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Lynn Gweeny

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  1. Hello, For my second attempt at the SAT, I did amazing in the main SAT but did extremely bad in the Essay. My superscore is 1520, but my Essay scores are 6/5/7 (attempt 1) and 6/3/6 (attempt 2). Will this affect my chances too much? Thanks.
  2. Hello! Could somebody explain the answers to the MCQs below please? Thanks!
  3. Hello, could somebody explain the attached problems? Also, for Q13, how can you infer the polarity with a rough idea of electronegativity? Do you need to know the values for some elements? Thanks in advance!
  4. Hello Magui, So, I just looked at your report card and you engagement ratings in all the subjects except for one is a 2. I'd suggest getting them up to 3 - it would really improve your 'reputation' amongst teachers, which would really help when you are working on Letters of Recommendation for US universities. Also, the grades you've listed above are out of 7 right? At what level have you taken them? Well, if you're in IB1, then you DO have a lot of time for improvement and I'd suggest you continue with IB. If you think you're capable of getting more (from your French school, I think you are), then persist - perseverance is the universe's solution to everything If you're applying to British and Singaporean unis, grades matter above all. So, if moving to the French school will help your grades, DEFINITELY consider it. Don't move because you don't have friends or the people aren't nice (unless they bully you too much that it interferes with your work) - it happens when you move to a new school all the time. If you're prioritizing American unis, then your grades DO matter but not as much as you think. I had seniors with 44 and 37 and one of them had an innate talent for Math, and yet both of them got into the same unis and got rejected from the same AND didn't get any scholarships. So for US unis, your extracurriculars matter alot. If staying in this IB school helps you practice your cycling, then you list this as an extracurricular, making you a bit different. But still, this doesn't guarantee you a spot in the Ivies and academics do matter. One thing, if you're going to do cycling, participate in a lot of competitions, maybe begin a blog on cycling tips and venture (CAS!!! :D), organize cycling competitions to raise money, etc. In your college apps, make it seem like cycling (or any activity) really changed you, or aided your growth. Also, no matter what you do, try to be the first, best or only person doing it. A word of caution though, cycling doesn't automatically make you unique (unless you competed in the Olympics or something) or guarantee you a spot in the Ivies, your academics, letters of recommendation, essays (could be golden tickets) and other extracurriculars make you slightly more likely to get admitted. Spend the extra time in a few other activities. So that's my two cents. I can't guarantee this advice will work, but its what I've inferred from articles and research online. I'm in IB2 and currently applying for colleges. Good luck!
  5. Hello! I'm an Indian IB student looking to study Engineering in the US. You see, I've researched a lot about potential universities but I'm still lacking some match and safety schools and I'm currently extremely doubtful whether the unis I have in mind are a good fit for my strengths. I'd love it if an educational counselor or anybody who knows the US admissions well could message me and help me out. Thank you in advance!
  6. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Thanks!
  7. Hi, Could somebody explain the answer to the following question? Thanks in advance!
  8. Hey! Could somebody tell me how to do the d) part in this question? Why is it LCM 2, 3, 5? How did they get 2, 3 and 5? Thanks in advance!
  9. Hi, Throughout my Chem EE (APA citation), I'm using different pieces of information from the same page in the same website. So I have the same in-text citation whenever I use the website's info (which is fine, I think, because there are a lot of other citations in between), but in the bibliography, I have the same citation repeated four times. Is that fine or should I use an abbreviation? What should I do about it? This is the bibliography citation btw: ACID_BASE INDICATORS. (2017). Ch.ic.ac.uk. Retrieved 19 June 2017, from http://www.ch.ic.ac.uk/vchemlib/course/indi/indicator.html
  10. I'm not so sure about 'making question'. Make it sound as though you're investigating something. Like 'I was curious as to how this will change when I change that. Hence, I applied this concept and tried this out but it didn't work. So I tried this method and it worked!'. If you make it like a list of MCQs, it would seem as though you breezed through your IA and didn't feel challenged. Also, make sure the questions are meaningful and have some impact/implication/use. I think the second option (discussing application) is just as important - it shows your thoughtfulness and awareness of your work. You're not a number-churning math machine, and can think about the implication of your work. Maybe try to squeeze in a paragraph? Of course, that's just my opinion and I suggest you talk to a few more people and see what they think.
  11. Hi, Can we use contractions like 'it's', 'I've', etc? I'm doing a Chemistry EE and we need to keep the formal tone, but I'm going over the word limit so I'm hoping contractions will save me. Thanks in advance!
  12. Hi! I'm almost done with my Chemistry EE and although my EE supervisor says it is fine, I feel very doubtful about it. Although I can't post my EE here or share it with anyone for plagiarism reasons, I'd like to briefly talk with any IB teacher or IB graduate out there about my EE. Please message me. Thanks in advance!
  13. Hi, My Business Management SL commentary is regarding a potential tie-up between Volkswagen and Tata. This tie-up was in discussion and appeared positive around March 2017, when I started my IA. But now, in August, some articles say talks have ended, but I've finished my IA already. Should I alter my IA in any way? Would this affect my grades? Thanks in advance!
  14. Hi, I'm performing an experiment on the pKin of hibiscus indicators. From what I know, the major anthocyanin in Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is cyanidin-3-sophoroside. I would like to know the major anthocyanin in Hibiscus brackenridgei. In short, what is the major anthocyanin in Hibiscus brackenridgei? Thank you in advance!
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