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  1. Got a friend who really struggled with Maths Studies & Bio + Chemistry SL still going to medicine, so there's really no impossible circumstance! Also have friends with mid 20s IB scores going into top Australian unis e.g. Uni Melbourne & UNSW.
  2. If you can bear the workload, I think AP Calculus BC's a pretty good supplement to a normal IB course load. I mean, when you're trying to throw in AP courses to a full IB Diploma already, there should be an actual reason to it e.g. learning something that's not taught in the IB or if your school offers a subject in AP but not in iB - rather than just adding AP for the sake of doing it. So with that in mind, your options become more limited as there's already a lot of overlap in subjects (though not necessarily content-wise) between AP and IB. AP Calculus BC, AP Physics C, and perhaps a couple more others are imo the only ones worth taking. If you're trying to show off a rigorous academic course load in the first place, it's unlikely you're going to want to take the AP Arts courses.
  3. yeeeeeee boiiiiii started out ib chemistry SL without iGCSE and averaged 3/7 for the first term. Worked towards a 7 (still in SL) by end of the year and decided to move up to HL -> had bad final exam days where things were just pretty ****ty and I didn't do enough revision - still got a 7. iGCSE is definitely not required nor necessary so long as you're willing to put in the effort.
  4. I would remark it, as it is just 1 mark off. I have a classmate who remarked her HL Physics - one mark from the grade above - and it was successful. It might help to receive the component results from your DP Coordinator but as you can already tell you're just one mark off, there's no real issue. Do note however, that essentially only from your Papers 2 & 3 can there be a grade change, as IAs don't get remarked and Paper 1 is multiple choice where there shouldn't have been a mistake in its marking. Still, between those two papers, there's a good enough chance for an extra couple of marks to be found somewhere.
  5. job applications? I doubt it, unless you don't have a bachelors degree. job applications as a teacher? Perhaps if you're looking into teaching an IB course - having studied and performed well in it is definitely a plus. master studies? definitely doubt it - otherwise what's the point of your next 4 years of further studies. scholarships in the future? Now this is where IB marks will matter, but it still depends on the country and schools you're applying to.
  6. Have had some trouble solving these questions, would appreciate any assistance or suggestions on how to approach the questions. I've tried the substitution y=vx and got to a stage where I am unable to integrate 1/f(y) and then have no idea how to further proceed (for question 7). Question 8 I just have no idea how to approach.
  7. Hmm, it's hard to write a guide for that, but perhaps some general guidelines: -Avoid using the word "amount". Use mass or volume, depending on what you're doing. -Don't ever use the word "like" -State the proper names for all the scientific apparatus you use e.g. erlenmeyer flask, measuring cylinder -Use the word "measure" or "determine" when you're trying to determine a value via an apparatus -State the uncertainty of all apparatus used To be honest, I find it difficult to help you on this with lack of information. If you PM me an example of what your teacher said was "informal writing" (a paragraph or so) I can get a better idea of what it is you're having issues with. Random pro tip: Writing more than just a brief comment on safety e.g. a 4-6 line paragraph as well as quantifying your control variables are necessary in achieving high Exploration marks.
  8. Yes, the Written Assignment does get remarked as it is considered an external assessment.
  9. i think all science IAs are like that... We can't give you ideas. You have to come up with your own, and THEN we can provide feedback/advice.
