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Lord of the Pickles

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Thanks. I don't want to take any chances with it tbh.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. You can start your OSSD hours in the summer after you finish grade 8. I know some good sources to find volunteer opportunities in the GTA, you can message me if you're interested. Try to find a reliable place to volunteer so you will not have to constantly hunt events like I did in grade 9. As for your CAS hours, it's good to keep in mind that basically any of your activities can count as CAS and there are far more potential activities for CAS than there are for OSSD hours. I was only allowed to start CAS in the September of grade 11, but it seems like some people have been able to start during. Best to check with your school on this one.
  9. Hey, so I recently posted a survey on the internet as a method of collecting primary research data. The thing is, some people would like to see the results of the survey once the number of responses slow down a bit. I would personally love to share the results, but with IB being IB I don't know if it will come back to bite me in the ass. Am I allowed to make the results accessible by anyone? If I am, will I have to somehow prove that the results are 100% collected by me? Is it possible to be accused of plagiarism? If I'm not, when will I be able to do it? Thanks
  10. You might find this website helpful: Pick a category (there are 2 that are business related) and you should have a decent amount to apply to. Hope this helps
  11. If you don't know what to study in university, it is very useful to pick subjects that you are the most passionate about. Maybe you can look into the pathways that each subject can lead to, and see which one you are the most interested in. Maybe even go to university open houses if you can. Seeing that you love chemistry, why not check out some chemistry programs from a university? Regarding HL courses, universities often don't even care whether you do HL/SL so the only advantage HL will give you is experience, usually no admission advantages (at least not where I'm from). EDIT: it seems like Canada is an exception, so HL courses make a difference. My bad... And about HL math, I'm not going to lie, it's very hard, but interesting. If you can manage a level 5 or maybe 4 in HL, you can just as easily if not even more easily score a 7 in SL. I don't discourage you from taking it though, maybe you will ace it! If you want kind of a "safety net" you can pick 4 HLs and that way you can drop HL math basically any time you want if you find it too difficult (or drop another HL course if that one is more difficult). For biology, don't let bad teachers get in your way. There are so many resources on the internet, as well as your textbook. It would be a shame if you avoid your passion and potentially have your entire career path changed just because of one teacher. Not trying without a doubt is worse than trying and getting a mediocre or bad grade. Good luck
  12. I don't have any examples, but I these were the resources that are probably more clear and organized than my ramblings if that helps haha:
  13. This is all from memory, so if anyone catches any mistakes please tell me. Intro: should consist of defining key terms, and should introduce your organization. Body: This should be referencing course content as much as possible. 1st Point example from your organization that supports this claim pros of the results cons of the results 2nd point example from your organization that supports this claim pros of the results cons of the results 3rd point example from your organization that supports this claim pros of the results cons of the results Conclusion: Go over impact on stakeholders and wrap up the essay.
  14. In my opinion, pros and cons are among the easiest parts of the course since they are often common sense. I have tried reading the textbook over and over, and like you said, it gets pretty boring. I prefer going through practice questions (from my textbook and teacher mostly) to avoid getting bored. If I am unsure about a concept, looking up a definition is usually enough to refresh my memory. I find that practising questions is far better than reading over the textbooks or notes. It all boils down to personal preference though, so there's no guarantee that this will work for everyone. Good luck on your exams
  15. Thanks, cool to know that it's a possibility