common in my school, and from what I know, I hope it will help you! Basically, the first thing you have to do in my school is get guidance from the IB coordinator of our school. The role that they play in this process is that they look at your grades and the grade boundaries together, and give you advice on whether or not they think that a retake will make a difference. (This is considered based on what grade you got on your IA, and at what percentage you currently have in the overall grade), for example, if you were at 41% in language B which gives you a grade 4, with 41% being the lowest percentage in the interval of a 4 as it ranges from 41%-55% (from what I can recall), then a retake may not be of much help as jumping up a full 14 marks would be very difficult with only the exams, so the coordinator would take this into consideration based on what your current skills, strengths and weaknesses are. An example could be that if I were to receive a low 3 in my language B, I would be positive that there is no way I could jump up to a 4 as my weakness is the exam, so a resit would be of no use. (I hope this paragraph was clearly said). Once it is concluded by your coordinator that it is very possible that your grade could improve significantly, the next step is that you have to pay a fee, as a resit would cost you. I would imagine that you either pay this fee to your school administration or to your IB coordinator directly. Once this is done, you take the receipt, and fill a small form for your coordinator so that they can re-register you for the November 2015 session (similar to registration for the May 2015 session, where they just put up your name and show proof that you have paid for the resit). Then in November, you carry out the subject you are resisting exactly like you did in the May 2015 session. Keep in mind that this is only the process at my school, and it may vary from school to school, let alone country to country. I hope this helped, and wish you best of luck! *Edit: The deadline to register for the November 2015 session is July 25th, 2015.
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