  10. Below is a useful guide my friend (@ateddy) who excelled in the IOP made. For many, the Individual Oral Presentation or Further Oral Activity is the very first “real” IB assessment and for this reason, it can become very daunting! I remember when I did my Literature IOP and I was so nervous. I ended up scoring 29/30 in the IOP and I thought I would share some of the techniques which helped me in preparation for my IOP. 1. Pick a niche topic The IOP/FOA marking is quite volatile. The teachers do not have to record your presentation and therefore a moderator can not directly question your teacher’s grading. For this reason, don’t bore them with well-worn topics! Your teachers have taught the same texts for years and seen hundreds of students come through the IB programme, your job is to make yourself distinct. A great way to do this is to pick a very focused and niche topic. My presentation was fairly common-garden in a lot ways, but I believe my question about how juxtaposition was used to create political polemic was ultimately a distinguishing factor. A niche topic will allow you to show your personal interpretation and engagement with the text in a way other topics won’t. It will also lend good focus to the presentation. 2. Pick the text you actually like You are going to end up spending quite a few hours on this presentation [at least if you want to score highly] and so it makes sense to pick your favourite text. I think this is especially important, because in oral format it is harder to fake your interest, as opposed to written. I despised “the Kite Runner” and all the poetry we where given in Part 4. Therefore, it was obvious to me that I would pick Orwell! I recommend that you do the same, or you risk burning out and not practicing enough. 3. Use an “on-the-move” drafting process This is probably the least intuitive point that I can make about the IOP/FOA preparation. I wrote my first draft over two months out from my IOP, and after a week of delivering the presentation, I made major overhauls and a second draft. After practicing that, I formed a third draft. I eventually had four drafts, staggered based on my observations during practice. I think this is a highly useful technique, because it allows you to recognise points of your presentation where wording of phrases is awkward when spoken or when your analysis is implicit. Your first draft will sound awkward to deliver, because you aren’t used to tailoring your words for spoken purposes. As you make edits, you will feel more comfortable with the transition to oral analysis. 4. Practice. Practice. Practice. Undoubtedly the reason that I ended up scoring well in the IOP was because I was fastidious with practice. Every night for two months, I would deliver my IOP once. In the week leading up, twice per night. Some might call this overpreparation, though I feel it prepared me to an extent that my cue cards were almost unnecessary. This practice, combined with the “edit as you go” technique I talked about early will make your presentation very polished by the real day. To this day, when I deliver the opening words of my IOP, my mum cowers in terror, remembering the tedious nights of receiving it. I don’t pretend this is fun, or your friends and family won’t hate it, but it pays off! 5. Basic presentational skills are more important than you think The IOP/FOA, more than any other tasks in IB English is about PRESENTATION. In fact, 1/3 of the marks are exclusively about the presenter-audience relationship. During practice, drill down your ability to stand still, practice your hand movements as to be vivid and inviting, yet not excessive. Make sure that you have control over your voice [i.e make it clear and audible] and that you make a specific effort to eyeball every person in the audience [especially your marker(s)]. Believe it or not, demonstration of these basic skills is likely to score well. The good news is, anyone can learn how to do it with enough practice. For myself, due to my natural instincts from debating, moving around and shuffling was a part of my persuasive technique, however, I had to control this during my IOP. After laborious practicing, I could stay still while delivering my final IOP. Use a basic PowerPoint. This is the gold standard for visual engagement. I know people who used flashy bells and props in their presentation, however, I never did. My presentation was very basic, it consisted of my basic idea in the paragraph, with relevant quotes shown. It had one image for my conclusion which essentially foregrounded my thesis. Ultimately, I scored 10/10 for Presentation. I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel or utilise contrived and complicated visual engagement techniques, I simply practiced my eye contact, voice, tone and stillness. More often than not, people feel as if they need elaborate aids to the speech to foreground it. I assure, this is NOT necessary! Holistically, it is very nice to earn a high score in the IOP/FOA, as the marking criteria are quite relaxed. You’ll benefit from having a really high score, allowing some leniency with other, harder aspects of the course [IOC, Paper 1]. I hope this has been of help and aids you with your IOP/FOA coming up in the future!
  11. My IA experiment is stupidly simple but still scored 23/24. How well you write up the report and via your own brand repackaging - that makes it "unique" - is what makes or breaks the IA.
  12. For IAs to be remarked, it has to be a case where the average of marks pre-moderation and post-moderatoin differed by 20% or more. Your teacher then, through your DPC, request a remark for the whole class (quite expensive, nearly $300 I think). IAs cannot be remarked on an individual basis.
  13. I'd go with French. It's a mandatory language for the UN Sec General so that suggests an idea of how important it is relative to other languages.
  14. Apart from NA with thanksgiving, I think most countries don't have holidays on early-mid November.
  15. You're going to need to clearly define some quantities ie. conc and vol of acid, and what you're actually trying to compare between the antacids. The concentration of a certain metal perhaps? This experiment is overdone, but with good execution it can still earn relatively high marks. You should set very clear and precise parameters for your antacids, and justify your choice in them.