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  1. Damn that's better than when I first started IB. I had a couple 4s, 5s and just two 7s. However I was one of those people who needed longer to adjust to IB, and my grades improved drastically. I think if IB is important for university and you're enjoying what you're learning, you should stick with it. You're well above the international IB average score so you're actually doing great!
  2. Math SL is NOT Math Studies. Most engineering programs do not recognize or accept Math studies, as it's not considered to be good prep for university. Do as much research as you can right now. I have a strong suspicion that university will not take your math credits, no matter your mark in it
  3. I got into a good engineering school with SL Math. It's possible to get in with SL instead of HL, but you're setting yourself up for a hard time in university. Math SL is my biggest regret of IB (although I didn't have a choice ?)
  4. My school (and a lot of high schools in Ontario) recommended binders with loose leaf. This is because teachers loooove handouts, but you can't really keep them organized in a notebook. You can still use notebooks, but definitely have binders available for the course outline and lesson plans. I had a binder per subject all the way through high school (pre-IB and IB)
  5. Differs between schools in Ontario, but none of the schools I knew of used raw marks on report cards. However since there's no formal rule as to what mark your teacher can and can't use, I'm afraid it won't be easy to change
  6. I always did pencil. Just really press hard so it shows up
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    Say it louder for the parents in the back. Seriously though, IB isn't everything. I would still be where I am without the diploma (actually it would've been EASIER to get to where I am) but I probably would've been much happier in a certificate program or in my province's curriculum. Anyways... 11) Change up the medium on which you rewrite notes. Confusing wording, I know but what I mean is don't stick with just pen and paper. I used coloured pens, blackboards, whiteboards and even DREW ON MY DRIVEWAY IN CHALK (I traced my sister and drew her internal organs). It really helps stimulate your creativity so you're not dreading rewriting 2 years of information
  8. It's a really personal choice in my opinion. Some people do really well in the IB system because the learning style is different, whereas others prefer the provincial system. I'm guessing that health science program is Mac Health Sci? In that case, all you need is a 90+ which is not impossible in IB (a minimum of a mix of 5s and 6s). If you know for sure you don't want to do Year 2 IB, Year 1 might still be worth it. That's because you'd be used to the harder difficulty of IB courses and will have great study habits because of it, so if you go to the provincial system you might have an advantage in some courses. I also did IB in Ontario and know a lot about the uni admission process. Drop me a message if you have questions
  9. Umm maybe it's a school policy? Because I was in a similar situation (didn't like history, took economics online) and my school actually encouraged it. We don't even have an IB economics teacher at my school, so the course was never cancelled so I think that's a weird excuse. It could also be about cost. My online course was very expensive so perhaps the school doesn't want to pay or they don't want to register since it might be a hassle. You can maybe ask your coordinator again, but if it doesn't work out I'd say study what you like, even if it's not in the IB program.
  10. In Canada, dentistry is a post-grad pathway. You need another university degree before you go to dentistry school. There's a lot of requirements to get in, and a lot of required biology courses. You would probably want to get into a life science undergrad program here since you'll have enough room to take all the required classes for dentistry. Most would require biology for admission, so you'll have to do some research to find a suitable program.
  11. Awww thanks! The official requirements from international IB applicants are listed here for engineering (note: I picked a random engineering program but they all have the same requirements) and here for computer science. The 'relevant' courses I was talking about were the prerequisite courses (so math, physics, chem, English). They do not care if you know programming or not before coming UNLESS YOU'RE APPLYING TO SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (which requires previous in-depth knowledge of programming). However, I would highly recommend learning how to code in your spare time, since that'll be helpful in first year and will also make it easier to get a co-op job. As for the ACT, I would submit it anyways. It's not mandatory per se, but helpful especially for international applicants.
  12. If you're going into engineering, you'll have to do 4+ years of hard math anyways. Might as well get used to the difficulty now with HL Math instead of being underprepared with SL (not to mention most 'good' schools won't accept you with just SL Math). If you have the option of HL, take it. Most of what you're hearing is probably just rumours. If you're 100% sticking with SL Math, start doing your research now as to what schools you can get into. Canadian unis take either SL or HL Math, so maybe consider some top universities there.
  13. Hey fellow Canadian 1) Technically that goes against the IB course selection 'rules'. Usually you can only take a max of 2 sciences (as a group 4 and elective). If your school has permission to grant an irregular IB diploma (aka ignore the course selection rules), then you may be able to take all 3 sciences. Find your IB coordinator and ask. If you can't take all three, I recommend taking summer school or online classes to get the missing science credits. I took physics in summer school for this reason. Or, see if you can take an introductory science course in university. I know for many life science programs in Ontario, they offer a beginner course in physics or something. Some universities don't require all three sciences for admission, which is why they have the university intro courses. The other option is to just not do IB, but more on that later. 2) Obviously this depends on the answer to question 1. I'd say stick with what you're good at to get a higher mark. You can always take the classes in university so don't put so much stress on high school course selection. You're next question is reallllly good and I suggest you take a long, hard look at your goals for this. In Canada, life science is fairly easy to get into, usually around a low 80-low 90 admission average depending on the school. For most schools, IB does not give any significant admission advantage because admissions revolve around grades and in rare cases, extra curriculars. It does not matter if you take IB or not from an admission standpoint, so instead decide based on your interests and how much freedom you want when it comes to course selection.
  14. The University of Waterloo gives very little (if any) weight to total points. They prefer to see your relevant individual course grades for the program you're applying to. For computer science and most engineering programs, you'll need 6s or 7s to get in.
  15. Nice to see another aspiring biomedical engineer here!!! What schools are you looking at, and what are their admission requirements? In Canada at least, every engineering program requires chemistry and physics, so I think that's your best option. To my knowledge only a few schools require bio for biomedical engineering, so it's possible to be accepted without it. You can can also look at taking a biology course over the summer/online from your local school board of bio is required. That's what I did with physics.