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  1. Hi guys, I'm deciding if I should take English Lit or English Lang and Lit for my group 1 subject. I'll be taking either of these at SL. I'm planning on studying either Physics, Mathematics, or Environmental Science later on in university. My other subjects are: Spanish ab initio SL Music SL Geography HL Physics HL Mathematics HL 1) What are the main differences between Lit and Lang and Lit. Like the pros and cons of them. 2) Is Lit more harder than Lang and Lit? Based on the marking schemes and how you have to prepare for their individual papers. 3) Do universities look upon more favorably on either one? 4) Which one requires you to read more (just wondering ) 5) Which one teaches you more? Is Lang and Lit more relevant in today's world than Lit, since you study media texts? You can answer the questions or just give your general idea on this topic. Thank you
  2. Thanks so much for the insightful information! At least I don't feel that nervous knowing the syllabus will be the same
  3. I'll contact her when the school term starts(which is at the end of August ) . I'm just wondering if anyone has seen it cause I can't seem to find it on the internet.
  4. Hi guys, have any of you seen the Geography Syllabus Guide for 2018? Because the current one is only for exams until 2017. This is the current Subject Brief and Syllabus Guide for Geography. And do you know how early the IBO releases new syllabuses for its subjects? Thanks
  5. Ahahahahaha I'll definitely do that! Thanks so much for the poem and tips I'll keep them in mind.
  6. Hi guys So, I'm going for a leadership camp overseas (organised by our school) with the other IB students from my school and it'll be the first time we meet each other (our school is a new school). I'm not bad at making friends it's just that I can be a little shy at times So, do you guys have any tips on talking to other people or making new friends? Especially those that you meet for the first time. Thanks for your time
  7. I think for your case, since you're really good in maths and science, I would suggest you do A levels. Then you can take Further Maths, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry as your 4 subjects, because these seem to be your strengths, from what I can discern through your post. Then you could get 4 A*'s at A level If you did the IB, then I would advise you to take HL Further Mathematics (you will have to learn this subject by yourself; and if you find it too challenging, you can always switch back to HL Mathematics), HL Physics, HL Chemistry, SL English Language and Literature (easier than English Literature), SL Economics, and SL group 2 subject of your choice (a second language you're competent in). You could do 4 HL subjects, but that would only add to the burden of studying more stuff that doesn't interest you, hence why I suggest taking 3. For universities, based on what I read, the IBDP (the full diploma) seems to be looked upon favorably by many universities, so you certainly would not be at a disadvantage if you took the IB. Now if you're aiming for the top universities in the US (e.g. Harvard, MIT), the IBDP would be a better choice compared to A levels. This is because universities in the US have a holistic admissions process (they take into account a lot of things such as grades, extra curriculars, community service, etc.) The IB helps you brush up your application in many areas, most notably community service (through CAS). Whereas if you did A levels, all you would have to do is study to get good grades which is the complete opposite of what US universities are looking for. But if you're vying for the top universities in the UK (e.g. Cambridge, Oxford), A levels would be the easier path. Since you are clear with what your strengths are, you could get 4 A*'s and just with that, you'd be a competitive applicant. From what I've read, UK universities place a lot of emphasis on grades alone. They even have their own "scoring" system (UCAS) to determine the number of "points" you have based on your grades. And I think you can make your application more competitive if you have work experience related to your applied course. With that said, I personally believe it is tougher to gain admission into the top universities in the US as they take into account a lot of things, compared to UK universities. Hope this helps
  8. Even without religious sentiments, people still look down upon homosexuality simply because it is "different" and most people fear things that are not normal. Religion simply enforces the feeling of hatred towards homosexuality. People who look down on gays and use religion as a reason to do so are naive, because all religions teach their followers to love everyone, regardless of their background. And even if a person has committed a fault, we should help them repent and get back on the right path, not shun them out for the rest of their lives. Now my view on homosexuality is, at the end of the day, it's not right, according to Christianity. But that doesn't give anyone the right to degrade someone who is gay. Society doesn't understand that most people who are gay didn't choose to be, they were born with it. While I don't really oppose homosexuality, I don't encourage it either. The most important takeaway here is: Stop hating, hurting, and discriminating others because of something. You don't know how and why they did what they did or are the way they are. I hope more people will be aware of this.
