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  1. tiff6788

    I'm struggling (BAD) with SL CHEMISTRY

    Hey Jen, getting all 5s in the first half of the year for IB is not bad at all! It is a very good start indeed. I remembered that I got a 3 in English at the end of year 11 but I learnt from my mistake and kept looking into how to do better in the exam and at the end, I got a 6! So don't worry too much about your grades because it takes time to improve! And in IB, you really need time to get used to doing exams and familiarising yourself with the exam styles, making and applying your own exam strategies. Even though not everyone has a good teacher, there is always a way out! As IB is very exam intensive, you not only need to learn the content well, but also learn HOW to do well in the exams. The exam styles are different in every subject and even in different papers. You should look into what the examiners want by reading and analysing the marking rubic for subjects like English, History and the mark scheme for science subjects. This approach may sound a bit weird and different but it really helped! I got 7s in HL Chem and Bio and I think this approach is SO useful in science subjects because the mark schemes are very specific. You need to know what to answer specifically to get the marks after you read a question. I agree with eross that you should get a textbook, Pearson is very good. While reading the textbook, make sure you make notes according to the IB syllabus points. Explain each point after reading the paragraphs. I have been tutoring Chem and Bio for two years and I have set up my own blog recently -www.ibexamsurvivalguide.com You could check it out -I have posted notes on calculations and trends and I hope you will find those useful! Let me know if it helps and feel free to contact me if you have any problems with Chem! I have also shared my experience on how I got 7s in HL Chem and Bio here -http://www.ibsurvivors.com/new-blog/2016/1/24/secrets-steps-to-7s-in-hl-chemistry-and-hl-biology Best wishes Tiffany
  2. tiff6788

    How do you guys adapt for the grand final exams?

    Hey guys! Sorry that it's been a while! I have been making more notes and a website and it is good to go! Here's the link: http://ibexamsurvivalguide.com/ I have posted 3 posts by now but will keep posting new notes/blog posts up every week so if you want an automatic update -please sign up for the newsletter! It's also easier for me because more people are interested in getting my guide and it's hard to send individual email every time. I decided to set up a website also because I want to help more students and even students around the world! I understand how it feels like studying in IB and I realised that many students are experiencing what I have experienced before -like teacher is not helpful/ has no guidance to how to do well in the exam. So I want to share my knowledge and give you support and help to achieve your goal! Year 12 is such an important time and I just don't want to see people not being able to get a score that they deserve because of sth other than the amount of effort they put in. So hopefully I am able to help and you are not alone! All the best Tiffany
  3. tiff6788

    Chemistry SL

    Hey guys! Sorry that it's been a while! I have been making more notes and a website and it is good to go! Here's the link: http://ibexamsurvivalguide.com/ I have posted 3 posts by now but will keep posting new notes/blog posts up every week so if you want an automatic update -please sign up for the newsletter! It's also easier for me because more people are interested in getting my guide and it's hard to send individual email every time. Hope it will be helpful to you!
  4. tiff6788

    Chemistry Periodicity

    Hey, I am currently making a chem study guide for my students and I have finished making notes fro periodicity. Hope that you will find it helpful! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17n1FJuKBKivZYX-8VxtyY5Xi1VpGENJTLurl4nVCKXY/edit?usp=sharing Tiffany
  5. tiff6788

    How do you guys adapt for the grand final exams?

