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  1. I know a few people who ran a YouTube channel for their CAS project. Their channel had lessons, exam tips, and maybe even a couple songs for one subject (can't remember which one though). However, it always depends whether your IB coordinator approves of the idea or not.
  2. The only business related extra curricular that I know of is DECA, and it's worth it. It counts for CAS and looks great on resumes and university applications. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DECA_(organization)
  3. Your analog tools (dropper, beaker, graduated cylinder) have an uncertainty of +/- half of the smallest value. Your graduated cylinder might have an uncertainty of +/- 0.5mL, assuming that the smallest unit of measurement on it is 1mL. Your digital tools have an uncertainty of +/- the smallest unit that you can read on it. For example, a balance may have an uncertainty of +/- 0.001g. If you are asking this because you understand uncertainties but don't have the apparatuses with you right now, your best bet for an answer is probably on the manufacturer's website.
  4. Your 40 volunteer hours will not count towards CAS. Your school will push you finish your 40 volunteer hours in grade 9 and 10 because of this reason, they are separate requirements. You must finish your OSSD hours before you start getting CAS hours. It is not mandatory to finish your OSSD hours by the end of grade 10, but I don't recommend putting it off since then you would have to do both CAS and OSSD hours in grade 11 and 12. You really don't need to worry about CAS at this point since in most places you would have to wait until the beginning of grade 11 (September for you) to even start. Just focus on your OSSD hours and you will be all set for now.
  5. Your SLs are not a big deal. Your HLs however require a lot of commitment. Math HL will probably be your most difficult subject, and you will need to do homework or review every night. If you think your math skills aren't very good or you don't like math, don't take it. Latin HL's difficulty will depend on how much practice you've had with the language. If you can speak full sentences, you should be fine. If you are new to the language or if you barely know a few words, you will have a hard time. This goes for most HL language B subjects. HL English A is not too difficult. If you are doing Literature the most difficult thing is probably keeping up with all the books you will need to read. If you're doing Lang and Lit the workload isn't too bad. I'd recommend that you get your SLs out of the way in grade 11 so you don't forget things over the summer. You will forget parts of your HL courses over the summer since most of them occur over the course of 3 semesters, so it's better to forget little bits of HL courses rather than both SL and HL courses. Also, TOK is only one semester. Hope this helps
  6. You obviously need secondary data. Primary data is not required but it is often recommended and can help your case. One of the most common forms of primary data in bus&man EEs are interviews to collect information that isn't accessible on the internet, which can suit your needs well! I'm not very good at giving feedback on questions though, so here's a useful doc for anyone that needs help framing a business IA/EE question: https://bissbusiness.wikispaces.com/file/view/IA_Question+how+to.doc
  7. 1. The difference between physics SL and HL is the one that I'm the least certain about. SL is mostly applying formulas and using basic concepts. HL is the same with more complex concepts. I have heard that SL is quite a bit easier since HL physics compares to HL math (one of the hardest IB courses if not THE hardest) in difficulty for some students. 2. The beginning of chemistry HL is identical to all of SL. Some schools even put SL students with HL students at the beginning. HL gets difficult after the common part it shares with SL, which is also around the time that HL students start taking things a little too lightly then get shocked at the increase in difficulty, lol. The HL part is just going back to the SL part with 1000x more detail. 3. Biology is mostly memorization. HL is pretty similar to SL, except you will have to memorize more. If you like math, I'd recommend physics. If you prefer memorisation, I'd recommend biology. If you want to go to university in the US I'd recommend doing chemistry along with the other science you prefer. As you said yourself, biology and physics is a bit of a weird combination, especially from a university's point of view. The vast majority of students who do two group 4 subjects do chemistry along with either biology or physics. If you still really really want to do biology and physics, go for it. It's all up to you, just go with what you like best. Hope this helps
  8. You will have to do some impromptu for your language B. That is what your oral evaluation will be on. For SL, you will see 2 images then you will have to pick one, prepare for a couple of minutes, then talk about it for a little bit. The speech doesn't need to cover any sort of formal structure, it just has to touch on a few key points. You will have plenty of practice orals. It's not really difficult in my opinion. As for lit vs lang and lit, I'm not sure about difficulty. From what I've heard, it's roughly the same difficulty, it's just that lit has a much higher workload. You will be assigned over 10 books over the whole course I believe. In lang and lit you will be assigned around 5 since you focus on media as well as literature.