  9. I checked the May 2015 Statistical Bulletin and found out that only around 32 people in the world got 7 for ITGS SL & HL combined. But I should add that only about 3200 people took it. That equates to 1% of the people taking ITGS getting a 7. Is this subject really hard? Or is it because the people who do take it had to do so due to unavoidable circumstances (e.g. clash of timetable)? And if you did take this subject, how hard would you say this subject is on a scale of 1 to 10, compared to your other subjects? Do you find it hard to revise and prepare for this subject because of the lack of resources?
  10. Actually, I do like all the subjects that I picked and I don't really have a problem with science subjects, I always do well in them. I'm pretty sure I can get a good score for all three of my HLs. Only my other subjects would need extra effort in order for me to secure a 7 in them. But anyways, when I met my school's university/career counsellor to determine my subjects, I didn't pick Chemistry HL as my sixth subject, I chose Music HL instead. Because before the meeting, I realised that I would learn so much more if I took music over chemistry as I have previously studied chemistry during my SPM (Malaysian National Examination) and as I looked through the syllabuses of the IB sciences, it looked like I was familiar with around 50% of it. The SPM has covered quite a bit of the syllabus of the IB sciences so I personally believed it would benefit me more if I took Music HL. With that said, my school is a newly built school and I will be one of its pioneer IB students. So, the subject choices available will depend on the number of students interested in that particular subject. And therefore, I'll only definitively know what subjects are available when the school term starts in September. Thanks for your advice
  11. Hmm I'll keep that in mind. I'm going to discuss with my music teacher about whether or not I should take Music HL. Haha thanks for the tip, but I think I'm fine with performing, I kinda like it @gone2morrow @Oscarthecat3 At this stage, I think maybe I'll take Music SL. Thanks for the advice and wishes!!
  12. Hi guys, I may be taking Music HL as one of my subjects and am just curious on the level of difficulty and required skill in music to achieve a 5, 6, or 7. I'm really passionate about music and would really love to learn more about it. If I'm not able to carry the workload and do sufficiently well, I'll drop it to Music SL and bump up my Geography to HL. 1) I don't really have a background in music theory and have never really studied it in depth, so is that going to be a problem if I take music HL? Concerning instruments, I can play the guitar and piano, both of which I learned how to play on my own through the internet. For guitar, I'm able to play songs just by looking at the chords on Ultimate Guitar, provided the chords aren't too advanced. For piano, I think the most tricky piece I have learned to play is Greyson Chance's rendition of Papparazi Here it is if you haven't heard it (his voice is just insane for a guy, especially his range and power at that time) For my voice, I would give it a 7 out of 10, its not crazy good, but at least its pretty good when I sing in my range. Generally, for people who have gotten a 7 in music HL, how well are they able to play their instrument or sing? Based on my musical skills, how likely is it for me to get a 7 in music HL? Is 6 a more realistic goal? And would it be advisable for me to take music SL to get a higher score? Thanks for your time and opinions.
  13. So sorry to hear that you had to sit through that paper Hopefully the grade boundaries will reflect the changes in this paper and be set accordingly. They'll probably do something about it, so don't worry too much
  14. How was the exam like? What made it really difficult from previous exams? Did they require you to think out of the box? I'm gonna be starting the IB this September and I'm gonna be taking Physics HL. Just wondering how the new Physics syllabus is like.
  15. Actually, my school does offer Geography. Based on your recommendations and after much thorough thought, this will be my subject selections: English SL Mandarin SL Geography SL Physics HL Mathematics HL Chemistry HL May I ask your opinion on how hard is this course? And do you have any tips on how to study for these subjects? (as I can see that your subject choices are very similar to mine )