    Wow, that's really nice to hear fellow vet senior I'm having problems in the school itself. Bio particularly... My old biology teacher disagreed with my new school principal, I can see why from the way he managed our school this year. My new biology teacher was personally hired by my principal and he only taught A-Levels Biology 20 years ago. I have recordings of my teacher when I asked him questions in class and I also asked him about the schedule for the IB Biology. He doesn't know a single thing about our IB system. He replied to me that the weighting of each subjects and topics vary through time when I asked him about the weighting of our paper 3. He didn't give us any exercises from the databased questions because he said that there will be no questions for us during our mock exams in April so now we are only getting to do any examinations only until April. We passed up a blank paper during a formative assessment with the questions he made using just diagrams he pasted from online for us to label. In the end, he made us mark the exams ourselves with answers from the textbook and gave us all a 7 for the exams despite us passing up a blank paper. He asked me why I didn't pass up the answers for the databased questions he asked us to do but I said I didn't know how to answer and he said he will discuss it tomorrow in class then but he acted like it all never happened the second day. Usually he asks us to read from the textbooks and never taught us. The principal was ridiculous as going far to the extent of saying "You all could just go online and search for videos for explanation if you don't get anything from class." The principal went as far as scolding the MYP students whose parents have complained that this teacher wasn't teaching basic science and the students were discouraged and started crying. I ended up giving the DP1 students tuition with notes and lessons from my old biology teacher. Basically regarding bio... I have no biology teacher now and I can't understand anything from just reading from textbook. I ended up posting a forum online about a study group in hopes of asking some peers from here about questions I've encountered in biology and other classes. The new teachers don't really help much.... On the bright side, my chemistry teacher was hired by my old principal and she is very very dedicated. She even made us stay back to teach us in details or give us extra classes if we had trouble understanding a topic. So far, the new teachers are making me really anxious about my studies. I came as far as doubting myself if I could pass my exams in IB. So this is a true story and I don't mind sending the whole world my recordings of what my bio teacher often says in class. The way he "teaches" boils us the whole school and even my parents but we can't find an IB teacher in my country. Is it possible to give me notes on Biology and tips in self-study to get a 7 in Biology? So far I'm stuck on Kerbs cycle haha. Oh no that sounds horrible my chem teacher was not helpful teaching the content as well and I had to study the whole syllabus by myself and fortunately I made it. I will suggest using the Pearson textbook -most of the students I tutor use this and I found it very helpful. It is written according to the syllabus and it includes case studies/examples that you need to know. For self-studying, look through the syllabus and 'explain' each syllabus point using your textbook as a guide (Pearson is already written according to syllabus points so you can just summarise the paragraphs). Another problem that may arise is that you don't know how deep you should go and how much detail you should learn -if the syllabus doesn't say anything specifically (sometimes it says 'it is not required to learn sth'), I am happy to have a look at your notes. Do past paper questions/ questions at the back of the textbook and check your answers. Doing IB questions not only consolidate your learning but also let you know if you are on the right track. Many students learn everything but they are not answering the right thing or they don't know what is the right thing to learn. Look at the questions and answers and see what the IB wants you to know and answer. (Self-studying is not suitable for everyone, esp bio HL is challenging and if you have a lot of trouble doing it, consider getting an IB tutor -a past student who got great results is helpful too because they can share how they learn and sometimes their notes as well! A tutor is better than nothing) Reading a textbook can be daunting for bio. Try reading it with your classmates so that you can help each other! If there is a concept that is hard to understand, try looking it up on Youtube and Google images -animation and images help you visualise the mechanisms better! Sorry that I don't have good notes for bio at hand but I am thinking of making a study guide for chem (and maybe bio later) for my students. Let me know if you are interested so that I can send it to you when I am done! Tips for IB science subjects: CONCISE NOTES ARE ESSENTIAL. Write your notes according to the syllabus points and that will be your study guide before your final exams. It is impossible and not helpful reading the whole textbook/ wordy notes from teachers before exams. Be up to date so that you wont fall behind in your notes in year 12 (many people run out of time making notes or they finish making notes but run out of time studying). Write your notes in point form -memorise the points and answer them in the exam. IB mark schemes are written in point form and you need to answer the right points in order to get that point. Knowing what the IB wants you to answer and preparing the answers in your notes beforehand make the difference between getting a 6 and a 7. Hope it helps! Thank you! It does help a lot )) I do face problems learning how to answer the questions because I find that any information relevant counts so every time I ended up using a lot of time writing long winded questions even if it might be a 2 or 3 marks question. I get a little worried if that straight forward question only had a half mark or so haha. My old biology teacher helped us go through