  9. I don't know exactly what is required to get into classical studies, but you should definitely check out what is required. This is probably my most important piece of advice to you, since doing the wrong courses can ruin your chances of getting in. About the difficulty, you should be fine for your HL courses. Except maybe HL French, which I would discourage unless you have taken French courses in the past. As for your SL courses, seeing the fact that you are doing math studies, I think chemistry would be a better choice in my opinion. Chemistry is much lighter on the mathematical side of things, and the course itself isn't too hard. It's a combination of basic math with a little bit of memorisation. Physics SL wasn't particularly difficult for me but I can see why people would find it difficult if math isn't their strength.
  10. I don't think any course load would be "impossible". But yours definitely looks difficult. You don't need to do 4 HLs and personally I would drop one of them. Math SL: I have taken a look at the textbook and have a pretty good understanding about what this course is about. This is pretty easy and for most people doesn't cause a huge problem. You get daily homework but it's not particularly difficult or time consuming, especially when you compare it to HL math. Spanish B SL: I take HL French B so I can't tell you the exact details of Spanish B SL. Generally, if you can do a decent job speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish you should be fine. This course also doesn't require "studying" in the same sense as other courses. You just need to practice. Literature HL: I don't do Literature, but again, I know a lot of people who do. Literature requires a lot of time. There is no way around this, you will be assigned a LOT of books and if you don't keep up you will be lost. You need to commit some time every day towards reading, and some more time for assignments. If you like reading you will be fine. Otherwise, drop to SL or switch to Lang and Lit if possible. History HL: From what I've heard (I don't do History) it's mostly memorisation. A LOT of memorisation. You will need to set aside some time to review material regularly. If you're good at memorisation unlike me, you will do fine. But if this isn't your forte drop to SL or take another group 3 subject if possible. Biology HL: again, this is mostly hoards of memorisation. But since this is important for neuroscience, I'd say keep it. Chemistry HL: chem HL starts out pretty easy. The beginning of the course is similar if not identical to chemistry SL with a light workload. Then when people start getting a bit cocky, it gets to the notoriously difficult part where you will need backup resources and you will need to practice and review daily. Just keep in mind the extreme increase of difficulty. I don't know how it compares to your other chemistry course though. Anyway, I'd recommend dropping either Literature or History to SL, but it's ultimately your decision. Good luck P.S. about your CAS hours: you don't need to join a sports team or do athletics at school for your Activity/Action hours if you don't want to. You can just work out at a gym or basically do anything else outside of school.
  11. You definitely don't need to be a native speaker to to take language B HL. I'm doing HL French B and I'm doing just fine. Most people at my school who do French B HL have been studying french immersion (half of their classes are in English, half of their classes are in French) at school since at least grade 4-ish I think. None of them are native speakers. Edit: you do not have to be fully fluent either. Most of my classmates have to sometimes look up a few words, but generally know what's going on.
  12. Yeah, I admit to playing a lot of games, especially during September and October. I even downloaded pacman on my TI-84 calculator lol. I didn't let it affect my studying though.
  13. Thanks. I don't want to take any chances with it tbh.
  14. Ever since I dropped out of HL math into SL math, I've been kind of regretting my decision. Everyone has told me that Ontario universities won't check if you did HL or SL. I was in HL for a little over a month and was getting a 4-ish average (could have gone up to a 5 if I stayed longer). I thought to myself why would I do HL if I can get an easy 7 in SL? The decision was quick and no one I asked disagreed with my reasoning. But then later on teachers begun saying "Math HL is really meant for people who want to go into a math related career" when I told them I dropped out of HL. WHAT. So now all of a sudden it seems like I actually screwed myself over by dropping out of HL. I was however lucky enough to find an old copy of the Haese math textbook, and I plan to go over it this summer and study it alongside SL too. Is the thing about Ontario universities not caring about SL vs HL true? Will going over the HL textbook in my own time make up for my loss at least a little? Have my chances of getting into an engineering program gone down? Thanks.
  15. In actual IB you will only have 2 french courses maximum that you can do. So most of your french courses will actually be coming from grades 9-10. It might be possible to go to a french school in grades 9-10 then transfer straight to IB in grade 11, I think it's worth looking in to. Make sure you do grade 11 intro to functions though while you're in grade 10 if you decide to do this since it's a prerequisite for IB math. I believe 7 french credits (including 4 FEF courses) are required for an extended french certificate and 10 (including 4 FIF courses) are required for a french immersion certificate. Just as a little side note, if you have a french immersion background, HL French B will not be hard.