the test papers and mark schemes after each exam and told me what should I write in each exam. He's very kind and nice too. I had been making notes for my bio classes. Sometimes I don't understand much and it would just turn out to be plain copying everything. I'm using the standard Oxford textbook and I've ordered the study guide lately. I am very interested in study guides, thank you for offering to send one to me. I want to send you my bio notes if you don't mind, I'm not sure if that might help out if you want to make a bio study guide. I referred to bio ninja and other online websites for the essential understandings and keywords. There are some new topics now and most of the AHL subjects are quite new. So its very hard. I understand that I should get a tutor but its a bit harder here, I'll try Thanks! By the way, do you think it is possible to spend my last five months studying and I can still get a 7...? Writing everything on the exam paper will make you lose marks and it wastes time in the exam -I did that as well in year 11 and I realised that not only I needed to understand the content but also know what the IB wants me to answer!! I think it is possible to get a 7 if you start tidying up your notes now and don't fall behind in year 12 so that you will have time to revise for your notes before the exam. And make sure you understand the concepts when you are writing the notes (make use of diagrams and videos on the internet ) Yeah feel free to send me your notes I am doing the same thing for my students anyway and it will definitely help if I am making a bio study guide in the future. Good luck! I am sure you will do well because you have realised the problem and you are trying to solve this! Do your best and you will be fine! Thank you and everyone else for the help. I'm feeling more relieved that ever. I kinda get why sometimes my marks are deducted on the essay looking part. I think it's section B or the paper 2. I could half a page with a sore hand on that haha. Yep you're right! I need to know what the IB wants me to answer too. Thank you so much. Good luck on your vet studies in Australia. I hope you'll graduate to become a really good vet in the future! Wow, that's really nice to hear fellow vet senior I'm having problems in the school itself. Bio particularly... My old biology teacher disagreed with my new school principal, I can see why from the way he managed our school this year. My new biology teacher was personally hired by my principal and he only taught A-Levels Biology 20 years ago. I have recordings of my teacher when I asked him questions in class and I also asked him about the schedule for the IB Biology. He doesn't know a single thing about our IB system. He replied to me that the weighting of each subjects and topics vary through time when I asked him about the weighting of our paper 3. He didn't give us any exercises from the databased questions because he said that there will be no questions for us during our mock exams in April so now we are only getting to do any examinations only until April. We passed up a blank paper during a formative assessment with the questions he made using just diagrams he pasted from online for us to label. In the end, he made us mark the exams ourselves with answers from the textbook and gave us all a 7 for the exams despite us passing up a blank paper. He asked me why I didn't pass up the answers for the databased questions he asked us to do but I said I didn't know how to answer and he said he will discuss it tomorrow in class then but he acted like it all never happened the second day. Usually he asks us to read from the textbooks and never taught us. The principal was ridiculous as going far to the extent of saying "You all could just go online and search for videos for explanation if you don't get anything from class." The principal went as far as scolding the MYP students whose parents have complained that this teacher wasn't teaching basic science and the students were discouraged and started crying. I ended up giving the DP1 students tuition with notes and lessons from my old biology teacher. Basically regarding bio... I have no biology teacher now and I can't understand anything from just reading from textbook. I ended up posting a forum online about a study group in hopes of asking some peers from here about questions I've encountered in biology and other classes. The new teachers don't really help much.... On the bright side, my chemistry teacher was hired by my old principal and she is very very dedicated. She even made us stay back to teach us in details or give us extra classes if we had trouble understanding a topic. So far, the new teachers are making me really anxious about my studies. I came as far as doubting myself if I could pass my exams in IB. So this is a true story and I don't mind sending the whole world my recordings of what my bio teacher often says in class. The way he "teaches" boils us the whole school and even my parents but we can't find an IB teacher in my country. Is it possible to give me notes on Biology and tips in self-study to get a 7 in Biology? So far I'm stuck on Kerbs cycle haha. Wow, my story right there. Except no principal was involved and we're a big school so we can bother the other bio teachers. But yeah, I have to teach myself all of the course material . May I suggest that you purchase either a copy of the Oxford IB Biology Study Guide or Oxford IB Biology Course book? Those books were lifesavers when it came to answering questions on assignments and studying for my exams. I'd also suggest BioNinja as a quick tool to go over before a test as well as videos by Bozeman Science and Stephanie Castle. Good Luck and don't give up hope! Hey guys I am writing a SL chemistry study guide atm and have just finished a section on periodicity. It will be very brief and in point form so that you can use the points to answer questions in the exam! Here is the link https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17n1FJuKBKivZYX-8VxtyY5Xi1VpGENJTLurl4nVCKXY/edit#slide=id.g8163095e7_0_23 Please let me know if you find it helpful and I can send you updates of the guide
  6. tiff6788

    Chemistry SL

    Hey Chantel I graduated two years ago doing the IB. I am now writing a chemistry study guide for my students -it includes stuff that you need to know for exams in point form. Here is the link of a section that I have finished about periodicity. See if you find it useful https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17n1FJuKBKivZYX-8VxtyY5Xi1VpGENJTLurl4nVCKXY/edit#slide=id.g8163095e7_0_23 If you do, please let me know because I am going to write on the whole SL syllabus!
  7. tiff6788

    Revision before exams 2016

    Before I did my IB exams, I wrote notes according to the syllabus points in chem and bio. It really helped because it is impossible to read your textbook for revision before the exams. You just don't have time for that. By now you should have your notes up to date (if not, make use of your holidays) and constantly reading it when you have time to squeeze. A month before the exams I started doing past papers on my own in addition to the ones the teachers gave us. When the time was tight, I read the questions and thought of an answer in my head (because writing it out takes time) and checked it with the mark scheme. Doing past papers is very useful for science subjects I found because the questions will be quite similar and it tests you if you can apply your knowledge. And you MUST do as many maths past papers as you can. My teacher gave us past papers throughout the year because maths is a subject that you can't just read the theory, you have to know how to use that theory to SOLVE a problem. In Swotvac, I suggest planning your time and making a revision timetable for the week. Hope it helps!
  8. tiff6788

    How do you guys adapt for the grand final exams?

    Wow, that's really nice to hear fellow vet senior I'm having problems in the school itself. Bio particularly... My old biology teacher disagreed with my new school principal, I can see why from the way he managed our school this year. My new biology teacher was personally hired by my principal and he only taught A-Levels Biology 20 years ago. I have recordings of my teacher when I asked him questions in class and I also asked him about the schedule for the IB Biology. He doesn't know a single thing about our IB system. He replied to me that the weighting of each subjects and topics vary through time when I asked him about the weighting of our paper 3. He didn't give us any exercises from the databased questions because he said that there will be no questions for us during our mock exams in April so now we are only getting to do any examinations only until April. We passed up a blank paper during a formative assessment with the questions he made using just diagrams he pasted from online for us to label. In the end, he made us mark the exams ourselves with answers from the textbook and gave us all a 7 for the exams despite us passing up a blank paper. He asked me why I didn't pass up the answers for the databased questions he asked us to do but I said I didn't know how to answer and he said he will discuss it tomorrow in class then but he acted like it all never happened the second day. Usually he asks us to read from the textbooks and never taught us. The principal was ridiculous as going far to the extent of saying "You all could just go online and search for videos for explanation if you don't get anything from class." The principal went as far as scolding the MYP students whose parents have complained that this teacher wasn't teaching basic science and the students were discouraged and started crying. I ended up giving the DP1 students tuition with notes and lessons from my old biology teacher. Basically regarding bio... I have no biology teacher now and I can't understand anything from just reading from textbook. I ended up posting a forum online about a study group in hopes of asking some peers from here about questions I've encountered in biology and other classes. The new teachers don't really help much.... On the bright side, my chemistry teacher was hired by my old principal and she is very very dedicated. She even made us stay back to teach us in details or give us extra classes if we had trouble understanding a topic. So far, the new teachers are making me really anxious about my studies. I came as far as doubting myself if I could pass my exams in IB. So this is a true story and I don't mind sending the whole world my recordings of what my bio teacher often says in class. The way he "teaches" boils us the whole school and even my parents but we can't find an IB teacher in my country. Is it possible to give me notes on Biology and tips in self-study to get a 7 in Biology? So far I'm stuck on Kerbs cycle haha. Oh no that sounds horrible my chem teacher was not helpful teaching the content as well and I had to study the whole syllabus by myself and fortunately I made it. I will suggest using the Pearson textbook -most of the students I tutor use this and I found it very helpful. It is written according to the syllabus and it includes case studies/examples that you need to know. For self-studying, look through the syllabus and 'explain' each syllabus point using your textbook as a guide (Pearson is already written according to syllabus points so you can just summarise the paragraphs). Another problem that may arise is that you don't know how deep you should go and how much detail you should learn -if the syllabus doesn't say anything specifically (sometimes it says 'it is not required to learn sth'), I am happy to have a look at your notes. Do past paper questions/ questions at the back of the textbook and check your answers. Doing IB questions not only consolidate your learning but also let you know if you are on the right track. Many students learn everything but they are not answering the right thing or they don't know what is the right thing to learn. Look at the questions and answers and see what the IB wants you to know and answer. (Self-studying is not suitable for everyone, esp bio HL is challenging and if you have a lot of trouble doing it, consider getting an IB tutor -a past student who got great results is helpful too because they can share how they learn and sometimes their notes as well! A tutor is better than nothing) Reading a textbook can be daunting for bio. Try reading it with your classmates so that you can help each other! If there is a concept that is hard to understand, try looking it up on Youtube and Google images -animation and images help you visualise the mechanisms better! Sorry that I don't have good notes for bio at hand but I am thinking of making a study guide for chem (and maybe bio later) for my students. Let me know if you are interested so that I can send it to you when I am done! Tips for IB science subjects: CONCISE NOTES ARE ESSENTIAL. Write your notes according to the syllabus points and that will be your study guide before your final exams. It is impossible and not helpful reading the whole textbook/ wordy notes from teachers before exams. Be up to date so that you wont fall behind in your notes in year 12 (many people run out of time making notes or they finish making notes but run out of time studying). Write your notes in point form -memorise the points and answer them in the exam. IB mark schemes are written in point form and you need to answer the right points in order to get that point. Knowing what the IB wants you to answer and preparing the answers in your notes beforehand make the difference between getting a 6 and a 7. Hope it helps! Thank you! It does help a lot )) I do face problems learning how to answer the questions because I find that any information relevant counts so every time I ended up using a lot of time writing long winded questions even if it might be a 2 or 3 marks question. I get a little worried if that straight forward question only had a half mark or so haha. My old biology teacher helped us go through the test papers and mark schemes after each exam and told me what should I write in each exam. He's very kind and nice too. I had been making notes for my bio classes. Sometimes I don't understand much and it would just turn out to be plain copying everything. I'm using the standard Oxford textbook and I've ordered the study guide lately. I am very interested in study guides, thank you for offering to send one to me. I want to send you my bio notes if you don't mind, I'm not sure if that might help out if you want to make a bio study guide. I referred to bio ninja and other online websites for the essential understandings and keywords. There are some new topics now and most of the AHL subjects are quite new. So its very hard. I understand that I should get a tutor but its a bit harder here, I'll try Thanks! By the way, do you think it is possible to spend my last five months studying and I can still get a 7...? Writing everything on the exam paper will make you lose marks and it wastes time in the exam -I did that as well in year 11 and I realised that not only I needed to understand the content but also know what the IB wants me to answer!! I think it is possible to get a 7 if you start tidying up your notes now and don't fall behind in year 12 so that you will have time to revise for your notes before the exam. And make sure you understand the concepts when you are writing the notes (make use of diagrams and videos on the internet ) Yeah feel free to send me your notes I am doing the same thing for my students anyway and it will definitely help if I am making a bio study guide in the future. Good luck! I am sure you will do well because you have realised the problem and you are trying to solve this! Do your best and you will be fine!
  9. tiff6788

    How do you guys adapt for the grand final exams?

    Wow, that's really nice to hear fellow vet senior I'm having problems in the school itself. Bio particularly... My old biology teacher disagreed with my new school principal, I can see why from the way he managed our school this year. My new biology teacher was personally hired by my principal and he only taught A-Levels Biology 20 years ago. I have recordings of my teacher when I asked him questions in class and I also asked him about the schedule for the IB Biology. He doesn't know a single thing about our IB system. He replied to me that the weighting of each subjects and topics vary through time when I asked him about the weighting of our paper 3. He didn't give us any exercises from the databased questions because he said that there will be no questions for us during our mock exams in April so now we are only getting to do any examinations only until April. We passed up a blank paper during a formative assessment with the questions he made using just diagrams he pasted from online for us to label. In the end, he made us mark the exams ourselves with answers from the textbook and gave us all a 7 for the exams despite us passing up a blank paper. He asked me why I didn't pass up the answers for the databased questions he asked us to do but I said I didn't know how to answer and he said he will discuss it tomorrow in class then but he acted like it all never happened the second day. Usually he asks us to read from the textbooks and never taught us. The principal was ridiculous as going far to the extent of saying "You all could just go online and search for videos for explanation if you don't get anything from class." The principal went as far as scolding the MYP students whose parents have complained that this teacher wasn't teaching basic science and the students were discouraged and started crying. I ended up giving the DP1 students tuition with notes and lessons from my old biology teacher. Basically regarding bio... I have no biology teacher now and I can't understand anything from just reading from textbook. I ended up posting a forum online about a study group in hopes of asking some peers from here about questions I've encountered in biology and other classes. The new teachers don't really help much.... On the bright side, my chemistry teacher was hired by my old principal and she is very very dedicated. She even made us stay back to teach us in details or give us extra classes if we had trouble understanding a topic. So far, the new teachers are making me really anxious about my studies. I came as far as doubting myself if I could pass my exams in IB. So this is a true story and I don't mind sending the whole world my recordings of what my bio teacher often says in class. The way he "teaches" boils us the whole school and even my parents but we can't find an IB teacher in my country. Is it possible to give me notes on Biology and tips in self-study to get a 7 in Biology? So far I'm stuck on Kerbs cycle haha. Oh no that sounds horrible my chem teacher was not helpful teaching the content as well and I had to study the whole syllabus by myself and fortunately I made it. I will suggest using the Pearson textbook -most of the students I tutor use this and I found it very helpful. It is written according to the syllabus and it includes case studies/examples that you need to know. For self-studying, look through the syllabus and 'explain' each syllabus point using your textbook as a guide (Pearson is already written according to syllabus points so you can just summarise the paragraphs). Another problem that may arise is that you don't know how deep you should go and how much detail you should learn -if the syllabus doesn't say anything specifically (sometimes it says 'it is not required to learn sth'), I am happy to have a look at your notes. Do past paper questions/ questions at the back of the textbook and check your answers. Doing IB questions not only consolidate your learning but also let you know if you are on the right track. Many students learn everything but they are not answering the right thing or they don't know what is the right thing to learn. Look at the questions and answers and see what the IB wants you to know and answer. (Self-studying is not suitable for everyone, esp bio HL is challenging and if you have a lot of trouble doing it, consider getting an IB tutor -a past student who got great results is helpful too because they can share how they learn and sometimes their notes as well! A tutor is better than nothing) Reading a textbook can be daunting for bio. Try reading it with your classmates so that you can help each other! If there is a concept that is hard to understand, try looking it up on Youtube and Google images -animation and images help you visualise the mechanisms better! Sorry that I don't have good notes for bio at hand but I am thinking of making a study guide for chem (and maybe bio later) for my students. Let me know if you are interested so that I can send it to you when I am done! Tips for IB science subjects: CONCISE NOTES ARE ESSENTIAL. Write your notes according to the syllabus points and that will be your study guide before your final exams. It is impossible and not helpful reading the whole textbook/ wordy notes from teachers before exams. Be up to date so that you wont fall behind in your notes in year 12 (many people run out of time making notes or they finish making notes but run out of time studying). Write your notes in point form -memorise the points and answer them in the exam. IB mark schemes are written in point form and you need to answer the right points in order to get that point. Knowing what the IB wants you to answer and preparing the answers in your notes beforehand make the difference between getting a 6 and a 7. Hope it helps!
  10. tiff6788

    Textbook and Study Guide

    For exams, do you guys revise for your own notes or just the study guide? Do you write your own notes if you are using a study guide?
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    How do you guys adapt for the grand final exams?

    Hey, I did IB and graduated a couple years ago and i got 7 in Bio and Chem HL. I am also doing vet science in Australia! Just a quick question: do you have trouble organising your time/ understanding HL concepts or memorising all the materials for IB at one time? Because there are many things you could do and I am happy to share my experience!
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    EE: Help Others By Completing Surveys

    Hi guys It would be great if you can spend about 3min to complete my survey. It is about study habits https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2MCYWWG Thank you!!
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